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Sunday, 6 January 2013

This Week #001.

Ever since I got super lazy & stopped doing instagram posts, I've very much missed having a staple Sunday post to talk about my week and the things I've been particularly liking. Thus, 'This Week' is born, a place to ramble about my favourite quotes, books, products, blogs and anything & everything in between - it'll be a bit different each week. And if nothing exciting/interesting/funny happens throughout the week, which happens sometimes when I'm holed up in the office essay writing, well, I guess I'll just skip that week. But hopefully that won't happen too often because those weeks are just no fun! Oh, and I also have a question for you at the end, I always need your advice about something!
Meet my new baby! The completely pants instagram photograph doesn't do it justice but I've left my other camera at my boyfriends parents house because I'm silly. I was looking for a digital camera that wasn't as large as my Canon, but still had a little bit of control over the images it takes and the Nikon 1 V1 is just that. I have the 10-30mm lens on it currently and it's beautiful. Nikon cameras & lenses manage to capture colours so wonderfully and for a point and shoot camera, I'm very impressed! I love to take photographs, but sometimes I don't feel like carrying a big DSLR as well as a couple of film cameras and I felt like I was missing out on so many photo opportunities so I'm so happy to have this little baby in my life. Good things really do come in small packages.   
My boyfriend finally had a day off from work this week (hey mister boss man, you're working my boyfriend too hard & I'd quite like to see him sometime, thank you!) so we went on a little Yo! Sushi date and I got my kaiso salad fix. In fact, I may have eaten two. SO yummy, I really wish I knew how to make this myself!  
Blogger recommendations are amongst my favourite posts to read because, well, I love discovering new blogs to read and I don't think I share my favourites with you enough! This week I absolutely have to mention the ever gorgeous Nicola from Our Little Balham Life. I'm not even sure what to say about Nicola, I just love her and I wish she could be my in real life best friend! Her blog is a place for her to document her life and I love those glimpses into her little adventures and sharing in her thoughts about her hopes, dreams and wishes. You'll love Nicola too, I promise! 

Benefit They're Real mascara. (£18.50)
A little while ago I totally gave into the hype & got Benefit They're Real mascara and surprise surprise, I really like it. I can't lie, I was secretly hoping that I would hate it purely because it's so expensive and honestly I don't think it's worth the price tag because it's not perfect, but I'm finding myself getting addicted to the way it makes my (usually pretty pathetic) lashes look. Oh dear.
Mary Jane Fashion Aztec Sleeve Parka♦ (£39.99)
This is pretty far away from my usual 'style' (not that I really have a style, but you know what I mean), but I absolutely love this parka from Mary Jane Fashion and I'm so happy I decided to try something a little different. I've been wearing it almost daily and I've been pleasantly surprised with how warm & well made it is. I think this would look amazing with a simple tee and some indigo jeans, in fact this jacket has inspired me to look at jeans again, so that's what I'm on the lookout for next!   
Okay, so I need your help! Do you have a friend/relative/parent/anyone who is usually a bit of a technophobe & only likes simple and straightforward technology but has a tablet that they really really love? And if so, which tablet is it? I'm looking at getting my mama one and I think so far I'm torn between an iPad mini, a Google Nexus 7 & the Kindle Fire HD. The most important thing is that it has to be super easy to use. In terms of features, I know she won't be one to use lots of different apps but the basics plus a bit of choice would be nice to have just in case. It's for casual browsing, emails and maybe for reading if she gets on with reading from a screen instead of a physical book. Any help would be really appreciated! Or if you have one of these tablets (or a different one) I'd love to know your thoughts on it! Thank you!

What has been you're favourite thing about the past week? 
xoxo 
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76 comments:

  1. I love that parka! The aztec sleeves are amazing. I have the glitter sleeve parka and absolutely love it so I'd definitely wear that one :)
    Your new camera looks, and sounds, good! xx

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    1. Ooh I love the glittery sleeve one too! <3

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  2. I'm loving this post! Can't wait to read more of 'This Week'. I'm really wanting to try 'They're Real' but I can never justify the price tag!

    xx

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    1. It's so pricey, I do love it but I'm not sure it's quite worth that much money! xo

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  3. Love this type of post Jennie! If it helps, my Mum got a Kindle Fire for Xmas (and she's definitely not a technical person at all!). She really likes it so far! It seems fairly simple and the resolution is great. xxx

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    1. Thank you, I've gone for the Kindle Fire because I think she'll really like it once she gets used to it. And she loves to read so it seemed like the perfect option! <3

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  4. Lovely post Jennie! I dont know what advice I can give you re the tablet. I have an ipad and find it easy. Maybe the kindle fire will be the best option for simplicity?

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. xx

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    1. Thank you hun! I went for the kindle in the end because she does love to read, I'm not sure if she'll get on with reading from a screen as opposed to an actual book but I thought I'd see & if she doesn't like it I can always return and swap it for something else :) xo

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  5. I got a kindle fire for christmas and love it. Its screen is fantastic and it does everything you need. Plus if you know nayone techy you can put google chrome etc on it too like i've got. For the price I think its amazing
    xxx

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    1. Ooh that's awesome! Thanks lovely xo

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  6. Liking the new feature!
    My fiance's family are going to get his Nana an ipad for her birthday so I'd say an ipad. She's already looked at it and agreed it's the best one for her needs. Also she has arthritis and the ipad is the best screen size for her too, which might help you a little bit.
    :)

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  7. I really want to try that mascara!

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  8. Oh my goodness jennie, you literally have made my day. You are the sweetest person :) Thank you so much...really cheered me up on this dreary Sunday!!
    xxxxxx

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    1. Aww, don't be silly - you're so welcome! <3

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  9. Love your new feature and love that parka, I was eyeing that up too, it's pretty and the sleeves look cosy! For Christmas I bought Tom the iPad Mini and he bought me the Kindle Fire HD (we picked them) - I absolutely love the Kindle, it's really easy to use, the screen is amazing and it's really good for reading and emails. Web browsing and reading the web are fine on it though going further than that (doing extensive writing on the keyboard or doing lots of shopping etc) are slightly more difficult due to the screen not being massive but it's still a great little gadget. Tom loves his iPad too, he picked that because he wanted all the apps but the Kindle still has lots of good apps (it has all the basics like Twitter, eBay, BBC News etc) too. Hope that helps, if you want to know anything else just ask! xo

    Rosie | A Rosie Outlook

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    1. Thank you so much, Rosie! That really helped a lot! I've gone with the kindle for her because I know she loves to read, I'm just not sure how she'll get on with reading on a screen. I'm sure she'll get used to it! <3

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  10. Oooh I love this new feature Jennie, I was thinking of getting that camera when I have a bit more cash so it's good to see a review.
    I love that jacket! Thank you for the website recomendation, I've been looking for that jacket but with the leather sleeves for ages but now I'm torn between that one and the glitter sleeves! And I love Nicola's blog too! She such a sweetie aswell, great blog :) xx

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    1. I really recommend the camera, it's so good and compact! The glitter sleeve one is amazing! <3

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  11. Great post!! I am also a huge fan of benefits they're real, one of the best products that I have found this year! I also love the jacket! :) ♥
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. I'd recommend an iPad for technophobes as they have the simplest OS. I find android very cluttered and a bit confusing whereas Apple has a much cleaner interface! :) x

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    1. Thanks hun! I've gone with the kindle for now because I know she likes to read and I think she might like reading on a screen once she's used to it. If not I'll return and go with the ipad! I couldn't bring myself to go with the google nexus, I know it's supposed to be amazing but I'm not an android fan at all! xo

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  13. Great post lovely, looking forward to your regular Sunday schedule. I adore the Benefit mascara ~ using a sample at the moment and like you, was hoping it sucked for the price, but alas, it's fab. Can't offer any advice on the tablet ~ I have an iPad and find it ridiculously easy as I have an iPhone. I found the Samsung Galaxy quite hard to use as I'm so used to Apple products, and I've heard nothing but good things about the Kindle Fire. Good luck in your search! x

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    1. Thank you lovely! Ahh I know, it's as amazing as I thought it would be but I still don't think it's worth quite that much money! I'm on the lookout for something similar but cheaper! I love my ipad, but I've gone with the kindle for my mum because I know she loves to read and I think she'll get used to reading on a screen once she'd used it for a bit. If not I'll return and go for the ipad - I'm not an android fan at all, I find it a bit confusing! xo

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  14. The Google Nexus is amazing, I got my Fiance it BUT for you mum I would go with the Kindle, easiest to use and has everything she will ever need. My mum has got the Samsung one and thats extremeley easy too. so either of those too. the ipad is just a rip off!

    love this feature x

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    1. Thank you lovely! That helped a lot! <3

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  15. Love the parka sleeves! I loved Benefit's They're Real mascara but found it so hard to get off at the end of the day! X

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  16. Loving this new blog feature! I don't own a tablet but having been longing for a kindle fire HD for a while now, I saw a ipad mini and kindle fire HD comparison on amazon and although its probably biased, the specs are amazing as well as it being considerably cheaper.
    xx

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    1. Thank you lovely! I've gone with the kindle, I hope she likes it! <3

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  17. Love the camera!

    Funny you should ask the question but we recently bought my Mum the Kindle Fire HD for Christmas. She wanted something to read books on, surf the internet and get her email on, but is a complete technophone. After looking for ages we decided on the Kindle as it is really easy to use. She loves it so far. x

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    1. Thank you hun, I've gone with the kindle - I really hope she likes it! xo

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  18. Such a lovely post! Love everything about it :)

    xx
    - Keeley
    www.walking-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Ooh that salad looks so fresh and tasty, just what I'm craving at the moment! I really fancy getting the Benefit mascara but I just can't justify £18.50 however good it may be :(
    Thanks for your sweet comment :) x

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    1. It's super yummy, I'm addicted to it! <3

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  20. Love that parka Jennie! Can't help on the tablet front, but we do have an ipad which is pretty simple to use. I have a Kindle (not the fire/fire HD) but that is so simple to use that I would think the others in their range would be just as simple x

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    1. Thank you Kay! I've gone with the Kindle for now and if she doesn't enjoy it I'll swap it for an ipad I think! I'm sure she'll love it though! xo

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  21. Hey Jennie,
    I have a Klu by Curtis Android tablet and it's really amazing, and was only $100 here in the US. It's not something for a ton of apps, but it gets the internet, has cameras, and takes decent pictures. It also has a great, big, 3 inch screen.
    My brother on the other hand has the Good Nexus and that's a lot better for apps. He really likes it, and it's a lot cheaper than an iPad, but it actually has double the speed for it's operating system!

    I hope that helps! Either way, I'm sure he'd like anything! Tablets are pretty great!

    xo aly <3

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    1. whoops meant 7 inch screen :)

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    2. Thank you, that really helped! :) xo

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  22. Ah what are you doing to me? I'm trying to convince myself I don't need to try that mascara!

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    1. Haha sorry! You definitely don't need to, I love it but I'm not sure it's quite worth the price tag! <3

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  23. Love the parka! And sad to say, also agree on how amazing They're Real is, though I was also hoping it wouldn't be for the price! Camera looks super cute, and sadly I am a bit of a technophobe myself and have no advice I could offer on the question of tablets :(

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    1. Ahh I know, I wish we both hated it haha! xo

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  24. I LOVE Nicola's blog too. She's just so quirky!
    http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk/
    x

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  25. That benefit mascara is on my list. I need it! (I definitely don't but I want it)

    www.raspberphobia.com

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    1. It's really nice, SO pricey though! ox

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  26. That camera is so darling! And nothing quite beats Yo Sushi xxx

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    1. It's SO good, I try not to go too often but I love it so much! ox

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  27. I have a Nexus 7, it's about a billion times better than an iPad (not to mention WAY cheaper and faster). It's super easy to use as well, very user friendly although I've not used a Kindle Fire so I couldn't say really. I can tell you that the Nexus 7 has got rave reviews from all over the place and it was a Which? Best Buy tablet too :-) xxx

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    1. Ahh I'm sure it's amazing, I couldn't quite bring myself to get one though. I'm not the biggest fan of andriod, I find it a bit confusing probably because I'm so used to Apple products. I've gone with the Kindle for her because I know she loves reading and I'm sure once she's used to it she'll like reading from a screen. If not I think I'll swap it for an ipad mini! <3

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  28. Love this! Much prefer it to the usual Instagram posts :)

    Elspeth xx

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  29. The Aztec parka is gorgeous! I love Benefit's products, they are all so good. Happy new year.

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  30. Great post-I love that camera so much :) And nice mascara pick-it really is so good for long dramatic lashes!!

    ngofficial.blogspot.co.uk

    <3

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  31. So cool that you like seaweed salad! I'm half Korean so I've grown up eating that my whole life... it's so yummy but a lot of people think it's strange! And your parka jacket is adorable. Just discovered your blog, I'm loving it already!

    xx Ellie
    www.ellalogy.com 

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    1. Oh you lucky thing! It's SO yummy, I could eat it every day I think hehe. Aww thank you so much! <3

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  32. I love this new feature! I recently got a Galaxy tablet and I love reading on it but I find iPads are definitely more user-friendly! Your new camera looks amazing - I tried it a bit in the shop when it came out and the colours are so vivid and clear! I can't wait to see the pictures you take with it x

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  33. Love this post, it's great being nosey into people's lives!! Love the parka! I have an ipad and they're really easy to use, but if your mum isn't going to use many apps then even the mini might be a bit too expensive. There are loads out there, so I'm sure you will find one that's perfect! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you hun! I've gone with the kindle & if she doesn't get on with it I think I'll swap for an ipad mini! <3

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  34. Thanks Jennie for your sweet comment! I'm feeling way better now, can't wait for Uni to start again (and under a lot of pressure due to upcoming exam week at the end of January aaaah) :)
    The parka sounds so comfy, wish I had one too!

    Concerning the tablet question: I can only recommend you the Google Nexus 7, it's a perfect size and so easy to use (and I think the price in the US is also really cheap, maybe try ebay or the google store). One of my friends owns it and I wish I would need a tablet, then I'd def buy this little baby :D

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    1. Aww you're welcome, glad to hear you're feeling better now! <3

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  35. Your camera is so gorgeous! So is the jacket, hehe. I have an iPad mini, and it is fantastic! It is so easy to use, and I'm not too good at technology. I never really asked for a tablet, but I'm so happy I have this now, it's just fantastic!xx

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  36. I love this post :) Always love your blog recommendations - never fail to please! xx

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  37. The jacket is lovely. Also the camera looks and sounds pretty good! xx

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  38. I am so in love with that Parka! Also like Yo Sushi! salad looks Yum yum yum!

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