August Favourites

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It's that time of the month again. Here are my favourites for August.

Bits for my room
Now that Mum has finished decorating her room, mine is next. I’ve gradually been gathering little bits together for when it’s ready and the other day I found this lovely Inky Butterflies Duvet Set in Asda. One of my walls will be the same sort of pink as the butterflies and I’m having pink curtains with white polka dots too, so this set will go brilliantly. I can’t wait to use it!
This gorgeous memo board is another item for my soon-to-be-decorated room. It will be going on my pink wall so I chose a fabric that was close to the grey walls to bring it all together. I am planning to use it for photos and reminders and the hooks at the bottom will be useful for bits and pieces that I've collected to go on my happy wall. Tori, who runs Belle & Evie, is incredibly creative and so helpful making sure that your order is exactly as you want it before proceeding. I would definitely use her again, maybe for some matching letters.
My Dad and Caroline bought themselves one of these awesome cookie jars and knowing my love for owls got me one too as a surprise. It came with two bags of cookies in it and as I’m currently winning at Slimming World, I gave one bag to my friend and have saved the other for emergencies or Christmas. I’m not likely to use him for treats so I thinking about putting cotton wool balls and cleansing pads in there. Not sure yet.
I've read an unbelievable amount of books this month (for me anyway). I rarely manage to reach the end of one. Here's a quick summary of the ones that I've finished so far.
I got On the Other Side the day before my birthday at Carrie Hope Fletcher’s book signing event, but I didn’t have the chance to read it straight away. Being on holiday meant I could sprawl on the sun lounger and read it in a couple of sittings. It’s about an elderly lady called Evie who arrives at the door of her own personal heaven in her 27-year-old body having passed away peacefully in her sleep. However she cannot enter as her soul is too heavy, burdened by three secrets that she kept when she was alive. The story follows her as she figures how to reveal these secrets to her loved ones therefore enabling her to get to heaven.
Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body is the first book that will be discussed in The Guilty Feminist Book Club. I think Sara Pascoe is an amazing comedian so I was happy to give this a go (some of the books in the coming months don’t look like my sort of thing at all). I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was so interesting. There is a lot of history and science in it which isn’t usually my cup of WKD, but the way she writes made it seem like I was listening to her at a show or on TV and her obvious interest in the topic helped keep my attention. I really would recommend this book to everyone and not just women.
The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern was this month’s choice for the book club that I started with a couple of my friends and our mums. I think it is the only book that I haven't finished in time for the discussion where I wanted to finish it carry on afterwards to find out what happens. This is the story about Sabrina and her father Fergus. While Fergus is in specialist care following a stroke that left him with memory troubles, some of his belongings are sent to Sabrina including his extensive marble collection, of which she knew nothing about. As Sabrina journeys to find out the truth about her father's past, she uncovers some truths about herself too.

BusyB Goodies
This is a little early admittedly, but our calendar and my diary for next year arrived at the weekend. Mum and I love the BusyB Couples Calendar and we use them every year. Each month has four columns. One for each of us, one for things we do together and one for birthdays. There is also a pocket for each month where you can put appointment reminders, birthday/anniversary cards, and concert/theatre tickets. The calendar comes with a sheet of stickers to use and a pack of refills is also available.
My diary for next year is the Busy Life Diary in Stripe. I've never used a BusyB diary before, but someone recommended it and I'm so glad they did. In the front there is the usual Personal Details and Useful Numbers section, followed by a year to view for both 2017 and 2018. After that there are month to view calendars for the whole year, which I may use to plan my blogs; I haven't decided if they are large enough for that purpose yet. At the start of January, April, July and October, there are double pages that have space for notes as well as a pocket, which will be so useful for work as we split the year into quarters. The main diary has a week over two pages so I can use one side for personal and the other for work. I think I've finally found my dream diary.
iPhone 6 Plus
This was technically a July favourite, but I forgot to add it so it’s going on here now because I can’t leave it out. I’ve been debating going back to an iPhone for a while now even though I swore I’d never have one again. When the battery on my Sony Xperia started to fail I decided to upgrade early and I got the iPhone 6 Plus in Rose Gold (pink!). I got used to using an iPhone again in no time at all and I went for the largest amount of storage so I’m hoping it won’t fill up too quickly. Probably my favourite thing about it is that I can now listen to all my music in the car now as my Sony never worked with the radio. Cue singing the Pitch Perfect soundtrack on the way to and from work every day.

I’ve really got into listening to podcasts recently so I thought I’d share my faves so far with you.

During each episode of The Guilty Feminist Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White discuss, with a special guest, feminist issues while "confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie these principles". As well as the frank, serious and hilarious discussions that take place, Sofie and Deborah also complete a challenge relating to the topic for that episode.

Global Pillage is a comedy panel show about the diversity of human experience where two teams of comedians take on the audience to answer questions about idiom, culture, customs and norms. it is hosted by Deborah Frances-White and was created as a result of The Guilty Feminist Diversity Challenge.

If you’ve watch an episode on Dave, you’ll know how funny Alan Davies As Yet Untitled is. I’ve only listened to a couple as I’ve been bingeing on the two above, but this podcast contains a small segment from the TV edition followed by oh so wonderful excerpts that didn’t make the final cut.

Younique August Kudos
You know how much I love my make-up. Every month Younique have a special offer for their customers. August was the Defend Innocence Bundle full of special edition shades and an exclusive Defend Innocence bracelet. Included was a Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick in Sitting Pretty, a Moodstruck Precision Pencil in Purposeful and a Splurge Cream Eyeshadow in Hopeful (this last one may be the reason that I bought the set as Carrie Hope Fletcher's followers are called Hopefuls).
For those who don't know, Defend Innocence is a Younique Foundation campaign which aims to "educate parents and empower them to protect their children from sexual abuse while leading a public dialogue to bring the epidemic of abuse to light."

#365daysofselfcare Sticky Notes
Recently The Blurt Foundation is an organisation which works towards increasing awareness and understanding of depression It recently started the #365daysofselfcare project to encourage everyone to do something for themselves every day, no matter how small. These sticky notes are available on the website, but of course you could just take a photo and pop it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag. I try and decide what I’m going to do in the morning, but don’t always remember. On those days I sit and think about what I’ve done that could be considered self-care and write about that. Either way it’s making you aware about treating yourself more kindly which is a good thing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month's favourites and if you read any of the books or listen to the podcasts that I've mentioned, please let me know what you think in the comments below. I’d love to hear your recommendations too.

Oh, and just before I go, I suggested that my friend Katy did my Quick-Fire Questions post as a vlog. She agreed on the proviso that I was in it so you can see my first YouTube appearance (not including Giovanna Fletcher's book signing videos where I can be seen lurking) here.

Rest, Relaxation and Reminiscing

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Could it be true? Am I actually writing about my holiday within a week of returning? You bet I am! Here’s my round up of holiday número dos for 2016.

On the Friday afternoon Mum and I drive to Gatwick and had a quick drink (my first Koppaberg in MONTHS – I may be exaggerating a little; it may only be a month and a half) before getting on our flight to Murcia San Javier. We didn’t land until gone 9pm so we were quite tired, but Dad and Caroline told us that there was a Rock ‘n’ Roll band playing up in the main square so we decided to go along. We dropped our luggage off at the villa, quickly got changed and walked into town. Peter, Shelia, John and Denise (and a few others I didn’t know) were already up there when we arrived so we joined them for a drink and some chips. Mmmm, chips… When the band were playing you could hardly hear yourself think, let alone have a chat, but they were really good. They didn’t properly get going until late (it is Spain after all) and I think we gave up around midnight which is an astounding feat for me.
In the run up to the holiday my dad and Caroline asked what I would like to do while I was out there. My response was an emphatic, “Nothing!” I had spent the two weeks prior to going away helping my manager to set up a big contract at work. Although it made the fortnight pass in the blink of an eye, it also left me exhausted and so I was glad for the opportunity to sit by the pool and read a few books while drinking WKD Blue and eating Brie and bread (there are no syns on holiday!). And they were happy to oblige.

The first full day was not as lazy as I had planned, but it was so much fun! We walked into town to have breakfast at El Artesano and then popped to the supermarket to get a few bits for lunch. At 11am the horde arrived en masse for a pool party. When I say the horde I mean Simon, Abi, Ben, Scarlett, Peter and Shelia. Of course Ben and Scarlett wanted to get straight into the pool and since no-one else wanted to at that moment, it was down to Auntie Tracy to jump in (not literally) and keep them entertained. That was easy enough as they decided attacking me with the water shooters was the most fun ever. I got my revenge though.
After a while Peter came in too and the kids decided we should get into teams. I say get into teams, but they both wanted to be on mine so poor Peter got the rough end of the deal as all three of us proceeded to attack him with brute force. After a while Scarlett started swimming down the other end of the pool telling Peter that she wanted to be on his team. Traitor! However when she got down the other end, she grabbed another shooter and started swimming back shouting, “I pretended so I could get the gun.” I can assure you she did not learn how to be that devious from me, but I have to say I was proud of my little double agent.
Eventually nearly everyone ended up in the pool and it was absolute carnage. Normally I don’t tend to join in that much as I’m not a very good swimmer and as a result and not overly keen on being in the water, but I am so glad I did because I had the best time and felt truly happy for a change. I’m not saying I’m not usually happy, but it was one of those moments when you think, “Yeah, this is what happiness feels like.”
We had a break for lunch during which we ate lots of bread, cheese, crisps and cold meats and after a rest went back in to start it all again. I don’t know what time everyone headed off, but we certainly deserved our siesta when the time came. Well, I would have had a siesta, but I was still reading On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher and I’d got to the point where I was gripped and couldn’t put it down so no nap for me. In the evening Caroline cooked the most amazing paella and we curled up on the sofa to watch a film. It was a fantastic start to the holiday and I certainly slept well that night.
The following morning we all got up early (sorry Dad) and jumped in the car to go to the Benijófar Sunday market. It’s quite far away from Sucina, but it’s huge and there is such a wide variety of stalls. We found somewhere to have breakfast and then went for a wander. I found a lovely corally pink dress perfect to wear around the pool and a pair of lightweight baggy trousers ideal for the hot weather. I suggested getting a cooked chicken to have for dinner that evening so Dad and Caroline went to buy that while Mum and I stopped at a stall as I saw a lady doing tarot readings and I hadn’t had one for ages (I don’t count the ones I do for myself as I not that confident at it). It was really interesting and I could see Mum nodding or grinning out of the corner of my eye if the lady said something she agreed with (so I should aim to be tidier - what’s new?!). I wish I had thought to record it as I’ve forgotten a lot of what she said, but it was all very positive and matched what I’ve been working on for myself anyway.

The rest of the week was even more relaxed. On Monday morning we strolled up to town and had some breakfast at Em’s Bistro before returning to the villa to chill by the pool and read (I was on my second book by now). In the evening we went out to dinner for belated birthday celebrations at a German restaurant called Lilly’s. I had pizza because I hadn’t had one for ages, but part of me really wishes I’d had the schnitzel as they looked so yummy when they arrived, especially the house potatoes. I loved my chocolate dessert though.
Wednesday was our last day and so we had a family day at the beach. We set off early to beat the crowds and after picking out what sun loungers we wanted, we headed up to the bar to have some breakfast. After breakfast I settled on my lounger and got stuck into my book, but the kids kept asking when I was going to go in the sea with them. I honestly can’t remember the last time I went in the sea. I dipped my feet in when I went to Thailand, but I didn’t properly go it. I went in to keep them happy and ended up really enjoying it.
Once we got back from the beach, we showered, finished packing and chilled out until it was time to go out to dinner. We went back to Em’s Bistro as it’s one of my favourites, but the grown-ups (I realise I’m a grown-up too, but I seriously don’t feel like it most of the time) didn’t mind because it was fish and chips night. After dinner, which included a filling dessert, we headed off to the airport where we discovered that our flight was delayed by over an hour. We decided that there was no point in going back to the villa so Mum and I checked in and then sat and read our books.
My holiday may have been over, but I had another wonderful day to add to the memory bank on Sunday as my friends and I returned to the University of Surrey to have a picnic and see what’s changed in the ten years since we graduated. I am extremely lucky to have such an amazing group of friends. I don’t know how many people stay in touch with people they met at uni, but our (not so little) posse seems to be stronger than ever.

It helps that I went to school with Katie, Louise, Nicola and Joyce so we already had well established friendships, but I consider the likes of Mike, Becky, Emma, Ruth and Will to be very good friends too. Then there are the partners that we’ve all welcomed into the fold – Patrice, Ryan, Nicky P, JG and Claire. It’s like they’ve been there since day one and it would feel so weird without them. In fact there are times when we all sit there reminiscing and realise that half the group don’t have a clue what we are talking about as they weren’t a part of our crazy little family back then.
I want to just take a moment to also mention two friends for life who I met on my course, but weren’t part of this reunion (the reprobates mentioned above were mainly Business Management students and two Maths students, one Computing student and one Language student got dragged along for the ride). I truly believe that Jo and Emmi will always be a part of my life. We’ve been through too much together and I love them to bits. *Wipes tears, blows nose and continues in a composed manner*

Anyway, back to Sunday. We had our picnic in the same spot by the lake where we had our graduation picnic in June 2006. Everyone brought a packed lunch with them (I told myself syns don’t count on picnics either, but apparently they do) and Ruth did a mountain of baking worthy of the Great British Bake off. After we were all full of goodies, we went for a stroll around campus to see what has changed. Mike and I used to live opposite each other so we went off to find numbers 6 and 11 Stag Hill Court before running around to number 19 where Katie, Louise, Nicola and Joyce used to live. I was always so jealous that Mike, Graham, Louise and Nicola had the rooms with the fire escapes as we used to climb the ladders and knock to get in. I didn’t have a fire escape in my room so if some called for me I actually had to go and answer the front door. I know I sound lazy. I don’t care.
It was so strange to be back there after so long, but being there felt so right to me. I still remembered where to go even though so much different to how it was. Every place where we used to eat or drink has changed in some way or another. The laundrette is no more. In its place is an extension to the library and a supermarket. A SUPERMARKET! Could’ve done with that when we were there. One Stop was tiny and Tesco was a fair old trek. I was most annoyed that you can now buy hair dye on campus. The strangest thing for me though was that the building where I had the majority of my lectures is now dedicated to Hospitality and Tourism. I wonder if you can still study languages at Surrey. We didn’t go to One Stop or the Bookshop, but I don’t know if I could’ve handled anymore changes.

So that is a rather lengthy summary of my holiday and day in Guildford. If you’re still reading this then thank you. Thanks to Simon and Nicola for the extra photos from Spain and uni. I always get caught up in the moment and forget to take them. What would I do without you?

As always if there is anything you would like me to write about on this blog, please let me know in the comments.

Packing for my Holibobs

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In two days I will be going on holiday for the second time this year (whoop whoop!) so I thought I would write a blog about what I pack in my suitcase. Whenever possible I only take hand luggage because I am stubborn and refuse to pay for hold baggage. That means I have to travel light as I can’t even take a handbag on with me. This is a skill I am proud to say I have been able to master mainly thanks to various guiding trips I’ve been on over the years.

The first item on my list is my Cath Kidston Travel Document Holder in Mini Dot Vintage Pink because I can’t really get very far without its contents. In here I keep my passport (no matching passport holder because despite the fact that it’s pink, you have to take it out when you get to security and I just can’t be bothered with the faffing), my boarding passes, my European Health Insurance Card and my travel money. Everything in one place and easy to find in my bag because it’s nice and bright.
My suitcase was a cheap and cheerful purchase from BHS (you will be missed), but it’s the correct size for the current hand luggage allowance. It gets used for weekends away and guiding trainings as much as it does for holidays and is still in excellent condition so why pay more when you don’t have to? Mum and I have the same suitcase and they can be easily distinguished by her little teddy bear and my spotty luggage tag (you guessed it, Cath Kidston in Vintage Pink).
I got these packing cubes when I went on an overseas guiding trip for three weeks and needed to keep everything super organised so I could find what I needed quickly. I also got a third one in the set, but it's almost as big as my case so I'm not using it on this trip. When I use these I always roll my clothes so I can fit in as much as possible. Back in May when I went on holiday I took hardly any clothes and still didn’t wear half of it. So this time I am taking my swimsuit, a maxi dress, two long skirts, a pair of shorts, a pair of leggings, two vest tops and a couple of loose tops. I will be wearing my walking sandals on the plane and packing my trusty Birkenstocks. That’s enough, right?
My toiletries bag is huge, but I love the handles because I can hang it up in the bathroom once I reach my destination and the fact it’s clear means I can grab what I need really quickly. As we are staying at our family villa, I don’t need to take anything like shower gel, shampoo, conditioner or toothpaste as there’s plenty down there. However there are some items that I still need to take or just prefer to have my own version of. This bag was the biggest in a set of three from Asda. I don’t use the other two much, but if I do then it tends to be the medium sized one to take the bare essentials when I go camping.
My make-up lives in my toiletries bag when I go on holiday, but I wanted to cover it as a separate item. Some would say I have too much make-up and it is probably the thing I struggle with the most when it comes to deciding what to leave behind. However I know that due to the heat I am not likely to wear it every day and even if I do I will want it to look really natural so I have narrowed it down to these five essentials.
1. Younique Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation in Organza
3. Younique Beachfront Bronzer in Sunset
4. Bourjois Elastic Mascara in 41 Black Unlimited (they don't do it anymore and I may cry when it runs out)
5. B. Smokey Soft Blendable Kohl Eyeliner in Black 100 (I know this goes against the natural look, but I love eyeliner so it’s coming with me!)
5. Moodstuck Opulence Lipstick in Prodigal
I'm not even taking primer or concealer because... effort. As an aside, when I bought the bronzer I was told that it also works well as an eyeshadow if you are trying to pack light. When I tried it I couldn’t believe how bright my eyes looked so now I don’t bother taking other eyeshadows on holiday unless I’m going to a wedding or something while I’m away.

Likewise with jewellery I used to take all my favourite bits with me “just in case”. Not this time. I’m going away for five days to laze by the pool, go to the beach and at most go out for a meal in the evenings. I used to change my earrings all the time, but now I have more piercings I tend to keep the same ones in. I also wear my Fitbit 24/7 so I don’t need to take a watch. All I am going to take with me is a couple to bracelets and necklaces so I can jazz up my outfit in the evening. Whenever I go on holiday I borrow my mum’s mini jewellery box which I bought for her the last time she went out to Australia. It was from Fossil and I loved it so much, but they only had two left and I gave one to my mum and the other to my stepmum. Every year I look to see if they are out again and they never are. Fossil, please take note. I really want one of my own! It has a ring holder which I find really handy as I don’t tend to wear my rings when travelling and a detachable pouch which I usually use for earrings.
My next item is a product that I bought not long after they first came out, but I’ve only used it a couple of times because I don’t really do beach holidays. It’s called an Itsa and it’s a beach bag and sun lounger towel in one. You can secure it to your sun lounger using the ties and then fill the pockets that can be found down each side with your essentials for the day such as your sun cream, sunglasses, book, phone, etc. There’s even a flap at the end that can be used to protect your feet from the sun that also has a secret zip to hide your valuables when you go for a dip in the sea. Then when it’s time to go home you can fold the side pockets into the centre, roll it up and turn it inside out and it becomes a bag. This is taking up half my case, but I’ve decided I’m going to leave it down at the villa as that is where I am most likely to use it so it only has to make the journey one way.
I quite often take my laptop on holiday so that I can get guiding bits done while I'm chilled out and not stressing about stuff. On this occasion I've decided not to as I know I'd be tempted to log on and do some work on a big contract we're setting up at the moment and I need the rest. Instead I'll take my trusty Moleskine notebook so that I can plan my training sessions for October and maybe draft some future blog posts. I've used these notebooks for years after a friend recommended them. The fact that it has a soft cover means I can bend it back on itself or roll it up to fit in a smaller bag and it doesn't damage it. At the moment I'm taking part in The Blurt Foundation's #365daysofselfcare project so I'm taking my sticky notes with me. I also found out about the Currently List Journalling Challenge so I've printed a couple of the cards off for while I'm away.
I’ve left my gadgets until the end even though they’ll probably be what I use the most. When I first got my Kindle I used it all the time, but I missed having the physical book in my hand. Now I tend to just use it when I go away as it take up hardly any room. I’ve somehow found myself in three book clubs and I want to try and read them all while I have nothing else to do. Using the Kindle means I can take them all on holiday and I won’t feel too bad if they don’t all get read as it takes up less space than one book. Plus I am trialing Kindle Unlimited at the moment and two out of the three books that I wanted to read were free on it so bonus! (EDIT: I didn't manage to finish On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher before going so that's coming with me too.)

My phone doesn’t really get used as a phone when I’m on holiday. I try not to call or text home to keep my bill low so it mainly gets used for listening to music or as my camera. I do have a beautiful DSRL camera that I still don’t know how to use properly and I usually take that away with me. However I do tend to find that my favourite photos are often the ones where I’ve quickly grabbed my phone because it was closer than the camera and taken the photo in that moment. I might also use the Touchnote app to send a couple of postcards. Instead of a picture of a tranquil beach at sunset, my friends and family can have a photo of me lounging by the pool with my niece and nephew in the background pulling faces in the background.
My Urbanears Plattan headphones in Lilac are the last item that will be going into my case. They may be bulkier than my ear-in ones that I use for walking (I was going to say running or the gym, but my friends would just out me as a liar so there’s no point), but they actually fold down quite small. I also find they keep out more noise which means I don’t have to have the volume as high on the actual device. Sometimes I’ll even wear them on the plane without listening to anything just so I can have some peace and quiet and they are super comfy.
So that is what I'm taking away with me. I've managed to pack much lighter than I usually do. I'm actually quite proud of myself. Can't wait for a week in the sun doing not very much at all.

July Favourites

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So I thought I'd start doing a favourites post each month, but seeing as it was my birthday last month the first one could be quite lengthy so I apologise in advance.

Eat Play Live Journal
I bought this food journal at my second Slimming World meeting and it's been such an essential tool in helping me to lose 11.5lb in four weeks. By writing down my Speed and Free Foods, Healthy Extras and Syns down each day, I can keep myself on track. It doesn't stop me from eating anything I really fancy. In fact just the other day I realised I'd only had 0.5 syns the previous day so I was able to treat myself.
Helix Piercing
Last year I got my nose pierced, then I got a second set on my lobes and earlier this year I got my tragus pierced. I've also wanted my helix done for ages so I dropped in to Kent Tattoos on the way to Hertfordshire for a weekend away and got it done. I absolutely love it!
Happy Mail
I took part in the June/July Happy Mail swap and this month not only did I receive my Happy Mail, but I also received a return Happy Mail from the person I sent to and it arrived on my birthday. I also won this gorgeous Paper Panda print in the Happy Mail Bazaar this month which will go on my Happy Wall once my room has been decorated.
Sass & Belle
I got some money from my aunt and uncle for my birthday so while I was in London I popped into Sass & Belle and picked up a few bits. I saw this heart-shaped umbrella on the website and fell in love with it. It's huge and I can't wait for a good downpour so I can try it out. I also found this trinket dish and chalkboard which will look great in my room once it's been decorated.
Homemade Birthday Goodies
My gorgeous friend Katy (you can read her blog here and watch her vlogs here) asked her sister-in-law to make these especially for me for my birthday. She's an absolute diamond because not only do they have owls on, but the heart is filled with lavender. It hangs on my best post to help me drift off to sleep peacefully.
Cath Kidston Haul
If you know me in real life you will know that I love all things pink and polka dotty which it why I was like a kid at Christmas when they released this pattern. You may think I've gone a bit crazy and bought the whole range, but there was so much more that I could have got. I wouldn't use it thought so there was no point. I have several Cath Kidston bags and they have all lasted so well that I don't begrudge paying the prices. This is my first rucksack from them though and what I love about it is the grab handles at the top and the separate padded laptop section at the back.
I love, love, love long skirts and this one from Asda is so comfortable and versatile. I also got a couple of bits to take on holiday next week. This top is a bit different to what I would usually wear, but it'll be great to wear around the pool or out for a meal. I also got some black shorts. You can't go wrong with black and I can use them after the holiday too.

Younique Haul
I got so much make-up for my birthday which makes me incredibly happy as I've recently started wearing it again. My friend Louise is a Younique presenter and she got me a few bits, but so did my friend Emmi who had a Younique party a few weeks back. I'll have to go on YouTUbe now and watch all the make-up tutorials because I'm rubbish.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The 31st of July is not only the last day of the month. It is also J. K. Rowling's and Harry Potter's birthdays and will also now be remembered as the day that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released. Being a script instead of a novel I read it in a matter of hours. In my opinion it wasn't as good as the originals, but it took me back to that magical world I love so much and I couldn't help but imagine how the magic would be created on stage. I really want to go and see it now.
So that's my favourites for July. I hope you have enjoyed them. Please believe me when I say that there won't be as many next month!
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