Monday, 16 April 2018

Office Crush #71

Source: Abduzeedo

Monday, 9 April 2018

Office Crush #70

DIY home office

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

What I Read: March


If you read my post last month, you may know i've set myself a rather ambitious target of 50 books to read this year which i'm tracking with the ever-handy GoodReads app! I'm surprisingly pretty on target at the moment, and i've had another good month of keeping up my routine of listening to audiobooks on my commute or whilst doing the 'big clean' at the weekend. I definitely need to make more time to read actual books too, but somehow March has just flown by!

So, the books i've read in March...

1. Brave by Rose McGowan (****)
I've been wanting to read this book since it was published at the end of January and it finally came into my library app! I loved Rose McGowan in Charmed, and probably like most people had read a lot in the media about her ordeal in Hollywood, which she covers in this book alongside a look back at her life. This book is more than just a memoir though, it's a call to all women to stand up and be brave. And it's a raw, emotional, and pretty darn angry call at that! I mean seriously, what a life...she literally grew up in a cult and then found herself moving from one to another, with Hollywood the biggest and most dangerous of them all. I can't recommend this book enough! Whether you're a woman, a man, a feminist or's a powerful read.

2. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood (*****)
I recently devoured the entire Season 1 of The Handmaids Tale on a flight to Chicago (without realising there was a pre-teen boy gawping at the screen across the aisle from me! Cringe!) and i'm officially obsessed. I know a lot of people had read this book in school, but somehow i hadn't and i loved the TV show so much i just had to read the book. And you know I found i really enjoyed the book knowing the full premise, although i can imagine from the way it's written there's definitely some 'penny dropping' moments where the reader realises what's actually happening in Gilead! It's a world which is shocking in so many ways and yet worryingly familiar. There were even times when as the reader, i accepted the reality - there are powerful men, there are kinda powerful women, then there's everybody else there to feed the power one way or another...oh wait!

3. Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton (***)
I couldn't go without another Agatha Raisin book now could i? Who can resist a light hearted trip to Carsley (it's in the Cotswolds don't you know)? I'm determined to work my way through these books in order and the Walkers of Dembley was the lastest installment. Whilst i once again enjoyed the characters, and especially seeing the relationship develop further between James and Agatha, something for me didn't feel right with this book. I got confused between the different points of view and the introduction of so many new characters, whilst still intertwining with the Carsley lot! I didn't really take to the new characters in the same way i've welcomed those before, and not just because there were murderers amongst them...

4. Secret Smile by Nicci French (*****)
This one was a little bit of a guilty pleasure! It reminded me a little bit of The Girl on the Train, a real page turner and the characters were constantly developing. The first half of the book in particular i felt like i couldn't put it down, i definitely made myself late for work more than once thanks to Brendan's psychological torture. The premise is that Miranda's rather over-stepping ex-fling finds his way back into her life by starting to date her sister, and so the mind games begin! To everyone else he plays the charming, doting boyfriend spinning tales to wind Miranda up, making her look like she can't get over him. He's off the charts creepy and the suspense of wondering what he's going to do next is what kept me hooked. I do agree with the lot of the reviews though, the last few chapters of the book felt like i'd skipped a chunk of the book by accident, like something was missing or perhaps the publication deadline was looming...Still, definitely one for anyone who loves a good thriller!

Would love to hear of any book recommendations for April!

Monday, 2 April 2018

Office Crush #69

pastel home office

Monday, 26 March 2018

Office Crush #68

Source: DigsDigs

Monday, 19 March 2018

Office Crush #67

Source: Milk Decoration

Monday, 12 March 2018

Office Crush #66

Source: Lifestylezz

Monday, 5 March 2018

Office Crush #65

stylish home office

Source: Little BIGBELL

Thursday, 1 March 2018

What I Read: February


One of my goals for this year is to hit a rather challenging reading target of 50 books within the year. Writing this down again actually sounds quite terrifying, however i suppose that's around 1 book per week and i have got myself into a really good routine with my audiobooks on my commute (a lovely 2 hours per day!) and also reading in bed as i wind down from a busy day with a book and tea.

As i'm reading so much, i thought it would be great to share what i've been reading with you each month and what better place to start that 1st March, which also happens to be World Book Day! So i've taken this as a sign and have looked back on the books i read last month...

1. The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (***)
This was one of my ebook downloads from the library app at the beginning of the month. I was really intrigued by the future-apocalyptic concept, as i had really gotten into the Wool trilogy a couple of years ago. It's description sets the scene as world wars having transformed the earth, the world changed with a cult leader and a group of rebels uniting under a female heroine to dismantle his rule. I was intrigued. Even moreso upon reading that the book "raises questions about what it means to be human, the fluidity of sex and gender, and the role of art as a means for survival." I mean seriously, i had no idea what this book was going to be about! And honestly, having finished this a couple weeks ago, i still don't! It's one of those books that i feel like i should've liked it more, that i should've got some higher meaning from the feminist leads. I did really root for the women. I wanted Joan to kick De Men's ass. I wanted them to win. There were definitely chapters which had me hooked and wanting to know more, and some that stretched my mind, but there were equally as many i wished i could skip. This is a book that requires you to have an open mind, but for anyone who enjoys a feminist read and sci-fi, this could be for you!

2. Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell (****)
I'd read some amazing reviews on this book and was really excited to finally read it. I really wasn't too sure what to expect, a book "for a new breed of women who are here to be bright lights in the world". But in a year where it feels like equality is taking a stand and women have a stronger voice than before, it was high on my reading list for this year. When i reflect on this book, it's hard to put into words what i learnt and what exactly it was about but it dawned on me just now, it's left me with a feeling. And that feeling really is like a little light, a little more empowerment and a little more confidence that i'm on the right path. So that's gotta be a good thing!

3. The Potted Gardener by M.C. Beaton (*****)
I have a confession. I'm completely addicted to the Agatha Raisin books! They are the perfect companion on my commute home on audio. If you haven't read any of them before, Agatha is a former PR big-wig who's now retired and move to a quiet Cotswold village but her rather brash personality is forever getting her in trouble. And close to a murder investigation or two! It'd been a little while since i last listened to one of the series, and perhaps that's why i loved this one so much. All the characters coming back into my life, popping by Agatha's for a very British cup off tea, was nothing short of delightful whilst heading back down the M1 in the dark on gloomy February evenings. It also made me laugh out loud several times, i mean who knew village garden shows were such high stakes? Now just to wait for Book 5 to come off reserve...

4. The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young (*****)
So i love animals. I'm one of those people who cannot walk by a cat in the street without desperately trying to get it's attention with those really loud kissy noises, or be anywhere near rabbits without wanting a cuddle. I heard about this book through a friend, and it's based on anecdotes from Rosamund's farm, where she's spent years observing the personalities of the cows, sheep, pigs and hens that have lived there. And oh my gosh, it is fascinating! Who knew cows like to play games? Or make friends for life at a young age? Or babysit for each other? Or could be so caring, intelligent and funny? It's a really interesting book and gives a delightful look into the lives of cows that we don't see everyday. I'll be completely honest I've also read some criticism of the book's author as telling stories of intelligent and caring animals, whilst still having a farm which sells them for dairy/meat...whilst part of me does agree with this, it really doesn't take away how much i enjoyed reading this book.

If you've ready any of these books i'd love to know what you thought of them too!

Monday, 26 February 2018

Office Crush #64

pink scandi office home
Source: Caisson Studios

Saturday, 24 February 2018

We Need To Talk About: Anna Grunduls Design


Finally it's Saturday afternoon and that time of the day when i find myself fully de-work-moded after a good night's sleep, housework is almost done and i can sit myself at my desk with a cup of tea and try to pretend there definitely isn't a bar of galaxy in my fridge..

I really wanted to share with you today a new find i had over the last week, which is the beautiful colouring stationery from the very lovely Anna Grunduls Design where you can find cards, wrap, washi tape, notebooks and more all illustrated and just waiting for your colouring pencils!

colouring in card

DIY washi tape

Flamingo card

I actually love the idea of the maps, both on the cards and on the bigger posters! These would be such a good idea to get creative with in the build up to a holiday, or if you're into travelling around the USA like some of my friends are you could start to colour in all of the states you've visited over time!

america coloring in

america color in

I think the big poster designs would be great too, especially for a cosy Sunday night when you just want to relax ahead of the week to come, or are with friends and family as something to do over a cup of tea and a biscuit or two...

colouring in poster
flamingo poster

The designs are all illustrated by Anna herself, who is based from her studio in Warsaw, Poland. Having spent quite some time this week browsing her online store, i'm genuinely blown away by how beautiful her products are. You can really tell how passionate she is about sharing her creativity and she admits how long she can spend on some of the designs!

Anna Grunduls Design

colouring in orange

Anna Grunduls Design

Make sure you keep checking back on the blog to see what i bought when my order arrives! Very excited!


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Mothers Day Edit

Hello lovelies!

I'm really trying hard to get organised for March with all of the different events i've got coming up! My mum is going to be a very spoilt lady as it's her birthday in the first week of the month and then we've got Mother's Day a little earlier this year (at least it feels earlier!?) so she's got two weekends of gifts, my cups of tea and a bit of fuss!
I'm still going back and forth over gift ideas, why are mum's always so hard to shop for...however one thing i've had no trouble finding is the perfect Mother's Day card!

If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know i always like to make sure i'm sharing with you some of my favourite cards for special occasions. Hopefully i'm able to give you some inspiration (and a reminder!), so i'm delighted to support the lovely people over at Just A Card this year by featuring some of their creative followers incredible designs from their Mothers Day card ranges!! 

Just A Card

Just A Card is a cause i've been following for some time and really do believe passionately in. I mean it's so simple, just think about it...when you're visiting new galleries or indie stores, browsing an online store or designer's website, every purchase, even just a card, makes such a difference to small businesses and their ability to keep creating!

So go on...have a browse, and remember every small purchase makes a difference (and you'll probably make someone's day too!)

floral mothers day card

mothers day checklist
 Source: KA Graphic Design

different mothers day cards
Source: Pretty Neat

louise slater card
Source: Louise Slater 

dinosaur card
 Source: Hatchling Makes

If you haven't already got your Mother's Day card, i hope my top picks helped give you a little inspiration and do make sure you check out the Just A Card campaign on social media too! Let me know what you think!


Monday, 19 February 2018

Office Crush #63

green home office
Source: Ideal Home

Friday, 16 February 2018

My February Wishlist

1. Compliment Pen Set 2. Self Care Notepad Tilly & Type 3. Affirmation Cards Kikki K 4. Weekly Planner Pad Busy B 5. Beautiful Inside and Out Pencil Case Tillyanna

February for me is all around making sure i'm keeping on track with my goals from January and making sure i'm taking time every single day to look after myself, particularly as it's been such a cold few weeks! My wishlist for February is all about feeling good and continuing to be organised, which is so so important to me. I'm quite literally a whirlwind of chaos if i don't have a good planner!

So my wishlist this month includes a weekly planner to keep myself focused each day, a self care notepad to bring some structure to my wellness goals, sparkly complimentary pencils (because who doesn't need a pencil to remind you that you're fresher than lemonde?), a very beautiful pencil case to keep them all in and affirmation cards, for those moments in the day when you just need to remind yourself that you are amazing!

What's on your February wishlist?


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentines/Galentines/Palentines!

Whether you're waking up this morning to celebrate Valentines Day, recovering from Galentines Day, Palentines Day, all of the above or none at all... i hope you have a great day and thank you for stopping by Ruby North!

I've got some great content that i can't wait to share with you over the next few weeks so please do keep checking by and if you fancy keeping updated, i'm finally on Instagram too! (@rubynorthco)

i love you lots paper

Monday, 12 February 2018

Office Crush #62

colour office
Source: McKenna Bleu

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Paper Crush becomes Ruby North

I'm very very excited to finally be able to re-launch my blog and introduce you to...

I've been contemplating for a  long time how i can move Paper Crush blog forward and start to incorporate more of what i love into my blog. This year will mark my 5th year of this blog and it's been an amazing journey so far, working with some incredible brands, seeking out talented new designers to feature and sharing some of my favourite stationery and paper trends with you.

Ruby North is all about continuing to bring together the best of stationery, seeking out new exciting brands and designers and of course sharing inspiration for your desk and office space. There'll also be some new content over the next couple of months which i hope you'll love just as much as i do..

I look forward to continuing this stationery addict adventure with you!!


Friday, 9 February 2018

On Friday's We Wear Pink


How quickly has this week flown by? I've been non-stop this week with work and keeping up with my 2018 goals of being more organised with my evenings (lunch-making, ironing, hair straightening, to-do list updating...the list is never ending). I also came down to London for an event last night and got to play dress up which was a nice school-night treat! (As was the prosecco...)

So with a day in London ahead of me, it'd be rude to not indulge in a little shopping and i'm crushing on all of the pink stationery out there at the moment, definitely top of my wish list today!

Happy Friday!

pink ombre pencils
Pink pencils at Life is Rosier

ombre pink party
Ombre Pink Party Sets at Ginger Ray

primark journal
Pink notebooks at Primark
Pink sticky notes at LadurĂ©e @ The Paper Parlour

pink filofax
Filofax at WH Smith

ombre pink notebook
Notebook at Abigail Warner

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Oh, it is love!

Warning: This is one heck of a mushy blog post...


February always feels like the quiet before the gift-giving storm for me, it's both of my parents birthdays in March, plus Mothers Day, friends birthdays and anniversaries!
Somehow though you just can't ignore the bright red love hearts across every store at the moment with the over-sized teddy bears, bouquets of roses and heart-printed paper plates reminding you that Valentine's Day is next week!! This day always feels a little last-minute so to help you navigate the aisle of puns, prints and pop-ups, i've found some of my favourites for you to get some inspiration (me though, i'll settle for a kinder egg!)

spin valentines
Source: kikki.K

love you valentines card
 Source: hello geronimo

Source: Papier

pina colada valentines

all of me loves all of you card
 Source: Olivia Morgan Ltd
cats valentine
Source: Paperchase

Monday, 5 February 2018

Office Crush #61

chalkboard wall office
 Source: Decoist

Monday, 29 January 2018

Office Crush: New Year, New Desk

Hello and Happy New Year!

A little late to the 2018 party, however four weeks into the New Year i'm in a place where i'm well on track with some of my new years resolutions. This year for me is all around feeling good and looking after myself, and i've somehow made it through that inevitable wall where most resolutions seem to fall into a black hole!!
So now i'm ready to brave getting organised for the rest of the year and if there's one place to start, it's my desk...

So i bring you a very special Office Crush, with my Top 8 desk spaces to get you inspired for the year ahead!

restoration desk
Source: InsideOut

organised desk
Source: Unknown (please share if known!)

pink chair desk

monochrome office

wooden desk
 Source: vtwonen

fun colour office
Source: Proper

marble desk

floral desk inspiration
Source: Domino