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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

10 Happy Things | Edition #2

1. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing* found a publisher a decade after it was written and I think it's really important that it did.
2. Dreaming about owning a publishing house specialising in slightly obscure books. It's never going to happen, but I think it's okay to indulge in dreams every so often.
3. A day of replying to comments & catching up on my bloglovin' feed awaits - perfect!
4. Her written & directed by Spike Jonze.
5. Alpro devilishly dark chocolate desserts. If I could survive on just these I would. I think I like them even more than I like sandwiches. And I like sandwiches A LOT!

6. The Book Journal - coming soon!
7. Noting down the things that have made me happy for these posts!
8. The new series of Long Lost Family is as wonderful as ever and The Great British Bake Off is back next week! My favourite TV shows!
9. Positive thoughts banishing any semblance of negative ones instantly.
10. Results day at University & finding out that I passed, despite some incredibly tough marking. A first is now ever so slightly out of my reach, but I will be over the moon to graduate with a 2:1 next year, fingers crossed! Taking the leap back into education is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

What is making you happy so far this week? 


Now playing: Sampha - Too Much

Monday, 28 July 2014

A Few Favourites | Weekly Edition #3

It's been a bit of a quiet week only venturing out to work, smart shoe shopping for Mark's new job and for the weekly supermarket dash. Taking it easy has been very welcome in this warm weather and I've been outside in our tiny garden with a book and an ice lolly whenever I've had the chance. Just what summer is for, right?

NEOM Organics Great Day Wild Mint & Mandarin Body Scrub*
Wild mint and mandarin is now unquestionably my favourite NEOM scent & it definitely contributes to having a great day! My favourite thing about NEOM scrubs is the beautiful oil they leave on the skin although all traces of oiliness can certainly be entirely rinsed away. I've really been enjoying leaving a trace of the oil on my skin because my legs in particular have been incredibly dry and itchy. After only very recently incorporating this scrub into my weekly routine I can already see & feel a difference.

Expensive? Ohh absolutely! But they haven't been stingy with the g you get for your £ and I have a feeling a tub will last a really good amount of time. 

Good Things Blemish Control Gel Mask
I'm not convinced this does very much in terms of helping to control blemishes but it's one of those masks that I just really enjoy using. Often clay masks are too drying, sheet masks never seem to fit my face properly and sometimes I'm just not in the mood to slather my face with something that feels too heavy.

This has a light gel formulation that doesn't slip off or run into my eyes. It has almost a menthol/eucalyptus feel to it and I can confirm that it's incredibly refreshing to use when suffering from a particularly nasty cold. Perhaps not one for very sensitive skin though, I've heard a few reviews saying it stings as soon as it's applied, which doesn't sound very nice at all!
Sanctuary Spa Therapist's Secret Facial Oil*
Okay it's official, my eyes have been opened to the wonder that is facial oils. They're not all heavy, ridiculously greasy or uncomfortably sticky. Some, like this one, are formulated beautifully so as to somehow not feel too oily. Four drops before I go to sleep is enough to keep dry patches at bay whilst not aggravating or causing any unwanted blemishes.

I'm working on simplifying my skincare routine and this beautiful, beautiful oil will definitely be one of the most important components of my night time routine.
Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in Camisole
Sometimes I like to buy a lipstick if I need an instant pick-me-up sort of treat. This lipstick was the result of one of those afternoons. I like the mirror shine formula and there was something about this colour that called out to me.

Almost scary pale in the tube, it's one of those colours that gives just a hint of something to the lips without ever looking too strong. It's nothing spectacular but for something I bought on a whim that gave me some change from a five pound note, I'm pretty pleased.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Oh goodness, between this wonderful novel and the marvelous beat generation poetry of Allen Ginsberg I can already tell I've chosen the most incredible final course for my degree. Utterly captivating from the first to the last page, which was a real treat because honestly I wasn't expecting to like it very much. It's so much more than it appears to be and I do love subversive messages hidden within narratives.

Is there anything you've particularly been enjoying this week? 


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

Monday, 21 July 2014

A Few Favourites | Weekly Edition #2

I've been house & puppy sitting this week. I say puppy. He's about the same size as a small pony and probably has enough energy throughout the day to power the whole village for an entire year. It has also been incredibly humid, I almost feel like I'm sitting in a hot bath all day. I'm certainly not complaining though, the warmth feels like a much needed treat and the pup is a bundle of fun.

But needless to say, make up has been minimal even though my skin could definitely use some of that concealer I've been neglecting. It may be time to switch up my skincare a little, I'm thinking of trying a few things from The Body Shop's Aloe Vera range but I'm not sure yet. Anyway, on to my favourite things from this week...

Faith In Nature Aloe Vera Shampoo* & Faith In Nature Aloe Vera Conditioner*
I had been thinking about trying a more natural shampoo & conditioner after I counted over 30 ingredients in the ones I was using, but I'm by no means completely clued up on which are good and which to try and avoid. But I certainly wasn't convinced that using something with so many ingredients, most of which I couldn't pronounce, could be a good thing. A small twist of fate meant that an email from Organicopia was sitting in my inbox the next morning asking if I'd like to try anything from the website. I like to think of this as one of those 'meant to be' moments.

Anyway, this is going to sound borderline crazy but my head just feels so much better! The shampoo lathers really nicely and it doesn't leave my hair feeling stripped and tangled. The conditioner is also pretty nice and gives my oily, fine hair just enough moisture without weighing it down. I'm really impressed and I think I'd like to give the seaweed shampoo & conditioner a try after I've finished these.

Burt's Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion
Ohh this is so lovely. A really delicate scent, a hydrating but non-greasy formula and it makes my skin feel beyond soft. I don't think I'm totally sold on the ingredients so I'm not sure I'd purchase the full size & it's a little expensive BUT I have been really enjoying this little travel sized tube over the last few days.

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara*
This came along at the perfect time. I had just cleared out my mascara drawer and then this beauty was nestled inside my June Glossybox*. I never really buy mascaras that cost more than £6 because, well, I'm a bit cheap these days so this has been a little bit of a treat.

I love this mascara. They're a decent stopper in there so there's never too much product on the wand and the shape makes it so easy to get in and grab those pesky tiny lashes towards the inner corners of my eyes. A good squeeze of my lash curlers & two coats gives me instant fluttery lashes. It has a pretty strong scent to it which I'm not crazy about, but other than that it's pretty lovely.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 03 
Yep. Still completely head over heels for these. There's just something about them that's so nice. They're sheer but this shade mutes the colour of my lips just enough, the formula is smooth and they taste like caramel. In fact the only thing I don't like so much is the price, but I think if I were only allowed to own one lip product it would be one of these. Or a Dior gloss. So it's kind of a good job I don't have to choose because I'm a terrible, terrible decision maker.
Prufrock and Other Observations by T. S. Eliot
This little, unsuspecting book comprised of a mere 48 pages is part of my next literature module at University. Contained within those 48 pages however is sheer brilliance. I'm not very well read when it comes to poetry so I tend to go with my instincts; a collection will either instantly captivate me or it won't. And this one did. Hugely.

Is there anything that has particularly stood out to you this week? 


Now Playing: RY X - Berlin

Friday, 18 July 2014

Two Inspirational Ladies | Sharing The Love.

It has been an embarrassingly long time since I last wrote anything like this. It's embarrassing because I began to overlook the importance of sharing the love, something I never ever want to overlook again. I got caught up somewhere along the way. Caught up in myself, and I'm not sure how that happened. But I'm thankful that I've found my way back.

These two ladies feel like my soul sisters. I've never met either of them in 'real life', but they have both inspired me more than they could ever know. I'm so beyond thankful that our paths ended up crossing in this vast space that is internet land. I think they're utterly wonderful & it would mean the world to me if you nipped over and said hello to them!
Blog // Bloglovin' // Twitter

Ferren is the kind of person I hope to be like someday. I don't know her personally, but to me she comes across as a strong woman who radiates confidence and self belief. You know when you meet someone and you instantly start thinking about how interesting they are, admiring their talents? At this point I'm fairly convinced there's not very much she can't do; her photography is beautiful, her style is pretty immaculate and she's a talented musician too alongside Tom in Pandr Eyez - 'Cinematic' has been stuck in my head (in the best possible way!!) for at least two weeks now!

Even more than just having a beautifully written blog to read whenever a post pops up on my bloglovin' feed, Ferren has inspired me to believe in myself a little more and push for things that will make me happy, not just in the short term but in the long run too. And for that I will always be more than grateful.


Blog // Bloglovin' // Twitter
Laila is nothing short of absolutely wonderful. The passion she has for her creative projects is contagious, whenever I read about her latest adventures or the projects she's working on I immediately want to find more time to dedicate to the things that I'd like to achieve very soon. Tape Parade is a true reflection of her, a diary that allows her to share her thoughts, her travels and her work - it has become a constant source of inspiration for me and it makes me smile to see Laila doing so well.

Anything really is possible if you believe enough. There's always time to be found for the things that make you the happiest in life and it's all thanks to Laila that I now believe in that one million percent, wholeheartedly. Again, for that I will be more than grateful. Always.

Love always,

P.S. I would love you to leave a link to your favourite blog in the comments!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Love Me Beauty | July 2014 Edition.

July 2014 Love Me Beauty Box* (£10 + P&P
It's turning into beauty box week here on sailboat and I think Love Me Beauty* might just be my favourite box of July. As always there are three different 'menus' to choose from & I opted for menu 2. Even though I chose my box I had totally forgotten what was inside when it arrived, so everything was still a surprise - best of both worlds! 

Lashem Lash Enhancing Serum | 2ml sample - full size 3.5ml £40
I've never tried a lash enhancing serum before mostly because I'm not convinced they'll do anything and because there's no way I'd remember to use it consistently. I'm not sure what the ingredients are, I'll have to a little bit of research, but at the moment I'm not sure it's something I'll get a lot of use from. We'll see!

Ofra Pressed Eye Shadow in Bliss | £8.80
I'm not much of an eyeshadow wearer but I think I might make an exception for this shade. It's pigmented but blends out really easily to give a sheer wash of colour that looks brightening and lovely. There's also a little mirror inside, which is very sweet!
Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Hollywood | £11.60
This has pretty much the exact same scent as the Collection cream puffs. As soon as I opened it I knew I recognised the scent from somewhere! I don't know if they're the same product, but from what I remember of the Cream Puffs, they seem really similar. Hollywood is an intense pink-red shade, which I wasn't expecting because the picture on the information card looks like more of a mid-tone rose. It's incredibly beautiful though and I'm going to see if it can be sheered out a little so it's not so bright. The formula promises to feel moisturising and last for up to five hours on the lips.

So Susan Dual Brow Powder | £11.95
These shades aren't the right match for my ashy blonde brows, but I like the idea & the little angled brush is very sweet. They seem to have a nice amount of pigmentation & the darkest shade isn't as intense as it looks in the pan, so I think it could work quite nicely for brunettes. I'll be popping this in my box of things to find a new home for.

So Susan Flutter Mascara | £14.95
After opening for the first time I went to put the wand back inside, heard a little pop and ended up with mascara exploding out all over my hands. Not a good first impression but it seems to be okay now. I think I'll make a note to be a little wary when using it though. The wand is pretty small and doesn't look anything special, but I'm looking forward to trying it properly on my lashes - hopefully no mini explosions will happen again! 

The Tea Shed 4am Tea 20 Teabags | £3.50
Naturally low in caffeine, The Tea Shed say that even if I drink this at 4am I'll still be able to sleep & it will help me on my way to the land of nod. Sounds good to me! I do love a good cuppa so I'm sure these won't last very long at all! I've been having a little look around their website and they have some really cute tea pots and lots of different teas to choose from. I feel an order coming on...!

Extra Product: Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion | £15.95
I was pleasantly surprised to find an extra product in my box, especially because it's from Weleda! I've had a bottle of this before and I remember loving it, so I'm excited to have another one. My skin is so incredibly dry and itchy at the moment, I don't know if it's an allergy to something, because it's hot, or something else but I'm working through a list of things it could be to try and figure it out. I'm only using a select few things that I know I'm okay with so this will certainly get a lot of love from me over the next few weeks.

What do you think of this month's Love Me Beauty box?