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It's been a long while since I've done a video on something other than books so I thought I would branch out. In this video I share some new purchases from Farmers.

Let me know if you enjoy these types of videos. I'm planning on doing another clothing haul and to come up with some other creative fashion video ideas.

Ashley xx





Farmers Fashion Haul

Thursday, 23 February 2017


It's been a long while since I've done a video on something other than books so I thought I would branch out. In this video I share some new purchases from Farmers.

Let me know if you enjoy these types of videos. I'm planning on doing another clothing haul and to come up with some other creative fashion video ideas.

Ashley xx






This post has been well overdue and I've always been reminded so whenever I see the pile of books I still need to review. It's been a while since I've read some of these books so hopefully as I'm writing memories will start flooding back. The first two books are from Hachette NZ and the other two from HarperCollins NZ.

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The Lord of the Darkwood* by Lian Hearn is books 3 & 4 of The Tale of Shikanoko series. I haven't read any of the previous books so was unfamiliar with the story and the characters. For me I only really followed the story on the surface level. I kept getting lost with the characters, the places and the past story lines that I could fully comprehend the overall story's ending.  There are many characters which are followed, some change their names which led to my confusion as well as the hybrid/mythological figures. The books were inspired by medieval warrior tales of Japan which I though was very interesting as I find history as well as mythology fascinating. 

If you read and enjoyed the first books in the series you would enjoy it but as I have only read the ending I wasn't able to fully grasp the journey of the characters.

3 stars

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The House on Sunset Lake* by Tasmina Perry is a love story and is set in two different time periods. It kind of reminds me of the movie The Lake House but not as complex. Jim Johnson & Jennifer Wyatt first meet in 1995 when Jim's family spend the summer not far from Casa D'Or where Jennifer lives. It is the grand house which pulls the two back together twenty years later and we see the history of the relationship and how they deal with it as well as their current circumstances. 

Overall I really enjoyed it. It was easy to follow and is a little bit different to a typical love story. You get to see 1995s Jim & Jennifer's dreams for the future compared to where they end up in 2015.

 3.5 stars

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Girl in Pieces* by Kathleen Glasgow is a tough and emotional story which follows Charlie Davis's journey. The book's main theme is mental illness as well incorporating drug addiction through a character Charlie meets and is drawn to. The story is told from Charlie's perspective so we see her thought process, how she sees the world which is at most times overwhelming and negative. Her story is emotional as is her journey but at the end you get the sense of being proud of her. How she managed to get to the end of the book, on the way to an exciting opportunity and future.

3.5 stars

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It Was Only Ever You* by Kate Kerrigan is another love story this time covering two countries and a number of people. The story focuses on four characters who are intertwined. The first is Patrick Murphy who dreams of being a famous singer and is sent from his home in Ireland to the bright lights on 1950s New York. Rose, his first love, follows him there and gets caught up in Patrick's new life with Ava and Sheila. 

I did have an idea of how the story was going to go but I ended up being slightly wrong with the relationships between Patrick and the women not being all the same. I liked how the main four characters each had their own perspectives throughout the book as well as some minor characters which made it more interesting. The reader gets to see their fears, insecurities and you really get invested in their story.

3 stars

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Ashley xx
*Review copies 

Review | Lord of the Darkwood, It was Only Ever you, Girl in Pieces & The House on Sunset Lake

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


This post has been well overdue and I've always been reminded so whenever I see the pile of books I still need to review. It's been a while since I've read some of these books so hopefully as I'm writing memories will start flooding back. The first two books are from Hachette NZ and the other two from HarperCollins NZ.

______________________________________________________________

The Lord of the Darkwood* by Lian Hearn is books 3 & 4 of The Tale of Shikanoko series. I haven't read any of the previous books so was unfamiliar with the story and the characters. For me I only really followed the story on the surface level. I kept getting lost with the characters, the places and the past story lines that I could fully comprehend the overall story's ending.  There are many characters which are followed, some change their names which led to my confusion as well as the hybrid/mythological figures. The books were inspired by medieval warrior tales of Japan which I though was very interesting as I find history as well as mythology fascinating. 

If you read and enjoyed the first books in the series you would enjoy it but as I have only read the ending I wasn't able to fully grasp the journey of the characters.

3 stars

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The House on Sunset Lake* by Tasmina Perry is a love story and is set in two different time periods. It kind of reminds me of the movie The Lake House but not as complex. Jim Johnson & Jennifer Wyatt first meet in 1995 when Jim's family spend the summer not far from Casa D'Or where Jennifer lives. It is the grand house which pulls the two back together twenty years later and we see the history of the relationship and how they deal with it as well as their current circumstances. 

Overall I really enjoyed it. It was easy to follow and is a little bit different to a typical love story. You get to see 1995s Jim & Jennifer's dreams for the future compared to where they end up in 2015.

 3.5 stars

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Girl in Pieces* by Kathleen Glasgow is a tough and emotional story which follows Charlie Davis's journey. The book's main theme is mental illness as well incorporating drug addiction through a character Charlie meets and is drawn to. The story is told from Charlie's perspective so we see her thought process, how she sees the world which is at most times overwhelming and negative. Her story is emotional as is her journey but at the end you get the sense of being proud of her. How she managed to get to the end of the book, on the way to an exciting opportunity and future.

3.5 stars

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It Was Only Ever You* by Kate Kerrigan is another love story this time covering two countries and a number of people. The story focuses on four characters who are intertwined. The first is Patrick Murphy who dreams of being a famous singer and is sent from his home in Ireland to the bright lights on 1950s New York. Rose, his first love, follows him there and gets caught up in Patrick's new life with Ava and Sheila. 

I did have an idea of how the story was going to go but I ended up being slightly wrong with the relationships between Patrick and the women not being all the same. I liked how the main four characters each had their own perspectives throughout the book as well as some minor characters which made it more interesting. The reader gets to see their fears, insecurities and you really get invested in their story.

3 stars

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Ashley xx
*Review copies 

As a beauty lover I'm always excited to hear about new releases. More often than not I fall in love with them and want absolutely everything *sigh*. I thought it would nice to share the new releases I'm really excited about and really really want.


MAC Year of the Rooster

Eye shadow: Mulch (velvet), Honey Lust (lustre), Wedge (matte), Print (satin), Idol Eyes (lustre), Copperplate (matte), Girlie (satin), Shale (satin), Sweet Lust (satin).

Fleur Power (satin powder blush)


Dangerous (retro matte)


Peach Blossom (creamsheen)


Russian Red (matte)

Images supplied by MAC Cosmetics

This collection has been out for a while and it's absolutely gorgeous. They eye shadow palette is more neutral with some pink thrown in which just speaks to me and the three lipstick shades are stunning. Of course Russian Red hooked me in cause red lipstick is everything. Aside from the amazing shades I love this collection as it celebrates Chinese New Year and is year of the Rooster which is the year I was born in.

L'Oréal Beauty and Beast

Colour Riche Lipstick in Belle


Colour Oil Enamel in The Beast


Colour Riche Lipstick in The Rose


Colour Rich Lipstick in Lumiere

Images from Nylon

I love absolutely everything to do with Disney so of course I'm excited for the new Beauty and the Beast film. When I saw this collection pop up on the internet I got sooo excited as it's the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen.

As far as I can see there are seven sets of which there is a lipstick and nail polish. I'm honestly more excited for the lipsticks, the colours look amazing and of course I can't go past the packaging. It's stunning and just makes the collection special.


Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner


Rose Pearl


Brownie Glitz

Images from Feel Unique 

I first saw the Rose Pearl shade on Cass's blog and I of course fell in love with it. The other shade Brownie Glitz is also stunning, I would love to get my hands on those two.

What beauty releases are you excited for?

Ashley xx

Most lusted after beauty releases

Friday, 17 February 2017


As a beauty lover I'm always excited to hear about new releases. More often than not I fall in love with them and want absolutely everything *sigh*. I thought it would nice to share the new releases I'm really excited about and really really want.


MAC Year of the Rooster

Eye shadow: Mulch (velvet), Honey Lust (lustre), Wedge (matte), Print (satin), Idol Eyes (lustre), Copperplate (matte), Girlie (satin), Shale (satin), Sweet Lust (satin).

Fleur Power (satin powder blush)


Dangerous (retro matte)


Peach Blossom (creamsheen)


Russian Red (matte)

Images supplied by MAC Cosmetics

This collection has been out for a while and it's absolutely gorgeous. They eye shadow palette is more neutral with some pink thrown in which just speaks to me and the three lipstick shades are stunning. Of course Russian Red hooked me in cause red lipstick is everything. Aside from the amazing shades I love this collection as it celebrates Chinese New Year and is year of the Rooster which is the year I was born in.

L'Oréal Beauty and Beast

Colour Riche Lipstick in Belle


Colour Oil Enamel in The Beast


Colour Riche Lipstick in The Rose


Colour Rich Lipstick in Lumiere

Images from Nylon

I love absolutely everything to do with Disney so of course I'm excited for the new Beauty and the Beast film. When I saw this collection pop up on the internet I got sooo excited as it's the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen.

As far as I can see there are seven sets of which there is a lipstick and nail polish. I'm honestly more excited for the lipsticks, the colours look amazing and of course I can't go past the packaging. It's stunning and just makes the collection special.


Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliner


Rose Pearl


Brownie Glitz

Images from Feel Unique 

I first saw the Rose Pearl shade on Cass's blog and I of course fell in love with it. The other shade Brownie Glitz is also stunning, I would love to get my hands on those two.

What beauty releases are you excited for?

Ashley xx

I had originally done a video for January but I ran out of time to actually put it up, oops. Any who I hope you enjoy February's edition, I would love to know what books you are planning to read this month.

Ashley x



Books to Read in February

Tuesday, 14 February 2017


I had originally done a video for January but I ran out of time to actually put it up, oops. Any who I hope you enjoy February's edition, I would love to know what books you are planning to read this month.

Ashley x




I'm a very visual person, I like to look at pretty things (as does everyone) as well as things that inspire me and get me more motivated.

I decided to come up with a list of 'guidelines' which are basically personal things I want to work on. This visual reminder was inspired by Chole's 'list to remind myself daily' which is also stuck to my wall as all of the reminders applied to moi.

The point of this is that when I'm at my desk I can just look at the list to remind myself and start taking small steps. They're all pretty self explanatory. Just everything that I find annoying about myself and just cause a lot of stress and anxiety. 

If you want you can download it and then put it up somewhere.

What are some of your personal goals?

Ashley xx

Some Guidelines

Thursday, 9 February 2017


I'm a very visual person, I like to look at pretty things (as does everyone) as well as things that inspire me and get me more motivated.

I decided to come up with a list of 'guidelines' which are basically personal things I want to work on. This visual reminder was inspired by Chole's 'list to remind myself daily' which is also stuck to my wall as all of the reminders applied to moi.

The point of this is that when I'm at my desk I can just look at the list to remind myself and start taking small steps. They're all pretty self explanatory. Just everything that I find annoying about myself and just cause a lot of stress and anxiety. 

If you want you can download it and then put it up somewhere.

What are some of your personal goals?

Ashley xx

Hello again. So the whole getting back into blogging for 2017 failed to get started. Some stuff went down including doing a programme so basically I couldn't be motivated to come up with ideas, photograph and write. January I feel has always been messy and unorganised; at the start you're on holiday and then you have to figure out what your going to do and then it's February. This might just be me. One thing I did manage this month though was keeping note of my favourites.

2017 Diary
I got this diary from Typo and it's a weekly planner. I'm attempting to be more organised this year hence the diary. So far it's going ok, I sometimes forget to write in it/actually look through it... there's room for improvement.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Micellar Gel to Foam*
I've done a post about this product last year and my love for it has not dwindled. It's just so easy to use and also very convenient in that you just take the bottle and that's it. It's the only cleanser I've used since I received it and I'll probably won't use another till this is gone.

Purple Dressing Gown from Farmers
I got this for Christmas and it's one of my favourite pieces of clothing I have. It's soft, warm and I when I wear it I feel like I've turned into Anna. Safe to say it was one of the best gifts I got this Christmas.

Duolingo
Learning languages is something I'm really passionate about. I'm not sure what's the best way to learn a language, there's Rosetta Stone & Rocket Languages, but for now I'm trying out Duolingo. Italian has been the language I want to learn the most, I did do an intro course at uni but didn't got so well. I have started to notice I'm remembering things so that's good. I attempted to do French as well but ended up getting confused, I can't do two things at a time especially languages. It's takes me a while to learn.

What have you been loving in January?

Ashley xx
*PR Sample

January Favourites

Friday, 3 February 2017


Hello again. So the whole getting back into blogging for 2017 failed to get started. Some stuff went down including doing a programme so basically I couldn't be motivated to come up with ideas, photograph and write. January I feel has always been messy and unorganised; at the start you're on holiday and then you have to figure out what your going to do and then it's February. This might just be me. One thing I did manage this month though was keeping note of my favourites.

2017 Diary
I got this diary from Typo and it's a weekly planner. I'm attempting to be more organised this year hence the diary. So far it's going ok, I sometimes forget to write in it/actually look through it... there's room for improvement.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Micellar Gel to Foam*
I've done a post about this product last year and my love for it has not dwindled. It's just so easy to use and also very convenient in that you just take the bottle and that's it. It's the only cleanser I've used since I received it and I'll probably won't use another till this is gone.

Purple Dressing Gown from Farmers
I got this for Christmas and it's one of my favourite pieces of clothing I have. It's soft, warm and I when I wear it I feel like I've turned into Anna. Safe to say it was one of the best gifts I got this Christmas.

Duolingo
Learning languages is something I'm really passionate about. I'm not sure what's the best way to learn a language, there's Rosetta Stone & Rocket Languages, but for now I'm trying out Duolingo. Italian has been the language I want to learn the most, I did do an intro course at uni but didn't got so well. I have started to notice I'm remembering things so that's good. I attempted to do French as well but ended up getting confused, I can't do two things at a time especially languages. It's takes me a while to learn.

What have you been loving in January?

Ashley xx
*PR Sample

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