Thursday, 2 July 2015

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E5 'She's No Angel' *Contains Spoilers*

It's recap time again! This week's episode, titled She's No Angel, marked the halfway point for the so-called #SummerOfAnswers and was certainly an interesting one. As usual spoilers are after the jump!


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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Character Style Inspiration - Maddie Conrad (Nashville)

Images of Lennon Stella via imdb.com & tvline.com

Today's post is all about the wardrobe of Maddie Conrad, the Nashville teen portrayed by Lennon Stella. On the show Maddie is one of the daughters of country music superstar Rayna James (Connie Britton), who loves music and performs as part of a duo with little sister Daphne (Lennon's real-life sister Maisy Stella).

Maddie's wardrobe is perfectly suited to an aspiring country artist. Full of boho vibes, earthy tones, embroidered detailing and lots of pieces from stores like Free People, her outfits are always effortlessly stylish. The young musician's best accessory is of course her beloved guitar, but when it comes to fashion she can often be seen sporting layered necklaces and simple bracelets or subtle rings.

Shop the look: Fairisle Cardigan, House Of Fraser £62 | Sleeveless Embroidered Top, House Of Fraser £54.60 | Converse All Star Sneakers, Net-A-Porter £45 | Levi's 501 Jeans, Net-A-Porter £59.50 | Embroidered Blouse, House Of Fraser £39 | Layered Necklace, Accessorize £12.50 | Embroidered Sweatshirt, My Theresa £156 | Cowboy Boots, Amazon £41.30 | Blue Sweatshirt, John Lewis £49.50 | Paisley Print Cami, New Look £12.99 | Floral Kimono Jacket, River Island £40 | Lace Peplum Top, New Look £14.99 | Distressed T-Shirt, Farfetch £82.53

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

June Reads & Reviews

june books
Images via goodreads.com, books marked * c/o Netgalley

*Contains spoilers for The Selection trilogy

This month I made my way through just three novels and one short story. First up is The Heir (Kiera Cass, 2015), the latest book in The Selection series. Although the first three books followed America and Maxon's story, this new novel is the first in a new chapter set eighteen years later which focuses on their eldest daughter Eadlyn who is to become Queen. In an attempt to win back the hearts of the public Eadlyn's parents ask her to take part in her own Selection, the first ever with a female doing the choosing. The format is similar to the first three novels but this time the perspective is flipped as we are reading from the point of view of the no-nonsense Princess rather than one of the contestants. Just like the other books in the series it's protagonist has divided opinions so I think it will be interesting to see how Eadlyn's character develops in the next book. Whilst I don't think it was completely necessary to continue this series with a new generation it was nice to see a fresh twist on the idea.

My next read is one that everyone has been talking about recently; Only Ever Yours (Louise O'Neill, 2014). The dark and thought-provoking novel (and recent YA Book Prize winner) is set in a time where girls are created, not born, and are designed to be 'perfect'. The girls, or eve's, of the school are trained to please men, each pinning all of their hopes on being chosen as companions - wives to the wealthy and mothers to sons - forced to compete against each other for the top rankings on a daily basis. The girls are under a lot of pressure from staying on target weight, to looking beautiful and being in control of their emotions. The book definitely has an interesting concept, and explores dark themes with a distinctive ending that seems to be dividing readers.

Speaking of darker reads I also decided to pick up short story The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1892) after it played a part in one of the books I read last month, The Ruining by Anna Collomore. After hearing it mentioned in Collomore's novel I was keen to find out more about the famous story which is based on the author's own experience with mental health issues and the 'rest cure'. It's a short story and you can find it to read online for free.

The final book this month is Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls* (Lynn Weingarten, 2015) which I received for review via Netgalley. The novel follows teenager June whose ex-best friend Delia commits suicide leaving June with a whole lot of questions. When Delia's boyfriend puts doubt in her mind by suggesting that she was in fact murdered, June begins to conduct her own investigation but what she finds is beyond anything she ever could have imagined. I've really been enjoying this type of YA crime/mystery novel recently so the book definitely came along at the right time. I'll be talking a little more about this one over at Blogger's Bookshelf soon - only a little though as I wouldn't want to give too much away about the mysterious plot!

Reviews posted in June... Paper Jewelry: 55 Projects For Reusing Paper*, Barbara Baumann (2015) | Dangerous Girls, Abigail Haas (2013)

What did you read this month?
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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E4 'Don't Look Now' *Contains Spoilers*

Long time, no blog! Unfortunately after a bit of a busy week I haven't had a chance to post anything here since my last PLL recap (although I have been working away on post for Blogger's Bookshelf & YA Love!), but I'm hoping to get back on top of my schedule soon. For now though it's back to PLL and a recap of the latest epsiode titled Don't Look Now. As always spoilers are after the jump!



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