Unexpectedly, interiors are turning out to be a guilty pleasure of mine.  Scrolling through my most recently followed accounts on my Instagram feed, a lot of them feature homes and interior decoration.  And what appeals to me the most is how most of these homes are spruced up on a budget and that it's actually these finishing touches that bring the whole room together.

Clean and minimal or eclectic and busy.....it's the attention to detail.

Which kind of goes hand in hand with my general focus for the year: slow living.  Taking the time to appreciate the little moments, the small details and the beauty in my surroundings.

So a chance to work with Desenio felt like the perfect fit when it came to updating our home.  In fact, do you remember back at the beginning of the year when I showed you the new prints we'd decorated our living room with?  I was so impressed with the quality and selection available that I decided to dot a few pieces of their wall art throughout the house.  Starting off with the 'Foret' print above which now hangs proudly above our fireplace.


Moving upstairs, I'd spotted these Earth and moon prints when we made our first order so they were top priority this time round.  I like decorating with things that reflect mine and Nick's personalities and we both agreed that thanks to his sensible and practical nature the Earth poster would go perfectly above his side of the bed whilst I'm much more of the dreamer in our relationship.  The minimalist design of these is in keeping with most of the range Desenio offers and I also ordered a couple of white frames to hang them in.  The walls in this house aren't the best but these are so lightweight that putting them up securely wasn't a problem.

And now for the hallway.  I've shown you our gallery wall before but it had been ages since we've added anything new and it was beginning to feel a bit stagnant.  I'd outgrown a lot of the pieces on display so figured this was the perfect opportunity to freshen things up.



Desenio does botanical prints so well and this green leaf poster was one of many we liked.  And of course I couldn't resist getting another moon-based piece as well!  Both of these work so well to simplify the busyness which was present in our gallery wall (I've moved things around a little too...it's amazing the difference it's made!)and have reminded me that it's good to switch artwork in and out every now and then.

And the best bit is that Desenio are offering 25% off all posters (except the handpicked/frames category) with the code 'LORNA25'.  Get moving though because it's only valid from today (30th May) to 1st June.  I'd love to know what you buy!

Interior Updates With Desenio

30.5.17


Unexpectedly, interiors are turning out to be a guilty pleasure of mine.  Scrolling through my most recently followed accounts on my Instagram feed, a lot of them feature homes and interior decoration.  And what appeals to me the most is how most of these homes are spruced up on a budget and that it's actually these finishing touches that bring the whole room together.

Clean and minimal or eclectic and busy.....it's the attention to detail.

Which kind of goes hand in hand with my general focus for the year: slow living.  Taking the time to appreciate the little moments, the small details and the beauty in my surroundings.

So a chance to work with Desenio felt like the perfect fit when it came to updating our home.  In fact, do you remember back at the beginning of the year when I showed you the new prints we'd decorated our living room with?  I was so impressed with the quality and selection available that I decided to dot a few pieces of their wall art throughout the house.  Starting off with the 'Foret' print above which now hangs proudly above our fireplace.


Moving upstairs, I'd spotted these Earth and moon prints when we made our first order so they were top priority this time round.  I like decorating with things that reflect mine and Nick's personalities and we both agreed that thanks to his sensible and practical nature the Earth poster would go perfectly above his side of the bed whilst I'm much more of the dreamer in our relationship.  The minimalist design of these is in keeping with most of the range Desenio offers and I also ordered a couple of white frames to hang them in.  The walls in this house aren't the best but these are so lightweight that putting them up securely wasn't a problem.

And now for the hallway.  I've shown you our gallery wall before but it had been ages since we've added anything new and it was beginning to feel a bit stagnant.  I'd outgrown a lot of the pieces on display so figured this was the perfect opportunity to freshen things up.



Desenio does botanical prints so well and this green leaf poster was one of many we liked.  And of course I couldn't resist getting another moon-based piece as well!  Both of these work so well to simplify the busyness which was present in our gallery wall (I've moved things around a little too...it's amazing the difference it's made!)and have reminded me that it's good to switch artwork in and out every now and then.

And the best bit is that Desenio are offering 25% off all posters (except the handpicked/frames category) with the code 'LORNA25'.  Get moving though because it's only valid from today (30th May) to 1st June.  I'd love to know what you buy!

For the first time in what feels like ages I've had a fairly quiet week.  I started a new class at the gym, had a nice balance of week nights in vs. week nights out, and of course I've been getting to work planning and writing content for my new blog.

Having lots of social occasions scheduled in is nice, but there's nothing quite like being able to come home, take your make up off straight away and chill out on the sofa.

Kicking things off with the long weekend, my sister and I decided to take a trip to Windsor.  It's my venue of choice when I fancy a day out in beautiful scenery but don't want to run the risk of spending too much money; for some reason whenever I'm there I don't seem to splash the cash too much so never come home feeling guilty. 

It was the first time this year that I've gone out with bare legs and it wasn't a total disaster!  I don't tend to like getting my legs out but this summer I want to wear dresses as often as I can, so I seized this opportunity to wear one and show some skin.  I also managed to document the day through my stories on my Instagram.

We rounded off our trip with ice cream overlooking the castle.  I've touched upon my relationship with food before, but at the beginning of the year if you'd told me I'd have been eating ice cream (and enjoying it!) I don't think I'd have believed you so this is a pretty big deal.  I ate it all, it was delicious and no doubt there will be more moments like this in the coming months. Here's to a healthier mindset and greater balance!

Without really realising, I think I've been in a bit of a reading slump over the past month or so.  This weekend I spent some time in bookshops exploring what's available and feel all fired up to read again.  For a period of time I was visiting Waterstones on a weekly basis and feeling underwhelmed with the choice but by having somewhat of a hiatus it meant the promotional books were all new to me and a joy to browse.

Now, how was your week?

Week 21 In Moments

29.5.17

For the first time in what feels like ages I've had a fairly quiet week.  I started a new class at the gym, had a nice balance of week nights in vs. week nights out, and of course I've been getting to work planning and writing content for my new blog.

Having lots of social occasions scheduled in is nice, but there's nothing quite like being able to come home, take your make up off straight away and chill out on the sofa.

Kicking things off with the long weekend, my sister and I decided to take a trip to Windsor.  It's my venue of choice when I fancy a day out in beautiful scenery but don't want to run the risk of spending too much money; for some reason whenever I'm there I don't seem to splash the cash too much so never come home feeling guilty. 

It was the first time this year that I've gone out with bare legs and it wasn't a total disaster!  I don't tend to like getting my legs out but this summer I want to wear dresses as often as I can, so I seized this opportunity to wear one and show some skin.  I also managed to document the day through my stories on my Instagram.

We rounded off our trip with ice cream overlooking the castle.  I've touched upon my relationship with food before, but at the beginning of the year if you'd told me I'd have been eating ice cream (and enjoying it!) I don't think I'd have believed you so this is a pretty big deal.  I ate it all, it was delicious and no doubt there will be more moments like this in the coming months. Here's to a healthier mindset and greater balance!

Without really realising, I think I've been in a bit of a reading slump over the past month or so.  This weekend I spent some time in bookshops exploring what's available and feel all fired up to read again.  For a period of time I was visiting Waterstones on a weekly basis and feeling underwhelmed with the choice but by having somewhat of a hiatus it meant the promotional books were all new to me and a joy to browse.

Now, how was your week?
1.  I absolutely loved this video on incorporating colour into your capsule wardrobe.
2. Thirteen Reasons Why was a slow burner for me, but over the latter half of the series I became well and truly hooked.
3. I know it's a cheek but I'm plugging my new blog, Spent With Intent again.   It's my journey through managing my money and I'd love for you to join me.
4.  Speaking of which, one of the inspirations behind my new venture was this podcast...
5.  ....featuring Roe from BrownKids.
6.  Girlboss.  Excellent light relief.
7.  Seeking out amazing interiors on instagram is a guilty pleasure and Reena's account is my new obsession.
8.  The Struggle for the Perfect Body came at just the right time on my shift towards self-acceptance and body positivity.
9.  I've been asked to think of what sort of birthday cake I'd like and this salted caramel cheesecake is top of my list!
10.  This post on how to be more mindful when shopping.

The Month In 10 Links: May

25.5.17

1.  I absolutely loved this video on incorporating colour into your capsule wardrobe.
2. Thirteen Reasons Why was a slow burner for me, but over the latter half of the series I became well and truly hooked.
3. I know it's a cheek but I'm plugging my new blog, Spent With Intent again.   It's my journey through managing my money and I'd love for you to join me.
4.  Speaking of which, one of the inspirations behind my new venture was this podcast...
5.  ....featuring Roe from BrownKids.
6.  Girlboss.  Excellent light relief.
7.  Seeking out amazing interiors on instagram is a guilty pleasure and Reena's account is my new obsession.
8.  The Struggle for the Perfect Body came at just the right time on my shift towards self-acceptance and body positivity.
9.  I've been asked to think of what sort of birthday cake I'd like and this salted caramel cheesecake is top of my list!
10.  This post on how to be more mindful when shopping.
Another week where photographs are few and far between, I'm afraid.  I have a semi-legitimate reason though!

We went out for dinner to celebrate Nick's birthday and I somehow managed to flick my phone from the windowsill down the side of the booth and underneath the seats we were on.  The seats which were attached to the floor.  And wouldn't actually move.  It's the sort of thing that couldn't happen if you tried, which meant there was no way of me taking photos and the poor waiter had to unscrew a panel and slide underneath the seat to retrieve it.  Be wary of booths, people!

As well as Nick's birthday this week saw Dylan turn three, too.  He's got such a big personality that I often forget he's as young as he is yet I can't quite believe where the past three years have gone.

On the topic of Nick's birthday I made him these cakes.  He regularly moans that I don't make cupcakes anymore so this year I thought I'd combine them with another of his great loves: biscuits.  The result was a selection of Oreo, Jammie Dodger and malted milk cupcakes.  And they turned out pretty damn good if you ask me!  The only trouble with cupcakes is the mess that the piping bag creates, but I enjoyed whipping these up and will definitely be making more in the future.

The other exciting bit of news from this week is that I started a new blog!  My ineptitude with money sent me looking for blogs offering practical advice, but in all honesty I just couldn't find what I was looking for.  I wondered how many other people had found themselves on a similar search and so decided to create my own to share my story.  If you'd like to follow along then please head over to Spent With Intent.  I'm all fired up to get my finances in check (never thought I'd hear myself say that) and excited to document it!

I know I say it every week, but I will try harder with the photos next time.  Have a good one!

Week 20 In Moments

22.5.17

Another week where photographs are few and far between, I'm afraid.  I have a semi-legitimate reason though!

We went out for dinner to celebrate Nick's birthday and I somehow managed to flick my phone from the windowsill down the side of the booth and underneath the seats we were on.  The seats which were attached to the floor.  And wouldn't actually move.  It's the sort of thing that couldn't happen if you tried, which meant there was no way of me taking photos and the poor waiter had to unscrew a panel and slide underneath the seat to retrieve it.  Be wary of booths, people!

As well as Nick's birthday this week saw Dylan turn three, too.  He's got such a big personality that I often forget he's as young as he is yet I can't quite believe where the past three years have gone.

On the topic of Nick's birthday I made him these cakes.  He regularly moans that I don't make cupcakes anymore so this year I thought I'd combine them with another of his great loves: biscuits.  The result was a selection of Oreo, Jammie Dodger and malted milk cupcakes.  And they turned out pretty damn good if you ask me!  The only trouble with cupcakes is the mess that the piping bag creates, but I enjoyed whipping these up and will definitely be making more in the future.

The other exciting bit of news from this week is that I started a new blog!  My ineptitude with money sent me looking for blogs offering practical advice, but in all honesty I just couldn't find what I was looking for.  I wondered how many other people had found themselves on a similar search and so decided to create my own to share my story.  If you'd like to follow along then please head over to Spent With Intent.  I'm all fired up to get my finances in check (never thought I'd hear myself say that) and excited to document it!

I know I say it every week, but I will try harder with the photos next time.  Have a good one!
Blogging and finding ideas for content can be a tricky thing.  Sometimes I think it's a vicious circle; it's a community of like-minded individuals so everyone's reading the same (or similar) things and thus writing different variations of the same idea.  Either that or people are seeing what's popular and regurgitating those themes for themselves.  And I get it, finding things that are fresh and new is hard.

I regularly find myself drawing a blank when it comes to sitting down to write posts.  I flick between favouring the written word here on my blog, or pretty pictures over on my instagram.  Being faced with a blank page and blogger's block can be seriously demotivating.

But every now and then, inspiration hits.  And lately it's been happening in unexpected places....

Podcasts | I mentioned recently how podcasts have taken the place of music in my daily commute, and they're a fantastic way to consume information.  I listen to a fairly broad variety, from true crime to fashion, but in particular it's podcasts set up by online content creators which I find best to get my brain ticking over.  Something about the conversational aspect of podcasts really helps to spark off ideas for things to write about and a couple of my recent posts have come about in this way.  If you want to see some of my favourite podcasts to listen to, check out this post.

Friends | In terms of the blogging community, it's fair to say that I'm getting on a bit.  My tastes have changed and this has inevitably had an effect on the things that I not only want to read, but to write about too.  Time spent chatting with friends reminds me of what matters to my age group.  It may be the case that 90% of our conversations are relative only to us, but every now and then a topic we've discussed inspires me to share my thoughts on here.  We're far more likely to be debating workplace-appropriate attire than the latest trend to hit Primark, which is why it's great sometimes to step away from the blogosphere and gain a bit of perspective from the real world. 

Facebook | Ok so at odds with finding inspiration offline, I also find Facebook can be a great motivational tool at times.  I've joined a few groups that have piqued my interest and often the articles and links shared there can lead me to discover things which move me to write down my opinions in a post.  There are also plenty of blogger groups on Facebook to join to bounce ideas around as well. 

Blogs | So to come full circle (and despite what I said in the opening paragraphs of this post) there's no denying that blogs are the place where I find inspiration the quickest.  Whether it's a blogger's flair for fashion or take on photography, I often find that immersing myself in the community gets me fired up to write again.  It can even be as simple as the layout of a blog; in times where I've been feeling in a slump towards my blog a revamp has proven to be the kick up the bum I needed to get going again.  It's important to note though that there's a difference between taking inspiration (and giving credit for it if necessary) and outright copying.  The first can be a great way of showing appreciation and creating a dialogue online whilst the second is just not cool.

What do you do when faced with blogger's block?

Dealing With Blogger's Block: Where I Find Inspiration

18.5.17

Blogging and finding ideas for content can be a tricky thing.  Sometimes I think it's a vicious circle; it's a community of like-minded individuals so everyone's reading the same (or similar) things and thus writing different variations of the same idea.  Either that or people are seeing what's popular and regurgitating those themes for themselves.  And I get it, finding things that are fresh and new is hard.

I regularly find myself drawing a blank when it comes to sitting down to write posts.  I flick between favouring the written word here on my blog, or pretty pictures over on my instagram.  Being faced with a blank page and blogger's block can be seriously demotivating.

But every now and then, inspiration hits.  And lately it's been happening in unexpected places....

Podcasts | I mentioned recently how podcasts have taken the place of music in my daily commute, and they're a fantastic way to consume information.  I listen to a fairly broad variety, from true crime to fashion, but in particular it's podcasts set up by online content creators which I find best to get my brain ticking over.  Something about the conversational aspect of podcasts really helps to spark off ideas for things to write about and a couple of my recent posts have come about in this way.  If you want to see some of my favourite podcasts to listen to, check out this post.

Friends | In terms of the blogging community, it's fair to say that I'm getting on a bit.  My tastes have changed and this has inevitably had an effect on the things that I not only want to read, but to write about too.  Time spent chatting with friends reminds me of what matters to my age group.  It may be the case that 90% of our conversations are relative only to us, but every now and then a topic we've discussed inspires me to share my thoughts on here.  We're far more likely to be debating workplace-appropriate attire than the latest trend to hit Primark, which is why it's great sometimes to step away from the blogosphere and gain a bit of perspective from the real world. 

Facebook | Ok so at odds with finding inspiration offline, I also find Facebook can be a great motivational tool at times.  I've joined a few groups that have piqued my interest and often the articles and links shared there can lead me to discover things which move me to write down my opinions in a post.  There are also plenty of blogger groups on Facebook to join to bounce ideas around as well. 

Blogs | So to come full circle (and despite what I said in the opening paragraphs of this post) there's no denying that blogs are the place where I find inspiration the quickest.  Whether it's a blogger's flair for fashion or take on photography, I often find that immersing myself in the community gets me fired up to write again.  It can even be as simple as the layout of a blog; in times where I've been feeling in a slump towards my blog a revamp has proven to be the kick up the bum I needed to get going again.  It's important to note though that there's a difference between taking inspiration (and giving credit for it if necessary) and outright copying.  The first can be a great way of showing appreciation and creating a dialogue online whilst the second is just not cool.

What do you do when faced with blogger's block?
To cut a long story short, last week I was pretty much left unattended at work.  By that I mean of my two experienced support team colleagues, one's left the firm and the other had the week off as holiday.  We've got a replacement for one but I'd been dreading being the "experienced" one on the team.  But do you know what?  I only blimmin' well coped!  Not only that, I've learnt to trust my instinct more and doubt myself less.  Without the safety net of my co-workers I've realised that I can do it on my own...and it's a pretty good feeling.

Another good thing was stumbling upon this framed print in TK Maxx.  You may remember I bought this Mary Poppins one last month so I was chuffed to find a Marilyn Monroe inspired piece by the same artist.

A midweek lunch date with my sister is becoming somewhat of a custom and it's a treat I really look forward to.  We meet in Starbucks and are slowly working our way through their cake offerings...often documenting it in these weekly posts!  This burnt caramel brownie was our favourite so far.  I'm yet to be wowed by anything we've tried but this was definitely rich and satisfying.

Speaking of my sister, on Saturday we got the train to our nearest 'big' town centre for a day of shopping.  Getting the train every now and then takes some of the stress out of shopping for me as it means you don't have to worry about battling Saturday traffic, fighting for a parking space and then paying extortionate car park rates.  It was also a wonderfully cheap day out for me as I had empties to return to both MAC and Lush so came home with a shiny new lipstick and face mask.  Bonus!

And finally, yes this is another photo of coffee shop food but can you see what else is there?  Shadows...which means the sun was shining!  Still not warm enough to sit outside, but we nabbed a table by the window instead.  Roll on summer.

Week 19 in Moments

15.5.17

To cut a long story short, last week I was pretty much left unattended at work.  By that I mean of my two experienced support team colleagues, one's left the firm and the other had the week off as holiday.  We've got a replacement for one but I'd been dreading being the "experienced" one on the team.  But do you know what?  I only blimmin' well coped!  Not only that, I've learnt to trust my instinct more and doubt myself less.  Without the safety net of my co-workers I've realised that I can do it on my own...and it's a pretty good feeling.

Another good thing was stumbling upon this framed print in TK Maxx.  You may remember I bought this Mary Poppins one last month so I was chuffed to find a Marilyn Monroe inspired piece by the same artist.

A midweek lunch date with my sister is becoming somewhat of a custom and it's a treat I really look forward to.  We meet in Starbucks and are slowly working our way through their cake offerings...often documenting it in these weekly posts!  This burnt caramel brownie was our favourite so far.  I'm yet to be wowed by anything we've tried but this was definitely rich and satisfying.

Speaking of my sister, on Saturday we got the train to our nearest 'big' town centre for a day of shopping.  Getting the train every now and then takes some of the stress out of shopping for me as it means you don't have to worry about battling Saturday traffic, fighting for a parking space and then paying extortionate car park rates.  It was also a wonderfully cheap day out for me as I had empties to return to both MAC and Lush so came home with a shiny new lipstick and face mask.  Bonus!

And finally, yes this is another photo of coffee shop food but can you see what else is there?  Shadows...which means the sun was shining!  Still not warm enough to sit outside, but we nabbed a table by the window instead.  Roll on summer.
I feel I should start by saying that the instagrammers I'm about to feature have awesome feeds in general.  I wouldn't have followed if not.

But since dipping my toe into the world of Instagram Stories, I've got a new-found appreciation for those creating and sharing engaging, regular stories.

Here are the ones I look out for:



Starr Clare | This account is a relativly recent find for me but I'm a big fan of Starr Clare's colourful rock-chick (that felt like a really cringey "mum" thing to say) style.  She's one of the people who inspired me to try out Stories and I'd definitely recommend checking her out.



Blue October | Ahh I couldn't not mention Lizzie!  She arrived home from travelling last summer, immediately got on board with stories and attempted to drag me up to date with her.  It's happened at last and I still regularly check in with her feed to see what she's up to (and where she's been eating!).  As with her feed in general, Lizzie's Stories are candid, often tongue in cheek and fun to check in with.



I Covet Thee | Now it's not often that I feature a *big* blogger in these sort of posts, but I've really been enjoying watching Alix's stories.  Her content is always consistent and her stories feel like a cohesive extension of her online presence.  I particularly like the fact that it feels like a more intimate, behind the scenes type affair, thanks to the pared down editing which goes hand in hand with Stories.



Amalie Lee | Amalie is a recovered anorexic and I find her body positive posts and Stories a breath of fresh air.  Without being preachy, Amalie takes on clean eating and diet culture and adds a heavy dose of perspective to the fitness craze that seems to be taking over my explore page.  I've been struggling with body image of late so Amalie's straight talking is just what I needed.



Glameramo | Georgia's account in general is one of my favourites for fashion inspiration and her Stories are no different.  I regularly check in for outfits and updates and love that she is more than happy to interact with readers and answer questions (i.e. me when I ask where her clothes are from....)

My Favourite Instagram Story Creators

11.5.17

I feel I should start by saying that the instagrammers I'm about to feature have awesome feeds in general.  I wouldn't have followed if not.

But since dipping my toe into the world of Instagram Stories, I've got a new-found appreciation for those creating and sharing engaging, regular stories.

Here are the ones I look out for:



Starr Clare | This account is a relativly recent find for me but I'm a big fan of Starr Clare's colourful rock-chick (that felt like a really cringey "mum" thing to say) style.  She's one of the people who inspired me to try out Stories and I'd definitely recommend checking her out.



Blue October | Ahh I couldn't not mention Lizzie!  She arrived home from travelling last summer, immediately got on board with stories and attempted to drag me up to date with her.  It's happened at last and I still regularly check in with her feed to see what she's up to (and where she's been eating!).  As with her feed in general, Lizzie's Stories are candid, often tongue in cheek and fun to check in with.



I Covet Thee | Now it's not often that I feature a *big* blogger in these sort of posts, but I've really been enjoying watching Alix's stories.  Her content is always consistent and her stories feel like a cohesive extension of her online presence.  I particularly like the fact that it feels like a more intimate, behind the scenes type affair, thanks to the pared down editing which goes hand in hand with Stories.



Amalie Lee | Amalie is a recovered anorexic and I find her body positive posts and Stories a breath of fresh air.  Without being preachy, Amalie takes on clean eating and diet culture and adds a heavy dose of perspective to the fitness craze that seems to be taking over my explore page.  I've been struggling with body image of late so Amalie's straight talking is just what I needed.



Glameramo | Georgia's account in general is one of my favourites for fashion inspiration and her Stories are no different.  I regularly check in for outfits and updates and love that she is more than happy to interact with readers and answer questions (i.e. me when I ask where her clothes are from....)
I'm sat here writing this on a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon thinking...what a perfect end to the week!  I didn't think I'd have too much to reflect on here but it turns out I've been quite busy.  Four day weeks are always a pleasure and the beautiful weather today is just the icing on the cake.

Early on in the week I re-did my capsule wardrobe.  I'd succumbed to buying a few pieces here and there and had lost track of what was actually in my wardobe and how cohesive it was as a whole.  So I went back to basics and even had a clear out of the seasonal items I'd stashed away, switching things in to keep up with the change in season.  I feel much more focused again now and am looking forward to experimenting with my style.


Speaking of style, I've been stepping out of my comfort zone lately and finding myself inspired by people and trends I wouldn't usually notice.  Linen is usually a fabric I stay away from, but this linen shirt has become a favourite in my wardrobe and I love the relaxed feel it gives to an outfit.  Lizzie took this photo for me when we met for lunch on Sunday and I think it's the perfect off duty look.


And as if lunch wasn't enough, we also stopped off for coffee (for Lizzie) and cake (for me) afterwards.  This pistachio and amaretti tiffin was the business...which is more than can be said for the lighting.  Caffe Nero - full points for marble table tops but those glaring overhead lights make flat lays a nightmare!


And finally, this photo of Beau was too cute not to share.  I'm sure she knows the exact moment when I'm planning to wash the bed sheets and turns on all the charm so I feel bad disturbing her.  Anybody else's cat guilty of the same?

Week 18 In Moments

8.5.17

I'm sat here writing this on a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon thinking...what a perfect end to the week!  I didn't think I'd have too much to reflect on here but it turns out I've been quite busy.  Four day weeks are always a pleasure and the beautiful weather today is just the icing on the cake.

Early on in the week I re-did my capsule wardrobe.  I'd succumbed to buying a few pieces here and there and had lost track of what was actually in my wardobe and how cohesive it was as a whole.  So I went back to basics and even had a clear out of the seasonal items I'd stashed away, switching things in to keep up with the change in season.  I feel much more focused again now and am looking forward to experimenting with my style.


Speaking of style, I've been stepping out of my comfort zone lately and finding myself inspired by people and trends I wouldn't usually notice.  Linen is usually a fabric I stay away from, but this linen shirt has become a favourite in my wardrobe and I love the relaxed feel it gives to an outfit.  Lizzie took this photo for me when we met for lunch on Sunday and I think it's the perfect off duty look.


And as if lunch wasn't enough, we also stopped off for coffee (for Lizzie) and cake (for me) afterwards.  This pistachio and amaretti tiffin was the business...which is more than can be said for the lighting.  Caffe Nero - full points for marble table tops but those glaring overhead lights make flat lays a nightmare!


And finally, this photo of Beau was too cute not to share.  I'm sure she knows the exact moment when I'm planning to wash the bed sheets and turns on all the charm so I feel bad disturbing her.  Anybody else's cat guilty of the same?
#21 - IDAHO // Emily Ruskovich
"One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs as they while away the time. But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction. In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho."
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I'd heard rave reviews about this on YouTube so was eager to give it a read.  It's one of those stories which unfold slowly, with each chapter narrated or focusing on a different character.  And speaking of those characters, they were complex, well-fleshed out and the author wasn't afraid to make them unlikeable.  There's interesting family dynamics in here set against a tragic incident.  This isn't the most accessible book in the sense that it isn't written in a mainstream way, so although I enjoyed it I don't think it'll be to everyone's taste.
Rating: ★★★

#22 - SO YOU'VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED // Jon Ronson
"For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job. A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control. 
Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it."
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In today's social media age I found this book fascinating.  Jon Ronson shares the stories of people who have been shamed for varying reasons and their subsequent 'recovery' as it were.  I like my non-fiction to have a personal touch in the sense of featuring real-life stories and this did exactly that.  I'll admit to finding certain chapters a little irrelevant (in my eyes) but overall this was a great read.
Rating: ★★★

#23 - NINA IS NOT OK // Shappi Khorsandi
"Nina does not have a drinking problem. She likes a drink, sure. But what 17-year-old doesn't? Nina's mum isn't so sure. But she's busy with her new husband and five year old Katie. And Nina's almost an adult after all. And if Nina sometimes wakes up with little memory of what happened the night before then her friends are all too happy to fill in the blanks. Nina's drunken exploits are the stuff of college legend. 
But then one dark Sunday morning, even her friends can't help piece together Saturday night. All Nina feels is a deep sense of shame, that something very bad has happened to her..."
You know when you read a book and it just *feels* important?  That's exactly what happened here.  Nina is the victim of sexual assault and her life quickly begins to spiral out of control.  The issue of capacity for consent is used as a spring board to pull in alcoholism, abuse, relationships (both friendships and romantic), family dynamics and coming of age.  If I'm being critical, I'll say that towards the end I felt that it began to drag slightly and perhaps there were too many issues being covered.  All in all though this was a great book and unlike anything I've read before.
Rating: ★★★

#24 - A STREET CAT NAMED BOB: THE AMAZING TRUE STORY FO ONE MAN AND HIS CAT // James Bowen 3
"When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change.

James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts."
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This was our book club pick and I'll admit to going into it with trepidation.  I hadn't heard great things about James Bowen's personality and attitude in general, but I'm glad to say that this wasn't as awful as I'd been expecting.  I know, I know...glowing review right there.  I don't understand how this became a number 1 bestseller (or a film for that matter), but it was a quick read which wasn't a struggle to get through.  My gripes weren't with Bowen's personality, more so that at times his apparent expertise regarding cats seemed unnatural and overly edited.  And don't get me started on how many times he uses the word "mate"!
Rating: ★★★

#25 - THE SECRETS OF HAPPINESS // Lucy Diamond The Secrets of Happiness 3
"The best things in life ...can be just around the corner Rachel and Becca aren't real sisters, or so they say. They are stepsisters, living far apart, with little in common. Rachel is the successful one: happily married with three children and a big house, plus an impressive career. Artistic Becca, meanwhile, lurches from one dead-end job to another, shares a titchy flat, and has given up on love. 
The two of them have lost touch, but when Rachel doesn't come home one night, Becca is called in to help. Once there, she quickly realizes that her stepsister's life is not so perfect after all: Rachel's handsome husband has moved out, her children are rebelling, and her glamorous career has taken a nosedive. Worst of all, nobody seems to have a clue where she might be.
As Becca begins to untangle Rachel's secrets, she is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about her own life, and the future seems uncertain. But sometimes happiness can be found in the most unexpected places ..."
This was chick-lit at its finest and, in a word, forgettable.  That's not to say I didn't enjoy it....in fact I raced through this within a day, and it's a 450+ page chunker!  It was engaging, light-hearted and fun.  Exactly what I was hoping for.  I wasn't disappointed and would recommend this to anyone else looking for a quick, playful read.
Rating: ★★★ 

#26 - SCARCITY: WHY HAVING TOO LITTLE MEANS SO MUCH // Senhil Mullainathan & Eldar Shafir
"Sendhil Mullainathan, the 'most interesting young economist in the world', and Eldar Shafir, the 'most brilliant psychologist' of his generation, explain the hidden problem behind everything with Scarcity Why can we never seem to keep on top of our workload, social diary or chores? Why does poverty persist around the world? Why do successful people do things at the last minute in a sudden rush of energy? Here, economist Sendhil Mullainathan and psychologist Eldar Shafir reveal that the hidden side behind all these problems is that they're all about scarcity. Using the new science of scarcity, they explain why obesity is rampant; why people find it difficult to sleep when most sleep deprived; and why the lonely find it so hard to make friends. Scarcity will change the way you think about both the little everyday tasks and the big issues of global urgency."
-
I got this book in the hopes that it would serve as a bit of further reading into the topic of minimalism and, more relevant to me, money.  And for the most part it did and I found these sections thought-provoking and helpful.  It was however mixed in with discussion of work and time commitments which I found less useful and so ended up skipping.  I also felt like the authors had developed their own jargon in this topic with buzzwords they were really pushing which at times felt extremely repetitive.  It was worth reading and there are sections I'd like to revisit, it just wasn't exactly the book I was looking for.
Rating: ★★★ 
 
#27 - THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL // Heather O'Neill
"The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with a difference. Set throughout the roaring twenties, it is a wicked fairytale of circus tricks and child prodigies, radical chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians and brooding clowns, set in an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. It is the tale of two dreamers, abandoned in an orphanage where they were fated to meet. Here, in the face of cold, hunger and unpredictable beatings, Rose and Pierrot create a world of their own, shielding the spark of their curiosity from those whose jealousy will eventually tear them apart. When they meet again, each will have changed, having struggled through the Depression, through what they have done to fill the absence of the other. But their childhood vision remains - a dream to storm the world, a spectacle, an extravaganza that will lift them out of the gutter and onto a glittering stage. 
Heather O'Neill's pyrotechnical imagination and language are like no other. In this she has crafted a dazzling circus of a novel that takes us from the underbellies of war-time Montreal and Prohibition New York, to a theatre of magic where anything is possible - where an orphan girl can rule the world, and a ruined innocence can be redeemed." 
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Rounding off the month on a high, this book is my favourite read of the year so far.  It's whimsical, magical and beautifully written.  So much so that for the first time ever I found myself re-reading sentences to savour the incredible poetic language used.  It featured all the things I enjoy.  Circuses, spanning a long time, interesting characters....I couldn't fault it.  There was a real sense of time and atmosphere, with gangsters and dark moments of abuse.  I went in fairly blind in terms of what to expect but came away utterly entranced.  I can't wait to read more of Heather O'Neill's work now!
Rating: ★★★★★

Read in 2017: April

5.5.17

#21 - IDAHO // Emily Ruskovich
"One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs as they while away the time. But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction. In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho."
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I'd heard rave reviews about this on YouTube so was eager to give it a read.  It's one of those stories which unfold slowly, with each chapter narrated or focusing on a different character.  And speaking of those characters, they were complex, well-fleshed out and the author wasn't afraid to make them unlikeable.  There's interesting family dynamics in here set against a tragic incident.  This isn't the most accessible book in the sense that it isn't written in a mainstream way, so although I enjoyed it I don't think it'll be to everyone's taste.
Rating: ★★★

#22 - SO YOU'VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED // Jon Ronson
"For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job. A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control. 
Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it."
-
In today's social media age I found this book fascinating.  Jon Ronson shares the stories of people who have been shamed for varying reasons and their subsequent 'recovery' as it were.  I like my non-fiction to have a personal touch in the sense of featuring real-life stories and this did exactly that.  I'll admit to finding certain chapters a little irrelevant (in my eyes) but overall this was a great read.
Rating: ★★★

#23 - NINA IS NOT OK // Shappi Khorsandi
"Nina does not have a drinking problem. She likes a drink, sure. But what 17-year-old doesn't? Nina's mum isn't so sure. But she's busy with her new husband and five year old Katie. And Nina's almost an adult after all. And if Nina sometimes wakes up with little memory of what happened the night before then her friends are all too happy to fill in the blanks. Nina's drunken exploits are the stuff of college legend. 
But then one dark Sunday morning, even her friends can't help piece together Saturday night. All Nina feels is a deep sense of shame, that something very bad has happened to her..."
You know when you read a book and it just *feels* important?  That's exactly what happened here.  Nina is the victim of sexual assault and her life quickly begins to spiral out of control.  The issue of capacity for consent is used as a spring board to pull in alcoholism, abuse, relationships (both friendships and romantic), family dynamics and coming of age.  If I'm being critical, I'll say that towards the end I felt that it began to drag slightly and perhaps there were too many issues being covered.  All in all though this was a great book and unlike anything I've read before.
Rating: ★★★

#24 - A STREET CAT NAMED BOB: THE AMAZING TRUE STORY FO ONE MAN AND HIS CAT // James Bowen 3
"When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change.

James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts."
-
This was our book club pick and I'll admit to going into it with trepidation.  I hadn't heard great things about James Bowen's personality and attitude in general, but I'm glad to say that this wasn't as awful as I'd been expecting.  I know, I know...glowing review right there.  I don't understand how this became a number 1 bestseller (or a film for that matter), but it was a quick read which wasn't a struggle to get through.  My gripes weren't with Bowen's personality, more so that at times his apparent expertise regarding cats seemed unnatural and overly edited.  And don't get me started on how many times he uses the word "mate"!
Rating: ★★★

#25 - THE SECRETS OF HAPPINESS // Lucy Diamond The Secrets of Happiness 3
"The best things in life ...can be just around the corner Rachel and Becca aren't real sisters, or so they say. They are stepsisters, living far apart, with little in common. Rachel is the successful one: happily married with three children and a big house, plus an impressive career. Artistic Becca, meanwhile, lurches from one dead-end job to another, shares a titchy flat, and has given up on love. 
The two of them have lost touch, but when Rachel doesn't come home one night, Becca is called in to help. Once there, she quickly realizes that her stepsister's life is not so perfect after all: Rachel's handsome husband has moved out, her children are rebelling, and her glamorous career has taken a nosedive. Worst of all, nobody seems to have a clue where she might be.
As Becca begins to untangle Rachel's secrets, she is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about her own life, and the future seems uncertain. But sometimes happiness can be found in the most unexpected places ..."
This was chick-lit at its finest and, in a word, forgettable.  That's not to say I didn't enjoy it....in fact I raced through this within a day, and it's a 450+ page chunker!  It was engaging, light-hearted and fun.  Exactly what I was hoping for.  I wasn't disappointed and would recommend this to anyone else looking for a quick, playful read.
Rating: ★★★ 

#26 - SCARCITY: WHY HAVING TOO LITTLE MEANS SO MUCH // Senhil Mullainathan & Eldar Shafir
"Sendhil Mullainathan, the 'most interesting young economist in the world', and Eldar Shafir, the 'most brilliant psychologist' of his generation, explain the hidden problem behind everything with Scarcity Why can we never seem to keep on top of our workload, social diary or chores? Why does poverty persist around the world? Why do successful people do things at the last minute in a sudden rush of energy? Here, economist Sendhil Mullainathan and psychologist Eldar Shafir reveal that the hidden side behind all these problems is that they're all about scarcity. Using the new science of scarcity, they explain why obesity is rampant; why people find it difficult to sleep when most sleep deprived; and why the lonely find it so hard to make friends. Scarcity will change the way you think about both the little everyday tasks and the big issues of global urgency."
-
I got this book in the hopes that it would serve as a bit of further reading into the topic of minimalism and, more relevant to me, money.  And for the most part it did and I found these sections thought-provoking and helpful.  It was however mixed in with discussion of work and time commitments which I found less useful and so ended up skipping.  I also felt like the authors had developed their own jargon in this topic with buzzwords they were really pushing which at times felt extremely repetitive.  It was worth reading and there are sections I'd like to revisit, it just wasn't exactly the book I was looking for.
Rating: ★★★ 
 
#27 - THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL // Heather O'Neill
"The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with a difference. Set throughout the roaring twenties, it is a wicked fairytale of circus tricks and child prodigies, radical chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians and brooding clowns, set in an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. It is the tale of two dreamers, abandoned in an orphanage where they were fated to meet. Here, in the face of cold, hunger and unpredictable beatings, Rose and Pierrot create a world of their own, shielding the spark of their curiosity from those whose jealousy will eventually tear them apart. When they meet again, each will have changed, having struggled through the Depression, through what they have done to fill the absence of the other. But their childhood vision remains - a dream to storm the world, a spectacle, an extravaganza that will lift them out of the gutter and onto a glittering stage. 
Heather O'Neill's pyrotechnical imagination and language are like no other. In this she has crafted a dazzling circus of a novel that takes us from the underbellies of war-time Montreal and Prohibition New York, to a theatre of magic where anything is possible - where an orphan girl can rule the world, and a ruined innocence can be redeemed." 
-
Rounding off the month on a high, this book is my favourite read of the year so far.  It's whimsical, magical and beautifully written.  So much so that for the first time ever I found myself re-reading sentences to savour the incredible poetic language used.  It featured all the things I enjoy.  Circuses, spanning a long time, interesting characters....I couldn't fault it.  There was a real sense of time and atmosphere, with gangsters and dark moments of abuse.  I went in fairly blind in terms of what to expect but came away utterly entranced.  I can't wait to read more of Heather O'Neill's work now!
Rating: ★★★★★

1. 13th on Netflix - a must-watch documentary about racial inequality within America's justice system.
2.  I often find it hard to tune in and listen properly to American podcasts but I've really been enjoying listening to Lena Dunham's Women of the Hour.
3.  Jane's Patisserie, for all of the Easter baking goodness!
4.  I've been itching to give our kitchen a facelift with a coat of paint for a while now.  We've been considering a dark grey but after reading this post I'm leaning towards an inky navy blue instead.
5.  Watching an episode or two of Coupling has become a nightly routine this month. I used to watch this back when it was on tv and I've really enjoyed looking back on the old fashions....and spotting some that have come full circle!
6.  I've had my eye on the ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand for aaaages now....do I add it to my birthday list?!
7.  And speaking of my birthday list, I think the Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess palette is a must. 
8.  This episode of CTRL, ALT, DELETE with Julia White has got me all fired up to get using my Twitter account again.
9.  Olivia's guide to Winchester has got me wanting to make a trip again. Nick and I did it a couple of years ago but didn't really know where we were wandering.  Armed with Olivia's tips I'd love to go back!
10.  I loved this video from Sophia and Cinzia! It reminded me of exactly the sort of thing me and my bestie would have done hungover on a Sunday and was perfect viewing

The Month In 10 Links: April

3.5.17


1. 13th on Netflix - a must-watch documentary about racial inequality within America's justice system.
2.  I often find it hard to tune in and listen properly to American podcasts but I've really been enjoying listening to Lena Dunham's Women of the Hour.
3.  Jane's Patisserie, for all of the Easter baking goodness!
4.  I've been itching to give our kitchen a facelift with a coat of paint for a while now.  We've been considering a dark grey but after reading this post I'm leaning towards an inky navy blue instead.
5.  Watching an episode or two of Coupling has become a nightly routine this month. I used to watch this back when it was on tv and I've really enjoyed looking back on the old fashions....and spotting some that have come full circle!
6.  I've had my eye on the ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand for aaaages now....do I add it to my birthday list?!
7.  And speaking of my birthday list, I think the Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess palette is a must. 
8.  This episode of CTRL, ALT, DELETE with Julia White has got me all fired up to get using my Twitter account again.
9.  Olivia's guide to Winchester has got me wanting to make a trip again. Nick and I did it a couple of years ago but didn't really know where we were wandering.  Armed with Olivia's tips I'd love to go back!
10.  I loved this video from Sophia and Cinzia! It reminded me of exactly the sort of thing me and my bestie would have done hungover on a Sunday and was perfect viewing

After saying last week that I hoped to take more photos throughout the week for these posts...I've failed massively.

In actual fact, week 17 turned out to be pretty full.  But I guess maybe that's the contradiction of blogging and having an online persona....if you spend your time documenting everything with pretty photos, are you truly in the moment?

So although photos are thin on the ground I do actually have quite a bit to update you on.  Mainly that I finally made solid plans for my upcoming birthday.  We're heading to a karaoke bar and then for cocktails afterwards.  Now the only thing to settle is what to wear?  My nights out are few and far between so outfits leave me with a crisis of confidence.  Fingers crossed I find something!

Another biggie last week was that our fish tank crashed.  I say "our" but it's really Nick's labour of love and sadly there was an ammonia spike which killed all but one of the fish.  A quick scroll back through my instagram confirmed that we'd had one of them for nearly five years, so the tank looks really strange without him.  We're trying to turn it into a positive though (it was a marine tank so Nick had invested a lot of time, effort and money into it all) and use this as an opportunity to build things up with different colours, corals and fish so it looks better than ever.

Oh, and because it wouldn't be a weekly reflection without mentioning food....I haven't baked anything but Nick and I did manage to squeeze in a cheeky trip to the carvery.  Roast dinners aren't my favourite but every now and then I get a real craving; this one really hit the spot!

Right, now for the photos....

Mum and I won't be looking after Ella and Dylan throughout May so on Saturday I had a lie in for the first time in recent memory.  It was lovely to wake up naturally and then not rush to get straight up.  I finished off my book (The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill....so good!) and then we had breakfast in bed.  It was a real treat, even if I did miss spending time with my favourite niece and nephew!

My nails have been in terrible condition lately so I've gone for a Shellac manicure to try and keep them in good shape.  My sister is a nail technician and we went for this rainbow chrome effect.  The photo doesn't do them justice...they're the mermaid nails of my dreams I can't stop looking at them!

How was your week?  And more importantly, how are you spending the Bank Holiday Monday?!

Week 17 In Moments

1.5.17


After saying last week that I hoped to take more photos throughout the week for these posts...I've failed massively.

In actual fact, week 17 turned out to be pretty full.  But I guess maybe that's the contradiction of blogging and having an online persona....if you spend your time documenting everything with pretty photos, are you truly in the moment?

So although photos are thin on the ground I do actually have quite a bit to update you on.  Mainly that I finally made solid plans for my upcoming birthday.  We're heading to a karaoke bar and then for cocktails afterwards.  Now the only thing to settle is what to wear?  My nights out are few and far between so outfits leave me with a crisis of confidence.  Fingers crossed I find something!

Another biggie last week was that our fish tank crashed.  I say "our" but it's really Nick's labour of love and sadly there was an ammonia spike which killed all but one of the fish.  A quick scroll back through my instagram confirmed that we'd had one of them for nearly five years, so the tank looks really strange without him.  We're trying to turn it into a positive though (it was a marine tank so Nick had invested a lot of time, effort and money into it all) and use this as an opportunity to build things up with different colours, corals and fish so it looks better than ever.

Oh, and because it wouldn't be a weekly reflection without mentioning food....I haven't baked anything but Nick and I did manage to squeeze in a cheeky trip to the carvery.  Roast dinners aren't my favourite but every now and then I get a real craving; this one really hit the spot!

Right, now for the photos....

Mum and I won't be looking after Ella and Dylan throughout May so on Saturday I had a lie in for the first time in recent memory.  It was lovely to wake up naturally and then not rush to get straight up.  I finished off my book (The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill....so good!) and then we had breakfast in bed.  It was a real treat, even if I did miss spending time with my favourite niece and nephew!

My nails have been in terrible condition lately so I've gone for a Shellac manicure to try and keep them in good shape.  My sister is a nail technician and we went for this rainbow chrome effect.  The photo doesn't do them justice...they're the mermaid nails of my dreams I can't stop looking at them!

How was your week?  And more importantly, how are you spending the Bank Holiday Monday?!

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