Book review: Advanced Style Older and Wiser by Ari Seth Cohen
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Reading in Heels: All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

Reading in Heels All Grown Up Jami Attenberg via @BryJaimea bryjaimea.com

I have always been an avid reader, however I tend to get distracted far too easily and forget about the whole reading thing.

I’m a busy lady, y’know?

It wasn’t always this way, of course. Once there was a time where I would always be enraptured by the fantastical worlds that surrounded me. I am not sure how the habit was broken, but it was, and that’s all I can really say about that.

Over the past few years I have found myself more focused on the reading on non-fiction in the never-ending quest for improved knowledge.

Yet as part of my efforts to life a happier life and not let my depression get me down, as well as investing in my own self care, I have promised myself to get my nose back into novels as a way to simply stop (I have troubles stopping…)

For someone who tends to always be doing something, this may sound like a task and a half. However, thanks to Reading in Heels (aka the best subscription box ever) that I discovered via the ever effervescent Lisa, it’s easier than ever.

No, this is not a sponsored post, I am just sharing with you how fabulous this subscription box is. It’s also an introduction of sorts as I plan to write about this box each month, because – why not?

Now, I realise all I have mentioned so far is that books are involved in the Reading in Heels box, but I haven’t mentioned what makes it so amazing.

I mean, anyone can buy a random book from a bookstore, right? Right.

Well, RIH doesn’t just send you a book each month, it also sends you treats. Skin care, make up and sweet treats to be exact. And it’s only £12.95 which includes shipping.

Enticed?

Want to know more?

Of course you do!

October Reading in Heels Box

Beauty Pie One Powder Wonder

As you all know, my relationship with makeup is not the greatest. I prefer to work daily on my complexion and am slightly obsessed with skin care. My skin at the moment is problem free, albeit with a fine line or two thanks to my rigorous evening routine.

Upon receiving the One Powder Wonder, I wasn’t too sure if it would ever be used, but after the first application I have been converted.

It’s a pressed finishing powder that promises a lot, and delivers on it too, and created by Marcia Kilgore, it’s also completely cruelty free

I use this over moisturised skin and it creates a soft, perfect complexion (even reduces the appearance of my fine lines) that means foundation, bb cream, or even tinted moisturiser isn’t required.

The product hasn’t caused any breakouts, doesn’t clump, doesn’t turn white in photos, and is honestly now one of my “holy grail” products.

Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask

Skin. Care. Oh my goodness.

If in early October you heard a squeal of delight echoing throughout the British Isles, that was me discovering some new skin care to trial.

The Midnight Radiance Mask is a smooth, fresh feeling, cooling gel which is one of those “a little bit goes a long way” type of products, that works overnight to do all the stuff night masks promise to do: gentle exfoliation, cell renewal, hydration.

Does it work? I don’t know as my skin is already pretty nice (except the aforementioned fine lines.) However, as I didn’t notice any changes or worsening of my skin, I’d be pretty confident saying it does what it promises.

Doisy & Dam Maca, Vanilla & Cacao Nibs // Goji & Orange

So, uh, I can’t eat chocolate too often so this one went straight over to Ben.

He thought it was lovely.

Can’t really say much more on this one, sorry.

Taylors of Harrogate Rose Lemonade Tea

It was tough giving up my green tea for the afternoon in order to try this tea. Not usually a fan of fruity tisanes, this was a pleasant experience and was perfect for the (rare) sunny afternoon as I sat reading.

It’s a full bodied flavour and incredibly aromatic – beautiful flavour and aromatherapy in one? Yes please!

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

Ever read a book that you absolutely love, but at the same time causes you a series of conflicting emotions?

This is that book.

It is an incredibly frustrating, though beautifully written story and if you’re a creative person you will see some of yourself in Andrea, the narrator.

However, there will come a point whilst reading where the beautiful prose begins being tainted by Andrea’s life, and you no longer feel sympathy nor empathy towards this woman – merely frustration.

It is a beautifully complex story about a creative who simply refused to grow up, who rather than battling her demons, invited them over for a glass or three of wine.

It is a fascinating story full of interesting background characters being taken for granted against the back drop of New York by a woman who can’t look at life beyond the bottom of a wine bottle.

Andrea talks about her life in bite-size morsels that leave you wanting more, and turning page after page, lapping up her striking prose. You want to know more, you want to understand her depression, her anxiety, her wild abandon, and why she is just. so. self. absorbed.

Yet… you never do. There are no explanations, nor excuses, and the character seems to almost indulge in her difficultness, her narcissism and selfishness. There is no arc of redemption, there are no lessons learnt – just her excuses and an abrupt ending that leaves you thinking “too little, far too late.” Which I guess, is the point of the narrative…

I will definitely be re-reading this one. It is an interesting insight into the creative mind and the demons and desires all creatives possess, however unfortunate that the narrator is so unlikable, especially by any creative person who has been there, done that, and then grown up.


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  • Alice Cruickshank

    This is such a good idea! I’ve never really ‘got’ the whole subscription box thing, but this is something I am genuinely considering signing up to. A book in the book with some pamper bits sounds like the ultimate treat 🙂

    • It is honestly the best Sub Box I’ve seen and bought!

  • I’m really looking forward to trying the finishing powder in particular. The box arrived just as I was about to go on hols, so I haven’t had the chance to dive in properly yet!

    I love that all the RiH books so far have featured properly messed up, frustrating, complex female protagonists. There’s not enough of that sort of thing, I say.

    Lis / last year’s girl x

    • The finishing powder is amazing!!!! It looks a bit sparkly in the pan, but not so much on the face, and the wee amount of aprkle just helps hide imperfections, y’know? I am in love with it!

      Really!! This is my first, but I do love complex female characters, so looking forward to the next book already!!
      (I really should get back to working on my novel… about a really messed up female protagonist 😂)

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