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Monday, 9 June 2014

Recent Lifestyle Loves.

It's taking longer than I thought to fall back into posting regularly. It's almost like I've forgotten how to write, how to construct blog posts, how to make time for something I love to do. I have some down-time coming up, a few weeks where I don't have to think about anything and I'll be filling my days with books and hopefully some sunshine! Easing myself back into blogging with a few things that have inspired me or made me smile sounded good to me so here we go...

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
+ Marina Keegan's The Opposite of Loneliness went viral a couple of years ago when it was posted on Yale Daily News a few days after the car crash that claimed her life. Prior to reading those thousand words, it had been a long time since I had felt so connected to someone I had never met. I have the page bookmarked and I've lost count of the number of times I've clicked over to read again. When I heard some more of her work was going to be published I knew it would be a wonderful addition to my bookshelf. I wasn't disappointed. I love your work, Marina. And not just because you're not here anymore. But because you're good, really good. And I'm sad because there's no telling how wonderful your future work would have been.


Swell Pets*
+ Although initially Bailey was mostly excited about the cardboard box his new toys came in, he soon got down to important toy business like squeaking and initiating games of tug. Rope Gromit along with green lizard and yellow duck are his new favourite toys, he's proudly carried them almost everywhere and they have so far survived being left in the mud and having their limbs nibbled almost continuously. We don't recommend the kong frog toy though, he only lasted about 10 minutes before an irreparable hole appeared as if from nowhere. Thank you Swell Pets, Bailey really appreciates his new toys!
Keep Me Jewellery*
+ People are so talented. Tom Blake is the mastermind behind Keep Me, a collection of 10 incredibly sweet characters each with a collar that doubles as a sterling silver ring. The detail in each character is insane. I have few pieces from the range and they absolutely deserve a post of their own. All I'll say for now is that it's incredibly inspiring to see someone come up with an idea, run with it and see it emerge into something that has the potential to be huge!


In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
+ I pre-ordered In The Lonely Hour on vinyl because I knew it would be an album that would become an instant favourite. I listen to a lot of music on YouTube but I don't tend to buy unless it's something really special. This is really special. I'm slowly working on my vinyl collection and although I still don't have a record player Amazon is incredible for giving free digital downloads with record purchases.

- Jennie xo

62 comments:

  1. Oh Bailey! His little face makes me smile. :)

    Tara x

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  2. Aw, Bailey is such a cutie! Keep Me Jewellery sounds like a great innovative company, I love hearing about new little businesses. x

    What Rachael Wrote

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    1. Me too, small businesses are the best! xo

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  3. The Keep Me jewellery is perfect I've been browsing their website and I so want one! Such a clever concept :)

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  4. I just love The Opposite of Loneliness. Such an incredible loss.

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

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  5. Your photography is amazing! Really impressed. Hope you channel your talent into freelancing!

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  6. Oh Bailey is gorgeous, I love the Keep Me rings as well. Can you tell I am a bit dog-obsessed! x

    Sarah// A Sunday Smile

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  7. Such a lovely post, I need to get my blogging mojo back! x

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  8. Bailey is adorable! Marina was so talented, I felt the exact same way about the article when I read it (over and over...) x

    Josie’s Journal

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    1. She had such a magical way with words! xo

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  9. Your doggie looks so sweet and cute! And the keep me jewelry dog is almost as cute, thanks for sharing these! xx

    ferdies-place.blogspot.com

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  10. I think I will order M. Keegan's book. This part of 'loneliness' really touched me, it's beautifully written and inspiring: "We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time. There’s this sentiment I sometimes sense, creeping in our collective conscious as we lay alone after a party, or pack up our books when we give in and go out – that it is somehow too late. That others are somehow ahead. More accomplished, more specialized. More on the path to somehow saving the world, somehow creating or inventing or improving. That it’s too late now to BEGIN a beginning and we must settle for continuance, for commencement.

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    1. It's definitely the star of the book, completely wonderful and inspiring! xo

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  11. Such lovely things! <3

    Sam Smith is wonderful; have just gotten into his stuff and boy does he have talent xo

    Sophie | soinspo

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  12. Aww, Bailey is so cute :)
    I love Sam Smith's music too - his voice is amazing! x

    Telina | Love, Telina

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  13. Mister Bailey is looking very handsome here! I love the Rope Gromit, may have to invest in one for my dog <3
    I love the sound of Marina's work, I'll be looking into that - thanks for sharing!

    Jess xo

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  14. Baily is gorgeous, I love greyhounds with that sort of coat! I'd love to see a post about Keep Me jewellery, that little guy is lovely :)
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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  15. I love how excited Bailey is to see what's in the box! 'Keep Me' sounds like a really interesting and unique concept too :) xxx

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  16. Amazing lifestyle loves indeed. I love Sam Smith :)

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  17. cute dog & i love sam smith's album!

    xx fameliquorlove

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  18. Ooh the colouring of Baily is stunning! I do love a good lifestyle post!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  19. The Keep Me Jewellery is so amazingly cute! I checked out the website and thought it was equally adorable that you had to take their heads off to get the ring off! (Adorable in a "different" kind of way).

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  20. Please, please, pleaaase make a post on your favorite bands&musicians and one on your vinyl collection! I wanna know! :)

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    1. I definitely will really soon! xo

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  21. Awwh, your little doggy is so beautiful! I'm really liking Sam Smith at the moment, I might have to get that vinyl too!

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor & Femme et Vie

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  22. oh wow I would like to read opposite of loneliness now, it sounds amazing and inspiring.... and such a cute dog you have!!

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  23. Love these kind of posts and love Sam smith! x

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  24. Love this post! Your dog is so adorable x

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  25. Thank you for linking that piece by Marina Keegan. I've heard of her from Emma Roberts's Instagram but I didn't know that some of her writing was available to be read online. Her early death is certainly very tragic.

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    1. You're welcome, it's a really inspiring piece! xo

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  26. Yay for dog toys! I've got a king thing but Lincoln doesn't really play with it. He needs sturdy stuff or he wrecks it in seconds! x

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    1. Bailey ruins some toys almost instantly and other last forever! Not a fan of Kong, they're pretty pricey and don't seem to last long at all! xo

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  27. I know how you feel with regards to writing. When I started blogging again I wrote a few posts and kept thinking to myself 'Does this sequence of words even form a coherent sentence?' It's quite difficult to find your 'voice' again but it does happen eventually.

    I've never heard of Marina Keegan before but thank you for sharing, it looks like something I'd enjoy. Sarah xo

    PolkaDotLemon

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    1. You're welcome, thank you for reading!! <3 xo

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  28. I love sam smiths album and I also think the keep me jewellery is so so cute!

    Jamie-Lee|Glitter Infatuation Beauty & Lifestlye Blog!

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