31 October 2016

Autumn Additions

Necklaces from Johnny Loves Rosie*

The change in seasons seems to awaken the shopper in me. I just feel so inspired by all the new things online and in stores. Usually this happens towards the beginning of September, but it has been so unseasonably warm that I've resisted shopping until now. Today I took advantage of the ASOS 20% off code (MAJOR20 if it's still working!) and ordered myself a pair of black jeans and Adidas stan smiths. 

Jewellery isn't something I treat myself to usually, so when Johnny Loves Rosie got in touch I was so excited. I'm most looking forward to wearing the choker with the black necklace as I've never had one of these before. I think I'm going to pair it with a plain black t-shirt and jeans with some statement boots, a typical autumnal outfit for me.

As always, I'll try to post more often, but this week marks my first week in my new job so I can't promise anything while I'm settling in! Also the dark evenings are a bloggers worst enemy.



12 October 2016

Book Review | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Since my last recently read post I have managed to read all of the Harry Potter series which was amazing. I've decided not to review them as I think we've all heard enough reviews on them. But they were such a lovely and comforting read, I was having a bit of an anxious time on public transport and reading those really distracted me. 

I've decided to change up the format of my book reviews. I felt that reviewing up to five books in one post wasn't working for me. I tended to write the post after I'd read 4-5 books which meant I couldn't write the reviews in as much detail as you forget some of the finer points. I also didn't want the reviews to be that long as that would be an overwhelmingly long post. So from now on I'm going to review books individually, which means I might not review everything I read as some books I might not have much to say on!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

TW : rape, murder, domestic abuse

Obviously this book is a bestseller and hugely popular. It has taken me longer than it should have to get around to reading it. On Goodreads it has a 4.1/5 rating so I knew I had to give it a read.

I'd managed to avoid the film, and all reviews somehow so I had no prior knowledge of the storyline before I read this book, which I was really grateful for as I didn't have any preconceptions.

Plot Summary (no spoilers)

This story follows financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist as he is convicted of libel against a business entrepeneur Wennerström. While he is lying low to recover from this case he is employed by Henrik Vanger (whose family own and run the large business Vanger Corporation) to investigate the disappearence of his 16 year old niece Harriet Vanger, Henrik believes she was murdered.

Blomkvist hires Lisbeth Salander, a genius computer hacker, to help him investigate Harriet's disappearence. Lisbeth has an extremely troubled past which is explored throughout. Together Blomkvist and Salander work together to discover the truth about both Harriet and Wennerström.

My Thoughts

The development of scenes and characters was one of my favourite things about this book. It's definitely a long book, around 600 pages I think. This gives Stieg Larsson a lot of time to really explore each character and their relationships with one another. The Vanger family is really large so I felt like this was necessary to get a proper understanding of how everyone intertwined.

Although Blomkvist is tasked with investigating a missing person who is thought to have been murdered, this is not purely a murder mystery. It explores the economical and political impacts of large corporations and this runs as an important parallel within the storyline.

Salander as a character is one that you're intrigued about from the moment she is introduced. Her story develops and keeps you completely enthralled. Her childhood plays an important role in this development and her relationship with Blomkvist is one I found really interesting and almost surprising.

I would really recommend this book, I found it gripping from start to finish. It says something that I have already bought the second in the Millenium series. Although it's worth noting if you're sensitive to graphic descriptions of abuse, particularly sexual abuse, then this won't be a book for you. I found some of the descriptions really uncomfortable to read and left me feeling quite emotional.

 I hope you enjoy these more detailed reviews, do let me know!


11 October 2016

A Month on Class Pass | Project Fit & Orange60

Onto the final post for my mini series on my month on Class Pass with Project Fit and Orange60.

Image credit: Project Fit

Gym: ProjectFit
Location: Bank
Class: Project45

'PROJECT FIT is a fitness challenge like no other. It is a new, revolutionary and innovative interval training workout.'

The location for Project Fit was really great for people working in the city, approx 5 minute walk from Bank. This is the only location they have and they only do 45 min classes. The class we did was 4 rounds with 2 on the treadmill and 2 strength. This class was really challenging for me, especially the treadmill sections. I definitely left feeling like I'd done a great workout and was aching for a few days afterwards! The instructor was really motivating and encouraging. She knew we were new to the class so made an extra effort to make sure we knew what we were doing.

The changing rooms were really small, so my friend and I actually ended up going to our usual gyms to shower and get ready as there wasn't many showers and we didn't have time to queue. Towels and lockers are provided for you. 

Overall I thought this was a great class but you need to bear in mind the changing room situation if you're in a rush to get somewhere afterwards.

Gym: David Lloyd
Location: Aldgate
Class: Orange60

'The aim is to take your heart rate to the ‘Orange’ zone for as much of the workout as possible. '

The final class I did on Class Pass was Orange60 at David Lloyd. Unfortunately this was also by far the worst class. Firstly the facilities; you needed cash for towels and locker deposit, of which I had neither. The changing room was the size of a cupboard with 2 showers despite the class taking up to 15 people. Imagine that queue!

Onto the class, I felt like the concept could have been good. It was similar to Project Fit in that it had a treadmill section and a strength section. However the gym was so big that the instructor was running back and forth trying to explain things to everyone. There was only 2 sections which meant you spent 30 mins on the treadmill in one go which was extremely dull! In a class environment I didn't expect to be on treadmill for that long. One of the 'unique' things about this class is that they track calories burnt on a big screen if you are wearing a heart rate monitor. On class pass you get one lent to you for your first class but after that you have to bring your own (or buy one there). However the ones they lent to myself and my friend didn't work so we weren't able to enjoy that aspect of the class.

Unfortunately this is the one class that I tried that I wouldn't recommend at all. I had high hopes as I had heard great things about David Lloyd as a gym, but the class was definitely not for me.

Catch up on my other Class Pass posts here and here.


2 October 2016

Autumn is here

This weekend has felt like the first autumnal weekend. I've spent this Sunday in a knitted jumper and leggings with endless cups of tea. It has been perfect!

I know a lot of people will be missing summer but I'm really excited for the change in seasons. Here are a few reasons why I'm so excited for Autumn

1) Bonfire night
2) Cosy jumpers
3) Frosty mornings
4) Film nights
5) Dark nail polishes
6) Berry lipsticks

Summer is amazing but sometimes I find it really stressful. Pressure to socialise all the time, pressure to look great in a pair of denim shorts and a tiny vest top. So I'm secretly thrilled to be layering up and can't wait until it's coat and scarf weather. 


1 October 2016

A Month on Class Pass | Ethos Spitalfields

Our second class on Class Pass was at Ethos in Spitalfields.

Tired of the divide between the yoga, fitness and science worlds, we created a space that brings them together for optimal MIND/BODY training. We believe there are people like us who love yoga and sports and no longer want to think of them as separate activities.

Gym: Ethos
Location: Spitalfields
Class: TRX45

Ethos was recommended by a friend at work so I was really keen to try it out. They are known for their yoga classes however I've never really enjoyed yoga that much so I tried one of their other offerings. The TRX class was 45 minutes long and was a real challenge for me. I'd never used the TRX ropes in the gym before so I felt like I was working muscles that I didn't even know existed! We did a mixture of arm, ab and leg moves so really worked the whole body. I ached for at least 2 days afterwards!

As with 1Rebel my only gripe was the lack of showers, another queuing situation. This was fine because I was in no rush but if you need to get to work early or something then it's worth bearing this in mind. Towels and lockers are provided which is great. There are cowshed products to use in the shower and there is deodorant, hairspray and even tampons for you to help yourself to! On the whole the changing rooms weren't quite as snazzy as 1Rebel but they were still lovely.

Classes at Ethos are £20 per class but there is an intro offer for 2 classes for £20 at the moment! I would really recommend this class so take advantage of the offer here.


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