August Reads

Books books books. My favourite form of self care! Here’s what I read in August.

 

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On the Other Side / Carrie Hope Fletcher

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open. Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .

 

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Hot Mess / Lucy Vine
Ellie Knight is just like you. Her life isn’t turning out the way she thought it would. Some people might say she’s a hot mess but then who really has their s**t together anyway?
It’s Valentine’s Day and Ellie finds herself eating Nutella in the bar stockroom after a no-show date.But single doesn’t have to be the loneliest number, does it?She goes back home to her flatshare and weird flatmates.It’s ok there’s black mould everywhere, right?
With a hangover from hell, she goes to the office job she thought she would have quit by now. Doesn’t everyone hate their job? Maybe Ellie isn’t following the *official life plan* but perfect is overrated. For fans of Fleabag and Girls, this is a fresh and funny coming-of-age story with a single-girl heroine that everyone will relate to – a modern Carrie Bradshaw meets Bridget Jones.

I thought this book was absolutely hilarious. Definitely a modern day Bridget Jones.

 

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The Curvy Girls Club / Michele Gorman

Meet best friends Pixie, Ellie, Katie and Jane. Fed up with always struggling to lose weight, they start a social club where size doesn’t matter. Soon it’s the most popular place to be – having fun instead of counting carbs. And the girls suddenly find their lives changing in ways they never imagined. But outside the club, things aren’t as rosy, as they struggle with the ups and downs of everyday life.

I seen this book a while back and it looked like one of these easy read chic lits so I bought it. I loved this book so much. I couldn’t get into it for the first couple of chapters because there was so many characters but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. It’s such a heart warming read but with real life issues too! I immediately bought the second book and started reading it as soon as I’d finished the first!

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The Curvy Girls Baby Club / Michele Gorman

Ellie is fresh back from her honeymoon and can’t wait to share her news with her best friends Katie and Jane. To everyone’s surprise, mother-of-two Jane has news of her own… The women are due a day apart, on December 25th and 26th, and Katie can’t wait to be an honorary aunt to the babies. But it’s hard to keep your sense of humor, not to mention your self-esteem, in the face of hemorrhoids and elasticated waistbands. Add a clingy mother-in-law, a career in cardiac arrest and a sex life that makes Mother Theresa look lusty, and soon their lives are as out of control as their bodies. As the co-founders of The Curvy Girls Club, where loving yourself is the only rule, will the friends be able to practice what they preach?

I loved finding out even more about the characters in the short novella that came after The Curvy Girls Club.

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The Girlfriend / Michelle Frances

Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart but she hasn’t had the same opportunities as Daniel. And she wants Laura’s life. Cherry comes to the family wide-eyed and wants to be welcomed with open arms, but Laura suspects she’s not all that she seems.  When tragedy strikes, an unforgiveable lie is told. It is an act of desperation, but the fall-out will change their lives forever.

Not what I expected but it was absolutely fantastic! I was addicted from the start. I began reading it thinking Laura was the villain but oh, how I was wrong! Excellent read.

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When the Music’s Over / Peter Robinson

When the body of a young girl is found in a remote countryside lane, evidence suggests she was drugged, abused and thrown from a moving van – before being beaten to death.
While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 14-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks must do the same – but the crime Banks is investigating is the coldest of cases. Fifty years ago Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused at the centre of a historical abuse investigation and it’s Banks’s first task as superintendent to find out the truth.
As more women step forward with accounts of Caxton’s manipulation, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence. With his investigation uncovering things from the past that would rather stay hidden, he will be led down a path even darker than the one he set out to investigate

This is one of the first crime books I have read and oh my, I can tell I am now going to be addicted. I’ve always loved watching Crime Dramas so I don’t know why I have never read them. This was such a gripping read and I am definitely going to be reading more of the DCI Banks series.

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This Raging Lights / Estelle Laure

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother.

I absolutely loved this book! I’ve not found a YA read in so long that I’ve completely fallen in love with. I loved everything about this read and the characters were all absolutely great! I want to know more though!! Does the girls mum come back?

 

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder / Sarah Barnard

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. 
From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

I really enjoyed this book and it was so lovely but Steffi kinda annoyed me. I loved Rhys though, he was adorable.

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Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses / Carole Matthews
Christie Chapman is a single working mother who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It can be tough just getting through the day but Christie has always found comfort in her love of crafting and any spare time she has is spent in her parents’ summerhouse working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed birthday cards to personalised gifts, Christie’s flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it’s not long before opportunity comes knocking. All of a sudden Christie sees a different future for her and Finn – one full of hope and possibility, and if the handsome Max Alexander is to be believed, one full of love too. It’s all there for the taking.And then, all of sudden, Christie’s world is turned upside down.Christie knows that something has to give, but what will she choose? Will she give up her dreams and the chance of real love? What price will she pay for doing the right thing? Can Christie find her happy ending?

I’ve been a fan of Carole Matthews since reading The Chocolate Lover’s Diet. Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses was a fantastic and heartwarming read. At some bits I had to push myself on to continue reading but it was definitely worth it. Such a lovely book.

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Blood Sisters / Jane Corry

Three little girls set off to school one sunny May morning. 
Within an hour, one of them is dead. Fifteen years later, Alison and Kitty are living separate lives. Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here, or her life before it. Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right. But someone is watching Kitty and Alison.
Someone who wants revenge for what happened that day. 
And only another life will do.

This book was honestly incredible! The only downfall was that it took until 25% into it until things actually started happening. But then I guess that also represents the way Kitty’s memory worked. Honestly, such an amazing plot.

 

What have you been reading this month? Leave me recommendations please!

Much love,

louise-x

 

Louise Chatters August

August has been busy but I feel like I’ve been saying that for the past few months. I now have a few days off as annual leave and I am so excited to get some rest.

I got to start the month in THE best way possible and got to meet one of the greatest people ever, Laura! She was in Edinburgh for the week so we planned to meet up and it was such a good day. When I meet new people my mind goes crazy, overthinking the silliest things like, how long are we gonna spend together? What if I’m boring? But honestly, I knew I shouldn’t have worried because Laura is an absolute gem. We spent the whole day together and from the get go it was so natural. I honestly laughed so much and it was so great to finally meet her and I know it won’t be the last we see of each other! We went to the most amazing chocolate cafe and then went for a dander and then for a drink at an outside bar watching live music. Such a GREAT day.

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Because Elliot and I are keeping on our flat for another year, I decided to make the living room a bit more homely for us since we both absolutely hated the big minging rug and green pillows that made the place feel so ew. I don’t know why we never did anything about it before but there’s only so much you can do when you’re renting a fully furnished place. So I got new cushion covers, a new rug and added some things to make it cosy for the autumn and winter months. I want a big piece of modern art or a large print for the main wall because our ceilings are so high that it feels so empty so hit me up if you have any recommendations (not too expensive obvs.)

 

As I said last moth, I started Slimming World and I’m actually enjoying it so much! I’m not going to the groups or anything because that’s just not me but I’m doing it online. I have officially lost a stone which has taken its time because I have been drinking like a fish when socialising. So my goal for the next month is to cut out the alcohol and hopefully the weight will keep coming off. I’ve managed to get regular exercise back in my life and have been mixing it up and trying new things so I’m looking forward to seeing progress.

 

 

 

I’ve been trying my best to clear out lots of stuff in the last month as I’ve realised it really calms me and makes me feel like I’ve achieved something. I even put together a post on my top 5 tips to declutter your life. I feel like my own personal space is the way I want it now and it feels so relaxing. Which has honestly worked wonders for my mental health.

 

 

Talking of mental health, therapy has been going well and we talk about lots of things and how I had no idea they were a part of my life. So that’s good I think. I don’t really like going into too much details about my sessions because the stuff I talk about is things that I never say out loud and it can make me feel vulnerable.

During the last weekend of the month, a group of my uni friends got together for drinks and it was SO good. It was amazing seeing everyone and even though we don’t get to see each other all the time, it’s so worth it when we do. Many stories were told and much gin was drunk.

 

 

September is gonna be a busy month at work but hopefully other aspects will quieten down a bit. But then again, I will probably make too many plans.

How has your month been?

Much love,

louise-x

August Favourites

Another month, more money spent and not saved. OH WELL. I tried not to spend toooo much money this month on stuff I didn’t need but it’s always good to treat yourself. Here is what I was loving this month…

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Violet Voss / Matte About You

I’ve been after a new palette for a while and to me, you can never have too many! Cult Beauty had 15% off certain pallets for a limited time and I’ve been dying to try out a couple of the Violet Voss eye shadow palettes. I went for Matte About You because I feel like I have lots of shimmer palettes. The colour range was also a winner as it is mostly neutral/warm shades which I think is perfect for transitioning into Autumn. Obviously I swatched all 20 shades as soon as it arrived and I actually cannot believe how pigmented these shadows are. There is little to no fall out when applying the shadows and I honestly 100% recommend this palette. I am buzzing to add more Violet Voss to my collection.

 

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Kiehls CleanserClearly Corrective™ /Purifying Foaming Cleanser

It was after a skin consultation at Kiehls that I bought this cleanser and I don’t think I will EVER look back. I’ve never had such a lightweight cleanser before that actually works! It builds up to a light foam and removes make up so so easily! I’ve been using this cleanser morning and night for just over a month now and I can honestly see such a difference in my skin. It has made my skin feel so fresh and it feels like it can actually breathe. You just need the smallest amount for it to work effectively so I know it’s going to last long!

 

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Edinburgh Gin / Rhubarb and Ginger

I have never been a gin drinker but this year it has happened. It started with Berry Bramble gin cocktails introduced to me by Emma and it has now gone on to gin and tonic. I feel like an adult. Emma introduced me to Edinburgh Gin / Rhubarb and Ginger and the flavour is outta this world. It tastes like them rhubarb and custard sweeties. Yummmy.

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When the Music’s Over / Peter Robinson

When the body of a young girl is found in a remote countryside lane, evidence suggests she was drugged, abused and thrown from a moving van – before being beaten to death.
While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 14-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks must do the same – but the crime Banks is investigating is the coldest of cases. Fifty years ago Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused at the centre of a historical abuse investigation and it’s Banks’s first task as superintendent to find out the truth.
As more women step forward with accounts of Caxton’s manipulation, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence. With his investigation uncovering things from the past that would rather stay hidden, he will be led down a path even darker than the one he set out to investigate

This is one of the first crime books I have read and oh my, I can tell I am now going to be addicted. I’ve always loved watching Crime Dramas so I don’t know why I have never read them. This was such a gripping read and I am definitely going to be reading more of the DCI Banks series.

 

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Karina Turnbull / Youtube channel

Honestly, I’ve lost count the amount of times Karina has said to me she’s properly going to get into Youtube after starting her channel at the beginning of the year. But HURRRAH. She’s done it. I’ve never been so proud of her ever. It’s taking so so much for her to post these videos and I honestly cannot believe how much her confidence has improved in the past year. I’ve enjoyed all her content so far and I can’t wait to see what else she’s gonna do. My personal fave is when she was sitting on boxes to film lip kit reviews and she fell through it. Watch it here.  This gal has come so so far and I know that she’d be overwhelmed if you could support her by subscribing to her channel if you like her content!

What have you been loving this month? Leave me a comment with any recommendations!

Much love,

louise-x

July Reads

July was a GOOOOOD month for books. Great, in fact. Check out what I was reading…

 

Wilde Like Me

Wilde Like Me / Louise Pentland

Meet Robin Wilde! You’ll make a friend for life and she’ll take you on a journey you’ll never forget …Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make up artist’s assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back. But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things just feel … grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew. Online dating is totally despair-inducing, and she worries every day about raising her little girl with self-confidence, courage and joy.What Robin longs for is someone (over the age of six) to share with – someone who’s always on her team. After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life. Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin’s way … Perhaps a man, perhaps the chance of a lifetime …What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?

Ahh, I had pre-ordered this and was so so excited when it arrived! I absolutely love Louise and just knew it would be a great read. It was so so funny at parts and I laughed out loud quite a few times!

 

My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life / Sophie Kinsella

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they? Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business. Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems. And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

This was hilarious from start to finish! I absolutely loved Katie. She’s one of the loveliest yet funny and straight talking characters I’ve ever read about. I love the plot and the ending and pretty much everything about the book. Although I was still so unsure of Demeter!

The Out of Office Girl

Out of Office Girl / Nicola Doherty

Alice Roberts is having a rubbish summer. She’s terrified of her boss, her career is stalling, and she’s just been dumped – by text message. But things are about to change… When her boss Olivia is taken ill, Alice is sent on the work trip of a lifetime: to a villa in Sicily, to edit the autobiography of Hollywood bad boy Luther Carson. But it’s not all yachts, nightclubs and Camparis. Luther’s arrogant agent Sam wants him to ditch the book. Luther himself is gorgeous, charming and impossible to read. There only seems to be one way to get his attention, and it’s not one her boss would approve of. Alice is out of the office, and into deep trouble…

A good book. Very easy read. Not a life changing book or anything but a really simple feel good read.

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Behind Closed Doors / BA Paris

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

Ohhhh, I loved this read. If you love a good suspense book then this is the one.

 

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The A to Z of Everything / Debbie Johnson

P is for Paris where it all began. J is for Jealousy where it all came undone. But the most important letter is F. F is for Forgiveness, the hardest of all. Sisters Poppy and Rose used to be as close as two sisters could be, but it’s been over a decade since they last spoke. Until they both receive a call that tells them their mother has gone – without ever having the chance to see her daughters reunited. Andrea, though, wasn’t the kind of woman to let a little thing like death stand in the way of her plans. Knowing her daughters better than they know themselves, she has left behind one very special last gift – the A-Z of Everything.

This was such a heartbreaking read. I related so much to Rose at the beginning but ended up loving Poppy just as much! Really conveys what grief is really like!

 

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Finding Audrey / Sophie Kinsella

Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start.And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

I think this story is an excellent representation of what it’s like living with social anxiety. I think it is a great way to educate young adults about anxiety and mental health in general. I was gutted that we didn’t get to find out what actually happened to Audrey at school.

 

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A Summer Fling / Milly Johnson

When dynamic, power-dressing Christie blows in like a warm wind to take over their department, five very different women find themselves thrown together at work. But none of them could have predicted the fierce bond of friendship that her leadership would inspire…Anna, 39, is reeling from the loss of her fiance, who ran off with a much younger woman. Her pride in tatters, these days Anna finds it difficult to leave the house. So when a handsome, mysterious stranger takes an interest in her, she’s not sure whether she can learn to trust again? Then there’s Grace, in her fifties, trapped in a loveless marriage with a man she married because, unable to have children of her own, she fell in love with his motherless brood. Grace worries that Dawn is about to make the same mistake: orphaned as a child, engaged to love-rat Calum, is Dawn more interested in the security that comes with his tight-knit, boisterous family? When a sexy, footloose rock singer catches her eye, will Dawn have the courage to follow her heart? At 28, Raychel is the youngest member of their little gang. And with a loving husband, Ben, and a cosy little nest for two, she would seem to be the happiest. But what dark secrets are lurking behind this perfect facade, that make sweet, pretty Raychel so guarded and unwilling to open up? Under Christie’s warm hand, the girls soon realise they have some difficult choices to make. Indeed, none of them quite realised how much they needed the sense of fun, laughter, and loyalty that abounds when five women become friends. It’s one for all, and all for one!

As you know by now, Milly Johnson is my fave author! And I absolutely love when she has more than one main character. I loved all the girls stories in this novel.The characters are all so realistic and you go through ever emotion with them!

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Stillhouse Lake / Rachel Caine

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom. With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

I was quite disappointed in this book to be honest. I felt like the book was so slow until the final 100 pages. I never give up on books but almost did with this one but I am glad I didn’t as the ending was great. I just wished more had happened earlier on in the book.

Have you got any recommendations for me? Let me know!

Much love,

louise-x

July Favourites

I feel like July was a reallllllllly long month but I don’t feel like I have many favourites at all! But the few things I was loving this month, very super amazing!

 

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NYX / Contour and Highlight Palette

I’d had my eye on this contour kit for so long and when I was in Milan, I bit the bullet and treated myself. I wasn’t sure how effective it would be on my skin as it’s a powder kit but I was so pleasantly surprised. There are different contour shades, some lighter and some darker which is great for different skin tones. I personally use the lighter tones as I’m quite pale. The highlights are just amazing! Again, there are four shades, and my favourite is the first shimmery one. When I wear it I feel like my face has been carved by angels. I love this product so much and what is great is that it is refillable and completely affordable at only £18.

NYX / Butter Lipstick / Mary Janes

I absolutely adore NYX lip products. And when I seen this absolutely gorgeous red shade, I had to have it. I’ve been obsessing over red lips recently, even though I can’t pull it off like Cheryl Blossom in Riverdale. Honestly, make up goals. I love this shade by NYX and it applies so smoothly. It can get a bit messy if you’re drinking coffee etc but it does last pretty long.

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Bellapierre / Cosmetic Banana Setting Powder

This product honestly sets my make up so well. I tip some onto my skin and leave it for a bit then brush the product over my face. I don’t use powders on my face anymore as it feels too heavy and it feels like it’s clogging my skin but honestly, this powder is so lightweight so I have been using it every day to set my makeup!

 

Love Island

I’ve been a Love Island loyal since season 1 and rooted so much for Hannah and Jon and in season 2, Kara and Nathan. Now season 3 has come to an end, I am lost. I haven’t really backed a couple from the beginning this season but I absolutely love love love both Camilla and Jamie. I was so chuffed for Amber and Kem winning cos they proved so many people wrong. Now I have Love Island blues.

 

Wilde Like Me

Wilde Like Me / Louise Pentland

Meet Robin Wilde! You’ll make a friend for life and she’ll take you on a journey you’ll never forget …Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make up artist’s assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back. But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things just feel … grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew. Online dating is totally despair-inducing, and she worries every day about raising her little girl with self-confidence, courage and joy.What Robin longs for is someone (over the age of six) to share with – someone who’s always on her team. After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life. Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin’s way … Perhaps a man, perhaps the chance of a lifetime …What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?

Ahh, I had pre-ordered this and was so so excited when it arrived! I absolutely love Louise and just knew it would be a great read. It was so so funny at parts and I laughed out loud quite a few times!

And I think that’s it for this month! What have you been loving?

Much love,

louise-x

Louise Chatters: July

Well well well… What a busy month! I think anyways. I feel like I’ve not had a minute to myself all month but obviously that’s not true. I’ve spent most weekends socialising though which is good for me!

At the beginning of the month I took a trip home to meet my friends newborn. It was an incredible weekend and I had so much fun! And baby Lewis is an absolute beaut!

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I had a tapas and gin filled night with Karina, Elliot and Emma and it was such a chilled out and great night! The food doesn’t actually look that appetising but it was SO yummy!

Some of the girls from home came down for Sophie’s birthday and it was such a good night! I’ve not had a night out like that in such a long time and it was just so fabb!

Sophie and I treated ourselves to a spa day at the end of the month and went through to Falkirk for lunch and massages! It was such a lovely and relaxing day and we were both absolutely exhausted by the end of it. Tough life, huh?

I started Slimming World mid July and I’m actually enjoying it so much! I’m not going to the groups or anything because that’s just not me but I’m doing it online and I’ve lost 8.5lbs in two weeks! Chuffed doesn’t even cover it. So I’ve been doing lots of meal prep because I cannot be bothered to cook some nights after work! I’ve still been having the odd treats but shhhh.

 

Michael, Sophie, David and I also went to a Vintage Bus Museum in Fife. We had been drinking the night before so I wasn’t 100% myself but I honestly had such a good day! There was so much to see and it was a really interesting day out!

My mental health has been SO good this month so I’m taking it as it comes. There’s nothing better than feeling good! I’ve been doing lots of self care and reading lots and lots which has been making me super happy. And as always, the people in my life have been super fabby.

Fingers crossed next month is just as good! What have you been up tlouise-xo?

Much love,

 

June Favourites

I love sharing my favourites at the end of every month but I feel I didn’t have too many this month! I still had to share what I was loving because some of these products deserve a post of their own!

 

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Bondi Sands / Self Tanning Foam / Light-Medium

I’ve really wanted to start tanning as the sun is shining more and I’m feeling summery. I wanted to try a new product instead of the usual build up tan moisturisers or St Moritz for a night out. I had heard so many good reviews about Bondi Sands so I bit the bullet and bought it. Probably one of the best purchasing decisions I have made. I am absolutely in love with it. Even when I use a tanning mitt with a gradual moisturiser, I always end up streaky. But with this, no streakiness at all! It also smells amazing. I love the coconut smell of this.

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L’Oreal / Infallible / 24H Matte Waterproof foundation

I had seen so many good reviews about this foundation online, especially by people who have oily skin. I went into Superdrug and tried out both the Infallible Total Coverage and Infallible 24H Matte. I usually always opt for a foundation that’s full coverage but I’ve been noticing my skin doesn’t need it as much in the summer months. I ended up choosing the 24H Matte over the Total Coverage as it seemed a lot more lighter and not as thick. I absolutely love this foundation and it honestly lasts all day! It took me a while to match my skin tone but in the end Natural Rose was absolutely perfect for my skin.

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Manna Kadar / Sheer Glo / Liquid Highlighter

I had never heard of this brand before so had no expectations at all when I received it in my Glossybox. I was so surprised at how much I loved this product! I’ve never used a liquid highlighter before so wasn’t quite sure I’d use this product. When applying, it doesn’t seem like much is going on your face but once you have blended, the pigmentation is amazing! I’d definitely repurchase this highlight.

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111SKIN / Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel

I received this product in June’s Glossybox. I’ve been looking o try out an eye cream for a while now so I thought, why not. But at the same time, I didn’t have high expectations as hardly any skin care products work on me. However, I’ve been using this for about two weeks now and I have actually noticed a difference in the skin around my eyes. The lines in this area are not as visible and my make up seems to be applying much smoother. The cream is lightweight which I love although it does crust slightly over night. I would recommend this product SO much but buying it in full size is very pricey!

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Benidorm / ITV

Benidorm is a British sitcom written by Derren Litten  for ITV. The series features an ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff at the Solana all-inclusive hotel in Benidorm Spain. I honestly have no idea why I have never watched it before cos it’s honestly hilarious. I loke having something to watch in the background when I’m tidying and doing other stuff and for this month, it has been Benidorm. Madge is definitely my favourite character!

I don’t feel like I have many favourites this month but I’m already loving so much that I have bought/discovered towards the end of the month so stay tuned for next months favourites. What have you been loving this month?

Much love,

louise-x