Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Book Review: One Day...

I love reading, and I used to get through a book a week! But since I started my A levels I became pretty lazy with it, so this summer I was determined to start reading again. And I have just finished the lovely novel One Day by David Nicholls. Heard of it? Well I don't know how you could not have heard of it, it's everywhere! On trains, in cafes, in waiting rooms; people of all ages are engrossed in One Day!
It tells the tale of two people, Em and Dex, who become friends after a near one-night-stand on the 15th July 1988. Each chapter focuses on what they are doing on this date every year for the next 20 years, sometimes they are together, sometimes they are not. Nicholls keeps you gripped as each chapter ends leaving you wondering what's going to happen next but then the next chapter begins set a year later and the situation has completely changed in surprising and interesting ways. 
Nicholls creates characters which seem both real and likable; Emma is a funny, directionless, honest girl and Dexter is an arrogant, charming, handsome guy. And although they may not be a match made in heaven you skick with them as the book takes us through their will-they-won't-they relationship.
Reading it, you can't help but draw comparisons between Nicholls and Nick Hornby, in that they both write in a simple and frank style. Hornby has said that he thinks One Day is a "one-off love story", which is exactly how I feel about it; the novel is not only hilarious, and memorable, but is also emotional and unbearably sad. 
One Day was published in 2009, so why now, in 2011, has it become such a hit? Well, Nicholls has now adapted his book into a screenplay and the film is starring two pretty huge actors: Anne Hathaway as Emma and Jim Sturgess as Dexter. The film has been directed by An Education's Lone Scherfig and is out this month, I cannot wait to see it!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Hit or Miss: Teen Choice Awards 2011

HIT: The Kardashian/Jenner sisters all look stunning! However, this time I think Kendall (in Aurelio Costarella) and Kylie have stolen the show!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Nail Art

My cousin is a beautician and recently we have been having fun experimentling with nail art (me providing the nails and her the art work). 
Heres some of the nail art we've tried:
 Funny faces / Lady birds
 Cute flower/ Diamonds
Leopard print / The nails I have currently!

Monday, 8 August 2011

A Tale of Two Cities: St Petersburg and Brighton

So far I am loving the summer! Granted the weather is still pretty rubbish, but these past few weeks have been amazing!

On the 29th, me and my family flew to St. Petersburg, Russia for a 5-day break. I'd never been before and was really apprehensive about the trip, but I was pleasantly surprised. Russia had the such beautiful architecture and and amazing history. We did hours of walking around the city snd although I was shattered by the fifth day, it was such a fantastic trip.

Then the following weekend I went to Brighton for my cousins 22nd birthday! I had such an amazing time on beach, walking up and down the pier, browsing through vintage shops (I got the most stunning vintage sequin cardigan!) and drinking coktails! We were lucky to have decent weather that weekend too! 
We've decided we are defiently going next year too! Such a fun place!

And I've still got so much to look foward too! This week I'm doing a fashion photography course at the V&A museum, which should be fun. And then towards the end of the holidays I am going to the Reading festival for the weekend, which is sure to be an experience! And then my driving test! Wish me luck!!
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