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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11 July 2016

Summer Holiday Evening Outfits

A couple of weeks ago I was in Spain with Tom for two glorious weeks. It was so relaxing, we spent most of our time reading books by the pool. I took so many photos while we were out there and wanted to share some on my blog. Summer evenings abroad are my absolute favourite, the sunsets are also so gorgeous and I love getting to wear all my summer dresses.




Our balcony had a gorgeous view over the hotel pool and out to sea. Obviously there were palm trees everywhere which makes for a great instagram ;)


 Dress : H&M 
Shoes : Birkenstocks
Bag : Topshop


Dress : Next
Shoes : ASOS


Dress : ASOS
Shoes : ASOS

I hope you like seeing some snippets from my holiday! We're hoping to book a city break for September time because I have such bad holiday blues. Let me know any good cities you've visited in Europe :)

Tori
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13 June 2016

Healthy Lifestyle | Seven Weeks On




Turns out the secret to making myself stick to a fitness regime is a workout buddy.

Yep, apparently that's all I've needed. Since partnering up with my friend Fliss we have been to the gym 3 times a week consistently for SEVEN WEEKS. SEVEN?! I've never made it past three weeks before, it's a miracle!!

When Virgin Active got in touch and invited me to a workout organised by blogger Robert Nixon from Over Dressed and Under Prepared, my first question was please can I bring a friend! As it was held at one of the amazing Virgin Collection clubs I knew the spa would be the perfect way to celebrate our commitment. So luckily Virgin said yes and Fliss and I went to the event a few weeks ago.

The event was organised with the tag #myworkoutfor, in this case, Robert was working in for his 'single life'. I love the concept of thinking about what you're actually working towards. For Fliss and I, it started out because we were both going on holiday and wanted to feel great in our bikinis. But for me it has turned into so much more, I feel so much healthier, my anxiety levels have reduced massively and sure my jeans are looser, but that's definitely not the only positive. I think working out purely for weight loss is why so many people (myself included) quit! Seeing the other benefits of working out have made me feel more committed and it shows because this is the longest I've consistently been to the gym!


Fliss working hard ;)

The workout itself was a circuit made up of four stations and each station had 3-4 exercises. It was a tough work out and I definitely learned some new moves; plank rows with dumb bells are a killer!

Thanks so much to Virgin Active and Robert for inviting us to the event, we had such a great time! And we especially loved relaxing in the spa afterwards :)

Hope you all have a great week

Tori

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27 May 2016

A pop of colour




Blazer - River Island (similar)
Top - H&M
Skirt - ASOS
Shoes - Topshop (similar)
Bag - Topshop
Sunglasses - Folli Follie*



Having another blogger in the office means impromptu outfit shoots at lunch time! 

I wanted to wear my new skirt from ASOS, I know everyone has this style - button down denim mini, but I love it. I think the a-line shape is flattering and denim is so easy to style. I am a bad blogger because everything else in my outfit is old, so sorry about that! I love this River Island jacket, I've had it for over 3 years, I like pairing it with this orange vest top which gives my whole outfit a bit of a summery feel. The shoes and bag are both Topshop. My mum tried to steal these shoes for a while after I left them at home, but I've managed to steal them back and I'm so glad!!  

I have been a terrible blogger the past few weeks. fingers crossed my motivation resurfaces again soon.

Hope you have an amazing bank holiday weekend!

Tori 
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3 May 2016

Cropped Jumper & Trainers


Cropped Jumper - Topshop (similar)
Backpack - Urban Outfitters
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Adidas



Photos - Sarah Choa

The weather in the UK has been so unpredictable lately, which is not helpful when choosing what to wear in the mornings. Last week was freezing but this week is meant to get up to 24 degrees?! I mean, I'm not complaining - gimme the sunshine.

I wanted to show you this jumper from Topshop which is absolutely perfect for this weather. It's cropped and three quarter length sleeves which makes it Spring appropriate, but it is also knitted so it will keep you nice and warm.

It was my birthday last week and I managed to extend my celebrations through the long weekend. I was spoilt by all my family and friends and I drank a lot of prosecco. Tom bought me some gorgeous bits of clothing that I can't wait to share with you all next week! 

Hope you had a great bank holiday weekend

Tori 
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24 April 2016

Snake Print Accents

I've been wanting to feature these gorgeous Kurt Geiger boots for ages and now I finally can! This outfit is a little smarter and more put together than usual, but I still love it.

fashion blogger

fashion blogger camel coat

Coat, Shirt, Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Kurt Geiger

fashion blogger white shirt


fashion blogger snake print boots

Photography - Sarah Choa

These boots are an absolute favourite, I think they add a statement to this relatively plain outfit. They are now in the sale so snap them up!

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! I've had a pretty chilled one, ending with watching the London Marathon today which was so much fun. The atmosphere was amazing and I feel so inspired to keep pushing on with my fitness journey. 

Let me know what you think of the outfit!

Tori
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