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All About A Book - Wuthering Heights

Sunday, 2 December 2018

It probably hasn't escaped anyone's attention that I am rather fond of reading, and so I thought that after writing up a post a couple of months ago on one of my favourite books, 'The Bell Jar', I would return today with some appreciation for another favourite book of mine, 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte.

The Bronte sisters are obviously now regarded as immensely influential literary figures, and therefore I was pretty excited to visit the village of Haworth, where they lived, back in the spring. The first time I read Wuthering Heights (which was actually only last Christmas), it was from a text that I had borrow from school as part of my A-Level English Literature further reading...but when I visited Haworth, I managed to purchase my own copy from the village where Emily Bronte herself once lived, which certainly made me very happy indeed.



Over the years, I have fallen more and more in love with classic literature of the 19th century, and 'Wuthering Heights' has certainly helped to cement this passion of mine. This book is so commonly featured on 'must-read' lists (and rightly so), and I was pretty much hooked to it from the first few chapters onwards - whilst the story is pretty confusing due to the similar names of characters and the bewildering family tree that features, once you get your head around everything, Wuthering Heights becomes a very enthralling tale.

Most people probably know that the novel centres around the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff (thanks to Kate Bush's infamous song), and it is also set amongst the lonely Yorkshire moors which adds to the gothic and ghostly element. The main plot line follows an orphan Heathcliff who grows up loving Cathy, yet he is bullied by her family and friends, and when his love isn't reciprocated he eventually returns to seek a cruel revenge for the hardships that he has faced.  Whilst nowadays the book probably seems rather tame, back when it was published in 1847 it was actually deemed rather controversial due to the intense relationship between the aforementioned characters, which lingers long after both of their deaths.


I know that some people really don't like this book, and I know that others really really love it - as you may have guessed though, I would most definitely put myself into the latter category, because I could most certainly read Wuthering Heights over and over again. In any case though, it is a classic that I would recommend everyone to have a read of... especially when you think of how incredible it was for Emily Bronte to write such an influential piece of work in a time when women had few rights and very little power within society.

Olivia.

A Lush Autumn

Sunday, 25 November 2018

For me, Autumn and Winter means one thing...nice, long baths on cold evenings. In the Summer, I never actually have baths, but once the colder months move in, I just can't wait to immerse myself in them once again. 

And of course, baths then also mean one thing...lots of lovely Lush products. When Autumn started, I just couldn't wait to get into Lush and take a look at all their items - my absolute favourite products being the Bubble Bars that Lush sell, hence why over the past few of weeks I have picked up some of the aforementioned Bars to pop into my baths.



The gorgeous scent of Lush attracts me in some distance away from the actual shop, but another thing that always enthrals me every year is the interesting seasonal range that the store stocks. This year, a certain feline shaped product immediately caught my eye - and that product goes by the name of the 'Bewitched' Bubble Bar. 

Featuring a nice blackberry scent, I absolutely love this new product and couldn't wait to crumble it into my bath...it really is perfect for Halloween owing to it's design (I am pretty fond of cats, so I'm guessing that this is one of the reasons that I decided to get this Bubble Bar), and also due to the fact that it turns the bath water a rather glittery black!



Moving on from a new favourite, I have also recently bought an older, much-loved Bubble Bar too. That product being the 'Sparkly Pumpkin' Bubble Bar, which also happens to be perfectly Autumnal in it's pumpkin shape, as well as it's spicy sort of smell that instantly reminds of the colder months. What's more, it also turns the bath water a lovely orangey colour - which always makes me feel warm and cosy (especially when the weather is horrible outside).

As you can probably tell, so far, I have been making the most of the great range of seasonal products that Lush are offering...and what with so many of their Christmassy items looking rather wonderful, I will probably have to buy a couple of those pretty soon too!

Olivia.

All About An Album - Is This Is? By The Strokes

Sunday, 18 November 2018

It may be rather infamous due to it's risqué album cover (yes, the whole bum touching situation is a little bit odd), but 'Is This It?' by The Strokes is definitely one of my all-time favourite albums - I actually listen to it incredibly frequently, and for that reason, I thought what better way to show my love for it than in a blogpost...


I was only 1 when this album was first released (it came out in 2001), and so it evidently passed me by for many years. It was only when I first heard 'Last Nite' (the Strokes single that is probably most well-known) on the radio that I gained an interest in the band, and quickly took to listening to their debut album 'Is This It?' rather often on Spotify. If, like myself, you are fond of Indie Rock, then this album will probably be the perfect listen for you - I finally got round to purchasing 'Is This It?' on vinyl back in the Spring, and have had it on my turntable a heck of a lot ever since, owing to the fact that I really am rather obsessed with it.

New Nail Colours

Sunday, 11 November 2018

As someone who very much enjoys painting their nails on a regular basis, I am always on the look out for new polishes to try out. Therefore, when I found out about the Roxanne Campbell Luxury Nail Lacquers, I became very intrigued and was quite excited to try some samples out.

Roxanne Campbell is a prominent name in terms of nails, and is the lead manicurist and nail artist at London and Paris Fashion Week (which a very cool achievement for certain, and so, as you can probably imagine, her nail lacquers are pretty great too). I normally swear by Essie Nail Polishes, and over the years have amassed somewhat of a large collection of polishes from their range - so, I thought that it would be pretty exciting to compare Roxanne Campbell Lacquers to my old favourites. Considering that several of the lacquers in the collection have been nominated for beauty awards (and they are also all made in the UK, and are cruelty-free) my expectations were rather high, and I felt further excitement about trying some owing to how the collection featured so many lovely colours!




In the end, I opted to try two quite neutral shades of lacquer, (those being a grey called Stormy Weather, and a nude called Nude Tights), considering that during the Autumn and Winter I do prefer to opt for lighter sorts of shades, as opposed to bright, exotic colours. When applying each lacquer, I was pretty impressed with how the colours looked after a couple of coats - the grey, in particular, struck me as being rather lovely, as it isn't at all too dark and reminds me of an Essie shade the I used to be obsessed with called 'Cocktail Bling'. That being said, the nude colour is also very nice and it's subtle shade gives it the versatility to be worn on both casual and more dressy occasions.

In terms of quality, I was also rather pleased with the Roxanne Campbell Lacquers; I always rave about how great the Essie polishes are in terms of staying power, so these new additions of mine had quite a lot to live up to. However, they pretty much succeeded as they only really started seriously chipping after a few days... which is in fact pretty good for me, considering that I have been known to previously chip my nails in a matter of minutes, let alone days.

These Lacquers are a little more expensive than other polishes out there, but I don't think that that would put me off buying from Roxanne Campbell in the future. In all honesty, it is just nice to be able to find another Nail Polish brand that sells good quality items (some of my friends and family do actually laugh at my slight obsession with buying most of my nail polishes from Essie)...and what's more, the lovely range of colours available already has me adding some shades to my wishlist!

Olivia.

A Funky Monki Dress

Sunday, 4 November 2018

More often than not, I simply cannot resist a browse through the Monki website, owing to the sheer amount of cool clothing that they sell. Many items seem to grab my attention on each visit, but for some time, the range of shirt dresses that Monki sell were particularly appealing to me...

Therefore some time ago, when I noticed that one of the aforementioned shirt dresses was now half price (at £15 instead of £30, which I deem to be a pretty good bargain!), I immediately jumped at the opportunity to buy it - and since then, I have pretty much fallen in love with said dress, and have been tending to wear it on many an occasion.


The first reason that I adore this shirt dress, has to be the incredibly funky pattern that covers it! Each and every one of the shirt dresses on the Monki website possesses a very unique and cool pattern, but I particularly love the weird shapes that adorn mine (they actually kind of remind me of ears), and also the range of the colours that feature on it, as the pop of light pink certainly adds an extra touch.

Another reason for my loving this dress so dearly, is it's general fit and style. I'm not a massive fan of fitted clothes, and am much more into baggy and oversized items - therefore, this dress' slouchy shape is perfect for me, whilst it's reasonable length (although you can't see in the photos featured in this post, the dress is actually a bit longer at the back than at the front) means that I can feel nice and comfortable whilst wearing it, seeing as I'm not all too fond of wearing short dresses.




What's more, I also love how well this dress pairs with so many other accessories. For example, I pretty much always wear mine with a pair of leggings in order to keep myself a little bit warmer now that it is Autumn - although, I can also imagine how cool such an item would look with a pair of fishnet tights, if you perhaps wanted to wear it on a more dressy occasion. Furthermore, the dress looks rather cool when worn with a pair of my black Dr Marten's shoes, and when it gets even chillier in the winter time, I plan to just pop a jacket or coat over the top of it, so that I can continue to wear it for months to come.

My love of this shirt dress has already got my scouring through the Monki website again in search of a similar item to wear in the future...although, I often get distracted by the multitude of other, lovely items that they sell. I ultimately feel very comfy when wearing this dress, and of course,  I have felt rather happy to receive kind compliments on it too...plus, it also has pockets (yes, pockets) which is always a winner in my book!

Olivia.

P.S. Unfortunately, I don't think that this particular shirt dress is available any longer as it was in the sale. However, all of the other ones in stock on the Monki website are the same style, but featuring different patterns - and you can find them HERE.



 
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