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August Favourites

August Favourites

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It seriously embarrasses me that my last post was my July Favourites. My excuses? As usual the standard, "but *insert the past month* went by so fast!" and also the fact that the keyboard on my laptop decided to completely give out on me and the thought of writing another post on my iPad/iPhone made me want to cry. Call me old school but I can't be dealing with typing for a pro-longed time on a touch-screen keyboard!

Anyway, I treated myself to a chromebook (oh wow I'm in love *insert heart eyed emoji*!) so I can type away to my heart's content so let's get on with this post - my August Favourites...

Fun things that happened in August? Work-wise I finally got to feel more comfortable with being on the late shift and Saturday morning shift (it feels so weird being the grown-up in charge of the lab!) plus my morphology training really stepped up (so.much.concentration), I went a little bit crazy on the planner sticker ordering front (expect a sticker haul soon!) - but seriously one of the weeks in August I received a sticker delivery every day - there's seriously something wrong with that!, A was revealed on PLL and I was less than impressed & I finally got around to reading The Queen of the Tearling and bloody hell it was incredible! I highly recommend it!

Beauty-wise I became obsessed with using the Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo. I was finding that the amount of product that I was using to keep my crazy curls in check was weighing my hair down and starting to irritate my scalp. So I combined using this clarifying shampoo, to get rid of the product build up, with washing my hair every other day (going against every curly hair rule I've ever read but heyho!) and my curls have seriously look so much better and way more spring-y this month!

I'm a huge fan of iced tea - lemon, peach, mango, all are great choices but my absolute fave flavour is raspberry (the raspberry iced tea from Costa is my go-to drink order!). I've tried to re-create making raspberry iced tea at home but it just hasn't been as good. But then I stumbled across the Lipton Iced Tea in Raspberry in the shop at work and I snatched up a couple of bottles to feed my addiction and oh my gosh - so good!

The best thing about August? The fact that #GBBO (Great British Bake Off) has come back onto our screens. I don't know what it is about this baking show that literally has me looking forward to it each week. The baking innuendos alone are enough of a draw to watch! At the minute I think that Matt is my favourite - he's just so cute!

The planning obsession is still going strong and August was a great planning month for me - I'm super happy with how all of my spreads ended up looking, especially this past last week of the month. I saved my first themed set of stickers for the last week of summer and I absolutely love how my Pink Lemonade theme planned out! Is it sad that just looking at this week in my planner makes me smile? Yeah, probably - oh well!

Finally, like last month's faves I have a home wear piece to share - the most recent decor piece that I've added to my room: a light bulb vase! I love picking up slightly random pieces for my room (case in point: my measuring cylinder vase and vintage microscope) and this vase is the latest thing to be added to my collection. I think it's just so fun and cute, a definite statement piece that looks fab on my sideboard dresser!

So that was August in a nutshell (well a blog post really but let's not get weighed down in the details!). I hope that this past month was good to you and I promise that the time between this post and my next will be shorter than a month this time!

July Favourites

July Favourites

I somehow missed posting about my June Favourites (I'm blaming it on how darn fast the month of June flew by!) but I've managed to get myself more organised this month and am going to be sharing my July Favourites in this weeks post. 

Notable things that happened in July? I had my first full month on a shift rota (including my first Saturday morning shift!), it was my 22nd birthday , I booked my holiday (hello ten days in the sun at the beginning of September!), I've been binge watching Hart of Dixie on US Netflix (can I just move to Bluebell and marry George Tucker already?!) & I treated myself to a new handbag purchase - oops! (Check out this post to see what I chose to add to my collection!)

I think I'll kick things off with the song that has been on repeat since it was released - She's Kinda Hot from 5SOS. It is seriously so catchy! As with all 5SOS songs I find myself singing along after just a couple of listens and I love that about them! She's Kinda Hot is the song of this summer that I love to sing/yell as I drive along with my sunnies on and the car windows rolled down. 

Book-wise - my Mum bought me a new kindle for my birthday and I'm so happy to have one back in my life! I've had e-readers for about 5 years now but last December my poor kindle fell to its death off my sun-lounger. I've been struggling along using the kindle app on my iPhone and iPad mini but it feels so good to have an actual kindle back in my life! Here's to getting back to being Bookworm Belle!

I've been on the hunt for a straw boater hat all summer after seeing Ashley from History in High Heels wearing one as she bopped around Europe for the past couple of months and loving how stylish she made it look! I found this one in H&M and practically ran to the till with it! I adore a good hat so I'm excited to add this one to my collection!

There's a new make up base combination that has been rocking my weekend world this past month - the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser and mineral powder. This pairing is the perfect weekend base - it's light, easy to throw on and gives a great amount of coverage!

Another make up item that I've discovered this past month is Benefit's Roller lash mascara. They're Real is my all-time favourite mascara and I've been wanting to see how Roller lash would compare - I think it's definitely as good (maybe even better! Did I really just admit that?!)

I picked up a mini-size of This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray in this haul just to see if it lived up to the hype. Somehow I've managed to convince myself that when I use this I fall asleep faster and into deep sleep quicker. Whether this is true or it it's just a placebo effect I'm not sure but I'm convinced enough that I've purchased the full size of this already!

A pretty random favourite is the marble home decor pieces that H&M has in at the moment. Like any cliché blogger I've become a teeny bit obsessed with marble over the last month or so and I love how inexpensive this range is - it has allowed me to inject loads of marble-y goodness into my room decor (plus a great addition to blog photo backgrounds!).

A late *bonus* addition to my July favourite is my little Michael Kors collection that I received for my birthday *literally screaming inside*! I was lusting over this Mini Selma Saffiano Leather Messenger Bag in the most gorgeous pale blue (le sigh - it's just so pretty!) for ages but couldn't justify such a frivolous purchase for myself - thankfully my Mum & Nam could because boy do I love it! They also bought me an adorable Jet Set Saffiano Leather Card Holder to use when I use the mini Selma - obsessed! - and  the large Jet Set Saffiano Leather Wristlet to match my jet set tote! Beyond spoilt and incredibly lucky - I know!