Books | I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson's 'I'll Give You The Sun' is one of the latest books to be celebrated in the young adult fiction genre. 

Two book reviews in a row but I promise these two novels could not be more different! After my review of Phillip K Dick's 'The Man in the High Castle' I'm turning my attention to a contemporary novel of a completely different genre, swapping post war speculative fiction for a quick coming of age read.

Lately I've been finding Young Adult fiction less and less appealing. There was a time that I'd never have considered leaving the genre behind but apparently I'm starting to firmly outgrow it. Given that Jandy Nelson's 'I'll Give You the Sun' has been getting rave reviews lately, I thought it worth a go to rekindle my love for youthful, carefree fiction. Sceptical though I was, after reading the whole thing in two days I was, quite clearly, sucked in.

Books | The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick

What would the world be like if the wrong side won WWII? Philip K Dick's The Man in the High Castle suggests what that society might look like under Nazi & Japanese rule.

Speculative fiction is a truly fascinating genre of literature. Imaging what life would be like if the tables were turned and roles exchanged is always an interesting activity, allowing you to explore what it would be like if caucasians were the suppressed race, if women ruled the world or if the Axis won World War II. Philip K Dick's The Man in the High Castle is set in an America ruled by the Japanese and the German governments, where the few Jews that are left are forced into hiding and Caucasian Americans are at one of the bottom rungs of the social ladder.

Worth the Hype? Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

The brow product everyone talks about, Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade get's the Worth The Hype? treatment.

As part of a resolution to be smarter with my money, any beauty spending I am doing lately has been going on items I either need a replacement of or have wanted to try for a very long time. Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade is just such an item, with a loyal cult following that swears by the stuff. In my pursuit of gorgeously on point brows I've had a little pot waiting in my 'back up products' drawer for quite some time; when I finally finished up my Soap and Glory brow thing (very technical I know) I did a little squeal of excitement as it was finally time to dive into one of the most hyped products in beauty-land

Getting a Dog - Why to Consider Rehoming

An elderly but very cute border collie

Thinking of getting a dog? Rescue dogs are often over looked in favour of cute puppies but I'm here to tell you why you should consider rehoming.

I've spoken before about my three dogs and very recently about why you should consider adopting an older dog from a kennels, but there are still many people who are convinced that buying puppies from a breeder is the way forward. All dogs that are brought into the world will need homes, regardless of if they were bred deliberately or by accident however, for some some dogs finding a home is more difficult than others.

I did initially try and be balanced but, in my mind, kennel dogs are the way to go. With that in mind, this post may seem a little one-sided so I may follow up with a post completely dedicated to my boyfriend's family's recent experience in buying from a puppy breeder. In the meantime, here are all the reasons why you should 100% consider adopting a mutt instead of paying loadsamoney for a purebred pup.

Precious Things

A Precious Letter

An ode to the precious things in life and why written correspondence should still be treasured.

In the picture above I am holding something truly precious - the last card I ever received from my great aunt, Auntie Peggy, otherwise known as Sister Margaret O'Connor. It wasn't Christmas when she sent it, but having just been transferred to the sick bay in her convent she had nothing else to write on and, as she knew it was to be her last letter to me she clearly wanted it to look nice.

We'd been exchanging letters for a while at that point and it was a correspondence I had really enjoyed. Not everyone can say they have a nun for a great aunt and Peggy always seemed to be the central point of our family, a woman who was beyond wise and serene with a wonderfully calming presence. I began writing to her as I was living in Aberystwyth, a place she'd also spent some time and it was lovely to exchange details about certain buildings and areas that were common ground to us. I won't go into detail about the contents of the letter as I'd like to keep it to myself, but every sentence made me smile and I only wish I had my previous letter so I could jog my memory over the conversation.

This card is the most precious item in my posession - it's irreplaceable and wonderfully sums up this warm, loving woman who I never had the chance to get to know as an adult. When I reached the end, with her expressing her sorrow at this but her joy at believing she'd be following me from somewhere else, and that I only need to 'shoot up a little word' if I needed help, the tears were well and truly flowing. I wasn't sad, I'd just been reminded how lucky I was that I'd been sending and receiving these letters.

If you'd have asked me before about what I'd save first in a fire I'd probably have said my camera, but this card has taken it's place and I am so proud to have it. The older ladies and gentlemen in our families and communities are priceless and so full of memories; exchanging written words with them, or talking to them face to face is the most rewarding experience. It's so easy to get caught up in the rapid technological advancements of today but making time to talk to those you love, and really talk & share memories, should be a priority for us all.

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Little Nell Jewellery

If you're looking for jewellery that is both feminine and eye-catching I may have just the brand for you.

I discovered Little Nell Jewellery after Momiji featured the brand on their blog. Run by a lovely lady called Penny, Little Nell is a brand that started as just a hobby, just as many of the best independent shops do these days, and sells beautiful, pieces that are both dainty and feminine but special enough to be a conversation starter

The jewellery is affordable, ranging from £8 for simpler designs to £32 for more statement pieces. Generally most items are around £15 though which I think is very reasonable considering the uniqueness and care that goes into each item.

DIY | Oliver Bonas Inspired Paint Dipped Storage

Oliver Bonas DIY Dipped Metallic

How to create the chic and modern, Oliver Bonas style, paint dipped effect on a shoe string budget.

As I am currently (and slowly) doing up my room I'm on the look out for inspiration on extra details I can be adding in. Oliver Bonas has been a huge source of inspiration to me and their Colour Pop bowls in particular inspired me to do a little paint job of my own.

Last summer I briefly delved into the world of DIY on my blog with a lovely set of d├Ęcoupage drawers that now house my make up (post since temporarily removed). It was simple, easy yet looks fantastic on my shelves so it's no surprise that my latest project is even more simple to put together.

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