The Book : The Good Girl
The Author : Fiona Neill
Where to buy: Waterstones | Amazon | Tesco
Rating 2/5

Scratch the surface of any family hard enough and you'll draw blood...No one can believe it when straight A student Romy Field finds herself at the centre of a scandal, least of all her mother Ailsa - who is also the head of her new school. Ailsa is quick to hold Romy's new boyfriend and his parents responsible for what has happened. But as mother and daughter reveal their very different version of events, a much darker truth emerges. It soon becomes apparent that Romy isn't the only member of her family harbouring secrets and her disgrace becomes the catalyst for the unravelling of all those around her. It takes a split second to make a decision that can alter the course of your life. And a lifetime to undo the consequences

When I read the blurb of this book I was looking forward to getting stuck in and reading it for book club. The promise of darker truths emerging throughout the story got me excited as I do love a book with a bit of drama and scandal! We find out fairly early on about the situation Romy has got herself into, although to be honest the question of ‘who is it’ is pretty pointless if you’ve read the back of the book. Just put 2 and 2 together! So I found that a bit frustrating! With the promise of things getting a little darker and exciting further into the book I continued reading hoping to get to the nitty gritty of the story.

I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The story travels back to 3 months prior to Romy’s ‘scandal’, which I appreciate as it’s nice to know the reasoning behind someones actions (and makes up the bulk of the story!). However the little twists Fiona Neill has thrown in while leading up to the big finale I felt were a bit unnecessary rather than gripping like the blurb suggests. The book covers other topics like Infidelity, addiction & Paternity issues. Telling a story of two families; one slightly more dysfunctional than the other and how they intertwine with one another during this time period. We flip between hearing the story from Romy’s point of view and her mothers which I admit is a good way to of going about things which a topic as sensitive as sex + the internet but I found Ailsa really annoying by the end of the book, at points at had to force myself to continue reading.

 I know reviews for this book have been a bit mixed overall from having a look online, but I have to say I am firmly set in the ‘not a fan’ camp.  I was glad to finish it, and felt that it could have been more of a short story rather than a full on novel as some chapters were quite long winded with events within them that I felt weren’t really needed.  It would probably be a good read for someone in their teens to help them understand the importance of the internet and the events you may get involved in if you are in a relationship with someone. But as a 27 year old woman It wasn’t really for me.

If you would like to know what the other girls thought of this book then head over to their blogs ; Lizzie | Lorna | Charli.

Click here to read last months blogger book club review;  US by David Nicholls

For October we are reading ‘The Letter’ by Kathryn Hughes. So if you would like to join in with us let us know by commenting or tweeting me!

Much love

FASHION : Inspired by Pinterest #1

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

I don't know about you but I can loose hours a day spending my time on Pinterest. Pinning receipes, DIY'S, helpful blogging tips etc however my most popular board on my account would be my style inspo one. I often pin a lot of outfits I like to look of and sometimes I try to see if i can replicate them myself. I figured why not take some of my current favourties for the upcoming autumn season and find some pieces inspired by my pins! 



I could spend ages looking for alternative items for the looks I see others pin on the site. I've also discovered a lot of new blogs to add to my bloglovin' feed as a result of hours lost to many boards everyone creates on there.  It's the gift that keeps on giving! If you don't use Pinterest then what are you doing with your spare time? Being productive? pfft! Get yourself on there, create a few boards and start pinning away! 

I'm always looking for new people to follow on there so feel free to leave your links in the comments! 

Much love,

Rather than get a weekend ticket this year, Tom and I decided to head along to Reading festival on the Saturday for a day of drinking, food and good music. With Metallica headlining the main stage on the Saturday night, Saturday to some was dubbed the 'Rock Day'. Having looked at the lineup I was only aware of a few of the bands in comparison to Toms musical Knowledge, regardless I was looking forward to going and having a day of fun! 

We made sure we got the train early to Reading, opting to walk to the site rather than catch the £1 shuttle bus or £5 taxi from the station. Both great ideas however the ques were so long.. a little walking never hurt anyone! (Ask me how I feel about this phrase at the end of the day) I wont lie, it was great to walk through Red Camp and into the arena knowing I'd had a nice hot shower that morning feeling fresh! While seeing others that looked a little worse for wear! (Some of these festival goers had been there since the Wednesday!) Don't get me wrong I do love festivals but I also love the feeling of being clean! I also thoroughly enjoyed the fact I did not have a big rucksack on my back nor was I dragging a tent through the mud to get there!

We decided to take a rather relaxed approach to the day. We had a few select bands we wanted to see which would justify the price of our £59 day tickets, so first off we headed to the Festival Republic stage to check out Walking on Cars. (Check out their Youtube Channel here) Shortly after their set we crossed over to the main stage where Babymetal were just finishing... Babymetal, literally the most bizarre thing I have ever come across.. If you are intrigued watch this youtube video
After hearing Foals were doing a secret set in the Radio 1/NME tent we met with Shelley to go check them out. They brought in a pretty decent sized crowd and everyone had an epic time. We were quite far at the back but it was brilliant nonetheless. After this Shelley and I needed to take a 'Wellie Off Time' moment as we like to call it. We all grabbed a drink, found somewhere to sit, shelley kicked off her Joules Wellies while I kicked off my Hunters (You can buy similar styles here) and chilled outside the NME tent and watched 'Slaves' on the screens - Can't say I was a fan of them. Then headed back in to see Spectors set who I did enjoy. Their frontman looks like a scientist, this entertained me more than it really should have


Before settling down at the main stage to catch a bit of Alexisonfire we grabbed some food. Who doesnt love paying over the odds for a portion of sausage and chips?! Followed closely by a 99 Mr Whippy which can technically no longer be classed as a 99! - This makes me feel extremely old. Festivals always have such a extentive selection of foods available you will always find something you'll love. The biggest que I saw was for the Vegetarian/Vegan stalls! 

We briefly saw a bit of Baroness, whom I had never heard of before and wasn't too keen on to be honest. There was a huge crowd forming for the band that was following them called Pvris & after doing a bit of youtubing I wish we had hung around to see them but instead we went back to the main stage to watch Royal Blood. I've seen them before on their tour earlier in the year - which was a good thing really as a bloke who was about 7ft tall decided to stand in front of me and block my view of the screens. - The joys of being vertically challenged at a festival! 

We didnt stay for the headliners as Tom had already seen Metallica and we werent too phased with the others, instead we stuck around for Catfish and the bottlemen who I actually really enjoyed. Followed by Twin Atlantic - Who I have seen twice before but still enjoyed it. Going to the festival has made me come home and want to book a few more music gigs to go to... I'm sure Tom's already on the case and has a list of them lined up! 

Have you ever been to reading festival before? We are definitely going to go again next year. Perhaps we'll get a weekend ticket next time! 

Much Love,

Maybe you slept through your alarm. Perhaps you went to bed with wet hair & you woke up to a frizzy mess. Sometimes you just can’t replicate that hair do you pinned on pinterest. Bad hair days. We all encounter them at some point each week (unless you have the hair of an angel & it’s always bloody perfect)  Here are 5 sure fire ways to take control of your mane and get yourself out of the door feeling fabulous.

Obviously dry shampoo is your savour for those mornings where you decide that getting an extra 15 minutes in bed  is more worthwhile over jumping in the shower. Not only does it keep the grease at bay, it provides you with volume, giving your hair that little extra oomph you need. Texturising sprays add that extra bit of grit and hold to your hair, enabling you to put it up into messy but polished up dos, or simply to give it that ‘I just rolled out of bed but my hair looks edgy’ look. 

Everyone loves a good messy bun, or Topknot. If your hair is not behaving whack it into one of those. Use a quite scrunchie thing (you know it the ones that look like bunny ears?) add a massive hair bow clip. Glam it up and no one will need to know you’ve literally just bunged everything on the top of your head pinapple style. Failing that plaits work well. If you can master the fishtail plait, go for it, over one to one side, the messier the better so it doesn’t matter if you cant do it perfectly

If you have that extra bit of time in the morning and you need to tame the frizz, whizz your hair straighteners through your hair. Are your ends looking a big crappy? Curl them loosely with your totem styler – you will instantly look put together! Grab a backcombing brush, use it on your crown, get your bobby pins and just pin a load of hair back, you do look like you’ve thought about your hair that morning when really its required minimum effort. EDIT : The hun – half up bun is THE hairstyle to have at the moment. The messier the better.

Headscarfs and hats. Just make sure you have a nice little selection in your wardrobe. Autumn stock is now in stores so you can definitely pick up some lovely oversized floppy hats to add to your collection. They will cover a multitude of sins! You can even combine all 4 tips mentioned for the ultimate bad hair day rescue remedy!

How do you fix a bad hair day?

Much love.