Sunday, 24 May 2015

An evening with Bradley Cooper....

twice in 6 months!... yes I have been lucky enough to spend an evening with Bradley Cooper both in the UK and state-side in the past 6 months!
Back in December I was lucky enough to get a preview ticket for this show just before opening night and was excited to see this play back on the stage that Bowie headlined back in its Broadway debut in 1979. The Booth theatre is an old Broadway theatre steeped with history and old school new york style, opening in 1916.
This visit was unplanned and was fantastic, I was blown away by Coopers performance
I loved this interview with Bradley where he talks about a famous actor who came to watch.... I may have just been there at the same time!

When I read earlier in the year that Bradley & co were heading across the Atlantic to London for a limited run of the critically acclaimed play I grabbed a ticket quickly. This play is not an easy watch; it is dark in places and can be uncomfortable at times, however this is exactly what is should be due to the subject matter and the manner in which John Merrick was treated.  For those not familiar with the subject matter; Joseph Merrick is born with debilitating deformities which see him as a point of ridicule, fascination and often as a 'circus' act freak show in the Victorian era. Rescued by Frederick Treves a leading doctor at the Whitechapel London hospital, Treves gives Merrick a home and looks after him away from ridicule and torment.
It is a moving and humbling journey and Bradley is simply stunning as Merrick. 
The play's success is built on that the play uses no prosthetics, trick lighting or gimmicks to portray this story. The floorboards are bare and set pieces are minimal. Coopers transforms on stage as Treves lists the deformities that Merrick had, and holds this for 2 hours a night on stage. He has in recent interviews detailed the back pain that he is suffering with since taking on this role.Supported by Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivalo it is a phenomenal performance and shows that he isn't just a pretty face.
The Elephant Man is only on for a short period and do think its one of the must tickets for the summer of 2015.
As well as seeing a great performance on stage it was also very lovely to see Mr Cooper in person as he left the stage door exit shortly after the performance finished..... I did think of my friend Ali, who is a huge BC fan and has had a starring role in a couple of her books!...

T's TV Treats ....

Work & life has been a little busy of late which means that any TV that I have watched has been on either replay or iplayer, however this doesn't mean that it wasn't worth watching...
  1. The C Word - a heartbreaking and amazing tribute to Lisa Lynch portrayed fabulously by the current nations acting sweetheart Sheridan Smith. The story of a magazine journalist who rose to fame writing a blog of her battles with breast cancer.. filled with love, laughter and cancer with humour and tears.This was a heart-aching and humbling watch and I hope that Lisa's family were proud of the story told and Sheridans and Paul Nichols stunning performances.
  2. DCI Banks -a police series that I've dipped in and out of over the previous years, became a must watch for me this season. With as good back stories into the characters as investigations an easy watch... my friends partner is one of the lead actresses, so its always great to catch up on the inside gossip!
  3. Vera  - love Brenda Blethyn and her portrayal of this northern police officer is just fabulous, in her scruffy mac and wellie boots and the odd glass of scotch she is just superb. This is a gritty bleak drama, tinged with some fabulous one liners from Blethyn, with a great supporting cast, tackling some difficult subjects in a great Sunday night drama. 
  4. Code of a Killer - this 2 parter was on over the Easter break and I have only just caught up with it. Follows the extraordinary true story of Alec Jeffreys who discovered DNA fingerprinting and how it was used to catch a killer of 2 girls in Leicestershire in the 1980's A fascinating incite into the determination and belief by both the scientists and police officer that what they were doing was both the right think for the girls and ground breaking for police and science going forward. .. loved this, great acting by John Simms and David Threlfall.
  5. The Detectives (Manhunt) - a 3 part series following the sexual crimes unit of the Greater Manchester police. This was a tough watch from the start but utterly compelling, a specialised detective team changing the way that rape & sexual offences are investigated. This unit over 3 nights showed how they are changing the way these crimes are dealt with, and spanned 2 years of investigations.The main investigation being that of Ray Teret long term friend of Jimmy Saville. This is a tv programme that stays with you and I applaud all of the officers working within this unit, but more than that the victims that went on camera to share their stories... brave ladies.
As you can see not much light hearted entertainment, but 5 programmes and series that I have enjoyed over the last few weeks. Here are some previous TV treats that I have enjoyed.


Monday, 18 May 2015

Victory in Europe Day...

Today on #BEDM on headlines day and although not making the headlines today I thought I would share my day in London from the recent VE Day celebrations.
I had no plans for the Sunday of the VE day weekend, I had worked a very long week and was looking forward to some downtime at home, however on waking to a glorious day I made a completely impromptu decision to head into London and join the crowds to celebrate 70 years since Victory in Europe was declared and World War 2 came to an end.
Growing up with a Grandad who fought during the war within the tank regiment and was part of the evacuation of soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk. I am hugely proud of him and all the veterans that came home and owe a huge debt to those that gave their life for our freedom.
I arrived into London just in time to see the forces and veterans march down Whitehall past the cenotaph to horseguards parade, and then into St James Park.

I found the whole experience incredibly humbling, very emotional and a huge sense of pride to see the huge number of people that lined the streets to support forces young and old. Standing near the cenotaph was very moving as every service personnel that marched past, whether on foot or in a wheel chair saluted the cenotaph .... an honour to see and the utmost respect  to the fallen heroes.
One of the biggest cheers to resonate along Whitehall was for the Veterans and Chelsea Pensioners.
The VE day parade was concluded with flypast including a Spitfire, followed by the red arrows with their tails of red, white & blue.
The red, white & blue was showcased to its most spectacular as I turned into the Mall which was festooned with huge union jacks and a  huge crowd of spectators. We do pageant so well in this country and even the pearly kings & queens were out in their infinite style supporting the occasion.
Heading into St James Park it became a huge garden party VE day style with military vehicles, big bands, tea dances and lots of soldiers!
With lots to see and do for old and young it was a great atmosphere, bathed in glorious sunshine. London couldn't have looked better on the day.
The spitfires were a huge draw for young and old  along with the military vehicles.
I had a fabulous afternoon wandering around the park enjoying the music, and just soaking up the great atmosphere.
Leaving the park towards Parliament square it was great to walk around with no traffic and enjoy the views.
 Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and the glorious Winston Churchill were all showcased to their finest in against the backdrop of a blue sky and bathed in dappled sunshine.
My walk to the station took me back down Whitehall past the Cenotaph where a number of wreaths had been laid in commemoration of the day.
Situated in Horseguards avenue are a number of fitting memorials of heroes of World War 2... General Montgomery affectionately known as 'Monty', the Gurkha memorial and the stunning Tank Regiment memorial where I laid a small tribute to my Gramps.
I had a lovely day in London celebrating VE day with a sense of pride and thanks to all those that are no longer here and remembering my nan & gramps with much love.
I hope that you have enjoyed my VE day headlines ... if you have enjoyed this post then check out previous posts honouring our war heroes here.


Sunday, 17 May 2015

May days....

how can we be halfway through May... this month I am failing miserably with Elizabeth's #BEDM so think I am going to just enjoy reading the posts that are falling into my list, and give up on trying to post daily.
Life has been a little rocky over the past few weeks, predominately work but also stuff going on personally, so I am hoping to get back on track this week with catching up with friends and stuff. Due to some changes and restructuring at work I have a new boss, which means probably some more change over the coming months.
I have a list of blog posts to update including some fun with Shaun the Sheep, a fantastic day celebrating Victory in Europe Day (VE day in London) which was completely unplanned and some day to day stuff including fun with Fitz & Darcy...
Last night I went for an early supper with friends followed by an impromptu trip to the cinema. It's been some time since I saw a film trailer that sparked interest for me to see on the big screen and not wait for the DVD, however Spooks ticked the big screen box.
For those of you that have followed by blog will know that I am a huge Spooks fan, and was interested to see how this movie translated to a big screen and could Kit Harrington follow in the footsteps of Rupert Penry-Jones and Richard Armitage.
Having watched the movie, I can claim that yes Kit Harrington does a great job as 'lead' Spook;
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, shear escapism, full of action and London looked fabulous on the big screen. Fans of the Bourne movies will enjoy this British version, it was great to see some old Spook favourite characters along with some new faces.... I hope that this isn't the only foray in the Spook movie franchise, as it is sadly missed on our TV screens.
Looking ahead I have a busy week planned; including an evening at the Theatre and an afternoon at the Chelsea Flower show as well as a busy week at work. Hopefully I will get some time for blogging and updates before May finishes!.... have a lovely Sunday evening and a great week... 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Spring treats from the Beauty hall...

It has been some time since I posted a beauty post and I thought I would share some new products that have fallen into my beauty basket over the past couple of months for spring and in preparation for summer.
My beauty hamper basket is overflowing and I really don’t need anything, but sometimes the temptation becomes too much especially since it's so easy to click & collect at my desk. The joy of working in a store that houses the biggest beauty hall in the world means that my beauty haul is quite luxurious.
  • Mac Cinderella – Mac launched the Cinderella collection in collaboration with Disney some weeks ago to coincide with the movie release. This collection sold out on-line and in store within an hour of launch and I was lucky enough to secure the gorgeous "stroke of midnight" eye palette and the "glass slipper" lip glaze, Both perfect from desk to dusk versatile products, which have the ability to take you from ugly sister to belle of the ball in moments.
  • Victoria Beckham VBB for Nails inc – Vicky launched 2 colours with Nails inc late last year, bamboo white and judo red. With beautifully styled packaging I was tempted, however this month when I had my nails manicured at the Paint shop at work Jess my lovely nail technician talked me into trying the judo red.
 I am so glad that she did as I love it. I am not a 'bright' polish person on my hands, I am a little more adventurous on my feet, but usually opt for dark colours as they suit my small nails and skin tone better. What do you think? …. This  is a great gift for fashionistas as it’s a Vb line without the serious £ price tag and comparable to the Louboutin brand polish.
  • This month also sees another fabulous fashion collaboration with Christopher Kane and Nars. I am slowly becoming a huge fan of Nars and will now opt for that over Mac when looking at colour. The packaging is super cool and this week I bagged a lip glaze for the summer. I definitely am becoming  a lip glaze/gloss gal in the lighter months and a lipstick lady in the winter. Here's the collection in all its glory.
  • Dior – last year work hosted a huge Beauty project and I was fortunate to sample Dior's Maximiser Light boosting primer; Sally Hughes (one of the best beauty journalists) called this out last year as the primer that she couldn't live without and I completely agree with her, I love it, so versatile and whenever I use it I get asked what foundation I am wearing.
  • Tom Ford and Chanel complete my spring / summer musts ….. Chanel's waterproof mascara is a must for me in the summer months; I  suffer with an astigmatism in my eyes which creates lots of watering, so a good waterproof mascara is a must for me; Chanel ticks all my boxes and I have tried many before settling on this one. Great coverage and easy to remove.
  • Tom Ford's summer collection launched this month and a large part of it has now sold out; every year one of my must products for my bag is a great bronzer…. Along with the very stylish packaging which will look fabulous being pulled out of my handbag for retouches, the product is just heavenly.
I'm now on a beauty embargo  for a few weeks as there are a few launches happening in the coming months that I am excited about and will definitely be buying. I know that I am in a very fortunate position and get access to great exclusives and brands working in the big yellow store. I don’t think my make-up bag would look so luxurious if I didn't have a great discount and product available a few feet from my desk!... what's been falling into your beauty basket this month?

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Spending a penny over coffee....

I have always been a coffee junkie and its caused many nights of insomnia due to caffeine overload however it is one of my favourite things and I really couldn't do without it. I have over the last few years taken the time to seek out independent coffee houses when I can. I do believe that a espresso / latte made with  great coffee beans is up there with an expertly mixed cocktail or perfect bottle of wine. Following from my trip to the London Coffee festival and armed with my London Coffee Guide I decided to explore a quirky coffee venue not far from work.
Nestled down a side street in Fitzrovia between Oxford street and Goodge street sits one of the quirkiest coffee shops you are ever likely to drink in!.... an old  underground Victorian Toilet.
Built in 1890 the toilet had become dormant by the 60's....50 years later it was bought to life as a cool coffee house and food bar.
The Attendant has retained much of its original features, including the porcelain urinals which make  fabulous coffee nooks.
The coffee bar is accessed by the original stairs down underground and even features its own 'coffee graffiti' wall which is a fun addition.
Coffee beans are roasted by Caravan and the milk is sourced from Ivy House farm in Somerset which has 120 Jersey dairy cows producing their milk... singularly they are great independent brands, combined they create a gorgeous coffee.... alchemy of the caffeine variety!
Along with some great NY inspired foods, I could easily pretend I was across the pond state-side.... perfect little treat.
I had much fun at the little underground coffee haven and look forward to ticking more coffee adventures in the city...
Here are some more coffee adventures from London and across the pond in New York...

Monday, 11 May 2015

Work / Life balance

Last week I had all good intentions to kick off May joining Elizabeth and her Blog Every Day in May challenge. It is something that I have tried to do the last couple of years and this year I failed miserably at the first hurdle with work completely overtaking life last week.... 62 hours in a 4 day week + saturday!... it was quite horrid!, however I am back for a new week and hopefully will participate a little more!
This week also is walk to work week and although that isn't possible I am trying to walk to the station every day and get off a couple of tube stops before my normal stop and walk a little more... check back later this week and I will share my progress!... with the mornings and evenings lighter my trek through the park is quite lovely in spring....

My walk to work is being aided by some fabulous  new trainers and I have become a "sneaker commuter" convert this yeear!.. they are blending lovely with my walk through the park.
To keep me motivated on my walk I have my much loved ipod which I have many tools & apps to keep me going. I have created a great "walk to work" playlist which takes me the 25 minute walk from home to station; featuring some funky old school classics and recent floor-fillers.
I also have 2 books on 'audible! which are a great way to read and walk. I am currently listening to my lovely friend Ali Mcnamara's  "From Nottinghill with Love"  which i'm loving listening too and also a Phillipa Gregory which is narrated by the lovely Rupert Penry-Jones which motivates me to walk an extra lap just to listen to his dulcet tones! .. I have found that I walked more listening to books as if I havent finished the chapter I walk around the block again, especially if the weather is dry.
Hopefully this week I will get over to some of the other blogs in #BEDM and look forward to catching up a little.... x

Monday, 4 May 2015

Coffee Love....

This week is National Coffee week, and Sunday saw me visiting the London Coffee festival in the London's east end. The festival is held in Brick Lane a short walk from Liverpool Street in the Old Truman Brewery building.
The morning was miserably damp and chilly, but this did not deter the huge crowds that came out to visit the brunch time slot of Sunday morning.
The London Coffee Festival is a mecca for all coffee enthusiasts and hosts everything imaginable to make, drink and accompany coffee is every form.
As well as every coffee attribute possible, there was also plenty of places to sit and enjoy the Java or Espresso Martini's.
With DJ's playing the decks and a band in the Hyde Park space the whole event had a very cool vibe about it.
The event also hosted the Coffee Master's competition where 20 baristas were pitted against each other across events to be crowned Coffee Master 2015. Disciplines of the event can be found here.
Some of my favourites from the event... Toms Coffee, every bag of coffee purchased will Toms will donate a week of clean water to someone who needs it.
Cold Brew - it seems that the cold brew phenomenon that hit New York last year is coming across the pond for this summer. Cold brews in abundance from multiple coffee merchants... looking forward to a summer of chilled coffee brew.
Milk & Sugar - Bourbon bar and Gin Parlour.
Cawston Press adult soft drinks... the Rhubarb and Apple is my favourite.I loved the stand and the juices were gorgeous.
Cakesmiths - gorgeous tray bakes perfect to accompany any cup of coffee.
CrossTown doughnuts - gorgeous glazed ring doughnuts - love the displays of these delicious rings of decadence...

With a host of coffee vendors to sip caffeine from my favourite on the day was Grumpy Mule. My espresso was the perfect hit required for the moment.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the London Coffee Festival and learnt lots about coffee & all its accompaniments.
I liked the venue and all its different rooms; however think that for the time slot that I had booked the organisers over subscribed as crowd control was an issue. (especially lots of double / single buggies - don't get me started on that rant!)

As its coffee week I will be sharing some more coffee favourites this week.... Here are 5 coffee favourites from London and 5 from New York.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Hello May....

May has arrived and May day in London has been a lovely day with a blue sky, I'm not sure that there is much more of that over the Bank Holiday weekend as rain is due across most of the UK over the 3 days, but hopefully the sun will shine on some of it.
April was a month of quiet reflection, reading and catching up with friends and some downtime.
As with turning the pages of calendar corner to a new month the blog also gets a little make-over. This month I'm saying goodbye to the navy & yellow and hello to pink & mint. I'm taking inspiration from the hues of the cherry blossom and some fantastic new adidas sneakers I picked up for £20 in the next spring sale; perfect for my walk to the station.
I've loved seeing the blossom bloom over the past couple of weeks. From my commute through the park, to the little squares tucked in the side streets of London the pink brightens up the dullest of mornings.
Even as the blossom showers the road and kerb-sides it still looks pretty.
Even Taylor is enjoying his road trips in the blossom.


I have a couple of things planned in May featuring Coffee, Chelsea, Cake and Mr Cooper!
Celebrating National Stationery week with my blog header styling; featuring Smythson, Kate Spade & Tiffany.
Manicure courtesy of Chanel's May and pedicure a fabulous funky mint, perfect for complimenting my sneakers.
Calendar corner has a new addition from the Warwick Naked rowers (little pick me up gift from GBF)
so a welcome hello to May, here's to a month filled with fun, love & laughter.

Goodbye April.... Hello May!

wow another month gone!... April has whizzed past with a flurry of rain showers and cherry blossom and I can't believe we are heading into the 5th month of 2015.
April started with Easter, which I spent mostly at my desk, but I did get to enjoy some Easter treats and spend some time with loved ones & friends.
Food plays a big part of Easter for me and I really loved my bunny crumpets & eggs and hot cross buns with lots of butter!.
Cadburys also helped me enjoy my easter..
Blue & yellow was my blog theme for the month and I have loved it,  lots of opportunities to use some of the desk candy that I have in abundance!
Calendar corner was very pleasing on the eye this month with 2 lovely wet rugby men and an April shower of naked rowers!
Spring bloomed with hyacinth, daffodils & tulips.
Easter also gave me an opportunity to sofa surf with the kids watching some fun movies; Hop & Paddington!... so much fun.

April saw the first signs of Spring with some gorgeous sunny warm days; lovely walking through the park and seeing the cherry blossom and deckchairs!.
Another month and another birthday cake; this month for my god-daughters fiancé's 21st birthday, all in West Ham style - was really pleased with hoe it turned out.
As previously blogged; Bruv ran the London marathon again for the 5th time... here is how he got on and some of the sites from the day.
As you can see Navy played a big part of my April, and this has been my signature style for the month.
 I have for many months been searching for a Navy bag suitable for work and have blogged previously of my search. I am overjoyed that this month my search is complete, I picked up this fab tote in Top Shop at work in a mid-season sale for £16!... I don't care if it only lasts this season I have had more than my £16 worth this month. This is a big bargain for me; as I have previously looked at Mulberry, Prada, Michael Kors and Dkny as possible options to purchase.
Perfect for carry my desk candy, lunch & tech on the tube.
April was a relatively quiet month for me, it gave me opportunities to catch up on some blogging, (not as much as I had hoped), reading and sleep! I have some nice things planned for May which I will share over the coming days.... Goodbye April its been a chilled month filled with chocolate, treats and sleep!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

April Blues....

April has been a month filled with Blues & yellow... the colour choice for my blog make-over and styling for the month.
 The colour palette also featured lots in my social media activity and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Mollie Makes Social Media special edition magazine that was published in the month.
Some of my favourite images from April on Instagram also feature this colour palette.




  1. Adam's - gorgeous sunset and skyline of St Pauls from One Change rooftop.
  2. Johnnyonkers is becoming one of my favourite photographers within New York. this blue & yellow skyline is stunning.
  3. Nicola's City Shaun the sheep and St Pauls is so much fun against the blue sky.
  4. Jamies magazine's insta shot of the blue basket of lemons sums up my month perfectly.
  5. Oh the luscious David Gandy's shoot for marie claire in blue jeans gave me a fabulous mid month lift!
  6. Will, from Bright Bazaar's instagram feed is full of colour and lots of yellow, this stationery shot is clean and simple and sums up April perfectly for me.
  7. Mcqueen's florist posted this beautiful shot of blue floral hues, another simply styled shot wonderfully executed.
  8. Tracey's cornishware and freeshias gave me kitchen candy envy when I saw this image.
  9. finally Clare's image of her walk through a bluebell woodland is glorious. I have april blues everytime an image is posted of a bluebell woodland. It is on my wish list and next year I am determined to get to a bluebell wood.
I hope that you have liked my Instagram blues from April, thankyou to all 'grammers for posting such gorgeous images. If you have enjoyed this post here are some previous social media posts.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

T's TV Treats... are you a Gladiator?

For fans of the TV series, Scandal you will instantly recognise the title of this blog post.
 Last month I shared one of my favourite movie moments, this month I'm sharing a TV treat.
Scandal crept up on me late last year and I am hooked, it is now one of my all time favourite TV shows and I love it. Its full of intrigue, politics, sex & scandal!

My team liken me to Olivia Pope frequently; affectionately call me T and they have nicknamed the office TG & associates, they are my gladiators!... I am a fixer! I spend a big part of my working week investigating, we have rules and I always go by my gut!
here's 5 reasons why!;
  1. She rocks a fabulous handbag collection, totes and lots of Prada.
  2. Her desk resembles mine on a daily basis.
  3. Accessories are her 'thing' coats & bags are a favourite - I have  as many coats as I do bags! and she sports some gorgeous hats...
  4. Her day doesn't start without a large coffee, usually  "To Go".
  5. "its handled" is a tag line I have used for a long time.... so funny when I heard it for the first time when Olivia fixes an issue for The President
Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has one of the most gorgeous wardrobes on the TV and I covert most outfits weekly. Trousers are her staple work wardrobe, in nudes, neautrals, and greys,lots of armani, max mara, ferragamo and prada.




Alongside this Liv is embroiled with the politics within the White House having been President Fitzgerald Grant's fixer/ campaign manager during his election.
The chemistry between these two is explosive and this is the thread that ties each episode together.

Here are 5 clips to why Fitz & Olivia are so addictive:
1. I Belong to You...
2.Look at me...
3. Stop talking for the next 20 minutes...
4.You're Calling me...
5.One Minute ...
Everyone of these clips struck a chord with me, for so many reasons that I am not sharing on this blog!!!...... Along with a scandalous love affair, there is also a fabulous love triangle!... gotta love a hot powerful man.


If you love politics, scandal, mystery, & fabulous fashion, then this is the series for you!... I introduced a friend to this show last month and she sofa surfed through all 3 series,... anxiously waiting for season 4 now!
What's your TV treats and guilty pleasure?.......








    Fun in the sun in a 500...

    So its a couple of months since I picked up me new little Fiat 500 and I am having much fun with it, however so far it's been nameless ....  As with all my previous cars they have affectionately been named, the most recent being  Florence (named as I bought her on my Nan's birthday), a Mabel (Nans middle name) however this time it hasn't been so easy, as old family names etc didn't fit a new little Fiat.
    There has been much debate within the office and I can now say that 500 has a name at last!
    .... Introducing Taylor.
    As with all my cars there is usually a correlation between the name and when I bought it, the most obvious name was "Fifty" due to the movie and it being Grey and it has been nicknamed this whilst a proper name was found.
    Taylor has arisen from a number of reasons...

    • He is the chauffeur in Fifty Shades,(played by the delicious Max Martini) so links nicely to the colour & month I bought.
    • I have recently discovered Chicago Fire, where I have a little 'girl-crush' on Taylor Kinney (fiancée of Lady Ga Ga- now that's a whole new conversation!... gives all us average ladies hope!!).. leading 'hot' firefighter in the series and finally
    • The Taylor boys from Duran Duran ... JT being my absolute heartthrob in my teens!
    • along with a 'teen' crush and a GBF sharing the name, looking forward to T & I having miles of fun in the future....
    • Taylor and T have enjoyed zipping through the streets of London over the past month and hoping to go a little further a field in the next few weeks...

      I'm also having much fun styling looks to coordinate my days with Taylor, here's todays look complimented by 'old skool' Burberry, Mulberry & Longchamp!

    Monday, 27 April 2015

    Book Love ~ April

    This months book post features lots of fun, love, friendship and laughter, perfect for escaping on my commute into the city.
    • Sarah Morgan - First Time in Forever is the 1st book in Sarah Morgan's new trilogy on Puffin Island. Puffin Island is a remote island off the coast of Maine, Emily finds herself the custodian of her niece and seeks solace on the island, away from the prying eyes of the world's media, after her celebrity sister dies. Emily's experience with children and a life away from her work have been minimal, but having spent the happiest time of her teenage life on Puffin Island with her two friends, it’s the safe haven of the island that helps her adapt to the circumstances that bring her there. No Sarah Morgan book is complete without a resident hunk of a man and this is characterised fantastically in the guise of Ryan Cooper the local yacht club owner. Ryan equally has his own back story which is tinged with sadness, but has promised his best friend that he will look out for Emily. The two find themselves drawn together, fighting all the chemistry and obstacles thrown in their path. This is a beautiful story and so much more than a frothy chick lit it may first appear. I now want to holiday on puffin island and can't wait for the 2nd book of the trilogy to be released in July to catch-up with Emily And Ryan and the lives of all the lovely characters on the island.
    •  Rebecca Chance – Bad Brides has sat in my to read list on my kindle for ages and I am unsure why I left it so long, it is a filthy fun romp of a read from start to finish in Rebecca Chances typical style. the Jilly Cooper of this generation. Jodie the Editor of style Brides pitches a competition between 2 celebrity brides to win the cover feature of the 1st edition of the magazine. Brianna Jade (reluctant beauty queen) with a very pushy driven young mother Tamra is pitched against Milly the current It girl and quite despicable with it find themselves head to head. With gorgeous grooms, Edmund a broke British earl and Tarquin musician of the moment along with a glorious mix of supporting wedding guests battle commences for the front page. As with Chances previous books its scandalous, saucy and a scream from start to finish. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and it certainly kept me entertained on my daily commute over a couple of days. I laughed, blushed and giggled my way through my tube journey…. It's been a while since my journey on the central line has been as fun.
    •  The Year of Taking Chances – Lucy Diamond ironically I started to read this book the week I lost a friend and colleague at work and it really struck a nerve with me, how quickly your life can change and to live life to the full. .. Gemma & Spencer have what appears to all friends and family the perfect life, and when they throw a New Year's eve party with loved ones, life doesn’t look much better. Caitlin and Saffron by chance find themselves at Gemma's party and the 3 ladies bond over dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies in the kitchen, little did they know how much their lives would change over the year and how that  chance meeting on New Year's eve would forge such a strong friendship between the 3. Set between a lovely village in the Norfolk countryside and London this story evolves over the year as all 3 ladies embark journeys that are shaped by tragedy, excitement, love and friendship. Lucy has the ability to write stories and characters that are so real that you quickly immerse yourself into their lives, I absolutely loved this book and I really hope that Lucy continues this story or we see some of the characters in a future novel.
    •  As Good as it Gets – Fiona Gibson – Charlotte is a mum to teenagers Rose and Ollie and wife to Will…. When Rosie is 'spotted' by a model scout whilst out shopping it raises an array of issues within the family that had been lying dormant. Will (not Rosie's biological father) is recently redundant and when a new family moves in across the road, suddenly finds himself having a mid-life crisis and trying to relive his youth. Charlotte already feels like she is in a mid-life crisis and when Rosie's biological father makes contact after seeing them both in a magazine it all becomes a little muddled and messy in Charlottes life. Will Rosie's head be turned by modelling and new friends, how will Ollie cope as a teenage dealing with all the change within the family?... all of this Charlotte has to juggle along with a sulky husband and a flirty ex and trying to be the main income provider for the family. Throw in a bored house wife of a neighbour and a meddling mother-in-law and her life couldn’t be more chaotic….. a fun entertaining read from Fiona Gibson that can make you laugh amongst the chaos of the mundane and mid-life crisis, another great read escaping the mundane of a morning commute.
    •  A Day at the Office – Matt Dunn has written another fun read which follows the lives of 5 people in an office on Valentine's Day. Sophie has a crush on Nathan, Nathan organises an Anti-Valentine's day party in the office every year and is still hung up on his ex-girlfriend. Mark is besotted with Julie the girl he kissed at the Christmas party, Julie is the new girl in the office and hiding a secret to her colleagues and Callum is desperate for a girlfriend, lives at home with his mum and has created an online profile on a dating site which isn’t quite true and finds himself on a blind date online date on Valentine's Day. As the day evolves cards are sent, secrets are spilt and wires get crossed and uncrossed….. will they all get a "happily ever after" for Valentine's day…… this was a fun read, especially for any one that has worked in an office where gossip and pranks are a staple part of the working. You will recognise every one of the characters that appears within the book…. 
      As you can see I've read a an fun mix this month and enjoyed all of them.
      Here are some previous book posts & literary loves. 
      ...what have you been reading? did you love it or did it not live up to expectation?

    Sunday, 26 April 2015

    A Sunday covering 26 miles...............

    Today my twin brother for the 5th time pulled on his trainers and joined 38,000 others to run 26 miles through the streets of the city in the London Marathon.
    As with every year, the G family joined the spectator masses to cheer him and the many 1,000 on. We headed for our usual location on the Embankment opposite the London eye just past the 25 mile marker...
    After a miserable night of rain previously, the day dawned dry but chilly, perfect running conditions but a little cold for us spectators.... London Marathon 2015 was the 35th year that the marathon had been held in London and had a record breaking 38,000 runners running. A huge number of the crowds were there to see and say Thank-you to one of this countries most famous athletes and long distance runners... Paula Radcliffe. As we waited for Mark to get to us we were lucky enough to see and support Paul as she ran past, the crowd went crazy and she passed looking relaxed and happy with a mile to go.. completing the course in 2hrs 34 minutes, amazing, especially for a retirement run!
    Along with seeing Paula we also saw Jenson Button and James Cracknell who both delivered sub 3hr runs which were equally as amazing.
    I need to say Jenson Button looked extremeley 'hot & fit' even having just run 25 miles!!!...
    Along with seeing some sporting heroes run, every single person pounding the streets of London today are heroes in my eyes... some people make it look so easy, but I know the hours of training, and discipline in all weather conditions it takes to get to the start line... so bravo to you all.
    Mark approached us on target to deliver sub 4 hours which is what he was aiming for... having seen him with a mile to go we walked through to Horse guards and waited for him to come through from the finish line.
    The atmosphere was great in the waiting area, we even saw a proposal, a guy having just run the marathon went down on bended knee (he needed some help getting up after!) to propose to his girlfriend who had also run the marathon... it was lovely and drew a big crowd.
    After congratulatory hugs to the running hero who finished in 3hrs 54 minutes we headed home on a busy tube, with a weary runner and a very proud sister, wife & daughter.
    As with every year I am extremely proud of Bruvs achievements.

    Marathon 2013 ~ 3hrs 57
    Marathon 2011 ~ 3hrs 49
    Marathon 2010 ~ 3hrs 40
    Marathon 2008 ~ 3hrs 51








    Sunday, 24 May 2015

    An evening with Bradley Cooper....

    twice in 6 months!... yes I have been lucky enough to spend an evening with Bradley Cooper both in the UK and state-side in the past 6 months!
    Back in December I was lucky enough to get a preview ticket for this show just before opening night and was excited to see this play back on the stage that Bowie headlined back in its Broadway debut in 1979. The Booth theatre is an old Broadway theatre steeped with history and old school new york style, opening in 1916.
    This visit was unplanned and was fantastic, I was blown away by Coopers performance
    I loved this interview with Bradley where he talks about a famous actor who came to watch.... I may have just been there at the same time!

    When I read earlier in the year that Bradley & co were heading across the Atlantic to London for a limited run of the critically acclaimed play I grabbed a ticket quickly. This play is not an easy watch; it is dark in places and can be uncomfortable at times, however this is exactly what is should be due to the subject matter and the manner in which John Merrick was treated.  For those not familiar with the subject matter; Joseph Merrick is born with debilitating deformities which see him as a point of ridicule, fascination and often as a 'circus' act freak show in the Victorian era. Rescued by Frederick Treves a leading doctor at the Whitechapel London hospital, Treves gives Merrick a home and looks after him away from ridicule and torment.
    It is a moving and humbling journey and Bradley is simply stunning as Merrick. 
    The play's success is built on that the play uses no prosthetics, trick lighting or gimmicks to portray this story. The floorboards are bare and set pieces are minimal. Coopers transforms on stage as Treves lists the deformities that Merrick had, and holds this for 2 hours a night on stage. He has in recent interviews detailed the back pain that he is suffering with since taking on this role.Supported by Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivalo it is a phenomenal performance and shows that he isn't just a pretty face.
    The Elephant Man is only on for a short period and do think its one of the must tickets for the summer of 2015.
    As well as seeing a great performance on stage it was also very lovely to see Mr Cooper in person as he left the stage door exit shortly after the performance finished..... I did think of my friend Ali, who is a huge BC fan and has had a starring role in a couple of her books!...

    T's TV Treats ....

    Work & life has been a little busy of late which means that any TV that I have watched has been on either replay or iplayer, however this doesn't mean that it wasn't worth watching...
    1. The C Word - a heartbreaking and amazing tribute to Lisa Lynch portrayed fabulously by the current nations acting sweetheart Sheridan Smith. The story of a magazine journalist who rose to fame writing a blog of her battles with breast cancer.. filled with love, laughter and cancer with humour and tears.This was a heart-aching and humbling watch and I hope that Lisa's family were proud of the story told and Sheridans and Paul Nichols stunning performances.
    2. DCI Banks -a police series that I've dipped in and out of over the previous years, became a must watch for me this season. With as good back stories into the characters as investigations an easy watch... my friends partner is one of the lead actresses, so its always great to catch up on the inside gossip!
    3. Vera  - love Brenda Blethyn and her portrayal of this northern police officer is just fabulous, in her scruffy mac and wellie boots and the odd glass of scotch she is just superb. This is a gritty bleak drama, tinged with some fabulous one liners from Blethyn, with a great supporting cast, tackling some difficult subjects in a great Sunday night drama. 
    4. Code of a Killer - this 2 parter was on over the Easter break and I have only just caught up with it. Follows the extraordinary true story of Alec Jeffreys who discovered DNA fingerprinting and how it was used to catch a killer of 2 girls in Leicestershire in the 1980's A fascinating incite into the determination and belief by both the scientists and police officer that what they were doing was both the right think for the girls and ground breaking for police and science going forward. .. loved this, great acting by John Simms and David Threlfall.
    5. The Detectives (Manhunt) - a 3 part series following the sexual crimes unit of the Greater Manchester police. This was a tough watch from the start but utterly compelling, a specialised detective team changing the way that rape & sexual offences are investigated. This unit over 3 nights showed how they are changing the way these crimes are dealt with, and spanned 2 years of investigations.The main investigation being that of Ray Teret long term friend of Jimmy Saville. This is a tv programme that stays with you and I applaud all of the officers working within this unit, but more than that the victims that went on camera to share their stories... brave ladies.
    As you can see not much light hearted entertainment, but 5 programmes and series that I have enjoyed over the last few weeks. Here are some previous TV treats that I have enjoyed.


    Monday, 18 May 2015

    Victory in Europe Day...

    Today on #BEDM on headlines day and although not making the headlines today I thought I would share my day in London from the recent VE Day celebrations.
    I had no plans for the Sunday of the VE day weekend, I had worked a very long week and was looking forward to some downtime at home, however on waking to a glorious day I made a completely impromptu decision to head into London and join the crowds to celebrate 70 years since Victory in Europe was declared and World War 2 came to an end.
    Growing up with a Grandad who fought during the war within the tank regiment and was part of the evacuation of soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk. I am hugely proud of him and all the veterans that came home and owe a huge debt to those that gave their life for our freedom.
    I arrived into London just in time to see the forces and veterans march down Whitehall past the cenotaph to horseguards parade, and then into St James Park.

    I found the whole experience incredibly humbling, very emotional and a huge sense of pride to see the huge number of people that lined the streets to support forces young and old. Standing near the cenotaph was very moving as every service personnel that marched past, whether on foot or in a wheel chair saluted the cenotaph .... an honour to see and the utmost respect  to the fallen heroes.
    One of the biggest cheers to resonate along Whitehall was for the Veterans and Chelsea Pensioners.
    The VE day parade was concluded with flypast including a Spitfire, followed by the red arrows with their tails of red, white & blue.
    The red, white & blue was showcased to its most spectacular as I turned into the Mall which was festooned with huge union jacks and a  huge crowd of spectators. We do pageant so well in this country and even the pearly kings & queens were out in their infinite style supporting the occasion.
    Heading into St James Park it became a huge garden party VE day style with military vehicles, big bands, tea dances and lots of soldiers!
    With lots to see and do for old and young it was a great atmosphere, bathed in glorious sunshine. London couldn't have looked better on the day.
    The spitfires were a huge draw for young and old  along with the military vehicles.
    I had a fabulous afternoon wandering around the park enjoying the music, and just soaking up the great atmosphere.
    Leaving the park towards Parliament square it was great to walk around with no traffic and enjoy the views.
     Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and the glorious Winston Churchill were all showcased to their finest in against the backdrop of a blue sky and bathed in dappled sunshine.
    My walk to the station took me back down Whitehall past the Cenotaph where a number of wreaths had been laid in commemoration of the day.
    Situated in Horseguards avenue are a number of fitting memorials of heroes of World War 2... General Montgomery affectionately known as 'Monty', the Gurkha memorial and the stunning Tank Regiment memorial where I laid a small tribute to my Gramps.
    I had a lovely day in London celebrating VE day with a sense of pride and thanks to all those that are no longer here and remembering my nan & gramps with much love.
    I hope that you have enjoyed my VE day headlines ... if you have enjoyed this post then check out previous posts honouring our war heroes here.


    Sunday, 17 May 2015

    May days....

    how can we be halfway through May... this month I am failing miserably with Elizabeth's #BEDM so think I am going to just enjoy reading the posts that are falling into my list, and give up on trying to post daily.
    Life has been a little rocky over the past few weeks, predominately work but also stuff going on personally, so I am hoping to get back on track this week with catching up with friends and stuff. Due to some changes and restructuring at work I have a new boss, which means probably some more change over the coming months.
    I have a list of blog posts to update including some fun with Shaun the Sheep, a fantastic day celebrating Victory in Europe Day (VE day in London) which was completely unplanned and some day to day stuff including fun with Fitz & Darcy...
    Last night I went for an early supper with friends followed by an impromptu trip to the cinema. It's been some time since I saw a film trailer that sparked interest for me to see on the big screen and not wait for the DVD, however Spooks ticked the big screen box.
    For those of you that have followed by blog will know that I am a huge Spooks fan, and was interested to see how this movie translated to a big screen and could Kit Harrington follow in the footsteps of Rupert Penry-Jones and Richard Armitage.
    Having watched the movie, I can claim that yes Kit Harrington does a great job as 'lead' Spook;
    I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, shear escapism, full of action and London looked fabulous on the big screen. Fans of the Bourne movies will enjoy this British version, it was great to see some old Spook favourite characters along with some new faces.... I hope that this isn't the only foray in the Spook movie franchise, as it is sadly missed on our TV screens.
    Looking ahead I have a busy week planned; including an evening at the Theatre and an afternoon at the Chelsea Flower show as well as a busy week at work. Hopefully I will get some time for blogging and updates before May finishes!.... have a lovely Sunday evening and a great week... 

    Thursday, 14 May 2015

    Spring treats from the Beauty hall...

    It has been some time since I posted a beauty post and I thought I would share some new products that have fallen into my beauty basket over the past couple of months for spring and in preparation for summer.
    My beauty hamper basket is overflowing and I really don’t need anything, but sometimes the temptation becomes too much especially since it's so easy to click & collect at my desk. The joy of working in a store that houses the biggest beauty hall in the world means that my beauty haul is quite luxurious.
    • Mac Cinderella – Mac launched the Cinderella collection in collaboration with Disney some weeks ago to coincide with the movie release. This collection sold out on-line and in store within an hour of launch and I was lucky enough to secure the gorgeous "stroke of midnight" eye palette and the "glass slipper" lip glaze, Both perfect from desk to dusk versatile products, which have the ability to take you from ugly sister to belle of the ball in moments.
    • Victoria Beckham VBB for Nails inc – Vicky launched 2 colours with Nails inc late last year, bamboo white and judo red. With beautifully styled packaging I was tempted, however this month when I had my nails manicured at the Paint shop at work Jess my lovely nail technician talked me into trying the judo red.
     I am so glad that she did as I love it. I am not a 'bright' polish person on my hands, I am a little more adventurous on my feet, but usually opt for dark colours as they suit my small nails and skin tone better. What do you think? …. This  is a great gift for fashionistas as it’s a Vb line without the serious £ price tag and comparable to the Louboutin brand polish.
    • This month also sees another fabulous fashion collaboration with Christopher Kane and Nars. I am slowly becoming a huge fan of Nars and will now opt for that over Mac when looking at colour. The packaging is super cool and this week I bagged a lip glaze for the summer. I definitely am becoming  a lip glaze/gloss gal in the lighter months and a lipstick lady in the winter. Here's the collection in all its glory.
    • Dior – last year work hosted a huge Beauty project and I was fortunate to sample Dior's Maximiser Light boosting primer; Sally Hughes (one of the best beauty journalists) called this out last year as the primer that she couldn't live without and I completely agree with her, I love it, so versatile and whenever I use it I get asked what foundation I am wearing.
    • Tom Ford and Chanel complete my spring / summer musts ….. Chanel's waterproof mascara is a must for me in the summer months; I  suffer with an astigmatism in my eyes which creates lots of watering, so a good waterproof mascara is a must for me; Chanel ticks all my boxes and I have tried many before settling on this one. Great coverage and easy to remove.
    • Tom Ford's summer collection launched this month and a large part of it has now sold out; every year one of my must products for my bag is a great bronzer…. Along with the very stylish packaging which will look fabulous being pulled out of my handbag for retouches, the product is just heavenly.
    I'm now on a beauty embargo  for a few weeks as there are a few launches happening in the coming months that I am excited about and will definitely be buying. I know that I am in a very fortunate position and get access to great exclusives and brands working in the big yellow store. I don’t think my make-up bag would look so luxurious if I didn't have a great discount and product available a few feet from my desk!... what's been falling into your beauty basket this month?

    Tuesday, 12 May 2015

    Spending a penny over coffee....

    I have always been a coffee junkie and its caused many nights of insomnia due to caffeine overload however it is one of my favourite things and I really couldn't do without it. I have over the last few years taken the time to seek out independent coffee houses when I can. I do believe that a espresso / latte made with  great coffee beans is up there with an expertly mixed cocktail or perfect bottle of wine. Following from my trip to the London Coffee festival and armed with my London Coffee Guide I decided to explore a quirky coffee venue not far from work.
    Nestled down a side street in Fitzrovia between Oxford street and Goodge street sits one of the quirkiest coffee shops you are ever likely to drink in!.... an old  underground Victorian Toilet.
    Built in 1890 the toilet had become dormant by the 60's....50 years later it was bought to life as a cool coffee house and food bar.
    The Attendant has retained much of its original features, including the porcelain urinals which make  fabulous coffee nooks.
    The coffee bar is accessed by the original stairs down underground and even features its own 'coffee graffiti' wall which is a fun addition.
    Coffee beans are roasted by Caravan and the milk is sourced from Ivy House farm in Somerset which has 120 Jersey dairy cows producing their milk... singularly they are great independent brands, combined they create a gorgeous coffee.... alchemy of the caffeine variety!
    Along with some great NY inspired foods, I could easily pretend I was across the pond state-side.... perfect little treat.
    I had much fun at the little underground coffee haven and look forward to ticking more coffee adventures in the city...
    Here are some more coffee adventures from London and across the pond in New York...

    Monday, 11 May 2015

    Work / Life balance

    Last week I had all good intentions to kick off May joining Elizabeth and her Blog Every Day in May challenge. It is something that I have tried to do the last couple of years and this year I failed miserably at the first hurdle with work completely overtaking life last week.... 62 hours in a 4 day week + saturday!... it was quite horrid!, however I am back for a new week and hopefully will participate a little more!
    This week also is walk to work week and although that isn't possible I am trying to walk to the station every day and get off a couple of tube stops before my normal stop and walk a little more... check back later this week and I will share my progress!... with the mornings and evenings lighter my trek through the park is quite lovely in spring....

    My walk to work is being aided by some fabulous  new trainers and I have become a "sneaker commuter" convert this yeear!.. they are blending lovely with my walk through the park.
    To keep me motivated on my walk I have my much loved ipod which I have many tools & apps to keep me going. I have created a great "walk to work" playlist which takes me the 25 minute walk from home to station; featuring some funky old school classics and recent floor-fillers.
    I also have 2 books on 'audible! which are a great way to read and walk. I am currently listening to my lovely friend Ali Mcnamara's  "From Nottinghill with Love"  which i'm loving listening too and also a Phillipa Gregory which is narrated by the lovely Rupert Penry-Jones which motivates me to walk an extra lap just to listen to his dulcet tones! .. I have found that I walked more listening to books as if I havent finished the chapter I walk around the block again, especially if the weather is dry.
    Hopefully this week I will get over to some of the other blogs in #BEDM and look forward to catching up a little.... x

    Monday, 4 May 2015

    Coffee Love....

    This week is National Coffee week, and Sunday saw me visiting the London Coffee festival in the London's east end. The festival is held in Brick Lane a short walk from Liverpool Street in the Old Truman Brewery building.
    The morning was miserably damp and chilly, but this did not deter the huge crowds that came out to visit the brunch time slot of Sunday morning.
    The London Coffee Festival is a mecca for all coffee enthusiasts and hosts everything imaginable to make, drink and accompany coffee is every form.
    As well as every coffee attribute possible, there was also plenty of places to sit and enjoy the Java or Espresso Martini's.
    With DJ's playing the decks and a band in the Hyde Park space the whole event had a very cool vibe about it.
    The event also hosted the Coffee Master's competition where 20 baristas were pitted against each other across events to be crowned Coffee Master 2015. Disciplines of the event can be found here.
    Some of my favourites from the event... Toms Coffee, every bag of coffee purchased will Toms will donate a week of clean water to someone who needs it.
    Cold Brew - it seems that the cold brew phenomenon that hit New York last year is coming across the pond for this summer. Cold brews in abundance from multiple coffee merchants... looking forward to a summer of chilled coffee brew.
    Milk & Sugar - Bourbon bar and Gin Parlour.
    Cawston Press adult soft drinks... the Rhubarb and Apple is my favourite.I loved the stand and the juices were gorgeous.
    Cakesmiths - gorgeous tray bakes perfect to accompany any cup of coffee.
    CrossTown doughnuts - gorgeous glazed ring doughnuts - love the displays of these delicious rings of decadence...

    With a host of coffee vendors to sip caffeine from my favourite on the day was Grumpy Mule. My espresso was the perfect hit required for the moment.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the London Coffee Festival and learnt lots about coffee & all its accompaniments.
    I liked the venue and all its different rooms; however think that for the time slot that I had booked the organisers over subscribed as crowd control was an issue. (especially lots of double / single buggies - don't get me started on that rant!)

    As its coffee week I will be sharing some more coffee favourites this week.... Here are 5 coffee favourites from London and 5 from New York.

    Friday, 1 May 2015

    Hello May....

    May has arrived and May day in London has been a lovely day with a blue sky, I'm not sure that there is much more of that over the Bank Holiday weekend as rain is due across most of the UK over the 3 days, but hopefully the sun will shine on some of it.
    April was a month of quiet reflection, reading and catching up with friends and some downtime.
    As with turning the pages of calendar corner to a new month the blog also gets a little make-over. This month I'm saying goodbye to the navy & yellow and hello to pink & mint. I'm taking inspiration from the hues of the cherry blossom and some fantastic new adidas sneakers I picked up for £20 in the next spring sale; perfect for my walk to the station.
    I've loved seeing the blossom bloom over the past couple of weeks. From my commute through the park, to the little squares tucked in the side streets of London the pink brightens up the dullest of mornings.
    Even as the blossom showers the road and kerb-sides it still looks pretty.
    Even Taylor is enjoying his road trips in the blossom.


    I have a couple of things planned in May featuring Coffee, Chelsea, Cake and Mr Cooper!
    Celebrating National Stationery week with my blog header styling; featuring Smythson, Kate Spade & Tiffany.
    Manicure courtesy of Chanel's May and pedicure a fabulous funky mint, perfect for complimenting my sneakers.
    Calendar corner has a new addition from the Warwick Naked rowers (little pick me up gift from GBF)
    so a welcome hello to May, here's to a month filled with fun, love & laughter.

    Goodbye April.... Hello May!

    wow another month gone!... April has whizzed past with a flurry of rain showers and cherry blossom and I can't believe we are heading into the 5th month of 2015.
    April started with Easter, which I spent mostly at my desk, but I did get to enjoy some Easter treats and spend some time with loved ones & friends.
    Food plays a big part of Easter for me and I really loved my bunny crumpets & eggs and hot cross buns with lots of butter!.
    Cadburys also helped me enjoy my easter..
    Blue & yellow was my blog theme for the month and I have loved it,  lots of opportunities to use some of the desk candy that I have in abundance!
    Calendar corner was very pleasing on the eye this month with 2 lovely wet rugby men and an April shower of naked rowers!
    Spring bloomed with hyacinth, daffodils & tulips.
    Easter also gave me an opportunity to sofa surf with the kids watching some fun movies; Hop & Paddington!... so much fun.

    April saw the first signs of Spring with some gorgeous sunny warm days; lovely walking through the park and seeing the cherry blossom and deckchairs!.
    Another month and another birthday cake; this month for my god-daughters fiancé's 21st birthday, all in West Ham style - was really pleased with hoe it turned out.
    As previously blogged; Bruv ran the London marathon again for the 5th time... here is how he got on and some of the sites from the day.
    As you can see Navy played a big part of my April, and this has been my signature style for the month.
     I have for many months been searching for a Navy bag suitable for work and have blogged previously of my search. I am overjoyed that this month my search is complete, I picked up this fab tote in Top Shop at work in a mid-season sale for £16!... I don't care if it only lasts this season I have had more than my £16 worth this month. This is a big bargain for me; as I have previously looked at Mulberry, Prada, Michael Kors and Dkny as possible options to purchase.
    Perfect for carry my desk candy, lunch & tech on the tube.
    April was a relatively quiet month for me, it gave me opportunities to catch up on some blogging, (not as much as I had hoped), reading and sleep! I have some nice things planned for May which I will share over the coming days.... Goodbye April its been a chilled month filled with chocolate, treats and sleep!

    Thursday, 30 April 2015

    April Blues....

    April has been a month filled with Blues & yellow... the colour choice for my blog make-over and styling for the month.
     The colour palette also featured lots in my social media activity and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Mollie Makes Social Media special edition magazine that was published in the month.
    Some of my favourite images from April on Instagram also feature this colour palette.




    1. Adam's - gorgeous sunset and skyline of St Pauls from One Change rooftop.
    2. Johnnyonkers is becoming one of my favourite photographers within New York. this blue & yellow skyline is stunning.
    3. Nicola's City Shaun the sheep and St Pauls is so much fun against the blue sky.
    4. Jamies magazine's insta shot of the blue basket of lemons sums up my month perfectly.
    5. Oh the luscious David Gandy's shoot for marie claire in blue jeans gave me a fabulous mid month lift!
    6. Will, from Bright Bazaar's instagram feed is full of colour and lots of yellow, this stationery shot is clean and simple and sums up April perfectly for me.
    7. Mcqueen's florist posted this beautiful shot of blue floral hues, another simply styled shot wonderfully executed.
    8. Tracey's cornishware and freeshias gave me kitchen candy envy when I saw this image.
    9. finally Clare's image of her walk through a bluebell woodland is glorious. I have april blues everytime an image is posted of a bluebell woodland. It is on my wish list and next year I am determined to get to a bluebell wood.
    I hope that you have liked my Instagram blues from April, thankyou to all 'grammers for posting such gorgeous images. If you have enjoyed this post here are some previous social media posts.

    Tuesday, 28 April 2015

    T's TV Treats... are you a Gladiator?

    For fans of the TV series, Scandal you will instantly recognise the title of this blog post.
     Last month I shared one of my favourite movie moments, this month I'm sharing a TV treat.
    Scandal crept up on me late last year and I am hooked, it is now one of my all time favourite TV shows and I love it. Its full of intrigue, politics, sex & scandal!

    My team liken me to Olivia Pope frequently; affectionately call me T and they have nicknamed the office TG & associates, they are my gladiators!... I am a fixer! I spend a big part of my working week investigating, we have rules and I always go by my gut!
    here's 5 reasons why!;
    1. She rocks a fabulous handbag collection, totes and lots of Prada.
    2. Her desk resembles mine on a daily basis.
    3. Accessories are her 'thing' coats & bags are a favourite - I have  as many coats as I do bags! and she sports some gorgeous hats...
    4. Her day doesn't start without a large coffee, usually  "To Go".
    5. "its handled" is a tag line I have used for a long time.... so funny when I heard it for the first time when Olivia fixes an issue for The President
    Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has one of the most gorgeous wardrobes on the TV and I covert most outfits weekly. Trousers are her staple work wardrobe, in nudes, neautrals, and greys,lots of armani, max mara, ferragamo and prada.




    Alongside this Liv is embroiled with the politics within the White House having been President Fitzgerald Grant's fixer/ campaign manager during his election.
    The chemistry between these two is explosive and this is the thread that ties each episode together.

    Here are 5 clips to why Fitz & Olivia are so addictive:
    1. I Belong to You...
    2.Look at me...
    3. Stop talking for the next 20 minutes...
    4.You're Calling me...
    5.One Minute ...
    Everyone of these clips struck a chord with me, for so many reasons that I am not sharing on this blog!!!...... Along with a scandalous love affair, there is also a fabulous love triangle!... gotta love a hot powerful man.


    If you love politics, scandal, mystery, & fabulous fashion, then this is the series for you!... I introduced a friend to this show last month and she sofa surfed through all 3 series,... anxiously waiting for season 4 now!
    What's your TV treats and guilty pleasure?.......








      Fun in the sun in a 500...

      So its a couple of months since I picked up me new little Fiat 500 and I am having much fun with it, however so far it's been nameless ....  As with all my previous cars they have affectionately been named, the most recent being  Florence (named as I bought her on my Nan's birthday), a Mabel (Nans middle name) however this time it hasn't been so easy, as old family names etc didn't fit a new little Fiat.
      There has been much debate within the office and I can now say that 500 has a name at last!
      .... Introducing Taylor.
      As with all my cars there is usually a correlation between the name and when I bought it, the most obvious name was "Fifty" due to the movie and it being Grey and it has been nicknamed this whilst a proper name was found.
      Taylor has arisen from a number of reasons...

      • He is the chauffeur in Fifty Shades,(played by the delicious Max Martini) so links nicely to the colour & month I bought.
      • I have recently discovered Chicago Fire, where I have a little 'girl-crush' on Taylor Kinney (fiancée of Lady Ga Ga- now that's a whole new conversation!... gives all us average ladies hope!!).. leading 'hot' firefighter in the series and finally
      • The Taylor boys from Duran Duran ... JT being my absolute heartthrob in my teens!
      • along with a 'teen' crush and a GBF sharing the name, looking forward to T & I having miles of fun in the future....
      • Taylor and T have enjoyed zipping through the streets of London over the past month and hoping to go a little further a field in the next few weeks...

        I'm also having much fun styling looks to coordinate my days with Taylor, here's todays look complimented by 'old skool' Burberry, Mulberry & Longchamp!

      Monday, 27 April 2015

      Book Love ~ April

      This months book post features lots of fun, love, friendship and laughter, perfect for escaping on my commute into the city.
      • Sarah Morgan - First Time in Forever is the 1st book in Sarah Morgan's new trilogy on Puffin Island. Puffin Island is a remote island off the coast of Maine, Emily finds herself the custodian of her niece and seeks solace on the island, away from the prying eyes of the world's media, after her celebrity sister dies. Emily's experience with children and a life away from her work have been minimal, but having spent the happiest time of her teenage life on Puffin Island with her two friends, it’s the safe haven of the island that helps her adapt to the circumstances that bring her there. No Sarah Morgan book is complete without a resident hunk of a man and this is characterised fantastically in the guise of Ryan Cooper the local yacht club owner. Ryan equally has his own back story which is tinged with sadness, but has promised his best friend that he will look out for Emily. The two find themselves drawn together, fighting all the chemistry and obstacles thrown in their path. This is a beautiful story and so much more than a frothy chick lit it may first appear. I now want to holiday on puffin island and can't wait for the 2nd book of the trilogy to be released in July to catch-up with Emily And Ryan and the lives of all the lovely characters on the island.
      •  Rebecca Chance – Bad Brides has sat in my to read list on my kindle for ages and I am unsure why I left it so long, it is a filthy fun romp of a read from start to finish in Rebecca Chances typical style. the Jilly Cooper of this generation. Jodie the Editor of style Brides pitches a competition between 2 celebrity brides to win the cover feature of the 1st edition of the magazine. Brianna Jade (reluctant beauty queen) with a very pushy driven young mother Tamra is pitched against Milly the current It girl and quite despicable with it find themselves head to head. With gorgeous grooms, Edmund a broke British earl and Tarquin musician of the moment along with a glorious mix of supporting wedding guests battle commences for the front page. As with Chances previous books its scandalous, saucy and a scream from start to finish. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and it certainly kept me entertained on my daily commute over a couple of days. I laughed, blushed and giggled my way through my tube journey…. It's been a while since my journey on the central line has been as fun.
      •  The Year of Taking Chances – Lucy Diamond ironically I started to read this book the week I lost a friend and colleague at work and it really struck a nerve with me, how quickly your life can change and to live life to the full. .. Gemma & Spencer have what appears to all friends and family the perfect life, and when they throw a New Year's eve party with loved ones, life doesn’t look much better. Caitlin and Saffron by chance find themselves at Gemma's party and the 3 ladies bond over dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies in the kitchen, little did they know how much their lives would change over the year and how that  chance meeting on New Year's eve would forge such a strong friendship between the 3. Set between a lovely village in the Norfolk countryside and London this story evolves over the year as all 3 ladies embark journeys that are shaped by tragedy, excitement, love and friendship. Lucy has the ability to write stories and characters that are so real that you quickly immerse yourself into their lives, I absolutely loved this book and I really hope that Lucy continues this story or we see some of the characters in a future novel.
      •  As Good as it Gets – Fiona Gibson – Charlotte is a mum to teenagers Rose and Ollie and wife to Will…. When Rosie is 'spotted' by a model scout whilst out shopping it raises an array of issues within the family that had been lying dormant. Will (not Rosie's biological father) is recently redundant and when a new family moves in across the road, suddenly finds himself having a mid-life crisis and trying to relive his youth. Charlotte already feels like she is in a mid-life crisis and when Rosie's biological father makes contact after seeing them both in a magazine it all becomes a little muddled and messy in Charlottes life. Will Rosie's head be turned by modelling and new friends, how will Ollie cope as a teenage dealing with all the change within the family?... all of this Charlotte has to juggle along with a sulky husband and a flirty ex and trying to be the main income provider for the family. Throw in a bored house wife of a neighbour and a meddling mother-in-law and her life couldn’t be more chaotic….. a fun entertaining read from Fiona Gibson that can make you laugh amongst the chaos of the mundane and mid-life crisis, another great read escaping the mundane of a morning commute.
      •  A Day at the Office – Matt Dunn has written another fun read which follows the lives of 5 people in an office on Valentine's Day. Sophie has a crush on Nathan, Nathan organises an Anti-Valentine's day party in the office every year and is still hung up on his ex-girlfriend. Mark is besotted with Julie the girl he kissed at the Christmas party, Julie is the new girl in the office and hiding a secret to her colleagues and Callum is desperate for a girlfriend, lives at home with his mum and has created an online profile on a dating site which isn’t quite true and finds himself on a blind date online date on Valentine's Day. As the day evolves cards are sent, secrets are spilt and wires get crossed and uncrossed….. will they all get a "happily ever after" for Valentine's day…… this was a fun read, especially for any one that has worked in an office where gossip and pranks are a staple part of the working. You will recognise every one of the characters that appears within the book…. 
        As you can see I've read a an fun mix this month and enjoyed all of them.
        Here are some previous book posts & literary loves. 
        ...what have you been reading? did you love it or did it not live up to expectation?

      Sunday, 26 April 2015

      A Sunday covering 26 miles...............

      Today my twin brother for the 5th time pulled on his trainers and joined 38,000 others to run 26 miles through the streets of the city in the London Marathon.
      As with every year, the G family joined the spectator masses to cheer him and the many 1,000 on. We headed for our usual location on the Embankment opposite the London eye just past the 25 mile marker...
      After a miserable night of rain previously, the day dawned dry but chilly, perfect running conditions but a little cold for us spectators.... London Marathon 2015 was the 35th year that the marathon had been held in London and had a record breaking 38,000 runners running. A huge number of the crowds were there to see and say Thank-you to one of this countries most famous athletes and long distance runners... Paula Radcliffe. As we waited for Mark to get to us we were lucky enough to see and support Paul as she ran past, the crowd went crazy and she passed looking relaxed and happy with a mile to go.. completing the course in 2hrs 34 minutes, amazing, especially for a retirement run!
      Along with seeing Paula we also saw Jenson Button and James Cracknell who both delivered sub 3hr runs which were equally as amazing.
      I need to say Jenson Button looked extremeley 'hot & fit' even having just run 25 miles!!!...
      Along with seeing some sporting heroes run, every single person pounding the streets of London today are heroes in my eyes... some people make it look so easy, but I know the hours of training, and discipline in all weather conditions it takes to get to the start line... so bravo to you all.
      Mark approached us on target to deliver sub 4 hours which is what he was aiming for... having seen him with a mile to go we walked through to Horse guards and waited for him to come through from the finish line.
      The atmosphere was great in the waiting area, we even saw a proposal, a guy having just run the marathon went down on bended knee (he needed some help getting up after!) to propose to his girlfriend who had also run the marathon... it was lovely and drew a big crowd.
      After congratulatory hugs to the running hero who finished in 3hrs 54 minutes we headed home on a busy tube, with a weary runner and a very proud sister, wife & daughter.
      As with every year I am extremely proud of Bruvs achievements.

      Marathon 2013 ~ 3hrs 57
      Marathon 2011 ~ 3hrs 49
      Marathon 2010 ~ 3hrs 40
      Marathon 2008 ~ 3hrs 51