Inspiration: Hair Edition

Inspiration: Hair Edition
Way back in December, I asked your advice as to what I should do with my hair. Five months down the line and I still haven’t done anything about it, having not had the time to really think about it until now.
It has finally got too long for me – although other people seem to like my long hair better, I don’t feel comfortable with it, it’s getting tangled and knotted all the damn time and Jack loves nothing better at the moment than to try and yank a few strands of Mummy’s hair out of her head 10 times a day – it’s a fun game, it seems…
Whilst I find the (lack of) funds to get me a fab new hairstyle, take a look at some hairstyles and shades I’ve been crushing on recently…

The Katniss Everdeen braid.
Okay, to achieve this look, cutting my hair may seem like a super silly idea, but it doesn’t stop me lusting
after this simple but gorgeous style. If only my tired eyes and hands could be bothered to braid every
morning – this would be how I wore my hair every day.I finished the second book last night and have juststarted Mockingjay…eek!

Drew Barrymore, always.
This woman seems to always get it so right with regards to her hair. Straight, wavy, curly…she suits it all. This is my favourite look of hers though, sleek, polished and beautiful.

                                                         Karen Gillan’s vibrant red.

If I ever dye my hair ginger, can it be this shade please? This girl is b-eee-aut-iful! I adore her and think she is massively underrated as both an actress and a pretty woman –
I mean, look how stunning she is!

Hayden Panettiere’s bob.
I’m not so sure about how old this picture is but this is probably what I most want my hair to look like –
I always seem to go for bobs though so it’d be nice to go for something a little different.. I’m not brave enough for the total chop though!

Have you got any ideas on what styles or shades I should consider?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
[All images sourced through Google Images]

Update: Book Challenge

Update: Book Challenge
It’s nearly 6 months in and how far have I got in my challenge? Not very, I have to admit. Last time I checked in, I was writing about books 3&4 – today, I have four more to share with you. I’m also halfway through Catching Fire, have a book to read for the #kindlebookclub (visit Sarah for more information) after that then I need to get a start on my real and virtual bookshelves. To keep up with my progress, you can find my GoodReads page here.
All pictures are taken from the GoodReads website as the majority have been read on my Kindle and my pictures do not to the covers justice.

5. Beneath The Rainbow by Lisa Shambrook

This book is a brilliant read, it had me crying in
parts, smiling in others. It was recommended to
me by the authors daughter (a fellow blogger)
when I had just got my Kindle and I’m glad I
downloaded it. As you watch Freya’s family try
to get on with their lives after her death through
her eyes, you get drawn in to each character and
find yourself hoping for the best for all of them.

6. The Ghosts Of Varner Creek by Michael Weems
I downloaded this after reading Alycia’s blogpost about
her current reads a couple of months ago. I have to admit
it wasn’t what I expected, yet I did enjoy the story. Midway
through, I did work out the ending which was a little
disappointing but the story was good nonetheless. A worthwhile read.
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I’m sure this book needs no introduction. Yes, I
was late to the party but I totally see what all the
fuss was about. Definitely a Peeta girl! I thought
I could be disappointed with this one with all the
hype surrounding it, but the hype was justified.
Racing through the second book of the trilogy
right now. If you haven’t read these yet, you must!
8. Hitler’s Demons by Helena P Schrader
This is the ebook version of Schrader’s earlier book
An Obsolete Honor. I wasn’t sure if this would be my
sort of thing, seeing as it has a lot of army references
within, however I was always fascinated by my studies
 into Hitler’s Germany during my A-Levels and I was curious into
how a work of fiction revolving around a plot to assassinate Hitler by
his own military officers could pan out. I was pleasantly surprised.
Although I cannot claim to understand all the military references, I
really enjoyed this book. Expect a full review soon.
If you’re currently undertaking a reading challenge, how are you doing?
I’d love to hear about it!
What books or ebooks would you personally recommend? I have a massive to-read pile to get through at the moment, but I could always add a few more to the list!

That Was The Week That Was: A Week In Pictures

That Was The Week That Was: A Week In Pictures
I have to apologise…I totally sucked at taking pictures this week! In fact, these are all from the wedding yesterday!
♥The beautiful couple, Jack & some gorgeous decorations♥
My week has been fairly boring, to be quite honest. I’ve spent the majority of my time indoors, playing with Jack, reading or blogging. I’ve been out a few times but nothing interesting at all – until yesterday that is! I took a trip over to Luton to see my beautiful niece getting married – it was a fantastic day and Jack got to meet some of the family that he hadn’t met until now! My other niece seemed to fall in love with him a little, perhaps I could be a great aunt very soon?? (Very strange saying that!)
I wish my niece all the best in her married life and I think yesterdays wedding more than makes up for having a less than exciting week! I’m sitting here writing this, listening to old 90’s and early 2000’s hits on Spotify…who remembers Dove (I’ll Be Loving You) by Moony? Some right old crackers here!
What have you been doing this week?

REVIEW: Vita-E Natural Vitamin E Cream

REVIEW: Vita-E Natural Vitamin E Cream
I was recently sent the Vita-E Natural Vitamin E Cream(*) to review. If you hadn’t guessed, Vita-E is a natural, fragrance free Vitamin E cream for use at day or night for problem dry skin areas. It is perfect as a moisturiser, which is what I have predominantly been using this as.
The packaging is simple, quite plain, but effective. A white background with green and black writing, it is inoffensive but still pretty enough to keep on your dressing table. All natural ingredients are listed on the label and the product has a screw-top lid which undoes easily to get to the product. The packaging isn’t perhaps the most elegant of designs but it does feel pretty sturdy, so if that you were like me and pretty accident prone, you could be pretty confident that it won’t break.
The cream is thick in consistency, although not gloopy – and like stated on the tub, it is fragrance free. However, it does seem to have a slightly medicated smell about it – I used to have eczema and the smell of this is reminiscent of the cream I used to have for that! It is not very noticeable though and would hardly offend anyone.
The product feels a little greasy when applied, however once it has been left to sink in, it leaves the skin feeling supple and smooth, with no hint of greasiness or oiliness whatsoever. I have been using this cream as a moisturiser instead of my usual product and I have to say it has done wonders for the tiny speckles of dry skin I occasionally get around the bottom of my nose!
The cream leaves skin looking smooth and radiant- no hint of dry skin in sight.
I will definitely be purchasing another tub when I’ve finished this one!
You can buy this cream on the Vita-E website or you can buy it from Boots for the price of £7.49.
Does this seem like your kind of product?
(This post denotes a PR sample)

Book Q&A

Book Q&A
I saw this post the other day on Rosie’s blog and I thought it’d be a fun thing to complete, especially as I am currently partaking in a reading challenge.
So here goes…
The Rules:
1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of your favourite book cover
3. Answer the questions below
4. Tag a few people to answer them too
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that you’ve taken part!

Not the most high-brow of books but as you can see from the state of this, it is a must-loved book – never got the Nectar points though as I picked this up in a charity shop, haha!

I tag any of you that wish to do this tag, but especially Etienne and Rachel.

What are you reading right now?
‘Hitlers Demons’ on the Kindle by Helena P Schrader. I’m not usually one for books based around the time of the World Wars but this is an interesting read. Expect a review when I’m finished.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
I have plenty of books on my Kindle (free and paid for) plus I’ve got Catching Fire, Mockingjay, Woman In Black, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes…come on, you’ve seen the pile!

What 5 books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got round to?

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – I even own this!
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – ditto!
Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
Dracula by Bram Stoker (another I own!)
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
Glamour, Company, Cosmopolitan, Your Home

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
Lord Of The Flies by William Golding. Maybe because we had to read it for school, but it was so boring!

What book seems really popular but you actually hated?

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Sorry, I just couldn’t get into it!

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about everyone?

The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Certainly kept me gripped.

What are your 3 favourite poems?

Remember by Christina Rossetti
Elvis’ Twin Sister by Carol Ann Duffy
A Bird In The House by Elizabeth Jennings

Where do you usually get your books?

I have a Kindle so Amazon plays a huge part in my collection. However, if I really want the paper copy of a book, I’ll buy it anywhere – Amazon, Play, Ebay, Waterstones, charity shops.

Where do you usually read your books?
On the sofa, in bed, in the bath, in the car.

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
My Dad used to read to me every night – that’s about it.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Predictable, I know.

Have you ever “faked” reading a book?

Nope, not even if I hated it.

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?

Only The Goddess Guide by Gisele Scanlon – and what a find that was!

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
Any Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton – especially her stories about the magic, faraway tree.

What book changed your life?
The Harry Potter series. Although I loved reading anyway, J K Rowlings characters definitely cemented that for me.

What is your favourite passage from a book?
I don’t think I have a favourite.
Sophie Kinsella
Agatha Christie
Lee Child
Audrey Niffenegger

What book has no one heard about but should read?
Never Buried by Edie Claire

What 3 books are you an “evangelist” for?
Lucy In The Sky by Paige Toon
The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie

What is your favourite classic book?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I have read it numerous times!

5 other notable mentions?

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Killing Floor by Lee Child
Hard Girls by Martina Cole
The Railway Children by E Nesbit
Any of the Harry Potter series

What are your favourite books? Link me up if you complete this tag!


I don’t really have any!

What are your favourite books by a first-time author?

I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk

What are your top five favourite authors?
J K Rowling