Blogger Bookclub : The Two of us by Andy Jones.

The book : The two of us
The Author : Andy Jones
Where to buy : Waterstones | Tesco | Amazon
Rating 3/5

This months book was my choice & I will admit, I chose it based on the cover and a very quick read of the blurb while doing my food shop in Tesco! Having never heard of Andy Jones before, and feeling pretty intrigued that this ‘chic lit style’ book was actually written by a man it went into my basket.

The entire story is focused about Ivy and Fishers relationship… they’ve not been together long and a few weeks down the line discover they are to be parents! We join them on this journey over the next 9 months. We witness the ups and downs both of pregnancy and their relationship with one another throughout this time. The book is told from Fishers point of view which I find really refreshing to hear it from the other side of the story. Often books of this nature are from the females perspective and you don’t really get an insight of what the man is feeling, thinking, or doing about the situation. The story is extremely heartwarming and what I feel is an honest representation of the feelings and motions that a newly formed couple would go through when put in this situation. Unplanned pregnancy does happen and there are some curve balls thrown in during the journey that have to be addressed whether you want to or not.

The book itself is a really easy read, if I hadn’t had a lot of things going on I could have finished this in a matter of days. That being said, as it did take me a little longer to read, it was one I could dip in and out of without any problems. Sometimes I get so gripped by the book I just have to keep reading to find out what happens next. However with The Two of Us I did feel some parts were a little predictable so I had no problems putting down the book to then pick it up and continue reading a couple of days later. Being an avid Chic Lit and easy read fan I didn’t find this too much of a problem but I know there are some people who wouldn’t like this element of the book. Perhaps it wouldn’t suck them in and dare I say it, they could get bored a little by the plot.

Overall I did enjoy the book. I liked that I was reading it from a different perspective as its not often you have a male lead character in books of this nature. Not ones where you get such an insight to what they are thinking & feeling about the situation anyway! Learning about Ivy and Fisher as people throughout this important time in their lives was great. Two people who seem quite opposite but somehow work together, a lot of honest, real emotion is present throughout the story. Like I previously said, if you are looking for a quick read for your holiday or something easy to read during your commute this is one I would recommend.

Have you read this book before? What did you think?

Don’t forget to heck out Lorna, Lizzie's and Charli’s posts to see what they thought of the book. 

Much love, 

LIFE : A day at Newbury Races.

As we now live on the Newbury Racecourse development, it’s a given that we will attend the horse racing meets more often. Last Saturday was the annual Party in the Paddock event, each year they book some form of musical talent to keep the crowds entertained after all the races are over.This year it was provided by DJ Fresh and Danny Howard, did I enjoy the sets? Well they were okay, nothing too special to rave about!

As my 27th birthday was the day before, we decided to have a little get together with friends and make it sort of a celebratory day. Our friends who also live in this apartment block hosted for us all. Suz did a great job of baking me a super chocolatey birthday cake along with providing a whole range of sandwiches and snacks for us to munch on before heading literally across the grass to the premier enclosure of the racecourse. For most the going to the races is a bit like going to a wedding, you want to dress nice. Naturally all of us girls discussed our outfit choices on the lead up to the event, I was very kindly sent a dress by Apricot Clothing which I knew would be perfect for the occasion.

My dress* from here | Suz' dress from here | Shelley's dress from here 

I love the mint cherry blossom print. Those that know me, will be aware I don’t tend to go for printed items of clothing but this one just caught my eye. The cut I feel is also very flattering for my body shape. I often hide behind loose/baggy items of clothing so it was a bit strange to wear something a lot more fitted. Having looked on the Apricot website I’ve found myself lusting over other pieces they have available. The sizes are true to size and everything is pretty affordable. My dress for the races was £32.00 (now in the sale at £15) which I think is brilliant. It’s often tough to find something suitable for an occasion like the races or even a wedding without spending a small fortune. Their website is definitely worth  a look if you want something more affordable. A lot of people liked my dress, so it made me feel pretty good considering it was a little out of my comfort zone. Maybe I should try more fitted styles in the future! What do you think?

Much love, 

FASHION : Currently loving Rose Gold Jewellery

I’m becoming a bit of a jewellery gal (maybe I’ve been talking to Lorna too much that girl loves a good layered necklace) These days I find myself browsing online for some form of jewellery over other accessories and dare I say it… sometimes even handbags! I like how much of a variety you can have when it comes to jewellery. One day you can go big with a statement necklace or multitude of bangles on your wrist, then next a minimalist approach with something simple like a plain bracelet or ring. I tend to keep things simple when it comes to outfits for work, I’m not a bit pattern girl really. Therefore I enjoy adding a nice bit of jewellery to accessorise an outfit whether it be something bold or dainty.

On one of my many browsing sessions I came across the designer Maria Black on the Avenue 32 website. For all you rose gold lovers out there. This is your gal! The collection available is small but all the pieces are beautiful. My favourites from this collection would have to be the Row Bangle and the Taylor ring. Both simple in design, they work well as single pieces. However one of the thought process Maria has behind her jewellery collection is that they are interchangeable and work well combined as well as on their own. By using a selection of precious metals &  a variety of shapes within the designs really helps with this. The necklaces can be layered, rings stackable & you can mix and match the earring designs to create something completely different.

I’ll admit the prices aren’t like your usual highstreet offerings, but I’ve turned into a bit of a quality over quantity person, so wouldn’t mind paying a bit extra for a special necklace or ring that I will get a lot of wear out of. Perhaps not a collection I could rush out and buy a lot of in one go, but over time I could add a few pieces into my jewellery box!

Do you go on the hunt for brands that aren’t as well known? I’m so pleased I discovered Maria Black, I’ll definitely be doing a bit more searching when looking for specific types of accessories. You can find some really nice designs if you put the time in to look.

Much love