Thursday, 30 August 2018

38.

My name’s Grace.

I love a good Buddha bowl, I'm apparently now an underwear model, I think Joey Tribbiani is a genuinely good guy and his romance with Rachel was kinda nice, my investment in TV shows and their characters borders on worryingly obsessive, bookshops both soothe and excite me, I could eat a whole jar of crunchy peanut butter with a spoon in just one sitting, I'm forever in love with the moon, keeping my skin clear is almost always my #1 concern in life, I'm addicted to Gilmore Guys (only a couple of years late), I'm actually writing a book for reals, I'm considering starting up a Beauty category on this blog, I'll be off to hospital very soon and I'm planning a Recovery Reading List. (comment with any recommendations plz thx)


(Photo: Erin Veness)


Tuesday, 28 August 2018

'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'; a book & film review!

I got this book for my birthday a couple of years ago from my gal Clare; I’d been so excited to read it but unfortunately that thing happened when I popped it on my perfectly colour-coordinated shelf, 100% meaning to read it ASAP, and then… time passed, and other books came into my life. And here we are.

But of course when I saw the ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ trailer appear on my Netflix, and then suddenly cute gifs and quotes from the film were popping up all over my timelines, I knew I had to grab it from the bottom of the pile and get on the hype. 


(Photos in this post all taken in Cake Room, my regular haunt in Hastings)

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Rejection.

I have thick skin. No, seriously. Medical professionals have told me repeatedly for the past few years that they have trouble taking blood and inserting cannulas because my skin is so damn thick, and my veins run deep. Every time they tell me this, I laugh. Because it may be true in the physical sense but figuratively, emotionally speaking... my skin is thin as tissue paper. 


(Photo: Erin Veness)


Thursday, 23 August 2018

Why changing my Instagram theme/style/order/whatever actually means a lot to me.

Ooh yes, I’m hearing some of y’all sighing and picturing you rolling your eyes upon reading this title! And I can only apologise – you see, it turns out, Instagram means a lot to me. 


(Photo: Erin Veness)


Yeah, my millennial status has officially peaked. My favourite breakfasts are either a fresh acai bowl or avo smash toast with chilli flakes, I am currently using a 16-25 railcard that's technically valid until I am 27, I can only dream of someday getting a foot on the mythical property ladder, and I recently had a sex dream about a YouTuber. Now, this: I am officially an Insta obsessive. I almost value double-tap likes from strangers as much as I do IRL hugs from loved ones. I have a note on my phone containing every grouping of hashtags I could possibly need, that I copy & paste into a comment immediately after posting something. I have two separate editing apps, one of which lets me plan my grid weeks in advance. 

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

How I accidentally became an underwear model.

Hmm. Most click bait-ish title ever? Quite possibly.

So, yes. I have recently been modelling gorgeous lingerie for a couple of fabulous, feminist, empowering brands – Curvy Kate and Neon Moon. How the hell did that happen?! I have found myself wondering just that quite a bit recently. Let’s investigate by retracing my steps a little… 


(Photo: Metro UK)

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Balance.

Balance is important to me, and is something I will always work hard to create and maintain in my life. It’s not easy though, in fact a lot of the time I find it’s all or nothing in my world; I'll have several weeks of non-stop movement and excitement, often followed by whole days spent doing next to nothing. 


(Photo: Erin Veness)


Friday, 17 August 2018

Recent Reads: the 27th and 28th of 2018.

Oh hey there, welcome to my latest Recent Reads post! This one features Sarah Knight, Chloe Seager, and Emma Nash; friendship fails and not giving any f*cks. Read on to get yourself a new fictional friend and a no-f*cks given attitude to life! 
 


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

'Friendship Fails of Emma Nash', by Chloe Seager; a guest piece!

The wonderful, hilarious Chloe Seager has done it again! Her latest novel, a follow-up to her 2017 debut ‘Editing Emma’, is all about friendships – and the many filters, pitfalls and straight up fails that can be found within them. My fab friends, this is 'Friendship Fails of Emma Nash'!

I am so thrilled to be a stop on this blog tour, having recently finished the book – and doing a Twitter giveaway when I was sent 2 copies! My ‘proper’ review will be featured in my next Recent Reads post, but for now I can simply say: everyone needs to befriend Emma, immediately. But be warned: she’s prone to accidentally making potential friends cry about their unfortunate surnames, lying about owning a cat and sniffing ex-boyfriend’s clothes. I mean...haven’t we all done at least one of those things!? Show of hands? No? K.

Anyway, let’s get on with this blog tour ting – the lovely Chloe has blessed this blog with a piece about her ‘ideal celeb BFF’! See below to find out who it is (and why I 1000% completely agree)… 


Monday, 13 August 2018

How to: fly (in a plane, anyway).

I have flown a lot in my life; I'm very fortunate in that the Latter parents have always been keen travellers and I have some very adventurous friends – some of whom live permanently abroad. Growing up with these people around me could be why I crave and adore taking trips here and there, or maybe it was something in me anyway that's been nurtured and encouraged appropriately? Who even knows! 

Before I start to psychoanalyse myself (one of my favourite forms of torture), I'll get to the point of this post. It's a little different to my usual stuff (i.e. intense health stories, ridiculous anecdotes...and fun bookish geek-outs) but I wanted to share some tips on flying! 


(Photo: Erin Veness)

Friday, 10 August 2018

'Colour Me In', by Lydia Ruffles ; a mini review and Q&A!

The wonderful Lydia Ruffles is the author of two excellent YA novels that are both so beautifully written, with the most creative plots and lovable, fascinating characters. I was delighted to have the opportunity to throw some Qs at Lydia in preparation for the publication of her latest book, Colour Me In’; the story of Arlo, an actor whose world is turned upside down after a tragedy which then sends him fleeing to the other side of the world – where he meets and befriends a fellow traveller. 

I loved this book – surprise, surprise! I adored her debut, 'The Taste of Blue Light', but if possible I found this one even more exciting and fun to read. Arlo as a character was so gorgeous and the way he felt things was so true and pure, it hurt at times to read. I will be shouting about this book and its author for a while yet, so jump on my Lydia Love Train, will you? Thx. 


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

What is self care?

Self care has become a huge deal in recent years. More people are taking time for themselves – and treating themselves – using the #selfcare hashtag liberally and actually saying out loud that they need it.

But self care is often seen in soft focus. The truth is, it’s not always a photogenic mix of bath bombs, glossy magazines and milky tea on rainy days. Sometimes it’s much smaller, but with equally enormous results. 


(Photo: Erin Veness)


Monday, 6 August 2018

'Songs About a Boy', by Chris Russell ; a preview and exclusive video!

Hey, book and music fans! This is the latest in a series of special features I’ve done on here starring the remarkably cool Chris Russell and his ‘Songs About a Girl’ series! Yep, every year he’s had an absolute stonker of a YA come out and every year I have done something to celebrate it. What am I to do after this post, though – as 'Songs About a Boy' is *gasp* LAST BOOK IN THE TRILOGY!??

I am, of course, devastated this gorgeous #boybandlit series is ending, but all the more excited to shout about this final instalment. Read on for a plot teaser, and exclusive author content… 

Saturday, 4 August 2018

'Club Swizzle', opening night ; a review.

Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between...
Welcome to my review of CLUB SWIZZLE!!



The creators of LA SOIRÉE return to London with their brand new show!
Loose, glorious and irresistibly fun, Club Swizzle is a night of sassy entertainment at the wildest bar in town. 

It’s a melee of outrageous cabaret, air-defying acrobatics and infectious musical revelry, backed by a LIVE BAND with a repertoire as big as its bar tab. 
Take your seats for the hottest show of the summer (while staying cool in our deliciously air-conditioned Brick Big Top)! 

Come down early and join us at the bar where the cheeky Club Swizzle troupe is on hand to mingle and serve up cocktails with a wink and a smile. 
(Source: roundhouse.org.uk



Thursday, 2 August 2018

'The Secret Deep', by Lindsay Galvin; a review and guest piece from the author!

I briefly mentioned ‘The Secret Deep’ in my Recent Reads: Holiday Edition, but it’s honestly so good and so beautiful that it deserves its own post. Oh also, this post is going to be extra exciting as it contains more than just a review by me – yep, I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in the official blog tour, and am so proud to be able to feature a guest piece written by the fabulous Lindsay Galvin! 


(Photo taken by moi, in the beautiful HiFest/HiStore cafe in Trinity St, Hastings. 
Bloody good coffee by Stooge!)


I won’t lie, when I first saw the news on Twitter, then got the proof in the post, I was sure that the story would be about mermaids and sea creatures. I was half right…
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