Lazy Sunday with a Good Book...@StuartMacBride @Jamie_Begley @KristenAshley68 @ChantalFernando

As much as i love fashion i also love to read.  I would rather spend my evening’s reading a good book over watching rubbish telly and 80% of that time i do just that.  I’m not saying i don’t like TV because i do but what i tend to do is record a week’s worth and watch it over the weekend! Any way i thought i would share with you the books i have read and loved since January.
The tabloids call him the Birthday Boy. He snatches girls just before their 13th birthdays. One year later the family get a homemade card in the post - 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!' scrawled in blood-red ink above a Polaroid photograph of the missing girl. Detective Constable Ash Henderson is seconded to the investigation.Shortlisted for the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger.

Some men won’t take no for an answer.
And some women might find this flattering, being asked out over and over again by a man determined to have you. But not me.
Not that the man in question isn’t sexy as sin, funny as hell and charming as they get.
Because he is.
Sometimes you just can’t allow yourself to be interested in someone for other reasons, other variables.
This is one of those times.
Saxon Tate is my best friend’s ex-boyfriend.
He cheated on her.
He could possibly cheat again.
That's three strikes.
He’s out.

This is a stand alone book however i would recommend you read the others because they are fabulous!

She needed a hero; instead, she got Cade.
Cade was no hero. He was a nomad, a wanderer with no ties and he liked it that way. Hired out to save Fat Louise and her spoiled sister from a cartel run Mexican city was a risk he was willing to take, for the right price. With a certain gray eyed woman on his mind, he set's out to find her, fuck her and forget her. No harm, no foul. But it's all easier said than done when it comes to this plain Jane.

He expected a biker bitch who knew the rules; instead, he got Fat Louise.

Fat Louise wasn’t about to put her crew in danger. She had to learn to handle problems on her own, even if they included a six-foot biker she was forced to rely on, if she was going to rescue her sister. She never expected to see Cade again after she'd left Mexico, but all it takes is one night with him to prove that even a bitch’s heart can be broken.

I was so excited for Fat Louise story, i really wasn't to sure where it would take me but i loved it!  I have loved every book Jamie Begley has written and i can't wait for book number 11.
As you can see the last three books are all by the same author Kristen Ashley, this is because i adore everything she has written (with the exception of the supernatural ones, just can't get in to them).  I would 100% recommend the Rock Chicks series, the Burg series, the Unfinshed Hero series, the Dream Man series, the Colorado Mountain series & the Chaos series because they are all fantastic.  seriously i devoured the Rock Chick series like it was a packed of cookies! 

Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

The owner of the house, Holden "Max" Maxwell is surprised by the beautiful woman who turns up at his door. But when Nina becomes ill, Max spends days nursing her back to health. A private man with a broken heart, Max finds himself drawn to the strong-willed woman. Soon it becomes impossible for Nina and Max to deny their growing attraction to one another. Yet even as these two wounded lovebirds think about taking a chance on a relationship, a dangerous secret from Max's past emerges-and threatens to end their love for good

Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba's. It's a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn't want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he's also the bar's part owner and bartender.

When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't fit in at Bubba's. Yet there's more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: to pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side . . . 

For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Yet when the high-stakes poker player sees the leggy Lexie, he suddenly has other desires on his mind. Realizing that Ty is innocent, Lexie tries to stop his plan for vengeance and help him become a better man. But as Ty battles his inner demons, dirty cops and criminals plot to take him out. Can he and Lexie find a way to escape the past?

There are three more books in the Colorado Mountain series that i will read over the next couple of weeks, i'm sure they will be equally as good because Kristen never lets me down.  I love a good romantic read with a mix of grit and crime!  

I have shared 6 books with you but if you want to see all the books I’ve read have a look at my Goodreads page.

Spring/Summer is nearly here...@Coach @katespadeuk

I know spring isn’t here yet but the fact that it’s light when i get up and light when i leave the office has me all excited for Spring/Summer.  I’ve been mentally planning my S/S staple items of clothing and one thing i am in need of is a new handbag.  Okay so need is stretching it maybe i should have written want.  Yes i want a new handbag!   I currently have my eyes on two bags; the first is the Cedar Street Mini Maise by Kate Spade and the Swagger 20 Carryall in pebble leather by Coach.  Both these bags are mini bags that are super adorable and perfect for your phone, cash/cards and your lippy with no room for all the other rubbish i carry around with me on a daily basis.

This is the super adorable Cedar Street Mini Maise by Kate Spade

I can’t decide on which i love the! 

Everyone needs a break! @BromptonLakes

What i love most about living in Teesside is we are surrounded by so many beautiful places.  There is nothing better than jumping the car at the weekend and picking a direction and of you go, we are surrounded by amazing places such as York, Whitby, Durham, Richmond & many, many more.  It’s almost like we are spoilt for choice!  

The Hubby and i decided to take a weekend away (without the children...but with the dog!). We settled on Brompton because Hubby’s family are from there and we can have some alone time and visit with family (win-win).

If you haven’t heard of Brompton Lakes please take note, Brompton Lakes are self catering luxury lodges and when i say luxury i seriously mean it.  You can hire a person chef to come to your lodge and cook for you and your friends, every lodge is a first class standard with three double rooms on suites and open floor living/kitchen.
They have tennis courts, hot tubes and sauna area & treatment facilities.  The fact that they are dog friendly is just amazing!

If you want a romantic getaway or somewhere large enough to enjoy some family time Brompton Lodges is the perfect place. 

Oink Oink! #Food #Yummy

Pete and i are creatures of habit.  Once we find somewhere we love to eat we tend to keep going back and The Bay Horse, Hurworth is top of our list. 

The food it truly amazing, the chef is a food genus.  The way all the flavours blend together to make every mouth full perfection, it’s a gift; also the food always looks perfect, so perfect it could be art!

Even though the pub it’s self is tiny and always packed once you go through to the dining area the whole atmosphere changes to a relaxed romantic feel set with mood lighting and candles.  The decor is traditional English Pub and it works really well.  The Staff are attentive but not over bearing and really friendly.  For any foodie this is the place for you, don’t be put off by the portion size because both Pete and i have never left hungry!

My starter was Roasted Carrot Risotto with goats cheese beignet, pine nuts and 12 year old balsamic. (i would have taken a picture but my inner piggy tucked straight inn and devoured it! oink oink!).
Pete went for the French Black Pudding with Beetroot Remoulade, Worcestershire Sauce Mayonnaise, and Pressed Toulouse Sausage & English Mustard Cream.

We both went for the Slow Cooked Daube of Beef with Broad Beans & Bacon Fricassee, Broad Bean Mash, Irish Cabbage, Salted Beef Cake, BĂ©arnaise Sauce and Red Wine Jus.

My desert was Banana Tart with peanut butter ice cream.

Pete’s desert was traditional Sticky toffee pudding. 

January Splurge! @UGGUK

In January i splurged and bought myself a pair of Ugg boots, I'm not really an Ugg boot person as i much prefer a more polished girly look and i wear dresses and skirts 90% of the time but as soon as i saw these i knew i had to have them and that they would be a staple piece of my Winter/Spring wardrobe.  I have to say they are so comfy.  With a typically Ugg boot lining they are perfect for keeping my toes nice and warm during the frosty days we've been experiencing and they look super cute with black tights and a dress.  Girly yet practical (see i am growing up).   

Thank you @therealgokwan

A couple of weeks back i was sat watching Waterloo road with Ellissa and noticed a very nice tailored waistcoat on one of the actors.  I searched every online shop i could think of but couldn’t find the one she wore anywhere. L This Tuesday i was working from home and just happened to have the TV on in the background and to my utter delight Gok was on ITV showing us what’s going to be huge this Spring/Summer and tailored waistcoats are it! Yippee!!!!! Gok teamed to navy waistcoat above with grey trousers and cream blouse and it look super stylish and perfect for the office.  I can’t wait till payday because i need this in my life!

Oh also we will be saying hello again to flares this Spring/Summer!

Have a lovely Valentines weekend! 

2015 Workout Outfit @nike @toeSox @fitbit

Following on from my last post i thought i would do a workout outfit post.

Yes i LOVE all things Nike, when it comes to sportswear they are simply the best in my option, i love their style and designs also i find most Nike running/workout clothing last years and wash really well. 
I don’t know about you but i am a little bit of a germ freak and i hate taking my shoes and socks off for Piloxing because the floors are so mucky.  I searched the internet to find something that would be suitable to wear on my feet, to my utter joy i found Toesox!  Toesox are the funny looking sock things above.  I ordered a pair straight away and i can’t wait until they come. 

Since my last post i have upped my steps to 15,000 steps a day because i found i was achieving 11,000 by dinner time and i wanted to push myself. 

Motivation Monday @fitbit #fintess #healthy

My 2015 New Year’s Resolution is to give up chocolate and move more...simple right!

I’m a comfy size 12/14 and i find it really hard to keep myself motivated, at the gym i will work out until i am tired then i quite, i don’t have the ability to push myself hard so i need all the help i can get!  My friend V first introduced me to Fitbit as she got one for Christmas.  I was intrigued but not sold on it until i watched Katie Hopkins – My Fat Story.  Katies dieters used a fitbit flex in the documentary with successful results. So i thought why not?!?!
I got a really good deal from Curry’s, £20 cheaper in the January sale.

You can imagine my excitement Monday morning when it arrives on my desk; seriously i am 80% geek!  I couldn't resist i ripped the box open so i could set it up.  Turns out i needed to load some software on to my pc but my work pc wouldn't allow it so i had to wait till i got home. :)
When i was home it took all of 5 minutes to set up and i didn't need to use my laptop at all, i downloaded the app on my iPad and iPhone easy!

This is what the dashboard on the iPhone app looks like, it monitors my steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes.  There are more features that I'm yet to use but i will in time.  The food plan is US based which is a pain however you can link your fitbit with my fitness pal, 
I've been using my fitbit flex for a whole week and felt i could write a little about it.  Main questions asked “does it encourage  you move more?” my answer is Yes, i found myself moving around the house more in the evening because i was so close to my goal. I'm not 100% sure of its accuracy but to compensate for that i just upped my steps to 11,000 a day.  “Was it worth the money” again Yes, like i said i managed to get a great deal on my fitbit flex but i would have paid full price because when i stepped on the scales this morning and i had lost 7lbs i was overjoyed. 
As you can see it doesn’t really come with much, two wrist bands small and large, a dongle (which isn't shown here because i left it in my laptop), USB charger wire, & the pedometer.

I bought the black fitbit flex but it comes in several different colours.  I opted for black but I've since purchased a pack of six different colour small wrist bands from Amazon at £19.
Fitbit flex is super easy to use, the app is simple and you have easy access to all the information you need on the go, also the fitbit flex can show you your progress simply by tapping the face twice, the lights flash across the display indicating how far you along you are.
I found the fitbit flex to be surprisingly comfortable to wear and sleep inn, it says you can wear the fitbit flex in the shower but i wouldn't recommend it.

Verdict so far is i really like my fitbit flex, it's showing positive results, i have set myself a goal to achieve 11,000 steps a day for a month, i will do my final weigh on the 5th Febuary and we will see if the fitbit is worth it's money!