August Catch Up ❤️

Another month nearly done. Where has the year gone? Can’t believe we’re nearly in September. Summer holidays are nearly over and I will soon be starting my third and final year of uni. Ok so i have another month really but all my exciting things are finished with for now.

August,as I mentioned Iast month was going to be a busy month. And busy it was but a very lovely month all the same.

On the 4th myself and mum travelled up to my nans for a few weeks which was where some of the things we had planned took place.

On Wednesday the 6th, we went to the Audrey Hepburn exhibition which I’d been excited about since we booked it back in March. It was a long wait but so worth it. The exhibition was beautiful,full of photographs of Audrey throughout her career. You can read my blogpost about the exhibition here. 

I won tickets through Twitter to see The Railway Children again which we went to on the Friday. It was lovely seeing my nan experience such a beautiful,well acted play. It’s become one of my favourites. If you want to read my review about the show you can do here. 

That was it for the first week and I came out of the theatre on a low because the things we were looking forward to were over. I spent the rest of the weekend and until Wednesday of the following week reading All the Bright Places,a beautiful book written by the talented Jennifer Niven about mental illness. It left me with all the feels as you can probably tell from my review. 

On Wednesday me and mum went to Camden for the day,as she had never been and I wanted to show her where I had my work experience at TV Choice. We ended up finding the Roundhouse which had a pretend beach on the roof so we went and sat for a while drinking lemonade before exploring the rest of Camden. I’m in love with Camden Market.

Thursday me and mum had an early start bracing rush hour to get to Egham for a day at the Runnymeade Hotel as I was very lucky to win a spa day. Included was a fully body massage,lunch and use of the spa facilities. It was a lovely relaxing day and one I hope to relive in the future,when I have the money.

I spent the rest of the time at my nans watching TV, reading and having a well needed catch up with my cousins before coming home on the Monday.

It wasn’t long before we were off again. We had a days rest before going to see the play Flare Path in Eastbourne, on the wednesday, a play produced by the Original Theatre Company(the same people behind Birdsong). It was lovely to see some of the crew again(Lauren Barclay,stage manager and Alastair Whately,artistic director of the company and actor in the show) and meet Olivia Hallinan who I’ve been a fan of since I saw her in Girls in Love way back in 2001.

I caught up with a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in ages this last week and done some baking in the form of a massive jammy dodger biscuit.

That’s it for this month. Hope you’re all well and enjoyed your August. More from me next month.

Lots of love ❤️


  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

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Sunkissed Book Review 

  Title: Sunkissed

Author: Jenny McLachlan

He watches me with his dark eyes. I take a deep breath,then I shut my eyes and I jump’

Kat can’t believe she’s been banished to Sweden for the summer! How will she survive without her friends,or even a phone signal?

But once in the land of saunas,nudity and summer sun Kat soon realises its not just about boys,what she’s wearing or how straight her hair is. It’s time to embrace who she really is,underneath what people expect her to be. 

Can Kat find her own way to shine?’

Although originally not on my summer reading list,the lovely people at Bloomsbury sent me a copy of Sunkissed to review for site Maximum Pop. 

Having never read any books by Jenny before I was excited to discover a new author. I was gripped from the first page which is important to me when reading a book. I quickly found myself drawn to the main character of Kat and really enjoyed reading her story. 

These days it seems we are incapable of being off our phones for less than five minutes(I am definately guilty of this) so I could most definately relate to Kat’s situation when she was told she was being sent to Sweden for a month without phone service. 

I loved Jenny’s writing and how relatable and strong the characters are within the book. Particularly those of Kat and Pearl. We all have that friend who isn’t afraid to say something,regardless of the consequences and I love how that was portrayed within the character of Pearl. 

I really enjoyed this book and would definately recommend it. I look forward to reading her others. 

All the Bright Places Book Review

  
     
Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven

“Theodore Finch wants to take his own life. I’m broken,and no one can fix it.

Violet Markey is devastated by her sisters death. In that instant we went plowing through the guardrail,my words died too.

They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower,and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves. 

I send a message to Violet: You are all the colours in one,at full brightness.

You’re so weird,Finch. But that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me. 

But,as Violet’s world grows,Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?”

I don’t know where to begin with this review because I’m still reeling from this one.

What a beautiful, heartfelt, funny, lovely, sad masterpiece. This book will hit you right in the heart. It’s perfect in every way. 

You’ll root for Finch and Violet to overcome their problems and get through it together. Although I don’t suffer with mental illness myself I agree when people have said its one of the best books that raises awareness of such a serious issue. 

It’s one of those books not only that you’ll enjoy,but one of those that will make you think and learn something.

Audrey Hepburn:Portraits of an Icon Exhibiton 

  
Having been a fan of Audrey Hepburn since I was 15 I was so excited to attend this exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery-and it certainly didn’t disappoint. 

Audrey Hepburn was one of the most iconic actresses of her time. So much so that her legacy still lives on today. 

The Audrey Hepburn:Portraits of an Icon Exhibition features 70 unseen images of the actress from her days studying ballet in the war,her west end debut in Gigi and her impressive film career. 

Dedicated by her sons Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti,these photographs,taken by the likes of Cecil Beaton and Richard Avendon,give a beautiful insight into the life and career of a true Hollywood icon who’s life will continue to live on through this gorgeous exhibition. 

If you’re a fan of Audrey Hepburn or photography,then this exhibition is most definitely for you. 

The Audrey Hepburn:Portraits of an Icon Exhibiton runs until the 18th October at the National Portrait Gallery,London.

  

Room at the Top Book Review 

Title: Room at the Top

Author: John Braine   
  

“I was a devil of a fellow,I was the lover of a married woman,I was taking out the daughter of one of the richest men in Warley,there wasn’t a damn thing I couldn’t do.

“The ruthlessly ambitious Joe Lampton rises swiftly from the petty bureaucracy of local government into the unfamiliar world of inherited wealth,fast cars and glamorous women. But the price of success is high and betrayal and tragedy strikes as Joe Lampton pursues his goals”

I downloaded the two part series based on this book about a month ago and loved it. So much so that I’ve watched it five more times since. 

When I found out it was based on a book I seeked it out,finding it on eBay for 75p. Bargain. 

Having watched the TV series first,I had a general idea of how the characters looked and sounded in my head. 

Room at the Top takes you on a whirlwind of a journey from Joe’s time when he lived in the rundown town of Dufton to his new life at the top in Warely. Ideally he’s a ladies man,constantly flirting with every woman he’s sees. 

When he joins the Warley players,a theatre group he meets and becomes smitten with Susan Brown,a young woman who has grown up in wealth. 

Whilst trying to pursue her,Joe also becomes friends and ends up having an affair with Alice Aisgill,an older married women. 

Throughout the book you’ll begin to feel for Joe in his relationships. On one hand there’s Alice,a woman he loves,one who would look after him and love him fully. Then on the other hand there’s Susan,a young girl who enjoys the ballet and loves Joe with all her heart. But Joe is torn between being able to be with Alice and have his reputation taken away or a wealthy life and a job he’s happy with if he married Susan. 

What I loved about this book was the way Braine set out the backstory of each character. How it took me this long to read I’ve no idea. 

I would definitely recommend this book if you’re a fan of books set in the 1950s.