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

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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?