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“Maybe it’s not always about trying to fix something broken. Maybe it’s about starting over and creating something better.”

– Unknown 

I always look forward to reading a new novel by Sarah Morgan. When I found out that this story takes place in Paris, my imagination went immediately to romance and wonderful scenery. 

One Summer In Paris is a story about Grace and Audrey from very different backgrounds with differing ages struggling to cope with the cards that life has dealt them. A chance meeting during a summer in Paris brings much enlightenment and inspiration to the pair of them. 

I loved both Grace and Audrey equally but for different reasons. Grace is unsure of herself but motherly and kind whereas, Audrey is defensively brave and witty. This summer in Paris was a different world full of new possibilities and the opening up of old dreams. 

A great read for lovers of family drama and friendship. Read this book and escape to Paris for the summer!

One Summer In Paris is now available to buy on Amazon.

Lidia

Wow, where did February go? And how is it that it feels like the Christmas holidays were just yesterday? Well, here we are in March, and I haven’t been blogging as much I had hoped to.

Finally, that light at the end of a wintry tunnel is here at last. 4 reasons I’m excited for spring…

1. Longer days.

I can’t wait to finish work and still have a few hours of light outside, to go for a wander or make plans without wanting to collapse on the sofa at 4pm because it feels like midnight!

40847eb6-32c1-42a4-bab2-47964e4be12f2. A whole new wardrobe.

I’m in that annoying in-between stage right now where I can’t stand wearing jeans, but it’s not quite time for midi skirts with bare legs… it’s a nightmare! I’m loving midi wrap dresses, lots of colour, basket bags and sandals… come on Spring, give us some lovely weather!

3. Eating better.

I just give up on eating good in winter and I end up feeling absolutely rubbish – my skin breaks out, my clothes don’t fit as well and I feel like a potato. As soon as the days are brighter, my whole vibe shifts and I want colourful meals packed full of health!

4. Getting more done.

It’s amazing what a bit of light will do for my mood!

It’s definitely my time to shine! I kind of come alive in the warmer seasons, and I’m ready to feel like myself again.

Hope everybody is having a good month. Until next time!

Lidia 

I’m snuggled up with a cappuccino and my laptop away from the grey skies and busy streets of Oxford Street.

Feeling uninspired by the dull and dreary weather I’m turning to Pinterest for inspiration. I’ve spent the last few hours researching photos of Old Hollywood and it’s definitely brightened my day.

When researching I’ve come across film stills from the 1959 American mystery film Suddenly, Last Summer. The thing that caught my attention the most was the costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor who plays the films leading lady Catherine Holly.

Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer.

The film’s costume designer Oliver Messel achieves simple and enduring looks throughout the film, from the classic little black dress to simple white blouses and pleated skirts

However, it’s the summer outfits that stand out the most for me. The famous one piece swimsuit is a highlight for me. The contrast between her tanned skin and the white swimming costume is striking.

The clothes Catherine wore at the seaside pretty much sum up what summer beauty should be. Is there anything more you need then great swimsuits and a gorgeous sun dress?

Lidia

“You all right? his eyes asked.
I’m all right, hers answered.”

– LaVyrle Spencer, Morning Glory

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On a recent weekend away to Bath me and my boyfriend popped into a second-hand bookshop, a small shop with shelves stacked high with hundreds of different genres of books.

My favourite types of books are romance novels, so it will come as no surprise that my boyfriend ended up buying me Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer.

The book is about ex-con Will Parker who answers the ad of Elly, a pregnant widow looking for a husband. As Will helps Elly work on her homestead and care for her young children, they develop mutual respect and love.

This is what I call historical romance. It’s realistic, down to earth and absolutely beautiful. It’s a definite must read!

Lidia

I spent my Monday morning having breakfast at the Fifth Floor Cafe at Harvey Nichols a treat from my little sister for my birthday.

I went for the grilled halloumi which included spinach, cherry tomatoes, poached egg and a side of toast. Yum!

Once I had finished my breakfast and sipped the last of my cappuccino, I was surprised by the waiters and waitresses who came over to our table carrying a small chocolate cake while singing happy birthday to me.

I had such a lovely morning with my sister. I would like to say a huge thank you for treating me. I loved it!

“A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.”

– Marion C. Garretty

Lidia