And so 2016 comes to a close. This time last year I had hopes for what 2016 would bring, unfortunately none of those hopes came to fruition and as a result I feel like this year was just a waste with me not moving forward. 2016 overall seemed not the best year for a lot of reasons, this was the same for me with losing some family members and also just not moving forward with my life. It's not until I look at the little things than I realise I achieved a number of things this year.

One thing was obviously relaunching the blog which was something I'd wanted for a while. I'm proud with what the blog has evolved into and am especially pleased with how I manged to switch it over to it's own domain. I'm starting to feel like a proper blogger now. Along with that I'm proud that I'm now able to talk in front of a camera and put it online. At the start of the year it terrified me but at some point it went away. YouTube excites me and while I don't do regular videos it is still something I want to keep with.

While I haven't been successful in finding a job I did make it to a number of interview stages as well as volunteering at Digital Academy, which was part of Museums Australasia 2016, as well as at local museum which I am currently enjoying. I also went on a number of informative tours at the Maritime Museum, Auckland Museum, Auckland Art Gallery & the Auckland Council Archives. I found them all fascinating and helped me figure out what I want career I want to pursue, a conservator particularly of artworks. I'm still undecided if I'm studying next year. I definitely want to and I've found a great program but there are factors such as not having an income as well as the course needing two trips to Wellington which hinder me. There's also my parents who would prefer for me to get a job rather than studying. I wish I could just dive in head first and not stress about things.

For 2017 I'm going to try and not have many expectations as the potential for disappointment is greater. Like last year I still want to be less scared of opportunities and not stress about everything. I want to be able to say yes rather than over analyse and then not end up doing anything because I invent problems that might occur. It's harder than it sounds. Something else I want to work on is being more decisive, I avoid making decisions which then leads me to obsessing over what to do. I just need to make them more quickly to avoid the obsessive anxiety. 

2017 will hopefully bring unexpected opportunities and I'll try to open and accepting of them.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2017 brings you unexpected opportunities as well.

Ashley xx  


New Year 2017

Saturday, 31 December 2016


And so 2016 comes to a close. This time last year I had hopes for what 2016 would bring, unfortunately none of those hopes came to fruition and as a result I feel like this year was just a waste with me not moving forward. 2016 overall seemed not the best year for a lot of reasons, this was the same for me with losing some family members and also just not moving forward with my life. It's not until I look at the little things than I realise I achieved a number of things this year.

One thing was obviously relaunching the blog which was something I'd wanted for a while. I'm proud with what the blog has evolved into and am especially pleased with how I manged to switch it over to it's own domain. I'm starting to feel like a proper blogger now. Along with that I'm proud that I'm now able to talk in front of a camera and put it online. At the start of the year it terrified me but at some point it went away. YouTube excites me and while I don't do regular videos it is still something I want to keep with.

While I haven't been successful in finding a job I did make it to a number of interview stages as well as volunteering at Digital Academy, which was part of Museums Australasia 2016, as well as at local museum which I am currently enjoying. I also went on a number of informative tours at the Maritime Museum, Auckland Museum, Auckland Art Gallery & the Auckland Council Archives. I found them all fascinating and helped me figure out what I want career I want to pursue, a conservator particularly of artworks. I'm still undecided if I'm studying next year. I definitely want to and I've found a great program but there are factors such as not having an income as well as the course needing two trips to Wellington which hinder me. There's also my parents who would prefer for me to get a job rather than studying. I wish I could just dive in head first and not stress about things.

For 2017 I'm going to try and not have many expectations as the potential for disappointment is greater. Like last year I still want to be less scared of opportunities and not stress about everything. I want to be able to say yes rather than over analyse and then not end up doing anything because I invent problems that might occur. It's harder than it sounds. Something else I want to work on is being more decisive, I avoid making decisions which then leads me to obsessing over what to do. I just need to make them more quickly to avoid the obsessive anxiety. 

2017 will hopefully bring unexpected opportunities and I'll try to open and accepting of them.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2017 brings you unexpected opportunities as well.

Ashley xx  



Colourpop is a brand I've wanted to try out for the longest time. They're affordable, have gorgeous packaging as well as having amazing reviews. While the products are affordable the shipping was the thing that was holding me back so when I saw the magic words 'free shipping' I knew it was my moment. It took me a long time to decided what to get but I eventually went with four products.


Lippie Stix in Bossy
As per usual I had find myself another red lipstick. My absolute favourite is a blue based red, one that makes me feel Parisian. After some searching I finally found what I was looking for in the form of Bossy. The formula is very creamy and goes on easily. It's matte but doesn't feel too uncomfortable and lasts well. Je suis amoureux.  

Ultra Matte Lip in Viper
I thought I would try out one of these and went with Viper as I thought it looked very similar to Jeffree Star's Androgyny (which is still on my wish list). I think this is a more darker purple than Androgyny but it's still gorgeous. The formula isn't as runny as other liquid lipsticks and once applied it definitely dries matte almost instantly. However it isn't that uncomfortable to wear and almost feels like I'm not wearing a lipstick at all which is amazing. It is very unforgiving on dry lips so make sure your lips are hydrated.

Super Shock Shadow in Cornelious & Fringe
Of course I had to pick up a couple of eye-shadows and after much deliberation settled on these two. Lately I've been yearning for a warm brown eye-shadow (thanks Lily & Anna) so I went on the hunt and wound up with Cornelious. When swatched the colour is lighter than it appears in the pan and I had to do a number of layers. It's good in that the colour is subtle and you can just add to it make the colour more intense.

Of course I had to get something sparkly and Fringe caught my eye. It's a metallic champagne colour which I love and it is just absolutely gorgeous.  Both have a creamy texture to them which was differnt but nice, I can't wait to try them out properly.

Have you tried anything from Colourpop? What are your favourite products?

Ashley xx

Colourpop Haul #001

Friday, 23 December 2016


Colourpop is a brand I've wanted to try out for the longest time. They're affordable, have gorgeous packaging as well as having amazing reviews. While the products are affordable the shipping was the thing that was holding me back so when I saw the magic words 'free shipping' I knew it was my moment. It took me a long time to decided what to get but I eventually went with four products.


Lippie Stix in Bossy
As per usual I had find myself another red lipstick. My absolute favourite is a blue based red, one that makes me feel Parisian. After some searching I finally found what I was looking for in the form of Bossy. The formula is very creamy and goes on easily. It's matte but doesn't feel too uncomfortable and lasts well. Je suis amoureux.  

Ultra Matte Lip in Viper
I thought I would try out one of these and went with Viper as I thought it looked very similar to Jeffree Star's Androgyny (which is still on my wish list). I think this is a more darker purple than Androgyny but it's still gorgeous. The formula isn't as runny as other liquid lipsticks and once applied it definitely dries matte almost instantly. However it isn't that uncomfortable to wear and almost feels like I'm not wearing a lipstick at all which is amazing. It is very unforgiving on dry lips so make sure your lips are hydrated.

Super Shock Shadow in Cornelious & Fringe
Of course I had to pick up a couple of eye-shadows and after much deliberation settled on these two. Lately I've been yearning for a warm brown eye-shadow (thanks Lily & Anna) so I went on the hunt and wound up with Cornelious. When swatched the colour is lighter than it appears in the pan and I had to do a number of layers. It's good in that the colour is subtle and you can just add to it make the colour more intense.

Of course I had to get something sparkly and Fringe caught my eye. It's a metallic champagne colour which I love and it is just absolutely gorgeous.  Both have a creamy texture to them which was differnt but nice, I can't wait to try them out properly.

Have you tried anything from Colourpop? What are your favourite products?

Ashley xx

Two of these books are historical fiction (if that's a thing) while the third is set present day. I mention this because as I was starting to read The Angel's Share in my head it was set in the 18/19 century until there was mention of a Toyota truck which completely shattered my mental image. So yeah...

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The Revelations of Carey Ravine* by Debra Daley is set in the 18th century and follows the life of Carey Ravine. Her journey is very interesting as she sets out to unravel the mysteries concerning her husband and father. Carey is a very curious character and isn't all that hesitant in putting herself in, at times some, dangerous situations in order to get to the truth. I did get a bit confused while reading concerning one of the situations she was investigating. I might have to read it again more slowly, I tend to skim read a lot of the time and end up missing details.

While I wasn't totally invested in the story I still enjoyed it.

3 stars

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Florence Grace* by Tracy Rees is the other historical novel and I think it's set in the 19th century. I've read the author's first book Amy Snow and loved it so I was excited for this one. This book is very similar to Amy Snow as it follows a young woman's journey. Both Florence & Amy are thrown into a somewhat cut throat upper class environment where not everyone is happy for them to be there. The difference, is that Amy leaves it for her journey while Florence goes to it for hers. 

Florence is very intuitive about people and she knows that her time with her recently discovered family will be unpleasant. I liked the character of Florrie/Florence, at the start she was a bit naive but she became more wise due to her relationships especially with the enigmatic and troubled Turlington who gives her the most joy and heartbreak.

Overall I really enjoyed it, not as much as Amy Snow cause I just love a good treasure hunt.

4.5 stars

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The Angels' Share* by J.R. Ward is the second book in the Bourbon Kings series. I haven't read the first but I didn't feel at a disadvantage which was good. The story follows the Bradford family and their complicated lives which involves a lot of deceit & murder. The book has a number of first person perspectives, the Bradford siblings & Lizzie, Lane's partner which gives a rounded view of their lives. I liked it as the story wasn't all one note which every character being distinctive. 

I ended up becoming enthralled in the story especially with the mystery of who killed the Bradford patriarch. I definitely want to read the first book and also see how the story progresses.

4 stars

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

Ashley xx
*Review copies from Hachette NZ

Review | The Revelations of Carey Ravine, Florence Grace & The Angels' Share

Thursday, 22 December 2016


Two of these books are historical fiction (if that's a thing) while the third is set present day. I mention this because as I was starting to read The Angel's Share in my head it was set in the 18/19 century until there was mention of a Toyota truck which completely shattered my mental image. So yeah...

__________________________________________________________

The Revelations of Carey Ravine* by Debra Daley is set in the 18th century and follows the life of Carey Ravine. Her journey is very interesting as she sets out to unravel the mysteries concerning her husband and father. Carey is a very curious character and isn't all that hesitant in putting herself in, at times some, dangerous situations in order to get to the truth. I did get a bit confused while reading concerning one of the situations she was investigating. I might have to read it again more slowly, I tend to skim read a lot of the time and end up missing details.

While I wasn't totally invested in the story I still enjoyed it.

3 stars

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Florence Grace* by Tracy Rees is the other historical novel and I think it's set in the 19th century. I've read the author's first book Amy Snow and loved it so I was excited for this one. This book is very similar to Amy Snow as it follows a young woman's journey. Both Florence & Amy are thrown into a somewhat cut throat upper class environment where not everyone is happy for them to be there. The difference, is that Amy leaves it for her journey while Florence goes to it for hers. 

Florence is very intuitive about people and she knows that her time with her recently discovered family will be unpleasant. I liked the character of Florrie/Florence, at the start she was a bit naive but she became more wise due to her relationships especially with the enigmatic and troubled Turlington who gives her the most joy and heartbreak.

Overall I really enjoyed it, not as much as Amy Snow cause I just love a good treasure hunt.

4.5 stars

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The Angels' Share* by J.R. Ward is the second book in the Bourbon Kings series. I haven't read the first but I didn't feel at a disadvantage which was good. The story follows the Bradford family and their complicated lives which involves a lot of deceit & murder. The book has a number of first person perspectives, the Bradford siblings & Lizzie, Lane's partner which gives a rounded view of their lives. I liked it as the story wasn't all one note which every character being distinctive. 

I ended up becoming enthralled in the story especially with the mystery of who killed the Bradford patriarch. I definitely want to read the first book and also see how the story progresses.

4 stars

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

Ashley xx
*Review copies from Hachette NZ

Tis the week before Christmas so to celebrate there will be a new post everyday till Friday. Why you ask, it's because there are a couple of posts I want to put up now rather than waiting til next year. I always say something will be up 'soon' which usually means months later so I'm getting it all done now.

For me one of things that puts me off putting on makeup is the prospect of having to take it off. I'm just lazy when it comes to it hence why I like finding products which take the hassle out of it. I've done posts on a couple of makeup removers two of which also double as cleansers, the Elizabeth Arden remover & Garnier Micellar water as well as the Trilogy Make-up be Gone Cleansing Balm.

When Neutrogena sent me their Deep Clean Micellar Gel to Foam* I was excited to try it out and see how it stacks up against the others I've tried. There are two versions; one for dry skin and the other for normal to oily skin which is what I went for. 

I've been using it for a while now and I've been loving it, it surpasses the others I used in the past. 


You can't really see it that well but the gel formula is clear and runny and smells really good. That might be weird to mention but it's true, it smells just like wildberry Fruitbursts which were my favourite.

I tend to use one pump of it and then massage it into my skin. I've noticed that the gel doesn't take long for it to dry and it becomes harder to massage it in, at that point I then add some water which then turns it into a foam. After I've rinsed it all off I can definitely tell it's removed my make-up as well as not leaving my skin dry or oily which I've notice with other remover/cleanser duos. Normally I would cleanse again but with this one I don't feel the need to which is great.

I also love that it has a pump to dispense the product which just makes it easier to use and I just take it away and not need anything else. 

The cleanser retails for $17.99 and you can find them at The Warehouse, Countdown, Life Pharmacy & Pharmacy Direct.

Have you tried the Deep Clean Micellar Gel to Foam? What did you think of it?

Ashley xx
*PR Sample

Neutrogena | Deep Clean Micellar Gel to Foam

Wednesday, 21 December 2016


Tis the week before Christmas so to celebrate there will be a new post everyday till Friday. Why you ask, it's because there are a couple of posts I want to put up now rather than waiting til next year. I always say something will be up 'soon' which usually means months later so I'm getting it all done now.

For me one of things that puts me off putting on makeup is the prospect of having to take it off. I'm just lazy when it comes to it hence why I like finding products which take the hassle out of it. I've done posts on a couple of makeup removers two of which also double as cleansers, the Elizabeth Arden remover & Garnier Micellar water as well as the Trilogy Make-up be Gone Cleansing Balm.

When Neutrogena sent me their Deep Clean Micellar Gel to Foam* I was excited to try it out and see how it stacks up against the others I've tried. There are two versions; one for dry skin and the other for normal to oily skin which is what I went for. 

I've been using it for a while now and I've been loving it, it surpasses the others I used in the past. 


You can't really see it that well but the gel formula is clear and runny and smells really good. That might be weird to mention but it's true, it smells just like wildberry Fruitbursts which were my favourite.

I tend to use one pump of it and then massage it into my skin. I've noticed that the gel doesn't take long for it to dry and it becomes harder to massage it in, at that point I then add some water which then turns it into a foam. After I've rinsed it all off I can definitely tell it's removed my make-up as well as not leaving my skin dry or oily which I've notice with other remover/cleanser duos. Normally I would cleanse again but with this one I don't feel the need to which is great.

I also love that it has a pump to dispense the product which just makes it easier to use and I just take it away and not need anything else. 

The cleanser retails for $17.99 and you can find them at The Warehouse, Countdown, Life Pharmacy & Pharmacy Direct.

Have you tried the Deep Clean Micellar Gel to Foam? What did you think of it?

Ashley xx
*PR Sample

Continuing on with the D.I.Y. Christmas vibe this year I really wanted to make some gift tags for presents. In past years I just use the stickers but I like the look of gift tags and I just feel like they add something extra to the gift. I used the same materials from the card decorating and I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

Items used:
POW! Glitter paper from Spotlight
Rosie's Studio Glitter Stickers from The Warehouse Stationery*
Scissors
Pencil
Ruler
Hole punch 


First off using a pencil + a ruler draw out the shape you want your tag to be. You can do anything you want but I went for a traditional gift tag shape. Then cut it out with the scissors.


Once you cut them all out create a hole using a hole punch.


To decorate them I used the glitter stickers again. I think the gold stickers work well with the silver paper and I love how they turned out.


And lastly I thread them onto some string which I tied around the presents.

Ashley xx
*Gifted

D.I.Y. Xmas Gift Tags

Tuesday, 20 December 2016


Continuing on with the D.I.Y. Christmas vibe this year I really wanted to make some gift tags for presents. In past years I just use the stickers but I like the look of gift tags and I just feel like they add something extra to the gift. I used the same materials from the card decorating and I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

Items used:
POW! Glitter paper from Spotlight
Rosie's Studio Glitter Stickers from The Warehouse Stationery*
Scissors
Pencil
Ruler
Hole punch 


First off using a pencil + a ruler draw out the shape you want your tag to be. You can do anything you want but I went for a traditional gift tag shape. Then cut it out with the scissors.


Once you cut them all out create a hole using a hole punch.


To decorate them I used the glitter stickers again. I think the gold stickers work well with the silver paper and I love how they turned out.


And lastly I thread them onto some string which I tied around the presents.

Ashley xx
*Gifted

Tis the festive season which allows the opportunity to put your creativity hat on. When I was younger I use to create things but lost the urge when 'studying' came along. So for a post I thought it would be cool do some D.I.Y Xmas card decorating, they're pretty simple but I think the amount of glitter used really makes up for it.

Items used:
Pink pearl cards from The Warehouse Stationery
Scotch Red Glitter Washi Tape from The Warehouse Stationery*
POW! Glitter paper from Spotlight
Rosie's Studio Glitter Stickers from The Warehouse Stationery*
Scissors
Glue Stick
Pencil 

Card One



To start off I put washi tape on the corners, gradually integrating the glitter.


Next with a pencil I wrote 'Merry' which, after being confused what to do with it, I went over with a green colour pencil.


Lastly I cut out letters spelling 'Xmas' out of the glitter paper and stuck them on the card.

Card Two


Cause I liked so much I put washi tape on, this time on the bottom and the top.


Lastly I put a couple of the glitter stickers on. Yay for glitter.

Card Three


For the last one I cut out a Christmas tree out of the glitter paper, stuck it on the card and topped it with a gold star glitter sticker.

The Finished Cards


Ashley xx
*Gifted

D.I.Y. Xmas Card Decorating

Tuesday, 13 December 2016


Tis the festive season which allows the opportunity to put your creativity hat on. When I was younger I use to create things but lost the urge when 'studying' came along. So for a post I thought it would be cool do some D.I.Y Xmas card decorating, they're pretty simple but I think the amount of glitter used really makes up for it.

Items used:
Pink pearl cards from The Warehouse Stationery
Scotch Red Glitter Washi Tape from The Warehouse Stationery*
POW! Glitter paper from Spotlight
Rosie's Studio Glitter Stickers from The Warehouse Stationery*
Scissors
Glue Stick
Pencil 

Card One



To start off I put washi tape on the corners, gradually integrating the glitter.


Next with a pencil I wrote 'Merry' which, after being confused what to do with it, I went over with a green colour pencil.


Lastly I cut out letters spelling 'Xmas' out of the glitter paper and stuck them on the card.

Card Two


Cause I liked so much I put washi tape on, this time on the bottom and the top.


Lastly I put a couple of the glitter stickers on. Yay for glitter.

Card Three


For the last one I cut out a Christmas tree out of the glitter paper, stuck it on the card and topped it with a gold star glitter sticker.

The Finished Cards


Ashley xx
*Gifted

After a short hiatus Books to Read in... has returned to video form. I just feel like it's a better format, I can just read off the synopsis instead of typing it all out which I felt was strange. Since it's December I thought it was only appropriate to bring out the Christmas music which just makes everything more festive.

Ashley xx




Books to Read in December

Friday, 9 December 2016


After a short hiatus Books to Read in... has returned to video form. I just feel like it's a better format, I can just read off the synopsis instead of typing it all out which I felt was strange. Since it's December I thought it was only appropriate to bring out the Christmas music which just makes everything more festive.

Ashley xx





Christmas/Holiday beauty collections are another thing that gets me really excited during the Xmas season. I just love Christmas themed things especially beauty. Honestly what I love most about them is the theme & design of the collections, aesthetic is what attracts me towards them. I thought it would be cool post to share some collections which I find exciting in both design & products. 

Image from Lancôme

I did an Instagram about this collection a while ago cause I love it so much. The theme of the collection is Paris en rôse which translated is 'Paris in Pink'. It's not hard to see why I love this with Paris & pink being two of my great loves. I love the Petit Tresor Eyeshadow shades which have some sparkle to them, my favourite being Rose Satin. Of course I can't go past the packaging with the lids of the eye shadows being glittering gold.

Image from M.A.C Cosmetics

M.A.C always has the best collections and this is no different. This collection, called Nutcracker Sweet, has a bright pink theme with the products of course being gorgeous with bright pink shades. I adore the chosen Nutcracker theme with the incorporation of imagery from the ballet. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is one of my favourite pieces of music which is from the Nutcracker.

Image from The Body Shop

Again The Body Shop always do great Christmas collections and this years offering is entitled 'Go Wild for Christmas'. Aside from getting great products every specially selected Christmas product that is bought a contribution is made to help protect the rainforests and endangered animals. To find out more visit The Body Shop website.

There are a range of products to suit whoever it is you are buying for. I personally love anything that is Strawberry/berry scented, it just smells amazing.

What beauty collections are you excited for this year?

Ashley xx 

Christmas Beauty Collections

Tuesday, 6 December 2016


Christmas/Holiday beauty collections are another thing that gets me really excited during the Xmas season. I just love Christmas themed things especially beauty. Honestly what I love most about them is the theme & design of the collections, aesthetic is what attracts me towards them. I thought it would be cool post to share some collections which I find exciting in both design & products. 

Image from Lancôme

I did an Instagram about this collection a while ago cause I love it so much. The theme of the collection is Paris en rôse which translated is 'Paris in Pink'. It's not hard to see why I love this with Paris & pink being two of my great loves. I love the Petit Tresor Eyeshadow shades which have some sparkle to them, my favourite being Rose Satin. Of course I can't go past the packaging with the lids of the eye shadows being glittering gold.

Image from M.A.C Cosmetics

M.A.C always has the best collections and this is no different. This collection, called Nutcracker Sweet, has a bright pink theme with the products of course being gorgeous with bright pink shades. I adore the chosen Nutcracker theme with the incorporation of imagery from the ballet. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is one of my favourite pieces of music which is from the Nutcracker.

Image from The Body Shop

Again The Body Shop always do great Christmas collections and this years offering is entitled 'Go Wild for Christmas'. Aside from getting great products every specially selected Christmas product that is bought a contribution is made to help protect the rainforests and endangered animals. To find out more visit The Body Shop website.

There are a range of products to suit whoever it is you are buying for. I personally love anything that is Strawberry/berry scented, it just smells amazing.

What beauty collections are you excited for this year?

Ashley xx 

December would have to be my favourite month of the year. I love the whole build up to Christmas; music, movies and of course the lights which turns me into a child again. I just love the whole atmosphere. However i'm not excited that it is the end of the year, I'm not ready for it. The future is scary ok so let's look to the past, ie November favourites.

Game of Thrones Illustrated Edition*
When I saw this coming out I had to have it. I'm kind of obsessed with the TV show however I haven't ever read any of the books so this seemed like a good opportunity to start. This is the first book in the series and it is gorgeous. There are maps and bios of the Houses which is awesome as well as the stunning illustrations. The majority are black and while but scattered through are amazing coloured illustrations such as the one above. It's the best and I'm in love.

The Crown & Victoria
I'm a history nerd and one of the areas I'm most fascinated with is the history of the English royal family. The Crown is the most expensive show made on Netflix and you can understand why once you watch it. The show follows Queen Elizabeth II as she comes to the throne suddenly after the shock loss of her father. It shows a different perspective to her, to be a female ruler and what a balancing act it is. This aspect is also shared in Victoria which is on TV1 now. It's the same premise but following Queen Victoria. It took me a while to get into this one but I became enthralled in it eventually.

Joanne - Lady Gaga
This came out in October I think but it feels like it's been out forever. I've been a fan of hers since the beginning of her career, I remember when Poker Face first came out I thought it sounded very similar to Just Dance, however now I can't hear the similarity anymore. The album has a country feel to it and for me the more I listen to it the more I like it. My favs are Hey Girl ft Florence Welch (which needs to be a single), John Wayne and Dancin' In Circles which are probably ones that are less country. 

What were your November Favourites?

Ashley xx
* Review copy from HarperCollins NZ

November Favourites

Friday, 2 December 2016


December would have to be my favourite month of the year. I love the whole build up to Christmas; music, movies and of course the lights which turns me into a child again. I just love the whole atmosphere. However i'm not excited that it is the end of the year, I'm not ready for it. The future is scary ok so let's look to the past, ie November favourites.

Game of Thrones Illustrated Edition*
When I saw this coming out I had to have it. I'm kind of obsessed with the TV show however I haven't ever read any of the books so this seemed like a good opportunity to start. This is the first book in the series and it is gorgeous. There are maps and bios of the Houses which is awesome as well as the stunning illustrations. The majority are black and while but scattered through are amazing coloured illustrations such as the one above. It's the best and I'm in love.

The Crown & Victoria
I'm a history nerd and one of the areas I'm most fascinated with is the history of the English royal family. The Crown is the most expensive show made on Netflix and you can understand why once you watch it. The show follows Queen Elizabeth II as she comes to the throne suddenly after the shock loss of her father. It shows a different perspective to her, to be a female ruler and what a balancing act it is. This aspect is also shared in Victoria which is on TV1 now. It's the same premise but following Queen Victoria. It took me a while to get into this one but I became enthralled in it eventually.

Joanne - Lady Gaga
This came out in October I think but it feels like it's been out forever. I've been a fan of hers since the beginning of her career, I remember when Poker Face first came out I thought it sounded very similar to Just Dance, however now I can't hear the similarity anymore. The album has a country feel to it and for me the more I listen to it the more I like it. My favs are Hey Girl ft Florence Welch (which needs to be a single), John Wayne and Dancin' In Circles which are probably ones that are less country. 

What were your November Favourites?

Ashley xx
* Review copy from HarperCollins NZ

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