Sunday, 25 February 2018

Book shopping in Oxford.

Oh, hey. Me again! The excitable book blogger who recently (finally) embarked on her first trip to Oxford. If you want a cafe/restaurant/pub tour of the city, then GO HERE. If you are after a gushing gig review, set in the O2 Academy Oxford, then GO HERE. If you're wanting a little info on the bookshop scene in Oxford...you're in the right place. 




As soon as I arrived in Oxford (and was scooped up at the station by the angelic Demet Charlotte, aka @ books_polished) I swear, I felt the bookish energy. Then the following morning (after a delightful dinner and a drink in a Potter lovers' pub the night before) as I stepped off the bus into the city centre, I was practically tingling with Book Nerd Lust™ and as I ate my vegan breakfast baguette in my favourite Oxford cafe, I planned my attack on the bookshops. 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Being me, and being a blogger.

Recently, I've read a couple of posts from my favourite bloggers (will link below) about losses of identity, feelings that their obsession with image is overpowering their personal goals and the need to be their true selves; not some magical - and hopefully enviable  - manufactured being who comes perfectly packaged, wears all the latest fashion (and all items of clothing have been personally delivered by the major brands) and is flown here and there and everywhere at a moment's notice, and smiles sweetly through many filters...when really, most of us bloggers are working a soul-crushing 9-5 every day before rushing home to spend all evening sprawled on sofas, attached to our laptops, pouring our hearts out into the internet for all to see. 

I get that. I get that all too well, and far too much. 

(Photo: Erin Veness)

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Grace's first time...in Oxford.

I went to Oxford recently – at last! I’d been meaning to go for years – probably since way back when friends of mine at college were sighing and whining almost every day in the approach to A Level exams, so desperate was their yearning to move to and study in this magical city. I’ve seen a lot of photos of the place in recent years, and as usual social media has played a big part in deciding where I go for my next mini break – curse you, beautiful Instagrammers!


Actually, this particular trip came about after I read online – while in Australia – that Newton Faulkner would be moving his Oxford gig to February 2018. Thanks for being the push I needed, dude! (read my ‘review’, which is really more of a gush, HERE)

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Newton Faulkner live, 12/2/2018; A Fangirl's Review.

Let's get this little thing out of the way, first: everyone who reads this nonsense regularly should know by now that I have a soft spot for singer-songwriters with fancy guitar skillz and beautiful principles. Right? And it's not a 'guilty pleasure' kind of soft spot, it's a real and serious love. Okay, cool. 

And one of my favourite artists within this lovely genre, is Newton Faulkner. 
Back in late 2013, I was a bit of a state. My mind and morals were all over the place, and many of my relationships were crumbling away at an alarming speed – there were few things that kept me focused and motivated...and sane. One of those things was music. 
2013 was the year certain lovely songwriters were on full blast pretty much constantly. I’d let their voices fill up my bedroom every morning as I got out of bed and got ready for what was no doubt a very stressful day ahead; I plugged them into my ears as I walked to campus or into town, and on the few occasions I made it home, I’d play their albums over and over as I drove down country lanes – not going anywhere in particular, just happily driving, and singing.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Recent Reads #9: the 4th and 5th of 2018.

Hello, book lovers. So unlike last year, I won't be sticking to any particular reading schedules for the next 12 months - and let me tell you, the feeling of freedom is pretty sweet. I of course took full advantage of this new variety in reading, and so far this year I've read a non-fic, a crime novel, a massively hyped YA, a collection of essays and a very popular adult fiction. I'll be keeping these Recent Reads posts regular from now on, and am always open to recs and suggestions for my To Be Read list! 


Follow/friend me on Goodreads, maybe, to keep up with my bookish 2018!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

'The Ferryman'; a review.

On Monday 5th February, I saw 'The Ferryman' at the Gielgud Theatre, London.  

(My photo; background Deborah Latter's artwork)


The play was written by Jez Butterworth, and this production is directed by Sam Mendes. It stars Rosalie Craig, Owen McDonnell, Justin Edwards, Sian Thomas - and many, many more! 

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Recent Reads #8: the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of 2018.

Hello, book lovers. So unlike last year, I won't be sticking to any particular reading schedules for the next 12 months - and let me tell you, the feeling of freedom is pretty sweet. I of course took full advantage of this new variety in reading, and so far this year I've read a non-fic, a crime novel and (obvs) a massively hyped YA. I'll be keeping these Recent Reads posts regular from now on, and am always open to recs and suggestions for my To Be Read list! 


Follow/friend me on Goodreads, maybe, to keep up with my bookish 2018!





Monday, 29 January 2018

Tiny everyday body lovin' tips.

I recently got to be a guest on the marvellous podcast hosted by two Australian book-loving boss ladies, Better Words. My first podcast! It was a very exciting experience, and a real honour. Caitlin and Michelle talked to me about books (obviously), my travels, my blog, more books, freelance work, sex, and more books. I could have chatted with them forever! 
You can find the episode here, and the notes here. Be sure to check out and subscribe to the podcast on whatever platform you use!

One of my favourite questions I was posed when the angelic BW gals were interviewing me was about my body positivity. Michelle and Caitlin asked how I came to be so outspoken about loving my body, and if I had any tips for others who were struggling with finding that positivity in their own skin. In response to this, I, ermm….kinda rambled about my own journey, and gave hardly any helpful tips for others. Safe to say I’m furious with myself, and will be rectifying that now with this post, in which I’ll be giving out actual, practical, helpful and gentle tips for building up your body confidence and comfort! 

(Photo: Erin Veness)
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