Thought of the day


Change. It’s hard. But if there’s anything I’ve realised lately, it’s that change is necessary. It’s necessary to stretch and develop yourself, expand the boundaries in which you live your life, to secure your happiness. I went through a bit of a rough patch recently in one area of my life and I tentatively took steps to alter the course I was on. It paid off and now my future is completely different to how I envisaged it being.

Although changing the everyday was daunting, I did it without a moment’s hesitation. I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. And then the doubt set in. But then I saw the quote above. It reminded me that if I hadn’t have made this change, I would have resented myself and the situation I was in. And that’s no way to live.

I’ve always been a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. If an opportunity comes your way, grab it with both hands. Live your life to the full. Make the most of it.

Life is a gift, and this week I was starkly reminded that we have no idea when our time is up. We all think we have years ahead of us to do the things we want to do and visit the places we want to go but the truth is, it could all be over in a flash.

The motto of this post is that you’ve got to take risks in life. Seize the day. Just go for it. Don’t. Look. Back. Unless it’s to reflect on how awesome your decision was.

Page Turner: Prada & Prejudice (Dating Mr Darcy) by Katie Oliver



I love nothing more than curling up with a good book. Or more often these days, an e-book. It’s all terribly 21st century now isn’t it? Whilst I was browsing the Kindle store a while ago, looking for some suitably escapist holiday reading, I saw Prada & Prejudice being given away. Literally. It was free. It still is. (Go, go, go!) So I downloaded it – I’m not one for looking a gift horse in the mouth. I needed something to read whilst doing some lengthy travelling and this was perfect. I couldn’t put this down, and devoured the whole book in a couple of days.

The story is about socialite Natalie Dashwood, failing department store heiress with a spending habit and a troublesome rock star boyfriend. Her world is about to be turned upside down when high-flying executive Rhys Gordon is drafted in to help save the family business and demands she shops on a budget and has to get a job. There’s drama and laughs all around as the readers are served juicy chapters from the main characters, leaving the reader turning the page until the very end.

Prada & Prejudice contains everything I like in a book – humour, lust, romance and a healthy dose of intrigue with a fun, fast pace. I liked it so much I’m going to download the rest of the trilogy. Rumour has it a fourth book is due out around Christmas.

You can find out more about the author, Katie Oliver, at Amazon and follow her on Twitter (go on, she’s super nice!)

You can download a sample, or the full version, of Prada & Prejudice from Amazon, the Kindle app & the iBooks app – currently for free, and the other books in the trilogy are all under £2.00.

Have you read this or the rest of the trilogy? Do you have any recommendations?

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Thumbs up: L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara

Let it be known I have a love/hate relationship with mascara. I think I am yet to find ‘the one’, the holy grail, the mascara to end all other mascaras. Recently I was in a bind. I’d finished my beloved, although not so much for its longevity, YSL Faux Cils and moved on to its waterproof counterpart – a complete let down. I didn’t know what to try next but that awful moment came when I ran out. What on earth was a girl to do? Of course the answer is make an impulse purchase in Boots. I had happened across a tweet earlier in the day raving about L’Oreal Million Lashes and I saw the latest incarnation – the ‘So Couture’ version. So I picked it up. I was ready to loathe it like all other high street mascaras. But no. Oh no ladies, my mind has been changed. L’Oreal has done the unthinkable and has made me a fan of a readily available high street mascara.

The packaging isn’t fancy, but its functional. The wand is plastic – something I didn’t think I’d like, having decided eons ago that I was a strictly a fan of the brush wand. But no, I have been converted to the other side. The tube has a fancy excess product strippery thing (Do these things have proper names?) so your wand is not overloaded with product. The formula is nice – not too liquid, not too dry. A perfect balance. There are lots of spiky bits which help to give my lashes a good coating of mascara. The product lengthens, volumises and defines. For the regular every day, think fluttery lashes, one coat will do. For a bit more drama, I choose two. It doesn’t flake or clump. It lasts all day. It’s as black as black can be. And I have yet to poke my eye out with the wand – it is a sensible size you see.

Removal is easy peasy – I start off with my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and finish with my Garnier Micellar Water. If I’ve gone overboard, I’ll use my Garnier Eye Make Up Remover but this is a rare occurrence. I also haven’t woken up with panda eyes to date. I am in awe. Wondrous, wondrous awe. I am a convert. And I can buy two for the price of one YSL mascara. Kerching.

At the time of writing this is priced at £10.99 and is on a buy one get second item half price deal at Boots and 3 for 2 at Superdrug.

Rating: 5/5 kisses!




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Guess who’s back?

Hello users of the world wide web. It’s been a long time since I last blogged over at Kimtopia. I miss it. So I’m back. I have a head full of ideas, a brand new piece of the internet to write in and enthusiasm by the bucketload. Go tell your friends. Bookmark the page. I’m back ladies, and I can’t wait to get back into the blogging community.

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