March Wishlist

missguided sweater, urban outfitters mug, sale, calvin klein loungewear, calvin klein perfume

Wishlist time again guys, here are a few of the things I've been lusting after these past few weeks....

1.   Sweater - I have these sweaters in grey, black and red and I can't stop adding to my collection.  They are the comfiest sweaters I've ever worn.  The quality is so amazing and oversized and they look great with a pair of jeans or over a dress.  I can't wait to throw mine over a pair of shorts in the summer too.  This colour and design is the next one I want, so pretty. 
-Buy on Missguided now. (Missguided also have 50% off a lot of things right now too, Use the code - GOODTIMES )

2.  Calvin Klein Sweatpants - So I might be cheating a little as I guess these are now on my official 'bought list' rather than wishlist as 5mins ago I just put in an order for them.  I have wanted to try them for so long as they look like the perfect lightweight sweatpant.  Urban Outfitters have these with the matching little top/bralette thing above in their 50% off sale, so the sweatpants are now £20 and the bratop is £10, I know crazy!
-Buy on Urban Outfitters now.

3.  Calvin Klein CKIN2U Perfume - This is my scent, my go to and my favourite.  It is basically summer in a bottle for me, its so fresh but not fruity and sweet but not sickening.  It just smells awesome and Boots are currently doing up to 50% off  some perfumes right now and this is in the offer alongside so many other scents. Also I will feel so fancy and matchy if I have Calvin Klein perfume on and Calvin Klein sweatpants on too, I'm legit so easily pleased haha!
Buy on Boots now.

4.  Mug - So best mug my eyes have ever seen and I really need it in my life because nothing will ever beat 90's R'n'B love, right?
Buy on Urban Outfitters now.

Books to help you learn about plant based food and wellbeing

The Lean - books about plant based diets and natural living
Books about plant based eating and natural living and beauty

A little while ago I did a post on my journey to having a Plant Based Diet (You can read that post HERE and my store cupboard essentials HERE). When I was trying to learn about food, how to heal my body and educate myself on the whole subject, books were my saving grace and I thought today I would share with you a few of the really important ones on my journey and some that that might help you  if your looking to learn more about wellbeing and a natural lifestyle....

1.  The Lean - This is where it all started with me.  For a while I had been googling day and night to try and find a solution to my heath problems and I gradually started noticing more and more evidence that changing my diet might be what could help me and my symptoms.  This was a while ago though so the whole plant based/food revolution hadn't really hit the mainstream and it was pretty hard to come by any solid information that wasn't just peoples stories.  Fast forward to a few weeks later and I was watching The Ellen Show one day and Kathy Freston, the author of this book was a guest on the show talking about her new book The Lean.  Kathy was who helped Ellen transition to a Vegan diet.  Listening to Kathy talk about food and specifically a Plant Based Diet I knew that I had to get her book, it felt like fate after everything I had been learning.  As soon as I started her book I knew that my life was changed, no exaggeration.  What this book taught me about food and health has been something I will never forget.  It single handedly gave me the confidence and courage to change my whole life and change the way I ate in the hopes that it would in turn make my health better and stop me from feeling so unwell.  Discount the front cover of this book, the weight loss mention and the 30 days.  That's really not at all what this book is about, its about teaching you how a plant based diet can heal you and your life and telling you how to  get started.  I will be forever grateful to Kathy and for Ellen for promoting something at the time not a lot of people were talking about on TV.  If you are at the start of your journey on changing your diet I really urge you to give this book a read, its the perfect way to get you started.
You can buy the book on Amazon

2.  The Clean - This is the other book that means so much to me.  This is very different to The Lean above as that is written in a very easy to understand not technical way, whereas The Clean is very scientific and is packed from cover to cover with so much information that you sometimes have to take a step back and reread it to take it all in.  Alejandro is a doctor who is trained in both western and eastern medicine and has pioneered this revolutionary program that has healed so many people called The Clean, which is basically the process to restore your bodies own natural ability to heal itself and that is exactly what the book teaches you.  I have never actually done the clean program that the book teaches you about but I got the book for the education from Alejandro as the actual process of The Clean is only a small minority of the book and the rest of it is the education about your body and how to heal it.  By far this is the most influential book of my life to date, there was moments of me reading it where it was like a light bulb going off in my head, the realisation that in actual fact this will work and this will really heal me.  This is the perfect book if you looking to just be educated on your body and food in general, especially if you want to learn about how to heal your body naturally. 
You can buy the book on Wordery and get free delivery too (Also buy more than one book and get 10% off the rest of your order using code - SPRING10)

3.  The Honest Life - I've added these two next books for anyone who doesn't want to delve as deep as the two books above.  These next two books still have a ton of information in them but just not as in depth.  I really, really loved this book.  I didn't know what to expect from it but I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  I have always  liked Jessica Alba and have  admired what she has done with her company too.  This book  is absolutely packed with information and I found myself going back again and again to re-read bits.  I would say though this book is more if you want to change your whole life to a more natural way of living, rather than just your food as the food section is only a small part of the book.  The majority of the book is about changing your beauty routine, food, home and lifestyle rather than just what you eat.  It's also more based on how to do it, more practical advice like what chemicals and toxins you should avoid in your life and how you can replace them with natural products.  This book is really detailed especially in the beauty and home sections.  I have found it so helpful and informative especially now that I'm trying to make the rest of my life more natural and chemical free too. The other thing to note about this book is that it is so beautiful to look at.  The pictures and the layout is stunning and it feels like a really luxe book to have.  This is by far the best celebrity led book I have read, it feels like it's come from a place of knowledge and that Jessica has really put a lot of heart into it too.
You can buy the book on Wordery and get free delivery (Also buy more than one book and get 10% off the rest of your order using code - SPRING10)

4.  Pretty Happy - I love Kate Hudson, I've been a massive fan of her since her Penny Lane days, seen nearly every movie she has made and just love her whole vibe.  I was really excited to read this book and I really enjoyed it.  I would say though this book is for the very beginner.  I actually read it a while after I was into my natural journey and after I had read all the previous books above and more, so I sort of felt that I didn't learn a ton of new information but I still felt I came away with a greater understanding of certain things. In Kate's book for instance she talks a lot about yoga, exercise and ayurvedic medicine.  She covers those two topics more in depth than the other books so it was really interesting to get her view and take on it all.  What I would say is that this is a lot more like a self help type book rather than a health lifestyle book, which the others are.  So again this would be best for you if that's they type of thing your looking for at the moment.  I found it really interesting hearing about Kate life and her journey with her health and wellbeing up to this point and I really loved how honest she was about everything.  Again this book is stunning, the photography is beautiful and it has the overall feel you would expect from a Kate Hudson book, super happy and upbeat.  This would be amazing for you if your looking to dip your toe into the world of wellbeing without getting stuck down with too much science.
You can buy this book on Wordery and get free delivery (Also buy more than one book and get 10% off the rest of your order using code - SPRING10)

I really hope you enjoy this roundup of these books.  I tried really hard to include a book for every part of someone's journey from the beginner to the experienced.  I also wanted to say that even though I follow a plant based diet all these books talk about food, health and wellbeing in general and none of them are focused primarily on plant based eating other than The Lean.  So please don't be put off if your a meat eater as none of these books are trying to sell you a vegan/plant based lifestyle (again apart from The Lean) they are just educating you on the choices to can make for having your best health.
I really hope you enjoy and let me know if you love any of these books too?
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Songs That May or May Not Change Your Life

Flowers are blooming and the sun is starting to shine again.
Open your windows and doors, turn this up loud and dance.
Let this song sink into your bones, it's dreamy, beautiful and the best kind of weird.
Dope Lemon are my new favourites.....

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Book Review

book blogger book review about contemporary book.

Today I get to share something super exciting with you.  As part of the book tour for Date With Death I get to give you a little preview of the book and share an extract from the first chapter of the story too, so you will know if you like it or not before you buy it.

I loved this book and I really hope you guys will too.  Don't let the title make you think its a hard-hitting crime thriller as its totally not.  It's such a cosy, lovely, warm hearted read.  Think Murder She Wrote and your on the right track.  It really is a perfect book if you love a little bit of a murder mystery but the lovely sweetness of a contemporary read.

So without further ado....Here is a little something from Chapter One....Enjoy  X

From Chapter One

‘How was it?’

 Sitting on a sofa by the window of Peaks Patisserie, looking out over the marketplace and wishing she was miles away, Delilah glanced up as her sister-in-law placed a coffee in front of her. ‘Awful. Packed, as you’d expect.’ 

‘Did you make my apologies? I’ve been flat out in here, and besides . . . I just couldn’t face it.’

 Delilah placed a hand on Lucy Metcalfe’s arm, noting the strained expression beneath the dark-blonde hair, and gave a gentle squeeze. ‘I spoke to the Hargreaveses. They understood.’ 

A smile flitted across the other woman’s pale features. ‘Thanks.’ She looked down at the papers fanned out on the table. ‘Rather you than me,’ she said, gesturing at the spreadsheets and accounts. ‘What time is your meeting?’

 ‘In half an hour.’ Delilah grimaced as she scooped a layer of froth off her coffee with a spoon. ‘I’m not feeling confident.’ 

‘Huh! You should be. Look . . .’ Lucy took the copy of the Craven Herald from the rack of newspapers inside the door and began to flick through the pages, before folding the paper back and passing it to Delilah. ‘Here. Take this with you and show old Woolly that you’re famous.’

 Staring up from the page was a far-from-flattering photo of Delilah, next to an article about the speed-dating events. 

Delilah groaned.

 ‘It’s not that bad. Anyway, you can put me down for the date night in November,’ said Lucy with a shy grin. ‘Can’t believe how much I enjoyed the last one, considering . . .’ She glanced over at the photo of a young man in military uniform hanging above the counter, a black ribbon decorating the edges of the frame, then back at her sister-in-law. ‘Thanks, Dee, for pushing me to take part.’

 Delilah shrugged off the gratitude in true Bruncliffe fashion. ‘I was only making up numbers.’

 ‘You won’t need to for the next one,’ said Lucy, laughing as she pointed at the paper. ‘Good luck at the bank. Call in and let me know how it went if you have time.’ She squeezed her sister-in-law’s shoulder and then hurried back to the till where a queue of people had formed.

 Delilah turned her attention to the article and the awful picture that made her look like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Still, as long as that didn’t deter customers, it was all publicity and perhaps it would bring people to the website. 

She let her eyes drift over the text once more. And then down to the small item below. She wasn’t aware of dropping her spoon, white foam soaking into the print. She didn’t notice her body tense, the sharp intake of breath that caused Lucy to glance over in concern. She noticed nothing but the two paragraphs. 

A local hiker found dead in the depths of Gordale Scar, his body only discovered when his family alerted the emergency services about his disappearance. Knowing the treacherous terrain in that area, which saw countless accidents every year, the news of itself didn’t shock Delilah. But the name of the hiker . . . Martin Foster. The very same name that had registered with the Dales Dating Agency a month ago. 

Two of her clients dead in the space of a week. A co - incidence? Probably. Even so, it was with trembling fingers that she tore out the article and slipped it into her pocket.

Julia Chapman is the author of Date with Death, the first novel in the Dales Detective Series  You can follow Julia on Twitter @DalesWriter, visit her website and find her on Facebook

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Book Round Up #3

reviews about new books released in 2017

So time for another book round-up.  I normally read quite a few books in a month but this month I don't know what's come over me, I just can't stop reading.  I think because I had a bit of a cold a few weeks ago and I always read more when I don't feel great and am resting more, but I think I've read double the amount I normally read.  This is just a handful of the new books that I've read lately the rest of them are all coming out a bit later in the year and I can't wait to share them with you.
As always I like to add a total mix of genres and styles of books in these round-ups, so hopefully you'll find something you love.
On to the books.....

1.  The House of New Beginnings* by Lucy Diamond 
"Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city's history, but it's also a place of brand new beginnings.
Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career for herself in journalism. Throwing herself into the city's delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she's sliding into all kinds of trouble . . .
Charlotte's in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she's suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds.
A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London to start again as a sous chef. The work is gruelling and thankless but it's a distraction at least . . . until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her on her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa's passion for food could lead her to more interesting places?
As the three tenants find each other, it's as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun."

Ah this was such a lovely read.  I have read a few of Lucy's other books too and always feel like she really doesn't do your typical chick-lit fiction.
 It's definitely contemporary fiction but it has a lot more of a bite to it, she deals with everyday issues the women in the novel face and she doesn't shy away from exploring them in the book to try and make it a fluffier read which I think adds so much to her stories in general and especially this one.

 This is still a really light and fun read though and you'll feel like by the end of the whooping 480 pages that you have become fully immersed in the girls world and their life in Brighton.  I love so much that this is a mammoth thick book!

A really uplifting, engaging and heart-warming story that will make you smile from beginning to end. 
But it on Amazon for £4.99

2.  And Then We Ran* by Katy Cannon
"A road-trip story about following your dreams and embracing the unexpected.
Megan knows what she wants out of life and she intends to get it, whatever her parents say.
Elliott has given up on all his plans for the future – but then Megan bursts into his life with a proposal that could change it forever.
Together they embark on a road trip to escape their hometown and chase their dreams. But life is a journey and not even Megan can control where theirs will lead…"

So a disclaimer, if a book is written about a road-trip I'm going to read it.  I love them, I don't know why, there is something just dreamy and sort of romantically bohemian about the thought of just upping sticks and driving off into the unknown. So I couldn't wait to have a read of this book when I found out it was part of the Road-Trip Genre (ok, so I know that isn't a thing, but can we please make it one?).

I loved, loved, loved the idea of this book and I did really enjoy it but I will say not to go in expecting it to be as much of a road-trip book as I thought it was, because's not.
The road trip part of the book was definitely my favourite part but it didn't happen to near the middle to end of the story.

Not that I didn't really enjoy the rest of the book because I did and I just thought it was such a fun an unique story but just not as road-trip based as I'd hoped or expected.

A sweet story that is a super quick read perfect for lazy day reading.

Pre-Order this book on Amazon here, it's released on April 6th.

3.  New York, Actually* by Sarah Morgan
"Meet Molly
New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.
Meet Daniel
A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…
Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…"

Ah Sarah Morgan, queen of the written RomCom.   For that sentence to come from me, the Romcom obsessive then that is a big freaking deal guys.

I've read another couple of Sarah's books before so I sort of knew what I could expect and I've got to say I'm pretty sure she raised the bar even higher with this book.  I felt it had a lot more layers to the story than her previous ones I read. (Not that I didn't love them, I did.  READ THEM)

One of my favourite things about the books that Sarah writes, is that she really does just concentrate on her two main characters, I mean there are always a load of great secondary characters who add a lot to the story but the book mainly focuses on the relationship between the main two which is my favourite thing and I think that makes this book especially a much more immersive experience as you feel like you really get to know the characters.

This is the first book in a new series that Sarah is writing and I can not wait to read the next, please release it soon Sarah.

If your looking for a fun, heart-warming romcom just like the movies, then you need this book in your life.

Buy this book on Wordery and get free delivery too.

4.  The Most Dangerous Place On Earth* by Lindsey Lee Johnson
"The wealthy enclaves north of San Francisco are not the paradise they appear to be, and nobody knows this better than the students of a local high school. Despite being raised with all the opportunities money can buy, these vulnerable kids are navigating a treacherous adolescence in which every action, every rumour, every feeling, is potentially postable, shareable, viral.
Abigail Cress is ticking off the boxes toward the Ivy League when she makes the first impulsive decision of her life: entering into an inappropriate relationship with a teacher. Dave Chu, who knows himself at heart to be a typical B student, takes desperate measures to live up to his parents' crushing expectations. Emma Fleed, a gifted dancer, balances rigorous rehearsals with wild weekends. Damon Flintov returns from a stint at rehab looking to prove that he's not an irredeemable screw-up. And Calista Broderick, once part of the popular crowd, chooses, for reasons of her own, to become a hippie outcast.
Into this complicated web, an idealistic young English teacher arrives from a poorer, scruffier part of California. Molly Nicoll strives to connect with her students - without understanding the middle school tragedy that played out online and has continued to reverberate in different ways for all of them."

So this is a pretty tough one to review, it was a really intense read for me because of its subject matter.  The book opens by taking you back in time to when these privileged California teenagers were in middle school and you are shown what the incident was that happened that creates the backdrop for the rest of the book.

Then the book jumps back to now when they are all in high school and you are shown the way in which this middle school incident affected all of their lives in one way or another.

Cyber bulling plays the biggest part in the book, either by causing a situation directly or indirectly.

For me it was such a difficult read as I found reading the ins and outs of  bulling and its trail of destruction it leaves behind just chilling and really devastating too.

 I found myself sort of apprehensive to see what happened next throughout the book but still unable to stop myself from reading.

 I can't say I enjoyed the story because well it wasn't a book that your entended to 'enjoy' I don't think but one that your meant to be captivated by and that was exactly what happened to me.

The writing in the book was really phenomenal and the way that it showed the really cruel and at times uncomfortable world that these teens lived in was just amazing.

This is the sort of book that I think should be studied at school, I think its so important to show people how their actions can genuinely affect them and many other people for the rest of their lives.

A really, really strong debut from an author that I'm excited to read more from.

Buy this book from Amazon here.

5. Seven Days Of You* by Cecilia Vinesse
"Sophia has spent her life ping-ponging between different countries and schools, so, in theory, saying goodbye should be easy. But now she's leaving Tokyo - the place that finally felt like home. The only way she can get through this is to make her final week perfect.
Then Jamie Foster-Collins shows up, just in time to ruin everything. Jamie and Sophia used to be friends . . . and his return stirs up feelings she thought she'd forgotten.
Suddenly, hours and minutes become meaningless. Only time spent together, exploring the hidden streets of the city they love, is real."

Am I cool to just leave that as the review?  No seriously this book is that good,  I feel like that would be just a really true representation of my feeling after reading it.

I read this in one day, start to finish and I just completely fell in love with it.  If you love the Lara Jean books from Jenny Han then you should already have this book in your virtual basket as something about it feels so familiar, it has that same heart-warming ahhh felling Jenny's books give you.

The setting of Tokyo is beautiful too and it gives the book such a different setting.  The fact the book is set over the time period of only seven days adds to the urgency in which you read it  and your at times both desperate to see what happens and also just not wanting that seventh day to appear in book form just yet to prolong this wonderful story.

It's amazing and if your looking for a book to really escape into, then this is for you.

You can buy it on Wordery and get free delivery too.