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Thursday, 19 July 2018

The Body Shop Bath Bombs Review

A while ago I noticed that The Body Shop had released a new range of bath bombs and I can't even tell you how happy that made me. That might seem a little weird, I just love a pamper night with a relaxing bath but the price of some of my favourite bath bombs just seemed to have increased over the last year or so I stopped buying them as often. I just can't justify spending £5 on something that's going to disappear in minutes. I'd been turning to Bomb Cosmetics which tend to be around £3 each but when I saw these were only £1/£1.50, I couldn't wait to pick up a few and see how they compared.
The Body Shop Bath Bombs Review
I only managed to pick two up last time I placed a little order but they do quite a few other scents too which I'm definitely going to look out for in future. This time I managed to get hold of the Candied Plum Bath Bomb and the Pink Grapefruit Bath Bubble.

Candied Plum - Starting with the Candied Plum bath bomb, I was honestly so impressed. Though it's far smaller than usual bath bombs you might find, the impact in the water was pretty much the same I'd say. As soon as it the water, it started fizzing away releasing a beautiful purple colour. It didn't have any pretty patterns or any other colours emerging from it which I've found with other bath bombs in the past but the purple was beautiful and though it might not have picked up on it very well on the photo, the colour just intensified as it went on. It also had a beautiful sweet scent which filled the bathroom and it definitely didn't fizzle away quickly which I was happy about.
The Body Shop Bath Bombs Review
Pink Grapefruit - It's not often I use bubble bars anymore, I always tend to reach for bath bombs but I was really excited to see what this was like. As soon as I took it out of the packaging, the strong grapefruit scent hit me and like with the candied plum, it completely filled the bathroom. It was gorgeous! Grapefruit is one of my favourite ranges from The Body Shop anyway as it's just so refreshing. I held this under the tap and let it slowly break down and fill the tub with a lovely pastel pink. I ended up using this all in one bath but I definitely think I could have got another use out of it. This definitely didn't create the brightest colour ever but the pastel pink was so pretty. The scent alone is a winner for me but for the price you can't go wrong with this!
The Body Shop Bath Bombs Review
The Body Shop Bath Bombs Review
Overall I'm so impressed with the bath bombs I've tried so far from The Body Shop. The price is just brilliant, and whilst they are only small, I don't think you miss out on anything that you get with bigger and more expensive ones from other brands. I'm definitely going to pick more up next time as they're so handy to have in for a little pamper evening. I also think they make great stocking fillers for Christmas or as little extras to throw into someones birthday presents!

Have you tried any of the bath bombs from The Body Shop?

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Broadway To West End Transfers I'd Love To Happen

A few weeks ago I wrote a post all about why I love musical theatre so much and it got such a good response. I was so nervous to publish it because it's one of those things that I find not everyone gets and I just didn't want it to look weird, but as I said in the post I want to start blogging more about the things I genuinely love and the things that make me, me and musicals is one of those things. So I'm going to be posting more musical type posts when I feel like it and today I wanted to talk about a few of the Broadway to West End transfers I'd love to happen. We have so many incredible shows in the West End, but so many have opened up on Broadway over the last few years that I would just love to see doing well over here too.
Broadway To West End Transfers I'd Love To Happen
Waitress - I first listened to this soundtrack last year and I soon got hooked. It's done so well in America and I can totally see why. It's inspired by the Adrienne Shelly film of the same name, and it tells the story of Jenna a waitress and pie maker, in an unhappy life, dreaming of more. A baking contest nearby and the town's new doctor could give her a new start in life though, but as with anything it's not all as straight forward as you might hope. With music by Sara Bareilles, everything about the show just seems brilliant. I could listen to the soundtrack over and over, and ever since that first time I've been desperate to see it on stage. There have been some incredible actresses playing the role of Jenna in the Broadway version and I personally think Rachel Tucker who I saw in Wicked, would be perfect for when it eventually does come to the West End.

Dear Evan Hansen - I actually discovered this around the same time as Waitress and for a long time I just alternated between the two. The first song I heard from this was Waving Through A Window and it instantly resonated with me. As Evan suffers with anxiety and that is something he struggles with throughout the show, and sort of is the reason for some of the decisions he makes, I just felt like I could totally relate to it. I mentioned in a previous musical post that if you know anyone with anxiety, it's a song you have to listen to as I feel it explains a little what it's like for that person with anxiety and how lonely it can be sometimes. I've read quite a few posts from other people who have said how brilliant it is that there is a show like this highlighting the struggle of anxiety and what it sometimes feels like for those with it, and I totally agree. Just from the soundtrack I wouldn't say it's particularly the most uplifting musical ever but an important one and there are some amazing songs included.

Frozen - Whilst this isn't my favourite ever Disney film, though it's not too far from the top of the list, I would absolutely love to see the story come to life on stage. It's doing so incredibly well on Broadway at the moment and I can't see it being too long before it comes to London. I mean, it's Frozen! Hearing Let It Go live would just be amazing, even now when I watch the film it still gives me goosebumps when it starts.

Mean Girls - This has only recently opened on Broadway but it's another one that is completely smashing it and given the success of the film, surely it's going to come over here too? From what I've read online quite a few people seem to think it's going to be here sooner rather than later and I am so excited for it. It's one of those films that I can watch over and over, and never get bored and I'd just love to see how they've managed to turn it into a stage show. Some of the songs are so catchy!

Are there any shows you'd love to see on the West End?

Similar posts - My favourite musical soundtracks // Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre review

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

My Summer Beauty Picks

I'm not going to lie, the contents of my makeup bag pretty much stays the same all year round apart from a few bits here and there. I'm just not adventurous with my makeup, I know what suits me and what I feel comfortable with so I don't tend to really experiment with it too much. That being said I do love treating myself to a few new beauty bits every so often, who doesn't? Recently I've replaced a few of my trusty products and switched in some new brands to change things up a little for Summer so I thought I'd share my current picks for my makeup bag.
My Summer Beauty Picks
The first thing I wanted to mention is my foundation as I recently changed from my favourite Rimmel Lasting Finish to the L'oreal Paris True Match. I've done a full post on this so I won't go on too much but I've been so impressed and I just wish I'd made the change sooner! I'm sure I'll go back to the Rimmel foundation at some point as it works so well with my skin but the True Match has been far better than I expected. It's definitely different as it's much more lightweight and buildable but overall it gives a nice finish. I'm currently still using my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I just haven't found anything better than this and I can't see myself buying any different any time soon. It's so affordable and is fab at covering up any breakouts. The final few products I've been using are the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit, Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush in the shade Pink Rose and my usual Maybelline Matte Maker Powder. I'm still so sad Seventeen have been discontinued, this contour palette is brilliant and I really don't want to have to try and find another. The blush has been a go to of mine for a few years now and for £3.99 you just can't go wrong! The same goes for the powder, I don't see the point in spending loads on a product like that. I don't always use highlighter but if so I tend to reach for my Manna Kadar 3-in-1 which gives such a lovely glow. I've had this Benefit Roller Lash Mascara for a while but I recently picked up the Maybelline Lash Sensational to replace it so I can't wait to see if it's as good as everyone says. Finally I have my Max Factor lipstick in the shade Burnt Caramel. I've lost count of the amount of times I've mentioned this on my blog, it's just the perfect shade for me and I don't often use anything else.
My Summer Beauty Picks
One beauty product I am always buying more of is nail polish and in Summer especially I just can't help myself. I am all about the pretty pastels and I'm currently obsessed with the CND Vinylux polishes so I know these are going to be a go to of mine during the next few months. The pastel yellow colour is beautiful and just perfect if you're going on holiday. I never used to like having yellow nail polish on but there's just something about this that looks gorgeous. I'm also really enjoying the shade Dragon Fruit by Barry M at the moment too which is a beautiful light pink, again great with a tan!
My Summer Beauty Picks
The final few things I'm using a lot at the moment are my Just Pink Perfume and my Peach Body Mist from The Body Shop. I picked up Just Pink from Next last year for about £12 and as it's such a big bottle, I'm still yet to get through it! I tend to reach for this a lot in Summer as it's so sweet, and I'm pretty sure it's one I'll always repurchase. You can't beat The Body Shop for the best smelling scents. The peach range is so up my street and I still can't get over how nice this body mist is. Again it's another perfect one for Summer, it just makes me think of being on holiday every time I use it. It's so fresh and sweet and it really lingers which I love.

So that's some of my summer beauty picks! When I find something I love I tend to stick with it and it takes a lot for me to try a different brand, so these really are trusty favourites of mine. I'd love to know if you're a fan of any of these products too?

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Monday, 16 July 2018

2500 Twitter Followers Giveaway!

This is just an extra little bonus post today to let you know if you haven't already seen that I'm currently running a giveaway over on my Twitter! I recently hit 2500 followers on there and it's been ages since my first giveaway so I thought now was the perfect time! It's just a few beauty bits, some products I've also tried myself over the last few months and loved so I was desperate to share them with you too! All you have to do to enter is follow me over on Twitter, you can find me here and then retweet my pinned tweet. Full details below.
2500 Twitter Followers Giveaway
WHAT YOU WILL WIN
- 2x Bilou Shower Foams in the scents Tasty Donut and Cotton Candy
- 3x 7th Heaven face masks
- 3x Nivea Urban Detox face masks
- A mini Soap and Glory Clean On Me shower gel
- A gorgeous New Look necklace
- Nivea Peach Lip Balm

HOW TO ENTER
Twitter - follow me here and RT my pinned tweet

T&C
- UK Only
- No quote tweets
- Must be following on Twitter and have RT the pinned tweet
- Ends 13th August
- Winner will be selected at random and contacted on the 14th August
2500 Twitter Followers Giveaway
2500 Twitter Followers Giveaway
GOOD LUCK! I'd love as many people to enter as possible, there are some fab products included!

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Five Years From Now By Paige Toon Book Review

It's currently 1am in the morning on the 12th of July and I've just finished reading Five Years From Now by Paige Toon, and whilst this post won't be going up straight away, I felt compelled to write my review now. I'd seen this book a few times whilst I was out over the last few weeks and straight away it looked like one I was going to enjoy, luckily George got it me for our anniversary as he knows I've really been into reading again recently and after starting it last Tuesday night, I was done within 24 hours. I just couldn't put it down! Out of the few books I've reviewed recently I think this is going to be the one I really struggle to keep spoiler free. I'm going to try my best but I just have so much I want to say.
Five Years From Now by Paige Toon Book Review
What if you met the right person at the wrong time? Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart. Five years later, they find each other. Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they must separate. For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? and will it be together?

My review - Nell and Van meet at the young age of 5 and soon become inseparable. After a tragedy occurs when they are 10, they are forced apart and Van moves to Australia to live with his dad, with Nell staying in Cornwall with her dad. Though they stay in contact and maintain that close relationship as best as they can, it isn't until he returns for Christmas when they are both 15 that they realise there might be something more between them. Torn between their feelings for each other and worry about what other people may think, the book is essentially about whether they could ever really be together, and I found it absolutely heartbreaking. From the death of a family member to them having to say goodbye to each other again at age of 15 when they've realised they're in love with each other, it was just an emotional rollercoaster. I felt so invested in their relationship, it was intense, painful and beautiful, I was so willing every 5 years when fate brought them together again for it to just finally work out for them. I don't want to spoilt it in case you haven't read it but be prepared for lots of twists and turns, it was never going to be easy for them, one lives on the other half of the world, children get involved and sometimes life just gets in the way but the love they have for each other is always there. When reading this I found myself smiling away, just loving the relationship between Nell and Van. It was written perfectly, you could feel the chemistry between them from the words on the page. With that though there were also some really sad parts, in fact that doesn't feel justice enough for one particular part with Nell's dad later on in the story. I was sobbing, like 'I can't breathe' sobbing and I can't remember the last time a book made me feel like that. Each time we skip five years and we come back to Nell and Van, my love for the characters just grows but I do feel a bit mixed about the ending. I don't want to ruin it for you but it's very bittersweet, and a reminder that life doesn't always work out as you might imagine. I totally get that and understand why Paige Toon went the way she did with it but I'm a romantic and I love, a good love story so in my ideal world, it would have maybe gone a little differently and been wrapped up in another way. I also found there was so much build up in the first few chapters, building up that relationship between Nell and Van, that I did get so emotionally invested into it, that the last few chapters where they were both older felt a little rushed to me. Maybe that isn't the right word but I just felt that once the decision had been made to take it in a certain direction, it ended very quickly and I just wanted more. I did absolutely love the book on the whole though and there are several parts I've gone back and re-read because I enjoyed them so much, there were just a few little things I wish would have been different but that's life. Paige has written a wonderful love story and I'm so glad I read it, I was a broken woman by the end of it but that shows it was a good book. It made me feel such a range of emotions and it's been a long time since a book last made me feel like that.

'One day, maybe five years from now, you'll look back and understand why this happened'

Have you read Five Years From Now? I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have!


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Friday, 13 July 2018

Summer Clothing Wishlist - Quiz, Asos & Yours*

It has been so long since I last did a wishlist blog post! I used to do them quite a lot but recently I've just not really found much I've wanted to buy. Now Summer is well and truly here, I think it's the perfect time to do a bit of online shopping though for new bits to add to my wardrobe. Whenever it gets warm, I realise how much of my clothes are suited to Winter!
Summer Clothing Wishlist - Quiz, Asos & Yours*
QUIZ
The first place I've been looking at is Quiz. It's actually been ages since I last shopped there but they've got some gorgeous pieces in at the moment, from Sequin Dresses to casual tops, you can pretty much find everything you need for the Summer. Whilst sequin dresses might seem a bit extravagant, if you have any events or parties coming up over the next few months, you are sure to find something with Quiz, one that has caught my eye is the Grey Bardot Maxi! A few other things I love more for wearing during the day, this Navy Crepe Necklace Top is so pretty and looks like it would be so comfortable to wear when it's warm, love the added bonus of the necklace too. I love the Yellow Floral Cold Shoulder Frill Top, it's not often I go for something like this but it's just so summery and it's perfect for that pop of colour. Finally Kimonos are something I turn to quite a lot during Summer, they are great for a little cover up but not as heavy as a jacket and they can really turn a plain outfit into something a bit special. I love this Black Multicoloured one and it's currently on sale!
Quiz - Summer Clothing Wishlist
ASOS
Asos is always one of my go to places for new clothes, and whilst they don't currently have loads that is taking my fancy, I have spotted a few pieces which I think are perfect for Summer. It's not often I wear skirts but I have one similar to this Jersey Pencil Skirt that is so comfortable and I get so much wear out of it when it's warm. I really need more and this colour is gorgeous! Speaking of skirts I also really like this Leopard Print Mini, I think it would look so nice with a black t-shirt and some sandals. I love a simple vest and this white lace cami is perfect. The lace just adds something a little extra to it and makes it a top that could be worn in the day or for a more fancy occasion. Onto shoes not that I really need any, I really like these champagne espadrilles. I don't have anything like this at the moment though I used to, and they were my absolute favourite!
Asos - Summer Clothing Wishlist
YOURS CLOTHING
I picked up a few bits from Yours Clothing a while ago and they have been some of my go to clothes over the last few months! I just find the fit is brilliant, really true to size and they last so well. I picked up one of these Cross Front Vests last time, it is pretty much my favourite top in my wardrobe and as I've seen they do about 5 other designs I think I need to pick up a few more. I love the black vest with flowers on and also the plain white is a nice basic one to have in to just throw on with jeans and sandals. Back to skirts I found this beautiful Green Palm Leaf patterned one and it just makes me think of holidays. It looks so comfortable and could easily just be worn with a plain vest for a light outfit on a hot day. I keep being drawn to things like this so maybe I just need to take the plunge and give it a go this Summer.
Yours - Summer Clothing WishlistWhat's on your Summer wishlist at the moment?

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

My Dream Road Trip Through Germany and How To Prepare*

I've absolutely loved posting more travel content over the last few months. From documenting our honeymoon to Paris, weekend breaks to York and London and even tips on budgeting for holidays, this has been some of my favourite content recently and today I'm going to speak about something I haven't covered yet, road trips! Most recently when planning any future holidays, we've tended to think more about the all inclusive beach holidays, or doing something similar to Paris and going on a city break, but something that always seems to crop up is doing some sort of road trip. From taking the 9 hour trip down to somewhere like Cornwall for a classic English holiday or even travelling to America and driving down Route 66, there is just something about getting in the car and seeing where it takes us that is so exciting.
My Dream Road Trip Through Germany and How To Prepare*
Where I would love to road trip to

The first place that springs to my mind when planning a road trip is Germany. It was where I was born and lived for a very short amount of time, and after going back and visiting years ago and driving that journey, it's something I've thought of many times as I'd love to do that with George one day. It's a simple drive and ferry to Holland and then you can pretty much drive to any of the major cities where each of them have something different to offer. One of the main places I'd like to drive to is Hannover, known as the great garden, it's one of Germany's most beautiful cities. There is also Hamburg, their second largest and greenest city which is full of wonderful promenades, canals and grand merchant's houses, it just looks like such a picturesque place. Lastly there is Cologne where you can see the world famous cathedral and take in the art and culture scene there. Of course I'd also love to drive to the place I lived when I was first born, I think that would be so special to see again and especially being able to take George and show him everything for the first time. You might not necessarily jump to Germany when thinking of a holiday or city break but it really is an incredible place and I think it would be perfect for our first proper road trip, and it's one of those places that just looks stunning all year round. Around Christmas there is of course all of the markets to visit too!
Germany
How to prepare for a road trip

Check your tyres - before a road trip it's important to check your tyres and ensure they're fit for the journey. With the help of TyrePlus there are several things you can do minimise the risk of any breakdowns or accidents whilst you are away. One of their main tips is to check your tyres are inflated properly as both under and over inflated tyres can be dangerous. Under inflation can cause issues such as tyres flexing more meaning more heat therefore putting them at risk of blowouts, and over inflation can cause problems with braking and handling. They also recommend checking your tyres' dread depth which can be done with just a simple 20p coin! There was actually far more than I realised that needed to be considered with your tyres so it really is important that you check they are up for the long trip.

Read up on driving in another country - When road tripping through Europe you need to make sure you've read up on the rules of the road in other countries. There are several things to know about including which side of the road you drive on, overtaking and road signs just to name a few. No matter how much of a good driver you are at home, sometimes driving in another country is a whole different thing and you definitely need to be prepared for how different it can be.

Pack the essentials - One final thing, as with any holiday is to ensure you've got all important documents with you. From booking confirmations of hotels to travel documents, passports, driving license etc, you do not want to lose sight of any of them. I usually like to keep all of the important documents in a little wallet when travelling just so I know they are all together and then I keep this in a safe place in our luggage. Aside from that it's really just making sure you take everything else you think you might need for the long journey, I'm a bit of an overpacker but I'd rather be prepared with plenty of clothes, toiletries, snacks, drinks etc than not have enough for the journey!

Have you ever done a roadtrip? or have you got any places in mind?

Similar Post - Our honeymoon to Paris!

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Current Netflix Top Picks #2

I've done quite a few TV/film related posts over the last year or so because I'm pretty much always watching something, usually some sort of boxset and I always like to share my recommendations and get others from other people too. A while ago I started almost a little Netflix series on my blog with some of my favourite picks at the time and as I've watched quite a few new things recently again I thought it was about time for a second post. Netflix have released some brilliant films recently so if you're looking for something new to get stuck into, hopefully this will give you some inspiration.
Current Netflix Top Picks #2
The Kissing Booth - I don't know why it took me so long to watch this! As soon as it arrived on Netflix, people on my Twitter timeline were raving about it but I'm one of those people that is then put off by that and so I just waited ages. One night though there was absolutely nothing else on so we gave this a watch and I absolutely loved it! It's about Elle who's never been kissed and she decides to run a kissing booth at her school's Spring Carnival. Here she finds herself kissing her secret crush, Noah Flynn, but the problem is he's the brother of her best friend. I never expected to enjoy it so much but I'm definitely going to be watching it again. It's cheesy, it's funny, and just a typical rom com. I also love that the two leads are together in real life!
The Kissing Booth
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The Edge of 17 - Another film I'd put off for so long, I just never thought it looked that brilliant but it's another one I ended up really enjoying. It has a bit of a similar storyline to The Kissing Booth as it's about Nadine who is already struggling with life and then her older brother starts dating her best friend. It was definitely more deep than The Kissing Booth as Nadine has had other struggles too to deal with but definitely just as good. I loved the friendship between her and Erwin and really hope she got her happy ending too. Another great romcom if that's the sort of film you're into.
The Edge of 17
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Set It Up - Netflix really are going for it with their original films at the moment and this was one I was so excited to see. I saw the trailer for it a few weeks before it was available to watch, and the film definitely didn't disappoint. It stars Zoey Deutch who I've really liked in films before and Glen Powell and together they are so funny. It's about two assistants in New York who are both struggling with the demands from their bosses. They decide to set them up on a date to try and get them off their backs, but obviously there are lots of twists and turns throughout. I've heard rumours of a sequel so I'm looking forward to seeing where they could take it next.
Set it up
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Riverdale - I mentioned this in my May favourites and there was no way I could miss putting it in this post. It's one of those shows that some people love and some people hate. It took me such a long time to watch it as I'd heard such mixed things but I'm so glad I did, because I got hooked pretty quickly and now I'm so ready for series 3. The plot is centered around the character Archie and his friends who live in a small town that actually isn't that safe and has a lot of darkness and mystery surrounding it. The most recent series was based around who the 'blackhood killer' was and I'm so excited to see where it goes next. If you were a fan of Pretty Little Liars and want something to replace that, definitely give this a watch.
Riverdale
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Jane The Virgin - I started this around the same time as Riverdale and I'm still trying to get through it as each series has a load of episodes but I do really enjoy it. It's about Jane, a devout catholic woman who discovers she was accidentally artificially inseminated. Quite quickly she is thrown into this new world of parenting and she has to make some tough decisions over who she wants to be with, her original boyfriend Michael or the baby's dad, Rafael. There is so much more to it than that but I wouldn't be able to explain it well enough to do it justice.I'm only near the end of series 2 and I think I have 2 more to go so I'm sure there's still loads more drama to come, but it's another great one to really get stuck into.
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There were so many other shows and films I could have included in this post but these are a few that really stood out to me over the last few months. I'm so excited to see what else Netflix bring out this year as there have been some real winners recently.

What have you been loving on Netflix recently? Have you watched any of these?

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

5 MORE West End Shows I'd Like To See

Last year in April I did a post about 5 West End shows I wanted to see and that included ones like Mamma Mia, School of Rock and Les Miserables. Since then my love for musical theatre has just grown and grown and so I now have a list as long as my arm of shows I'd love to see. As there are now so many shows on my radar I thought I would do another post with 5 more shows I'm hoping to go and see, and I'd love to know if you've seen them and what you thought!
5 More West End Shows I'd Like To See
Hamilton - I wasn't sure whether to include this one or not as George and I are actually going to see it in December, but it's just too big of a show not to mention. I heard about Hamilton last year just before it came to the West End and at first I didn't really understand the hype. I didn't see how a show about Alexander Hamilton and his life would be that entertaining but after one day listening to a few songs on the soundtrack, I quickly realised that this show was different. It didn't take long for me to fully immerse myself in the whole soundtrack and now I don't think a day goes by where I don't listen to at least a little bit of it. I eventually got George onto it, and at first he was the same as me but soon enough we were both thinking, we have to go and see this! Show after show gets booked up so quickly though and most tickets tend to be around £250 each which I can't justify so I didn't expect to be seeing it for years. After having a quick look a few weeks ago though we noticed a new booking period had opened meaning lots of tickets were available for shows later in the year and actually at a more reasonable price so straight away we booked them and now it's just a countdown until we go. If you do want to see it any time soon, now is definitely the time to look as there are still loads left for lots of bookings up until around Christmas to March. The soundtrack is just incredible and I'm so excited to see it live, the thought of it makes me want to cry.

The Phantom of the Opera - This is just a classic and whilst it's not at the top of my list, it's definitely one I'd love to see in a few years. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical has been going since 1986 but is still just as popular today so it's clearly a very special show. With memorable music, set and costumes, I think it would just be an incredible show to see. It's definitely one of the more serious shows on this list and even compared to the ones we've already seen, so I think it would be nice to see it one day and it be completely different to anything else. Some of the songs on the soundtrack are brilliant, The Music of the Night, All I Ask of You and of course The Phantom of the Opera.

Heathers - This has been playing in London for a few weeks now and it was supposed to be an 8 week run but they've just announced an extension and whilst I don't think we'll get to see it this time while it's around, I'd love to see it one day if it comes back again. This is one of those shows I'd only heard the tiniest amount about so when it came back I didn't think much of it but since it's started again and they've got names like Carrie Hope Fletcher starring, all I've heard is good reviews. I started listening to the soundtrack a few weeks ago and there are some amazing songs on there! I'm obsessed with Candy Store and Dead Girl Walking and I'd love to see them live. Heathers is actually quite a dark story so it would be interesting to see how it plays out on stage.

Chicago - I've heard really mixed things about this show, but that's kind of what makes me want to go and see it. This is currently playing in London until January so it's not a show I'll be seeing any time soon and I'm not desperate to but after absolutely loving the film I do think I should see it one day just to see how it compares. I thought the film was just brilliant and I loved the music but I have heard the stage version is very different so I think whenever I see it, it could go either way for me really.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie - As I'm from Sheffield and this is set in Sheffield, it's one I have to see one day I think. It did so well when it started here that it moved to the west end and it just seems to have grown in popularity since. It's about the inspirational story of Jamie New, a 16 year old schoolboy who decides he wants to go to his school prom in a dress. It's based on a true story, taking inspiration from a BBC Three documentary on Jamie Campbell, and it's full of infectious music including 'And You Don't Even Know It' which I'm currently obsessed with.

I'm already thinking about other shows I'd like to see too but for now these are the ones at the top of my list. I just want to see everything! I'm loving writing more about theatre at the moment, it makes me so happy so expect more posts like this in the future.

Have you seen any musicals recently?


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Monday, 9 July 2018

Getting Office Ready with Personalised Stationery from Ryman*

A few weeks ago I mentioned in a little office update that we were finally on track and close to finishing the room, and as we get closer and closer to that dream home office, I've been going a little mad with stationery. Does anyone else have a thing for buying notebooks? I don't know what it is, but I can't help myself! Whilst I already have a little stack of books, pens and more ready for the office, I wasn't going to say no when Ryman got in touch and asked if I'd like to try out some of their personalised stationery!
Getting Office Ready with Personalised Stationery from Ryman*
I knew Ryman were known for their stationery but I had no idea that they also did personalised products. As I've mentioned many times on my blog, I love having the opportunity to personalise products when I can, especially when it comes to gifts, so I was so excited to try some of the range out.

With blogging full time now I find each week there are a variety of tasks I need to keep on top of so I'm always using different notebooks to make lists. So much more goes into blogging than most might realise and each week I like to try and come up with a plan of what needs doing that week. This Personalised Soft Cover Notebook (£14.99) from Ryman is great for helping you stay organised. It's a place to keep note of blog posts to write, emails to send, invoices to create, tweets to schedule and more. If I don't have it written down it all gets jumbled in my head and that's when I get stressed. A new notebooks always fills me with joy and this one has been lovely to use. First of all I love the text on the front, the gold foil goes so well with the purple and I love the font that has been used, I know it's going to look perfect on my desk. Inside are ivory coloured ruled pages, perfect for making notes and it also features an elastic closure. If you know a stationery lover then one of these would make a wonderful gift!
Ryman Personalised Notebook
Ryman Personalised Notebook
The next thing I was sent was the Engraved Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen in Violet (£22.99) I adore the colour of it, it matches well with my notebook and definitely goes with the sort of colour scheme I'm going for with my desk. Pens are actually something I never buy, we just seem to have loads dotted around and in drawers, and I especially never treat myself to one like this so this was lovely to receive. This has been so nice to write with and it's such high quality. It's ideal for everyday use, features a retractable medium point nib and blue ink and the personalisation just adds to it. It also arrives in a Parker gift box so would make a wonderful little present for someone.
Ryman Engraved Ballpoint Pen
Ryman Engraved Ballpoint Pen
The last thing I was sent was a Personalised Mug (£8.99) which is going to be fab for all of my cups of tea throughout the day! I'm always buying mugs, it's a bit of a problem but how could I say no to this one? My thinking is that because I have so many, I can keep one as a pen holder on my desk, that way they are actually being used! This ceramic white mug feels brilliant quality and I love the personalisation that has been added. I kept it simple and went for T is for Tiffany, but I've seen other bloggers get a bit more creative, fellow blogger Abbey has B for Blogger on hers and I absolutely love that idea! You can add whatever you like and as with the previous products I've mentioned, it's another great one to consider for future birthday and Christmas presents.
Ryman Personalised Mug
I'm so happy with all of my personalised stationery from Ryman and I can't wait to use all of these in the completed office. I find having new stationery like this makes working so much more enjoyable and actually makes me far more motivated! If you want to treat yourself or someone else to some personalised stationery bits like these, make sure you have a look on the Ryman website for lots of ideas!

Are you a bit stationery obsessed too?

*Products sent for the purpose of this post

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

4 Of My Favourite Book To Film Adaptations

As I've been really enjoying reading book after book so far this year, I'm keen to do a few more book related posts. One of my current favourite bloggers is Jenny from Jenny In Neverland and I saw she recently did a post full of ideas for those who love books and one of them was about favourite book to film adaptations. I was so keen to write this one up as over the last few years there have definitely been a few that have been made into films that I've loved, I've just never thought to share my feelings on them on my blog. Every time one of my favourite books gets made into a movie, I always worry that they won't be able to do it justice but there are 4 that came to my head that really impressed me and I thought I'd share them with you!
4 Of My Favourite Book To Film Adaptations
P.S I Love You - I read this book a long, long time ago and first watched the film when I was 13 and it's stuck with me ever since. I absolutely loved the book and it's only since re-reading it that I've been able to see how well they made the transition into film. Cecelia Ahern has been one of my favourite authors since PS I Love You and I'm so glad the film turned out as good as it did. I still remember the first time I saw it, at the cinema with a group of friends and we were all absolutely sobbing by the end. I've watched it loads since and every single time I end up a mess. The story is so sad but then there are parts that are funny and bittersweet, and Gerard Butler is just perfect in it. I haven't watched it for a long time because it actually breaks my heart and even thinking about it whilst writing this I feel emotional, but I think it will always be one of my favourites.
4 Of My Favourite Book To Film Adaptations
Gone Girl - I actually watched the film before reading the book as I mentioned in my recent review but once I had finally read it, I realised what a good job they had done in turning such a complex story into a film. As the book alternates between the narrative of husband Nick Dunne and missing wife Amy, it's quite a hard one to get your head round sometimes. So much happens in the book and in so much detail but to say they obviously can't include every single thing in the film, I really don't think anything major was missed and it all flowed just as the book did. The film is absolutely brilliant, so tense, but so is the book, and it's one of those stories that keeps you guessing for such a long time as neither of the characters can be trusted. I think the choices for Nick and Amy - Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike were perfect.
Fifty Shades of Grey - Despite lots of people not being a fan of the Fifty Shades series, I'm part of the club that loves it and I'm so happy with how the films turned out. I totally get that some people think the books are badly written and whilst they're certainly not the best thing I've ever read, I'd read them again and I love how Christian and Ana's relationship develops in each one. I think they did a really good job of turning that sort of book into a film because I suppose there are boundaries and it's not your typical romance film that you usually see in the cinema. I think the casting was brilliant, Jamie Dornan just is Christian Grey and I'm actually a little sad there won't be anymore films in the series. I definitely don't feel too much was missed from the books, and whilst I'd have loved for the second and third film in particular to be a little longer, overall I love how the story translated to the screen.
4 Of My Favourite Book To Film Adaptations
 Me Before You - This is another book and film that left me in bits. I read the book before I watched the film and as I just adored it, I was so worried about how it would turn out on screen. The story of Lou becoming a carer for Will who is paralysed, and then them falling in love is beautiful and told wonderfully, and in the film it was only even more heartbreaking. I remember when I finished the book, sitting and having a little cry, and honestly during the film I was a mess. At the end I was full on sobbing and it took me a while to calm down! I'm not the biggest fan ever of Emilia Clarke but she played Lou really well and Sam Claflin as Will was the best choice. There aren't many stories that leave me feeling like this one did and both the book and film had the same impact. The film totally exceeded my expectations and there was definitely no need to worry that the book wouldn't be done justice.
4 Of My Favourite Book To Film Adaptations
I've read quite a few books over the last few years that have since been made into films but these are the few that really stood out to me. I hope I've not spoilt any of them for you if you've either not read the books or seen the films, I've tried to keep it vague but I really hope you give some of these a go if that's the case, they are all brilliant in their own way.

I'd love to know if you have a favourite book to film adaptation?

Book reviews - Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman // Some Kind Of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher

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Thursday, 5 July 2018

June Favourites - Love Island, Chicago & Soap and Glory

Time for another favourites post already! I'm pretty sure I say this every month but it really doesn't seem like two minutes since I was last writing up my May Favourites!
June Favourites - Love Island, Chicago & Soap and Glory
Soap and Glory - I'm so pleased to say I've chosen to be one of Soap and Glory's #babesofglory. Soap and Glory are one of my favourite brands so I'm so happy that a brand that I've used for years wants to work with me. I received my first bit of blogger mail from them in June, a mini Clean On Me Shower Gel and a mini Hand Food Hand Cream in the Sugar Crush Scent. Anything with the Sugar Crush scent I am all over, it just smells so refreshing! I also received a little Babes of Glory pin which is so cute.
Soap and Glory
Chicago - In June I finally got round to watching Chicago, the film starring Renee Zellwegger and Catherine Zeta Jones, and I absolutely loved it! I don't know why it took me so long to watch it but I so wish I'd done it sooner now. I thought both of them were brilliant in it, I love the story and the songs are just constantly in my head now! I've heard the actual musical which is back on the west end at the moment isn't as good as the film so it's not at the top of my list to see but I think it would be nice one day, because I just love the music so much. This is definitely a film I'm going to get as I already want to watch it again, but it was surprisingly hard to find online!
Love Island - Every summer for the last few years I've got hooked by Love Island. Whilst I definitely don't think this years is anywhere near as good as previous ones, I still can't help but watch it! I'm really hoping Alex is going to find someone genuine soon, he seems like such a sweetheart and he's a doctor, why do none on the women want him?! I think out of the current couples Jack and Dani will win, they both seem like lovely people and he clearly adores her.
Love Island
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Sephora Pineapple Face Mask - I finally got round to using one of the face masks I picked up in Paris and I wasn't disappointed. What I really loved about this mask was the scent, as it's pineapple it was so refreshing! It wasn't too sweet, actually quite a fresh scent but still so lovely. With it being a tissue mask, like the Garnier Moisture bomb ones, I wasn't sure how easy it would be to apply, I've struggled a little in the past with them but it was really easy, fitted really well and ended up leaving my skin feeling so fresh and soft afterwards. Though these Sephora face masks aren't cheap, I'm so glad I got a few to try, and I'll definitely get more in future when I get chance.
Sephora Face Mask
The Body Shop Peach Body Mist - I've lost count of the amount of times I've included this in blog posts. The peach scent is probably my all time favourite from The Body Shop, though they do such an amazing range. It's just so sweet and fresh and instantly makes me think of Summer. It's definitely one of my go to perfumes in the warmer months. It makes me think of holidays, and I could seriously do with another one of those right now.
The Body Shop Peach Body Mist
The BEST ever muffins - I've mentioned these muffins aswell in the past on my blog, but they are just so nice! We don't get them often but when we do it always feels like such a treat. Recently George came home with a box of them which pretty much made my day, the chocolate chip ones are just incredible.
The best ever muffins
How was your June? Have you tried any of the Sephora face masks?

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