Thursday, 24 July 2014

crossbody | what's in my bag?

Warehouse Cross Body bag* (£32 £20)

My perfect small, black, simple cross body bag has proven to be incredibly illusive & it feels like I've been endlessly scrolling through various websites in my search for months. The main thing I was looking for was an adjustable strap because I have a long body and most straps are just that little bit too short. The Vivienne Westwood Divina Flap is the one I would choose above all others but honestly, it's so far out of my price range it'll have to remain a distant dream. And that's okay. It's beautiful, but the world won't suddenly stop if I never own one. Besides, I'm not sure my style is fancy enough for a piece of designer, I probably wouldn't do it justice at all. But I shall continue to admire from afar for sure.

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a House Of Fraser event that I wasn't able to make, but they kindly allowed me to choose something from their website around the £30 mark and it turns out they carry a lot of affordable brands. I had (wrongly, it seems!) assumed, until now, that everything was higher end. I headed straight for the bag department, not really expecting to find anything, and the first one I spotted was this Warehouse beauty. It's a little bigger than I was looking for ideally but other than that it's wonderful. And what better opportunity for a little 'what's in my bag?' feature, I love these posts a ridiculous amount. What can I say? I'm nosy!

  • Books! Only small paperbacks fit inside but that's okay. I'm rereading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald & I'm completely head over heels for Prufrock and Other Observations by T. S. Eliot so I'm in the habit of bringing it everywhere with me.
  • A notebook & pen, a must have for those moments of inspiration that I would otherwise completely forget. Those moments are a little few & far between right now, so the pages are mostly full of shopping lists. Not very exciting but practical none the less.
  • My purse, a gift from the wonderful Char! Never too old for things with bunnies on!
  • Maybelline Fit Me Powder. This has a mirror inside too, which is very handy.
  • Seventeen Stay Time concealer. It feels lighter than the Collection Lasting Perfection but has excellent coverage too. Perfect.
  • Dior lipgloss in Dormeuse* - I can't stop wearing this, it's lovely.
  • Weleda citrus deodorant. Because summer.
  • An unexpected letter from my Grandfather that I will treasure forever. I need to put it in my little box of special things to keep it safe.  
  • I don't currently have a phone and after 14 years, it's actually really nice not having one. I'm less distracted and sometimes I like dropping off the radar a little bit. But I know I'll get one soon, for those times I'm stranded somewhere or something. Which never happens, but you never know, right?  
Do you have a favourite bag? 
Or a dream bag that you would really like to own one day?


Now Playing: Banks - Goddess

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

10 Happy Things | Edition #1

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
1. The Penguin English Library collection.
2. Celebrating Mark's new job because it will make him happy and I'm so pleased for him.
3. Waking up with the morning sunshine softly warming my face.
4. Thinking about starting to make book videos.
5. Unexpected letters from my Grandfather.

6. Sleepovers - thank you time4sleep for the box of treats!
7. How clear the air feels after a thunderstorm.
8. Rediscovering my 'blogging identity'.
9. Peanut butter sandwiches. SO good!
10. Finally downloading Spotify again. Everything is better when there's music on in the background.

What is making you happy this week?
- Jennie xo

Now playing: William Fitzsimmons - Lions

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


All of a sudden, after hours of uninterrupted sunshine, the sky darkened. Blue skies and fluffy white clouds were dislodged by gloomy storm clouds. So dark it looked like nightfall in the middle of the afternoon.

Thunder boomed overhead, demanding attention. 
Fleeting thoughts that perhaps the sky could fall at any second. So emphatic. 
Lightning jarring its way through the gloom. Illuminating raindrops enveloping everything in a vitreous cloak.
The blue-pink roses, the abandoned tennis balls, Ted the gnome. 
Hail stones clattered, ricocheting off everything in their path before hitting the ground. Melting instantaneously, becoming part of the expeditiously expanding puddles. Becoming part of something bigger. Working as one to create something new.

And as I stood outside.
Soaked through.
Listening to the booming thunder.
Watching the bright flashes of lightning. 
Feeling the hail stones tap tap tapping on the frame of my glasses. 
I was entangled within something bigger than myself.
It was the perfect moment.

- Jennie xo

Now playing: Bon Iver - Holocene