Me Before You Book Review

May 26, 2016


Me Before You Book Review. Fox Socks UK Lifestyle Blog“All I can say is that you make me… you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than with anyone else in the world.”
― Jojo MoyesMe Before You

I literally sobbed when I read this book, I feel it’s important that I start with that – tissues are a massive requirement, and you might leave feeling as though your heart has been through a blender… but it’s worth it, in my opinion. The way One Day was worth it back in 2009, a story from which I still haven’t fully recovered.

Me Before You, an international phenomenon that I picked up this weekend having just become obsessed with the movie trailer, follows the story of 26 year old Lou, a small towner with a quirky dress sense and a can do attitude, as she loses her job at local cafe, The Buttered Bun, and is forced to reconsider her career options. A few trips to the job centre via a chicken factory and the suggestion of pole dancing leads her to Will, a former fast living quadriplegic with one steadfast mission – to take his own life.

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Ralph & Russo SS16

May 25, 2016


Ralph + Russo 2016. Fox Socks London Lifestyle BlogRalph + Russo 2016. Fox Socks UK Fashion BlogRalph + Russo 2016. Fox Socks London Fashion and Lifestyle BlogAnother round of of Haute Couture today, this time at the hands of London based Ralph & Russo, who really don’t give anything away about themselves on their website. (What’s their story? Where did they come from? Are they likely to loan me a dress for a birthday party this weekend?) Having trawled the site, all I really know about R&R is that their SS16 runway collection, some of which is pictured in this post and the rest of which can be found here, is pretty eye-catching, and a little bit unusual. I kind of love it.Ralph + Russo 2016. Fox Socks UK Lifestyle BlogRalph + Russo 2016. Fox Socks London Fashion BlogAny thoughts?

Me Before You

May 22, 2016

TV & Film

I was logging in to share a someday summary style post, when the shortened trailer for this movie came on TV. The full trailer, above, soon followed (on my laptop, the short version piqued my interest) and now I just really want to see this movie – and only partly because the two minutes above made me tear up quite dramatically, and I’m a sucker for a good tearjerker. Google describes the plot: Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined. I can’t wait to see it… Has anyone read the book? I’ve just ordered a copy. Tissues at the ready, lads, I have a feeling we’re in for a rough ride ♡

The Science Of The Proposal

May 19, 2016

Random Cool Stuff

Samuel and Jacquina science of the proposal. Fox Socks London lifestyle blogThanks to working with a diamond brand, to last night’s double date with my schoolhood male BFF and his fiancée, and to an undying love of long white dresses, I’ve got marriage on the brain. (Also because I adore my boyfriend, but that’s a story for another day.) I love weddings. I love the dancing, I love the speeches, I love the awkward moment someone looks like they’re about to cry and you can’t work out if it’s from joy or from something more sinister – we all have that one friend – and, perhaps most of all, I love engagement stories. That choice to ask someone to be yours forever, and the equally important choice to say yes. (Or to stare in horror wordlessly for an uncomfortably long time while he’s down on one knee, slowly dying inside, as is what happened with the aforementioned double dating couple. Brilliant.)

On this note, I stumbled upon ‘the science of the proposal’ yesterday – an infographic documenting the thoughts, feelings, and reaction of the body when getting down on one knee. The whole thing was very interesting, and some of the following facts, especially, stood out to me:

  • When proposing, two key hormones are released: Dopamine and Oxytoxin. Oxytoxin is sometimes referred to as ‘the love hormone,’ and is released during intimate moments. Dopamine is associated with risk
  • The body can go into overdrive at the moment of proposal. 47% admitted to having a racing heart, and 39% said they had an upset stomach
  • Over a quarter of women surveyed said they’d turned down a marriage proposal. Reasons included poor ring choice, unromantic setting, and bad wording when asked (Ouch)
  • On average, it takes 30 seconds to make a decision when proposed to, but it feels like a lot longer for everyone involved
  • And 51% still think the best way to propose is to keep it simple, and just ask (6%, on the other hand, wanted a flashmob{??})

You can view/devour the entire thing here. Image shows the recently engaged Jacquina, who has the best eyelashes I’ve ever seen in real life.  Aaaaaand this was shared because Thursdays are for lovers, folks. It’s Oxytoxin time.

goodDYEyoung by Hayley Williams

May 17, 2016


goodDYEyoung by Hayley Williams. Fox Socks London Lifestyle BloggoodDYEyoung by Hayley Williams.Fox Socks London Fashion and Lifestyle BloggoodDYEyoung by Hayley Williams. Fox Socks London Fashion BloggoodDYEyoung by Hayley Williams. Fox Socks UK Lifestyle BloggoodDYEyoung by Hayley Williams. Fox Socks London Lifestyle BloggoodDYEyoung by Hayley Williams.Fox Socks London Lifestyle BloggoodDYEyoung by Hayley Williams.Fox Socks UK Lifestyle BlogI suppose it was only really a matter of time before this happened, but vibrant-haired Paramore frontwoman, Hayley Williams, has launched her own line of dyes… And they look fit to rival current internet favourite, BLEACH London. (Gasp, faint, fan self with nearby notebook.)

Lifted straight from their about page, the brand, ‘goodDYEyoung,’ describe themselves as: “A voice for anyone whose rebel spirit stands out, but might not always fit in, goodDYEyoung represents a youthful community bonded by self-expression, limitless inspiration and a flair for bold colors. Differentiated not just by the special ingredients in its products, but by its message of self-love through self-expression, the purpose of GDY is to create an all-inclusive counter culture that inspires more creativity, more community, and most of all, more color.

GDY introduces bold, vibrant DIY hair dyes that stand apart, transcending ordinary pigmentation with vibrant, mixable colors to celebrate style, spirit and strength. Available in generous 4 ounce tubes and lovingly made with the best professional-grade pigments in unapologetically loud colors, GDY is mindfully eco-friendly and botanically infused with natural sunflower, bergamot and other nourishing conditioners. The vegan & cruelty-free cream formula conditions hair as it deposits color and is safe for hair of all types. The packaging is, of course, green friendly too! And be sure to check out our Fader (a mixing product that offers you the freedom to fully customize your color). 

GDY colors are designed to both embody and reflect your originality. Don’t blend in, go bold and dye your style to weird and wonderful perfection.”

Although I probably won’t be trying the products myself, I love the ethical standpoint they take, the vibrancy of the colours, and the amount of energy that exudes from all of the brand’s marketing. Once again, girl done good. Can’t wait to see East London turn into a 2007 flashback once word of the Riot! colour gets out…

Gemma Chan’s Trench

May 16, 2016


Gemma Chan Harvey Nichols MenswearHappy Monday, one and all! How was everyone’s weekend?

Now the small talk is out of the way, I’ll tell you what I’m really here for. This trench coat. Discovered this morning whilst perusing the Harvey Nichols menswear party page, worn by Gemma Chan, this piece is stuck on a loop inside my head, and I’d really like to know where it’s from. Does anyone know? I think it’s beautiful. Please help unite me with my one true love.

This morning I listened to: The Boy Is Mine, Independent Women, and an awful lot of Ashanti.
Yesterday I got weirdly obsessed with: Extreme Couponing.
And watched a really odd/strangely quite good movie called: Housebound.

The Crown On Netflix

May 13, 2016

TV & Film

Oh em gee, have you seen the trailer for new £100m Netflix Original, The Crown? (If you haven’t it’s included above, so you have no excuses.) Based on the story of Queen Elizabeth the second, head of England’s royal family and our reigning queen, from the advert and what’s been said online, the first series of The Crown looks to follow the abdication of King Edward, the courtship of Elizabeth and Prince Philip (fascinated to see Matt Smith – who I can’t get enough of anyway – in his portrayal of Philip, especially in how he deals with his wife having more power than him which, with Philip’s reputation for being somewhat volatile, I’ve always wondered about) and one very famous woman’s struggle to take ownership of a country she wasn’t necessarily born to lead. It’s not out til November, but I’m already excited. I know what I’ll be watching this winter.