So along with Phone Anxiety, this idea also popped into my head. Whenever these random ideas come to me I make sure to jot them down especially when I'm getting bored of what I usually write about. Growing up I think you found out quickly whether or not you were a person who liked school. I was pretty meh about it during high school but it wasn't until I was at university studying the subjects I wanted to that I started to enjoy it. I admit I didn't enjoy the entirety of it, assignments and exams brought a lot of stress into my life but I absolutely loved learning in the lectures. I've been out of university for almost 2 years and I miss going in and learning.

So this is kind of like a list of things which shows you're a lifetime academic if you will*. 

  1. You've kept all of your textbooks 
  2. You check the exam timetable and look at when the exam is for the classes you took
  3. You check out the subjects you would take if you did the degree again
  4. Occasionally think about and slightly research what you could do for your Masters
  5. Check out other university websites and see what subjects they offer
  6. Wonder if you could do another BA
  7. Figuring out the career you want and researching what degrees you'll need
  8. Googling universities that have no fees
  9. Start to read the dissertation that pretty much broke you
  10. Ultimately deciding to go back to uni

Do any of these apply to you?

Ashley xx

*These are all me

You Know You're an Academic When...

Tuesday, 25 July 2017


So along with Phone Anxiety, this idea also popped into my head. Whenever these random ideas come to me I make sure to jot them down especially when I'm getting bored of what I usually write about. Growing up I think you found out quickly whether or not you were a person who liked school. I was pretty meh about it during high school but it wasn't until I was at university studying the subjects I wanted to that I started to enjoy it. I admit I didn't enjoy the entirety of it, assignments and exams brought a lot of stress into my life but I absolutely loved learning in the lectures. I've been out of university for almost 2 years and I miss going in and learning.

So this is kind of like a list of things which shows you're a lifetime academic if you will*. 

  1. You've kept all of your textbooks 
  2. You check the exam timetable and look at when the exam is for the classes you took
  3. You check out the subjects you would take if you did the degree again
  4. Occasionally think about and slightly research what you could do for your Masters
  5. Check out other university websites and see what subjects they offer
  6. Wonder if you could do another BA
  7. Figuring out the career you want and researching what degrees you'll need
  8. Googling universities that have no fees
  9. Start to read the dissertation that pretty much broke you
  10. Ultimately deciding to go back to uni

Do any of these apply to you?

Ashley xx

*These are all me

The idea for this post popped into my head a few days ago and thought I would just run with it. I've been wanting to do different things for posts; something more different, creative and personal. So to start off I thought I would write about phone anxiety which is a very real thing and something that I've been particularly dealing with lately.

I've never really been a big fan of talking on the phone. The prospect of not knowing who is on the other end is a big thing for me, and it doesn't help with all the movies about a creepy killer on the phone. I just can't. Nowadays you see the person who is calling you, however, I still freak out when a number pops up which is not good when you're applying for jobs. And of course whenever anyone calls me I usually jump to the conclusion of it being bad news cause my family and friends usually communicate via text and messenger. However, when one of my family calls me I'm absolutely fine in answering the phone.

Last week I got a call back about a job I applied for. I freaked out and pretty much panicked about the thought of calling back. I thought it was a phone call about setting up an in person interview but unfortunately, it was a phone interview. It did not go well. I'm not that good at face to face social interaction which means on the phone it's disastrous. In a job interview situation, I prefer an in person interview much more. I'm able to pick up on social cues (somewhat) and I just like being able to see the person I'm talking to. After the interview, they said I would get a call back the next week (this week). There's been no call and I'm not surprised.

Another thing which I've been pushing back because of this is making an appointment I really should have made ages ago. I try to psyche myself up to do it but my head comes up with all these excuses which makes me feel at ease at not doing it and thinking I'll do it at this date. It never works. Another thing I hate doing is asking people for pretty much anything. At uni, I cringed at the prospect of emailing my lecturer or supervisor a question. I was always nervous about the answer, whatever it was. So like asking someone to do it for me is worse than actually doing it, I think. 

I'm also the type of person who overthinks conversations. So in trying to psyche myself up to make an appointment, I think through what I will say, the routes the conversation might go. Nine times out of ten in conversations I end up not saying anything at all or I just stutter my words and wish I never said anything.

Anxiety makes me a mess. 

Do you struggle with phone anxiety?

Ashley xx

Phone Anxiety

Friday, 21 July 2017


The idea for this post popped into my head a few days ago and thought I would just run with it. I've been wanting to do different things for posts; something more different, creative and personal. So to start off I thought I would write about phone anxiety which is a very real thing and something that I've been particularly dealing with lately.

I've never really been a big fan of talking on the phone. The prospect of not knowing who is on the other end is a big thing for me, and it doesn't help with all the movies about a creepy killer on the phone. I just can't. Nowadays you see the person who is calling you, however, I still freak out when a number pops up which is not good when you're applying for jobs. And of course whenever anyone calls me I usually jump to the conclusion of it being bad news cause my family and friends usually communicate via text and messenger. However, when one of my family calls me I'm absolutely fine in answering the phone.

Last week I got a call back about a job I applied for. I freaked out and pretty much panicked about the thought of calling back. I thought it was a phone call about setting up an in person interview but unfortunately, it was a phone interview. It did not go well. I'm not that good at face to face social interaction which means on the phone it's disastrous. In a job interview situation, I prefer an in person interview much more. I'm able to pick up on social cues (somewhat) and I just like being able to see the person I'm talking to. After the interview, they said I would get a call back the next week (this week). There's been no call and I'm not surprised.

Another thing which I've been pushing back because of this is making an appointment I really should have made ages ago. I try to psyche myself up to do it but my head comes up with all these excuses which makes me feel at ease at not doing it and thinking I'll do it at this date. It never works. Another thing I hate doing is asking people for pretty much anything. At uni, I cringed at the prospect of emailing my lecturer or supervisor a question. I was always nervous about the answer, whatever it was. So like asking someone to do it for me is worse than actually doing it, I think. 

I'm also the type of person who overthinks conversations. So in trying to psyche myself up to make an appointment, I think through what I will say, the routes the conversation might go. Nine times out of ten in conversations I end up not saying anything at all or I just stutter my words and wish I never said anything.

Anxiety makes me a mess. 

Do you struggle with phone anxiety?

Ashley xx
 


I feel like the more I read the more I pick up on things that I usually won't notice. One such thing is the use of language, the way the author chooses the words and structures them into a sentence. I noticed this particularly with one of these books in comparison to another. I'm starting to see how language can be creative & fun. Stories can also be fun, such as these two.

Who's Afraid Too? by Maria Lewis*
This is the sequel to Who's Afraid?* and picks up with Tommi who is on the way to Berlin to meet up with a group of rogue werewolves. I loved the first book and I loved this one just as much. Tommi is one of my favourite characters; she's outgoing, courageous and is adapting to her new life as a werewolf. In this book we see her understanding her new strength and skills as well as finding herself with people in the same situation as her. She's found herself a new family basically. Her relationship with Lorcon is still complicated and of course there's something untoward happening which needs stopping. The story is fast paced, funny, witty and I'm sure everyone will enjoy it.

4 stars


Difficult Women by Roxane Gay*
I've heard great things about Roxane Gay's work and Difficult Women is the first book I've read of hers. The book is compiled of short stories concerning a variety of women in different situations. It does well to highlight just how juxtaposed and complex women and their lives are. I also love Gay's use of language, it reads easy but is still so skilled. The stories look more inward to the women portrayed, we see how they think, how they react to their situation and what in the past made them who they were in that moment. The stories show just how complex human beings are as a whole.

5 stars

Have you read these books?

Ashley xx
*Review copy from Hachette NZ

Review | Who's Afraid Too? & Difficult Women

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

 


I feel like the more I read the more I pick up on things that I usually won't notice. One such thing is the use of language, the way the author chooses the words and structures them into a sentence. I noticed this particularly with one of these books in comparison to another. I'm starting to see how language can be creative & fun. Stories can also be fun, such as these two.

Who's Afraid Too? by Maria Lewis*
This is the sequel to Who's Afraid?* and picks up with Tommi who is on the way to Berlin to meet up with a group of rogue werewolves. I loved the first book and I loved this one just as much. Tommi is one of my favourite characters; she's outgoing, courageous and is adapting to her new life as a werewolf. In this book we see her understanding her new strength and skills as well as finding herself with people in the same situation as her. She's found herself a new family basically. Her relationship with Lorcon is still complicated and of course there's something untoward happening which needs stopping. The story is fast paced, funny, witty and I'm sure everyone will enjoy it.

4 stars


Difficult Women by Roxane Gay*
I've heard great things about Roxane Gay's work and Difficult Women is the first book I've read of hers. The book is compiled of short stories concerning a variety of women in different situations. It does well to highlight just how juxtaposed and complex women and their lives are. I also love Gay's use of language, it reads easy but is still so skilled. The stories look more inward to the women portrayed, we see how they think, how they react to their situation and what in the past made them who they were in that moment. The stories show just how complex human beings are as a whole.

5 stars

Have you read these books?

Ashley xx
*Review copy from Hachette NZ

As fellow beauty obsessives, you would all have heard about the launch of makeup products from XO Beauty. The brand was created by Shaaanxo, the amazing New Zealand beauty YouTuber, and started out with makeup brushes. I'm a fan of these brushes, I own a few but not any of the new ones which are now being made in Italy. The first makeup products launched were the lipsticks and more recently highlighters. As a fan of Shannon and of makeup I, of course, had to pick up some. I did a first impressions video on the lipsticks as well so make sure to check that out.



When I saw the announcement video one lipstick, in particular, caught my eye immediately. Impavid is a gorgeous bright red and is a liquid lipstick. While my red lipstick collection is quite vast I just had to add this one. The applicator has flat sides, it's not angled, and is soft and flexible which allows an easy application. I always put on a lip liner first and try to paint within the lines. It's very comfortable to wear and is long lasting.



I wasn't initially planning on getting one of the bullet lipsticks but after seeing photos on Instagram of how amazing this colour looked on people I just had to get it. The lipstick is called Philocaly and is a nude matte shade. This shade for me is a 'your lips but better'. I absolutely love it. The lipstick is matte so it is a bit drying so make sure you've got some lip balm on hand. Both lipsticks smell amazing as well, Shannon describes it as a creme brulee scent. 


Highlighters are the most recent addition and of course, I had to watch the announcement video straight away. There are two shades: Lucent, which is a sandy golden shade & Aurora which is a pale, glowing champagne-pink. I went for Aurora as 'champagne-pink' just sounds magical as well as the name being that of one of my favourite Disney princesses.


Here are the swatches of the products. The highlighter is very fine and subtle which I like as I've never used a highlighter before.



Along with the highlighter, I also picked up a Sheer Powder Brush as Shannon used it in the announcement video and said it was a great brush to get a subtle glow. Anything she says is great I buy basically.

Have you tried any makeup from XO Beauty?

Ashley xx

XO Beauty | Makeup Releases

Thursday, 13 July 2017


As fellow beauty obsessives, you would all have heard about the launch of makeup products from XO Beauty. The brand was created by Shaaanxo, the amazing New Zealand beauty YouTuber, and started out with makeup brushes. I'm a fan of these brushes, I own a few but not any of the new ones which are now being made in Italy. The first makeup products launched were the lipsticks and more recently highlighters. As a fan of Shannon and of makeup I, of course, had to pick up some. I did a first impressions video on the lipsticks as well so make sure to check that out.



When I saw the announcement video one lipstick, in particular, caught my eye immediately. Impavid is a gorgeous bright red and is a liquid lipstick. While my red lipstick collection is quite vast I just had to add this one. The applicator has flat sides, it's not angled, and is soft and flexible which allows an easy application. I always put on a lip liner first and try to paint within the lines. It's very comfortable to wear and is long lasting.



I wasn't initially planning on getting one of the bullet lipsticks but after seeing photos on Instagram of how amazing this colour looked on people I just had to get it. The lipstick is called Philocaly and is a nude matte shade. This shade for me is a 'your lips but better'. I absolutely love it. The lipstick is matte so it is a bit drying so make sure you've got some lip balm on hand. Both lipsticks smell amazing as well, Shannon describes it as a creme brulee scent. 


Highlighters are the most recent addition and of course, I had to watch the announcement video straight away. There are two shades: Lucent, which is a sandy golden shade & Aurora which is a pale, glowing champagne-pink. I went for Aurora as 'champagne-pink' just sounds magical as well as the name being that of one of my favourite Disney princesses.


Here are the swatches of the products. The highlighter is very fine and subtle which I like as I've never used a highlighter before.



Along with the highlighter, I also picked up a Sheer Powder Brush as Shannon used it in the announcement video and said it was a great brush to get a subtle glow. Anything she says is great I buy basically.

Have you tried any makeup from XO Beauty?

Ashley xx
 


These two books are quite different from each other but I found enjoyment in reading them both. One is the last book in a series which is a sequel to a classic story while the other is an account of a young woman and her experience as a model. If these minimal descriptions interest you, read on.

The End of OZ by Danielle Paige*
This is book four of the Dorothy Must Die Series. As of yet, I've only read book 3 of the series so am still unaware of the whole story. The End of OZ picks up where the last book finished with Amy, Nox & Madison being taken for a ride by the yellow brick road. They are dropped off in Ev, the home of the evil Nome King who has rescued Dorothy and wants to make her his bride. The trio must work with an old friend of Nox's in order to defeat the Nome King as well as their old enemy Dorothy.

I really enjoyed the book, I just think it's cool how the author came up with a creative sequel to a well-known story. While I haven't read the first two books I liked how Amy & Madison's relationship became more mature in a way. They put their differences & history aside to work together in a dangerous situation. Also, have to commend Madison who got thrown into a world she thought wasn't real and managed to keep herself together and was willing to help.

4 stars


Size Zero by Victoire Dauxerre*
This is an account of the author's experience as a fashion model. We've all heard the stories of what it is like for a model and this book really affirms that. It sounds horrible, honestly. Young girls are seduced by the glamour of it all but the realities are just awful. Victoire shares the pressure of being able to fit in a size 4. She only ate 3 apples a day to get her weight down and also used laxatives to keep it off. Alongside that pressure was how the models were treated, as live mannequins and walking clothes hangers. Made to stand for hours for a casting that they may not even get. The thing that really struck me was the loneliness of it all; the designers, hairdressers & makeup artists rarely spoke to them as well as the animosity between the models. The industry came off as cold and alienating. I would definitely recommend this book if you wanted a models perspective in the fashion industry.

3 stars

Have you read these books?

Ashley xx
* Review copies from HarperCollins NZ

Review | The End of OZ & Size Zero

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

 


These two books are quite different from each other but I found enjoyment in reading them both. One is the last book in a series which is a sequel to a classic story while the other is an account of a young woman and her experience as a model. If these minimal descriptions interest you, read on.

The End of OZ by Danielle Paige*
This is book four of the Dorothy Must Die Series. As of yet, I've only read book 3 of the series so am still unaware of the whole story. The End of OZ picks up where the last book finished with Amy, Nox & Madison being taken for a ride by the yellow brick road. They are dropped off in Ev, the home of the evil Nome King who has rescued Dorothy and wants to make her his bride. The trio must work with an old friend of Nox's in order to defeat the Nome King as well as their old enemy Dorothy.

I really enjoyed the book, I just think it's cool how the author came up with a creative sequel to a well-known story. While I haven't read the first two books I liked how Amy & Madison's relationship became more mature in a way. They put their differences & history aside to work together in a dangerous situation. Also, have to commend Madison who got thrown into a world she thought wasn't real and managed to keep herself together and was willing to help.

4 stars


Size Zero by Victoire Dauxerre*
This is an account of the author's experience as a fashion model. We've all heard the stories of what it is like for a model and this book really affirms that. It sounds horrible, honestly. Young girls are seduced by the glamour of it all but the realities are just awful. Victoire shares the pressure of being able to fit in a size 4. She only ate 3 apples a day to get her weight down and also used laxatives to keep it off. Alongside that pressure was how the models were treated, as live mannequins and walking clothes hangers. Made to stand for hours for a casting that they may not even get. The thing that really struck me was the loneliness of it all; the designers, hairdressers & makeup artists rarely spoke to them as well as the animosity between the models. The industry came off as cold and alienating. I would definitely recommend this book if you wanted a models perspective in the fashion industry.

3 stars

Have you read these books?

Ashley xx
* Review copies from HarperCollins NZ


I've been looking forward to starting these books for quite a while so am excited to finally start reading. This month I'm only aiming for two books, I'm trying to enjoy the reading rather than rush through it so I can get more books in. Start to regain my love of just snuggling up with a good book.

The Cows by Dawn O'Porter*
I think I've been looking forward to reading this book ever since I listened to her episode on Ctrl, Alt Delete (it's #5 so it's been a while). The book centres on Tara, Cam & Stella who are trying to live their lives as best as they can despite society telling them exactly how. They judge each other, themselves and try to find their voice in the noise of society. I really like how the title ties in with the story; women being put in a stereotype, having a sell-by-date and being coerced to move in the same direction. I'm a big fan of stories about women in modern society so am looking forward to getting started.

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight*
This book is pretty much perfect for me at the moment as I really need to get my sh*t together. 'How to stop worrying about what you should do so you can finish what you need to do and start doing what you want to do'. Yes Yes Yes. For me one of the biggest problems is my head + anxiety getting in the way and telling me to panic about everything. I'm always thinking that since I'm not doing what everyone else is I'm failing. I'm stuck in a hole and my head can't manage to think of a way out. So far I've had a look at the contents and there's a section on anxiety which I'm looking forward to. 

What are you planning on reading this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

Books to Read in July

Thursday, 6 July 2017



I've been looking forward to starting these books for quite a while so am excited to finally start reading. This month I'm only aiming for two books, I'm trying to enjoy the reading rather than rush through it so I can get more books in. Start to regain my love of just snuggling up with a good book.

The Cows by Dawn O'Porter*
I think I've been looking forward to reading this book ever since I listened to her episode on Ctrl, Alt Delete (it's #5 so it's been a while). The book centres on Tara, Cam & Stella who are trying to live their lives as best as they can despite society telling them exactly how. They judge each other, themselves and try to find their voice in the noise of society. I really like how the title ties in with the story; women being put in a stereotype, having a sell-by-date and being coerced to move in the same direction. I'm a big fan of stories about women in modern society so am looking forward to getting started.

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight*
This book is pretty much perfect for me at the moment as I really need to get my sh*t together. 'How to stop worrying about what you should do so you can finish what you need to do and start doing what you want to do'. Yes Yes Yes. For me one of the biggest problems is my head + anxiety getting in the way and telling me to panic about everything. I'm always thinking that since I'm not doing what everyone else is I'm failing. I'm stuck in a hole and my head can't manage to think of a way out. So far I've had a look at the contents and there's a section on anxiety which I'm looking forward to. 

What are you planning on reading this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

As June comes to a close I couldn't forgo my monthly favourites post. I actually remembered to jot some things done so had to go through with actually writing a post. We're over half way through the year which is unbelievable to think about. It doesn't really feel like it. My days just seem to blur together and with no differentiation in my life, it's all the same. There's actually quite a number of things I've been loving this month and includes a couple that only occurred within the last couple of days.

Melodrama
Lorde released her new album a few weeks ago and I've been loving it. I actually like all of the songs on the album which is very rare for me and can't stop listening. My favourites are Sober, Homemade Dynamite, Sober II (Melodrama), The Louvre & Green Light.

Versailles
I briefly mentioned this in my last post and is my latest obsession. The show follows Louis XIV and starts around the time where he turns Versailles into a palace and makes it the centre of his power and rule. The costumes are stunning and some scenes are actually filmed at Versailles which is cool. I think my favourite character would have to be Philippe, the king's brother. He's the best.

Why Millenials Move Overseas
Over June Britney uploaded a three-part series which looks into why millennials move overseas. She interviews her friends who have moved, ones that haven't as well as figuring out if it is something that is for her. I loved this series as it is something that I've been thinking about as well. A friend of mine moved to Canada to work for a couple of years or so and since she told me I started to wonder why I wasn't planning on doing anything. This feeling happens to me a lot, I see people doing stuff which in turn makes me feel bad about not doing it. It's something I want to do but not yet. You can watch her videos here

The Body Laid Bare
I only went and saw this yesterday so it is somewhat fresh in my mind. The artworks in the exhibition are from the Tate in London, it explores the way artists have depicted the human form from the 1700s to the 2000s. The exhibition is laid out chronologically so you start out with the earliest artworks and from room to room you move through time. I loved this exhibition, as an art history student it felt familiar and like home walking around and examining the art. I think overall I liked the first room with the earliest art the most, the works were more similar to that of the Renaissance period which is my main area of interest. I also loved seeing art from artists I studied back in high school in the flesh. It was a somewhat surreal experience to be able to see a Matisse, Picasso, de Chirico & Max Ernst in person. Special mention also to Auguste Rodin's The Kiss which was breathtaking. The exhibition is on until July 16 at the Auckland Art Gallery.

Watercolours
Painting is something I've wanted to get back into for a while and finally did it. At the moment I'm really interested in watercolours and how you can affect the art just by adding more water. I'm a little rusty so I'm going to try not get too discouraged with how average I am and keep at it.

What have you been loving in June?

Ashley xx

June Favourites

Friday, 30 June 2017


As June comes to a close I couldn't forgo my monthly favourites post. I actually remembered to jot some things done so had to go through with actually writing a post. We're over half way through the year which is unbelievable to think about. It doesn't really feel like it. My days just seem to blur together and with no differentiation in my life, it's all the same. There's actually quite a number of things I've been loving this month and includes a couple that only occurred within the last couple of days.

Melodrama
Lorde released her new album a few weeks ago and I've been loving it. I actually like all of the songs on the album which is very rare for me and can't stop listening. My favourites are Sober, Homemade Dynamite, Sober II (Melodrama), The Louvre & Green Light.

Versailles
I briefly mentioned this in my last post and is my latest obsession. The show follows Louis XIV and starts around the time where he turns Versailles into a palace and makes it the centre of his power and rule. The costumes are stunning and some scenes are actually filmed at Versailles which is cool. I think my favourite character would have to be Philippe, the king's brother. He's the best.

Why Millenials Move Overseas
Over June Britney uploaded a three-part series which looks into why millennials move overseas. She interviews her friends who have moved, ones that haven't as well as figuring out if it is something that is for her. I loved this series as it is something that I've been thinking about as well. A friend of mine moved to Canada to work for a couple of years or so and since she told me I started to wonder why I wasn't planning on doing anything. This feeling happens to me a lot, I see people doing stuff which in turn makes me feel bad about not doing it. It's something I want to do but not yet. You can watch her videos here

The Body Laid Bare
I only went and saw this yesterday so it is somewhat fresh in my mind. The artworks in the exhibition are from the Tate in London, it explores the way artists have depicted the human form from the 1700s to the 2000s. The exhibition is laid out chronologically so you start out with the earliest artworks and from room to room you move through time. I loved this exhibition, as an art history student it felt familiar and like home walking around and examining the art. I think overall I liked the first room with the earliest art the most, the works were more similar to that of the Renaissance period which is my main area of interest. I also loved seeing art from artists I studied back in high school in the flesh. It was a somewhat surreal experience to be able to see a Matisse, Picasso, de Chirico & Max Ernst in person. Special mention also to Auguste Rodin's The Kiss which was breathtaking. The exhibition is on until July 16 at the Auckland Art Gallery.

Watercolours
Painting is something I've wanted to get back into for a while and finally did it. At the moment I'm really interested in watercolours and how you can affect the art just by adding more water. I'm a little rusty so I'm going to try not get too discouraged with how average I am and keep at it.

What have you been loving in June?

Ashley xx

Lately, I've been uninspired in relation to this blog. All my standard ideas for posts bore me and I can't come up with anything creative to warrant me putting the time in to do a post. I always tend to be hard on myself when it comes to deadlines, with essays at uni and with blog posts. In my head I have a schedule for things and it has to be done by then otherwise I just feel like I've failed. 

On Twitter I saw a discussion on publishing blog posts at a set time and whether people actually care. I myself, as well as most others it seems, don't wait around to read a post as soon as it's published. When I get the time or am in the mood I go through my Bloglovin' feed which just has every post of all the blogs I follow. All the posts are there and I know which ones I haven't read yet, it's great. So with that in mind, I started to wonder why I stick to a schedule. As of now, it's more habit than anything else. Sooo I'm ditching my schedule, I'll still probably stick with posts on Tuesday & Thursday but the time I press publish will just be whenever.

I think my inspiration and joie de vie as it were is at a low. I just feel like I'm walking without moving or swimming against a current, whatever analogy you prefer. At the moment I just don't know what to do, my life is stagnant and really has no central purpose. I've made the decision to go back to uni next year, to do a degree which will really help me move towards the career I want. Until then I don't know what to do. I'm applying for jobs but getting nowhere, I'm also applying for volunteer positions at museums but haven't heard back about anything yet. I'm constantly waiting for something to happen. There's also other issues which I should probably attempt to deal with but just can't be bothered.

Until something happens or my mood changes I'm just gonna do whatever I feel excited about. At the moment I'm really enjoying making videos for my YouTube channel. I upload on Fridays and tomorrow's vid is really cool if I do say so. Other things that make my heart pulse with a feeling I'm not quite sure of but I think it might be passion is learning French on Duolingo and a TV show called Versailles. It follows Louis XIV and him turning Versailles into the palace it is today. Thanks to that show I've now fallen down the rabbit hole in regards to French royal history and need to know everything. I've also just bought a book which is about the movie Marie Antionette, it is by Sofia Coppola and has the most stunning pictures. It's one of my favourite movies and I can't wait till it arrives. I'm also reminiscing about my days as an art history student and I'm really missing learning about paintings and the lives of those they depict. I often think about what I would do for my Masters. There's a number of avenues I could go down but as usual, I can't decide. I'm one of those people who really enjoyed uni and learning, I actually can't wait till I have something to work towards.

As previously mentioned above Bloglovin' is an awesome website and you can follow my blog here.

Ashley xx

Don't Force It

Thursday, 22 June 2017


Lately, I've been uninspired in relation to this blog. All my standard ideas for posts bore me and I can't come up with anything creative to warrant me putting the time in to do a post. I always tend to be hard on myself when it comes to deadlines, with essays at uni and with blog posts. In my head I have a schedule for things and it has to be done by then otherwise I just feel like I've failed. 

On Twitter I saw a discussion on publishing blog posts at a set time and whether people actually care. I myself, as well as most others it seems, don't wait around to read a post as soon as it's published. When I get the time or am in the mood I go through my Bloglovin' feed which just has every post of all the blogs I follow. All the posts are there and I know which ones I haven't read yet, it's great. So with that in mind, I started to wonder why I stick to a schedule. As of now, it's more habit than anything else. Sooo I'm ditching my schedule, I'll still probably stick with posts on Tuesday & Thursday but the time I press publish will just be whenever.

I think my inspiration and joie de vie as it were is at a low. I just feel like I'm walking without moving or swimming against a current, whatever analogy you prefer. At the moment I just don't know what to do, my life is stagnant and really has no central purpose. I've made the decision to go back to uni next year, to do a degree which will really help me move towards the career I want. Until then I don't know what to do. I'm applying for jobs but getting nowhere, I'm also applying for volunteer positions at museums but haven't heard back about anything yet. I'm constantly waiting for something to happen. There's also other issues which I should probably attempt to deal with but just can't be bothered.

Until something happens or my mood changes I'm just gonna do whatever I feel excited about. At the moment I'm really enjoying making videos for my YouTube channel. I upload on Fridays and tomorrow's vid is really cool if I do say so. Other things that make my heart pulse with a feeling I'm not quite sure of but I think it might be passion is learning French on Duolingo and a TV show called Versailles. It follows Louis XIV and him turning Versailles into the palace it is today. Thanks to that show I've now fallen down the rabbit hole in regards to French royal history and need to know everything. I've also just bought a book which is about the movie Marie Antionette, it is by Sofia Coppola and has the most stunning pictures. It's one of my favourite movies and I can't wait till it arrives. I'm also reminiscing about my days as an art history student and I'm really missing learning about paintings and the lives of those they depict. I often think about what I would do for my Masters. There's a number of avenues I could go down but as usual, I can't decide. I'm one of those people who really enjoyed uni and learning, I actually can't wait till I have something to work towards.

As previously mentioned above Bloglovin' is an awesome website and you can follow my blog here.

Ashley xx

I teased a little bit of the review of these three books in my last post so it was only fair that I should attempt to properly write about them. I'm pretty sure these were re-released as they were published in 1999 & 2000. Something which I thought was pretty cool is that in The Firemaker*  the author has written an introduction in which he shares his first trip to China, how he became fascinated with the country as well as how he researched for the stories and the real people who inspired the characters. I just thought it was an interesting insight into the series before I started the books.

I was sent the first three books in the series from Hachette NZ, The Firemaker, The Fourth Sacrifice* & The Killing Room*. There are also three other books in the series and they're on my to-read list, I'm interested in how the story of Li & Margaret develops.

The first book, The Firemaker, sets up the premise of the series. We're introduced to the two main characters, Li Yan is a Beijing detective & Margaret Campbell is an American pathologist. To escape her past Margaret takes up a teaching position at a Beijing University and ends up helping Li's investigation. Their relationship started out rocky but over the short period together they grow closer. Their relationship throughout the books is intense, they either hate each other or love each other. Most of the time it's both.

So each of the books covers a different investigation which so far manages to put them both in danger. While at times they're not too happy about working together they make a good team, making up for each other's weaknesses. Something I found interesting when reading the books was while they are crime stories that aspect sort of took a back seat and was more about Li & Margaret's relationship. It was explored through the cases they did and how they had to work together.

The crimes themselves are really interesting as well as clever, usually it's not until the end where you kind of get an idea of who is behind it all. Something else I found interesting with the cases is the link to people in powerful positions. I don't want to spoil it too much so I might just leave it there.

Like I said I really enjoyed the books and am interested in seeing how Li & Margaret's relationship plays out. I rated the first two 3.5 stars & the last 4 stars.

Have you read any of the China Thriller series?

Ashley xx
*Review copies 

Review | The Firemaker, The Fourth Sacrifice & The Killing Room by Peter May

Thursday, 15 June 2017


I teased a little bit of the review of these three books in my last post so it was only fair that I should attempt to properly write about them. I'm pretty sure these were re-released as they were published in 1999 & 2000. Something which I thought was pretty cool is that in The Firemaker*  the author has written an introduction in which he shares his first trip to China, how he became fascinated with the country as well as how he researched for the stories and the real people who inspired the characters. I just thought it was an interesting insight into the series before I started the books.

I was sent the first three books in the series from Hachette NZ, The Firemaker, The Fourth Sacrifice* & The Killing Room*. There are also three other books in the series and they're on my to-read list, I'm interested in how the story of Li & Margaret develops.

The first book, The Firemaker, sets up the premise of the series. We're introduced to the two main characters, Li Yan is a Beijing detective & Margaret Campbell is an American pathologist. To escape her past Margaret takes up a teaching position at a Beijing University and ends up helping Li's investigation. Their relationship started out rocky but over the short period together they grow closer. Their relationship throughout the books is intense, they either hate each other or love each other. Most of the time it's both.

So each of the books covers a different investigation which so far manages to put them both in danger. While at times they're not too happy about working together they make a good team, making up for each other's weaknesses. Something I found interesting when reading the books was while they are crime stories that aspect sort of took a back seat and was more about Li & Margaret's relationship. It was explored through the cases they did and how they had to work together.

The crimes themselves are really interesting as well as clever, usually it's not until the end where you kind of get an idea of who is behind it all. Something else I found interesting with the cases is the link to people in powerful positions. I don't want to spoil it too much so I might just leave it there.

Like I said I really enjoyed the books and am interested in seeing how Li & Margaret's relationship plays out. I rated the first two 3.5 stars & the last 4 stars.

Have you read any of the China Thriller series?

Ashley xx
*Review copies 


I mentioned in Tuesday's post how I can't believe it's already the middle of the year. I still feel like I haven't really started 2017, nothing has happened to propel myself somewhere. I'm still standing still. One thing that has been moving along is my reading which is great. I'm really excited about the books I'm planning to get to this month.


These two are what I am currently reading. Both are part of series and ones that I really love. The End of OZ by Danielle Paige* is the fourth book in the Dorothy Must Die series and so far I've only read the one before it, Yellow Brick War. The first two are on my long list of books to read and I'll eventually get to them. This book picks up where the last left off; Amy, Nox & Madison have been uprooted by the Yellow Brick Road from Oz and been dumped in the dark world of Ev. Along with Dorothy they have another enemy to defeat, the Nome King and unfortunately for them it seems he's taken a shine to Dorothy. I just think this is such a creative sequel to the original story and I'm really enjoying the book just as much as its predecessor. 

Who's Afraid Too? by Maria Lewis* is the sequel to Who's Afraid. The story follows Tommi who discovers after a trip to New Zealand to meet her father's side of the family that she is a werewolf. The story picks up with Tommi and Lorcan in Berlin living and training with the Rogues which are a group of fellow werewolves who essentially made their own pack. Along with learning how to sharpen her new skills Tommi is also learning about her Maori ancestry and also figuring out her relationship with Lorcan. So far I'm not up to when the antagonist shows up but for now I'm enjoying getting to know Tommi again, she's pretty cool.



These books I hope to get to this month. I've never read any of Roxane Gay's work before but have heard great things. Difficult Women* is a collection of stories about a variety of women. Women of wealth & poverty, women in loving relationships and women who are not. The stories are a glimpse into modern America. Feminist literature is an area I haven't read much of but want to and if anyone has any recommendations I would love to hear.

Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie* is fifteen suggestions for how to empower a young girl to be a strong, independent woman. These were written in response to a letter from a friend asking Chimamanda's advice on how to raise her daughter as a feminist. Women of all ages will find this book beneficial, not only for raising daughters but for themselves.

Size Zero by Victoire Dauxerre* follows her career as a model starting at the young age of 17. Her story looks at the dark aspect of modelling with her urged to become thinner by designers and photographers. While Dauxerre's story is confronting I'm looking forward to reading her journey.

What books do you plan on reading this month?

Ashley xx
* Review copies

Books to Read in June

Thursday, 8 June 2017



I mentioned in Tuesday's post how I can't believe it's already the middle of the year. I still feel like I haven't really started 2017, nothing has happened to propel myself somewhere. I'm still standing still. One thing that has been moving along is my reading which is great. I'm really excited about the books I'm planning to get to this month.


These two are what I am currently reading. Both are part of series and ones that I really love. The End of OZ by Danielle Paige* is the fourth book in the Dorothy Must Die series and so far I've only read the one before it, Yellow Brick War. The first two are on my long list of books to read and I'll eventually get to them. This book picks up where the last left off; Amy, Nox & Madison have been uprooted by the Yellow Brick Road from Oz and been dumped in the dark world of Ev. Along with Dorothy they have another enemy to defeat, the Nome King and unfortunately for them it seems he's taken a shine to Dorothy. I just think this is such a creative sequel to the original story and I'm really enjoying the book just as much as its predecessor. 

Who's Afraid Too? by Maria Lewis* is the sequel to Who's Afraid. The story follows Tommi who discovers after a trip to New Zealand to meet her father's side of the family that she is a werewolf. The story picks up with Tommi and Lorcan in Berlin living and training with the Rogues which are a group of fellow werewolves who essentially made their own pack. Along with learning how to sharpen her new skills Tommi is also learning about her Maori ancestry and also figuring out her relationship with Lorcan. So far I'm not up to when the antagonist shows up but for now I'm enjoying getting to know Tommi again, she's pretty cool.



These books I hope to get to this month. I've never read any of Roxane Gay's work before but have heard great things. Difficult Women* is a collection of stories about a variety of women. Women of wealth & poverty, women in loving relationships and women who are not. The stories are a glimpse into modern America. Feminist literature is an area I haven't read much of but want to and if anyone has any recommendations I would love to hear.

Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie* is fifteen suggestions for how to empower a young girl to be a strong, independent woman. These were written in response to a letter from a friend asking Chimamanda's advice on how to raise her daughter as a feminist. Women of all ages will find this book beneficial, not only for raising daughters but for themselves.

Size Zero by Victoire Dauxerre* follows her career as a model starting at the young age of 17. Her story looks at the dark aspect of modelling with her urged to become thinner by designers and photographers. While Dauxerre's story is confronting I'm looking forward to reading her journey.

What books do you plan on reading this month?

Ashley xx
* Review copies



Well I did it, I survived. That could be one of the favourites, I survived a week on my own. It was nerve-wracking to say the least, especially at night. Honestly, the worst thing was my own paranoia and believe me I was constantly on the edge of a panic attack throughout. And now the whole fam is back and I've got some new stuff. I'll share what I got in a video. Also is anyone else freaking out it's now the middle of the year?


L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask & Lioele A.C Control Night Spot
I wrote about these two products in my New in Skincare post and am really loving them. The face mask works really well and it also smells so nice which is a plus. I'm pretty sure the Night Spot treatment works. I've used it numerous times, I don't see an immediate change but I think it clears them away faster which is great.

Grey Oversized Cardigan 
I showed this on my latest clothing haul video and is from The Warehouse. I ended up getting a size too big but it's still a nice item to throw on over whatever you're wearing. It's got some tie detailing on the sides and has a hood.

The Firemaker, The Fourth Sacrifice & The Killing Room by Peter May*
As you can imagine these three took me a while to get through. These are part of the China Thriller series and follows a Chinese cop and an American pathologist. I'm going to do a review on them next week so keep an eye out for that.

What have you been loving in May?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

May Favourites

Tuesday, 6 June 2017




Well I did it, I survived. That could be one of the favourites, I survived a week on my own. It was nerve-wracking to say the least, especially at night. Honestly, the worst thing was my own paranoia and believe me I was constantly on the edge of a panic attack throughout. And now the whole fam is back and I've got some new stuff. I'll share what I got in a video. Also is anyone else freaking out it's now the middle of the year?


L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask & Lioele A.C Control Night Spot
I wrote about these two products in my New in Skincare post and am really loving them. The face mask works really well and it also smells so nice which is a plus. I'm pretty sure the Night Spot treatment works. I've used it numerous times, I don't see an immediate change but I think it clears them away faster which is great.

Grey Oversized Cardigan 
I showed this on my latest clothing haul video and is from The Warehouse. I ended up getting a size too big but it's still a nice item to throw on over whatever you're wearing. It's got some tie detailing on the sides and has a hood.

The Firemaker, The Fourth Sacrifice & The Killing Room by Peter May*
As you can imagine these three took me a while to get through. These are part of the China Thriller series and follows a Chinese cop and an American pathologist. I'm going to do a review on them next week so keep an eye out for that.

What have you been loving in May?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

May has been a break from the norm for me as my parents went on their 'OE' at the start of the month. My siblings left and are over in Hawaii with them so I'm left on my own with only the dogs for company. I won't lie it's not been overly great. My anxiety is at an all time high especially at night but having the dogs here helps. It also sucks cause I don't know how to drive yet so have to walk 30 mins to my nearest bus stop which just puts me off. So I've just been at home reading.



A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom*
After finishing The Glass Universe* I just found this book so much easier to read, the language and the way it was written wasn't too complex. The story follows Mel who is coping with a mental illness as well some complicated friendships. None of her friends know about her illness, she wants to keep it that way as well as what happened with her brother. I really enjoyed the story especially one about a character with mental illness. I related a lot with Mel in her handling her illness as well as keeping people at a distance.

3.5 stars


Perfect by Cecilia Ahern*
This is the sequel to Flawed* and we pick up where we left off where Celestine has become an 'evader' and has gone into hiding. It's been a long time between books so I was very lost when reading and I couldn't remember anything. I really liked Celestine's character development. She becomes more sure of herself, confident and becomes a leader. She risks her own outcome to help the Flawed population. The only thing I felt off about was her relationship with Carrick, it went intense real fast. To be fair I can't remember the first book at all and also their situation is what brought them together so they've got a close bond.

3 stars

What books have you been reading this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies from HarperCollins NZ

Review | A Tragic Kind of Wonderful & Perfect

Thursday, 25 May 2017


May has been a break from the norm for me as my parents went on their 'OE' at the start of the month. My siblings left and are over in Hawaii with them so I'm left on my own with only the dogs for company. I won't lie it's not been overly great. My anxiety is at an all time high especially at night but having the dogs here helps. It also sucks cause I don't know how to drive yet so have to walk 30 mins to my nearest bus stop which just puts me off. So I've just been at home reading.



A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom*
After finishing The Glass Universe* I just found this book so much easier to read, the language and the way it was written wasn't too complex. The story follows Mel who is coping with a mental illness as well some complicated friendships. None of her friends know about her illness, she wants to keep it that way as well as what happened with her brother. I really enjoyed the story especially one about a character with mental illness. I related a lot with Mel in her handling her illness as well as keeping people at a distance.

3.5 stars


Perfect by Cecilia Ahern*
This is the sequel to Flawed* and we pick up where we left off where Celestine has become an 'evader' and has gone into hiding. It's been a long time between books so I was very lost when reading and I couldn't remember anything. I really liked Celestine's character development. She becomes more sure of herself, confident and becomes a leader. She risks her own outcome to help the Flawed population. The only thing I felt off about was her relationship with Carrick, it went intense real fast. To be fair I can't remember the first book at all and also their situation is what brought them together so they've got a close bond.

3 stars

What books have you been reading this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies from HarperCollins NZ

Ever since I got my first proper fragrance (Curious by Britney Spears) I've worn some every day. I have a number of them which I alternatively wear, I just look at them in the morning and pick. I saw the newest YSL fragrance floating around on my favourite beauty blogs so I headed to my nearest pharmacy to have a look. I had a voucher and was in the mood to buy but had trouble picking between Nuit Blanche & Floral shock. They both smelled similar to me but in the end, I went with Nuit Blanche.

Nuit Blanche translated means 'White Night'. It's a all night arts festival in Paris and the fragrance is inspired by the night life.



From an aesthitic point of view the packaging, both the bottle and the box, is stunning. The bottle is black and glittery with an infusion of pink/purple. I got the 50 ml bottle and is the perfect size to fit in your hand.

The scent is sweet but in a dark mysterious way. The notes include the combination of coffee with sparkling orange blossom illuminated by white musk. There's also vanilla, bourbon pepper, smooth rice and sandalwood. It smells amazing and is definietly my first 'sophicated' fragrance that I've ever owned.

Do you have a YSL fragrance? What is your favourite?

Ashley xx

YSL | Black Opium Nuit Blanche

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Ever since I got my first proper fragrance (Curious by Britney Spears) I've worn some every day. I have a number of them which I alternatively wear, I just look at them in the morning and pick. I saw the newest YSL fragrance floating around on my favourite beauty blogs so I headed to my nearest pharmacy to have a look. I had a voucher and was in the mood to buy but had trouble picking between Nuit Blanche & Floral shock. They both smelled similar to me but in the end, I went with Nuit Blanche.

Nuit Blanche translated means 'White Night'. It's a all night arts festival in Paris and the fragrance is inspired by the night life.



From an aesthitic point of view the packaging, both the bottle and the box, is stunning. The bottle is black and glittery with an infusion of pink/purple. I got the 50 ml bottle and is the perfect size to fit in your hand.

The scent is sweet but in a dark mysterious way. The notes include the combination of coffee with sparkling orange blossom illuminated by white musk. There's also vanilla, bourbon pepper, smooth rice and sandalwood. It smells amazing and is definietly my first 'sophicated' fragrance that I've ever owned.

Do you have a YSL fragrance? What is your favourite?

Ashley xx

Skincare has always been a guessing game with me. I've never really found products that worked well with my skin so I'm always wanting to try new products out. I've been using these three products for a while now and I think they're helping. I'm not entirely sure, my skin starts to improve then all of a sudden my face erupts. Overall though it is better than it was so that's something at least.



L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask // $24.99
I've seen these pop up on a number of NZ beauty blogs and have been getting great reviews. There are three different masks which makes it hard to choose just one but I went with the charcoal mask which detoxifies the skin and gives a brighter complexion. The mask also absorbs excess oils which for me having oily/combination skin sounded perfect. The mask itself is very thick and you don't need that much to cover your face. This is without a doubt the nicest smelling mask I've ever had, it's very fragrant but isn't too overpowering. The mask does what it says, you can see the oil being pulled from your skin and I definitely noticed my skin was brighter after I first used it. Overall I'm really liking it.




Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Moisturiser* 
I received this when I went to the Proctor & Gamble event back in March and have used it in conjunction with my regular moisturiser. It's thick, creamy and once again you don't need a large amount especially when combining it with another moisturiser. It smells amazing and feels very nourishing on the skin. 



Lioele A.C Control Night Spot // $16.95
Once again I've seen this praised by beauty bloggers/vloggers so I had to try it for myself. I got this off Makeup.co.nz and at the moment they've got free shipping on Lioele products. Unlike the other two products, this one does not smell particularly nice with it having a chemical scent to it. It's supposed to work overnight to smooth and reduce irritation and redness as well as control excess sebum. As you can see the pink powder is separated from the liquid and you dip a cotton bud into the powder and dab it on your spots. Usually, there's enough on there for all of my spots (and there's a lot) but if you need more make sure to use a clean bud. I think it works, I haven't noticed immediate changes but the spots I cover seem to be disappearing. 

What skincare products do you love?

Ashley xx
*PR Sample

New in Skincare | L'Oreal Paris, Olay & Lioele

Thursday, 18 May 2017


Skincare has always been a guessing game with me. I've never really found products that worked well with my skin so I'm always wanting to try new products out. I've been using these three products for a while now and I think they're helping. I'm not entirely sure, my skin starts to improve then all of a sudden my face erupts. Overall though it is better than it was so that's something at least.



L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask // $24.99
I've seen these pop up on a number of NZ beauty blogs and have been getting great reviews. There are three different masks which makes it hard to choose just one but I went with the charcoal mask which detoxifies the skin and gives a brighter complexion. The mask also absorbs excess oils which for me having oily/combination skin sounded perfect. The mask itself is very thick and you don't need that much to cover your face. This is without a doubt the nicest smelling mask I've ever had, it's very fragrant but isn't too overpowering. The mask does what it says, you can see the oil being pulled from your skin and I definitely noticed my skin was brighter after I first used it. Overall I'm really liking it.




Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Moisturiser* 
I received this when I went to the Proctor & Gamble event back in March and have used it in conjunction with my regular moisturiser. It's thick, creamy and once again you don't need a large amount especially when combining it with another moisturiser. It smells amazing and feels very nourishing on the skin. 



Lioele A.C Control Night Spot // $16.95
Once again I've seen this praised by beauty bloggers/vloggers so I had to try it for myself. I got this off Makeup.co.nz and at the moment they've got free shipping on Lioele products. Unlike the other two products, this one does not smell particularly nice with it having a chemical scent to it. It's supposed to work overnight to smooth and reduce irritation and redness as well as control excess sebum. As you can see the pink powder is separated from the liquid and you dip a cotton bud into the powder and dab it on your spots. Usually, there's enough on there for all of my spots (and there's a lot) but if you need more make sure to use a clean bud. I think it works, I haven't noticed immediate changes but the spots I cover seem to be disappearing. 

What skincare products do you love?

Ashley xx
*PR Sample

Paris has always been for me my dream city even though I've never actually been there. There's just something about it that's just so magical that it even gives you the sense of wonderment through photos. Lately, I've been more fascinated with the city than usual which possibly could be as a result of me following a number of French bloggers on Instagram. I love their photos as well as their stories and while I can't understand most of them I just love seeing France through their eyes. Here are some of the gorgeous ladies I've been following.


Paris in Four Months


Carin is from Sweden and is a photographer living in Paris. I know, the dream right. Of course, all of her photos are stunning making everywhere she goes picturesque. At the moment she is in Japan and it just looks amazing. Check out her blog for more photos.


Daphné Moreau/Mode and the City


Not only do I follow Daphné for her amazing photos of the city but also because I really love her style and have saved her photos for inspiration. She also has a really cute dog as well which I am obsessed with. Check out her blog for more photos.


Emilie Brunette 

Image from Emilie Brunette

Once again Emilie's Instagram is full of gorgeous pictures, not only of Paris but of her style as well which I love. Check out her blog for more photos. 


Laura Loves Clothes


Laura's photos are different from the others I've mentioned as they have some sort of filter on them which makes the brightness duller. I'm not sure how else to describe them other than they're stunning. Check out her blog for more photos. 

What are your favourite Instagram accounts to follow?

Ashley xx

Dreaming of Paris...

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Paris has always been for me my dream city even though I've never actually been there. There's just something about it that's just so magical that it even gives you the sense of wonderment through photos. Lately, I've been more fascinated with the city than usual which possibly could be as a result of me following a number of French bloggers on Instagram. I love their photos as well as their stories and while I can't understand most of them I just love seeing France through their eyes. Here are some of the gorgeous ladies I've been following.


Paris in Four Months


Carin is from Sweden and is a photographer living in Paris. I know, the dream right. Of course, all of her photos are stunning making everywhere she goes picturesque. At the moment she is in Japan and it just looks amazing. Check out her blog for more photos.


Daphné Moreau/Mode and the City


Not only do I follow Daphné for her amazing photos of the city but also because I really love her style and have saved her photos for inspiration. She also has a really cute dog as well which I am obsessed with. Check out her blog for more photos.


Emilie Brunette 

Image from Emilie Brunette

Once again Emilie's Instagram is full of gorgeous pictures, not only of Paris but of her style as well which I love. Check out her blog for more photos. 


Laura Loves Clothes


Laura's photos are different from the others I've mentioned as they have some sort of filter on them which makes the brightness duller. I'm not sure how else to describe them other than they're stunning. Check out her blog for more photos. 

What are your favourite Instagram accounts to follow?

Ashley xx

I have recently gotten some new clothes from The Warehouse and thought it would be easier to show them on video rather than a post. I think these are from the Autumn/Winter range. I really like the pieces I got and would be great for an Autumn look.

Ashley xx




The Warehouse Fashion Haul

Thursday, 11 May 2017


I have recently gotten some new clothes from The Warehouse and thought it would be easier to show them on video rather than a post. I think these are from the Autumn/Winter range. I really like the pieces I got and would be great for an Autumn look.

Ashley xx





I don't go onto 1-Day very often as this tends to happen. I see something cool and I get this overwhelming desire that I need it in my life. As you will see this happened three times. I've now officially put myself under a spending ban and am avoiding any online shopping sites. If you don't already know 1-Day has three different sale options which change every day at 12 pm. Currently, there's a Health & Beauty Bargain sale which I am avoiding.

Liberty Light Box
I've seen these frequently pop up generally over on Instagram and I've always wanted one. My wishes were answered when I randomly went on 1-Day and saw it on sale. It was quickly added to my shopping cart and arrived soon after. I haven't yet properly used it as it needs batteries and of course, there's none what so ever in the house. 

Beauty & the Beast Book
This is the book of the movie and of course as a massive Disney fan I had to get it. They also had the original animated version but I liked the cover of this one more. I've seen the movie (you can see my review here) but I haven't read the book yet. I keep forgetting to. It's not that big so it wouldn't take me that long, hopefully. 

3D Optical Illusion Light
I mentioned this in my April Favourites and is the latest item I bought off the website. Once again I randomly went on it, saw this and had to have it. It lights in a number of different colours and can be run by batteries or via a USB. I was so glad when I saw it came with a USB as like I mentioned before there are no batteries. At the moment it's on my desk and plugged into my computer.

Have you bought anything off 1-Day?

Ashley xx

1-Day Haul

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


I don't go onto 1-Day very often as this tends to happen. I see something cool and I get this overwhelming desire that I need it in my life. As you will see this happened three times. I've now officially put myself under a spending ban and am avoiding any online shopping sites. If you don't already know 1-Day has three different sale options which change every day at 12 pm. Currently, there's a Health & Beauty Bargain sale which I am avoiding.

Liberty Light Box
I've seen these frequently pop up generally over on Instagram and I've always wanted one. My wishes were answered when I randomly went on 1-Day and saw it on sale. It was quickly added to my shopping cart and arrived soon after. I haven't yet properly used it as it needs batteries and of course, there's none what so ever in the house. 

Beauty & the Beast Book
This is the book of the movie and of course as a massive Disney fan I had to get it. They also had the original animated version but I liked the cover of this one more. I've seen the movie (you can see my review here) but I haven't read the book yet. I keep forgetting to. It's not that big so it wouldn't take me that long, hopefully. 

3D Optical Illusion Light
I mentioned this in my April Favourites and is the latest item I bought off the website. Once again I randomly went on it, saw this and had to have it. It lights in a number of different colours and can be run by batteries or via a USB. I was so glad when I saw it came with a USB as like I mentioned before there are no batteries. At the moment it's on my desk and plugged into my computer.

Have you bought anything off 1-Day?

Ashley xx

Something old and something new is definitely a theme with the books I'm planning to read this month. The two from Hachette NZ are the same ones I mentioned last month while the two from HarperCollins NZ haven't been mentioned on the blog yet. I'm sure I am not the only one who has noticed the drop in temperature recently, while I hate the cold I do love to snuggle up and read. Here's hoping it will get me reading more.

The Firemaker by Peter May*
I've nearly finished this and have really enjoyed it. The story spans over five days or so but it feels longer. Either that's down to me reading over a long period of time, the long chapters or how a lot has happened in the story. The characters also mentioned this so I can't be the only one.

Perfect by Cecilia Ahern*
This is the sequel to Flawed which I reviewed last year. The story follows Celestine who lives in this strange world where there are 'rules' which people have to follow. If people do not they are physically branded as 'flawed' and are outcasts. Celestine broke the rules in helping a flawed person and as such gets herself branded. In this book, she is on the run with powerful people coming after her. She has a secret which could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling and has to decide whether to save herself or all of the Flawed people. I enjoyed the first book to am looking forward to seeing how the story progresses.


The Fourth Sacrifice by Peter May*
I summarised this in last months post but now that I'm almost at the end of The Firemaker I am interested to know why Li & Campbell's relationship is strained given how close they are in this book.

The End of OZ by Danielle Paige*
This is the fourth book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I reviewed the third book, Yellow Brick War, last year. Yellow Brick War was the first book of the series that I've read, the first two are on my to-read list, and I really enjoyed it. From memory I think I found it really easy to read and I loved the twist the classic tale of Oz. The series follows Amy, who like Dorothy, is from Kansas and was swept up by a tornado and taken to Oz. In this book, the Yellow Brick Road is leading her to the dark world of Ev where there is a new powerful enemy in the Nome King. As I enjoyed the previous book I'm confident I'll love this one too.

What books are you planning to read this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

Books to Read in May

Friday, 5 May 2017


Something old and something new is definitely a theme with the books I'm planning to read this month. The two from Hachette NZ are the same ones I mentioned last month while the two from HarperCollins NZ haven't been mentioned on the blog yet. I'm sure I am not the only one who has noticed the drop in temperature recently, while I hate the cold I do love to snuggle up and read. Here's hoping it will get me reading more.

The Firemaker by Peter May*
I've nearly finished this and have really enjoyed it. The story spans over five days or so but it feels longer. Either that's down to me reading over a long period of time, the long chapters or how a lot has happened in the story. The characters also mentioned this so I can't be the only one.

Perfect by Cecilia Ahern*
This is the sequel to Flawed which I reviewed last year. The story follows Celestine who lives in this strange world where there are 'rules' which people have to follow. If people do not they are physically branded as 'flawed' and are outcasts. Celestine broke the rules in helping a flawed person and as such gets herself branded. In this book, she is on the run with powerful people coming after her. She has a secret which could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling and has to decide whether to save herself or all of the Flawed people. I enjoyed the first book to am looking forward to seeing how the story progresses.


The Fourth Sacrifice by Peter May*
I summarised this in last months post but now that I'm almost at the end of The Firemaker I am interested to know why Li & Campbell's relationship is strained given how close they are in this book.

The End of OZ by Danielle Paige*
This is the fourth book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I reviewed the third book, Yellow Brick War, last year. Yellow Brick War was the first book of the series that I've read, the first two are on my to-read list, and I really enjoyed it. From memory I think I found it really easy to read and I loved the twist the classic tale of Oz. The series follows Amy, who like Dorothy, is from Kansas and was swept up by a tornado and taken to Oz. In this book, the Yellow Brick Road is leading her to the dark world of Ev where there is a new powerful enemy in the Nome King. As I enjoyed the previous book I'm confident I'll love this one too.

What books are you planning to read this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies

I'm a very nostalgic person as well as finding it interesting in seeing what I was loving this time last year. I guess that's the great thing about having a blog. In 2016 my April Favourites consisted of a lipstick I still adore and a book that shares a theme with something that's in this favourites post. Seems I haven't changed at all. 

Enchanted Pizza Pin
If you can recall back to my February Favourites post I showed off the first pin I got from OH YOU FOX. Well I got another one, I'm becoming obsessed with pins at the moment. When I saw Vix tweet the concept images of this pin I just knew I had to have it (I even mentioned it in the February Favourites post). It's the enchanted rose case from Beauty & the Beast but instead of the rose, it's a pizza. This is limited edition so I'm glad I got my hands on it. As well as this one there are a couple of new pins so make sure to check them out.

3D Illusion Light
There's a good reason why I shouldn't go onto shopping websites as I end up seeing something I really love and have no other option than to buy it. 1-Day is a site that always seems to have random cool things for sale such as this Eiffel Tower 3D Light. As we all well know I go weak for anything Paris related and that fact that it was a cool light sold me (I have a thing for lights too). It can be battery powered but it also comes with a USB to you can plug it in and it will go. I think it has seven colours it can be but I usually just put it onto the setting which makes it flash all of them. I got a bit confused with the 3D thing but I think you have to view it from afar to achieve the effect.

URBN Wild: Babe Vibes 'series'
I've been following Britney via her blog & YouTube for a while now, back before she rebranded to Urbn Wild. Her videos + posts are amazing and in particular I love the babe vibes 'series' in which she interviews cool ladies doing some amazing things. Britney also has written some amazing personal posts which I find relatable most of the time. It's a great feeling knowing you're not the only one who thinks and feels in a similar way.

Paris & Monte Carlo
Very recently I was overcome with an obsession with Paris, more than usual I might add. It really started when I rewatched Monte Carlo, the one with Selena Gomez and Blair Waldrof aka Leighton Meester. Basically Grace, her best friend Emma and step-sister Meg go on a trip to Paris but ends up not being the best. Grace gets mistaken for a British heiress and the three wind up in Monte Carlo. I actually really love this movie and feel I could watch it over and over again.

What have you been loving in April?

Ashley xx

April Favourites

Tuesday, 2 May 2017


I'm a very nostalgic person as well as finding it interesting in seeing what I was loving this time last year. I guess that's the great thing about having a blog. In 2016 my April Favourites consisted of a lipstick I still adore and a book that shares a theme with something that's in this favourites post. Seems I haven't changed at all. 

Enchanted Pizza Pin
If you can recall back to my February Favourites post I showed off the first pin I got from OH YOU FOX. Well I got another one, I'm becoming obsessed with pins at the moment. When I saw Vix tweet the concept images of this pin I just knew I had to have it (I even mentioned it in the February Favourites post). It's the enchanted rose case from Beauty & the Beast but instead of the rose, it's a pizza. This is limited edition so I'm glad I got my hands on it. As well as this one there are a couple of new pins so make sure to check them out.

3D Illusion Light
There's a good reason why I shouldn't go onto shopping websites as I end up seeing something I really love and have no other option than to buy it. 1-Day is a site that always seems to have random cool things for sale such as this Eiffel Tower 3D Light. As we all well know I go weak for anything Paris related and that fact that it was a cool light sold me (I have a thing for lights too). It can be battery powered but it also comes with a USB to you can plug it in and it will go. I think it has seven colours it can be but I usually just put it onto the setting which makes it flash all of them. I got a bit confused with the 3D thing but I think you have to view it from afar to achieve the effect.

URBN Wild: Babe Vibes 'series'
I've been following Britney via her blog & YouTube for a while now, back before she rebranded to Urbn Wild. Her videos + posts are amazing and in particular I love the babe vibes 'series' in which she interviews cool ladies doing some amazing things. Britney also has written some amazing personal posts which I find relatable most of the time. It's a great feeling knowing you're not the only one who thinks and feels in a similar way.

Paris & Monte Carlo
Very recently I was overcome with an obsession with Paris, more than usual I might add. It really started when I rewatched Monte Carlo, the one with Selena Gomez and Blair Waldrof aka Leighton Meester. Basically Grace, her best friend Emma and step-sister Meg go on a trip to Paris but ends up not being the best. Grace gets mistaken for a British heiress and the three wind up in Monte Carlo. I actually really love this movie and feel I could watch it over and over again.

What have you been loving in April?

Ashley xx

It's a tale as old as time, free shipping makes me want to buy things. With that said it's probably good for my bank account that most online sites have shipping costs. I am a fan of the formula of these liquid lipsticks, I received Redrum & Unicorn Blood almost two years ago when I was at uni and was just procrastinating from writing my dissertation. Ah those were the days. 

Androgyny is a shade that I have been lusting over for a long while now. It was a limited edition shade which was then made permanent which I was stoked about. I'm Shook, however, was very much an impulse buy and is part of the collaboration with Manny MUA. The colour was so gorgeous and unique + the added incentive of free shipping meant that I couldn't resist. I bought both shades off Makeup.co.nz.



  
Androgyny is a mauve-y pinky brown colour and is unlike any other shade I own. It's also not something I would typically go for but when I saw swatches of it I fell in love. I'm Shook is kind of like a corally warm pink. The colour is very flattering and is my new favourite shade. If anyone knows a dupe for this please let me know cause it would be awesome to find a cheaper alternative.

Both shades are matte and dry almost instantly after applying. They're very comfortable to wear and also don't easily wear throughout the day which is great. The applicator is a nice shape so to manage a clean/sharp application. I always apply a lip liner beforehand as lipsticks always tend to bleed on me. 

The lipsticks are NZ $34 each which is quite a bit to splash on a lipstick but then again the formula is quite good.

Do you own any Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks? What shades are your favourite?

Ashley xx

Jeffree Star | Androgyny & I'm Shook

Friday, 28 April 2017


It's a tale as old as time, free shipping makes me want to buy things. With that said it's probably good for my bank account that most online sites have shipping costs. I am a fan of the formula of these liquid lipsticks, I received Redrum & Unicorn Blood almost two years ago when I was at uni and was just procrastinating from writing my dissertation. Ah those were the days. 

Androgyny is a shade that I have been lusting over for a long while now. It was a limited edition shade which was then made permanent which I was stoked about. I'm Shook, however, was very much an impulse buy and is part of the collaboration with Manny MUA. The colour was so gorgeous and unique + the added incentive of free shipping meant that I couldn't resist. I bought both shades off Makeup.co.nz.



  
Androgyny is a mauve-y pinky brown colour and is unlike any other shade I own. It's also not something I would typically go for but when I saw swatches of it I fell in love. I'm Shook is kind of like a corally warm pink. The colour is very flattering and is my new favourite shade. If anyone knows a dupe for this please let me know cause it would be awesome to find a cheaper alternative.

Both shades are matte and dry almost instantly after applying. They're very comfortable to wear and also don't easily wear throughout the day which is great. The applicator is a nice shape so to manage a clean/sharp application. I always apply a lip liner beforehand as lipsticks always tend to bleed on me. 

The lipsticks are NZ $34 each which is quite a bit to splash on a lipstick but then again the formula is quite good.

Do you own any Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks? What shades are your favourite?

Ashley xx

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