If you’ve clicked through to this post expecting some steamy relationship advice, I’m afraid that’s not what you’re getting today. So either move along or stick around and enjoy this very non-steamy blog post. I have loved photography since I received my first bright red camera aged five. The first picture I ever took was one of my parents on my fifth birthday and of course, I chopped their heads off. The next was one of a pair of salt and pepper shakers and my third was of my favourite teddy, Rachel bear. I don’t know why she had the…

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For every three or four books I read, I usually write a Recent Reads post (check out my latest, here) but sometimes a book just captivates me so much that it deserves a whole post to itself. ‘Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.’ The girls of the Roanoke family – beautiful, rich, mysterious – seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them that’s never spoken. Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents’ estate in…

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Writing a wedding post feels bizarre to say the least. It’s weird enough that I’m engaged (it’s been nine months and it stills feels odd) but I’m actually planning a wedding that’s taking place next year. It’s been almost eight years since I told my Mum that when I went to university I was going there single. I’d recently split up with an ex-boyfriend and being that nerd that I was (still am), I was thoroughly looking forward to spending the next four years utterly absorbed in my studies. It was less than a few months after this that I…

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Ahh social media, the technology that allows us to continue viewing the lives of people we no longer see, care about or even like. If you’re not a hate follower then I commend you. For as long as social media has existed I have been friends with people on Facebook whose content really riles me up, I’ve avoided following people on Instagram yet continued to have a look like their profiles every once in a while and I’ve failed to unfollow Twitter users whose lives are a trainwreck. Whether it’s insecurity or just humanity, most of us prefer reading the…

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The Travelling Bag | Susan Hill I’ve always loved short stories. Roald Dahl’s “Tales of the Unexpected” has long been a firm favourite of mine and more recently I enjoyed Hilary Mantel’s “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher.” So when I saw that Susan Hill was bringing out a new collection of ghost stories I was thrilled. Strange Meeting was one of the few books I loved during A-Level English and I later went on to read a few other of her novels. The Travelling Bag features 4 short stories which you will fall in love with if you’re a ghost story…

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I have always done birthdays with huge enthusiasm. I like the pageantry of it, bask in the idea of acting like a princess for one day. If you asked anyone they would likely say that I seem like someone who loves birthdays. Or at least I hope they would, otherwise I’m not keeping the facade up very well. The thing is, I do like birthdays. I’m not usually a fan of attention but I can make an exception for one day a year that’s all about me. Th problem comes with the ageing part. Birthdays make me panic. Did I…

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