Monday, 30 November 2015

November Reads & Reviews

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At the beginning of the month I finished my unplanned "Morgan Matson-a-thon" with Second Chance Summer (2012), the tale of Taylor's summer in Pennsylvannia. Similarly to both Since You've Been Gone and Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, SCS was a really enjoyable contemporary read with lovable characters. If you're interested in finding out a little more about all three of Matson's YA novels hop on over to Blogger's Bookshelf where I recently shared my thoughts.

I actually intended to designate more time this month to catch up on my Netgalley reads but as usual managed to fail pretty miserably. I did however cross the most recent addition off the list, October horror release Monsterland* (Michael Phillip Cash, 2015). The book is all about the opening night of a Jurassic Park-esque attraction housing real-life zombies, werewolves and vampires. With a cinematic feel to the writing and a few sneaky twists and turns along the way I found that I enjoyed reading something a little bit different. 

November was also the month I remembered how terribly I've been failing at my re-reads challenge. Since completing my third re-read of the year (Tim Burton's The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy) back in April, I've dipped in and out of a few others but not managed to finish any of them. So, during November I wanted to make a little time to fit one in, and I knew just the book for the job! Despite having only read it for the first time back in May, I was keen to revisit Abigail Haas' YA thriller Dangerous Girls (2013) so that's exactly what I did - more on that soon!

Reviews posted this month: Edward Scissorhands Vol 2: Whole Again*, Kate Leth & Drew Rausch (2015) | Monsterland*, Michael Phillip Cash (2015)

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

#paperhaul:featured - Helz Illustrates

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Disclaimer: I purchased this box using the #paperhaul blogger discount 

November's edition of #paperhaul has a theme that can only be described as adorable! Featuring designs created by Helz Illustrates, the box is full of unicorns and rainbows in an array of pastel tones that are sure to put a smile on your face.

Included in this month's box are two postcards, a roll of washi tape, a notebook, three notecards, a sticker sheet and a 'You're Fabulous Like A Unicorn' card. As you can see the box is very different to last month's, but as I've mentioned in the past the variety of styles is one of my favourite things about the #paperhaul box.

One of the first things that I noticed about the box was that the majority of the items have a matte finish, which I personally really love. This month's postcards also have rounded corners which is a really nice touch! I think my favourite item from the box would have to be the 'You Are Magical' postcard pictured below, and I'll definitely be putting it to good use by sending some snail mail soon!

If you're interested in treating yourself to the next #paperhaul box you can sign up at Crafty Creatives for just £10 a month.

Don't forget to catch up on my review of last month's box which showcased the work of Rory J Murphy!

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Monday, 9 November 2015

Character Style Inspiration - Chanel Oberlin (Scream Queens)

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You can't tell me you didn't see this one coming guys! Ever since I first saw the trailer for Ryan Murphy's latest creation Scream Queens I knew it would be an absolute treasure trove for my Character Style series! With the recent launch of the show in the UK, I thought it was about time I shared a style inspiration feature on lead character Chanel Oberlin.

The head sorority girl played by Emma Roberts loves everything luxe and can always be found dressed head to toe in designer labels, including her namesake Chanel of course! Texture also plays a big part in Chanel's wardrobe, with fur, feathers, leather, boucle, sequins and lace all making frequent appearances. When it comes to accessories Chanel is a big fan of pearls, sporting both necklaces and earrings adorned with the precious gemstone. You also are unlikely to find her wearing flats... despite the fact that she's on the run from the Red Devil!

Shop the look: Feather Mini Dress, Grazia Shop £215 | Sequined Mini Skirt, The Outnet £126 (on sale) | Pussybow Blouse, Dorothy Perkins £22 | Nails in 'Cuddle, Little Ondine £8.40 | Socks, American Apparel $13 | Faux Fur Stole, Topshop £15 (on sale) | Lace Bralet, New Look £4 (on sale) | Sequin Backpack, (currently unavailable) | Faux Pearl Bracelet, John Lewis £25 | Polo Shirt, House Of Fraser £29 | Mini Satchel, Shopbop (no longer available online) | Dogtooth Skirt, George at ASDA £12 | Faux Fur Jacket, M&S £85 | Belt, £64 (on sale) | Lace-up Heels, AX Paris (no longer available online) | Cropped Jumper, Glamorous £24 | Gemstone Ear Jackets, Forever 21 £4.50 | Boucle Skirt, River Island (no longer available online) | Sunglasses, Liberty £675 | Ankle-strap Platforms, ASOS (no longer available online) | Quilted Skirt, Topshop £22 (on sale) | NYX Matte Lipstick in Pink, Very £8.99 | Raffia Boucle Jacket, Topshop £30 (on sale) | Collar Necklace, Barneys Warehouse $49 (on sale) | Pearl Drop Earrings, Miss Selfridge £3 (on sale)

I'll be sharing more Scream Queens style inspiration soon, including features on Grace Gardner (Skyler Samuels) and Zayday Williams (Keke Palmer). In the meantime here are a couple of other Character Style posts featuring Emma Roberts: Maggie Esmerelda | Madison Montgomery

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

#paperhaul:featured - Rory J. Murphy

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Last week the second box in the new #paperhaul:featured series landed on my doorstep and as always I was eager to find out what goodies would be inside this month! The second talented artist to be featured is Rory J. Murphy who created a selection of items inspired by film noir, showcasing a complete different style from the previous box.

Included in this box are three notecards, a roll of washi tape, two postcards and a 'femme fatale' card, as well as a striking sticker sheet featuring a whole host of unique characters. Similarly to last month there is also a themed notebook, this time with dotted pages and a reversible cover. The majority of this month's items are black and white, reflecting the theme perfectly, but there are also a few simple pops of colour with the notecards and washi tape. My top pick from this month's box would have to be the postcards as I particularly love the style of them, especially with the sleek matte finish. 

Overall I'm excited to see something a little different from #paperhaul this month and love that the box has a real cinematic feel to it. So far I'm really enjoying the 'featured' series and I can't wait to find out what November's box will bring!

If you're interested in treating yourself to the next #paperhaul box you can sign up at Crafty Creatives for just £10 a month.

Don't forget to catch up on my review of last month's box which showcased the work of Eilidh Bruce!
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