Book Review | Only Ever Yours

Dystopian novel Only Ever Yours looked to be everything I love in YA fiction and more. I should have loved it but I guess appearances can be deceiving...

In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

I really wanted to love Only Ever Yours. Like so many of us, I have a soft spot for YA fiction that features a post-dystopian landscape and I was hoping to be able to shelve this on the same level as The Hunger Games. Unfortunately, Only Ever Yours proved to be a little frustrating and completely unsuitable for me.

I know this is a well loved book and I know that many people who read Only Ever Yours find it extremely chilling and effecting, however, if you have read and enjoyed science fiction novels such as Brave New World, Nineteen Eighty Four or A Handmaid's Tale (the Margaret Attwood classic that I'm fairly certain is the inspiration for Only Ever Yours) then I would suggest giving it a very wide berth.

Beauty | NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Well look who finally owns a NARS product! The All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is new to my makeup bag with an awesome wear time as long as its name.

Well this is exciting! I think it woud be hard for me to put a number on the years I've spent lusting after NARS products. Everything on their counter often seemed to be screaming out for me to purchase it but, most of all, the beautifully chic bottles of foundation were calling my name loudest. When my boyfriend's mum very kindly offered to lend me the money for the new All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation I internally squealed at the chance to finally own (what I hope will be) my perfect base product.

Books | The Light Read Book Haul


 Sometimes all you want to read is something light and a bit trashy... I've added some new books to my shelves in the hope of lifting my mood!

It's been a bit quiet round these parts lately. If you read my post about the post-graduate slump you will have got a bit of an idea of my current state of mind. Feeling a bit low and running a blog don't often go hand in hand so my content ideas have been drying up lately, however, I recently decided to treat myself to some new books and, seeing as there are just about enough for a haul, it became an occasion to blog about.

These books are really not the creme de la creme literature-wise. You would think that being an English graduate my taste would be more refined but given my low mood right now I pretty much just wanted to fill my brain with some moderate trash light reading. In my defence I'm currently getting through Brave New World so my taste in modern classics hasn't completely gone out the window!


Another month another Instagram round up. October features a cliche bed, a little LUSH haul and plenty of prettiness.

1. October means just one thing... time to start watching The Nightmare Before Christmas on repeat until December!

2. I've had this ice cream clock for at least a year now and I'm still completely enamoured with it. Whelan says it reminds him of something from Fallout but hates how it keeps him awake all night.

3. I've jumped onto the colouring book trend. I went for Johanna Basford's Enchanted Forest because I love having a little bit of magic in my life.

4. I did a teeny bit of hauling from LUSH and bought a favourite (Yoga Bomb) along with a couple of brand new Christmas products. Yog Nog was my favorite scent of last year so I'm so pleased they've put the toffee goodness into a bath bomb and Santa's Belly shower jelly smells of crisp apples, like the So White bath ballistic.

5. My collection of papers for taking photographs against has been shaping up quite nicely. I gather them mostly from Paperchase and Waterstone's and I think they make great blog and Instagram backgrounds.

6. My bed is the least original thing ever. I have THE white IKEA bed that every blogger seems to have along with the very same back and white cushion that always pops up in IKEA hauls. There're also fairy lights and a candle for extra blogger points but who cares, I love it!

Homeware | A Wishlist

I'm so hungry for my own home to decorate. Currently I'm swinging between industrial, Swedish minimalism and a turn of the century French aesthetic... it's making for an interesting combination!

Good lord, I am getting desperate for my own place. Everywhere I look I see amazing homeware and furniture and the need for a place of my own just keeps on growing. What doesn't help is that a lot of the things I find myself desiring lie a little on the pricier side of life... but that's what I get for my Urban Outfitters obsession!

Buy Books For Syria with Waterstones

An Oxfam campaign where you can donate money to Syria and get a nice new book out of it? Sign me up!

Though you shouldn't need to get anything out of donating for charity, it's always an added bonus when you can walk away from a donation with a good feeling and a nice new treat for yourself. As part of Oxfam's Buy Books for Syria campaign Waterstones are selling a selection of books in aid of the cause.

What's Next for Indie Music?

It appears that indie music is under threat. As radio stations and magazines that previously celebrated the genre are turning to more mainstream genres to gain  commercial success, fans are left wondering what is coming next.

Sensationalists would probably describe the recent developments in music journalism as disasters that signal the end of the indie rock media source. Outlets that traditionally serviced music to a different beat than mainstream charts are threatening to turn to the light side and shift their appeal to a commercial audience. Change is certainly afoot but what remains to be seen is how this will effect the future of the genre... at least in publicity terms anyway!

Possibly the biggest scandal in this indie music overhaul is the rebranding of the well loved rock and indie station XFM to Radio X and the introduction of Chris Moyles to the breakfast show. Now, a little bit of history here; XFM was created as a rock focused alternative to mainstream radio that had a bigger focus on music rather than 'banter' and chat. It became a great station for emerging bands and acts and, until now, had only positive feedback, if not much of a commercial gain. When Global Radio (the umbrella company behind XFM) re-branded the station Radio X this September, fans saw some well loved and talented XFM presenters axed in favour of well known celebrities that, in some cases, are known to actually be a bit rubbish when it comes to presenting a radio show (*cough* Vernon Kay).

Without even covering the potential for pop music to infiltrate these shows, the biggest insult for XFM fans is the influx of newbies that Chris Moyles, a hugely divisive host, has attracted. With no knowledge of the history behind Radio X, many of these new listeners have been taking over the station's Facebook page, branding the evening shows featuring XFM DJs that survived the cull as 'crap' and telling any pre-existing XFM listeners that if they want to listen to music they should listen to their iPods instead. Given that most of these old listeners want to listen to new music that they won't already have on their iPods, these comments are pretty rude and uncalled for, creating a divide between new and old and begging the question of what radio is really about. What was originally a station that made the most of their apparent marginalisation has now become a beacon, attracting the very audience they'd been happy to distance themselves from.
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