August 2014 Favourites! <3

August 2014 Favourites

August has been so thoroughly exhausting. It’s been fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but I kind of want to lie horizontally for hours on end at the end of each day. This is clearly the effect of working full-time for the first time ever, in Summer. Work is absolutely fantastic, but the adjustment still needs… adjusting.

On to some favourites of the month!

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – This book had sooooo much hype around it, and I had to know what it was all about. The story is beautifully written, and I’m really glad to have read it. It’s the sort of book that’s quite one-of-a-kind, and I’ve been thinking back on it for days since finishing it. However, it wasn’t AS AMAZING as some people made it out to be.
  • Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm in Cherry Me – This lip balm has been lovely this month. It gives me a great amount of colour and hydration, and doesn’t need to be applied meticulously in front of a mirror (I usually slap it on while riding in the mirror-less car-park lift before getting to work).
  • Haagen Dazs Pralines & Cream ice-cream – AKA deliciousness in a little pot. I’m not even a huge ice-cream lover, but the massive chunks of cake-like goodness in Haagen Dazs ice-cream is too heavenly to pass up on.
  • #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – I’m only halfway through this book, but I’m absolutely loving it. The best thing about it is that my life has been so totally different to Ms Amoruso’s, and I love being exposed to different experiences. And wow, is she successful. #respect
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I finished this early in August, and found it to be such a melancholic book. I really enjoyed it, but don’t think I’m excited enough to read the next book. Some parts were a little slow, and I found myself wanting to skim through the paragraphs. Some of the “peculiar” parts were a little too much for me too, so this was mainly just not my type of book. Still a great read though, and the story was beautifully crafted.

Some other favourites:

Hope everyone had a splendid August, even though it’s been unbearably hot. Here’s to a cooler (and calmer) September!

Things I Love Thursday

  • I made my friend Anna a wonderful carrot cake this week – it was a truly massive success, and I’m already looking forward to make it again some time in the near future (+ I made it to be gluten, wheat and cow’s milk free!)
  • #GirlBoss – it’s such a cool book so far
  • A fun brunch
  • My friend Annie, who let’s me nibble (i.e. eat about half of) her kebab wrap at midnight on Saturday nights
  • NAPS.
  • Going on a little quest and succeeding
  • Sprouts
  • Seeing a few of my beautiful English relatives

Medley of Miscellany

Pasta is the best comfort food. And I often feel the need for a lot of comforting.

“My brain has too many tabs open”

Oh my: special wrapping paper which is hugely exciting.

What’s left when depression clears.

The balance between coffee/whiskey in life.

This background noise generator was INSTRUMENTAL during my thesis-writing process (and while proofreading).

Hope you’re having a lovely week.