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The Best Brunch!

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Last week I went to visit a good friend on the Wirral (it’s in Merseyside, across the river from Liverpool). Aside from falling in love with the  place, she took me for the most fantastic brunch in West Kirby.

Hickory’s Smokehouse is an authentic American barbecue and it’s well worth the visit if you’re in town! From the outside it really doesn’t look like anything special (sorry!) but inside it’s amazing. The walls are a gorgeous dark red and they’ve got these fabulous gold antler-style lights – I need them in my house! The music is typical southern American country and it definitely creates a great atmosphere. And you see that little paper bag in the corner of the photo? That’s a complimentary bag of popcorn you get when you arrive!

Being in an American restaurant for breakfast it would’ve been rude not to have pancakes. So (despite being a pancake queen!) I lost my bacon-syrup-pancake virginity. And I was not disappointed.

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Pimms o’clock!

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Summer has arrived in SW London! We’ve had sweltering days and stormy nights…and slight sunburn >.<

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On Friday two of my girlfriends and I decided it was officially Pimms o’clock! If you haven’t heard of Pimms (where have you been?!) it’s a gin-based drink which you mix with lemonade and a ton of fruit – perfect for hot summer days and oh so British! It’s delicious.

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Due to temperatures exceeding 30ºC, we were keen to get as much juicy fruity refreshment as possible and chucked in as much fruit as we could get our hands on! Lemon, apple, strawberries, raspberries, cucumber, mint, oranges…

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The Jelly Revival

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Jellies are the shoes of my childhood.

They’re plastic, they’re fantastic, and now they’re back.

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At first I turned my nose up at them – after all they can look pretty monstrous – but I have been newly converted to the Jelly Movement.

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I bought mine for a mere £10.80 from Asos back in May and fell instantly in love. They’re surprisingly comfy, although I did get blisters from them sadly (although my feet blister ridiculously easily, so I can’t necessarily blame the shoe).

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They’re also quite heavy due to the chunky heel, but you get used to it pretty quickly. I kind of wish I’d got flat sandals now for this reason, but what can you do!

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I definitely love this grown-up-twist on a classic summer sandal. Long live the Jelly!

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The Bling Ring – Nancy Jo Sales

“Meet the Bling Ring: six club-hopping LA teenagers accused of stealing more than $3 million in clothing and jewelry from the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson and other young members of the Hollywood elite-allegedly the most audacious burglary gang in recent history.”

In the latter half of the 00′s, Hollywood was rocked by a series of burglaries at celebrity homes. The culprits? A group of fame-obssessed teenagers. Once arrested they received the media attention that they craved. This resulted in numerous newspaper articles and TV reports, two films and a book. Sales’ The Bling Ring offers insight into the crimes and the background behind the blockbuster.

The Bling Ring isn’t the sort of book I’d normally read, but I’m glad I did. It’s separated into three parts and basically follows the developments in the court case – told through various interviews with those involved. It’s well researched and shows the impact of celebrity on today’s society.

The characters fit the wannabe-celebrity stereotype perfectly, and the storyline was definitely made for Hollywood. It’s still unclear whether the characters have been exaggerated for novel/film purposes, or whether they are as obnoxious and arrogant as they seem. I also found all the names a bit confusing at times as the story jumps between characters who are all denying their involvement whilst implicating the others’ involvement.

Would I recommend The Bling Ring? Yes. If you’re interested in celebrity culture and real crime, this book is perfect. It’s an interesting story and it’s almost inevitable that other crimes of this nature will occur given the adoration that continues to be shown to celebrities.

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L.A. Candy Trilogy – Lauren Conrad

 

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“Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer…everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can’t wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun. In a city filled with people chasing after their dreams, it’s not long before Jane wakes up to the reality that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.”

 

Loosely based on The Hills, the L.A. Candy Trilogy tells the real story of what happened on the show. Jane is Lauren, Scarlett is Heidi and the plot reveals the unglamorous truths behind filming a reality television show. It’s not a replica of the series, but fans of The Hills will definitely be able to draw parallels between the two.

 

I am a huge fan of Lauren Conrad and The Hills so it was only natural that I harboured concerns over these books. However my to my relief the trilogy really holds its own. It is not the most intellectually stimulating book and I’m not convinced of its appeal to those who don’t watch The Hills, but it was well written and the plot was entertaining.

 

If you’re after more gossip and details of the Heidi/Lauren feud you’ll be disappointed. Conrad fails to divulge more than is already public knowledge, which I think gives the books more credibility, as they become stories in their own right, and not thinly veiled attacks on former co-stars.

 

Perfect for light summer reading. The L.A. Candy Trilogy provide an unofficial memoir of Lauren’s life during this era and is a must-read for fans of The Hills.