Archives for August 2010


So you might have noticed that I’m not really a beauty blogger (I wouldn’t really define myself as a fashion blogger either, but I’m probably closer to fashion than beauty if you feel the need to define what my random thoughts are all about)

This is probably a good example of why:

This is what happens the day after I paint my nails. Every. Single. Time.

They just get destroyed! I’ve tried so many brands. I’ve tried the base coats, top coats, anything I can get my hands on in the little Boots near my work.

The only time that nail varnish has stayed on my fingernails for more than 2 days without chipping was when we went to House of Fraser and had manicures from Nails Inc.

Am I doomed to a life of having to have manicures all the time? Wouldn’t that be a shame. Damn and blast.

Review: The Carrie Diaries

As many of you know, I am not a fan of Sex and the City. As a 26 year old from a small city in the North of England, I find it difficult to relate to a 40 something single woman, playing the field in New York. (In case you didn’t know, Chester isn’t very much like New York.)

So when I heard about “The Carrie Diaries“, it made me thing that maybe I’d be able to enjoy and possibly relate to Miss Bradshaw. OK, so its based in the 80’s, but I was a huge fan of the various “Sweet Valley” series back in the day and I quite enjoyed the flashback episode of Gossip Girlback to Serenas mums teenage years (although the amount of actors from Veronica Marsconfused me a little. Did Kristen Bell get them all minor roles? Whatev. I still love Dick, even more so when he is a Billy Idol wannabe). I wanted to like this book.

But, no. I just couldn’t get into it at all. This was my second time of reading it, and I find it just as hard relating to 17 year old Carrie in Connecticut, as I do to late 30’s Carrie in New York.

Perhaps you have to be a die hard SatC fan to enjoy this book. Personally, I think thats a real shame though. There was potential in the book to attract a new, younger audience into the franchise – and isn’t that every persons aim who is selling something? New customers?

It could have been so much more, it could even have become a series of books – why try and cram a whole year into one book? To copy Sweet Valley High would have been a bit much (how many times did the twins get in life threatening danger? Still love it though) but something more along the lines of the Georgia Nicholson series (if you’ve not read that series, do. Its so funny, even though it’s, again, a YA series)

The Carrie Diaries felt rushed through with cramming the year into one book, and certain parts of the book felt as if they had been added in at the last minute to sort of fore shadow the TV series.

If this book had been thought about a bit more, then it could have been brilliant. Sadly, this is a book that is going to stay on my bookshelf most of the time, not one to read and re-read

HtCC: Maria Allen Jewellery

Today, I am mostly wanting some of Maria Allen’s Jewellery And by that, I don’t mean I want to go, beat her up and steal it from her. What sort of person do you lot take me for?!

This gold crane necklace is so pretty. The paper crane is apparently a symbol of peace, and comes on a gold plated chain. (£19)

I’m not really a fan of gold jewellery if I’m honest, so the Stirling Bird necklace is much more likely to be seen around my neck. Its only £22 as well, which is pretty reasonable I think!

This 18k matte gold Chair Necklace is keeping in with this years Alice in Wonderland theme. (£12)

This is my absolute favourite though. I love typography (such a nerd!) and this is subtle enough to be worn everyday. (I have necklaces that I can’t really wear everyday, because it would mean having to explain what it meant to people!) The Ampersand Necklace is gold plated, and costs £13.50.

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