26 September 2016

It has been a while...



It has been almost a month since my last post. Truth be told, I have really fallen out of love with blogging. It's so competitive. How many followers do you have? Did you get sent those new products? Were you invited to that event?

I literally don't care.

I started my blog to write, I liked creating content I enjoyed. Sure, I enjoyed the freebies I occasionally got sent. I took on some dodgy casino based sponsored posts (judge away lol). But really I just liked spontaneously writing posts about life and nice beauty products.


In the past few months it feels like there is an unbelievable amount of pressure to have the perfect photos, the best writing style and the prettiest face. So I just gave up a bit. I know I won't be the kind of person to spend weekends asking my boyfriend to take my photo. I'm too self concious and it puts me in a bad mood to see that many photos of myself.

This post has no purpose, just my thoughts on the blogging world. I am so in awe of everyone killing it in their careers, it's so inspiring. But, honestly, it makes me feel like there's no point in keeping going. Who is going to read my random posts when there are so many amazingly curated blogs out there?

Tori
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30 August 2016

SW4 Festival




Crop top - ASOS (similar)
Shorts - Topshop
Shoes - Converse
Shirt - Topshop (similar)




A couple of months ago at work a group of us decided to spontaneously book tickets to SW4 festival in Clapham. And it was the best decision ever!! We decided to only book one day, partly for cost and also because we expected to have a pretty intense hangover the next day.

I haven't been to a festival since Parklife in Manchester when I was a student. I am so happy we decided to go to a day festival where there is no camping as that doesn't appeal to me at all! I had the best day with some of my favourite girls.

Highlights for me were Rudimental, Dizzee Rascal and Subfocus. But to be honest just sitting around drinking and laughing with my friends was the best part. We were so lucky with the weather, it rained for about 5 mins and the rest of the day was lovely!  We started the day with bottomless prosecco brunch which was such a good way to start off the day, made sure our stomachs were lined ready for the alcohol! I definitely spent more money then I meant to but for me it was totally worth it as it was one of the best days I've had in ages.

Next summer I definitely want to go to SW4 again and hopefully some other day festivals too. Still not quite ready to camp yet! Hopefully next year I won't lose my sunglasses..

Hope you're having a good week!

Tori


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27 August 2016

Recently Read #3


There's nothing better than curling up in bed with a new book, especially on a summer morning when the sun is streaming through the window with a steaming cup of coffee. So relaxing.

I was sent some flavours by Beanies coffee to try. They have such a variety of flavours on their site so there will surely be one you like! My tip would be to use slightly more than you would for a usual coffee as I found they are quite weak. I also had to add some sugar to sweeten them, but I definitely have a sweet tooth and would put 2 sugars in a normal coffee. So that may be just me.



Now, back to the books, it had been years since I'd bought a hardback book and then suddenly three came along at once. There's something about hardback books that I really love, I know they are a bit heavier and bigger to carry around but I just really enjoy reading them. I also love how they look on my book shelf!


LOVED this. This book is so beautifully written. It explores how and why Evie Boyd is drawn into a cult in 60s America. I particularly love how it focuses on the girls and their thoughts, rather than the leader of the cult who they are drawn to. As soon as I finished reading this I knew it would become the novel of the summer and I've since seen it almost daily on the tube! This is one of my favourite books I've read in a long time. I'll leave you with one of my favourite quotes.

“I should have known that when men warn you to be careful, often they are warning you of the dark movie playing across their own brains.”

This book was really enjoyable, it's just unfortunate the it followed The Girls as for me, it couldn't really compare. The story follows four friends from university, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie and Lucien, from their graduation throughout their lives. It explores friendship, work and relationships and all the ups and downs that go along with this. The characters were really beautifully written. Invincible Summer was definitely an enjoyable read and I would recommend.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

I am a true Harry Potter fan girl, I am obsessed. So it was obvious that I was going to buy this as soon as it came out. I read it in one evening which is a record for me even as a fast reader! I was concerned I would find this difficult to read as it is a screen play but after a couple of pages it was really easy to read. I won't give any spoilers as I would have been so annoyed if I'd read any before I'd finished. But it lives up to everything I wanted, there are new characters alongside old favourites that we know and love. If you love Harry Potter I would really recommend this screenplay. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that I will get tickets to see it on stage!

I hope you'll find a new book to read :)

Tori 
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21 August 2016

Sunday Outfit



Jeans - Topshop
Boots - New Look
T-shirt - Cheap Monday (similar)
Shirt - Topshop (similar)

This weekend has been a weird one for me. It started off going home to bury my grandad's ashes which was obviously extremely emotional. It was something that we have left almost a year to do and it brought back some very raw emotions. It has meant that the rest of my weekend has been a bit of a blur.

We decided to come back to London on Saturday afternoon so we would miss the really long trains on Sundays. Tom and I have been round to our friend Sophie's house this afternoon who cooked us a delicious roast. It was lovely to relax outside in her garden and I was in a new part of London I haven't explored before. 

I'm still feeling a little emotionally delicate so we headed back to our flat and I'm watching Harry Potter with a nice cup of tea. Tomorrow is a new day and I'm hopeful that next week will bring some happier days.

Hope you had a good weekend!

Tori
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8 August 2016

Wedding Season


On Saturday I headed back home to go to the wedding of one of my oldest friends. Our group of school friends have known each other for 20 years!! It was so surreal being back with everyone, in a church, watching one of us get married. Gabriel is the first of us all to get married so safe to say it was an emotional day! Faye looked absolutely STUNNING in her dress and the whole wedding was gorgeous. Pinterest perfection.





Dress - ASOS
Shoes - New Look




The dinner was in a marquee and was beautiful. If I was dreaming about what a wedding venue would be like, this is it. It also reminded me of the wedding in Harry Potter which is definitely a massive bonus. The food was gorgeous and there was plenty of wine and champagne going around! My head did not thank me for taking advantage of that..



This is one of my favourite photos ever - all of our school friends back together in one photo :) All in all we had the best time celebrating with our friends. I can't wait for the next wedding! 

Hope you had a great weekend :)

Tori
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24 July 2016

Recently Read #2


I meant to make this recently read series a monthly thing, but I have been pretty rubbish! I do really enjoy writing about books as reading is something I have gotten back into in the last 12 months. I have set myself a reading challenge on Goodreads to read 40 books this year. On my two week holiday I read 12 books which is crazy! I decided that reviewing each of these in one post would be slightly too much. So I decided to go through the 5 physical books I read as the others are on my kindle which is not as photogenic ;). 

This book has been consistently compared the The Fault in Our Stars, and I agree the themes are extremely similar. Exploring important issues (in this case suicide) within a young teenage environment. I've read really mixed reviews about this book but I really enjoyed it, I think it's important to write about important topics like mental health in an accessible and relatable way. The plot focus on Theodore Finch and Violet Markey, both are struggling with mental health issues and the story focuses on their blossoming friendship and relationship. The book has its flaws but it's an enjoyable read. Definitely a tearjerker, so you've been warned!

As soon as I found out what this book was about I instantly knew I wanted to read it. A girl is kidnapped when she is 17 years old and kept captive in one single room where she eventually gives birth to a child. After a couple of chapters I felt so invested in the story and it's definitely an emotional one! Usually I don't like film adaptations of books as I don't think they quite live up to the book, however the film Room is one of the best adaptations I've seen. It captured every aspect of the book that I felt was important, even though I knew what was going to happen I still cried like a baby!

This story follows Etta as she starts to fulfil her one wish, to see the sea. At 82 years old she sets out on a journey to the sea, her husband Otto waits at home. Russell is their neighbour who has been in love with Etta since her first met her and James is a coyote she meets on her journey. This book alternates been present day and flashbacks to how they all met. The characters are so beautifully written and I was hooked from the first few chapters. Although the plot seems pretty unrealistic, I genuinely loved this book.

Her by Harriet Lane
It's been a long time since I've been really disappointed with a book as I usually read a lot of reviews before buying. I think this was a gift and from the blurb I thought this was something I would really enjoy. Unfortunately this book was not for me. This book is about two girls, Nina remembers Emma from her past but Emma doesn't remember her. It builds up as if Emma has done something bad to Nina. It kept me reading because I wanted to find out why Nina felt so strongly about Emma. But it was a huge anti climax and the ending just really annoyed me! So, as I'm sure you can tell, this is a book I would not recommend.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Another emotional book! Mia is in a car accident with her family and she is watching from above as her and her family are taken to hospital. As she is watching the events unfold and her family and friends reactions she has to decide if she can stay after everything has changed. I definitely cried a lot reading this book. I'm excited to watch the film and I hope it lives up to the book!

I hope you enjoyed these short reviews. Do leave any book suggestions in the comments, I'm always on the lookout for new reads!

Hope you've had a great weekend.

Tori
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17 July 2016

Stripes and Sandals



Dress - ASOS (now in the sale!)
Bag - Topshop
Shoes - ASOS



Hallelujah, I think summer has finally arrived in the UK. I don't want to jinx it but this weekend has been gorgeous and the forecast is looking fine.

This weekend has been so productive for once! Tom and I started clearing our garden on Saturday which we had let grow into a mini jungle. Once we've done some more I will be sharing some before and after pics on Twitter. Then on Sunday we cleaned our flat together (domestic bliss over here) and went out for a lovely meal at Chimichangas which was delicious. Churros are my new fave thing!

Now it's Sunday evening and we're relaxing with the windows wide open and reading our books. It's been nice to have a weekend off the booze and doing some home-y things instead.

Hope you've had a great weekend!

Tori
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