26.07.2017- On My Bookshelf #2

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Hurrah- time for another post in which I wax lyrical about my current (and future) literary loves! Whilst this might be long overdue, it's a sad incitement of my life that it now takes me so long to get through one book, whereas I used to be able to devour them at a rate of knots growing up. Having said that, back then I suppose I didn't have all of this 'being an adult' nonsense to worry about (growing up is rubbish), but one thing which hasn't changed is just how much I find myself enjoying the process of getting lost in a good read. Whilst I struggle to devote as much time to it as I would like to, it's always been a real form of therapy for me and one which, over recent months especially, has really helped in distracting me from lots of little anxieties here and there. So, without further ado- here's a peek a what my current reading list looks like:

The Brownlee brothers' Swim Bike Run was a birthday present which I got last year from the best girl gang on the face of the earth- and it's a read which I can't wait to get stuck in to. Having now been running for over five years (gulp), I'm conscious of wanting to step things up a little bit in the fitness stakes, so hopefully this inspirational account will give me the motivation I need!

On the subject of inspiring siblings from Yorkshire, the Bront√ęs are real heroes of mine too, and this wonderfully monikered tome (The Bront√ęsaurus) was another present which I got towards the end of last year, this time from Jessie. I've only had a cursory browse through so far, but I can already tell that's it's going to get a huge thumbs up. 

No bookshelf is complete without a spot of J.K Rowling, and I picked up the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them from Minalima after watching the film last winter. Not only does it look tip top nestled away in my bookcase, but it's also lovely to peruse the pages and appreciate the process of translating words to the screen- as well as taking me back to my University days of having to digest a playtext or two a week- something which seems like a total luxury now!

Finally, a book which I've just finished- Monty Don's Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs. Truth be told, I was a bit reticent about reading this one after losing my own beautiful canine companion last year, but it's been a wonderfully comforting experience. Recalling his own experiences with dogs in parallel to telling the story of creating his glorious garden at Longmeadow, this personal account is wonderfully heartwarming and so charmingly written- creating a real sense of family and companionship from start to end. That's not to say that I haven't shed a tear or three (or perhaps a bucketful) whilst reading it, but it's been wonderful to find out about someone else's experience in such colour and detail- and has even inspired me to put together a little account of my dog, which I'm hoping to share over the coming weeks. Inspirational literature at its best! 

What are you reading at the moment?

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24.07.2017- On the Menu: Chicken Shop, Holborn

Monday, 24 July 2017

As I've posted about a handful of times in the past, when it comes to navigating my lunch break, I'm usually very much a creature of habit. Having said that, however, there are some occasions when it's just as important to break from the norm- turning your back on soggy sandwiches and sub-par salads in search of an altogether more satisfying midday meal. A few weeks ago, with a long day in progress, I made a long overdue debut trip to Chicken Shop, for some much needed comfort food:

Having heard glowing reviews of Chicken Shop from friend after friend, this trip was somewhat spur of the moment, but well and truly worth it. Needless to say that the menu well and truly lived up to the hype, with succulent chicken quarters arriving at the table freshly cooked, and within minutes of being ordered. Sides wise, I plumped for sweet potato fries (classic!) and a bowl of coleslaw- a definite welcome distraction from my usual lunchtime menu! As well as offering delicious, really reasonably priced food, the service was also super speedy- always a bonus when you're up against the clock. I'll definitely be going back! 

Where do you like to visit for a lunchtime treat?

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21.07.2017- Beauty Buys: Lush Fresh Face Masks

Friday, 21 July 2017

As much as I've settled on a solid day to day skincare routine over the last couple of years, it's always nice to shop around and have a look for some new discoveries to supplement those everyday essentials. What with contending with the ups and downs of the summer weather, over the last couple of weeks I've found my skin breaking out a little bit more than usual and in need of a touch of tlc. Luckily, some recent purchases from Lush have well and truly stepped up to the mark:

I've had a couple of these fresh face masks in the past, but after popping into my local branch of Lush a couple of weekends ago, picked up both the Rosy Cheeks and BB Seaweed masks- more for the welcome relief of being able to soothe my face with something cold in thirty degree heat to be honest! Rosy Cheeks is perfect for targeting redness and irritated skin; with ingredients including calamine and rose oil gently soothing and cleansing without being at all abrasive. BB Seaweed is a real one stop shop for feeling fresh faced, with seaweed and aloe vera gently exfoliating- the perfect treat at the end of a long week!
Have you discovered any new summer skincare staples?

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