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Variety is the spice of life #books

Today is flight day; I have been counting down the days and driving my friends crazy.  I will be stepping off the plane in New York in roughly 16 hours time (and counting)…5 hours drive to London then a 7 and half hour flight from Heathrow to JFK and let’s not forget the mind numbing airport waiting time… it’s going to be a long day, but like any good traveller I have stocked my kindle full (well not really, I don’t think Kindles have a limit, I'm currently on 308 books and it’s not complaining). Anyway the four books that I must finish this holiday are: 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favours with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Elicit by Rachel Van Dyken 
Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, twisted...my name is Tex Campisi and this is my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with him. 
I crave war more than peace, and I'm about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra...that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself. 

But the only person able to do that...is my best friends sister, Mo Abandanato, and she just ripped my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through it. 

Im cursed so I did it. 
I'm numb so I held it. 
I'm wicked so I liked it.
I used the pain Mo caused as a catalyst to turn into my biggest nightmare--the five families greatest enemy. It's my turn to take a stand, knowing full well I'm going to lose my mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. I've always been told Blood is thicker than life. I wish I would have listened. Because regardless of who you love? You will betray. You will kill.
Blood Always Wins. 
The only way out is death...yours.

Welcome to the Dark Side of the Family.

Craving Absolution by Nicole Jacquelyn
Farrah Miller and Cody “Casper” Butler have a longstanding relationship that both refuse to discuss.

It isn’t romantic.

It may not even be classified as a friendship.

Casper’s been saving Farrah from herself for longer than he’d care to admit, watching silently as she drowned herself in alcohol. Then, when she finally got her act together, he left. He told himself he was giving her time to sort herself out. He tried to give her space.

But getting shot in the chest can change a man’s perspective, and Casper’s done waiting.

When he shows up on her doorstep one night, everything changes.

He’s the man who’s seen her at her very worst.

She’s his weakness.

He runs when things get hard.

She never lets anyone see below the surface and is terrified of being abandoned.

He knows it’s a long shot, that there’s a good chance she’ll never drop her guard for him—but he has to try. Because a life with Farrah is exactly what he wants—even if he has to fight her for it.

Fashion Marketing Communications by Gaynor Lea-Greenwood
Fashion is all about image. Consequently, fashion marketing communications - encompassing image management and public relations, branding, visual merchandising, publicity campaigns, handling the media, celebrity endorsement and sponsorship, crisis management etc. - have become increasingly important in the fashion business.

Variety is the spice of life and all that! 

I've been afraid of changing, cause I've built my life around you.

 I love feeling feminine in a nice dress and heels but sometimes i just need a "Converse day" and today it that for me, today i am embracing flats! 
 These are my Red or Dead prescription sunglasses and they are fabulous, cute, fashionable and best of all i can see! Yeah! 
 Like i said i wear dresses 90% of my life but i do adore Converse however i only have two pairs these babies and a classic white pair.  These are my Super Girl pair and i LOVE them!  Embracing my inner geek! 

Happy Sunday!


Today is my day to pack and like most people i will forget to pack something so i created this picture to make sure i pack the essentials.  Of course i will be packing a shed load of clothes too but these are the things i have forgotten over the years, well not the case but you get what i mean.  
(I forgot my GHD's and curling iron above...God help me!). 

Fingers crossed i haven't forgotten anything! 

Yep, my desk is a hot mess!

Apparently personalizing your workspace can improve job satisfaction and productivity!

 Hmmm, looking around my office and workstation I think I have taken “personalizing” my desk to a whole new level, in one corner I have my shrine to my children (10 Photos), above my monitors I have my superhero Lego mini figures and finally my crazy collection of Post-it stationery such as a handbag, compact,  high heels and a cocktail glass.  Yep my desk is a hot mess!   Having decided I am in desperate need of an office makeover I spent some time browsing Pinterest for ideas.  I love some of the ideas but my office is “Company property” so as much as I would love to “out with the old, in with the new” I am limited to the arrangement and stationery/accessories.  
Still Pinterest have given me many ideas that I might be able to adapt to my situation, here are some of the pins I found and loved.
How about your workstation? Is it a cluttered mess or a stylish inviting space? 

I will post a picture on Instagram once it’s completed and you can tell me what you think. 

Latest Instagram @Tracyxhodgson

 1, My Big Bro got engaged this weekend and to celebrate we all went for a meal, this isn't my bag but my Sisters, one day it will be mine (evil laugh). 2, My yummy burger from Central Park. 3, What better way to spend the weekend than chilling on the sofa with the latest Company Magazine. 4, We really did move from the sofa, we went to the gym and walked the dog...but ended the day with a Domino's pizza and movies.
 1, As you can see i am getting very excited about my Holiday to NYC... 10 days and counting. 2, i am in love with all things Moschino and these nails are epic. 3, The bottom two pictures are the wrong way round, i ate the muffin for breakfast and made amends by eating peaches the next day. healthy balance and all that!
1, I decided that i needed a change and i was going to start with my hair, i have had long locks for as long as i can remember and they just needed to go.  I am one of those who hum and haw about changing my hair every couple of months and always end up chickening out, so this time i decided on the Wednesday and booked the appointment for the following Saturday.  even with everyone's pleas i chopped it off. I love it and to top it of i have donated my hair to Cancer Connection and hopefully my hair will be used for a wig for a child. 
2, I have been dragging Ellissa to the gym, she enjoys the bikes...i think it has something to do with the fact that she can do exercise whilst watching E4! 3, Afternoon tea really was a treat, it was such a British thing to do! 4, Marvel toptrumps for the flight to NYC. 

Afternoon Tea at Crathorne Hall Hotel @CrathorneHall

Last weekend Ellissa and I went for afternoon tea at Crathorne Hall Hotel, it was a lovely afternoon full of fabulous food and a great atmosphere, the staff were attentive and polite, overall it was a great experience and one I would recommend to anyone.

I felt like i was in Downtown Abbey!
Crathorne Hall Hotel
 "Built in Yarm in 1906, overlooking the Leven Valley on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, Crathorne Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire is at once grand and stately, warm and welcoming. Owned by the Dugdale family until 1977, Crathorne Hall Hotel has played host to politicians, courted royalty and delighted socialites over the decades."

 As there was a wedding taking place we had our afternoon tea in the bar/gentleman's room.
 Beautifully dressed table.
 My Beautiful Daughter enjoying her "Cup of Tea"


 How amazing do these cakes look.

Ellissa making sure her little finger sticks out! 
 Yummy!

 They even give us our leftovers to take home! 

“I have nothing to wear" @ASOS

I am a women that believes that you can Never have enough dresses.  I currently have 87 dresses, some might say this is too many but really is it?!?!  Would we have told Carrie Bradshaw she had to many pairs of shoes? No!  Anyway...in 10 Day my feet will be finally gracing the streets of New York (I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I’m going to New York...right!).  As i have been obsessing over my holiday outfits and having way to many “i have nothing to wear” moments my wonderful Hubby took pity on my and bought me four new dresses as an early Birthday present...yes i am a lucky lady!