Saturday, 31 May 2014

10 Books I want to Read

I have a to read list on Goodreads 134 books long so I have taken every tenth book on the list to do this weeks top 10.  This list is the tip of an iceberg.


1) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You

2) Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
Eight Cousins

3) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)

4) A Woman In Berlin: Eight Weeks In The Conquered City: A Diary by Anonymous
A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary

5) Notes From a Big Country by Bill Bryson
Notes From A Big Country

6) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

7) The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending

8) Lets Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

9) The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman
The Paradise Guest House

10) The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry
All the Truth That's in Me

Saturday, 24 May 2014

I Like Your Style - Wedding

I am not engaged or married and there is no prospect of that changing but I love to look at wedding dresses and dream. This I like your Style post is a collection of some of my favorite dresses.  You can find more of these on my In case I ever get married  board on pintrest.

Gorgeous wedding gown | BHLDN  Sarah Seven wedding dress |

Beautiful dress prefer it as a long gown though..  Paolo Sebastian  wedding gown - lovely sheer sleeves

Mango 2013  stunning wedding dress

So sweet.  sparkly scallops

kind of Amazing!  Style-Me-Vintage-Weddings-1950s-bride ELLE wedding blog

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Living Teetotal

I have been teetotal now for going on 4 years now and apart from the odd sip of champagne at weddings I have not had an alcoholic drink.  A month or so ago I was at a book signing and the man behind me in the queue had a glass of red wine (which I have never liked) that smelled SO good I wanted to snatch it out of his hand an neck it.  I didn't obviously but I wanted to show that it isn't easy even after all this time.

Drink mocktails
  For those who don't know, I quit drinking because I found it was aggravating my depression and causing me to feel suicidal.  Giving up drinking is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do that I didn't really want to do.  I loved drinking, I loved having a bottle glass of wine with dinner or cocktails on a night out.  I loved the feeling of being giddy and dancing like I just didn't care.  

Without drinking I have had to learn how to socialise without alcohol.  How to be the only sober person at a party.  And, also how to be me without alcohol.  I started off by "faking it" with mocktails and drinking juices out of wine glasses.  

Enjoy tea

It kept people off my back.  I cursed myself for not learning to drive so I would have a valid excuse not to be drinking.

As time has passed I have become more comfortable not drinking, my friends have become used to it and I even had a cup of tea at a party I was at a few weeks ago.  Everyone else was drinking and I didn't feel self concious or embarrassed.

I have learned to dance sober and to embrace the morning after when everyone else is suffering I can enjoy the day.

I'm not going to lie, if someone waved a magic wand and made me able to drink again I would, but I am ok with what life had dealt me in the drinking stakes now.  Time is a great healer as they say and it has healed my discomfort.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Saturday, 10 May 2014

I Like Your Style - Boho

I have done a few "I like your style" posts now and though i do love all the styles mentioned personally I think Boho is the most wearable (for me anyway).  I love the floaty, comfortable and gentleness of the style.  All photos were found on pintrest, see these and more in my Boho Style board.

Gypsy BoHo Country Chic  Mona Johannesson for Free People December 2011 Catalog is Boho-Chic

Denim bell bottoms + floaty peasant top. Great tan leather belt, silver cuff & turquoise necklace.  Boho - looks so comfy

Beautiful Gypsy Vintage Hand Embroidered Peacocks Mexican Poncho 1960s 1970s by Vdingy on Etsy  Nasty Gal LB July 2013.

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Boho fashion  Nile Dress - Plümo Ltd. 'Bohemian Like You'