Saturday, 15 June 2013

Currently reading: Emma

“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.” 
If you're not a fan of Austen in one form or another I'm not sure we can be friends, Austen has been somewhat of a rock to me, I love the historical context and I'm also fascinated with Jane's personal life.  But considering how much of a book worm I was growing up (I was that kid that was super geeky and slept with a book under her pillow...) I was introduced to Jane Austen rather late.  It wasn't until I started boarding school and had to read Pride & Prejudice for my coursework that I began to appreciate her.  I always felt I was more of a Charlotte Bronte girl at heart.  But Miss Austen has changed that entirely for me.

Emma was published in 1815, Austen's fourth novel after Sense and Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice and Mansfield Park.  Emma deals with the titular character of Emma Woodhouse, a beautiful and spoilt girl who thinks of herself as a bit of a matchmaker having introduced her best friend and former governess to her future husband.  Emma takes credit for their marriage and more matchmaking attempts ensue and as does the drama. 

I've seen the BBC TV serial adaptation with the gorgeous Romola Garai and of course the 90's classic Clueless, so the plot is pretty familiar to me but there's something lovely about being able to dive in deeper when reading the novel.  Emma is a hard character to like at times but I think that's what makes the novel more enjoyable.  She's a funny character that is keeping me entertained whilst delayed April weather is raging outside my Cardiff window.

Do you guys have any favourite Jane Austen books or characters? So far I can really recommend Emma to all of you.

More soon!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The Hurry and the Harm

Tunic: Ever Ours.  Jeans: Topshop (Joni).  Shoes: Primark.  Nails: Essie's Watermelon.

First of all, thank you for all your congratulations on my last post! It means a lot to me! I've been enjoying doing nothing at all and watching bad bad television in bed (Big Rich Texas anyone?)

Also thank you for the compliments on my pretty new top which I purchased from Ever Ours on a whim.  I love browsing Ever Ours, I think they have a great selection of clothes and accessories.  The site isn't overwhelming (something I tend to find with ASOS), the clothes are carefully selected and I've had to hide my credit card because there are at least another three items I have my beady little eye on.  This was classed as a tunic on the website and said the sizing was 8-12.  It's a little bit too short to wear as a dress with bare legs, I'd feel a little too uncomfortable and scared of flashing my wobbly bum.  I think when I've lost some more weight on my thighs this might be wearable as a dress.  For now I'm wearing it nonstop with my faithful Joni jeans.

My boyfriend and I signed for our first flat together yesterday.  We get the keys tomorrow which is very exciting! Serious couple shit.  We've been together for 3 years so this seemed the next logical step.  We did lots of running around looking for nice things to fill our flat with so once we're settled I might do a mini house tour.

More soon!

Sunday, 9 June 2013


It's official: I finished my degree on Friday.  My summer starts here, freedom is a relief and I celebrated appropriately.  I nursed a gin hangover all of Saturday and finally caught up with Game of Thrones which then sent me into a downward spiral of feelings (I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS RED WEDDING).

I'm giving myself a few lazy days before trying to have a productive summer.

Hope you have all been enjoying the sunshine!

More soon

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