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The NY By The Book Tag 

Hey everyone! 

Hope you’re having a restful Sunday. Today I’m going to take part in a tag. I’ve not done one for a while and I’m in a bit of a reading slump, so I figured this may help me out of it! 

I was tagged by the lovely Michelle @ Book Adventures to take part in this tag. I’m so pleased because I’ve never heard of it and I know very little about it. So, thank you very much for thinking about me! It originated here

There’s some really awesome bookish questions, so I’m really looking forward to taking part and tagging some of my lovely blogging friends. Let’s go! 


What book is on your nightstand now? 

I currently have two books by my bed that I’m reading. One of for pleasure and one is for work. The book I am reading for pleasure is really funny. It’s Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe. It is packed full of hilarious letters about working as a nanny and moving to London. I also, rather superficially, adore the cover. 

The book I’m reading for work is called The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook by Jim Smith. Don’t worry, it’s not as it sounds. It’s about enabling students to learn more whilst the teacher does less. I’ve had a right bee in my bonnet recently because I feel like I’m working harder than my students. This has handy little tweaks that I can use in my own lessons to enable students to learn without them noticing. Clever huh?! 



What was the last truly great book you’ve read? 

I’ve read loads of amazing books, but the first book that came to my mind when I read this question was The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine. This is the second book in this series and it’s just as good as the first. I was completely hooked. Also, the cover is just as beautiful too. 



If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

The Potterhead in me naturally wishes to meet J.K. Rowling. However, I’d love to have a chat with Oscar Wilde. I adore him and his plays are ridiculously funny. I’d ask him if he had any regrets and why he stayed with the brute that was Lord Alfred Douglas. 



What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

Hmmm I don’t know really. I’m a bit of a book hoarder so I have all kinds of books. Maybe this big book on Queen Victoria? You may/may not know I’m not a massive fan of history fiction/non fiction. It’s a bit of a surprise to me it’s on my shelf. I haven’t read it but I’d like to one day. 



How do you organize your personal library?

There is a real art to organising book shelves I honestly think. So, I have all my pretty Folio Society books on the top shelf, with hardbacks I love. Then,  the other shelves are books I’d like to read at some point. There’s A LOT. Occasionally there’s a pile of books for the charity shop because I have read them in so long, or I’ve read them and knew I wouldn’t read them again. 

 

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?

I’ve always meant to read Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. I’ve avoided all TV and film versions, but then I kind of forgot about it. It’s only back in my head because an extract was used in a sample exam paper. I must crack on with reading this, one day. 



Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

There was loads of hype about John Green’s Paper Towns. But, this just wasn’t for me. The characters made me feel so mad. It completed fell short for me. I expected so much more. I didn’t find it ‘profoundly moving’ either. 



What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

I’ll read anything, or at least give something a go. Nevertheless, I’m not a fan of science fiction or anything like that. It plays on my mind and I end up having weird dreams. It’s not for me at all. I’m drawn to novels that evoke strong emotions from me, whether it’s happiness or tears. Childhood memories always equal the Harry Potter series. 



If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

It would definitely have be To Kill A Mockingbird. This book is so profound and moving. It’s also a message to us all, one that will live on forever. A more modern text that I think the president should read is The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra. It’s a cracking little book. 




What do you plan to read next?

Well, after I’ve finished Love, Nina and my handbook for work, I’m going to be reading The Awakening of Miss Prim. I don’t know very much about this book, but I love the cover. I am always a bit wary of blurbs because they can be very misleading. However, this sounds very interesting. It is my next read! 

So, thank you again Michelle for tagging me. I’ve loved taking part in this and I’m feeling like I’m progressing out of my reading slump. 

Time to spread the love….

I’m tagging:

Amy
Claire
Liam
Analee
Joey
Nicola
Book Club Mom
Jess
Ashley
Arec
Jane
Melanie
Sarah & Faith
Sammie
Emily
& you if you wish! Feel free to ignore if it’s not your thing. 

Big love to you all xxx

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The Get To Know Me Tag


Hey guys! 

I was tagged by the lovely Sammy @ Books and Biros to complete this tag. I’m following lots of new people, and have a number of new followers, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to enable the blogging world to get to know me a little better. 

Here goes…

Name: Charlotte.

Nicknames: Charley, Charl, C.

Star Sign: Cancer.

Occupation: Secondary Teacher of English.

Hair color: Dark brown.

Hair length: Medium length, but getting longer! 

Eye colour: Blue.

Best feature: Eyes – sometimes they change to a bluey/grey colour. 

Braces: No, never. 

Piercings: Ears when I was a little girl, but none now. 

Tattoos: Zero. Needle phobic. 

Right or left handed: Righty! 

Best friend: I genuinely don’t remember, but I’m still best friends with my high school best friend. She’s called Emma. 

Award: ‘Dedication to English Literature’. Pretty proud of that. 
Real holiday: Rhodes. I loved it. There’s photos of me dancing on the tables with lots of Greek dancers. I was about 7. 

Concert: Steps. Hahaa. Cannot believe how much I loved them. I was gutted when they split up…on Boxing Day! Worst Christmas ever. 


Film: The first one that came to mind is Dirty Dancing. Probably because we were talking about it at lunch today. 

TV Show: Friends. Oh how I miss that! Also, I love watching The Big Bang Theory and Will and Grace. I’ve just finished rewatching House. Ah Hugh Laurie. 

Colour: Purple. But, it changes. 

Song: Hmmmm that’s very difficult. Depends very much on my mood. But, I’ll listen to anything. Just noting that would offend my ears. 

Restaurant: Nandos!! 

Shop: One with books in it. 

Shoes: My Vivienne Westwood sparkly flats with a heart on. They are so cute and so comfortable. I live in them. 

Feeling: Tired. It’s exam season. That means early mornings and late nights. Yawn. 
Single or Taken: Single. 

Eating: Nothing. I’m trying to be good and eat well. I want to lose some weight so no chocolate or treats for me! 

Watching: Will and Grace. 

Wearing: PJs. 

Children: Maybe, but when you see 500 of them 5 days a week it can put you off. 
Marriage: Maybe… 

Careers: Still in teaching, hopefully making a difference to young people’s lives. 

Where you want to live: Either in the sunshine by the beach or in the country. I love trees and flowers, especially in spring when new buds open. Lovely! 


Miracles: Yes. 

God: I believe there is something out there, but whether it’s a ‘God’ I don’t know. But, there’s something. 

Love at first sight: Doubtful. 

Ghosts: Yes. My grandma’s house is haunted. 

Aliens: Not so much. 

Soul mates: Absolutely. But, I believe there are different types of soul mates. I know my best friend is a soul mate for life, but my mum is as well. 

Heaven/hell: A bit like with the God question, I do believe there is something, but I don’t know what. There’s people I’ve lost in my life and I genuinely believe I will see them again. Who knows where? 

Kissing on the first date: If it feels like the right thing then yes. 

Yourself: I’m terrible at this. I’m full of self doubt. I never trust or believe anything bout myself. I’m working on it as this was my New Years resolution. I’m getting better. I think…

Now, I’m tagging you, my wonderful blogger pals and future blogging pals. I’d love to read more about all of you, so please take part if you wish! 

Big love x

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The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger Tag

Hey guys! 

Hope you’re having a lovely, relaxing Sunday. I was tagged by the lovely Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger to take part in this tag. I haven’t done a tag like this for ages, so thank you. I’ve got some new bloggers I’d like to get to know, and hopefully you’d like to get me know me too. 

Let’s get on with it then! 


How long have you been a blogger?

I started blogging May last year. It’s my blogs birthday very soon! I can’t believe it really. I was going through great change in my life at the time. I dislike change. A lot. The school I was working in, the only school I’ve ever really known, was closing down, the children were about to start their exams and all the staff were planning their futures; I wanted to take my mind off it by thinking of things I love. 

At the same time as this I was reading a book, 60 postcards by Rachael Chadwick. (You can see me review here. It was my first ever review so be kind!) It was this book that showed me just how amazing blogging is. It brings so many people together from all around the world, from all walks of life. I’ve always loved books and reading, so it seemed to be a great idea to start a blog. It was just for me, a way of keeping track of what I’ve been reading/where I’ve been/what I’ve done. But, it grew. 

At what point do you think you will stop? 

Who knows? Life has a habit of happening and throwing things at you. There’s no mistake in how much I enjoy it. I plan to be blogging for a while at least! 

What is the best part?

The people. There are some amazing blogs out there. I’ve stumbled across some wonderful ones ran by some lovely people. There really is a sense of community. Also, it’s really helped me pick which books to read next when I wasn’t just too sure. 

What is the worst part? 

Well, it’s my own fault really, but sometimes I’m not around for a bit and I feel bad for missing out on some great posts. I always think people are going to be mad at me or feel ignored. But, it can’t be helped. There never is enough time. 

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use? 

Most of the time I use my trusty iPhone to take photos so it doesn’t take too long. Other than that Google is also very helpful!

Who’s your book crush? 

Hmmm…tricky. As a youngster it obviously would be Harry Potter. I was desperate to be in their gang. Now I’m a little older I think my current book crush is Mr Darcy. Such unrealistic expectations! Haha. 

What author would you like to have on your blog?

It would be so cool to have J.K Rowling. I’ve admired her for so many years. Like so many others, she’s been a huge part of my life. How silly that sounds. I also love her writing in the crime genre as Robert Galbraith. She’s just a very talented woman. But, anyone is welcome really! 

What do you wear when you write your blog?

It depends when I’m writing. Sometimes I write in the morning at the weekend so I’m in my casual weekend wear. However, sometimes I’m writing after work so I’ll still be in my school clothes. If I write in the evening/late at night I’m guaranteed to be in pjs. It just depends really. 

How long does it take you to prepare a post? 

Usually around an hour or so. It depends what it is and what’s going on at the time. There’s always a thought process which could take days or weeks. I have an idea, it just sometimes takes a little time to come into fruition. 

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture? 

I adore them. Like I’ve said before, there’s some amazing blogs out there. I’m in awe of some of them! There’s also a lot of good advice out there too. It’s a really positive community with a feel of everyone supporting each other. I’m so lucky to be a part of it. 

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog? 

Be true to yourself. Blog for yourself, not for likes. Blog what you want, when you want to. Finally, enjoy it. If you’re not having fun, then what’s the point? 


I want to get to know these new followers: 

Donna @ Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog

Charleigh @ Charleigh’s Book Nook

Lisa @ Fromdreamtoplan

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Emily Rose @ Rose Read

Feel free to ignore if you’ve already done this or if it doesn’t float your boat. It’s entirely up to you. Also, if you’d like to do this tag en go ahead! Consider yourself nominated. 
Thanks again for thinking of me Jessica. Have a great bank holiday weekend everyone! 

Big love xx

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The Bath & Body Works Tag

  

Hey guys! 

Hope you’re all good on this Monday evening. I had a little window of spare time, so I decided I would catch up on some tags. Thanks for the lovely Arec @ Rainy Thursday’s and the lovely Breeanna Pierce for thinking of me for this tag. 

I must admit this looks really interesting, and I’ve tried to think of different books this time too. Hope you enjoy darlings! 


Pure Paradise – a book that was pure perfection. 

For me, a book that has recently been pure perfection was Vanessa Greene’s The Seafront Tea Rooms. When life gets a little busy, what you need is a lovely, quick read. Or I do at least. This ticked that box for me. 

  

Sweet Pea – a romance/contemporary you really enjoyed. 

Definitely not contemporary and more of a tragedy, but the romance within Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the love to conquer all loves. It’s the love we all wish for, minus the outcome of course. Also, this is my nudge to the celebrations of this upcoming weekend. 

  

Fresh Strawberries – a book you really enjoyed that came out this year. 

Well, I’m cheating for this one because I don’t have an answer. BUT, I know this is being released in July and I know it will be awesome. BOOM. 

  

Warm Vanilla – a character and/or book that made you all warm inside. 

Oh, I absolutely adore The Hungry Caterpillar. It reminds me of my childhood: the colours, the food, the magic. It’s one of the first books I remember reading with my parents. I still love it and I still talk about it. Ah, memories. 

  

Paris Amour – a couple you majorly ship together. 

I’m tapping into my love of classics here: Cathy and Heathcliff. Shame he’s a baddie. 

  

Dancing Waters – a book that takes place on the beach/the perfect beach read. 

Oh summers past. I love decriptions of summers in the country. It reminds me of my lovely grandparents house. These are definitely present in Cider With Rosie. It’s the type of description that takes you with it, you have absolutely zero choice. Magical. 

  

I Heart Cake (&Books) – your favourite book. 

There are many answers to this and for followers who have been around for a while, you know that my natural response is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. However, I’m being good and thinking of different answers. Another favourite author of mine is Jean Rhys. She absolutely breaks my heart. Sadly, she didn’t get famous until after she died so she never knew how talented she was. 

  
Winter Candy – a book set during Christmas or winter. 

I have to read Dickens in the winter. It’s something about the descriptions of the fires and cooking I think. My natural initial reaction to this has to be his Christmas stories. Bliss. 

  

Beautiful Day – a book with an unusual/interesting/appealing setting. 

An appealing setting for me is somewhere I can imagine. I LOVE Mary Elizabeth Lucy’s memoirs, based at Charlecote Park. I love this house and the grounds are beautiful. I’ve posted some of my photos from here in the past on my blog. I just adore it. Despite being from the Victorian period, The stories live and breathe on because we can see their house as it was. 

  
Dazzling Diamonds – a beautiful front cover. 

I’m a sucker for a beautiful cover and this one is amazing. 
  

Now, because I’m so slow at taking part in this, I think everyone has already done it. Therefore, I’m not tagging anyone specifically. However, if you’ve missed it and fancy taking part, go for it! Let me know how you get on and what you think. 

Big love everyone! Have a great week. X

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The Book SacrificeTag 

Hey guys! 

So, as you all know I’m pretty terrible at keeping up with book tags. I do have a little notebook where I’ve written them all down, so stick with me and they’ll get done eventually! Today’s tag looks great fun. Thanks to the lovely wonderful Orang utan Librarian for thinking of me to take part. 

Here goes! (Warning – may cause controversy. I genuinely don’t want to offend anyone!) 


1. An Over-Hyped Book:- 

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?

I’m not so good on the whole hype thing. I tend to shy away from it. I got lucky with Harry Potter because I was riding that wave just as it was getting huge or I dread to think what could have happened! 

Nevertheless, a book that was overhyped for me has to be Twilight. I was 17 when this was first published and I was never really into that genre anyway, but it seemed (or felt like) it was all I saw, heard about and all I knew about for ages. The sad thing: I didn’t want to know. At 17 I would have been studying for my A Levels, reading fiction that changed my life. This did not rock my boat at all. And then the films came out… *sigh* 

  

2. A Sequel:- 

Situation: torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

Sequels are always a risky business, especially when you love the first so much. Personally, a dodgy sequel for me was The Marvellous Land of Oz. Now, what is wrong with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? Dorothy has gone (no chequered dress – outrageous) and we have Tip as a main character, who wants to overthrow the Scarecrow who has ruled over the Emerald City post The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Excuse me?! 

What else could they possibly need to do in the second novel that they failed to achieve in the first. I know – drama that doesn’t really matter. 

Also, there was a movie made of this too, where controversially, Dorothy is returned, the plot completely altered and they change the colour of her shoes from red to silver. Why?

  

3. A Classic:-

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?

This is quite hard for me because I love my classics and I would happily travel back in time to experience them first hand, especially Victorian times. However, I do really dislike Ulysses. What is the point?! It’s so big and nothing really happens. I remember a description of a toilet scene. Marvellous. 

I’m well aware that people LOVE this book. It’s modernist fiction in its prime. It’s just not for me. 

  

4. A Least Favourite Book:- 

Situation: apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?

I find it really sad that we all have books we just don’t like. But, it’s like everything. For me, my least favourite book of all time (so far because I’ve not read everything and I’m ignoring the obvious 50 Shades of absolute s***!) has to be Paper Towns. The suicide in the park, the selfish Margo and the lovesick follower, Quentin. Not for me today thanks. NB: I didn’t even bother with the film for this one. 

Again, I realise that people loved this. It’s clearly advertised as a New York Times best seller. I’m glad someone enjoyed it. 

  

Now, this was quite difficult for me because I’m a positive person and I don’t like to rock the boat. However, I feel better for having a bit of a book based rant. So, I’m nominating some of my favourite, lovely bloggers to take part in the sacrificing so I don’t feel bad on my own! 

Claire @ Art and Soul

Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser

Liam @ Liam’s Library

Kim @ By Hook or By Book

Nicola @ Rust and Stardust

Calliope @ The Book Goddess

Lauren @ Driftinglexi

The Lonely Author Blog

Melanie Noell Bernard

Ashley @ Dreaming Through Literature

As ever – use/ignore as you see fit. 

Big love! X 

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The BFF Book Tag

 

Hey guys! 

Hope you’re all fine and dandy and enjoying your weekend of rest! 

I was tagged by the lovely Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser to take part in this tag. I love her blog and she’s just adorable, so I couldn’t refuse. This tag was created by Chantal @ C K Reading Corner

On with the tag! 


1. Setting The Example:- a pair/group of book bff’s that you love. 

As a Potterhead, it would have to be Harry, Ron and Hermoine. Also, I have a soft spot for Neville and Luna. Basically all of the gang! It’s too difficult to decide. 

  

2. Childhood Bestie:- which book character would you like to have grown up with?
I would have loved to have grown up with little Matilda. We would have talked about books all day and played outdoors. We would have taken daily trips to the library and made pancakes for breakfast. Ahhhhhh blissful dreams. 

  

3. Frenemy:- which book character would bring out your competitive side?
I’m not really a competitive person, but I am a bit of a perfectionist. The best character to fulfill this role for me would have to be Jo March from Little Women. She’s brave, strong, and does whatever she needs to do to help her family. I’d pick her because she’d make me feel competitive in the sense of making sure I’m doing all I am capable of. 

  

4. Fashion Guru:- who would be the bestie whose closet you’d want to raid, or would want to go shopping with?
Two words: Rebecca Bloomwood. I would be completely out of my depth I think! 

  


5. The Bad Influence:- which character would you want to commit a small act of rebellion with? (Go skinny dipping, sneak into a movie, have a drag race with etc.)
I’m naturally a good girl (HA) so this goes against my nature. However, I would pick Dorian Gray. He’s a naughty boy! I imagine we would get into a whole lot of trouble. Hopefully, not with the same disasterous ending! 

  

6. Blood Brothers:- which character would you want to be your surrogate big brother/sister? (You can do both if you want.)
My surrogate big brother would have to be Boo Radley. He’s always there when you need him. You may not always see him but he is, without a doubt, there. 

  

I would also love it if my surrogate big sister was Jane Eyre. She’s in need of a little sister to look after. Take her mind off the Rochester business anyway! 

  

7. Mother Hen:- which character would you want to be by your side when you’re having a bad day to cheer you up?
It would have to be The Cat in the Hat. I adore that little munchkin! He’s one of those characters that always knows the best things to say, especially when you’re not feeling so peachy. Such as:

  


8. The Counselor:- which character would you go to for relationship advice (or) confide a secret to?
I would confide all my troubles and secrets to Alice from Alice in Wonderland. She’s got her own issues too and I would of course return the favour! Also, any chance to experience Wonderland first hand would be totally awesome! 

  

9. More Than Friends:- who would be your book bf/gf? (If you like both genders you can chose one of each, but only one choice per gender.) 
Mr Darcy. Mmmmm. Especially if he was in the form of Colin Firth. Oh my. 

  

I nominate these lovely bloggers! 

Lauren @ Drifting Lexi

Jess @ Mud and Stars

Laura @ LaLa’s Book Reviews

& You!

Please feel free to take part/ignore if you wish. 

Big love xx

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The Classics Book Tag

  
Hey everyone! 

Goodness it’s been a week since I posted. I apologise. It’s been a really funny time. I’ve been battling personal demons and struggling with different pressures at work. But, I’m all good and I’ve missed you all terribly! I’ve tried to keep up with everyone, but I’m sorry if I haven’t done a good job. 

ANYWAY! 

Now, some of you know my background is in classic literature (mainly) so, when the lovely Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland thought of me for this tag, I just couldn’t resist! Thank you for thinking of me. 

Here goes! (All images are from Google.)


An overhyped classic you didn’t really like:

Hmmm, this may be controversial, but I really didn’t enjoy Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It gave me the most awful nightmares. Vampires aren’t my thing really.

  


Favourite time period to read about:

I studied the Victorian period when I was doing my Masters degree. Therefore, this has to be my favourite. I love it. I really wish I had seen it and experienced it for myself. The next best thing: How To Be A Victoria by Ruth Goodman. Such an awesome book. 

  


Favourite fairy tale:

I’m a huge fan of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. My favourites are: Hansel & Gretel, Snow White and Cinderella. 

  


What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read? 

Bit awkward… Moby Dick. I’ve never really felt interested about this whale story. I can’t see how I would enjoy it. I may give it a go at some point… Maybe. I feel so bad because people rave about this book. Oh well. 

  


Top 5 classics you’d like to read soon:

The Old Curiousity Shop – Charles Dickens 

  
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

  
Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

  
Dubliners – James Joyce 

  
The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley

  


Favourite modern book/series based on a classic:

I am currently loving the BBC version of An Inspector Calls. They’ve made some changes (with Priestley’s son’s help) but it’s still dramatic and intense. It still makes you question your every move. 

  


Favourite movie version / TV series based on a classic:

On ITV at the moment is this awesome amalgamation of a number of Dickens classics. It’s called Dickensian and it’s just amazing. I’m LOVING it so much. I can’t work it out either, but it’s so clever how so many classics have been weaved into one. 

  


Worst classic to movie adaptation:

Well, normally I’m not a fan, but the ones I’ve seen recently I’ve enjoyed. So, I guess I can’t answer this yet! 

Favourite edition(s) you would like to collect more classics from:

The Penguin clothbound are just stunning. I also have a massive soft spot for any Folio society books. Soooooo pretty. I’m really shallow. If a book is pretty, I’m way more likely to buy it. Without a doubt. 

  
  


An under-hyped classic you’d recommend to everyone:

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. It’s absolutely brilliant. It gives a voice to Bronte’s Bertha in the attic from Jane Eyre. Naturally, because Jane Eyre is so successful, this novel got left in the dark. But, I couldn’t recommend another book more than this. 
So that’s that. Thanks again Erika. I’m tagging the following lovelies:

Melanie Noell Bernard

Simon

Liam

The Lonely Author

The Orang-utan Librarian

Claire

Giselle

Jess

Drifting Lexi

Josh

& any other classics lover out there. No time? Not your thing? Don’t worry. 
Big love to you x

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