It's no secret that I am a MASSIVE fan of all things Disney so am naturally excited about the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast which comes out today. To celebrate I thought it would be cool to create a quiz, Disney themed of course. 

This quiz has been done countless times before but it's necessary one to do as we all want to know which Disney princess we are.

Hope you all enjoy it! Comment which Disney Princess you are

Ashley xx


Which Disney Princess are you?

Thursday, 30 March 2017


It's no secret that I am a MASSIVE fan of all things Disney so am naturally excited about the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast which comes out today. To celebrate I thought it would be cool to create a quiz, Disney themed of course. 

This quiz has been done countless times before but it's necessary one to do as we all want to know which Disney princess we are.

Hope you all enjoy it! Comment which Disney Princess you are

Ashley xx



Lately I've been in a reading slum and haven't been picking up books as often as I should. I've almost finished one I'm currently reading so hopefully a new book will invigorate me to just stop and read. A while ago I went on Book Depository and just added all the books I want to my wishlist. There's quite a few and eventually I'll buy them and indulged in the authors imagined world.


The Midas Legacy*, if you can't tell, is quite a big book and I'll admit I was quite daunted by it. When asked to describe it the first thing that popped into my head was that it's similar to the National Treasure movies and also Indianna Jones I guess. There's a lot of action and adventure as well as a dash of mythology which I'm always attracted to. The story follows Dr. Nina Wilde & her husband Eddie. They discovered the lost city of Atlantis and now they're on the trail of another mystery, the secret of King Midas. 

The story is really well done, they're a number of surprises that always keep you on your feet. You think you know where the story is heading but end up being wrong which I feel is a good thing. The myth of King Midas is also made very credible, there's some science behind it which I didn't understand at all but makes it sound possible.

This is the twelfth book in the series so I'm keen to slowly go through them all... eventually.

4 stars



Like The Midas Legacy,  The Cloud Leopard's Daughter* is another adventure story. Set in 1863 it follows Kitty, Rian & Amber Farrell as well as their crew aboard the Katipo III. In this book they set off to rescue Amber's friend Bao as well as encountering other obstacles which makes it more interesting. I didn't find it as compelling as the Midas adventure but was still an enjoyable read. I especially liked the character of Bao who was strong as well as brave and managed to escape from where she was being held in Hong Kong.

3.5 stars



I'm pretty sure ever since my family adopted our two dogs I've become more of a dog person. I like dogs more the people let's just be honest. When I saw Peggy & Me* was being released I knew I had to have a copy, not only cause Peggy is really cute but I'm also a fan of Miranda Hart.

The book is basically written exactly how Miranda speaks, it's basically like she's speaking to you and at times for me I found it hard to keep a rhythm. Aside from that the stories in the book are very cute and also relatable to dogs owners. The parts I particularity loved were the insightful moments Miranda has on how Peggy has taught her lessons about life such as stopping and appreciating what's around you. Peggy also puts her two cents in throughout the book so it's not completely one sided.

3 stars

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

Ashley xx
*Review copies

Review | The Midas Legacy, The Cloud Leopard's Daughter & Peggy and Me

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Lately I've been in a reading slum and haven't been picking up books as often as I should. I've almost finished one I'm currently reading so hopefully a new book will invigorate me to just stop and read. A while ago I went on Book Depository and just added all the books I want to my wishlist. There's quite a few and eventually I'll buy them and indulged in the authors imagined world.


The Midas Legacy*, if you can't tell, is quite a big book and I'll admit I was quite daunted by it. When asked to describe it the first thing that popped into my head was that it's similar to the National Treasure movies and also Indianna Jones I guess. There's a lot of action and adventure as well as a dash of mythology which I'm always attracted to. The story follows Dr. Nina Wilde & her husband Eddie. They discovered the lost city of Atlantis and now they're on the trail of another mystery, the secret of King Midas. 

The story is really well done, they're a number of surprises that always keep you on your feet. You think you know where the story is heading but end up being wrong which I feel is a good thing. The myth of King Midas is also made very credible, there's some science behind it which I didn't understand at all but makes it sound possible.

This is the twelfth book in the series so I'm keen to slowly go through them all... eventually.

4 stars



Like The Midas Legacy,  The Cloud Leopard's Daughter* is another adventure story. Set in 1863 it follows Kitty, Rian & Amber Farrell as well as their crew aboard the Katipo III. In this book they set off to rescue Amber's friend Bao as well as encountering other obstacles which makes it more interesting. I didn't find it as compelling as the Midas adventure but was still an enjoyable read. I especially liked the character of Bao who was strong as well as brave and managed to escape from where she was being held in Hong Kong.

3.5 stars



I'm pretty sure ever since my family adopted our two dogs I've become more of a dog person. I like dogs more the people let's just be honest. When I saw Peggy & Me* was being released I knew I had to have a copy, not only cause Peggy is really cute but I'm also a fan of Miranda Hart.

The book is basically written exactly how Miranda speaks, it's basically like she's speaking to you and at times for me I found it hard to keep a rhythm. Aside from that the stories in the book are very cute and also relatable to dogs owners. The parts I particularity loved were the insightful moments Miranda has on how Peggy has taught her lessons about life such as stopping and appreciating what's around you. Peggy also puts her two cents in throughout the book so it's not completely one sided.

3 stars

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

Ashley xx
*Review copies

As you can see it's another haul video which will be the last for a while as I've got no more new stuff to share. I want to come up with some creative video ideas aside from books/fashion/beauty etc. If you've got any ideas of what you would like to see feel free to comment as I would love to know.

Ashley xx



Fashion Haul | Postie+, Nike & Mirrou

Thursday, 23 March 2017


As you can see it's another haul video which will be the last for a while as I've got no more new stuff to share. I want to come up with some creative video ideas aside from books/fashion/beauty etc. If you've got any ideas of what you would like to see feel free to comment as I would love to know.

Ashley xx




Wallpapers for my phone are something I like to change up frequently and I always like to explore all the free wallpaper apps. There's millions of them i'm sure but I found a few which have a collection of wallpapers that I liked enough to download and put them as either my lock or home screen. 


You can't see this one well sorry but is my current home screen image. This is from the Vintage Wallpapers app and is just red roses with a moody backdrop of sorts. It was this image that compelled me to download it as I was attracted by the vividness of the red roses.



I have a fascination with the night sky and as such images depicting it. These two are from the Night Sky, Stars Wallpaper app and were the only ones bright enough to photograph.




These three are from the Watercolor Wallpapers app and are gorgeous. I just think watercolour artworks are stunning and especially of flowers. The app also has other types of watercolour wallpapers such as animals, patters & landscapes.




These three are from my favourite one, the Fashion Pics Wallpapers app. There's just a variety of images relating to fashion and I like most of them especially the one in the first photo which is my lock screen.

Do you use wallpaper apps? What ones are your favourite?

Ashley xx

Free Wallpapers for your Phone

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Wallpapers for my phone are something I like to change up frequently and I always like to explore all the free wallpaper apps. There's millions of them i'm sure but I found a few which have a collection of wallpapers that I liked enough to download and put them as either my lock or home screen. 


You can't see this one well sorry but is my current home screen image. This is from the Vintage Wallpapers app and is just red roses with a moody backdrop of sorts. It was this image that compelled me to download it as I was attracted by the vividness of the red roses.



I have a fascination with the night sky and as such images depicting it. These two are from the Night Sky, Stars Wallpaper app and were the only ones bright enough to photograph.




These three are from the Watercolor Wallpapers app and are gorgeous. I just think watercolour artworks are stunning and especially of flowers. The app also has other types of watercolour wallpapers such as animals, patters & landscapes.




These three are from my favourite one, the Fashion Pics Wallpapers app. There's just a variety of images relating to fashion and I like most of them especially the one in the first photo which is my lock screen.

Do you use wallpaper apps? What ones are your favourite?

Ashley xx

My birthday was early last week and this was almost everything I got. I also got some chocolate/lollies which are gone let's be honest as well as some pyjamas which I completely forgot about. The bottoms had Paris themed images so needless to say I love them.

Hope you enjoy this video, if you haven't already I would really love if you subscribed to my YouTube channel. It's linked on the sidebar and also the menu at the top.

Ashley xx



2017 Birthday Gifts

Thursday, 16 March 2017


My birthday was early last week and this was almost everything I got. I also got some chocolate/lollies which are gone let's be honest as well as some pyjamas which I completely forgot about. The bottoms had Paris themed images so needless to say I love them.

Hope you enjoy this video, if you haven't already I would really love if you subscribed to my YouTube channel. It's linked on the sidebar and also the menu at the top.

Ashley xx




While these are usually done in a video I thought I would switch it up and do a post instead. I'm not really mentioning a lot of books this month so I thought I'd make it a lot easier on myself and not get out the tripod to film. As you can see I'm not really aiming high with the amount of books to read this month, I'm just going to take it a bit easy.

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer*
I'm only a few chapters in so far but I am enjoying it as well as being intrigued. The story follows an ex-agent of the U.S. government who was part of an agency so secretive it didn't have a name. When it was decided she was a liability she went on the run.  As she is on the run she takes on new aliases which are the name we the reader identify her as, her name changes as the story goes and so far I'm not confused which is good. While I'm only a few chapters in I will say it is written better than Twilight, so yeah.

The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel*
This book tells the stories of a group of remarkable women who were employed by Harvard College Observatory as 'Human Computers' to interpret the observations made via telescopes. I love real life stories about women doing amazing things especially set in a time such as the late 19th century where their role was typically home based. Before I started reading I thought the book would be chapters on each women, kind of like a biography. As soon as I started I realised I was mistaken, it's more like a narrative story with technical text book jargon thrown in about astronomy. Those parts trip me up, I have to take a while to read and understand it but that just makes me be amazed at these women who were able to do this type of calculations without the help of technology today. 

Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh*
I will hopefully get to this book after The Chemist. It's part of the Guild Hunter series and I've only read one of them so far which I reviewed last March. I'm pretty sure each book is told from a different perspective. The one I read last year, Archangel's Enigma*, was from Naasir's while this one is Elena's. It's a fantasy novel which includes archangels, vampires etc. I read the other novel pretty quickly and enjoyed it so I'm looking forward to this edition to the series. 


I don't plan to read these this month, they're recent additions to my to-read pile and thought I would mention them. 

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel*
Beautiful, Rich, Myserious... The Roanoke girls seem to have it all. But there's a dark truth about them that's never spoken. Every girl either runs away or ends up dead. If that doesn't intrigue you I don't know what will. The story follows Lane, one of the lucky ones. She escaped eleven years ago but has to return to save her cousin. Anything with a good mystery gets me excited so I'm looking forward to this. It comes out today so you should definitely get yourselves a copy.

The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George*
As you may know anything to do with France I am obsessed with. This story follows Marianne who longs to escape her loveless marriage. She embarks on a final adventure to Brittany. She meets a variety of new people, gets swept up in new way of life and discovers and new version of herself. When her past comes calling she has to make a decision, to step back into the know or cast it aside for an exciting future. Aspects of this book are pretty much my dream. Move to France, become the person I want to be and be excited about life. Oh to dream. This book comes out early April so until then you can read Nina's The Little Paris Bookshop which I really want to get my hands on as it is once again my fantasy: Paris & Books.

What books are you planning to read this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies
     

Books to Read in March

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


While these are usually done in a video I thought I would switch it up and do a post instead. I'm not really mentioning a lot of books this month so I thought I'd make it a lot easier on myself and not get out the tripod to film. As you can see I'm not really aiming high with the amount of books to read this month, I'm just going to take it a bit easy.

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer*
I'm only a few chapters in so far but I am enjoying it as well as being intrigued. The story follows an ex-agent of the U.S. government who was part of an agency so secretive it didn't have a name. When it was decided she was a liability she went on the run.  As she is on the run she takes on new aliases which are the name we the reader identify her as, her name changes as the story goes and so far I'm not confused which is good. While I'm only a few chapters in I will say it is written better than Twilight, so yeah.

The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel*
This book tells the stories of a group of remarkable women who were employed by Harvard College Observatory as 'Human Computers' to interpret the observations made via telescopes. I love real life stories about women doing amazing things especially set in a time such as the late 19th century where their role was typically home based. Before I started reading I thought the book would be chapters on each women, kind of like a biography. As soon as I started I realised I was mistaken, it's more like a narrative story with technical text book jargon thrown in about astronomy. Those parts trip me up, I have to take a while to read and understand it but that just makes me be amazed at these women who were able to do this type of calculations without the help of technology today. 

Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh*
I will hopefully get to this book after The Chemist. It's part of the Guild Hunter series and I've only read one of them so far which I reviewed last March. I'm pretty sure each book is told from a different perspective. The one I read last year, Archangel's Enigma*, was from Naasir's while this one is Elena's. It's a fantasy novel which includes archangels, vampires etc. I read the other novel pretty quickly and enjoyed it so I'm looking forward to this edition to the series. 


I don't plan to read these this month, they're recent additions to my to-read pile and thought I would mention them. 

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel*
Beautiful, Rich, Myserious... The Roanoke girls seem to have it all. But there's a dark truth about them that's never spoken. Every girl either runs away or ends up dead. If that doesn't intrigue you I don't know what will. The story follows Lane, one of the lucky ones. She escaped eleven years ago but has to return to save her cousin. Anything with a good mystery gets me excited so I'm looking forward to this. It comes out today so you should definitely get yourselves a copy.

The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George*
As you may know anything to do with France I am obsessed with. This story follows Marianne who longs to escape her loveless marriage. She embarks on a final adventure to Brittany. She meets a variety of new people, gets swept up in new way of life and discovers and new version of herself. When her past comes calling she has to make a decision, to step back into the know or cast it aside for an exciting future. Aspects of this book are pretty much my dream. Move to France, become the person I want to be and be excited about life. Oh to dream. This book comes out early April so until then you can read Nina's The Little Paris Bookshop which I really want to get my hands on as it is once again my fantasy: Paris & Books.

What books are you planning to read this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies
     

On Monday I turned a year older. As I've moved up in age my feelings towards my birthday have altered and it has now become a day where I think about where I am in life and just be disappointed. When I was younger I more or less thought I would have it together in my 20s but the reality is the complete opposite. 

A friend asked me how it felt being 24. I honestly feel the same. When I think about it I don't really feel my age, I feel disassociated from it almost. Like I said when I was younger I was expecting to feel like more an adult, someone who has a job and their life together. I am failing my own expectations. I prefer not to think about my age and just go about day by day trying to figure out stuff.

I'm someone who likes to plan. With my career I know what my end point is and I more or less know how to get there. At the moment I'm kind of blocked by not having a job, a steady income so I can become more independent and also go back to studying. I'm planning on doing a Museums degree at Massey which is done via distance learning but there are a couple of times where I would have to go to in class workshops which are in Wellington.

With that I feel like I'm stuck at a crossroads. At the moment I can't seem to find a suitable part time job. So do I continue my current volunteering and take up some more volunteer roles at different museums or do I stop and try to get a full time job. This is the current dilemma of my life. I also need to get over myself and start learning to drive.

So this turned into a ramble type post. Here's to you who kept reading.

Ashley xx

Birthday Reflections

Thursday, 9 March 2017


On Monday I turned a year older. As I've moved up in age my feelings towards my birthday have altered and it has now become a day where I think about where I am in life and just be disappointed. When I was younger I more or less thought I would have it together in my 20s but the reality is the complete opposite. 

A friend asked me how it felt being 24. I honestly feel the same. When I think about it I don't really feel my age, I feel disassociated from it almost. Like I said when I was younger I was expecting to feel like more an adult, someone who has a job and their life together. I am failing my own expectations. I prefer not to think about my age and just go about day by day trying to figure out stuff.

I'm someone who likes to plan. With my career I know what my end point is and I more or less know how to get there. At the moment I'm kind of blocked by not having a job, a steady income so I can become more independent and also go back to studying. I'm planning on doing a Museums degree at Massey which is done via distance learning but there are a couple of times where I would have to go to in class workshops which are in Wellington.

With that I feel like I'm stuck at a crossroads. At the moment I can't seem to find a suitable part time job. So do I continue my current volunteering and take up some more volunteer roles at different museums or do I stop and try to get a full time job. This is the current dilemma of my life. I also need to get over myself and start learning to drive.

So this turned into a ramble type post. Here's to you who kept reading.

Ashley xx

I'm invested in too many TV shows. When thinking about what ones to mention in this post I realised I watch so many. And while they're TV shows I don't actually watch them on TV. I watch almost everything on my laptop now and almost immediately after they air in the USA usually. I thought I'd already done this post before but after going through the archives it turns out I haven't yet so here's to new posts.

Long Lost Family
I've already mentioned this show in my February Favourites post cause I absolutely love it. The only thing I find annoying is that I can only find the episodes on YouTube and some are missing. I'm still on the British version and might do the American one next. There's a NZ version and was on TV a while back.

Jane the Virgin
I think I may of mentioned this in a favourites post once. I pretty much binged on the first two seasons and then had to wait for the third. I've only recently started the newest season and am still enjoying it. There was a big twist which completely shocked me and am still not over. It's a comedy/drama which I think work well together.

The Vampire Diaries
There's only one episode left and after that it's done the show is finished which is a bit sad. I think I was on board since season one and have followed the characters through their highs and lows. After it finishes I might start from the beginning as I haven't seen those episodes in eight years and kind of forgot what happened.  

Reign
This is also in its final season which is sad. The show follows Queen Mary of Scotland and is not entirely historically accurate. The big one that annoys me was that in one of the first episodes in season one Francis's sister married Philip II of Spain but by that stage in the show's plot Mary I of England hadn't died yet. Philip was married to Mary and therefore couldn't have married the French princess until after she died. I did my dissertation on a series of paintings for Philip and used his marriages as part of my argument hence why I know and am really annoyed by it. Another thing that's not accurate is the fashion but I don't mind at all as it's stunning and I absolutely love all the gowns.

As it's the last season I'm presuming they're going to attempt and go all the way up to her death which will be interesting. 

Riverdale
This is a very new show and I know that a lot of people are obsessed with it including me. It's derived from the Archie Comics which I haven't read and follows a group of teenagers and the town of Riverdale. So far there's been murder and scandal which are great in a TV show. I'm excited for the rest of the season and am especially excited at the prospect of Sabrina the Teenager Witch turning up. I was OBSESSED with that show as a kid and even got the magazine subscription (who remembers that?).

What TV shows are you loving?

Ashley xx

Favourite TV Shows

Tuesday, 7 March 2017


I'm invested in too many TV shows. When thinking about what ones to mention in this post I realised I watch so many. And while they're TV shows I don't actually watch them on TV. I watch almost everything on my laptop now and almost immediately after they air in the USA usually. I thought I'd already done this post before but after going through the archives it turns out I haven't yet so here's to new posts.

Long Lost Family
I've already mentioned this show in my February Favourites post cause I absolutely love it. The only thing I find annoying is that I can only find the episodes on YouTube and some are missing. I'm still on the British version and might do the American one next. There's a NZ version and was on TV a while back.

Jane the Virgin
I think I may of mentioned this in a favourites post once. I pretty much binged on the first two seasons and then had to wait for the third. I've only recently started the newest season and am still enjoying it. There was a big twist which completely shocked me and am still not over. It's a comedy/drama which I think work well together.

The Vampire Diaries
There's only one episode left and after that it's done the show is finished which is a bit sad. I think I was on board since season one and have followed the characters through their highs and lows. After it finishes I might start from the beginning as I haven't seen those episodes in eight years and kind of forgot what happened.  

Reign
This is also in its final season which is sad. The show follows Queen Mary of Scotland and is not entirely historically accurate. The big one that annoys me was that in one of the first episodes in season one Francis's sister married Philip II of Spain but by that stage in the show's plot Mary I of England hadn't died yet. Philip was married to Mary and therefore couldn't have married the French princess until after she died. I did my dissertation on a series of paintings for Philip and used his marriages as part of my argument hence why I know and am really annoyed by it. Another thing that's not accurate is the fashion but I don't mind at all as it's stunning and I absolutely love all the gowns.

As it's the last season I'm presuming they're going to attempt and go all the way up to her death which will be interesting. 

Riverdale
This is a very new show and I know that a lot of people are obsessed with it including me. It's derived from the Archie Comics which I haven't read and follows a group of teenagers and the town of Riverdale. So far there's been murder and scandal which are great in a TV show. I'm excited for the rest of the season and am especially excited at the prospect of Sabrina the Teenager Witch turning up. I was OBSESSED with that show as a kid and even got the magazine subscription (who remembers that?).

What TV shows are you loving?

Ashley xx

My obsession with Pinterest comes and goes but you can't deny you almost always get sucked down a black hole and before you know it hours have passed. In an effort to be more creative this post is just made up of a series of pictures from pinterest that I would love my life to look like hence 'My Pinterest Life'. You can check out my Pinterest here to see all the things that are my aesthetic. 











What would your Pinterest Life look like?

Ashley xx

My Pinterest Life

Thursday, 2 March 2017


My obsession with Pinterest comes and goes but you can't deny you almost always get sucked down a black hole and before you know it hours have passed. In an effort to be more creative this post is just made up of a series of pictures from pinterest that I would love my life to look like hence 'My Pinterest Life'. You can check out my Pinterest here to see all the things that are my aesthetic. 











What would your Pinterest Life look like?

Ashley xx

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