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Hey,

So as off lately, I’ve re-fallen in love with books again, so I thought I would try to incorporate some of my love of them here.

Introducing, To Be Read segments. This will be a monthly post where I update what I am going to be reading in the next month or so.

So without further adeu,

1. On Solitude by Michel De Montaigne

2. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Wolf

3.Torn (Trylle Trilogy #2) by Amanda Hocking

4. The White King by Gyorgy Dragoman

5. The Beautiful and the Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald

6. Of Mice and Men  by John Steinbeck

So. That’s all from me today, what are you guys planning on reading soon?

P.S here’s my Goodreads profile:

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3782022-anna

and my newishly activated Youtube account:

http://www.youtube.com/user/chocolaterockz?feature=mhee

where I am currently doing a Hunger Games themed week of videos.

Have lovely weeks! Cheerio!

Anna Marie xx

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Hello, so this is my first post like this, so bear with me.

Okay so on a book blog, I saw a post entitled with this title (I can’t be bothered to type it out again) and I thought it would be both fun and interesting to partake in the “trend”. Oh, and by the way this isn’t in the right order.

  1. My battered Oxfamed copy of Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte– I love not only the book but the tea-stained, old version, with a lovely drawing of an 18? year old Jane on the cover. It’s got folded pages and creased spine, but it’s mine and it has stories. I wonder where it was read before I bought it.
  2. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. Seriously, AMAZING. Full of life and hope, even when there is so much sadness. If you aren’t happy with your life, then read this and you’ll feel a lot better. ?If you don’t know what this is, then check it out, set in Ireland in the around the forties, it follows Frank and his family as they struggle to survive, is dad often drinks the money away and leaves them hungry at night.
  3. How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran – full of inspirational femenism and ideas and utterly hilarious. Seriously everyone should read this.
  4. Running For the Hills by Horatio Clare Lovely autobiography about a boy growing up in Wales, which is my favourite place in the world. 
  5. The Wind Singer– I’ve never actually read it, but it was my favourite tape in my childhood and I used to love listening to the story, altough some bits gave me nightmares….
  6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Brilliant, thrilling and engaging with realistic characters, all of whom you can relate to somewhat. Even Effie Trinket.
  7. Hamlet by William Shakespeare. “Alas poor Yorrick I knew him, Horatio” The play is just full of such wonderful beautiful language.
  8. Narnia Chronicles: The Lion the Witch and the wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  9. The Diary of a Nobody by Weedon and George Grossmith
  10. And finally, Harry potter and the ….. Can I take all of them? Please! It’s impossible to choose….. Maybe I’d bring the third (Prisoner of Azkaban) the fifth (Order of the Phoenix) and the seventh (The Deathly Hallows) just because it holds all the answers, well almost.. oh and if you live under a LARGE rock then, Harry Potter was written by J.K. Rowling…. And she has written another book! : )

That’s it from me for now, if you decide to create a list like mine tell me in the comments so I can see your favourite books. : )

Oh and on a side note, found this lovely fashion blog called K is for Kani , check it: http://www.kisforkani.com/

Here’s a recent outfit of hers:

www.kisforkani.com

Have lovely weeks! : )

Anna-Marie xx

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Hello.

I thought that it was about time for my annual (?) Christmas and Birthday wishlist, as everyone keeps asking me what I want. Unfortunately I have no doubt, whatsoever that nothing in this list will get bought for me as it is all a tad too expensive. A girl can dream though, can’t she….. : ) Oh and lastly, a warning. This will probably be a loonnggg post… I have lots of things that I want.

So first up, we have this beauty from Steffy Pro and Cons, and new blog I found recently. She has a shop called Tea and Tulips, which is wear I found this lovely thing.

http://teaandtulips.bigcartel.com/

steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

The following, three or four pictures are all from the same place, Flashes of Style. flashesofstyle.blogspot.com

How wonderful? I really want the backgroound as well as the clothes… *crosses fingers* SNOW. SNOW.SNOW…….

 These are think, are my favourite shorts EVER. But sadly, they have been sold. Great!

Okay, so now, we move on. (ish) Here are some clothes from the Velvet Birds Shop (http://www.thevelvetbird.com/)

The first is Lola Goes Exploring, and I want because I have an unfulfilled obsession and love of corduroy.

Lola Braves the High Seas:

And lastly, from the velvet bird, Lola Sings the Blues:

Well. That’s all the clothes.. I think. Now onto…..

BOOKS!

Okay, I’ll be brief and I would also like to add that as my family love to read, we porbably do actually have copies of these books, I just haven’t looked hard enough.

  1. The Importance of being Earnest
  2. The Fault in our Stars
  3. The perks of being a Wallflower
  4. The picture of Dorian Gray
  5. Ballet Shoes

And of course, Harry Potter goodies and things, i.e the DVD! : ) of part 2.

So, I hope that I haven’t bored you all too much, and enjoy your weeks,

Love Anna- xxx

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Okay, so recently, I found two lovely hair tutorials which I thought I would share.

This was a brilliantly tutorial for gorgeous curls, minus any heat; which I actually did yesterday, and I got lots of lovely comments….. so you should ALL try it!

And secondly, you should also have a go at the Gibson Tuck, which I tried but couldn’t really, properly do because I have TOO much hair! But you can all do it. It’s pretty simple. Oh and the lady who has shared it has brilliantly red/ginger hair!

http://saralynnpaige.com/blog/style/simple-gibson-tuck/

So there you go. I haven’t properly talked about books for aaaggggeeeessss so I thought that I would tell you about a book that I just read.

Looking For Alaska

The book was by John Green and although I felt that I should have enjoyed it a lot, I didn’t. Basically, I guessed what was going to happen and, not to sound condescending or stuick up, I think that, had I been younger I would have enjoyed it more. But there you go.

I’m STILL reading The Three Musketeers, which is really tedious actually, although I am still enjoying it anyway, but eurrgghh. It’s so lllloooooonnnngggggg, I mean I’m only just over half way. Admittedly I have read another book whilst reading it, but  the other book took me about 4 days to read, so yeah…..

Quite a short post today, but there you have it.

Well that’s all from me, have lovely weekends!

Anna-Marie xx

P.S I’m slightly obsessed with the Great British Bake Off at the moment…. so hopefully some lovely new recipes will be heading your way. xx : )

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Helloo again,
I seem to be having lost of Adventures this summer, although not quite as adventurous as Alice’s Adventures….
So last week I went to Edinburgh and the Fringe festival, this HUGE festival that goes on there every August for basically the whole month. It’s really cool and everyone in Scotland was really really nice. There was SOOOOO much on to choose from, they had(/have, it’s still going on.) Theatre, Dance, children & Comedy as well as music and much more. I walked SO much as well becuase, a. I was scared to get on a bus and b. I wanted to wander the streets shopping and enjoying the VERY wet and rainy days. I also went to the Edinburgh International Book Festival which is on at the same time and listened to lost of authors discussing there works. It was all very interesting and informative and has firmly cemented the idea of becoming an author myself one day. So yeah. I’ll show you some pictures. Edinburgh is a really beautiful place and although I’d never been there before and I was wondering around on my own, I still felt totally safe. So Yeah. You should all visit.
Here is a list of things that I did/ saw:
1. I went to the Book Festival as stated above, I didn’t take any pictures of the actual place, but I took a picture of all my tickets and leaflets and programmes, or at least of all the things I went to, so here you are:

The Yellow Tickets are the Book Festival ones… Just to give you a heads up, this is going to be a picture heavy post… Sorry…

2. A preoccupation With Romance, this was written and performed by a student theatre croup called Close Knit Theatre and I was attracted to them becuase I first saw the main leafletters for the group knitting one LOOONNNGGG Scarf and I can KNIT! So I was intrigued, found out more about it and went to see it. Twas’ fun. The play was also the first thing that I’d ever seen in the Fringe, becuase the book festival isn’t really connected to it, so that was exciting, and we went into this teeny room to watch it and not every seat was taken. But the writing and the words used were lovely.

3. Othello. Really, Really good. As I said before I had to read the play for English, so I thought I’d be extra nerdy and go and watch the play As WELL. Woo. Go Me. But yeah. The performance was brilliant, the person who Iago was amazinf as was Othello, it was violent and scary, exactly what /i thought it should be like.

4. I visited The Palace of Holyroodhouse- the queen’s official residence in Scotland. The Palace is beautiful and the mountains surrounding it are lovely as well.

 Isn’t it Gorgeous? I would love to live there.. Harry?

5. Then I went to, Don’t laugh, The Little Mermaid Ballet. It was the only ballet I could get too and although I was surrounded by a bunch of 3- 7 year olds it was really nice. The costumes were nice and, yeah well I love ballet. So that was great.

6.We walked up St Andrews (I think that’s what it’s called) Mount and that was really nice. It was raining a LOT. And that made the experience all the better.

7. I shopped quite a lot. I bought:

a. Some green shorts for £1.99 in a Charity Shop. Don’t you just love them (I mean Charity shops)!

b. Some stripy tights for £9.99 at H & M. Blue, grey white and Black. Really cool.

c. an AMAZING tartany backpack for ONLY £3.99!!!!!!! Wooo. This is, I think, my favourite new thing and to prove it here are some pictures of it:

 How Cool!!?????

 Close up.

d. Lula Magazine. I FINALLY managed to track one down. I am so happy!!!!!!

Here are lots of pictures

 The card on top is from the bookshop that I bought it from. It was a really small shop , but really nice. It had a books on bikes and Fashion and yeah.

 The book store was called Analogue Books. It was recommended to me by another Blogger, Cait from Wayward Daughter. It was a great recommendation.

 I love this dress and the tights, particularly the contrast between the dark lips and eyes of the innocent white of the dress.

e. A Teddy Bear. I’ve named him Picardy because there was a street in Edinburgh called that.

f. Also an Umbrella from the shop at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It rained quite a lot.

Okkkaayyyyyyy. Ont the books and postcards I bought. Sorry…..

 So I bought:

  1. Hamlet
  2. Kings & Queens of Scotland
  3. Scotland’s History
  4. Twelfth Night
I also bought two books from authors I heard talking about them and I even got them both signed.
      5. The Meat Tree by Gwyneth Lewis
      6. Archie and The North Wind by Angus Peter Campbell
Now for my postcards:
 Aren’t they so cute? I love old-fashioned adverstising!
So. I’ve only got a couple more…….. I promise
  This is my trusty map, which stopped me from getting lost a million times, and two catalogues of the events and shows. the green one is HUGE.
Inside:
 The MOST delicious cupcakes fro Cuckoos Bakery. Another great find, recommended from the Wayward Daughter. Clockwise from left:
!.Chocolate Chocolate – My favourite
“. Normal
£. Black Bottom
$. Strawberry Cheesecake
Y.U.M.
Well I think that’s enough for now.
Anna-Marie xx
P.S. Sorry about the length…….

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Oh! La danse, c’est manifique! J’adore ca!

Sorry about that quick spurt of french.. I don’t know what came over me. I suppose it was connected with the topic. Ballet.

So as I spend eons of time searching through the internet for inspiration etc. I occasionally find something that I absolutely adore. Like what I’m about to show you. This is a brilliant photshoot called La Danse (note the French) that was put together by Clever Nettle (or Anja Louise) a brilliant stylish vintage blogger and her friend. They used clothes that were from their shops and effortlessly created looks that I would utterly LOVE to recreate. So without further Adieu, here we go.

 The posture of the models looks lovely, they seem so upright and posed. And they look so graceful…. *sigh*

 (sorry, there are quite a few.)

 I love the colour of the shoprts that the model at the front is wearing and the colour is lovely too. Ialso  love the whole outfit on the girl at the bar.

 I want that dress!

 The hearts in the dresses are so cute.

 If I became a Ballet dancer, I would wear RED ballet shoes. : )

 Oh and I love the white tights that they wear….

Recently made these:

http://framed-mylifeonepictureatatime.blogspot.com/2010/05/banana-bites.html

Totally Delicious…….mmmmmmm *drools*

Love AnnaMarie xxx

P.S. Sorry about the length. Oh and tell what you think of the pictures…

AM xx

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Hey guys!

Sorry for the long abscence. Blocks… (those are mock exams, if you didn’t know)… They were pretty horrid.

So anyway, I thought I’d share some inspiration.

 I have fallen in love with Hannah from Foxtail and Fern because she puts together the most gorgeous outfits, and manages look both sophisticated and fun at the same time. I recommend that you check her out!! Also, the photography is lovely too.

 this newly found (at least to me) blogger from Poland called Grace, puts together the coolest combinations. Here blog was called Exquisite Boredom, but has recently changed to Opened Closet.

 This is from a Blog that I’ve already told you about called Stolen From Grandma and I just ADORE the Berry colour of this dress. It’s almost mulled wine-like. If your not following her then do! Just click here to go to her blog. Okay, that was the last blogger… I think..??!?

 I WISH that I could look like this. I love how the colours almost blend into eachother and the hues are mild, but contrasting at the same time. Ohhhh to be beautiful.

 This is soo cool. Right?!?? Anyway it’s from a new shop blog thing called Silent Sundays, which is run by a Blogger called Rhiannon of Liebermarlene Vintage.

Okay, so I haven’t posted about music in a while so here’s an update:

Recently, I discovered the Dixie Chiucks and I really enjoy listening to them. My favourite song is Travelin’ Soldier and I think that their sound is very mellow and calming (mostly) which is nice and relaxing.

Also, although this is not a newly found artist, I love her nonetheless. Taylor Swift. Who is a great role model to everyone, particularly in a day and age when teens, like me, think it’s okay to run a muck and drink and smoke when they are far too young…. I sound like a mum.  : $

 AND she’s pretty to boot. What more could a girl want?!??

And I just found this lovely drawing of some of the words to one of her songs called enchanted. It’s so sweet and romantic.  It’s from a place called The Notebook Doodles.

Here are some more lyrics:

The playful conversation starts
Counter all your quick remarks like passing notes in secrecy
And it was enchanting to meet you
All I can say is I was enchanted to meet you

This night is sparkling, don’t you let it go
I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home
I’ll spend forever wondering if you knew
I was enchanted to meet you

Have a lovely weekend!

Anna-Marie xxx : )

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