Battersea Park, London

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I love the parks in London. They are so beautiful, so well maintained and cared for and they are truly loved by their residents. St James’ Park is one of my very favourite parks but last week I visited Battersea Park and it is definitely in close contention for the top spot in this, frankly ridiculous park chart which is emerging in my head. To read about St James’s Park read my blog post here.

Battersea Park is quite close to my house but I only visited it for the first time last week. I think it helped that I went on a beautiful day but the park is stunning. There is a huge boating lake where pedalos can be hired, a big duck pond and a children’s zoo (which me and my friend were too old to go in!) There is a huge amount of green space – some huge fields, some smaller flower filled gardens and everything in between!

The park is perfect for a picnic – we sat by the cricket ground which I imagine gets very busy during the Summer. It borders the Thames so you can walk along the river and its easy to get to from either Battersea Park or Queenstown Road stations. Here’s a handy map:

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All in all, a beautiful park which I will definitely visit again!

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Review | Crazy, Stupid, Love

Yet again I’m really behind the times with my film watching…
I watched Crazy, Stupid, Love last night. Whilst I usually prefer a more, shall we say ‘challenging’ film, I was in the mood for an easy watch and this seemed perfect.

Crazy, Stupid, Love follows the lives of Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) and his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) during their impending divorce. (Don’t worry that’s not a spoiler) the big spoiler comes during the garden party and I just did not see it coming! Carell and Moore are brilliant in this – they capture the heart-breaking pain of divorce so well and having closely witnessed a divorce myself, I can vouch for that.

The supporting storylines and characters are also well thought out and compliment the main drama: Cal meets Jacob (the ever so gorgeous Ryan Gosling), a charismatic womaniser who wants to help Cal get back in the game. There’s Hannah (the beautiful Emma Stone) who is stuck in a passion-free relationship with Josh Groban and later gets to lock lips with the stunning Jacob. And finally the sweet, heart-wrenching tales of unrequited love round off this movie perfectly. As the stories unfold they intertwine with one another, culminating in a rather dramatic scene which, like the rest of the film is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster!

Its very charming, it’s funny and witty yet deals with real emotions without getting too heavy. I think this is a great film. My only bug bear with this film was that Jacob’s character wasn’t explored more – we started to find out more about his past, his father and how he became the womaniser he is and then it just stopped – I think there was a real opportunity missed there. But anyway, overall I really enjoyed this film and I would recommend it for a feel-good easy watch anytime! Have a look at the trailer:

Have you seen this film? I’m sure you have as I’m very late to the party, but what did you think of it? Leave links and comments below!

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Spring nails

It seems that Spring has finally sprung in London! IMG_014777
Dance around and celebrate because what feels like the longest winter ever is on its way out! So as a salute to Spring and to going out without a coat on I painted my nails. (Wild child to the core) I love pastel shades when the sun is shining and I picked my two favourite shades for Spring to show you:

The green shade is Seven Dials from Nails Inc. Nails Inc are my favourite makers of nail polish – the formula is just stunning! With two coats you get a perfectly smooth, shiny and glossy nail, which once completed with a top and base coat will last for about a week without chipping – perfect to wear during the working week! Nails Inc have a huge range of colours and effects available on their website and they often have sales and offers popping up – for example this week you could get 7 lucky dip nail polishes for £18 – bargain! So if you haven’t checked out Nails Inc I would highly recommend it!

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The lilac shade is Parma Violet from Topshop. Topshop make up is great – I love it all but the nail varnishes are brilliant. At only £5 each they are super cheap. They don’t last as long as the Nails Inc ones and I needed three coats of the lilac to match up to the vibrant pastel green. However, the selection of shades is brilliant and perfect for polish you only need on for a few days. Check them out on the Topshop website.

As for my top coat and base coat I use Save the Nail and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri which is AMAZING! Such a good top coat – I cannot recommend it enough. It makes your nails look like they’ve been professionally done and, as the name suggests, it dries so quickly!

What are your favourite colour nails for Spring? Which is your favourite brand of nail polish? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to have a read!

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Miss Dior by Christian Dior

This is my very favourite perfume.

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It’s Miss Dior by Christian Dior and I was lucky enough to get this for Christmas last year. It smells fanatastic! It is so beautiful. I would say (in my most un-professional opinion) that is is quite floral, fresh and a little bit of a sweet scent… I really have no clue about describing perfume!

Here’s what the experts say:

“Miss Dior is an audacious chypre with a citrusy freshness and a jasmine heart. Sprinkled with fruity notes and underscored by the elegance of patchouli, this chic and daring fragrance is a new classic” Sephora

“Miss Dior is a chypre that develops step by step. It glides from the sharp charm of a fresh, fruity, citrus prelude into blossoming floral notes, then on to the noble elegance of patchouli, before finally concluding with musk, the last trace of memory.” John Lewis

Yeah. Yeah I get all of that. Uh-hu, patchouli sure is elegant.

After sifting through the PR waffle it is basically a beautiful perfume which will definitely be a staple in my collection for a long time to come. Pop down to your nearest fragrance shop and gift it a smell!

What is your favourite perfume(s)?? Leave links and comments below!

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Face of the day

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So this my face for the day. I was really pleased with my make up today so I thought I’d share…

Products used and links to find them:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (read my review here) http://bit.ly/10tyUF6
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer http://bit.ly/11ebhLL
Maybelline Fit Me Powder http://bit.ly/11eblLr
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush http://bit.ly/ZHLWZd
Benefit Dandelion http://bit.ly/11ebte6
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk (this shade is not available in the UK so bought mine off ebay from the States – great seller!) http://bit.ly/ZfRfCS
Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara in Black http://bit.ly/14J0PT1
Benefit Waterproof Bad Gal Eyeliner in Black http://bit.ly/17RQqDe
Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie 010 http://bit.ly/17IpRh3
Miss Dior perfume (read my review here) http://bit.ly/ZJ1Fq1

Finally, my shirt is from H&M.

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Now the weather is finally starting to look something like Spring, what make up are you wearing?? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to have a read!

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This is why I love London

I was walking past Tower Bridge yesterday and stumbled upon this. Spanish folk from Barcelona doing a human pyramid. This doesn’t happen in my home town. Such diverse, amazing people crop up in this city and I love it! It really made me smile.

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What things have you seen in London, or any other city for that matter, which makes you smile? Leave links and comments below.

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Review | Gillian Flynn – ‘Gone Girl’

I finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn last night. Wow, wow, wow, WOW! What an amazing book!

So a brief synopsis – We meet Nick and Amy on their fifth wedding anniversary. Then Amy disappears. Vanishes into thin air. From then onwards we read about the struggles of marriage, family pressures and how some things are out of our control, no matter how hard we fight it.

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The book is so well written – each chapter cleverly alternates between real time events, as seen through Nick’s eyes and diary entries from Amy which fill out the pair’s past. I am a huge fan of this type of chapter construction – in fact one of my favourite books from my youth, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses used the same technique and that book pretty much changed my life.

The change in pace as we swap from Nick’s point of view to Amy’s creates a huge amount of tension in the book. Filled with suspense, there are plot twists everywhere – just when you think you’re on steady ground Gillian Flynn rips the rug up from beneath you again, and again, and again. This is – apologies for the clichéd phrase – a real page-turner! I finished the book in about a week, reading it at every chance I got.

Furthermore, the book has created such a furore around it that whilst I was reading it on various modes of London’s public transport, three strangers asked me about it. Three strangers broke commuter convention and spoke to me! Three! Needless to say I was shocked to my very core – the silence was broken! I jest, of course, but it really does illustrate that the interest in this book is huge and I fully understand why.

Flynn focuses on the relationships between the characters in Gone Girl. The main focus is obviously between Nick and Amy, she explores the stresses of a long-term relationship and how (seemingly) easy it is to deceive and manipulate these relationships. I also particularly enjoyed the way Flynn portrayed the media’s reaction to the events within the novel – whether this is because I work in the media I’m not sure – but I think she got it pretty spot on. The way the media manipulate and distort stories for their own gain in the book is pretty much what happens everyday in news rooms all around the world. It was a great depiction.

If you haven’t read this book I implore you to do so. If you enjoy truly gripping and thrilling novels with more twists and turns than Alton Towers then this is for you! I’ve told so many people about this book already and now I’m telling you – READ IT! You won’t regret it!

What good books have you read recently? I need a new book to read what would you recommend? Leave links and comments below!

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Picture Frames

My new favourite shop is TK Maxx.
So I’ve been trying to spruce up my room recently and I’ve found TK Maxx is brilliant for all things homeware. The first thing I bought is this gorgeous picture frame for £6.99 which I think is an absolute bargain! I just love it!

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Whilst TK Maxx stock just about everything in their homeware section, from dog beds to spatulas, for me their picture frame selection is just brilliant. They have a huge range and because of the nature of the store, there are different items in each shop meaning you’ll end up with something that most other people won’t have. You can pick up some beautiful homeware items at bargain prices which I love!
If you’re looking to jazz up your home a bit, I highly recommend having a look at your local TK Maxx!

Do you know of any other unique homeware stores I should be looking at to do up my home? Leave links and comments below, I’d love to know your thoughts!

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April Fools!

So yesterday was April Fools day and I have to confess I kind of missed it… I got a little bit drunk whilst celebrating a friends birthday and spent most of the day in bed – except for a glorious 8 hours when I had to work.
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Seriously, one of the hardest days of work in my life. I was so tired and probably still a bit drunk, in hindsight…
Don’t drink kids.

Anywho, moving on from my bad lifestyle choices I’ve been looking up some of the best April Fools pranks and this by far is my favourite:


Youtube HQs dedication to the cause went to this… 12 hours of reading out the nominations for the ‘winner’. Just wow!


What an amazing prank. And finally have a look at these amazing Guardian Goggles: http://gu.com/p/3enq6
The future is here.

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