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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

September 2013 non-beauty favourites!

I always feel that September is a bit of a transitory month; summer is over but autumn hasn't completely arrived and I never feel like I quite manage to finish everything I set out to achieve because before I know it, the month is over. Nevertheless it ended up being a good one, one full of rediscovering my love of literature and accessories - there can't be anything bad about that.

Since discovering GoodReads I have fallen back in love with literature and I read quite a few books during September but these three were the stand-outs by a long way.
Coco's Secret* by Niamh Greene is a beautiful book that follows Coco as she discovers an old letter hidden inside a vintage Chanel handbag she finds in a box of bric-a-brac bought at auction and her journey as she pieces together the clues that will hopefully lead her to the letters' rightful owner. I popped up a slightly more detailed review here but it's no secret that I loved it. There's one particular part where I got a little teary-eyed and I think that's a real testament to Niamh Greene's writing. She even took the time to tweet me saying that she liked my review, which I thought was incredibly lovely and thoughtful. I will definitely be reading another of her books very soon.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling is a book I was a little apprehensive about reading, but I needn't have been because I absolutely adored it. The town of Pagford is seemingly idyllic, but all is not as it first appears to be and the death of a parish Councillor becomes the catalyst for the biggest 'war' the town has ever seen. I go much more into detail about why in my post here, but I think Rowling manages to create such a wonderfully complete world as well as characters I became really invested in and cared about. Not for everyone, but I loved it.

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith is J.K. Rowling writing under a pseudonym and I think it's a thoroughly cracking crime novel. When troubled model Lula falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed she has committed suicide but her older brother has his doubts and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to take a close look into the case. I'll have a full review up very soon, so all I'll say here is that if you've been thinking about reading it, definitely give it a go! 

Stickygram (who are awesome) got in touch, I had the opportunity to get a few of my instagram pictures printed on to sweet little magnets and I think they're pretty fabulous. I'm so pleased with the quality and the vibrancy of the prints and they popped through my letterbox at lightning speed - it's almost as if they magicked them over! I'm working on a cute way to display them at the moment, I think they're too pretty to be hidden away in the kitchen where we don't spend too much time - I want to be able to look at them all the time instead!

My Gryffindor scarf that I got in the gift shop at the Harry Potter Studio Tour had to feature in here somewhere, even if I have only been able to wear it twice so far. Hurry up cold weather! I really want a Ravenclaw scarf too so I've bought myself some knitting needles and I'm going to attempt to learn how to knit. I've heard it's pretty relaxing when you get into it and I think it'll be nice to force myself to have a little bit of down-time because things are going to be pretty hectic over here for a while. I'm hoping I'll have the patience (and ability) to at least start and finish knitting one scarf. Who knows, it might even end up being something I really love!
My last favourites are necklaces and it's been really nice to wear them again after quite a long time of wearing, well, not very much jewellery at all. I bought a Time Turner necklace from eBay after wanting to buy one at the Studio Tour but not spotting any and I just love it. I'm not sure how much I'll actually end up wearing it because it's pretty big, but it's ridiculously pretty and I have it out on display so it's lovely to look at! The blue Fishing Boat necklace* was gifted to me by Koa Jewellery, a Cornish, ethical handmade jewellery company making pieces inspired by the ocean. The deep blue shade is simply stunning and I've received so many compliments when I've worn this, it has fast become one of my most favourite pieces.

The silver sailboat was a gift from Mark when he returned from his mini-holiday to Cornwall and I think it's so perfect & thoughtful that I've barely taken it off since I opened it. It's so detailed, truly a piece that is small but perfectly formed. And finally mine and Mark's initials from an etsy seller called Rose and Raven, which is a ridiculously sentimental piece of jewellery that will be a favourite for a long time to come I think.  

Do you know how to knit? 
What has been your favourite book you've read recently? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

58 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE the time turner necklace.... it's absolutely gorgeous!!!

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  2. I can just about knit, but I can only do the basic stitches, I wish I had more time to sit and learn more, though. I love the boat necklace, so pretty and perfect for you.

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    1. All the stitches look complicated to me, I definitely want to give it a try if I can find the time! xo

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  3. The time turner necklace is so gorgeous! There's a few similar ones I'm eyeing up on etsy at the moment.

    Katie | and-katie.com

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  4. Aaw, I adore all of your necklaces, especially the time turner and initials! So pretty and perfect. I think I will have to get my very own time turner at some point! <3 xxx

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  5. I can knit, just not exceptionally well. I've actually got a scarf begun from a year or two ago... maybe I should dig it out and give it another go!

    Victoria

    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. I really want to attempt a scarf! xo

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  6. Nice!! I want to read that book from J.K. rowling so bad.

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  7. All of the jewellery is so beautiful, I especially love the initial necklace, it's so gorgeous. I can knit kind of, but I can't really cast on or cast off, I just do the bits in between! It is very relaxing though, I love doing it in front of the fire on a gloomy autumnal evening xx

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    1. I think you've convinced me to really give it a try! xo

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  8. The time turner necklace is so lovely! I have no idea how to knit but at this time of year I do tend to wish I could knit myself scarves, hats and a jumper! x

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    1. Ahh I'm the same, wish I could knit myself a jumper hehe! ox

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  9. I love stickygram! I need to order some more sometime soon. I am really interested in J.K Rowlings crime novel will have to check it out.

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    1. They're such good quality prints, will definitely be getting some more! xo

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  10. Time turner necklace is sooo cute! :)

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  11. Wow the necklaces are gorgeous! I've been re-reading all the Harry Potter books lately but now I need to branch out and find some new reads! xx
    www.LaurasHaven.com

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  12. I will have one of everything please!!!!!

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  13. Aw the little sailboat necklace is so sweet!
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I have to say I'm really pleased for Rowling, I was worried she'd be stuck as 'the one who wrote Harry Potter,' but she's proving herself a really talented all round writer which is just great :)
    Those necklaces are lovely! So delicate, it's a refreshing change from all the big chunky pieces around.

    Bella . BELLAETC

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  15. You'll need the time turner one to be able to wear all those necklaces! :) I LOVE that silver sailboat necklace. Does Mark remember where he bought it? If it was just some independent shop, does he remember what town?

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    1. All I know is that it's from somewhere in Mevagissey! Sorry I can't be more helpful! xo

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  16. Your photography is always so beautiful!
    Love the sound of "the cuckoos calling". I always go through periods of reading a lot, and then stopping, but at the moment I'm getting back into reading. The colder weather always makes me want a good few books :)

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    1. Ahh me too, it's lovely to spend an evening in with a good book <3

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  17. Ooh I've not heard much about The Cuckoo's Calling, definitely going to get that now :)
    I love the necklaces, the time turner and the little ship are both beautiful, and your initials are super cute :)
    I love the magnets, too, what a lovely idea!
    I don't have the patience for knitting (or enough fingers) but I love crocheting :) I'm a little bit jealous of your Gryffindor scarf, I may ask my Mum to knit me one haha :)

    Jess xo

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    1. Really recommend The Cuckoo's Calling, a good read! <3

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  18. Enjoy reading your posts. Love the boat necklace, so detailed, love pretty necklaces.

    I knit a fair bit, once u get going you'll love it. There's loads of tutorials and videos out there to help you. And lastly- my fav book recently was 'A fault in my stars', brilliant book, so well written and made me cry A LOT!!!

    Hannah
    http://surfjewels.tumblr.com/

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    1. That's on my to-read list for sure, I've heard so many amazing reviews! xo

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    2. Yeah, def read it, I'm gunna get hold of another book of his to get reading as loved it sooo much!

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  19. love your books recommendation ! :) will pick the casual vacancy soon .

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  20. i love all 4 of your necklaces.. and that sailboat - how perfect is that! i need to look into getting initial necklaces... i think it would be a great piece to have especially since my boyfriend and i live in difference countries and don't get to see each other often
    and that griffindor scarf... i need to get my hands on one of them ;)

    rachel x
    blush&brunch

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    1. I love sentimental pieces of jewellery. And you for sure need a Gryffindor scarf ;) xo

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  21. I have to read The Cuckoo's Calling! I'm a huge fan of mysteries so I have a feeling I'll love it :) And I absolutely adore that necklace with the initials... such a good idea!

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    1. It's such a good read, I'm not very well-read when it comes to crime/mystery novels but I really enjoyed it and will be exploring the genre a little more for sure! xo

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  22. I'm going to HP world soon, excitement! Going to go nuts in the gift shop, fo sho. I love the boat necklace :)

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    1. Ahh yay, it's so amazing! You will love it <3

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  23. Amazing post as usual! I received the time turner necklace for my birthday and haven't stopped wearing it since! It makes me feel magical haha :) x

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  24. My first thought today after reading this post "No way oh my god you got a time turner aaah!" I loved going to Harry Potter Studio Tours it was a truly magical day, I picked up the exact same scarf but in Hufflepuff colours and a cheeky deathly hallows keyring...and sweets.I know I'll be secretly wearing it this autumn! I always love your monthly favourite posts they always inspire me to read more and try new things!

    Eloise | simplynaturale xo

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    1. Aww yay! You have to show some house pride in the gift shop! <3

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  25. I absolutely love that time turner necklace, adorable!
    Danielle xo || Lilyofthevalley

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  26. I love the initial necklace! So adorable :)
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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  27. That time turner necklace is beautiful! x

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  28. I loved this post! I am currently reading The Casual Vacancy and am still unsure about it. I have the Gryffindor scarf too, I've started crochet but I think knitting may be next on my list too to make myself a scarf :) xx

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