Sunday, August 21, 2016

What I Wore August 16th

I bought this skirt back in April when I went shopping with my mum (when I got this dress), but I hadn't worn it until now. I was waiting for nice weather so that I didn't have to wear anything underneath it! The weather has been beautiful recently, so I wore this for a trip to Huddersfield and then tea with my mum and stepdad (and Lee of course).

It's a gorgeously full skirt, it's really long on me, and I love the pattern. I used to have loads of skirts like this but recently the fashion for them seems to have disappeared. I'm glad to have this one to add to my collection!

The material is quite thin so I would probably like to wear an underskirt with it, but it does mean it's very cool in hot weather.

My top is from Simply Be, I got it recently in a three pack with a grey one and a white one.

This doesn't even show the full extent of the skirt

A more close up of the pattern

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Books of the Month - July

It was a good month for books, I read ten! Here's a round up.

The Telling by Jo Baker. My friend Laura lent this to me and although I probably wouldn't have ever picked it up myself, I really liked it. There was a dual narrative which I really liked.

Songs About A Girl by Chris Russell. I liked this cute story about a girl who goes to photograph a famous boy band. My in depth review is here

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan. This is one of those Gone Girl type of books, I enjoyed it but it's not the best book in the world. I review it here

Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood. This was for my book club, Steph sent me her copy which was lovely of her. I liked it, I felt like the last wife got a rough deal from both Ernest and the book. I liked the stuff set in the 30s and 40s and in France. 

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield. This was just stunning, such a good example of YA literature. I recommend everyone goes to read this immediately. My review is here

Rough Music by Patrick Gale. I really like Patrick Gale (one of my favourite novels is Notes From An Exhibition) so I saw this for cheap on Kindle. I liked it a lot, it was intriguing and the characters were good. 

Symmetry by Laura Price. Okay, this clearly isn't the cover, that's because this was written by my friend Laura and I was one of the first people to be able to read it! It's a really creepy, sinister story and is set in Yorkshire and the North East. I have such talented friends and it was a pleasure to read.

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller. This is an excellent dystopian novel about a girl whose dad takes her to a remote German cabin and tells her the rest of the world has ended. My review is here. Read it. 

A Thousand Salt Kisses by Josie Demuth. The premise of this was better than the actuality of it. Also every single synonym for "said" was used, and it was jarring. 

Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen. This is a very cute Middle Grade novel in the vein of Wonder. I really liked the main characters. My review is here

Wow, I really did have a good book month, I liked a lot of these!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Films of the Month - July

Did I do better than last month's frankly shameful number of films? Yes, but just barely. Ah well!

Back to the Future Part II is maybe my favourite of the franchise.

Lee had put this on one evening when I went downstairs so I watched it even though it wouldn't be my first choice of film. I don't really like Adam Sandler, but I find him quite sweet in this and I like Drew Barrymore a lot. I think this is a sweet and funny film.

My friends and I went to see this at the cinema and it wasn't great. It passed the time and was funny in parts, but I think basically it was an excuse to go film in the south of France! It needed more Saffy too. 

This came up recommended for me on Netflix so I gave it a whirl. It's about how the Denver Post covered the fact that marijuana was made legal in Colorado, it's a really interesting documentary. 

Lee and I finally managed to watch all of this. We were in the cinema watching it when Lee's brother phoned to tell him that their uncle had been killed in a road accident, so we immediately left the cinema and have never been able to face watching the end of the film even though we both wanted to. Anyway, we did, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

I never really enjoyed the original X Men films, I only really liked the ones with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, but after we'd seen Apocalypse last month, my friend Jacqui told me to go back to the beginning and watch them again. Lee thought this was a good idea so we watched this while away in Whitby and I did enjoy it more this time. 

We also hadn't seen this in forever and a day so watched it in Whitby. It's one of my favourite films against racism of all time.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Punkypins sale splurge!

My BFF Sam has bought quite a few pins from Punky Pins over the years and recently let me know that they were having a sale. I went on the website and found loads of stuff in the sale, from 83p! Eighty-three pence! Gosh. I went a bit mad and bought fifteen different things, which with postage came to around £18. I think you'll agree that that is a bargain!

First of all these are all the brooches/pins I bought, plus a pair of dangly earrings.

A nautical star pin, one that says "Be awesome", one that says "Be yourself", and one that says "Wild and free". Then these gorgeous tattoo art style dangly earrings in the shape of swallows. I need to put some of these pins on my jacket!

And here's the eight pairs of earrings I bought, plus a very cute deer necklace. The earrings are bees, more swallows, clouds, teapots, strawberries, birds, mushrooms, and blue anchors. 

Now the eagle eyed amongst you might be able to see that there's only fourteen items here but I bought fifteen. That's because one thing went off to my friend Lucinda as a present... Hope she likes it!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Day in Saltburn

Whitby was absolutely heaving while we were there so we headed up the coast to Saltburn. We've been before and it's really lovely, and was even lovelier in the sunshine. We'd been swimming in the apartment block in the morning, so we had lunch in the apartment and set off around 1.45pm. It's about 17 miles to Saltburn and we managed to park easily and walked over to the pier. We played in the amusements a bit, then walked on to the pier and looked at all this gorgeous yarnbombing that is Yorkshire themed!

We also played mini golf (Lee won five holes, I won four, and we drew on one!) and then drove down to Sandsend to have hot chocolate and cake. We were both tired so in the evening we got a takeaway curry and ate it in the apartment in our nightwear! I had a lovely bottle of prosecco and we watched a couple of films. It was just the kind of quiet and relaxed evening we needed before coming home the next day.

I took loads of pictures of the yarnbombing to share:

It did say Yorkshire but because of the bright sun I couldn't see I hadn't got the E!

A little map of Yorkshire

Chuffed to bits

No cheese Gromit!

From the phrase "'Ow's tha diddlin'? Fair to middlin'" meaning "How are you doing? So so."

Yarndale! And the lovely Lucy from Attic 24

I loved this crocheted Yorkshire tea teapot!

"It's either nowt or summat"

Grimethorpe Colliery Band - the people are supposed to be the main characters from Brassed Off

The Rhubarb Triangle! This is where I'm from!

Yorkshire motto "It'll be okay"

A miner, it says "Last shift down t'pit"

"Where there's muck there's brass" which is a great phrase meaning "Where there's dirt/tragedy there's money to be made", it also has an air of disapproving of someone making money off someone's misery

Black Sheep brewery

And finally, Captain Cook!

The pier itself, look at all those happy holidaymakers. So typically British!

And here's Lee and I being punks by the seaside! What a lovely day.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

What I Wore 21st July

As I said previously, I'd bought three dresses from Scarlett and Jo in their 50% off sale and took this one to Whitby with me. As it was, I couldn't have chosen anything better because it was such a hot day and this dress is really light and airy cotton and felt lovely!

I'd chosen the purple because I don't have many clothes in purple and I ought to rectify that! This dress is also available in burgundy and green, I believe. It's a nice length on me, coming to just under my knee. It has elastic at the waist, and I like the little cap sleeves. It has shoulder pads which I think do add something to the look, although if they annoy me I'll just cut them out! I wore new cropped white leggings which I bought from eBay, but they weren't great and kept sliding down. Oh well, they were only a few pounds.

This dress is stunning, really cute and with a 40s vibe but still very modern and easy to wear. I'm in love!

Friday, July 29, 2016

An Evening in Whitby

As I said in my previous post, Lee and I went to Whitby for a couple of nights. Lee had booked us into Discovery accomodation, the company owns quite a few properties in Whitby and we were in Starfish House which is right next to their Reception. He booked it on and booked us into a room with a kitchenette, so we decided that we'd get breakfast and lunch in, then eat out.

However, when we arrived, it turned out we'd been upgraded into this extremely spacious apartment which was at the top of three flights of stairs. It would have comfortably slept eight people and is wheelchair accessible via lift from the ground right into the flat! It has wide doors and low beds and tables so should be good for disabled people.

There's three double rooms and a twin room, so Lee and I spent a long time deciding which room to have. One had a normal window with very light curtains which was no good. One had just one Velux window and the other had two, so we chose the one with two so that we could get a breeze going (Lee is always warm at night, especially when the weather is hot). All the windows had pull down blinds which kept out ALL the light!

In the living room were two comfortable sofas and some chairs, which led on to a big dining table and into a well-equipped kitchen. There were five windows in this big room and honestly the whole place was just so light and airy. I'd love to go back and spend longer there!

We each got ready (Lee had a bath in one bathroom while I had a shower in the very fancy shower room!) and then walked down on to the riverside. I had booked a table at Harry's Bar because it looked delicious and I thought it would be busy. It's a really interesting menu - it's sort of like fancy tapas. Lee and I shared five dishes: chips, cod goujons, chicken fajitas, mushroom risotto, and halloumi with Mediterranean vegetables. It didn't look like a lot but we both had enough to eat! I was amused that the fajitas came on this afternoon tea tray!

Cute but kind of weird?

We shared desserts too - an assiette that I didn't take a photo of, and this gorgeous dark chocolate mousse. I also had a Summer Cup cocktail and a glass of Kir Royale (one of my faves!)

Really delicious mousse

It was gin, cider, elderflower, mint and lime, I think!

After we'd eaten we went to play in the amusements for a while and then went up to the top of West Cliff to look at the sea. It was stunning! Such a gorgeous day.

The harbour

Looking up the river

I love this photo, it was just getting dark and was beautiful.

And here's Lee and I!