31/03/2014

Words of Inspiration

I'm quite fond of all things cheesy (except, well, cheese). And as a writer, I'm in love with words. This is probably why I've always been an avid collector of inspirational quotes on Pinterest - I find that, much like a square of dark chocolate, they can do wonders for my mood when enjoyed in small doses. With this in mind, here are a few words to start your week on an inspirational (if somewhat cheesy) note.





















24/03/2014

A is for Arbonne






















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I confess: I'm not exactly loyal to my beauty brands. However much I may love my everyday favourites, I tend to cheat on them with new, interesting labels quite often. As was the case when I was approached by Arbonne to try out some of their skin and bodycare products. Curious as I am, I jumped at the opportunity.


19/03/2014

Book review: Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy



























WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS CRAPLOADS OF SPOILERS!!

I was beyond delighted to come into work one morning and find a copy of Helen Fielding's latest effort, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, lying on my desk. Turns out the team were passing it around for everyone who wanted to read it. Obviously I dove straight into it.

It's funny how, after you've watched the movie version of a book so many times, you forget how great the actual book was. I know both Bridget Jones films by heart and keep forgetting that, as a matter of fact, I read the books before watching them. Helen Fielding's hilarious writing was what brought me to the movies in the first place. And, despite what some Amazon reviewers have to say, that hilarity is still very much there. Despite some obvious problems.

14/03/2014

And the Bride Had a Nervous Breakdown
























































This morning as my alarm blasted off at six a.m, the first thought in my mind was that in exactly three months, I will marry my Italian fiance in Stockholm. In a wedding planned entirely from London. And absolutely NOTHING IS READY.

05/03/2014

A Lesson Learned





















Through recent and not so recent big and small events, I have come to the conclusion that I have learned one lesson in life that's so valuable to me. It's something that I must keep in mind to be happy and bring back to mind when I'm unhappy. It's something that made me sit up and write this post in a moment when all I wanted to do was procrastinate on the internet. 

Here it goes: when faced with a decision, imagine yourself aged 80, in a retirement home with nothing to do but look back on your life. What are the things that will make you go, "man, I'm glad I did that!" or even, "I can't believe I did that"?

03/03/2014

Jared Leto Wins an Oscar, Which Makes Me So Happy





C'mon, you knew I was going to post this today.

If you've been following me for a while I guess it's not really news that I am a MASSIVE Jared Leto fan. I went into full fangirl mode around 2009, but, like most other members of the female species, I had a crush on him when I was fifteen. Jordan Catalano gave me hope: if someone that outer-worldly gorgeous could like the outcast girl at school, then maybe all wasn't lost for me and my hopeless crush on the hottest guy in my year (I conveniently forgot that while Claire Danes' Angela was a flame-haired beauty, my high school self looked like a slimmer version of Ugly Betty). Flash forward ten-or-so years later, when I saw the A Beautiful Lie video and voilá - a slightly unhealthy obsession was born.