Sunday, 13 January 2013

Chicken Soup for the Womans Soul | Book Review

Apologies in advance for the tiny picture. I was going to take my own but as the weather is pretty rubbish outside the lighting ended up being crap, I would of done the book cover no justice at all, so this one will have to suffice for now unfortunately.

I was recently bought this book as a gift. I first heard about it when my English teacher mentioned it in passing during class one day claiming it was a "very good read". As I have such a passionate love of books and my library of various genres is so extensive, I was eager to find out for myself.

'Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul'  is a real eye opener. Each of the 101 stories inside aim to "open your heart and rekindle your spirit", so far I have not been disappointed. I have not yet finished this book as its more of a 'go to' book for when I'm feeling down and just need that little pick me up! The stories are split up in to sections ranging from 'Love' to 'Overcoming obstacles'. Each story is written by a different author and each are quite short in length. Although they are so short each story is none the less effective and some quite powerful to say the least.

I would recommend this book to any woman, whether you are a book lover or not, these stories are so short that you could just take 5 minutes everyday and dedicate those 5 minutes to a few pages of reading. There are also several other books in the Chicken soup range from teenagers to mothers, there's one to suit everyone. Such a great pick me up read for those oh so dismal days!

To sum this book up in five words - 'Inspiring and truly heart warming.' 

Has anyone else read this book or one similar?

Lucy x 

Friday, 4 January 2013

| My Christmas / New Years in Photos |

My Christmas outfit and make up
Outfit - Jumper (H&M in New York) $29.95
Wet Look Leggings (Strawberry in New York) $12.95
Boots ( €36.00
Make Up - MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation
Bourjois Bio-Detox Organic concealer
MAC Creme Cup
MAC Naked Lunch
Benefit BadGal Lash
Went for a pretty natural look with the make up
Casual oufit that I wore New Years Eve, Eve and my New Years nails
Outfit - I loved my jumper so much that I just had to wash it quick and wear it again and I just wore my Pennys/Primark jeggings (€9.00) and just a Pennys/Primark scarf (€4.00)
Such a plain and casual oufit but I was just having a lazy day!
Nails - No7 Damson Dream
My boyfriend had lit candles in his bedroom for when I arrived at his house (I think that was him being romantic), he knows I love candles.

My perfumes that I bought in Sepohora in New York. (Just thought I would add these in here)  I have never owned either of these perfumes before but they were both on my wishlist so I bought 'Ralph Lauren Pony Collection #2' in the 30ml bottle and then 'Vera Wang Lovestruck in the rollerball pen, handy for my handbag.          

Some of my Christmas presents
-Pilgrim jewellery (heart earrings with matching bracelet)
-OPI NYC Ballet mini nail varnish set
-No7 make up set (I was bought some nail varnish's as a gift and this came free). It contained a full size lipstick, eye shadow, eye liner and mini mascara.
-PIXY cosmetics gift set (2 bath bombs, soap and a honey balm)

Some more of my Christmas presents.
A gorgeous bag full of Soap and Glory products. I love the body scrub and cleanser and I have yet to try a few of the other products that I have never used before. Santy also put this gorgeous Essence Gingerbread Chai Latte hand balm in my stocking, very festive and smells yummy too!
So thats just a few pictures from my Christmas/New Years including a few of the presents I received. I love all of my presents and I am so grateful for them all! I know this post is a bit late up but better late then never I suppose.
Lucy x

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

2013 / A new year!

I hope ye all had a lovely Christmas and have a great New Year (and didn't party too hard)! My internet has been playing up which is why I couldn't wish ye all a Happy Christmas and New Year sooner! I took plenty of pictures so Im planning on posting a 'My Christmas/New Years in photos' blog post, pretty self explanatory really! I love being able to spend time with family at Christmas and I think that family and friends really make Christmas special, im sure many of ye will agree! I loved spending Christmas Day with my family and I know in years to come I will be coming home for mummys Christmas dinner each year!

To be completely honest I am so glad to see the end of 2012, not that it was a bad year but Im just excited for a fresh start (abit cliche I suppose, but true none the less)! 2013 will be a stressful year with the leaving cert and starting college etc. but it's also a sort of milestone in my life because I know so much is going to change this year and hopefully have a positive effect! I brought in 2013 with my boyfriend and his family, not so glamorous-ly might I add! After falling asleep at about 8.30 I was awoken at 11.30 and brought in the New Year with a 'bed head' and smudged mascara! Oh well!

My new years resolutions? Im going to take a differant approach this year. My one and only new years resolution is to Save, Save, Save! With college, holidays and everything in between I know I need to be more mature with my money, prioritise and learn how to save! (Coming from a shopaholic.. Easier said then done!) However I am going to set a goal for myself at the start of each month, try my hardest to achieve that goal and then hopefully it will just turn into a habit. Worth a try eh? Taking it one step at a time. Januarys Goal.. Revamp my skincare routine!

What are your skin care favourites? Organic products anyone?

My recent obsession seems to be baby penguins and I really don't know why! Seen this pic and just had to share it. Aren't these guys so cute?