So this was suppose to go up on Friday but some stuff happened and I only managed to get the video up very early this morning.

It's been just over a month since I did a video and thought it was well overdue. It's another beauty one this time with a pink theme, it will make sense when you watch it.

Feel free to leave suggestions for what other videos I could do. I always need ideas.

Ashley xx


YouTube | Pink Inspired Makeup Look

Monday, 31 October 2016


So this was suppose to go up on Friday but some stuff happened and I only managed to get the video up very early this morning.

It's been just over a month since I did a video and thought it was well overdue. It's another beauty one this time with a pink theme, it will make sense when you watch it.

Feel free to leave suggestions for what other videos I could do. I always need ideas.

Ashley xx



Both of these books are a part of trilogies. Bay of Sighs* is the second in The Guardians Trilogy, following Stars of Fortune*, and The City of Mirrors* is the third is the Passage series. I have read Stars of Fortune as well as the first book in the Passage series but not the second one. I was worried I was at a disadvantage but at the start of the book there was a summary of sorts so I was caught up with all the important details.

Bay of Sighs picks up right where Stars of Fortune finished with the group arriving in Capri. While the first book was more from Sasha's perspective and relationship with Bran this one is from Annika's perspective looking at her relationship with Sawyer. So the books kind of focus on each central characters relationships as well as the quest the group is on as a whole.

Annika is an interesting character, she's new to the human world so her view is that of a child. She's always learning and she doesn't want to let her friends down. The story follows the same premise as the first aside from focusing on Annika & Sawyer's relationship. As with the first book this one ends when the group travel to their final destination, Ireland, where the last star is. It's also the home of Bran & Doyle, the last book will be in Doyle's perspective so that will be interesting given he's lived quite a long time.

Overall I enjoyed this book, it's easy to read which makes it great for dreary days such as today.

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I first read the first book in the Passage series years ago and I remember being confused by it and found it hard to follow along. The book swaps between a number of perspectives, this trend continues to the last book. Unlike with the first I manged to keep up and wasn't entirely lost.

The series is dystopian and follows a group of people who have manged to survive after there was a viral outbreak a couple of centuries ago. I think there was a bit of a time jump between this and the last book, the characters in this book are a bit older and there hasn't been a viral sighting in 20 or so years.

The story gives a lot of backstory of Zero, the very first viral from which the disease came from thanks to some scientists. It was interesting to read about how the disease originated from a first hand account. Of course the virals hadn't disappeared all together so the remaining survivors battle to keep themselves safe from them and Amy, the girl who saves the world, confronts Zero.

I enjoyed it but found it more easy to get through if I had something else to read so I could switch between the two.

Have you read either of this books? What did you think of them?

Ashley xx
*Review copies from Hachette NZ

Review | Bay of Sighs & The City of Mirrors

Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Both of these books are a part of trilogies. Bay of Sighs* is the second in The Guardians Trilogy, following Stars of Fortune*, and The City of Mirrors* is the third is the Passage series. I have read Stars of Fortune as well as the first book in the Passage series but not the second one. I was worried I was at a disadvantage but at the start of the book there was a summary of sorts so I was caught up with all the important details.

Bay of Sighs picks up right where Stars of Fortune finished with the group arriving in Capri. While the first book was more from Sasha's perspective and relationship with Bran this one is from Annika's perspective looking at her relationship with Sawyer. So the books kind of focus on each central characters relationships as well as the quest the group is on as a whole.

Annika is an interesting character, she's new to the human world so her view is that of a child. She's always learning and she doesn't want to let her friends down. The story follows the same premise as the first aside from focusing on Annika & Sawyer's relationship. As with the first book this one ends when the group travel to their final destination, Ireland, where the last star is. It's also the home of Bran & Doyle, the last book will be in Doyle's perspective so that will be interesting given he's lived quite a long time.

Overall I enjoyed this book, it's easy to read which makes it great for dreary days such as today.

_________________________________________________________________________________

I first read the first book in the Passage series years ago and I remember being confused by it and found it hard to follow along. The book swaps between a number of perspectives, this trend continues to the last book. Unlike with the first I manged to keep up and wasn't entirely lost.

The series is dystopian and follows a group of people who have manged to survive after there was a viral outbreak a couple of centuries ago. I think there was a bit of a time jump between this and the last book, the characters in this book are a bit older and there hasn't been a viral sighting in 20 or so years.

The story gives a lot of backstory of Zero, the very first viral from which the disease came from thanks to some scientists. It was interesting to read about how the disease originated from a first hand account. Of course the virals hadn't disappeared all together so the remaining survivors battle to keep themselves safe from them and Amy, the girl who saves the world, confronts Zero.

I enjoyed it but found it more easy to get through if I had something else to read so I could switch between the two.

Have you read either of this books? What did you think of them?

Ashley xx
*Review copies from Hachette NZ

I first heard about the Papergang subscription from Sophie when she did a post on July's box. It's a monthly subscription service and is from the people of Ohh Dear who just have the most gorgeous stationery and other things. As a lover of all things stationery I had to check it out especially when I found out that the August box had a marble theme. Unfortunately I missed out on that one and I got the September box which is animal themed. 

In September's box there was a My Week Turquoise Ombre Planner designed by Jamie Mitchell which immediately caught my eye. Each double page had the days of the week + a space to write all your appointments in. It's not dated which makes it less restrictive. The planner is inside a plastic cover which protects it and includes a cool feature. You can kind of see in the photo that the plastic juts out at the back, it doubles as a pencil case which is awesome and there's a slide zip thing to make sure all your pencils don't escape.

A zoological themed gift wrap designed by Jessica Willan was also included. The design is very cute with a variety of colourful animals wearing party hats. I really liked the two greeting cards especially the 'hedgehugging' one with two cute hedgehogs, it makes me go all mushy inside when I look at it.

Lastly there was a Riso printed calendar which I don't know what I'd do with it and some post it notes which have 'stop procrastinating' on the top which pretty much suits me as procrastinating is all I ever do.

Overall I liked the September box with the planner, cards & post it notes being the highlights. 

Have you tried out Papergang's subscription? What did you think?

Ashley xx

Papergang | September Box

Friday, 21 October 2016


I first heard about the Papergang subscription from Sophie when she did a post on July's box. It's a monthly subscription service and is from the people of Ohh Dear who just have the most gorgeous stationery and other things. As a lover of all things stationery I had to check it out especially when I found out that the August box had a marble theme. Unfortunately I missed out on that one and I got the September box which is animal themed. 

In September's box there was a My Week Turquoise Ombre Planner designed by Jamie Mitchell which immediately caught my eye. Each double page had the days of the week + a space to write all your appointments in. It's not dated which makes it less restrictive. The planner is inside a plastic cover which protects it and includes a cool feature. You can kind of see in the photo that the plastic juts out at the back, it doubles as a pencil case which is awesome and there's a slide zip thing to make sure all your pencils don't escape.

A zoological themed gift wrap designed by Jessica Willan was also included. The design is very cute with a variety of colourful animals wearing party hats. I really liked the two greeting cards especially the 'hedgehugging' one with two cute hedgehogs, it makes me go all mushy inside when I look at it.

Lastly there was a Riso printed calendar which I don't know what I'd do with it and some post it notes which have 'stop procrastinating' on the top which pretty much suits me as procrastinating is all I ever do.

Overall I liked the September box with the planner, cards & post it notes being the highlights. 

Have you tried out Papergang's subscription? What did you think?

Ashley xx

When these two arrived from HarperCollins NZ my interest was piqued. First of all I love the design of the covers and the tag lines 'Lives will be lost' & 'Sacrifices must be made' only made my interest grow.

They're a duology and are centered around Maggie Stevens who I describe as a secret agent of sorts. The setting of the books have a dystopian feel to them with people heavily relying on technology, predominantly and device called an 'M-Band' which acts as a phone, keys etc and can also determine who your perfect match is.

Of course there are downsides to this technology and after her father was taken Maggie puts it upon her self to uncover the dark side of the Mercer Corporation (who make the M-Bands) and to find her father.

The first book, Disruption*, follows Maggie in her quest. Part of her plan revolves around Quentin Mercer, son of the founders of M-Corp, and she tricks him in order for him to help her. To cut a long story short Maggie is surprised with what she uncovers, her lies are exposed, and is betrayed by the person she loved the most.

Corruption* picks up where the first book ended and now Maggie is back at square one but in an even more dangerous place. With the help of Quentin & Gus, a hacker who she was blackmailing, they work to once again uncover what M-Corp is doing and to bring them down.

Overall I enjoyed the series and the theme of technology with how people heavily rely on it (which pretty much mirrors real life). Maggie was a cool character, she relies on no one and does whatever (blackmail, lying) in order to get things done. She's so set on her path that she kind of isolates herself, mostly from her family though that's also to protect them. Even when she discovers her worst nightmare she still gets back up, with the help of Quentin & Gus, and tries to finish what she started. 

Have you read the series? What did you think?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

Review | Disruption & Corruption

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


When these two arrived from HarperCollins NZ my interest was piqued. First of all I love the design of the covers and the tag lines 'Lives will be lost' & 'Sacrifices must be made' only made my interest grow.

They're a duology and are centered around Maggie Stevens who I describe as a secret agent of sorts. The setting of the books have a dystopian feel to them with people heavily relying on technology, predominantly and device called an 'M-Band' which acts as a phone, keys etc and can also determine who your perfect match is.

Of course there are downsides to this technology and after her father was taken Maggie puts it upon her self to uncover the dark side of the Mercer Corporation (who make the M-Bands) and to find her father.

The first book, Disruption*, follows Maggie in her quest. Part of her plan revolves around Quentin Mercer, son of the founders of M-Corp, and she tricks him in order for him to help her. To cut a long story short Maggie is surprised with what she uncovers, her lies are exposed, and is betrayed by the person she loved the most.

Corruption* picks up where the first book ended and now Maggie is back at square one but in an even more dangerous place. With the help of Quentin & Gus, a hacker who she was blackmailing, they work to once again uncover what M-Corp is doing and to bring them down.

Overall I enjoyed the series and the theme of technology with how people heavily rely on it (which pretty much mirrors real life). Maggie was a cool character, she relies on no one and does whatever (blackmail, lying) in order to get things done. She's so set on her path that she kind of isolates herself, mostly from her family though that's also to protect them. Even when she discovers her worst nightmare she still gets back up, with the help of Quentin & Gus, and tries to finish what she started. 

Have you read the series? What did you think?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

It's fair to admit that I'm a stationery addict. I just love it all; notebooks, journals, washi tape, diaries etc etc. I love them all. I've also come to realise that while I love collecting them I do not like actually using them, I just can't bring myself to tarnish them with my writing.

I recently went to a preview of the new collections for The Warehouse Stationery so I was inspired to share my little collection.

Marble notebook with Gold lettering
Ok so when I was taking the photo I totally forgot to add it in. It was in another place in my room and if I don't see it I forget about it. You can see it in this post, I got it from Once'it and there were a variety of phrases on the cover. I chose 'Oh the Places you'll go' cause it gives me a sense of wanderlust. Like I said, I'm hesitant in writing in it so the thing I mainly use it for is as a background for photos cause who doesn't love a marble background.

Flower Notebook
I got this from the Whitcoulls that was in the Auckland Downtown Westfield, R.I.P. I got it in the closing down sale, it was 50% off so I thought why not. I just think it is gorgeous, I just love floral designs and I am fond of a pink flower on a darker background.

Brown Notebook
I got this from Daiso which is the most amazing Japanese store in Auckland. They've got everything, especially a good range of stationery. The brown notebook I got has a blue spine (see my instagram post) but there were other colours. I'm using it for my 'bullet journal' so I write all the stuff I need to do in there.

Watermelon Notebook
I got this from Typo last year and I intended to use it for the placement I was going to do. I ended up getting another notebook for it and I've used this one is a journal (I haven't written an entry in a while though) and to just write random stuff.

Rose Gold Uniti Rose Gold Notebook*
I got this at The Warehouse Stationery event last Wednesday and I'm love with it. The Uniti Rose Gold collection is new for Summer 2016/17 and is in store from November. The Rose Gold basket* is also from Uniti and I'm obsessed. Basically I'm obsessed with anything rose gold, hence the colour of my logo.

Are you obsessed with stationery? What are you favourites?

Ashley xx
*Gifted

For the Love of Stationery

Friday, 14 October 2016


It's fair to admit that I'm a stationery addict. I just love it all; notebooks, journals, washi tape, diaries etc etc. I love them all. I've also come to realise that while I love collecting them I do not like actually using them, I just can't bring myself to tarnish them with my writing.

I recently went to a preview of the new collections for The Warehouse Stationery so I was inspired to share my little collection.

Marble notebook with Gold lettering
Ok so when I was taking the photo I totally forgot to add it in. It was in another place in my room and if I don't see it I forget about it. You can see it in this post, I got it from Once'it and there were a variety of phrases on the cover. I chose 'Oh the Places you'll go' cause it gives me a sense of wanderlust. Like I said, I'm hesitant in writing in it so the thing I mainly use it for is as a background for photos cause who doesn't love a marble background.

Flower Notebook
I got this from the Whitcoulls that was in the Auckland Downtown Westfield, R.I.P. I got it in the closing down sale, it was 50% off so I thought why not. I just think it is gorgeous, I just love floral designs and I am fond of a pink flower on a darker background.

Brown Notebook
I got this from Daiso which is the most amazing Japanese store in Auckland. They've got everything, especially a good range of stationery. The brown notebook I got has a blue spine (see my instagram post) but there were other colours. I'm using it for my 'bullet journal' so I write all the stuff I need to do in there.

Watermelon Notebook
I got this from Typo last year and I intended to use it for the placement I was going to do. I ended up getting another notebook for it and I've used this one is a journal (I haven't written an entry in a while though) and to just write random stuff.

Rose Gold Uniti Rose Gold Notebook*
I got this at The Warehouse Stationery event last Wednesday and I'm love with it. The Uniti Rose Gold collection is new for Summer 2016/17 and is in store from November. The Rose Gold basket* is also from Uniti and I'm obsessed. Basically I'm obsessed with anything rose gold, hence the colour of my logo.

Are you obsessed with stationery? What are you favourites?

Ashley xx
*Gifted

It's been a while since I've done this as a post mostly because I didn't have time to get the camera out and psyche myself up to film so this month is going old school. I somehow manged to get through the books I mentioned last month/ I'm still reading them which is pretty good for me.  

I'm not planning on reading many books this month as one is pretty lengthy so it will take some time especially since I've haven't been reading most days *oops*.

Florence Grace by Tracey Rees*
Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. She thinks her destiny is set in stone. But when Florrie is fifteen, she inherits a never imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie's life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world.

Amy Snow*, which was Tracey Rees's first novel, was the first book I ever reviewed for Hachette NZ. I absolutely loved it so I'm excited to start reading Florrie's story.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee*
New York City, 2118. The upper floors of a glittering thousand-storey super-tower are home to the rich, beautiful and ruthless. And right at the top is Avery Fuller, the genetically-designed beauty with the perfect penthouse life. Avery's world is set to come crashing down. Lies, betrayals and secret liaisons culminate in a scandal that ensnares everyone.

The book sounds like a future Gossip Girl which I am down for, god I loved that show.

That's all the books I'm planning on reading this month but I'm also going to mention some of the new books I've been sent.

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow*
This was sent from HarperCollins NZ and sounds similar to The Girls by Emma Cline* & Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman* in that the story follows a girl who isn't one of those girls who got by on smarts, athleticism or the ones who had it easy. I'm really looking forward to reading it.

Edmonds Cookery Book*
This is the 69th edition and is pretty much a saple in almost every New Zealand household. I have no idea how old my mother's version is but it's always my first port of call when I'm in the mood to bake so I'm excited to try out some recipes.

The Midas Legacy by Andy McDermott*
The book has a fantasy/mythological theme to it with Atlantis as well as a National Treasure (the movies) feel with the whole 'secret codex' and adventure aspect. The book is the twelfth in the Wide/Chase series, hopefully I won't be too lost when I start reading.

What books are on your reading list for October?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

Books to Read in October

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


It's been a while since I've done this as a post mostly because I didn't have time to get the camera out and psyche myself up to film so this month is going old school. I somehow manged to get through the books I mentioned last month/ I'm still reading them which is pretty good for me.  

I'm not planning on reading many books this month as one is pretty lengthy so it will take some time especially since I've haven't been reading most days *oops*.

Florence Grace by Tracey Rees*
Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. She thinks her destiny is set in stone. But when Florrie is fifteen, she inherits a never imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie's life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world.

Amy Snow*, which was Tracey Rees's first novel, was the first book I ever reviewed for Hachette NZ. I absolutely loved it so I'm excited to start reading Florrie's story.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee*
New York City, 2118. The upper floors of a glittering thousand-storey super-tower are home to the rich, beautiful and ruthless. And right at the top is Avery Fuller, the genetically-designed beauty with the perfect penthouse life. Avery's world is set to come crashing down. Lies, betrayals and secret liaisons culminate in a scandal that ensnares everyone.

The book sounds like a future Gossip Girl which I am down for, god I loved that show.

That's all the books I'm planning on reading this month but I'm also going to mention some of the new books I've been sent.

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow*
This was sent from HarperCollins NZ and sounds similar to The Girls by Emma Cline* & Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman* in that the story follows a girl who isn't one of those girls who got by on smarts, athleticism or the ones who had it easy. I'm really looking forward to reading it.

Edmonds Cookery Book*
This is the 69th edition and is pretty much a saple in almost every New Zealand household. I have no idea how old my mother's version is but it's always my first port of call when I'm in the mood to bake so I'm excited to try out some recipes.

The Midas Legacy by Andy McDermott*
The book has a fantasy/mythological theme to it with Atlantis as well as a National Treasure (the movies) feel with the whole 'secret codex' and adventure aspect. The book is the twelfth in the Wide/Chase series, hopefully I won't be too lost when I start reading.

What books are on your reading list for October?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

This is the first real post for the blog since its update. Nothings changed really, the posts are exactly the same a part from being displayed in a more aesthetic way. September was the same old same old with last week not being the best. However there were some things which I loved, mostly beauty and books as you can see, during the month and thought it was time to do my September favourites.

Ctrl, Alt; Delete by Emma Gannon
I put up a review of the book last month as well as a piece of writing I was inspired to do while reading the book. I absolutely loved this book. Emma shares short essays about her experiences growing up with the internet which are humorous and invokes nostalgia. I related to a lot of her experiences especially since social media is now an important tool I use for the blog everyday. Everyone needs to get a copy and reminisce about the days of MSN and dial up internet.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer*
I'll be putting up a review of the book this month so look out for that. I had a similar feeling reading this book as I did with Ctrl, Alt; Delete, it was so nice to read books where the writers just wrote the unfiltered truth and was just frank about it. Amy writes about a number of experiences, a lot of them tough, such as her Dad's illness and also working tirelessly in a largely male dominated industry. I specifically enjoyed her chapter on being an introvert and was like yes to everything. I'm always wary of spending too much time with "energy sucking vampires" aka people.

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Longwear Foundation* & Super Stay Better Skin Powder Foundation*
I'm usually lazy when it comes to doing my makeup. I would rather have more time sleeping in the morning so I pretty much quickly throw the basic stuff on. Lately I've been using this Maybelline foundation instead of my usual Revlon Colourstay as I've found it's not as heavy and is less thicker so it is easier to blend in. The shade I have (05 Light Beige) is a bit too light for me but it still works great and I find it brighten ups my skin and does a good job of hiding redness.

While the Better Skin is a powder foundation I tend to use it as a concealer and I find it does a great job in covering spots and redness that the liquid foundation didn't cover. It's easy to use and adds an extra layer of cover to the foundation.

I used these two products in my Maybelline only makeup look which is the latest video on my YouTube channel.

What have you been loving in September?

Ashley xx
*Review copy/Gifted
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September Favourites

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


This is the first real post for the blog since its update. Nothings changed really, the posts are exactly the same a part from being displayed in a more aesthetic way. September was the same old same old with last week not being the best. However there were some things which I loved, mostly beauty and books as you can see, during the month and thought it was time to do my September favourites.

Ctrl, Alt; Delete by Emma Gannon
I put up a review of the book last month as well as a piece of writing I was inspired to do while reading the book. I absolutely loved this book. Emma shares short essays about her experiences growing up with the internet which are humorous and invokes nostalgia. I related to a lot of her experiences especially since social media is now an important tool I use for the blog everyday. Everyone needs to get a copy and reminisce about the days of MSN and dial up internet.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer*
I'll be putting up a review of the book this month so look out for that. I had a similar feeling reading this book as I did with Ctrl, Alt; Delete, it was so nice to read books where the writers just wrote the unfiltered truth and was just frank about it. Amy writes about a number of experiences, a lot of them tough, such as her Dad's illness and also working tirelessly in a largely male dominated industry. I specifically enjoyed her chapter on being an introvert and was like yes to everything. I'm always wary of spending too much time with "energy sucking vampires" aka people.

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Longwear Foundation* & Super Stay Better Skin Powder Foundation*
I'm usually lazy when it comes to doing my makeup. I would rather have more time sleeping in the morning so I pretty much quickly throw the basic stuff on. Lately I've been using this Maybelline foundation instead of my usual Revlon Colourstay as I've found it's not as heavy and is less thicker so it is easier to blend in. The shade I have (05 Light Beige) is a bit too light for me but it still works great and I find it brighten ups my skin and does a good job of hiding redness.

While the Better Skin is a powder foundation I tend to use it as a concealer and I find it does a great job in covering spots and redness that the liquid foundation didn't cover. It's easy to use and adds an extra layer of cover to the foundation.

I used these two products in my Maybelline only makeup look which is the latest video on my YouTube channel.

What have you been loving in September?

Ashley xx
*Review copy/Gifted
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