Wednesday, 19 October 2016

One year of Simply Lauren Elizabeth



Exactly one year ago today, I sat down in front of my computer and began to write... And Simply Lauren Elizabeth was born.

Hello you guys! Welcome welcome! 
Today I just wanted to write a little post simply to thank you, yes you right there!
Maybe this is the first post you have read, or maybe you've been here for a whole year, but I would just like to say thank you for taking the time to sit down and reading my ramblings!

Last year, on my birthday, I started this blog. I thought maybe I'd get a few views, make a few posts and get bored after a while. But as I sit and type this now, I realised that that was simply not the case! I've been here for a whole year, and so much more has happened. I have made so many friends you, and honestly had so much fun!

I realise that this is also just one long ramble, but I honestly can't thank you enough for making this year so amazing for me!

I hope to see you next year.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Throne of Glass Book Review




Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?



Sarah J. Maas has been one of my favourite authors for a very long time now, so with the release of her newest book in the Throne of glass series, Empire of Storms, I knew it was a great excuse to reread another one of her amazing novels!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Autumn


Autumn is my favourite time of year. The leaves are falling and turning orange - a burst of colour on an otherwise plain backdrop.
Think of it as a fresh start, the world is pressing the reset button with the blank canvas of Fall. The excitement of summer is coming to a close, and it's an opportunity for you to have a fresh start too.

School is speeding up and things are getting stressful, so remember to work your hardest, but to always have a little you time every now and then. Get cosy with your blankets, light a few candles, turn on those fairy lights and relax.

Happy Autumn.

Photos Via Pintrest

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Simply Lauren Elizabeth 2.0


Hey, hi, hello, welcome. Or should I say welcome back!

As you have probably spotted by now, a few changes have happened around here!
However, I'm here to talk about the things that have changed other than the header.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Autumn Bucket List | EventBrite #GOMO Campaign




I'll be honest with you. I am very partial to a cosy day on the sofa, bowl of popcorn in hand and watching a netflix marathon for hours on end.  However, my birthday is coming up  in October and I feel like it's going to be a great age. An age where I get myself together and live life a little more!

So when I found out about the EventBrite #GOMO campaign, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it!  They are running a project over the autumn, in the hopes of squashing our FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). To get you and me away from our Netflix marathons and bowls of popcorn, and into the habit of GOMO (Going Out More Often), so we can make the most of Autumn 2016!

Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform that helps people find and plan events. So I am here today to tell you a few events I plan on checking out, a few things on my autumn wishlist, and to hopefully get you in the mood to #GOMO!

1. Go to a Book Signing

As many of you probably know, if you've been here for a while, I absolutely adore Sarah J Maas. Now luckily for me, my town is really quite big on books, therefore once again, they are hosting the annual Book festival! And even luckier for me, Sarah J Maas just happens to be coming along. As a little present to myself, I bought a ticket for me and my best friend, to get out of the house and meet our favourite author!
Going to book events is a great way to connect with fellow readers, maybe making a few new friends with the same interests as you. 

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Beautiful Broken Things | Spoiler Free Book Review




Beautiful Broken Things ✰✰✰.5

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.  ~Goodreads


Friendship is an area seriously lacking in YA fiction. I believe this to be the only book that I have read this year that focuses solely on the bond between friends, and that is what I truly admired about this book.
Beautiful broken things isn't a romance novel, but it is about love. It's about the love in female friendships, and its complexity.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Homemade Cloudy Lemonade


Seeing as this is my last week of freedom summer break, as I'm sure it is for many of you. This is the perfect time to cram in one last picnic or one last trip to the beach, and get your lemonade on! aha
So I thought it would be a great idea to share with you the recipe we used, and how it turned out!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

My Top Ten Booktubers and Book Bloggers




Hi you guys! We've made it to day six! (did we though past Lauren? Did we really?)

I figured, that if you liked reading my posts this week, (Last week! I scheduled it but blogger scheduling is awful - So apologies for a weeks delay!) you would like it if i told you about some of my favourite people who do this all year around!
I wasn't sure how to set out this post. There is an endless amount of things I could say about all of these wonderful women, but I didn't think you would want to read me fangirling over them!

These Guys are in absolutely in no particular order, because I love them all!


Friday, 5 August 2016

My Favourite Book Quotes


Hi everyone!
We are nearing the end of the week of bookish posts in collaboration with  the lovely Amy from EverythingAmyGeorgia. I was in a bit of a rush to post today... watching Netflix all day is quite the commitment,let me tell you, haha! I had nothing planned for this post, so I'm doing the same as Amy and sharing with you a few of my favourite quotes from some of my favourite books!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Mid-Year Book Wrap up | 2016



Hi lovely readers! It can't just be me that thinks this year has gone by so quickly! One minute we're in January and I'm wrapped in blankets, and  the next its August... and I'm still wrapped in blankets, haha.

We are officially halfway through the year, so today I thought I would do an extra large book wrap up, and tell you everything I've been reading!

2016 Reading Goal = 21 of 40 Books


5 Star Books
Winter
A Court of Mist and Fury
City of Ashes
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Twilight
City of Glass
The Winner's Kiss
On The Fence

4 Star Books
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
The Last Summer of Us
The Fill-In Boyfriend
The Winner's Curse
City of Bones
Finding Audrey
City of Fallen Angels

3 Star Books
A Kestrel for a Knave
The Winner's Crime
Me, Earl & the Dying Girl
Kindred Spirits
Rani & Sukh
Stolen






I've read so many amazing books so far this year, and I can't wait to read lots more!
What's your reading goal this year, and are you close to reaching it? Until next time,



Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Bookshelf Tour | 2016

Hi you guys! Welcome to Day Three of my week long collaboration with EverythingAmyGeorgia!

I'm so excited to be posting this! For the last year my book collection has grown so much bigger that  my little wall shelves just couldn't handle the weight! I've had to reinforce them a few times in the past, as there were a full 'fallings of books almost onto my head'. Wow, it's only been three weeks and I've already forgotten what grammar is, great, haha.

So last Friday it was finally time to go out and buy myself a proper bookcase! And after some late night ikea shopping, (apple pies may have happened), I finally got one!

I only got it a few days ago, so not everything is in the right order, or where I would like it to be - but seeing as its book week here on the blog, I thought it was only right to give you a few snaps of what its like so far!


So, on the top we have some all of my random stand-alone books, of which I tried my hardest to make into a rainbow... 'tried' being the key word here, its not looking so great.
Then, as you make your way down, I have two shelves worth of series.
And then on the bottom, as you can see down below, I have the tiniest TBR shelf you ever did see! Which I think is good, because its an excuse to go out and buy tons of others!

If anyone is interested in what bookcase this is, its the BILLY bookcase from ikea! Its actually a lot bigger than you can see in the photos, with 6 shelves, but I haven't finished arranging the lower half, so I've not included it!

That is all for today! Don't forget to check out Amy's post! Until next time,

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury | Spoiler Free Book Review


*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1*


A Court of Mist and Fury
'Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.'   ~ Goodreads


Holey Moley Holy Moley Holey Moley! Prepare for the longest book review you ever did see!
I don't think I can adequately muster up the words to express how perfect this book is! Okay so in my head i said that at about 1 million miles an hour, that's how excited I am!
I can honestly say, that this has to be one of my favourite books. Hell, its my absolute favourite book!
I mean, I absolutely loved A Court of Thorns and Roses - but this? No words can describe the pain I feel that I have to wait a year - a whole year - before I can continue on this journey with characters that I adore. The book hangover is going strong.

It took me a whole week to get through the first half of this book, I just wanted to save it! I knew that once I'd read those words there was no going back, I couldn't unread them and enjoy it in the same way again. But then I just couldn't, I said to hell with it, and read the last 300 pages in one night. oops.

When writing little notes along the way to help with this review, I wrote, no paraphrasing here: 'Sarah  mushes with my mind'. I mean, okay that's probably not the most poetic thing you will ever read, but come on, if you've ever read a Sarah J Maas book, you know I speak the truth! The fact that she can make you love a character one minute and hate another, but when you see from another perspective - behind the mask - you end  up completely swapping those ideas, loving the other. That made no sense, but if you read it you will totally understand! And if I'm being honest, its amazing and kind of scary what a writer can do.

The character development in this book is utterly amazing! Issues with PTSD play a large role in this,  and I am not expert, but I think it was handled extremely well. Of course, a traumatic event like the one Feyre endured Under the Mountain would take its toll, would change her. And I loved how this wasn't ignored, she didnt spring free and was immediately happy to continue with life as if nothing happened. No, bad things happened, and she will always remember them, as I said, I really appreciated that this wasnt ignored.

One of the main things that jumps out at me about this book is how, in my opinion, it completely crushes the ideology of a damsel in distress. Feyre doesn't want to be locked away, she doesn't want to forfeit the acts that can help her friends, just to be kept safe. She isn't the kind of character, like displayed in so many other YA books, that would just wait for the man to save her, wait until he will coddle her up in warm blankets and keep her tucked out of harms way whilst he saves the land. Feyre wants to fight, and fight she shall.

Whew. One thing that really made me love this book was the romance... or shall I say the romantic interests (oh we all know I'm talking about the hot dudes)  aha. Yes I'm a terrible person, I could be describing the poetic writing or the kickass fight scenes, but instead, like the hormone pumped teenager I am, the guys got me. I'm a sucker for a good YA romance, but this had me making sounds inaudible to the human ear, let me tell you!  Let's just say that there is s certain someone in this book that I will be buying tshirts with his face on. oh, I wish I was kidding, haha.
Just a little disclaimer, this book is very sexy, turns out that there was a reason for the 'not suitable for younger readers sticker' on the front - who knew? If you're uncomfortable or just don't like seeing that in a book then maybe this isn't for you.


A Court of Mist and Fury is a story of pain and heartbreak and lust, but all of that is overruled with the prosperity of revival. This book shows you that, you can be broken- broken to a point you believe irreparable- but something - some tiny flicker of light in that darkness - can spark something that will patch the holes. This story shows that, yeah, okay, maybe you will never be the person you once were, but who you are now is all that really matters. Change is natural.  This story shows that you can make light from darkness. To become someone you want to be.


“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury


Well, I guess that is all I should say without going on a rant (these things happen. My grandad asked me what it was about - so of course I had to start from book one, and consequently spent an hour explaining everything that happens in both books). So I will log off before I spoil everything for you. Go out and read it, you wont regret it. I guess we will reconvene next year (that's way to long) for a review of the last book!
P.S, Kudos to you if you got this far! <3
Until next time,





UPDATE:
THIS IS NOT A TRILOGY. I REPEAT, NOT A TRILOGY!
It was just announced that Sarah has extended her contract, and will continue writing this an 8 book series! I'm so happy, but also a little worried - there are so many things that she could do to hurt a certain character that I love, oh gosh...  Still so excited though!

Monday, 1 August 2016

July Book Haul

Dear Readers, 
never, EVER, allow me to go into a bookstore unsupervised.


Hi you guys!
Today is the first day of a week long collaboration with new blogger, and real life best friend of 7 years, Amy from EverythingAmyGeorgia!
I know I've been completely failing at keeping to my blogging schedule, so I thought I would make it up to you! So everyday this week Amy and I will be posting book related posts on both of our blogs!

I thought a good start to this week would be to show you all of the books I accumulated over last month... I say accumulated, but I actually bought all of these in one go. As I said, its not safe to leave me and my purse in a bookstore alone, aha!


If you would like to find out what any of these books are about, I've linked all of their Goodreads pages below! 



What books have you been reading this month? 
Until Next Time,

Thursday, 28 July 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses | Spoiler free Review


Hello Everyone!
I believe I have mentioned a little about my love for this book in a blog post way back in October, nearer to when it was released, but after re-reading this, I just really wanted to do a little book review for you!
I  want to start of by saying that I absolutely love Sarah J. Maas. I have read all of her books and Ive recommended them to everyone I've met. Ever. She is such an inspiration to me, I just love her! If you couldn't tell aha.


A Court of Thorns and Roses

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.    ~ Goodreads

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling of Beauty and The Beast. It follows the story of Feyre, a nine-teen year old huntress, forced to mature beyond her years, and hunt to keep her family alive. However, one day an encounter in the woods, with a wolf beyond anything imaginable, changes everything. For this was not just an ordinary wolf, and soon Feyre would have to pay the price...

This still stands as one of my favourite books of all time! For me, it's just one of those books where you find yourself looking at the clock and its already midnight, but you've been so immersed in it that you had no idea that time was passing. I always find myself so absorbed in Sarah's characters and words, that the real world just ticks on around me, and I'm oblivious.

This book is full of amazing character development and world building. The characters may seem bitter, or just plain cold at the beginning, but as new friendships and romances blossom, and new information comes to light, those character open up and become so close to your heart. Honestly, I think each character has at least one important lesson to teach, there is something everyone can take away from reading this book.

The underlying plot is a romance, and oh how I do love good romance! This novel does have a warning for younger readers, as it does get quite steamy in a few places. So beware of that if its not really something you go for in a book. Of course I would never tell someone not to read a book because of their age, you know what you can handle and what would make you uncomfortable, I'm not here to stand in your way.

The YA world of fantasy was a place that I tended to avoid. Big books with new worlds and creatures, was a really daunting prospect for me. In book stores I would always find myself in the fluffy contemporary, or dystopian section. But A Court of Thorns and Roses has really opened my eyes to the world of fantasy, and I cant get enough of it!


You Will Love This Book If:
  • You loved Sarah J. Maas' first series, Throne of Glass.
  • You fancy pocketing another couple to swoon over!
  • You love retellings of well known stories.
  • You're in the mood to emerse yourself in a new word full of intrigue and power!

I will see you next Wednesday for a review of the next book in the trilogy, A Court of Mist and Fury! Until next time,


Monday, 25 July 2016

Summer


Summer, summer, summer, summer. Every time I hear the word summer, one of two things will predominantly happen.
One: I will reenact the scene from HSM 2. You know, stare and the clock, whisper 'summer' for unnecessarily large period of time? Yeah that one.
Or, Two: You will be graced by my singing of the classic  'We're all going of a summer holiday'. Which, just so you can get a real good picture of this, I only know the 7 words, and the rest is just a well rehearsed string of 'dahs' and 'dos'. Haha.

For me, summer is all about relaxing and letting go of the stress and drama of school. It's a time filled with bright colours and picnics with your friends and going to places you've never been. Have an adventure. Have fun. Whether that's a holiday in Dubai, a sleepover with your best friends, or starting a new netflix show. This summer is a time for you to do you, whatever that may be.

All photos used in this posts are not mine, original links can be found on my Summer pintrest board!

Until next time,

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Simply My Week #1


Hello everyone! Today is the start of a new little segment.

I'm that person who absolutely loves the idea of keeping a diary.  But, saying that, I'm also that person who will write in it consistently for about two days, and then that's that. You can see my conundrum.
So I thought I would do a little post every Sunday, rounding up my week!
 I love reading these sorts of post on other peoples blogs, because I love seeing what people are up too (plus,  I'm really nosey!). I think that looking back at the end of summer at all of these posts will be a sweet reminder of what I got up to in summer 2016!

Monday
Monday was the first day of me being productive and actually going out! I finished school last Tuesday, and allowed myself almost a week to relax in my cocoon, watching Netflix and eating junk food! So, on Monday I wanted to do something a bit different, and ended up going on a mini road trip to Weymouth. Me and my dad spent the day catching a few Pokemon (obviously aha), paddling in the sea, and eating a rather large helping of strawberry cheesecake ice cream (I feel no shame, it was amazing!).

Tuesday 
Tuesday I had planned to go on a trip to Oxford with my best friend. However, yes, this was the day the heatwave struck at its hardest! I think it eventually reached about 36C (!!!). So instead of going on a tour followed by a little boat trip. We did the: go into a museum, get too hot, have to sit outside in the shade, followed by the run between shops that looked like they might have air conditioning!! (big thanks to WHSmith where we spent a good hour pretending to browse!) Saying that, I thought chilling in the car on the way there and back was really fun!

Wednesday
Wednesday was more of a chilling out in the sun day. Thankfully it wasn't as hot as Tuesday, so I could actually brave the outside. My friend came over to hang out, and I helped set up her own blog: EverythingAmyGeorgia!!  So please make sure to go over and have a look around!
We spent the rest of the day doing a bit of sunbathing and making some homemade lemonade (tutorial coming soon!), whilst planning our upcoming posts!

Thursday
Thursday was one of those days where nothing really happens. You wake up late, your breakfast is actually lunch, and by which point you feel theres not much time do anything. So, I spent the day writing a few posts, making the graphics for today's post (pretty swish huh? aha). ooo, I did however watch an amazing film on Netflix called 'Belle', if you're into historical dramas, I really recommend it!

Friday
Friday was spent in a pub!... okay that sounds so bad - I promise no underage drinking was involved!! My mum, my grandparents and I went to a little riverside pub and ordered some drinks (I had a coke I swear!). We sat by the river in the sun, eating chips and having a little chat!

Saturday 
Saturday was my friends post-birthday-day (that made sense in my head). We played a game of crazy golf, in which I destroyed them  (okay so I only won by about two points, but just let my ego have this!). We then  popped into Nandos, AKA my favourite place on this earth, and got some food, followed by a four hour long shopping spree! ... Now I know why my dad hates shopping with me, it just takes me so long to decide what to buy!

I hope you like this type of post! Until Next Time,





Thursday, 21 July 2016

22 Thoughts We All Have During A Heatwave


Man, it is hot! If you live in Britain you will know how I'm feeling right now. I'm actually writing this post because it's too hot to sleep. Yep, that right, it's currently 2am!
I feel that, as a British citizen, it is my legal right to be allowed to complain about the weather, no matter what it's like. And as someone who doesn't particularly enjoy melting in the heat, there was many a complaint in my mind.  So what better way to complain some more than to make a post all about them!
I know we won't all have had the same thoughts, but I figured maybe one of you would relate to at least one of these!


DURING A HEATWAVE | DAY

#1 Too much summer.

#2 #Heatwave  #SomeoneTurnOffTheSun  #NoSeriouslyDoIt

#3 I'm sweating. I'm not even moving, but I'm sweating.

#4 'Just chill out' Oh, you did not just--

#5 I'm thinking day trip to the M&S freezer section, aka the coldest place on earth.

#6 Should I bring an umbrella? I mean, surely this is just a

#7 Why isn't it socially acceptable to walk around naked?

#8 That's it. I'm allergic, I'm allergic to the sun

#9 Okay, so I want a tan, without actually getting hot and sweating... hmm

#10 I'm sweating in places no human should ever sweat - I didn't even know you could sweat there.

#11 OMG A BREEZE. SWEET SALVATION. Wait... the breeze is hot. The breeze is HOT. HOW CAN A BREEZE BE HOT?!  asdjfksfgimi



DURING A HEATWAVE | NIGHT

#12 What fresh hell is this?!

#13 Window open = moths. Window clothes = Me shaped puddle.

#14 Nope, I cant, goodbye covers... Still not okay, goodbye clothing.

#15 I really hope nobody comes into my room in the morning, not a pretty sight.

#16 I'm melting.. *insert witchy voice here*

#17 I cant even remember what rain looks like.

#18 Maybe if I think of something cold I'll cool down...*Where are you Christmas, Why cant I find your..lalalalalala.*   Nope.

#19 Warm side of the pillow. Cold side. Warm side. Cold side.

#20 Feeling the urge to make a Starwars pun.

#21 But do that to myself I would not.  Hey, are you related to Yoda? Because yoda-licious.

#22 Still hot. Yoda wouldn't be hot.


I hope you all have a wonderful summer, and enjoy the heat while it lasts! Until next time,



Monday, 18 July 2016

This Summer on SimplyLaurenElizabeth



Hello Lovely Readers,
I'm back!!! It's summer, and I am finally free from assignments and obligations, and I am now ready to jump back into blogging and get back on track! I really cant tell you how happy saying that makes me! I'm sat here blasting some music from my headphones (destroying my eardrums in the process!) with a little smile on my face, so ready to restart.
I thought for my first post here on the new and improved SimplyLaurenElizabeth I would do a little admin, as it were, and explain what's going to be happening around these parts during the summer!

Okay, so I have decided that this summer I want to get as much content out to you as possible, because I know it's been quite extremely sparse lately. So, every week for the next six, I will be posting three times at the very least!

I've always wanted to keep a bookish section on this blog, so, every Wednesday I plan to post a little book review, or something book related, to keep up with that! And then on Monday and Friday there will just be normal posts!

Remember that  if you ever want to see any specific posts, just leave a quick comment below, or message me over on twitter!

Until next time,

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Finding Audrey | Book review (Spoiler Free)


Hello Everyone! 
Today I thought I'd sit down and write for you a little review... and that rhymed, so we are off to a good start! Lets just jump right into it!


Finding Audrey 

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family. 

Finding Audrey follows the story of a 14 year old Audrey, and her emotional and physical journey of living with depression and severe social anxiety.

Going into this book, I was expecting something extremely sad, and to be crying after every page. However Sophie Kinsella portrayed this important subject with an upbeat background, which i personally think was great to captivate the target audience. 
She is educating the reader on these illnesses, but also showing how they effect peoples every day lives. The author does this by intertwining the narrators feelings and emotions with every day family antics - showing that the people affected by this are just normal people who happen to deal with problems that others may not.

The synopsis makes this book sound like finding a boyfriend cures Audrey's illness, but that isn't the case. Yes, Linus does support her improvement. But this book shows that recovering from a mental illness may be a slow process, and will be full of ups and downs - 'two steps forward, one step back'. This is what made the book for me, it shows that having a boyfriend doesn't cure a mental illness, unlike in some other YA books.

Yes, I was that crazy lady on the bus cackling to herself, but I had good reason! Without a doubt, this book is hilarious! All of the shenanigans going on in the family, really do make you burst out laughing. I think that every character in this book made me laugh at some point. You have Frank, Audrey's sarcastic brother, with a passion for gaming, and going against his mother. Felix, Audrey's 4 year old brother, who does all of the adorable and hilarious things that a 4 year old decides should be happening. Audrey's mum, who is dead set that computers are the devil, and should all be destroyed (literally, this happens). All of these characters, and the hilarity of them, makes the book light hearted, but doesn't degrade the topic of mental illness.

This all ties together to create one big heartwarming story that will make you laugh out loud and burst into tears - and relate to. I think everyone will find something of themselves in Audrey and her family.


You Will Love This Book If:

  • You struggle with anxiety or depression or would like to be more educated on these subjects.
  • You fancy a heartwarming and hilarious read!


Until next time,

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Spring/Summer Wishlist

Hello everyone! I am really pumped to be writing posts today - I'm churning them out left, right and centre!

Lets just begin by saying how crazy it is that its already June! 2016 has just flown by!
Side note- yes, I am aware that I add an exclamation point to everything I write! It's getting seriously out of hand, guys.

Today I thought I'd show you a few things that I really want to get my hands on, and hopefully will very soon! Actually, who am I kidding. I'm that person who has a long list of things she wants to buy, but then never actually buys them, because that involves spending money. Well, here are all of the things that I really like, but will probably never get around to buying because I'm so cheap! haha.


Zoella Sweet Inspirations Body Mist
As I'm sure many of you have heard, Zoe has released a brand new range to add to the 'Zoella beauty' line. I have no idea what this smells like, but I have everybody spray from each range, and this would just add to my little collection! Plus, I'm sure it smells amazing!

MAC Whirl
If you've been here for a while, you will remember my old MAC lipstick wishlist. This was on there, but I haven't gotten around to buying it yet (big surprise there). After watching Tanya Burr's new 90's makeup tutorial, and this lipstick, in my opinion, completing the look, its been bumped up to my most wanted list!

Marble and Coral iPhone Case
I need a new phone case, I really hate mine! My dad bought a case that he figured a teenage girl would like - which means it has kisses and hearts all over it... oh its as bad as it sounds! So I want get one that's a little more très chic, than just totally tragic. And any case with a marble design just calls out to my little heart.

Real Techniques Core Collection Kit
I know, I know, I am so late on that bandwagon! But after hearing some raving reviews, I feel it is time for me to catch up with, and jump on, the bandwagon!

MOTO Pretty Blue Mom Jeans
I have wanted a pair of mom jeans for the longest of times! Whenever I see someone walk past with a pair, I have to point them out. It's gotten to the stage where my best friend knows exactly what I'm pointing at without even looking.
I'm just a little tired with wearing the same style of jeans all of the time, and these would help me mix it up a bit. And plus, they will look amazing in the summer!

Anna Saccone: Libra Rose Gold Necklace
I absolutely love Anna's range! These necklaces are very personal to her, and yet she has still managed to make them look amazing! I had the idea for me and my best friend to get each other matching necklaces for our birthdays, because we were born only a few days apart. Turns out those extra days mean we are different star signs. So that's that idea went out the window! But, you know she can still buy me one... hint hint, haha.

That's all for today! Until next time,

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Monday, 30 May 2016

My Spring Morning Routine | A Collaboration with Sophie Jane




*Note: I had this scheduled for our usual collab time, but it didn't go up! I'm so sorry, but its here now!*

Hello everyone!
I know, i know, I've been such a bad blogger as of late! However, I didn't want to miss my next collaboration with the lovely Sophie Jane, so i am back!
If you're new around here, (hi, hey, hello, welcome!) then you probably wont know whats going on, so let me explain. Every month this year, my blogging bestie and I have decided to do a little collaboration that will bring our blogs, and readers together!
This month, with no holidays or events coming up, we decided to show you our daily routines! We drew it out of a hat, and I got to show you my weekend morning routine and Sophie will be showing her night routine!

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Just to throw out a little note, this is not my morning routine on a daily basis. Im doing my weekend morning routine, to make this a bit more interesting, because, let's be honest, I wake up so late that there is no morning routine! Come on, we all know I am possibly the laziest person ever to walk this earth! haha. So this is what I do when I have one of those weekends where I'm pumped to get up and get some work done!


9:00am 
If I don't have to drag myself out of bed to go to school (trust me, that is not a pretty sight!) then I will usually lie in until around 9:00am! My alarm and I have a strictly 'hate' relationship - nope there is definitely no love there.
Am I the only one who tries to coax myself out of bed by setting my favourite song as my alarm, but after a few days ending up detesting the song because it was an accomplice in waking me up? No? Just me, haha.

09:30am
So usually I will laze around in bed catching up with social media and all that fun stuff. Then I will go and jump in the shower! I don't tend to wash my hair in the mornings, but rather the night before, because I just find that my hair is so thick, and there is so much of it, that it takes forever to dry.


9:50am
It doesn't take me very long in the shower, so by this time I will make my way downstairs and whip up a little smoothie. I try to make it look like it fell out of tumblr, but it never looks as good as it does in my head! Next I will find some breakfast, sit down and relax while I munch away!

10:15am
By this time I will do my skincare routine, brush my teeth and get changed! I've been thinking about doing my first outfit post soon, so if you'd like to see that, send me a little message on twitter or just comment down below!
My skincare routine for the morning does not really consist of much. Just my trusty Simple face wash and toner!

10:45am
Well, this is usually about the end of my morning activities! I'm showing you a day when I don't really have any plans, and I'm not going out - so I will  sit down and read a book or plan some blog posts (can you believe I still do that? Seeing as I've only posted ONCE this month!) 
'Second Chance Summer' is not the book that I am currently reading, but I read this last year and really enjoyed it. Morgan Matson is definitely someone to add to your summer reading list!


That is all for today! Hopefully, because its now the holidays, I will be able to get more posts out to you very soon! Until next time,

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