Recent Reads #2

It's been about 2 months since I shared my first 'Recent Reads' post with you so I thought that I would update you on some of the books that I've read since then. Most of these books I bought as I'd heard a lot about them and they also fit into the thriller/psychological thriller genre which I love at the moment, but there is one exception which is practically the opposite. I actually really enjoyed all of the books I'm going to speak about this time but there were definitely a couple of standouts for me.

First up is Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson and this is one that definitely stood out to me and I couldn't put it down. It is about a woman who has lost her memory and can't remember anything when she wakes up each morning. She becomes unsure whether the people around her that she is supposed to trust are telling her the truth about her life and what happened to her. It's narrated through diary entries that she begins making to try and improve her memory and figure things out which really allows you to step into her shoes and try to understand what she's going through. Really suspenseful with lots of twists and turns which I thoroughly enjoyed. Anybody who loves a psychological thriller I would completely recommend this to, the way the story pans out is very unsettling but great to read. 

A Summer Sale Shopping Haul

I've been feeling the need for a wardrobe refresh for a while now, I have a big bag of clothes to sell sat in my bedroom and I need to do another clear-out ASAP to add to that. The second stage to a wardrobe refresh though is the best part, which is obviously buying new clothes to fill the empty space. Who am I kidding, there's still no empty space in my wardrobe even after a clear-out, however this does not stop me buying new clothes.

In recent months nothing has grabbed my eye too much even though I love the SS15 trends but on Monday I went shopping and picked up quite a few bargains in the sale which I thought I would share with you as I felt like it was my lucky day. I have also added a couple of things which I've bought on different occasions over the past few weeks too.

Textured Throw-On Coat Topshop, £79 £40
Let's face it, I probably didn't need this coat at all but I thought it was such a classic style yet different from what you usually see. It is quite lightweight but can definitely be worn throughout the year and it's a pastel blue colour with a peachy underlayer giving it a really unique colour. I don't have any coats that aren't neutral or black so this is a nice addition to my wardrobe and it's surprisingly versatile. 

June Wishlist | Weekday

Weekday Wishlist

I've recently discovered Weekday which is a fashion brand influenced by Scandinavian style providing staple pieces that would fit into the wardrobes of many. As a lover of basics and simplistic yet chic outfits, discovering this site was practically a dream come true. I found myself scrolling through and wanting pretty much everything - even some of the slightly more daring yet gorgeous printed pieces. 

It was pretty hard to narrow it down, but here are 8 of the many items that I am currently lusting after from Weekday: 

1) Tam Top (Bra), £12 - A lingerie drawer essential with a flattering, clean cut. 
2) Pingis Playsuit, £45 - I think this playsuit could just be thrown on in summer with a nice handbag and shoes for a chic but easy outfit.
3) Istanbul Shorts, £18 - A staple piece for everybody in summer which would go perfectly with a plain tee and a tan for a laidback, effortless look.
4) Cupro Singlet, £18 - I love the pastel blue colour of this and it's thin, flattering straps. It would go nicely alone paired with jeans/shorts or with a cardigan on top when it's slightly colder.
5) Move Trousers, £45 - A more daring choice, but from this recent post you'll know I'm loving wide-leg trousers and these would look great with a fitted black top if you're looking to make a statement. 
6) Zingoalla LS Tee, £27 - Off-the-shoulder is a trend this season and stripes are a timeless classic, so the two together are a great combination. This top could be worn throughout summer and would see you into autumn/winter too. 
7) Plie Strap Dress, £30 - Another item which is simple but would be great in everybody's wardrobe because it can be styled in so many different ways and layered up with different pieces.
8) Sinjin Singlet, £23 £11 - The silky look and the straps at the back just sold me on this top. It would look super pretty dressed up for the evening and I love the colour too.

I really, really wish Weekday had a UK based store but for now I will happily settle with the e-commerce option which I will hopefully be making an order from very soon... 

What other online brands would you recommend for me to check out?

Eating at Shake Shack

A couple of weeks back when I was in London with my friend Livvy we were on a mission to try places to eat that we hadn't visited before, as we often fall into a familiar routine of eating at the same restaurants and cafés. I wrote a post about where we lunched (see here), so I thought I would blog about where we went for dinner too as there has been a lot of hype around the restaurant.

We have been wanting to visit Shake Shack, the American fast food restaurant chain, since it came to the UK in 2013 but as we are pretty impatient and there was always huge queues every time we were in the Covent Garden area around lunch or dinner time, we have missed out. This time, though, we decided that we would go for an early dinner because we so desperately wanted to go there. This worked out, and when we arrived just before 5pm there was practically no queue at all. 

The £10 Lace-Up Sandals

The lace-up sandal trend is one which has been seen on both the runway and the street for SS15 and I personally love it, so I knew I had to buy into it. There is a variety on offer in stores at the moment at different price marks but when I saw these in Primark for £10 about a month or so ago I just couldn't resist. They are a black faux suede finish with pointed toes and they lace up to the ankle, though there are zips at the back so you don't have to unlace them each time you wear them. I particularly like that the toes are covered and also when flats have a pointed toe it is always a plus for me as they elongate the legs without the need of a heel. Being from Primark they aren't the best quality but they're actually surprisingly comfortable as well as super flattering on the feet. Oddly, I got a UK size 4 (I am usually between a 5 or 6) and they fit perfectly which is lucky as they were the last pair in the store. 

If you can still get your hands on these then do as they are perfect for the warmer weather and I haven't stopped wearing them since I bought them because they just go with everything. I am not usually a lover of summer shoes - ankle boots are my absolute favourites - but I think this trend has definitely changed that this season! 

I will most likely do a 'trend watch' post (see others here) soon about more of my lace-up sandal picks so stay tuned for that if you are interested and if you want more before then you can check out my Sassique scrapbook page on them here.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely week!

Empty Products | June 2015

Over the past couple of weeks I have found myself running out of various different beauty products leading me mainly to wonder why products always seem to run out around the same time. Not especially good for the bank balance when it comes to repurchasing. 

As this has happened, I decided that I would write an 'empties' post to give you my opinions on what I've used up. It's a very odd concept taking photographs of empty products rather than beautiful new ones but I do believe that once you've used a product for a long amount of time you usually would have formed a solid opinion on it, so here goes. 

Bobbi Brown Corrector, £19 - It takes me what feels like ages to finish most make up products as I like to switch up what I'm wearing often but this is probably one of my all-time favourites hence why it's completely empty. If you have dark circles under your eyes like me then this is perfect because it's a peach-based, easily blendable formula that colour corrects incredibly well. I wear the shade Extra Light Bisque. It is quite pricey but absolutely worth it and it's currently available for 10% off on John Lewis!