Colour Crush: Blush

I feel like my favourite colours vary significantly depending on what aspect of my life we’re discussing. For example, in terms of decorating our home, warm greys would be my first choice, whereas if you look in my wardrobe then blue would probably feature the most – so I’m pretty surprised when a colour makes it onto my radar and makes me want to wear it, decorate with it, feature it in my wedding, etc. This is exactly how I feel about blush. I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been a heavily pink person, but there’s something about this specific shade that I’m absolutely smitten with, and when you mix it with gold then I am just in heaven. It’s made a big appearance in recent years and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, so I’m just going to keep enjoying it completely, from clothes and accessories to soft furnishings and homeward pieces. Here are a few items that have been catching my eye in this, my current colour obsession.

Colour Crush: Blush

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A Workout Playlist

If you’ve managed to get to the gym or out onto the street for a run, then you’ve done the difficult bit and well done you! Now, to keep you motivated I thought I’d bring you the kind of playlist that’ll keep your energy up and your eyes on the prize. It’s so much easier to feel pumped up and ready to exercise when you have the right music playing, that’s how I feel anyone, so I’m sure there’s plenty of you out there who feel the same. We’ll all have different tastes and there’ll be different tunes which will make us feel ready for a workout, but here is a fun mixture – some pop classics, a few recent dance floor fillers and a couple of cheesy inspirational numbers. Enjoy.

Workout Playlist

London: Part Two

Here’s the second part of our weekend trip to London. As well as visiting a few tourist hot spots, we went to eat out at a delicious restaurant near Leicester Square one night called Steak & Co. I highly recommend it to anyone heading to the area, especially considering the wealth of choice you have when setting out for that part of the West End. We also spent a little bit of time in a Canadian pub before heading back to Hammersmith, which was our base for the trip. I also highly recommend this area if you’re trying to find somewhere in Central London to base yourself for a weekend trip – it’s so well connected, but also has plenty of shops and eateries of its own to keep you busy. Here are some more photos, if you’d like to see.

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London: Part One

So, this is part one of our London weekend adventure. We’ve been to London a bunch of times, and seem to visit a lot of the same places whenever we go. I suppose when you know you like certain areas, it’s really easy to keep heading back there, never to be disappointed. However, this trip we really wanted to do the tourist thing, visiting a few of the free sightseeing areas that we’d never got around to doing before. And we had the best time. We went to see Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, St. James’ Park, Buckingham Palace and the Natural History Museum. We’re even thinking of heading back again during the Summer, so we can do even more things on our list of places to visit in the UK’s capital. Here’s a little something of what we got up to, if you’d like to see.

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Have a Great Weekend

Weekend - Jan 2015

And so we’re at another weekend. Don’t these weeks just fly by? Especially as we’re now well into January and Christmas seems but a distant memory. I hope you’ve all got some lovely plans over the next couple of days – my boy and I are actually headed to London for a couple of days, so follow along over on my Instagram if you fancy seeing some fun, touristy stuff.

Here’s a few interesting things I’ve seen online recently, if you’re looking for something to read:

Some tips for your hair while travelling

How to undo chapped lips

Such great ideas for DIY anniversary presents

A gorgeous camping inspired wedding

I’m loving pastels this winter, so this look is perfect

A recipe for chocolate caramel stout floats that sounds heavenly…

Reads for the New Year

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to read more (like mine was, see here), then I’m here to bring you a few of the titles that have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks. I’m not too fussy when it comes to book genres, so I like to keep an open mind, but I’ve tried to pick a wide variety so that I won’t get bored of reading similar things over and over again. I’m hoping to really getting into reading this year (in between all the TV shows I want to catch up on, ha!), so I hope this will get me started.

New Year Reads

Love DoesBob Goff

As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren’t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll. Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world’s best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it’s not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob’s love takes action. Bob believes Love Does. When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don’t want to miss. Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.

 

Elizabeth is MissingEmma Healey

Meet Maud.

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable – or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.

But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

Because somewhere in Maud’s damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about.

Everyone, except Maud…

 

Yes PleaseAmy Poehler

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much). Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.

 

The Last Days of Rabbit HayesAnna McPartlin

Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it.

She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colourful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye.

But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she’s OK with that. Because she has plans for the world too, and only a handful of days left to make them happen.

 

The Girl on the TrainPaula Hawkins

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

 

The Year of Taking ChancesLucy Diamond

It’s New Year’s Eve, and Gemma and Spencer Bailey are throwing a house party. There’s music, dancing, champagne and all their best friends under one roof. It’s going to be a night to remember.

Also at the party is Caitlin, who has returned to the village to pack up her much-missed mum’s house and to figure out what to do with her life; and Saffron, a PR executive who’s keeping a secret which no amount of spin can change. The three women bond over Gemma’s dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies, and vow to make this year their best one yet.

But as the months unfold, Gemma, Saffron and Caitlin find themselves tested to their limits by shocking new developments. Family, love, work, home – all the things they’ve taken for granted are thrown into disarray. Under pressure, they are each forced to rethink their lives and start over. But dare they take a chance on something new?