What's Pure Happiness???

It's Pure Happiness is a blog of things I like, love or find inspiring.
It might be pictures, quotes, songs, books, products or foods.
Basically, it's things that make up a life of Pure Happiness.

February 27, 2013

Book Review: One Hundred Names

I've just finished Cecelia Ahern's book 'One Hundred Names'.
I loved this book. It really resonated with me and even though toward the end you realise what is going to happen, I was so touched by the message.

Alot of the advertising I've seen has the phrase "Even the most ordinary lives contain an extraordinary story" and that is basically the underlying motto of the story - not that it is really spelled out until toward the end of the book.

One Hundred Names is the story of Kitty, a journalist who has recently made a major mistake in her career whilst trying to be a 'story chasing' 'sensationalist' type and has found herself in alot of trouble professionally. Kitty's mentor is also dying, and is trying to encourage Kitty to find her way back (professionally speaking).
Before she dies, Constance (Kittys mentor) speaks of a story that she never got to write. Her idea for the story is at home in an envelope. Constance dies before Kitty is able to ask her anything further about her plan or idea for the story, and all that Kitty has to go from is a list of 100 names. No explanations.

The book is about Kittys journey in figuring out the story and learning her lesson. Along the way Kitty meets a number of the people on the list, and hears their stories, almost missing the beauty in their reflections as she is looking for connections and 'bigger' stories.

I'm disappointed that Kitty only got to meet a few of the hundred names, as I was so engrossed in the book that I didnt want it to end. However, I am sure if the book continued to meet all 100 names it would have dragged and/or not addressed things as well.
Sure, you can guess/see where the plot lines are going at times, but it is beautifully written and is a lovely story.

For me, the book was special because I am forever grateful that people trust me with their stories everyday. As a therapist, people tell me their deepest, darkest secrets and stories, and I am so privelleged to be in that position. This book just reminded me/highlighted for me that everyone has a story to tell and that all of the stories are amazing in their own way.

February 26, 2013

Wishlist - Dresses.

Here are a few dresses I would LOVE to get my hands on.

Blue Paisley Dress by Pink Apple from Lane Byrant
Its colourful, tribal-ish and the flowy sleeves look fun. Great for weekends.


Scoop Ponte Peplum Dress (in Violet) from City Chic
I'd love to try to peplum trend and this dress fits the bill - plus, its purple.

I've been wanting this dress for ages. I love the colour, I love the sleeve and I love the ruching.

Igigi Nellie Colourblock Dress in Berry
This one would be fantastic for work in winter.

February 08, 2013

Currently Loving !!!

Currently Loving !!!

Food: Potato bake (based on the Campbells tinned condensed chicken soup recipe)  

Drink: (nothing special at the moment)

TV Show: Parenthood - new season has just come back on TV. I love that Ray Romanos character (photographer) adds an extra little quirk to the show.

Song: Bruno Mars 'When I was your man' or Ed Sheeran 'This'.

Book/Magazine: Just finished 'Next Best Thing' by Jennifer Weiner. I really like Jennifer Weiners writing. This one is about a scriptwriter trying to land her own TV show, and what happens when she does. It centres around the writer and her relationship with her grandmother.

Piece of clothing: Black and white striped maxi skirt.

Makeup/Beauty product: I seem to be using my Covergirl intense shadow blast (Beige) at least every second day at the moment.

Other: The website 'Makes me think' ...... some of the anecdotes are a bit far fetched, but some of them are lovely (and who cares if they arent true). Does make you stop and appreciate things.

February 01, 2013

Put love into giving

This is just one of the many Mother Teresa quotes that I love.

For me this is about giving to family and friends, but also, about my work. I may not feel that I have 'given' (or helped) much, but if I am giving with my whole heart, then it is enough.