Wednesday, March 21

Twenty Three

TFNC via Asos

After my 'Ball Gown Wish List' I thought it was only fair I shared the dress I eventually went for (spoiler - not one on my list). I picked it up brand new on eBay for a fraction of the price and fell in love. One of the most special dresses I've ever worn.

I wish I could say the ball was for my twenty third birthday, honestly would love that, but no it was a University ball. All my friends were there and there was plenty of wine and ceilidh dancing so it was my perfect party none the less. 

The lighting in the room was terrible for photos so I'm excited to see the photos from the professional photographer. In the meantime here is a nice one of my boyfriend and I. Not the best quality photo but we couldn't be happier!

It's my actual birthday today and easily my favourite day of the year. I've had uni this morning and after I've had some lunch I'm going to head into town for a bit of shopping with my mum then dinner at Zizzi with my Dad and boyfriend too. A lovely easy birthday just the way I like it.

Some past birthday posts...

Monday, March 19

My week in pictures #261

(from top left) This week I had to take my ball dress up an inch so I wasn't standing on it at the ball. Slightly tipsy at the Geoscience ball with Scott on Friday. Game day on Saturday and it was a tense one for Scotland. On Sunday Scott and I (mostly Scott) made Chicken Tikka from scratch. 

This week my main focus has been on finishing my essay - oh and the excitement about the Geoscience ball. So I could properly enjoy the ball I spent hours in the library working on my essay so it was at a point I was happy to leave it for the weekend. 

After a non-stop day on Wednesday I was just making tea when I discovered our boiler wasn't working properly. Luckily we have a heater for the water but doing without the heating when it was so cold outside was inconvenient. Thankfully our landlord was about to get someone in to have a look at it on Friday afternoon so it was fixed by the time we were leaving for the ball.

The ball was so worth the hype too - I had my boyfriend and my good friends all together for a night of dancing and drinking. My dress was gorgeous (even if I do say so myself) and I just had the best time. I can't wait to see the professional photos now. 

After waking up on Saturday with a bit of a hangover (oops!) I got on with a few things I had to do before going to Scott's house for the rest of the weekend. Once there we didn't do very much apart from some cooking and looking at holidays for the summer. 

On birthday is on Wednesday this week and on Thursday I'm going to see Hairspray with my flatmate so I'm equally excited for what this week holds too.

This week on G is for Gingers: The Most Amazing Embroidered Blouse | Holly Stockport's The Ascension of Melanie Winters

Thursday, March 15

Book Review | Holly Stockport's The Ascension of Melanie Winters

The Ascension of Melanie Winters*

"She was a monster. But the worst kind of monster. One disguised as a living human. 

Melanie Winters is struggling with university life just as much as everyone else. Exams, lectures, the power to move things with her mind, the usual worries. 

After a freak accident that she caused, Melanie is forced to move to the Welsh countryside with her mother to start again. But when strange events begin to occur with her arrival, Melanie begins to realise she, and her powers she fought so hard to keep secret, might be part of something sinister."

I love a good sci-fi story and when I read about Holly Stockport's debut novel it ticked all the boxes for me. The book is a great length for an easy read and it kept me turning pages from the very beginning. It has an interesting story line with a few twists and turns along the way. 

I found Melanie really relatable which always adds to my enjoyment of a book. Set in Wales the story starts with her struggling with uni (something that is all to current for me) and her close relationship with her mum. Quickly the plot develops into something more dangerous. 

The book ended (I actually finished reading it this morning) and I want to know what happens to Melanie and her mum next. 

Holly self published her debut novel and I can 100% recommend it if your like sci-fi or dystopian fiction. Support Holly by buying the paperback here or the eBook here.  

Check out my last book review - Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane