World Book Day Tag

I’ve been trying to read so much more this year. Not only was it one of my new years resolutions to finish reading a particular book – more on that later – but also part of my Day Zero Project was to finish reading all the books on my bookshelf – the one’s that have been sitting in plain view for many months and that I look at each evening before I turn my attention back to the TV. Yup, those books.

Now that I’ve rekindled my love for reading I wanted to do the world book day tag which I saw on Bex’s blog ‘Futures‘ and thought it had some great questions to answer.

pile of books

1. If you were stranded on a desert island with one book to last you the rest of your life, what would it be?
I really want to say the dictionary here because I am so changeable and don’t think one story would keep me satisfied so I could learn new words and make my own story up!

2. Which book changed your life?
Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It altered my perception on the dynamics of human behaviour.

3. What was the first book that made you cry?
I honestly can’t remember, it would probably have been over something terribly important at the time like the babysitters club or sweet valley high. More recently it was The Nanny Diaries.

4. What was the last book you read that completely baffled you?
I’m currently working my way through The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and it’s super confusing. There are so many characters and time seems to skip back and forth really easily. I’m trying to persevere and I aim to finish it sometime this year!

5. What’s your favourite novel?
Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Although I do love both Sister and Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton, it would be a tough call.

6. What’s your favourite non-fiction book?
I’m not really into reading non-fiction so for me it has to be a cookery book! My go-to cooking bible is The Cooking Book by Victoria Blashford-Snell – particularly for the guides on cooking techniques.

7. Have you ever read a book you loved so much that you refused to watch the film?
I refused to watch the Harry Potter films for a long time as I loved the books and always find films rarely match up to your own expectations or imagination. When the last film came out I caved and watched them all but I still don’t like them very much.

8. What is your favourite way to read a book?
In bed, with a cup of tea or a hot chocolate. In summer, on a sun lounger with a cocktail, preferably on a beach or by the pool on holiday!

9. What’s at the top of your ‘to-read’ list?
I’m currently reading The Portable Door by Tom Holt but after that my next choice is Fractured by Karin Slaughter. I’m in the mood for mysteries.

10. Finally: if you had to dress up as a character for World Book Day, who would you choose?
I remember dressing up as Little Red Riding Hood at primary school for World Book Day. As an adult I’d probably choose Miss Honey from Matilda or Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic Books by Sophie Kinsella. That way I’d get to spend the day shopping and looking fab!

I tag everyone that reads this to do the World Book Day tag! What books would you recommend?

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Happy LFW!

If you love London Fashion Week how do you keep up with all he latest news and trends? This year lots of us lovely bloggers are adding our own content (as and when it happens) to this live feed so you can see all the details in one place. You can view the feed below or go straight to the website – and you can join in the discussion by sharing on twitter and facebook.

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Jackie Js Lee AW14 Finale

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Nasir Mazhar AW14

Mark Fast AW14, backstage (Shaun James Cox, British Fashion Council) 1

Backstage at Mark Fast AW14

Whose style are you loving at this years #LFW?

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New Years Resolutions & Day Zero Project

Happy New Year everyone! Ok, so it might be a little bit belated but hey, it’s still January so that still counts right?! I don’t normally set myself any new years resolutions as I try to complete personal projects throughout the year and generally try to improve situations that need it as and when. Also I find making ‘resolutions’ a bit like setting myself up for failure as I jump on the bandwagon with every trend going without thinking it through (remember the January every blogger tried the 30 day shred – I lasted about 3 days!)

This year I’d like to think I’m a bit older and wiser and after discovering the day zero project from Melanie at I decided to write my own 101 goals for the project.

Day Zero Project is a web community of people who are looking to achieve 101 tasks in 1001 days. You set your own goals to finish in that time (just over 2 and a half years) and can keep track of your list and get ideas from other likeminded people. So far I have made 45 goals out of 101. I figured that over the next two years or so I will have plenty of time to add goals and achievements as the opportunities arise or as my priorities may change.

My list so far is below:

1Create a Plan B fund (Savings)
2Get my driving license
3Get into a healthy/normal BMI range
4Learn how to speak Spanish by completing duolingo’s online modules
5Workout/exercise an average of once a week
6Write a blog post on average of once a week
7Win competition prizes totalling £1000 minimum
8Pay off all debt
9Finish reading The Pillars of the Earth
10Design and make my own wrapping paper for Christmas
11Sell 25 copies of my baking book
12Sell an item I’ve made
13Set up an etsy shop
14Attend at least one PR event
15Make a gingerbread house
16Adopt an animal
17Add all my existing recipes to a recipe folder
18Swap wine for water on Sundays
19Find a new favourite film
20Only eat meat twice a week
21Visit Harry Potter Studio Tour
22Find a new hobby
23Give up fast food for six months
24Give up processed food for one month
25Complete Project 10 pan twice
26Learn how to use my DSLR camera properly
27Find a new favourite band
28Find a new author to love
29Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet
30Complete a 365 day photo challenge
31Get a massage
32Make a birthday cake for someone
34Influence a person to make a day zero list
35Spend a rainy day watching films in my PJ’s
36Clean out my closet
37Read all the books currently on my shelf
38Spring clean my house
39Leave a 100% tip
40Make a pie with homemade pastry
41Complete the couch to 5k running challenge (again)
42Make fresh pasta
43Raise money for a charity
44Throw away all my underwear and start again
45Go vegan for a week

Do you have any new years resolutions? Do you have your own Day Zero list?

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