Wednesday, 29 June 2016

An Unexpected Post

Look at me, so classy with my Primark bag full of recycling in shot! Although that's gone now (it's been replaced by more mess) these photos were from a long while back when I was just going to a hospital appointment I think. In fact that's where I definitely was going because I remember now these shoes being a pain in the ass to get on and off! They weigh me every time at the CF Clinic and every time I forget to just wear shoes you can easily slip off.

Coat | Marks & Spencer (similar here)
Jumper | Daisy Street (similar here)
Jeans | J Brand (check out BrandAlley for bargains!)
Shoes | Converse
Bag | Mulberry

There's no way I could wear this outfit now because it's too hot but I didn't want a waste of my wonderful photos (HAHAHA) but hopefully it'll still be relevant because it's raining at the mo so someone somewhere reading this is probably a bit chilly?

OH and I am in hospital right now, got ill over the weekend and am currently typing this on my phone in the High Dependency Unit - such larks! Will update you properly on that but for now I just felt like not breaking my 'being good at regular posting' thing I've had going on the past couple of weeks as this was in my drafts :-) Hope you're well!! 

Friday, 24 June 2016

The Secret Speech Review

The Secret Speech has been sitting in my to-read pile since I got it for my birthday last year but since so much of my reading time was dedicated to the A Song Of Ice And Fire series I've not long gotten round to this. It's the sequel to Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, a book I really loved (see review here) so I was super keen to see if this matched up.

Leo Demidov is back and trying to play happy families in post-Stalin Russia. One of my complaints about the previous book was that the ending was too clichéd and happy (I know, I don't know why I'm so mean) but it appears all is not as it seems and Leo's family home isn't quite as idyllic as he and his wife Raisa would like. Despite trying to lead an honourable life now, his past as an officer for the state is beginning to catch up with him putting all of their lives in danger. Again, this book is based on real events (Krushchev's speech, the uprising in Hungary) and I found this interesting as I'd not read any fictional books set in this era. I bet in real life it was a weird time so I'd definitely like to read more about it!

I think Child 44 was more of a head spin but The Secret Speech was still good enough to keep me gripped and it only took me a few days to finish it (rare for me these days!) There's a final book in the trilogy, Agent 6, that I want to get my hands on although at first glance it seems a bit over the top - there were times I thought the first two books were a bit far fetched but this seems like something else! But I think where it mixes in real life history I forget that it's not actually a true story - it's a crime/action fictional novel so it's going to be a bit OTT! I can't wait to read it though, I've become quite attached to our characters - especially Zoya, I hope we see her develop more as a person as she seems quite kick-ass. I do like the fact that Leo is so flawed too, The Secret Speech reveals just how much of a horrid person he was so it's kind of taught me a bit about myself and how I feel about forgiveness etc - bit deep, I know! So although it has all these crazy action scenes and it's quite violent so there's always something to keep you on your toes but there's quite an interesting psychological aspect to the book too. We have men who have done terrible things trying to atone whilst the people they committed these atrocities against are out to get revenge so it does blur the line between who is good and who is bad. Although I found the 'villains' to be very clichéd at times, I really liked that our 'heroes' are flawed.

All in all I'd recommend this if you're a fan of twisty, action-packed thrillers.

Have you read this book? What thrillers can you recommend? 


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Love Always

Hello! So here is an attempt at dressing girly. I bought these Zara embroidered jeans almost immediately after watching Olivia's video (her channel is one of my absolute favourites, do check it out!) I don't like a lot of this patched denim stuff because I think it can be a bit OTT and although these are a little bit gimmicky I still do think they're rather cute. I've gotten loads of wear out of them since I bought them, which I wasn't really expecting to be honest. 

zara embroidered jeans, asos swing t shirt
zara embroidered jeans
whistles pineapple necklace
Zara embroidered jeans, asos swing t-shirt, mulberry bayswater bag
Tee | ASOS
Jeans | Zara (sold out online but I like these ones)
Sandals | GAP (old but similar here)
Bag | Mulberry 
Necklace | Whistles 

Sorry for the awkward #belfie (and I'm sorry for using that word...) I tried to get a picture of the cuffs too but those photos looked even worse so you can see it better here on the actual Zara site. When I bought these I was wanting to wear them with Converse and my leather jacket but it's been a bit too hot for that lately and also I wanted to wear my new ASOS tee because I'm a bit obsessed with pink right now - hence my lovely new blog layout by pipdig! Kind of matches my room too, how's that for next level co-ordination? Talking about my room, I'm so sorry about the mess! But what precious little energy I have is being saved for more fun things than tidying up ;-)

Such as spending time with Baby Florrie! She's stayed over the past couple of nights and she's such a bubba - I thought my heart was gonna burst because she calls me 'Jo' now <3 So clever!

Well I hope you're good! Oh and who watched Game Of Thrones on Monday? Was it not one of the best bits of telly ever? It blew my tiny mind.

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