Saturday, 1 August 2015

Dear August

It's Saturday morning as I sit, propped up in bed, typing this. I have just finished writing the first post on my book blog for a long time, and I'm feeling so wonderfully enthused. About books. About life. About everything. It's been a while since I chose to sit down and type here on the same day I am going to publish the post. I'd got it into my head that if it was after 8am it was simply much too late to write anything. And now I come to really think about that, the more absurd it sounds. With no idea where that even came from in the first place I'm removing such nonsense from my mind immediately.

There's not really a lot going on right now, just trying to figure things out and decide what to pursue. But I appear to have discovered the wonder that is double chocolate digestive biscuits. A chocolate biscuit, covered in chocolate, with chocolate chips! So I suppose they're triple chocolate really. It was quite by accident. I meant to pick up a packet of dark chocolate digestives, but I think these were in the wrong place on the shelf and I clearly wasn't paying much attention. Let's call it a happy accident though, because they're definitely one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth.  (...okay, mind out of the gutter now!)

Anyway, here's to the start of what will hopefully be a wonderful month for us all. I'm hoping that the British weather will remember it's summer and grant us at least a few days of continuous sunshine and warmth. Fingers crossed!

Right, I must go and rescue little Ralphie bunny. He's made himself a paper fort but I'm not sure he quite remembers the way out and it's breakfast time - he gets grumpy when his veggies are late!

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P.S. Please welcome my 'All Aboard' partner for August, Loved by Laura!

Friday, 31 July 2015

Love Love Love!

Hello and happy Friday, the weekend is upon us! I hope you have some wonderful plans for it, whether that is going partying with your friends, or curling up with a good book and copious cups of tea.

There have been some truly fabulous ladies over on my sidebar this month, so I wanted to share a few sentences about each of them and why I think they're really great. I do hope you'll pop over and say hello, that would make my whole month!
ChrissyLilly // Feels Like Home
Chrissy very kindly answered a bunch of questions for me here, so I hope you got to know her a little better through that if you read it (and if you haven't, please do!). Chrissy's blog feels very personal and like it's a very true reflection of who she is as a person in real life. She shares stories from her Canadian adventures, her health & fitness journey, and everything in between.

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Loved by Laura // Rainy Sunday Recipes
This is the second month Laura has been over in my sidebar and it's been an absolute pleasure. Laura's space this month has been almost solely dedicated to sharing adventures, she went on a beautiful looking picnic and to London Film & Comic Con, alongside a yummy looking scone recipe and tips on how to make the most out of pinterest. It looks like July was a fun month for Laura and it was super lovely tagging along with her through pictures!

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Emilia Leigh // A Month in 10 Stories
Emilia Leigh is a writer, a very good one! My favourite posts to read are from her Month in 10 Stories series, where she does as the title suggests and encapsulates her month into 10 stories that sum it up perfectly. There's a reason why they're so much fun to read and it's because she has a way of making you feel as though you were right there alongside her the whole time.

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Blogging for Sanity // Switching Off The Screens
Isabel is wonderful and I'm so pleased to have been able to get to know her a little over the past few months. She is quite a private person, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have anything to say. I absolutely love that she has found an outlet and way of writing that allows her to share her thoughts and opinions without feeling like she's putting too much of herself out there. Writing exactly what she wants, when she wants, Isabel's space is one I will continue to enjoy stopping by for as long as she keeps writing!

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Laugh with me LeLe // Things I Love: Analogue Photography
Leah is a very talented photographer, especially with film, and she has wonderful collection of cameras. Along with sharing her beautiful photographs, she also shares outfits of the day, the things she's loving and the adventures she goes on. She recently went to see Modest Mouse and it looks like it was the most brilliant night, I wish I'd been able to go too! She also knows almost the whole script of Titanic and is a total potterhead, so I'm fairly sure we're bffs already! 

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I hope you've enjoyed getting to know these brilliant ladies as much as I have!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

July Beauty Favourites!

End of July already, say whaaa?! Can time slow down already, please? I need to sort my life out by the end of the year and I'm nowhere close right now. But to put that off a little longer, here are some of my favourite beauty products from July...

Messy hair is my go-to style. As much as I would like to be a woman with perfectly groomed locks, I neither have the patience nor the skills to achieve that. I chopped a couple of inches off last week so I can reach for texturising sprays again and end up with a casually undone style, without ending up looking like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards. Lovely!
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If you know me, you'll know that moisturising lip products are my favourite. I rarely wear lipstick, but I'm all about those balms and this one is lovely. It smells like raspberries - brilliant! It's hydrating - yay! And it gives just the right amount of colour - perfect!
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- Kiko Cream Foundation Compact* - 
I believe this was from a limited edition collection, but it's not necessarily this particular product that I'm enjoying, it's more the colour. Being essentially transparent this doesn't match me as a foundation, but I've been using it as a cream bronzer before I apply my tinted moisturiser. The result is a really natural glowy-bronze look, and not a trace of oompa loompa orange in sight.
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This was in my favourites last month too, I just blooming love it! It's my favourite mascara and if they stop making it I'm not sure what I'll do. It volumises, lengthens and holds a curl all day. What more could I ask for?!
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There's not really much I can say about a lip balm, but this is absolutely my most reached-for product over recent weeks and I've been loving it, so I couldn't not include it in my favourites.
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Oh my goodness this stuff smells incredible! Super fruity, it's the perfect morning time shower gel that uplifts and helps to wake me up, which is always appreciated because I'm not a morning person. If you happen to be in an Asda anytime soon, give this a sniff!
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When the weather is chilly, I always reach for my tub of The Righteous Butter. It's a little treat for my skin, wonderfully moisturising and beautifully scented, so I've sort of been happy that it's been raining in July. Well, almost.

What were your favourite products in July?

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P.S. Please pop over and say hello to ChrissyLilly  - she's lovely!
And please also say hi to Emilia Leigh, Blogging for Sanity, Loved by Laura and Laugh with me LeLe.