Three trends I’m not ready to say goodbye to

I’ve been eyeing up this dress for what feels like months. I spotted it in my size a few weeks ago, and of course it came home with me.

It got me thinking about the trends I’ve been loving, and that are probably on their way out.

Basket Bags
Basket bags started to appear all over Instagram last summer. They were calling to my vintage loving heart.

I picked this up at a Miss Ivy event at Mount Edgecombe last summer, and have been waiting for an opportunity to wear it out. I’m a little nervous about wearing it, due to the changeable British weather, currently it is full of scarves.

I know when the trend is over, if I no longer gravitate towards wearing it, the basket will work as a piece of home wear.

Ultimately it’s a basket, so it could store; blankets, cushions, shoes…

Embroidery
This is probably my favourite trend from last year. It’s more than just floral, this Primark dress marks the move away from embroidery with the motif on the bust, and the small flowers across the skirt.

It’s 100% cotton, with a tie string tassel back. The small details, and material make this stand out a bit more from your usual dress.

Thanks to the thin straps, it means I probably won’t be fitting it into my work wardrobe but for weekends and beach trips it’ll be perfect.

Tassel earrings
The grey cuties in this one are from Lovisa. I bought them before the Turtle Bay Launch event, I’d wanted to try the trend but was struggling to find a pair in a colour way that suited my style and Lovisa had a wall of soft toned earrings.

Since then I’ve added a red pair to my collection (thank you Nicole) and about five pairs from Primark in an array of colours.

These are my favourite thing to add to a simple outfit, to snazz things up a bit.

What trends are you not looking forward to ending?

– Emily

Wait, is it actually Summer now?

According the calender Summer doesn’t start until June 21st, but it feels so much like we skipped Spring and went straight to Summer.

Scarves, Hats, and Winter coats and now in storage or at the back of the wardrobe. I’m having to accept that Jumpers probably need to join them, though I feel the minute I pack them away we will probably be hit with a cold spell.

I’m excited for all the spring clothes that can get integrated back into the wardrobe. I love the season change, partially because it means rediscovering a part of your wardrobe that was packed away over six months ago.
Those dresses that have been hidden in a suitcase under the bed, and the culottes shorts which are prefect on a hot summer day. Those thin boyfriend style cardigans everyone has from New Look, and the maxi dresses that will need a denim jacket to prevent hypothermia until Summer actually arrives.

Mac style coats.

That light layer, that is completely timeless and smartens up even the most basic jeans and tee shirt.

Mac are to my Spring/Summer, what Berets are to my Autumn/Winter.

Emily

Eternally grateful to friends like Sally who are actually happy to take photos of me.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom; A Review

The book begins on the day of Eddie’s death.
It’s a day much the same as any other in Eddie’s life, with the little routines and interactions he repeats day after day. The day however, is made unique by an unpredictable event, and a choice Eddie makes beginning him on his journey through heaven where he meets five people who his life has intersetected with in some way.
I picked this one from my TBR pile as I fancied a quick un-taxing read. Just below two hundred pages, it feels more like six short stories with the clearly separated parts (last day on earth, the first person…).

The fourth and fifth people he met were the ones that hit me hardest, and had me crying. Its reminiscent of The Green Mile, and how the story reflects on a moment of a man’s life, (though with less mice and magic).

It pulls at your heart strings, plays with your expectations and is a very satisfying read. Eddie’s story is simple, and relatable.
Its currently with my mum who spotted this on the side, and requested it immediately.
4/5
Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life.
His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart.
He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It’s a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers…”
Similar books to try;

Veronika Decides to Die; Paulo Coelho

The Lovely Bones; Alice Sebold

A Man Called Ove; Fredrik Backman

I Broke My Book Buying Ban With These Four Books

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I have had the fullest, most lovely weekend which started off with a catch up over coffee, with Ellie, who I havent seen since this YSL event a year ago. After updating each other on the milestones which had passed and plans we had for the immediate future, it was time for a trawl through the Plymouth charity shops.

Few things make me happier, than browsing though the organised mis mash that is a charity shop.

Plymouth City Centre has around ten charity shops on one street, within a short walk from the Mall. Theres a nice mix of the curated YMCA, to the more random and it can be such a treasure trove. Mutley is also worth a browse, with a similar amount of charity shops which always seem to have a good clothing selection.

Obviously, the clothes in charity shops are a big pull, but everytime we realised we’d lost each other, Ellie was by the vinyls and I was trawling the book shelves.

The point of this post, is i broke the book buying ban I gave myself when i realised I had over a hundred books i hadn’t yet read, in my possesion… I bought four new books, all of which are; new to me, second hand, and cost a pound or less.

I Let You Go; Claire Mackintosh

I have read this alreay, I borrowed this off the lovely Alice, roughly eighteen months ago. The only drawback of borrowing a book (beyond the anxiety of damaging it in some way) is having to return it afterwards.

This book focuses on a hit and run accident, which kills a small child. its told from multiple perspectives and is an engaging and addictive crime story. Its told in part from a female protaganist, the police investigating the accident and another narrator.

If you would like a review on the book, Alice wrote one which intrigued me enough to read this in the first place here.

Elizabeth; J. Randy Tarborrelli

I know very little about Elizabeth Taylor. From popular culture, i know the film star married several times, had voilet eyes, and an incredible jewelery collection.

Generally speaking, i opt for fictional reads. I think this will be the first biography I will have read, and i’m excited to learn more about a woman who still faciniates a generation now.

The cracked spine on this book also tells me, that the previous owner really enjoyed it. Or thats what i’m telling myself.

A Man Called Ove; Fredrik Backman

I already own a copy of this book (initial thoughts here), but there is a thing about Hardbacks which makes me very happy.

I’m going to donate my paperback, and keep this in its place. It will be one I read whilst at home rather than carrying around, but its worth it for such a beautiful hardback.

The Girl Before; JP Delaney

This cover has popped up a few on my Instagram feed, and after Lucy Wood discussed the story in a book video, it made its way onto my wish list. I am in need of a crime novel to become obsessed with.

The book tracks the stories of two women; the current occupant, and the woman who lived in the house before her. Its been likened to both Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train, with a movie adaption scheduled.

This is the book I’m most excited to read, after I finish Doctor Sleep, The Dark Half and We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Emily

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A Quiet Place; A Mini Film Review

I saw the trailer for A Quiet Place about a month ago, and I got so excited I made Matt and my brother watch and analyse the trailer with me.
The first thing to say about A Quiet Place is that, as with a good portion modern horrors, it is more of a thriller than a horror. Yes there are the jump scares, and monsters, and moments of horror but the whole storyline fits more closely within the thriller genre.
It doesn’t lose anything for this, but beyond the jump scares you shouldn’t come away too scared.
The film, at the hour and a half run time, could easily have been trimmed down to forty minutes or so.
That said, it’s worth a watch. It’s a fairly original premise, and well acted by the small cast. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, the same post dystopian future and band of survivors story line carries over into this film.
I probably wouldn’t rewatch this, but at the same time I wouldn’t discourage anyone from watching this for the first time.

My three favourite Lush Bath products

Can you blog about Beauty without having a tenny tiny Lush obsession?

Mine began two years ago after my first event, and built steadily from there.

The range of products to sample in Lush is huge. From soaps, and bathbombs to skin care and perfume. I’ve only really dabbled with a handful of products, and am in no way an expert but I do have one favourite product range from Lush that I almost always have on rotation…

Bubblebars.

As lovely as a bathbomb is, you get a single use out of it. I love a bubblebar as you can get multiple uses, and you still end up with much the same result ; a gorgeously scented, bubbly colourful bath.

They aren’t as fun as a bathbomb, but when you can stretch three uses for the same price point it eases my guilt at the small extravagance.

If you’ve yet to use a bubblebar and woild like a recommendation, or if you’re just like me abd incredibly nosey curious, I have a few recommendations of products to try;

The Comforter

£4.95

This turns water pink, smells like sweets and creates insane bubbles. I can also stretch it to three or four baths. This is easily my favourite bubble bar, and I will always call this The Refresher because it reminds me of the sweets.

Karma

£4.75

I saw this for the first time in a Tanya Burr video, this pyramid bar has a very strong almost overpowering insense scent. Once you break a piece off and run it under water though, the scent is much lighter. It makes water purple, and the whole bathroom smell incredible.

Sunnyside

£4.95

This gold tear drop is full of gold shimmer particles, so when you move the water shimmers and sparkles. It’s glittery and beautiful, and lasts about two baths.
I do try to branch out when I treat myself to something from Lush, but when I know the products I adore I do tend to default back. Which products do you pick up from Lush?
Emily