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Sophie Kinsella’s Literary Heroines


A blog post on my favourite author. So, Boil the kettle, make a tea (or coffee if it’s the morning!) and be inspired by Sophie’s favourite books to read. 📚

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Sophie Kinsella, best-selling author of the universally loved Shopaholic series, tells Women on the Page about her literary heroines, including, for a time, being Harriet the Spy.

I grew up with them. I think of them often. I refer to them when I’m unsure in life. I love them, admire them, cringe with them and weep with them. They’re my literary heroines. And the fact that they’re imaginary doesn’t make them any less influential on my life than if they were real. In fact, it makes them more influential.

Whom have I known in real life as long as I have known Milly-Molly-Mandy? Not many people, that’s for sure. But her adventures are etched in my brain as surely as if she were a family member. There was the day she unselfishly gave up the one remaining length of flowered dress fabric for another girl. There was the time she made…

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4 Brilliant British Books to buy


The following books that I recommend won’t be an entire book review, but merely just enough information for you to peruse, to see if you would like it, or if you want to read it. I have read the books thoroughly, and have decided to write down bits and pieces that I like, and what you might find interesting, or have just written enough information for you to decide whether you would like to buy it or not!

Here are four brilliant british books to buy:

1. Our Queen by Robert Hardman

In Britain, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is not just the longest reigning monarch in history, but is a red-double decker bus with two legs, and Prince William says ‘she’s incredible’. She works hard professionally and this book is an in-depth study and portrait of our Queen today.

“It is a study of a thoroughly modern monarch.” – (Introduction, page 3)

Chapter 1 talks about her achievements  – It opens up with this statement – “She’s really determined to finish everything she started”. I honestly thought that is an excellent statement to describe the working life of a monarch.

She is the most popular figure in British public life and is emblematic about the ‘Old Britain’ and the New Britain, and being devoted to the Church of England, and the Commonwealth, historians see it as one of her greatest achievements.

I particularly liked how it said about her taking her ‘nation’ role very seriously, just as her coronation vow to preserve the settlement of the church of England. Consider this statement:

“The Sovereign acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride; gives a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognises success and excellence, and supports the ideal of voluntary service.”

William Shawcross of the Evening Standard says about the book “Hardler is the best chronicler of the monarchy writing in the British press today, superbly well-informed, witty and wise.”

One thing I didn’t know was that when she visited the British Office of Google in 2008, her private secretary came up with an idea of using her head on their website. So, for one day only, the second G on google’s website was replaced with the Sovereign’s head. How cool is that? I wish I had’ve seen that back then!

 


With some Queen Victoria green tea, which I am trying to drink more of instead of Lipton tea, which is apparently not as good for you than chamomile or any other herbal tea, it is completely invigorating for the senses. ☕️ but I have become obsessed with PG Tips, especially after knowing it is Julie Andrews favourite tea. I bought it to try it out, and I can see why she loves it!

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Luxurious Lifestyle


I couldn’t help but share my new bag collection…… okay, well, I’ve had it for about a month, but I love the theme, the idea of a 3 in 1 bag, large, medium and small items that are so handy! For a nice evening Occassion I can just take out the third one, and everyday I can use all of them! I am so impressed with my set, and I completely love my collection.

I got it from a vintage shop in Westfield Whitford City Shopping Mall with 30 percent OFF  and it was the last one, so I HAD to have them! I have to apologise because I can not remember the name of the actual store.When I find out I will update this page with the information. I felt desperate for a nice London Bag! It was a desperately needed item! Haha and Just more to add to my “London theme collection”!

I got a beautiful gift most recently, that I will absolutely treasure forever. A friend recently went to England and came back with a set of 30 postcards from the Buckingham Palace Shop or it may have been at Windsor Castle! It is a set of classically printed black and white cards of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and I was astonished and quite awe-struck by the lovely gift. I am not sure what I am going to do with them, I have sent two postcards already to some pen pals, but I would love to create a collage/board with all of them on it.

You can buy the postcards at the Royal Collection Shop website here for ten pounds which is only 16 dollars in Australian currency, although delivery may be expensive, it normally depends on what item you buy.

These are a few of my favourite ones! Just completely stunning…….

and isn’t this one just gorgeous…???

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“Old English” poems


Most old english pieces of literature and manuscript origins, authorship and early history are quite unknown. I particularly liked and picked up an “old English poetry” book from Scarborough library that I am absolutely loving. Sometimes I feel like it is a bit more eloquent than I could ever be! But my interest in English Literature is widening, and I especially like poems that have a biblical sense to it.

This book is made up of different ‘books’, for example, there is the Vercelli book, and the Exeter book, which has meaning behind the words.

It is a broad view of Anthology of British Literature, and there is a complete range of lyrics that I decided to pick ones I like and share them with you.

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Feminine Fashionista 


So, to begin with, I don’t know if I would call myself a “Fashionista”, but if it is defined as a ‘devoted follower of fashion’ then, yes,  I am well on my way to being one. In Melbourne, I went to the L’Oreal Fashion Week almost every September, and loved it……

The VAMFF is a world wide event that has girls from all over the globe attending. And we all know, Melbourne is THE fashion capital of Australia – hence, one reason why I miss that city so much!

This year it is in March and to book your tickets, go to their Events page where you can also see Fashion Weekend Runway showcasing their Autumn/Winter collection looking at the best designer brands and you can watch runway shows by your favourite designers and be the first to discover the trends of the season.

That is if you’re in Melbourne, of course!

Featuring some of these designs:

Anna Hoffman

Arya

Et Al

Isobel Rose

Odeya

There will be a lot of different runways, from gala to premium, and Vogue will be presenting the glamorous collections on the runway and Priceline Pharmacy is supporting the runway too. There are literally sooo many to choose from, and I am particularly interested in the Virgin Australia Grand Showcase celebrating Australia’s globally recognised designers.
Moving on, ……

Recently I bought a Zara top which is totally feminine! It’s lace sleeves leave you feeling feminine and it was such a great buy! I believe it was only about $15 on SALE, but I wanted to share it along with my favourite current dress that I have been dying to share with you for a little while now.

This is me being totally organised! I have a journal where I have learnt to start bullet pointing things to do, and every project, I write down all the things I need to do to get done, to efficiently work well on it, and have it all there in front of me, so I can take the journal to the library, coffee shop, or elsewhere and work on what I love to do!

What I find to be entirely feminine is this “Long sleeve lace dress” from YesStyle.

It is the replica of Kate Middleton’s white lace $3,450 Dolce and Gabbana dress she wore at the Ascot Races in July, 2016.



For me, this is a sensational dress I can wear to a nice occasion, or somewhere a bit more formal. I love it so much I could wear it anywhere, but it has its place to be at a event or wedding and such. I am utterly in love with this feminine dress.


So, I just got my haircut done at New Look Hair Salon, and asked for a style similar to Kate Middleton’s long bob that she had a little while ago. I was so wrapt with the outcome and results were amazing!!!!!! I literally felt like Kate Middleton after it was finished!

I felt like stepping out in style and elegance with my hair done, plus the dress and so I grabbed a coffee (of course) and chilled outside of Sambos, in Scarborough for awhile.



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How to “Own” it


  1. You are a woman wanting to achieve professional SUCCESS
  2. You want to establish qualities to help you work better and establish a successful career
  3. You are a lady who wants to take control of your destiny
  4. You want to gain high quality skills in the workplace
  5. You want to achieve true flexibility and freedom in your career

If you are any of the top FIVE points, then I highly recommend this book that I am currently reading.

It is called “Own it – The power of women at work” written by Sallie Krawcheck. You can find it on Booktopia for $37.90. Sallie Krawcheck is the Co-founder and CEO of Ellevest, an innovative digital investment platform designed to help women reach their financial goals. Her mission is to advance women in business, and she also is one of the highest ranked women to have ever worked on Wall street.

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She says “There are many reasons to be optimistic about the future”, – the business world is rapidly changing, especially with technology in this day and age, and this book highlights how we can OWN it and embrace potential positive impact with businesses.

If you are a woman wanting to start a small business – this is for you.

If you are a woman wanting to learn how to grow your business – this is for you

If you are a woman wanting to learn more on how to gain success in business – this is for you

This book helps with:

  • life-long learning
  • acute awareness of meaning, and purpose
  • reaching long-term goals
  • and teaches the ability to OWN power in the workplace and in life

If your goal is to invest in your future, and take financial control of your life – you NEED this book.

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I want to be a Woman of Easter!!!


I have been eagerly writing today and taking down notes from reading “The Women of Easter” by Liz Curtis Higgs. I have collected my thoughts together, and have thoroughly relished in achieving this. It has been a while since I have fully read an entire book in just ONE day!!!! I felt so successful, and felt like I have achieved something for the day, which keeps me feeling truly content.

What I am going to do is set it out by each chapter so that you can get an idea and outline of the book.

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Beauty pick ups and afternoon bliss! 


Yesterday I went to Joondalup Shopping Centre with a friend and as soon as I got there I felt I was in heaven!!!! It reminded me of Highpoint Shopping Centre and everything felt normal again…..

Shopping in a BIG shopping centre is my thing….. and where there’s at least a few clothing stores that have at least Forever New, I am totally inclined to designer shopping as it is a great idea to buy the Christmas shopping as well. I’m so excited to see this new centre grow and grow to be successful and world – class.

Walking around the centre it felt so good to be at a good place where there was a lot of BUZZ, people and it was beautiful to see some Christmas decorations that were up! It was “beginning to feel a lot like Christmas”……

I’m so glad I got to see this grand place, as I am currently in Scarborough where the closest shops are Innaloo. Innaloo isn’t too bad, but Joondalup is MASSIVE and there’s practically EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

If you want to do your Christmas shopping, Joondalup is a great place to go to.

I picked up a few beauty buys!

I went straight to MAC Cosmetics and spoke to a lady that helped me pick a new foundation. I had been using Studio Fix’s liquid compact foundation, which was great on my skin, but I wanted something completely new and fresh!

It was completely delightful to sit and have the lady pamper me with testing “Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 NW20″.

I was most happy with the results as it looked like a similar colour to my neck as well, so it didn’t look like I was one colour and then another colour below. It is normally hard to find the right colour for me as I have olive skin, but am quite fair on the neck. This $50 foundation is honestly the way to go!

The second best beauty buy is:

L’Oreal False Lash Butterfly Wings

It gives a false lash effect which is exactly what I want!!!!! And it fans out your lashes to make a glamorous statement and then I just thought I would love to create more volume, and that’s exactly what it does! I think it lengthens the eye lashes as well, as my eyelashes are quite short – some people say I have long ones! But I don’t think so!!!! If you want lengthened eyelashes, this beautiful mascara is a great beauty buy!

 

Another stop was ….

Peter Alexander

Australia’s leading sleepwear designer brand. I have shopped here MANY times and I actually met Peter at Highpoint of the opening of Peter Alexander in the shopping centre.

I shopped and browsed until I came across a Paris Eiffel Tower pyjama slip, and I just LOVE the packaging!!! It is absolutely stunning.

 

And, somewhere in the centre I bought a Heathcote and Ivory Body Moistursing Cream called “Blush Rose” which I particularly LOVE as the brand is English and it has a nice ring to the name! It’s a softening body cream, and I started to peel where my sunburn was and it helped moisturise my skin, so it stopped it from being flaky.

 

Heathcote and Ivory has some gorgeous stuff and the collections are vintage and would make great Christmas presents. I particularly liked the Vintage and Co Patterns and Petals Bath Fizzler Caddy. There are hand creams, and hand and lip sets that you can buy for 6 pounds. It has pretty sets, and decorative tins to make your bathroom look really pretty.



 

I then went to H&M and found this summery top that was ONLY $15!!!! I thought it was PERFECT for the summery season that we are now in, and I love the pattern. It is really summery and girly, and I have been wearing it around the house ever since I bought it.

Have you been to H&M? I loved the Melbourne one when it was the old GPO.


 

MAC happens to be an authentic brand and doesn’t disappoint! I have been using their products for years now, and will probably stick to it for as long as I can. This new foundation is a NEW LOVE, as it really matches the colour of my skin.

It has a similar name to the compact foundation that you can buy, but you have to make sure that it says “fluid” at the end, and that the packaging is in a bottle, as it is very liquidy, and not like the one that comes in a compact.

And OF COURSE, the last stop was Dymocks. It was my kind of day, coffee, shopping, coffee, then shopping….. It was seriously the BEST day of my life!!!!! I met a girl in a store who was from Manchester – I think it was in Novo, and I raved on about my desire to go to London – I think she got the picture that I was a city girl, and she said ‘I would love it’….

Doesn’t this book look so informative and elegant? That’s why I picked it!!! I particularly chose it because I wanted to read up more on a ‘royal member’, and something that wasn’t too hard to read, but informative. I still have to finish the “Other” Victoria book which I mentioned previously, but that was a novel, and I can still get through it – I tend to read at night before bed – I find it hard to read through out the day because I like to be productive, like, doing things like this!!! and well, typing!!! It is such a stunning cover, that as soon as I saw it, I was like “I have got to have that!!!!”…… hehehe As it says on the cover, it is the inspiration for the ITV series of “Victoria”, which I WISH I was able to watch!!! But I think it may be on Foxtel, whereas I only have Netflix. I STILL have to get through “The Crown” – I probably only have a few episodes to go!!! When it finishes I will be sad…. as it is like Downton Abbey ending…..

Last, but not least, this mug and saucer are from:

Morgan and Finch

Unfortunately, I was unable to find this cup and saucer online, so I don’t know where you can find it online, but it is in Bed Bath and Table in the homewares section, and it is apart of the Morgan and Finch Home Collection. Don’t you just love my photos!??? How exquisite. 😍

 

It has been the most amazing day at Joondalup Shopping Centre, and now it is time to unwind with a Buckingham Palace Garden Party Tea – which is Jasmine Earl Grey from the English Tea Store in Canada. How divine!!!!! My eyes popped open when I saw this delicious looking box!!!!!

It is the next favourite tea, after London Strand and it may well be my new favourite number One tea! I think the tea speaks for itself, it is the number one tea to have AT a garden party!!!!

I really would like the idea of having an afternoon or high tea with someone and having this set out with my Royal Albert collection. It would just be perfect for that tea party you want!

The weekend is to be a relaxing time and well, I do feel relaxed, especially when there is not much to do but watch Netflix (Or a DVD which is called “Monarchy – the royal family at work”), and finish up on assignments. I have it on in the background while I surf the internet, (whoops, more shopping!), listening to music, and catching up on blogs.

YAY! It’s Friday!

Don’t you just love the weekends??? I know what I will be doing – sipping tea, and reading “Victoria – A Life”. Let’s see if I will eventually do a book review on it!

               ❤️

                 Exquisite Emmalisa

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Regency Inspirational Romance


I hoped to have read the list of 20 books in My Book Collection, but because of the whole move from Merredin to Scarborough it’s been too busy to just sit down and take the time to read, except for today….. I hardly had anything to do, so I pulled out a book that I had my eye on for months and I am completely taken by this one, because it is set in the Regency Period. I particularly like the period in the early 19th century because it was followed by the Victorian Period and was during the reign of King George IV.

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3 Books to Inspire


I probably have already said this, but I love reading. I like to keep cultured, and have a love for history, art and language. I have only done one post on My Book Collection mentioning 20 books to read for this year, but this year is closing sooner than I think! I thought it would be a good idea to do a book review on one of them, or on a favourite book of mine.

1. One of my FAVOURITE books is “The Undomestic Goddess” written by Sophie Kinsella. She is one of the best writers out there! She is extremely exceptional at English language and comes up with witty characters. So she writes with great articulation and vocalisation.

This is a story about a office lady working for Carter Spink. 29 year old Samantha Sweeting is a high-powered lawyer in London working onwards and upwards for that career climb to be a partner for the firm. She works long hours, and has no home life putting all her energy into her work life, until…..

One day she makes a terrible mistake. Costing her career!!!!! She gets terrified thinking she will be fired from her hardworking job.

Instead of speaking to the boss she walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and then finds herself at a stately house in the countryside where they have mistaken her for their maid! She ends up working as a maid for a big, beautiful house in the middle of nowhere and works there instead.

Not knowing how to turn on the oven, Samantha learns how to do home duties, things she could never do before in her life!!!!!

She learns how to bake, cook, do laundry, iron, etc and during this time learns to love this new life in a wholly unexpected way.

Her employers don’t know she’s really a lawyer, educated at Cambridge with an IQ of 158 from London. So, she learns to live the life of a housekeeper.

A lawyer turned housekeeper is an interesting turn of events and the ending is even more surprising!

This book does NOT disappoint! Does she go back to her job? Or does she keep on working as a housemaid?

You can go to this website to buy. In England it is only $8 pounds.

It is actually a number one bestseller! And I can see why!!!!!!

To me, it’s the greatest heart-warming piece of chick-lit! Full of laughs and fun! Kinsella is full of genuine charm in writing this book. I read this book within like TWO days! It is that funny and contemporary!

2. Shopaholic Abroad

I am currently reading the second book in the shopaholic series. My favourite series ever!!!!! Everyone knows the first book, “Confessions of a shopaholic” and this second book is more about shopping!!!!!

Becky Bloomwood has been offered a job in New York! So there’s The Museum of Modern Art! The Guggenheim! The Metropolitan Opera House! And Becky Bloomwood does mean to go to them all, honestly. It’s just that it seems silly to not check out a few other famous places first, like……

Saks, Bloomingdales and Barneys! Yep! The famous SHOPS!!!!!

And one of those fantastic sample sales where you can get a Prada dress for $10, or was it $100!!???

Get ready for the BIGGEST culture shop of your life.

3. The third book I want to talk about is actually based on ancestors of mine!!!! It is called “Separate Lives” by Gwen Chessell.

She became interested in the story of Sir George and Lady Eliza Grey when writing on Sir Richard Spencer (my greatx4 grandfather) who is Eliza Grey’s father.

Here is a snapshot of the blurb:

I am only just starting on the book, so I can’t give a detailed review just yet, but this book intrigues me because of the history.


Eliza Lucy Spencer was born early in November 1823 and was welcome in a close-knit family, and she joined her two brothers, Hugh Seymour and Edward, and her sisters, Mary Ann and little Augusta. Eliza’s father was Captain Richard Spencer (as mentioned previously), a sailor hero of the Napoleonic Wars and perhaps the illegitimate son of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and her mother a member of the local gentry.

The Spencer family lived in a large house above the harbour, but picturesque little haven encircled since early medieval times by the arms of the ancient Cobb. Living in Lyme Regis.

In 1830 when Eliza was seven years old, her father had decided that they emigrate to Australia. They thought of New South Wales or Tasmania. They ended up settling at Strawberry Hill Farm in Albany, Western Australia.

(I got a picture taken of myself here when I was 29. On my “Travels in Australia” post. I was so glad because my grandmother had a photo of herself here as well. )

So, in February 1833, the life of the family changed abruptly. On 22 February Richard Spencer was knighted the accolade of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order being in King William IV’s personal gift to him.

The town of Albany was the first settlement on the western side of Australia. It had been established in 1826. In 1793, Captain George Vancouver had taken possession of the region and had given the name King George’s sound to the Seward approach to what would become Albanys harbour, in honour of King George III.


The promontory overlooking the harbour opening off the Sound and Vancouver named this after George III’s grand-daughter, Princess Charlotte, calling it Princess Royal Harbour.

There is more information on Wikipedia also.


If you love history, especially in Australia, this book you will LOVE! Gwen writes historical biographies with a special emphasis on 19th century colonial personalities.

It is a very interesting book, and I would love to write just like her! She writes with a gripping and engaging flair! And I was so excited to receive a reply from her when I decided to email her! How wondrous! She lives in England and visits Australia to do author talks every now and then. So, like I said if you have a fondness for Australian history/literature, THIS you will utterly be ardent about.

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