Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars

So yesterday I finished reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, and today the official trailer was released. The trailer is beautiful and I love it. But the book is what I'm going to write this pretty short review on.

TFIOS is based on two star-crossed lovers called Hazel and Gus, who meet at a support group for kids with cancer. Despite Hazel's reservations of becoming close with people and her unwillingness to become a 'grenade', Hazel and Gus gradually form a strong relationship.

This book is beautiful and different. Green doesn't portray cancer victims as they usually are portrayed and instead shows them in the real light, that really cancer victims are still people, just like everybody else. It shows the reality of cancer and doesn't skirt around any of it, instead the book faces it head on. It is an emotional read, and yet still makes you smile to yourself or laugh at various points, and definitely tugs on your heart strings in more than one place. 

This book has so many deservedly good reviews, and so I didn't hesitate with purchasing it (last summer! Only just got round to reading it...) but I was a bit wary when I first started reading it. I wasn't sure it was going to be my 'cup of tea' and I can't say I was hooked from the first page, so if you're reading it and feel like this, my advice is to persevere! It is an emotionally-engaging book and very well written. I will probably read this again as I feel like I didn't quite take it all in. But for anyone debating whether to read it before going to see the film which is due for release this summer, then I say go for it! And have a box of tissues at the ready...

P.S You can watch the trailer here...

Friday, 24 January 2014

Friday Favourites #2



And the weekend has officially begun! Check out my favourite things I've been loving this week:

1. Jack Wills

Oh, I wish I had more money to buy more clothes, Jack Wills clothes are so gorgeous! I am especially loving some pieces from their new lines (I have such a thing for their crews).
P.S with the code SALE15 you can get an extra 15% off their sale items this weekend! Go go go.

2. 'The Fault In Our Stars' by John Green

I'm about halfway through this book and it's just one of those books I can't put down. I shall write a review when I've finished reading it, which shouldn't be long, so far it's been rather gripping. 

3. Kate Spade Wallpaper

Loving this! So bright and colourful. I have it on my phone, laptop and tablet, because I love co-ordination and it instantly boosts my mood. Get it here: Click here!

4. Striking Truths

I saw this website on a blog a while ago and I check it rather regularly for a dose of inspiration. Check it out.

This week has been rather hectic with work and not a lot else so there's not really that much on my 'loving' list right now. I need to return to the outside world again, I think. In other news, Sherlock is still a favourite, even though the series finished almost 2 weeks ago. #season4please 

Enjoy your weekend!


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Recipe: Malteser tray bake!


On a rainy, quiet Sunday afternoon at uni, my flatmates and I got quite bored, so we decided to do some baking. And this is what happened... *drum roll*... Malteser tray bake!

It was delish!

If you're interested in the recipe, this is how we did it: 

Ingredients:
  • 2 x 120g boxes of Maltesers 
  • 100g butter
  • 30ml (2tbsp) of golden syrup
  • 200g milk chocolate 
  • Digestive biscuits
Method:
  1. Melt the butter, golden syrup and chocolate in a pan
  2. Stir the crushed biscuits and the Maltesers in to the mix
  3. Pop it into a baking tin and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours to set 
  4. Cut into squares and eat!!
This is so tasty and between us didn't last long, and the best bit was how easy it is to make. Definitely worth a go if you're bored and stuck inside!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Inspiration

So I'm not feeling very motivated at the moment, so as per usual I looked at some inspirational images on Pinterest to help, I've printed some off and stuck them on the wall behind my desk as a reminder, but I thought I would also share with you some of my favourites.



If you want to see more inspirational quotes, check out my board on Pinterest » here!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Apps I can't live without

I love my iPhone and I certainly couldn't live without that, or my Macbook come to that. But there are definitely also some apps that I use pretty much every day that I just don't how I coped without not having them before!

Evernote 

This app is sooooo useful. I use it all the time. Before coming to University, I used it to keep notes of various things, but now I use it to keep all my lecture notes, seminar readings, essay plans, to do lists, everything in. I have it synched on my phone, tablet and laptop so I can access everything straight away. It's by far the best note taking app I have used (and I have tried many!)

Pinterest  

I love the Pinterest app. A little too much - I've often found myself browsing pins instead of concentrating whole-heartedly on my lectures (I know- this is not good). The app is very well designed and so lovely to use, and a bit too easy to spend too many hours on it! My pinterest is here just in case you were wondering ;)

iTranslate 

Being a language student, this app has come in handy many of occasions. It's not always 100% accurate but it can be very useful for the odd forgotten word.

iPlayer Radio 

This app I use so much. Whenever I'm in my room I have radio 1 playing, I hate silence! I often put my phone in my radio/docking station and have it playing out of that - it's so irritating not being able to get any sort of signal in my room, even DAB! I love the new playlist feature on the app too.

7 Minute Workout 

As mentioned in my previous post, I've been doing a 7 minute workout (almost) daily, and this app helps motivate me. I've tried more than one of these apps and "Seven" by Perigee is the best, as it tells you when to change sides, stop etc. I actually enjoy using this app!
Since I've had my new phone (and more memory!) I've been downloading lots of apps and trying out new ones, but these are my favourite ones!

What are your favourite apps? 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

New Years Resolutions

So we're nearly half way through January but I'm still a bit unsure of my resolutions for this year. I'd already decided them for 2013 before the year even started but this year my mind draws a blank. There's nothing I drastically want to change with my life, which I guess is a good thing! One of my preliminary resolutions was to 'be more healthy'. I say this every year though and it only really goes to plan for 1 month maybe 2. Now I'm at university though and have a gym membership and cook my own meals I feel I could be more successful at this. So far I've done a 7 minute work out every day I've been back at Uni except yesterday (I needed to let my body recover from the shock of exercising!) and apart from an aching body, I actually feel so much better already, so I really want to keep that up. I've also been getting my 5 a day which is also brill.

But other than that (and I'm not even sure if that counts) I don't have any set in stone resolutions for this year. I just plan on making the most of every day, especially as my first term of uni has flown past and I have a feeling my whole time here will.

What are your new years resolutions for 2014?

Friday, 10 January 2014

Friday Favourites



First Friday back at university and here are my favourites for the week!

1. Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices

Wow. I can't get enough of these. Oranges are very Christmassy for me and these are perfect for a (sort of healthy) post-christmas-blues snack! Find the recipe here

2. Sherlock

I don't think there's much explanation needed here, but after the cracker of an episode on New Years Day, I'm so keen for the third episode on Sunday!

3. Netflix

Clearly uni hasn't been setting me enough work... ha, I wish. But Netflix is just a bit too good at procrastination, as in, watching just one episode isn't possible, but watching a whole season in one sitting almost definitely is.

4. Nail Varnish

This colour in particular goes perfect with my winter coat and looks super pretty on. Also it hardly chips and so is definitely a favourite of mine. 
Get it at Superdrug here

5. The truth

I love this quote. I have had many setbacks in the last few years, and not giving up has certainly paid off! Don't give up on your goal no matter what gets in the way.