Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

I've had this book on my kindle since it first came out but never clicked on to read it. It wasn't until the film came out in cinemas, surrounded by the buzz I took the time to find out what all the fuss was about. It didn't take me long because let's face it this book is good. Really good. I read it within 2 days, I couldn't put it down, if I could ignore everything else I would have devoured this within a day. I was gripped by the characters, their stories and how the chapters ended on a cliff hanger leaving me desperate to carry on.

This is a thriller book, a good old who dunnit, with 3 main characters who lead their own chapters; their own stories and they all intertwine throughout the story. The book centres on Rachel (the girl on the train) whose life is a mess and whilst travelling on the train becomes involved in another couples life without quite meaning to. There's also her alcoholism, her blackouts, her ex husband, his new wife and the complex issues of the girl who goes missing. You can sympathise with all 3 of the main characters and dislike them at the same time. The author tackles such horrible issues and environments so sensitively and effectively.

I'll be honest I didn't see the twist coming. I was suspicious of most of the characters throughout. A lot would say it's obvious or that they saw it a mile away but I was engrossed in the characters, their problems and the changing dates. If you're going to read this pay attention to the dates, especially near the beginning, their essential for keeping track of everyone's story. This was a clever trick by the author to keep you hooked. 

I've not had a chance to watch the film yet but I can't wait. Is it a case of 'the book's better?'
If you've not read The Girl on the Train yet it's a must. A real page turner.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Birthday Wishlist

It's just over a month until my birthday so it's about time I start giving some hints to my boyfriend and parents about things to get me. As a 25 year old I'm not expecting, or wanting that much but there's a few things I'd like or things that I'd never treat myself to. My parents actually went to Florida last month so I did make hints about the Tiffany's necklace and Victoria's Secret Pink hoody back then so fingers crossed...

Do you prefer making a wishlist or receiving surprises?

Monday, 24 October 2016

Autumn Haul - Dorothy Perkins, New Look & River Island

Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Perkins had 24% off online so I took full advantage and bought some really Autumny things. This jumper is a gorgeous colour and the bardot style is so flattering. It's so warm and cosy, I absolutely love it. I'm between sizes and bought the smaller one which was definitely the right choice. It was only £18.24 with the discount which is great.

I wouldn't have bought this blouse full price as it's a little expensive but at £26.60 it was a bit better. I thought it would be good for wearing through the Christmas festivities when it's a smart/casual event like dinner and drinks but not a proper night out. Girl problems eh!

I love riding boots in Autumn and Winter. I wear them most days at work and so a nice new pair is a lovely start to the season. These are quite a rich chestnut brown colour. I think I'll need to get some sort of waterproof spray to protect these. Any ideas? These were £34.20 with the discount. 
New Look
I've already bought little ankle boots this season but I tried the burgandy version of these while passing time, waiting to go to the cinema at Fort Kinnaird. I couldn't believe how comfortable they were but decided the wine colour wasn't that practical. As soon as I put the black ones on even my boyfriend said I had to buy them. The chunky sole makes them a good sturdy pair of shoes.
River Island
River Island has a fantastic sale on just now and normally I prefer the website to the store but this blazer caught my eye as soon as I walked past the rail. I love that it's got Autumnal colours but on a cream/white blazer it's not too dark and miserable. This looks great with a plain vest top, jeans and ankle boots.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Outfits of the Week: October #3

Jumper: Primark
Jeans: Primark
Shoes: Skechers

Jumper: Dorothy Perkins
Jeans: River Island
Shoes: Primark
Ring: The Leo Diamond

Hoodie: Victoria's Secret Pink
Tshirt: Primark
Jeans: River Island
Scarf: Primark
Hat: Primark
Shoes: Skechers 

Top: Forever 21
Jacket: New Look
Jeans: River Island
Boots: New Look
Bracelets: Pandora and Annie Haak

Shirt: Forever 21
Necklace: Asda
Jeans: River Island
Shoes: Primark