Long time, no blog is a bit of an understatement at this point; it has been a combination of not having any ideas on what to blog about and lack of time. I am back home for the summer and working pretty much most days as a waitress to try and rake in the money as I am learning to drive at the moment and IT IS NOT CHEAP!
Excuses aside, I thought it would be a good idea to kick off my ‘blogpost drought’ with a favourites post about what I have been loving in the month of June.
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Until now I had never really gotten into the whole podcast hype because I didn’t see the point of it; listening to people talk about a random topic for a solid hour…no thanks!
However, since being home I have been trying to walk everywhere as a means to be more active and to save money on bus fairs, etc. I used to listen to music and I still do, but listening to a podcast is so much more entertaining as there are so many out there for different interests, I love them.
My favourite at the moment is the podcasts by ‘Bon Appétit’ as I am really into food writing and so listening to people go on about food for an hour, is definitely something up my street, to say the least.
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2. The ultimate mask
I have never been one of those girls who has a set skincare ‘routine’. I have products which I love and stick to, but somedays I don’t use moisturiser and other days I do. So the idea of adding a face mask into the mix seemed like effort and just a waste of time.
However this mask by Lush – ‘Mask of Magmaminty’ is an absolute game changer as the weather is warmer and the desire for clear and fresh summer skin is for sure a thing on my wish list. It is great at tackling blemishes and the evening primrose seeds act as a gentle exfoliant.
10/10 would recommend, I have even started doing a hair ‘treatment’ where I leave my everyday conditioner on for 10 minutes while I let the mask do its magic…
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Being a student, it can be so easy to fall into the unhealthy routine of not exercising; trying to study, socialise and look after yourself, exercise can begin to take a back seat. Because my home is in the countryside I have woods which I can go out running in, which I am so grateful because it means I can just switch off for 20 minutes or so a day. I usually listen to my podcasts when I run, if not it is usually some chart music.
4. Book of the month
Recommended by a close friend, ‘Rosie’s Sweetshop of Dreams’ by Jenny Colgan has been the perfect read for this month, it is easy to read and with a light-hearted narrative. In the summer all one really wants is to get lost in a book for a day or two; either a hearty classic by the likes of Austen or Gaskell or an easy read like this one – with no spoilers, I would recommend and shall be looking out for more to read by Colgan.
5. Gin + Jazz festival
Whether it is camping out to see those ‘top notch’ artist’s headlining Glastonbury or in my case (because I am not a camping-kind-of-girl) some jazz music setting the buzz from a cheeky tipple of gin – there is something for everyone.
The festival which I went to the other week was incredible, I have never seen so many different types of gin in one place! Not being the most familiar with gin ‘species’ other than your bog standard Gordan’s it was amazing to see the different variations.
The best being gin infused jam mixed with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of tonic – even the gin haters could not resist.
6. Fine jewelry
As a fan of the minimalism, I try and apply it to my everyday life as much as I can. I have condensed my makeup down to only the products I really use, I am in the process of doing the same to my wardrobe, my jewelry is no exception. I recently found this fine gold chain in my collection, which I cannot remember when I got it from, and I love it because it is so simple and goes with everything. I love hoop earrings, so these fine ones from Primark are perfect, they come in a pack of about five different sizes and with silver ones also.
I love rings, they are by far my favourite item of jewelry, so this simple gold band with a little sparkle is a great addition to my ring collection, I hope to one day be able to afford the real deal…
Sometimes (always), less is more, especially with the likes of jewelry.
7. An Avon winner
To finish this favourites post, it is a bit of a random one, this Avon body wash with soothing oatmeal has shocked me at how good it is. Also at the fact, I am not allergic to it!
It lathers well (always a win) and smells really delicate. Super affordable. 10/10 would recommend.