Food, friends and goodies galore at #HBAlPorto

Image credit :: Al Porto It’s been one whole week now since the Hull Bloggers August meet at Al Porto restaurant on the Hull Marina, and even as I’m typing this out, I can feel a smile starting to form on my face as I think back to the wonderful day. My day began with a nervous me running around like a headless chicken trying to get ready, and when I realised I was running late (shock horror!) I felt ready to have a panic attack. Not good. Luckily I had the wonderful Kate just a text away with plenty of…

Travelers – Meradeth Houston: Book Review + Blog Tour

Sienna comes from a family of Travelers who have the incredible ability to jump through time, providing they stick to a set of rules that ensure history remains as it should be, deaths take their natural course, and the future isn’t altered. Sienna has always stuck to the rules, even when her heart was torn apart by the death of her boyfriend, Henry. But when her best friend and his sister, Joan, bends the rules of Travelers in order to bring him back to life, Sienna’s past and everyone involved in it is erased, and Joan seems to stop at…

Reasons to Love the Throne of Glass Series (So Far!)

Throne of Glass is a YA high fantasy series of books that is loved by bookworms all over the world. I was actually a late-comer to the Throne of Glass fandom, but man, I had been missing out! I’ve just recently finished Heir of Fire and, oh my Lordy, I can’t wait for the next instalment. Have you ever read a book that kind of just stays with you for aaaaages afterwards? Yeah? This full series was one of them. Queen of Shadows is the new addition to the Throne of Glass series and it is released today! I’m waiting…

One Week Countdown to #HBAlPorto

If you follow me on Twitter you have more than likely seen me raving on enthusiastically about an event I’m going to, using the hashtag #HBAlPorto. Well, the event is a fun filled meet up for bloggers from Hull and the surrounding area, and today marks the one week countdown! Needless to say, I have been getting more excited by the day, and although I’m super nervous (I always get so anxious and worried when I have to meet new people, and haven’t been to a blogger event since the Lush Easter event!), my excitement is definitely beginning to far…

We Are All Made of Stars: Book Review

“If there’s one thing I’ve learnt while I’ve been working the night shift at Marie Francis it’s that this is the one thing that sets us apart from other animals, the one thing that makes us human. Hope.” We Are All Made of Stars* is the beautifully written and heartfelt story of several characters, all of whom are facing their own fears whilst grasping on to hope that things can get better. Though the synopsis only mentions Stella’s story, we see snippets from the point of view of Hugh, a young guy whose girlfriend recently left him leaving nothing behind…

Pretty Puzzles Books You Need in Your Life

I, like so many others out there in the world of blogging, cannot resist cute stationery, especially notebooks. Well, I actually can’t resist anything remotely pretty, I’m not just limited to stationery! So imagine my excitement when I came across these beautiful little puzzle books whilst I was out and about in town last week. They were (very strategically!) placed right next to the tills, so how on earth could I not pick up one or two? Or three or four? Okay. Five. I picked up five. They were from The Works (you can also buy online!) and they stocked…

The Broken Hearts Book Club: Cover Reveal

Today on Beauty, Books and Babble, I am treating you all by helping to reveal the beautiful cover for Lynsey James’s new book, The Broken Hearts Book Club. It’s a truly beautiful cover (I adore the lace detail in the corner!) and sounds like a wonderful story too. Check out the lovely cover below and keep reading to find out more about The Broken Hearts Book Club and it’s author, Lynsey James… The Broken Hearts Book Club Secrets never stay buried for long… Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved…

11 Things You Didn't Know \ Tag

The lovely Jess from Cake Crumbs and Pages has nominated me to take part in the ’11 Things You Didn’t Know’ tag, which is great because it means I have the opportunity to tell you all some random bits and bobs about me and I also get to ask others to do the same! What are the rules? –  Answer 11 questions from the blogger who tagged you. –  Create 11 new questions. –  Tag up to 10 other bloggers to answer you questions. Pretty simple, right? I will try my best to tag 10 other blogs, though I can…

Review: Arbonne RE9 Advanced Skincare

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to review Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced anti-aging skincare line*. I had never heard of Arbonne before, and after a bit of research – okay, my “research” was Google! – I found that Arbonne is a company that works with direct sales, kind of like Avon, though it’s of higher quality and tad more expensive! The company aims to produce pure and safe products using botanical ingredients, and they don’t just stop at skincare. They sell bath and body treats, comestics and even nutrional products too! The RE9 Advanced set* is…