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I don’t normally choose pointed-toe shoes but these past two weeks I’ve found myself buying three pairs:

A simple black pair, believe it or not I didn’t own any black flats, despite the majority of my wardrobe being black!

A bright blue pair that I found in the summer sales, bought with my new job in mind.

Finally a pair of lemon yellow sling-backs, specifically for my graduation last Wednesday.

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I saw this DIY for animal keychains a while back on Ginger Snaps and have finally got round to making enough for not just me but my whole family too. They were really easy to make and I love the results, all I need to do now is pick which animal to go for…

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of my favourite blogs to read is Late Afternoon, where every Friday inspirational floral photos are shared. Late Afternoon’s weekly posts along with the positive response from the photos of my tubs, in my first Flowers on Friday post, have inspired me to try my hand at different types of arrangements and share the results. This week I used wild flowers collected during a long walk with some Goat Willow. Have a lovely weekend!

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The summertime is when I get most of my reading done and since we are now settled into the season I asked my step-mum, who is an English teacher, what she would reccommend. I love to read a variety of books and I love classics, recently I have enjoyed some more modern American classics, such as On The Road, which I read last year and so this year I thought I’d try some more. Sadly, none of my reading will take place on a beach as I have not got a single holiday booked but here are nine titles I plan on working my way through, hopefully in the garden with some sunshine:

Into the Wild – Jon Khakauer
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Red Dragon – Thomas Harris
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
The 39 Steps – John Buchan
Enduring Love – Ian McEwan

I am particularly looking forward to reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Into the Wild and Red Dragon. I have previously seen the films and really enjoyed them, which I am hoping means I will like the books even more (I tend to prefer books to the film adaptations). What are you planning on reading this summer?

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