'Girl Online' Review...

Friday, 30 January 2015

'Penny has a secret. 
Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, her crazy family and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah: a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. 
Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment on her blog. 
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever' 

I'm not really sure what I was expecting really. I know I am not her target audience but I really love Zoella's hauls and beauty favourites, but a book is a different story. But I am happy to say, I actually really enjoyed it!

After my last book which I found quite hard going, it was such a nice airy book to read. It reminds me of a typical coming of age book like a Jacqueline Wilson, full of girly problems, boys and OMG's. 
But if you take it for what it is, which is not meant to be an awe inspiring novel, it's a great little book. 

In some places it can be a little bit too sugary sweet for my taste, but I think this just reflects the target audience, regardless of this I was still routing for the two main characters. 
However it does have small pearls of wisdom considering anxiety and the internet both good and bad. Both of which you can see Zoe's own experience, which is quite refreshing rather than the typical 'I am feeling anxious but I miraculously get over it by the second chapter'.  

 I feel like I have to address the whole ghost writer issue, which I know 'highly offended' some people and some of the twitter abuse Zoe received over it was so disgusting it made me want to buy it more to show my support. For me it does not bother me at all. If she is clever enough to have a book deal, I say good on her! Your not telling me all these people giving her grief, would turn down a book deal on the principle that a ghost writer would be involved. Why not support young people trying to get there voice out there even if they need some help along the way. 

I think with the amount of pressure that comes with having a vast majority of young adults hanging on your every word, that writing safety blanket had to be in place. 

Overall if you need some respite from hard-hitting fiction or just need something light to pick up, this book will warm you right up to the top.

My Rating 3.5/5

Let me know if you have read the book and your thoughts in the comments below! 


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

When you're little you think twenty is so far away it might as well be Narnia. Those 'grown ups' will never be you as your most important decision is who to play with at lunch time.

When your in your teens, twenty is that intimating person who sits at the back of the bus. Avert your eyes and become invisible as they are clearly superior to you in a more terrifying way than any adult can be. 

But then you hit twenty and nothing really happens apart from the obvious comedy granny card, you have to ask yourself, what were you really expecting? 

I turned twenty a week ago and I am yet to turn into the spot-free success story I have imagined. I am still just as stressed, self conscious and awkward as I have always been. There is no shower of rose petals as you enter adult-world. No fanfare, no sudden epiphany. 

So to all the teenagers who believe that the university students you see at interviews have a god-like presence that you will never have, just remember we are just as clueless, awkward and manic as you. We just have more experience of hiding it. 

5 things you should know before studying fashion...

Thursday, 22 January 2015

As some of you may know I study fashion...
So I thought I would give you a little insight into my degree. 

The 'Sink or Swim' Mentality
For design subjects in general a lot of your year is spent out of your comfort zone. Fashion is ridiculously demanding and 90% is completely independent. So I spend most of my time running around the city problem solving. In short, Youtube tutorials are your friend.

You will never have enough fabric, sleep or inspiration 
Remember when your bedroom was a beautiful pinterest-worthy space HA HA HA no. It is now covered in piles of fabric that you 'may use at some point', vintage garments and old curtains. And don't even think you will be able to organize this, as all free time is spent trying to re-gain a normal sleeping pattern whilst constantly writing list after list of ideas for garments and research.    

'The Devil Wears Prada' isn't just a film  
When people think of fashion many people immediately think of Miranda in 'The Devil Wears Prada'...and unfortunately some days I feel like Andy. Running through an endless list of tasks some of which may seem at the time impossible or completely ridiculous at the time, but I can almost guarantee once these are finished you feel like you can take on the world. 
Unless you are willing to work and focus 10 hours a day this degree is not for you. But the rewards of being able to shoot anyone down who thinks a Fashion degree is for blonde bimbo's, is the most satisfying experience.

 You're not the only one
In any demanding degree there are going to be points where breakdowns are necessary and dropping out and becoming a hermit is a viable option. But thankfully you will never be the only one! The family you gain whilst studying becomes your support system to laugh, cry, bitch and slowly lose your mind with. 

Trust your gut 
A lot of offering up your own work for critical analysis involves taking more of tutors ideas than your own sometimes through gritted teeth. Sometimes you will have to accept that they will know better, but I would definitely say more often than not if you really feel strongly against it, trust your gut. Be brave and make a decision, be prepared to bite the bullet and leap.

If anyone studies fashion or is looking into it please let me know I would love to hear your own stories! I am also thinking about documenting a day or a week in the life of a fashion student, so please let me know any thoughts! 

The Cuckoo Calling Review...

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

'When a troubled model falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate' 

You know that feeling of walking through snow to get to the perfect sledging hill. Then you get the point where you are so out of breath, overheating and cursing under your breath that by the top you remember why sledging is such hard work but then eventually you get the reward of sledging all the way down. 

This book is a bit like that. 

As an avid J.K Rowling lover it pains me to say it, but this book took so long to get going. Rowling is famous (and fabulous) for her lengthy descriptions and setting the scene narratives, however, for me I feel that the story only really gets going in the last 100 pages. 

As a silent witness obsessive I was waiting for that exhilarating who-done-it plot, but that didn't come until the last minute. 

The book starts with a supermodel being found to have fallen from her London balcony in the dead of night. Leaving Strike to investigate the case for the decease's brother, who is convinced she was not capable of suicide.

 The book's main character, Strike is like able but we spend most of the time following him round London whilst he is distracted by his memories of girlfriends past, war, military and the loss of his leg. Contrasting to this is character of Robin, his newly appointed secretary, she is quick and compliments Stike's brooding persona. However the relationship between them is only brushes upon, I wish the relationship between them had been further used as the story progressed.

Fortunately for me the ending thankfully doesn't disappoint and unlike many climatic endings it does actually work. 

My Rating : 3/5 

Have you read 'The Cuckoo's Calling' or 'The Silkworm'? Please let me know your thoughts as I will probably be reading the second book at some point! 

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt...

Friday, 16 January 2015


Always last to the party...
But oh my god I am glad I jumped on the bandwagon! As a lover of fresh sense and after fending off many a heavy floral scent being forced upon anyone in a department store, Jo Malone answered my prayers and sent us the seaside in a bottle. 

Apart from the fact I am terrified of using it for fear of it instantly running out, it has really got me back into wearing perfume. (If anyone knows of a cheaper dupe that would much be appreciated please and thank you). This is like a breath of fresh air and lasts on the skin all day. However the only down side is the price...I may cry when this runs out.

My January Skin Savior...

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Soap and Glory is one of those brands that I never really have got on with. I usually pick up the products and then pick something else up instead. But after getting a REALLY big box of soap and glory products and after looking for something to make my skin stop the current riot it was having, I picked up the Soap and Glory 'ScrubAtomic' face polish.

First of all it smells like peach soothers which is just amazing. I also is shaped like an over sized toothpaste which also makes me incredibly happy. However his has a really interesting formula, The instructions for use suggest to put it onto your face and then with wet hands, massage in. When I first tried it I was worried it might dry my face out but so far all I have got is really clear skin! 

The scrub has small micro beads and whilst I don't feel like these give a super deep pore cleansing scrub like some more grainy cleansers. It does leave my face feeling really clean and has calmed it down a lot! 

Let me know in the comments if you have used this scrub/any other soap and glory products you have loved! 

'Into The Woods' Review...

Saturday, 10 January 2015

'Once upon a time, in a far off kingdom there lay a small village at the edge of the woods. In this village lived a fair maiden, a carefree young lad, a childless baker with his wife and a hungry little girl who always wore a red cloak'

With a cast like this was there ever going to be a problem? 

I booked my tickets far in advance like any Disney freak, and after inevitably pushing people out of my seat I sat down to enjoy the complete magic and rapture of the woods. The film combines many traditional story tales which always has dangerous territories of being repetitive.   
However it is completely delightful and whisks you along through the fantastic opening number through the woods and back again. With all the cast participating in complicated musical numbers, criss-crossing over each others story lines and back again until the characters come together as a whole.


With Colleen Atwood on costume design (bow down) every shot is beautiful but still in keeping with the slightly creepy elements of the traditional Grimm's Fairy tales. The whole story is laced with musical numbers and humor which pokes fun at some typical fairy tale characters and plots which breaks up the musical numbers and plot line and in keeps with the more light-hearted story telling.

 Chris Pine as the Prince has a brilliant number, thrashing around dramatically in a waterfall whilst singing of his love-sick agony (includes avid shirt ripping) for the indecisive Cinderella (Anna Kendrick). To be honest Chris Pine kept everyone laughing all the way through. 

Of course Johnny Depp plays 'The Big Bad Wolf' bouncing off the thieving 'Red Riding Hood' who is by far my favourite character. And I have to mention the chemistry between Emily Blunt and James Corden as the baker and his wife who completely steal the show.

For lovers of Disney, fairy tales and musical theater you may have hit the jackpot. 
(Welcome to the club)

My Rating : 5/5

Well Being vs Doing Well...

Monday, 5 January 2015

Do you ever get fed up of new year's resolutions?

With all the new year's resolutions being thrust down your throat left, right and center about how much weight someone is going to lose, how much work they are going to get done or where they want to be by the end of the year, it can leave me slightly panicked.  

I am not a goals kind of person. I tend to put too much pressure on myself when I can't complete them and then end up setting myself back three days whilst I watch reruns of 'The Real Housewives' in my pajamas's.

Many goals at my age of to do with school or uni, getting good grades or completing assignments quicker, etc etc. I was talking to a friend recently about how this built up pressure makes university  become so stressful it doesn't seem worth doing. I think that is so sad that a skill and a passion now has become a chore (on top of paying £9000 a year for the pleasure).
 Is this mentality of getting the best grades and the best job more of a priority then your own well being? 

I myself am on a very stressful and intense course that can sometimes become very overwhelming. And some days it is hard to accept that you are not in the right head space to work today and to allow yourself to step back and do something different, even if it means missing out on valuable work time. 

Some of my tips for when feeling overwhelmed: 

1) Put whatever is bothering you away. Out of sight, out of mind really is true here, I'm not saying run but it is remarkable what difference it makes not to have to look at the thing that is stressing you out until you can get yourself in control. 

2) Get a grip on the situation. Move into a different room, make a drink and write down a list of everything that you need to do. 

3) Take a walk. When I'm having a real mental block the best thing for me is to go outside. Staring at your book or a computer screen is not going to help. Put on some music and switch off. 

4) Take your time. I know it's hard when you have a mountain of work to do, but nothing of quality can come from frantically trying to write down any old rubbish. Take frequent breaks and talk to people around you about anything other than what you are doing. 

5) Give 'em hell. This is something my mum saying if I am ever feeling bad about something. It is true though get in that kick-ass mentality, put on some upbeat music and get going. Because at the end of the day this won't last forever, you will get it done and it's going to be amazing. 

Lots of Love xoxo 

Also on a side note, I have had a clear up on my blog so let me know what you think about this post's style, the new format etc...

Let's get inspired...!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Starting off 2015 with some of my inspirational imagery for the year ahead! 
Happy New Year my resolution-filled loves xoxo
All images found on Pinterest or Tumblr