Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Festive Manicure

I was looking through my nail polish collection and came across a couple of neglected (and in the case of the Revlon polish, quite old) shades that I thought deserved a bit of a reprise by way of a holiday NOTD. The Revlon polish in Blaze is a gorgeous transparent red jelly. I was originally just going to layer the Milani glitter in Gems over the top but it seemed a shame to waste an opportunity for a good jelly sandwich so I added another layer of Blaze to finish it off and I LOVE the way it turned out (click the picture to see a little more of the glitter detail). Super festive but still understated enough to be chic. I think I'll definitely be wearing this combo more often.


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

This Charming Man

In my most recent haul I showed the recently released Autobiography from Morrissey which was amusingly released as a Penguin Classic. Today I noticed that it has since been released in hardcover as just a regular old book. Not sure if this was the plan all along or due to complaints from both consumers and those in the industry re the Penguin Classic release. Whatever the reason I'm a little annoyed that the hardcover wasn't an option upon initial release as I'm quite partial to hardcovers simply for their durability. That being said I may have picked the Penguin Classic edition regardless since, come on. When has a new release Penguin Classic ever been a thing!? While a little ridiculous, it's definitely a novelty. Plus when it comes down to it, it's Morrissey and I can't not love this eccentric genius of a man. He's just too good.

- Lesley

The Winter Wonderland Book TAG!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Hmmm. Not bad

I wasn't sure I was going to like this whole textured polish thing. Especially the ones without glitter but I actually think this makes for quite a fun manicure. Since I didn't want to invest in a fad polish that I might not end up liking I went with the ultra affordable Milani option in the colour Shady Gray which I found on CherryCulture.com and while I don't have any other textured polishes to compare it to, it found the formula to be great. Not too thick, easy to work with and dried super fast. I was also a little worried that the gritty feeling on my nails would be annoying but it feels fine. In all I would give this polish a big thumbs up and will be seeking more out in the future.



December TBR?

I'm not one for monthly to be read lists. I like picking and choosing from my shelves as the mood strikes and not being confined to a certain few books but the last few months there seems to be an abundance of books which I either want to read one per month (such as works by W. Somerset Maugham and the Flavia de Luce series) or have been requested to read or want to read at the same time as someone else, so much so that my books for the month seems to be half chosen before I even begin. I have yet to decide if this is a good or a bad thing but it's certainly different from how my reading months were in the past. As far as December goes I'm currently reading my Maugham book of the month, which this time is Up at the Villa and the Flavia de Luce volume I'm up to is fortuitously the Christmas themed book, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows. And being December I wanted to try and fit in a couple of other seasonal reads so I've chosen A Child's Christmas in Wales as well as Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm in an effort to get me into the holiday spirit.

While I'm not hugely fond of having my month set out for me, I'm rather excited for all of these reads and they still leave plenty of room for me to browse my extensive collection and see what else takes my fancy. :D
 What do you plan on reading this month? Do you like planning what to read or are you more spontaneous with your reading choices?


Saturday, 30 November 2013

Pretty Edition Wishlist

Those of you who know me at all, know that I love me some pretty books. I especially like collecting pretty editions of books I've already read and adored. I thought I would share with you the ones currently on my want list. All of these are gorgeous but most of them I've been putting off buying for some time now since it's much easier to justify purchasing a new book you've never read, rather than one you have, only in a more appealing design. *sighs* Well, here goes.

Mary Poppins by P.L Travers

This beautiful hardcover is from Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc and ideally, I would like the entire series in these stunning editions. So pretty!

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

From the first time I read I Capture the Castle, I've been looking for a pretty edition. This one from  Bodley Head Children's Books isn't ideal but it's certainly the best I've found so far. Now I just need to decide if I should eventually fork out the $$$ for this of wait for something more to my specific tastes. hmmm

Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier

Ever since I first heard about Rebecca, this is the edition from Orion that I wanted. I think it's absolutely gorgeous! The only problem is it seems to be out of print and I can't find it anywhere. Makes me miserable. This book needs to find a place on my shelves.

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

I've wanted a hardcover edition of The Hobbit for some time now and there are many pretty editions on the market but I think the one I want most is this lovely copy from HarperCollins.

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
This is a book that I actually haven't read yet but if any edition is going to inspire me to do so, it's this one from Four Corners Books. Such a beautiful object! And from what I've seen the illustrations inside are beautiful as well. This book will be mine. Sooner or later.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I keep seeing this hilarious P&P edition floating about. I love the vintage inspired pulp fiction cover and the fact that they used Colin Firth's Mr Darcy for inspiration. Brilliant idea, Pulp! The Classics. You did good.

Well that's it for now. There are plenty of other titles I have my greedy little eyes on but these are currently at the top of my list. What pretty books are you currently lusting after?


All in good time

Time for a reboot of this here blog. I originally created this old thing at the same time as my Youtube channel. I always intended to run them along side each other but YT was just so all encompassing (and, lets face it, a little intimidating) that I decided to let my blog languish while I focused on my videos and figured out how the Booktube community worked. It's getting close to 2 years later and I love working on my Youtube channel more than I ever would have thought possible. I love turning on my camera and talking to all of the wonderful bookworms I've found along the way but now I'm definitely ready to start blogging again. I was planning on starting back up in the new year but why wait a month when I could be doing it right now? No reason I could see. So here I am, happy to include yet another way to talk to you all about books in my weekly schedule!
Any of you who write blogs. Ones on books or otherwise, feel free to let me know about it.

-Lesley. xx