March Favourites 2018

As I’m writing this blog post, its raining. Its actually done so all day. Which makes me very happy for April, where I can only hope we all get to see the sun a bit more. Anyways, I feel like March was such a busy month, I couldn’t really pinpoint many favourites. But here’s what I have been loving.

3My first favourite being these polaroids. Getting some of my pictures printed has always been on my to do list but not something I ever seem to get round to doing. However, with my 18th and an Ireland trip, I knew I had to finally get some printed. I absolutely love these prints and they were really well priced. (If you’re wondering, I ordered from Photobox, not sponsored.) Now I’ve just got to figure out where I want them, in a scrapbook or on my wall.

In March, I spent a weekend in Dublin. It was definitely a highlight of the month and couldn’t not include it in this post. I’d absolutely love to go back one day and if you didn’t see my post about it then you can here.

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I don’t usually have many makeup favourites but as we’re leaving Winter, I’m opting for lighter makeup. I have been mixing Rimmel Foundation with Seventeen 3 Way Highlighter and its a game changer. I put that combination on and my base makeup is done and it gives my skin a healthy glow. Another thing I have fallen back in love with is my beauty blender. I’ve started using this to apply my foundation/highlighter and it just helps it to apply evenly. I also feel that it lightens the makeup, my face doesn’t feel as cakey and heavy, does that make sense?

My Music favourites have been:

  • Nothing to Regret- Robinson
  • Normal- Sasha Sloan
  • Turn Back Time- Daniel Schulz
  • Just a Kid- Two Friends

March Favourites 2017

What have been your favourites this month?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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Sophie’s Book Club #7 & GIVEAWAY

It has been an embarrassingly long time since I have done a book post. However, to make up for the loss, I am making this one extra special. You’ll see how, at the end.

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Jojo Moyes- The Girl you left behind

‘In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to go fight at the front. When her town falls into German hands, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything…Nearly a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened. ‘ Copied from the back of the book, so you really get a feel for what its about and don’t have to guess from my what-would-not-do-it-justice-summary.

I LOVED this book. Having read a couple of Jojo Moyes’ books before I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed. I really loved how it was set in two different time periods and I really got attached to the characters. It got to a point in the book where I was really torn and could see the situation from both sides. I didn’t know what the outcome would be and that’s what made it such an addictive read.

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Laura Marshall- Friend Request

‘Maria Weston wants to be friends with me. Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down. She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight. Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty five years.’

I actually bought this book at the airport but because the flight wasn’t very long I didn’t get a good way through it. When we got home, my Mum started reading it too. Let me tell you, its difficult to share an addictive book. Neither of us wanted to put it down. Of course, I finished first, I just had to have a couple late nights. One thing we could agree on is that we both LOVED the book and neither of us were expecting the ending. We also had a few debates about our opinions on the characters. Honestly, thriller type books aren’t usually my go to but Laura Marshall has swayed me.

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On to the exciting part of this post, I want to start giving away the books I’ve read so you can enjoy them too! Starting with this one.

Heres the situation in bullet points to make it clearer…

  • Pick either ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ or ‘Friend Request’
  • Let me know in the comments which book you’d like. Leaving me a social media username (or email) so I can contact you.
  • After 24 hours (Sunday GMT 18:00). I’ll use a random name generator to pick a winner for each book.
  • You can only enter if you live in the U.K (not quite ready to do international giveaways just yet)
  • Would be much appreciated if you were following my blog. (I’m so close to 900 followers!)

Hope that all makes sense! 

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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Ireland Photography

Last weekend I took a trip to Dublin and I had the BEST time. So I thought I’d share the pictures and let you know what I got up to.

7Firstly, it was a very tiring weekend. We flew at 6 am from Leeds Bradford airport on the Friday (but I had to get up at 1am to get there in time). On the way back, it was a 9 pm flight on the Sunday, so we really did get the whole weekend.

859On the Friday, we were all really tired so we just had a wander around the city.

61On the Saturday, my Mum and I spent the morning at the National Gallery of Ireland. It was beautiful and because we got there early it was quite quiet and the best atmosphere. We could have spent all day there but we wanted to fit more in.

2At this point, we were trying to navigate our way to the castle.

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I absolutely loved Ireland and would love to go back. I also realised how much I love weekend getaways. So my Mum and I have already decided for our next trip it should be Amsterdam.

Anyways, as much as I’m still catching up on sleep now I’d happily trade my sleep to be back, everyone was so friendly and we couldn’t have had a better time.

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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February Favourites 2018

January seemed to last months, whilst February felt like seconds. I don’t know how that works but I do know I have some favourites I want to share from the past few weeks.

1Early February, it was my birthday and I was super grateful to receive this bracelet as one of my presents. I have been loving wearing this and I haven’t really been leaving the house without it.

Celebs Go Dating

I don’t know where to begin with what I like about this show. I think Rob Beckett is the perfect voice over guy for the series. I think the whole concept just works and I appreciate how each ‘celebrity’ (I guess its debateable where you’d place them on the fame scale) brings something different to the table. Basically if you watched it, I’d love to know who your favourite people were.

We had quite a lot of snow recently and my College actually closed for 3 days (which is apparently the first time in years). I’ve been grateful for the time off but also stressing because I left all my photography and psychology work at college, (thinking I’d be there the next day) therefore haven’t done much work. But the snow is still a favourite of mine because of Alfie’s happiness in it. I hope everyone managed to stay safe throughout the bad weather.

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Another birthday present was a turntable. I thought it was such a cool, retro idea. The two vinyl’s I have so far are Taylor Swift ‘Speak Now’ and Halsey ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’. If anyone has any suggestions of others, it would be appreciated.

Speaking of music, I have been loving ‘Your Time Capsule’ on Spotify. It has all the best songs. I was just about to pick some of my favourites but I don’t think I can. I’ll just pick some random ones; Sk8er Boi, Avril Lavigne; So sick, Ne-Yo; Dilemma, Nelly and Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol. The last one being the first song I had downloaded on my first ever phone, probably a nokia, it brings back ALL THE MEMORIES.

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This month, I signed up to be an organ donor. I feel like its worth mentioning because it may remind you to do the same. I was surprised at how quick the process was, it literally took less than 5 minutes for both myself and my parents to sign up. I also naively didn’t realise you could choose what you were comfortable donating. This isn’t an ad I just wanted to include it, I think its an important topic. Especially if you are like me and it was one of those things I wanted to do but never got round to it (until now of course).

If you do want to sign up then you can here.

February Favourites 2016

February Favourites 2017

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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