31 August 2016

August Favourites

YA feminism, cynical fashion, silky soft hair... what's not to love?

Even though those three things have nothing in common what so ever, I've rounded up a few bits and bobs to talk about today which I call my August favourites.

How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne
Let's start off with a book that combines two of my favourite things. Young adult literature and feminism.. it's a dream come true and that's all thanks to the wonderful Holly Bourne. I feel like there has been and there will be a lot of professed love for this author on this blog. How Hard Can Love Be? combines the magicalness of a good guilty pleasure romance and just a bit (quite a good amount, actually) of feminism that is easy to grasp and would be great for anyone young first learning about it. This story follows Amber as she treks off (takes a plane ride) to America for the summer and works at a summer camp while visiting her Mum. There's a lot of important stuff in here about family and alcoholism, as well as finding love (if it isn't too hard to tell from the title). All in all I recommend you read this book which is #2 of Holly Bourne's Spinster Club series.

Denim + Stay Home Club Pin
Whether it's been this ripped oversized jacket or my mom jeans, I can't get enough of denim right now. Add enamel pins and patches into the mix and you've got all sorts of good stuff going on. My current fave is this 'Relatively Stable' pin which describes me to a T. I need to make a note to buy more pins (there's already one on it's way to me in the mail) and patches to adorn all my denim items. I am loving the embroidered denim trend too, anyone with me here? Stay Home Club have a lovely selection of pins + patches so check them out if you're looking for some. I promise I'm not sponsored by them..

L'Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit*
Lately I've been pretty lazy with my make-up, because let's face it, sometimes I really don't want to put on a full face of make-up at 7 am. I've been back to using this brow kit which I've had in my stash for a while. I've gone back to this on those early mornings purely because it's quicker than my faithful Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I essentially just like to use the powder and quickly fill in the more sparse parts of my brows with the little brush it comes with. I'm not too fussed, and this works perfect at darkening things so I don't have to go all bare-browed on my days in the office..

OGX Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner
Ever since I tried this heavenly conditioner I've been meaning to repurchase because it's most definitely my favourite hair product. I find that this perfectly smoothes and hydrates my hair, leaving it all soft and manageable. I'd highly recommend you try this if you're not happy with your current hair care routine. It also doesn't hurt that this smells so delicious.

And just like that it's already September!


*PR Sample

29 August 2016

Mid Semester Break Goals

Things I want to do now my Uni break has finally come around...

Read my magazines
For the most part of the year I haven't made time to read the two magazines I buy frequently... Frankie and Yen. I'm talking three or four issues of each magazine that I haven't got round to reading. When I finish the ones I already have, I need to make some sort of vow to keep up with reading issue by issue. I always seem to make time to read a book, but for some reason these have just been taking up space in my bookshelf unread.

Read four books
...or more? I've actually been quite good and haven't acquired too many new books recently but I want to finish off a few that I've been meaning to for a little while. First we have It's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi McFarlane which my sister has already stolen and it got two big thumbs up from her. I love McFarlane's writing so I expect this will be a real treat to delve in to.

The Memory Book by Lara Avery is something I requested from Hachette a little while ago and haven't got round to reading yet. I've barely started this one but I have seen a bit of buzz about this in the YA book community. As far as I know, The Memory Book follows the life of Samantha and the experiences she doesn't want to forget, as she starts loosing her memory.

A book I've started on already is So Sad Today by Melissa Broder. Not gonna lie - I mainly bought it for the amazing cover, but it actually does sound intriguing and Kate from Lillytales raved about this so it's not all about the aesthetics. I'm increasingly loving memoirs and non fiction as hearing from different people's perspectives is really interesting - this deals with some hefty topics from my understanding.

The last book is a short one and I picked this up on a whim a few months ago. It's The Baby by Lisa Drakeford and it's about teenage pregnancy. It follows a group of friends and includes multiple perspectives - I really love the cover of this and it's a super short read.

Sort out my room
For a while I've been needing to get a new desk and sort some bits and bobs out in my bedroom. Recently I bought a new desk so now that's one thing ticked off the list, I need to clean out my wardrobe and sort out old school books and things.. where does everyone put all that stuff they don't need anymore? I don't know what I should or shouldn't throw out. For extra stuff for my room, another trip to Kmart isn't such a bad idea.

I know other people reading may not have a uni break now, but do you have any goals you want to achieve soon?


23 August 2016

What I've Been Watching

Prepare for some serious screen recommendations...

Stranger Things
No doubt you would have heard about this recently on Twitter or all over the web, but this show has been taking over. I'm so glad I decided to watch it because it's now probably made it onto my favourite TV show list. It's set in the 80s (cue an amazing soundtrack and aesthetic fashion), the acting is so good, and everything was really complex and aesthetically pleasing to watch. I loved how complex the characters were and how everything ties together, yet there is so much more that could be explored in future seasons (if that's a thing that's going to happen - I really hope so). Definitely give this one a watch - it's kind of scary at times but not really.

The Fundamentals of Caring
When I spied this movie on Netflix and saw that Craig Roberts was staring in it, I knew I was definitely going to watch it. I've heard a bit of buzz about this but not much, and I thought it was a really cool movie. A writer (Paul Rudd) basically starts caring for a disabled teen and they embark on a bit of a road trip. It was quite funny, plus I generally just enjoy anything Craig Roberts/Trevor says. It has a bit of an odd appearance from Selena Gomez but the overt Britishness of Craig definitely made the movie.

She's Beautiful When She's Angry
I always enjoy a good documentary and while browsing on Netflix I came across this one, which I'd heard nothing about before. She's Beautiful When She's Angry is about the events that happened around the feminist movement from 1966 to 1971 and surrounds the people who were involved in it. I found it super interesting to actually watch a documentary about some of the history of feminism. By the time I'd finished I felt really empowered, and it certainly made me think about the types of issues that come with feminism such as representing different sexualities and race. If you are interested in learning more about the history of feminism I would highly recommend this one, and it's always inspirational hearing from some key feminist leaders.

Freaks and Geeks
I was utterly obsessed with this a good few weeks back and this has definitely made it high on the list of my favourite all time TV shows. You may have heard a thing or two about this or watched it yourself - it's famous for having only one season but that's ludicrous because it's amazing. Set in the 80s but made around 1999, this show has stars like James Franco, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini and more. It mostly follows Lindsay Weir (who is my ultimate fashion inspiration tbh) and she starts hanging out with the 'freaks', where she rebels against getting good grades and her mathlete friends. I love watching anything set in the 80s... if you haven't got round to watching this I'd highly recommend as it's pretty much perfection.

Have you watched any of these?


18 August 2016

How I'm Styling Mom Jeans

Three ways to wear Mom jeans

Hi everyone, I've had a bit of a blog hiatus recently because I was stuck in a creative rut and I've been busy with Uni. However, after about three hours of self-timer photos with no remote to focus my camera (#glamorous), I have somewhat of a result. Here are three outfits I've put together after snatching up some dream mom jeans from op shopping the other day. I feel like these babies have changed my life, however unflattering they may be I just don't care because I can totally feel like Barb from Stranger Things in them..

The Pink Jumper - Boohoo
I happen to love the whole 70s/80s fashion comeback and combining these jeans with a baby pink jumper just gives me some Grease Pink Ladies vibe for some reason. You can pretty much just chuck any colour jumper on with these jeans and I think making a statement with a bold colour can look really nice too.

The Red Cardigan - Op Shop
Understandably my new Stay Home Club threads have been getting some serious wear lately, but looking past that this red cardigan is something I picked up from an op shop recently. For some reason I specifically wanted a red cardigan - I have become obsessed with the colour red recently. I think a good oversized cardigan looks so good with these type of jeans and you can't go past a good slogan tee (this one is from Stay Home Club FYI).

 The Bomber - Salasai
I've been itching to wear this bomber jacket more and luckily the weather is starting to get a bit warmer. Bombers are such a 90s thing which kind of goes along with the throwback fashion I have going on here. I have paired my bomber with another tee from Stay Home Club and this would look great worn on its own in the summer too.

Which one is your favourite look? Have you tried out the mom jean look?



8 August 2016

Read in July

Looking back on July, I managed to read quite a few books which I'm rather pleased about.

There are a few books here which I absolutely loved and would recommend you put on your TBR pile right away. So do read on to see what I thought about these six books..

Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon - 4.5 Stars
I actually finished this in August, not July, however I couldn't wait to put up a review of this. Emma Gannon has her own blog, podcast (which features guests from Zoella to Louise O'Neill) and she is an all round fab person. I've seen people all over the internet raving about this and I'm joining them today. I loved reading about Emma's teen life from when she first discovered the internet, to when she was online dating. This book essentially follows her life as she grows up online, and I found the chapters about internships, her social media jobs and blogging particularly interesting to hear about. I loved the feminism she incorporated into this and the way she wrote about blogging made my heart soar with pride that I too have an online space to share my thoughts and feelings. Emma Gannon's book is super accessible and unputdownable.

The Girls by Emma Cline* - 3 Stars
The premise of this book was extremely intriguing and there was plenty of hype leading up to this book's release - I was so pleased when I was sent a copy from Penguin Random House. This is essentially loosely based on the Manson murders and follows the main character Evie's fascination with 'The Girls' - dressed in dirty flowing dresses with a slightly dark, ethereal feel to them. The Girls consists mostly of a steady stream of Evie's thoughts about the cult which she has walked herself into and the way she and everyone there seems to be enthralled by the ring leader Russell. In this case I don't think the hype lived up to what I read. The writing was beautiful in parts, very poetic and wordy which was different to what I'm used to reading. I did read this really quite fast - the book was very consuming and sickening interesting in a way. Don't get me wrong, it was quite fascinating, but was not my favourite book.

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes* - 3.5 Stars
When starting The Fall of Butterflies, you are wound up into the world of Willa, who is quite a witty and funny character, verging on very cynical. If you know me this is one of my favourite character tropes so I was already off to a good start with this. I mostly enjoyed the dialogue in this book, the banter and humour. The writing style was a bit different and was from more of an unusual perspective which I hadn't seen so much of before. I enjoyed the commentary about the rich and poorer and accepting yourself for who you are. As books go, I found this to be good in parts but as a whole it probably isn't one that will stay with me or impacted me that much. Thank you to Harper Collins for providing me with a copy to review.

Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema* - 5 Stars
If you're an avid reader of my blog you'll know this was my favourite book of the month. I am so glad I got a chance to review Girl Out of Water after Walker Books sent it to me because it was a delight to read, and I wish I could loose my memories of it and read it again. It has an Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging vibe to it and is literally the perfect laugh-out-loud British teen comedy to complete in one sitting. There are those books that come around every now and then that you don't want to stop reading. The premise of this book is quite funny in itself, but you could find me laughing out loud many times with this - the protagonist Lou teaches three boys how to swim so they can compete in a talent show doing synchronised swimming.

On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher* - 3 Stars
The prospect of YouTuber Carrie Hope Fletcher bringing out a fiction book was an exciting one. I also loved the cover when I saw it and was extremely pleased to see the postman bring it to my door. On The Other Side includes magical realism and switching between the past and the present, following protagonist 82 year old Evie as she has to clear her conscience to step through to her heaven. While it was evident Carrie is actually a decent writer, has some wonderful ideas and was a pro at metaphors, I didn't find myself as enthralled in the story as I wanted to. There were some weaknesses with this book, such as the confusing time period and the writing being overly fluffy for me at times. I did however like the representation seen in this book and the little bits and pieces Carrie dreamed up to make this world of hers. Thank you to Hachette for providing me with a copy.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman - 5 Stars
I fell in love with Alice Oseman's writing when I read Radio Silence which is probably one of my favourite books this year, and it looks like Solitaire is going to make the cut too. Tori is an extremely cynical, sarcastic and pessimistic person who stumbles upon a society of sorts called 'Solitaire'. Basically all she does is blog in her room, and when she meets Michael Holden and a boy from her childhood, things start to get a bit weird. 'This is not a love story' proclaims the front cover, but it is a darn good book in my opinion. I think because I was already in love with her other book, I had to give this 5 Stars. I think Alice writes so well about teenagers and fan culture - please if you are looking to read one YA author I insist it's got to be her.

Which books are you most interested in?


*Review Copy

4 August 2016

Stay Home Club Haul

Clothing that fits my sarcastic state of mind.

A few weeks ago I was feeling particularly spendy and decided to make an order at Stay Home Club, a very cool shop if you've never checked it out before. I've been lusting over this shop for absolutely ages and one night all of a sudden I was adding everything to my basket in order to get free shipping. No regrets though because I'm in love with everything I got. Have a lustful scroll through as I think the clothing speak for itself...

I feel like I have a little selection of clothing that just represents 'me' now - you know?


1 August 2016

July Favourites

This month's favourites is a mixed bunch - from the perfect matte lip product to synchronised swimming.

After some more testing I have come to the conclusion that I love the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams and I definitely want more (the good nude colours are usually always sold out where I look though!). I love matte formulas with lipsticks and while this one is drying after a while, I love the way it looks. With a thin coat it doesn't feel overly drying unless you've been wearing it for hours. The smell of these are so nice as well.

If you're a fan of Wes Anderson or The Grand Budapest Hotel you will probably like this phone case. I kind of love buying phone cases that include reference to my favourite pop culture things and this one is no exception. This case is from Red Bubble, a site where you can choose from many different designs for different products. Side note: I recently smashed my phone screen (never thought I would be that person) and that is soo not fun.

Without a doubt, British teen comedy Girl Out of Water is my favourite book of the month. I absolutely couldn't put this one down. Despite the slightly childish looking cover (I'd say don't judge it on this aspect) this book was funny, clever and entertaining. Lou, the protagonist, basically starts teaching three boys how to do synchronised swimming so they can perform a routine at a talent show. This had a bit of an Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging vibe to it and there was never a dull moment. I genuinely laughed out loud a number of times and I don't really do that often with books!

From books straight back over to beauty, and a clear skincare favourite has been this cleansing gel. I featured it in my skincare routine post a few weeks ago and I think it's going to be sticking around for a while. I'm glad I spent the money on it because it cleanses my skin really well unlike some other cleansers I've tried and leaves my skin hydrated at the same time. I just had to feature this in a favourites post because it hadn't made an appearance yet.


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