August Faves

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Helloooo lovely readers!!!

Ya gal is BACK. I know that I need to stop starting each blog post with an apology for my lack of routine and consistency BUT I am really, very sorry. That being said, I thought I’d make my 8th ‘grand return’ of the year with an August Faves. I always prefer my favourites posts in the summer months as I have more time (and more money) to try new things that I can share with you guys. August has been a jam-packed month so I shall stop rambling and get into what I’ve been loving.

What I’ve Been Wearing

In a completely non-shocking manner, August has seen very little warm weather in the UK. However, this did make me happy as I’ve been able to start wearing oversized sweatshirts and jeans again (pretty much what I try to live in all year round). I was in Topshop recently, buying something or other (is it bad that I can’t remember what it was??? Does this highlight my shopping addiction???) and these jeans caught my eye in the SALE RACK. If you know me, you’ll know that sale-rack-shopping is an activity I absolutely never like to partake in as I find it extremely stressful and feel as if I can never find anything I like. Also, I feel that people stand really close to you and hover over your shoulder whilst they wait for you to finish looking (wtf is that all about???). Anywho, I saw these jeans. They’re a dark blue denim pair of flared cut-offs (the Topshop “DREE” style). Now, I’ve been looking for a pair of jeans like this for what feels like forever – I’ve tried on so many pairs that either aren’t the right colour or don’t fit nicely soooo of course I didn’t have high hopes for these. As I was already in the queue, I didn’t have time to try them on and just bought them on a whim (which I would usually never recommend) but once again, I cannot follow my own advice. In a Sisterhood-of-the-Travelling-Pants moment, they actually ended up fitting perfectly and I have already worn them to death. They retail for £40.00 full price but I managed to snag them for £23.00 which I thought was a pretty fab deal. I now want another pair in black.

A more recent purchase that I’m loving has to be this contrast stitch black jumpsuit from Bershka. I bought this for £25.99 and think it is the PERFECT transition piece to go from Summer clothing into Autumn/Winter. It’s a jersey material meaning it is suuuuuper comfy and the trousers flare out at the bottom. The tied-belt detail allows for the jumpsuit to give you a waist that is really flattering whilst not suffocating you or ‘digging in’ in any way. In fact, I loved this so much that I bought exactly the same jumpsuit in a different, more Autumnal pattern which I also cannot wait to wear. I think these jumpsuits look so nice on their own and can be dressed up (like in the pic above) but can also be dressed down with a high-necked t-shirt or turtle neck and trainers when the weather gets a lil colder (which, I hate to say it, will be very soon). Would deffo deffo deffo recommend these.

What I’ve Been Watching

If I’m being honest, I haven’t actually had that much spare time to get sucked into many new Netflix series this summer (although this makes me sad, I guess it is a good thing that I’ve actually been doing something with my life). However, I did manage to watch the new Netflix original film adaptation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I am absolutely living for Netflix turning the books I read when I was 13/14 into films (also including The Kissing Booth) as it makes me feel weirdly nostalgic. I really enjoyed TATBILB as I thought it stayed relatively true to the original text and I used to be obsessed with Jenny Han’s books. Would deffo recommend this if you’re feeling an overeating-icecream-and-crying-with-your-friends-over-stupid-boys night.

What I’ve Been Listening To

So…I saw Hamilton. I cried. I died. I just about everything-in-between’d. That being said, naturally I’ve had the soundtrack on repeat for about six weeks. My new fave song is Wait For It and I also like Aaron Burr, Sir. Honestly the music is just so magical and I feel like no words I will ever write can do it justice so I’m just going to leave that there.

I’ve also had the Bring It On soundtrack playing constantly as in this academic year, I’ll be directing Musical Theatre Society’s production of it. Again, most of the music is written by Lin Manuel Miranda so it has the Hamilton-vibe. My fave songs are Do Your Own Thing and We’re Not Done. In all honesty, I love the whole soundtrack and I’m very scared that by the end of the show, I will definitely not love the whole soundtrack.

I don’t know if it’s just me but I really feel like there has been no good music released into the charts this summer?? Usually, summer is my favourite time for music but this year I still feel like I’m waiting for someone to release something (ANYTHING) good. I’ve been listening to Robinson and Folly Rae quite a lot but they’re not what I would class as “mainstream” artists so pls can we have some more jams.

What I’ve Been Using

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Every single time Anastasia BH brings out a new eyeshadow palette, I know I’m going to love it. With the exception of the non-blendable Subculture, ABH churns out the best palettes, in my opinion. When I saw the NORVINA press launch photos, a part of my heart squeezed at the ENTIRE ROW of shimmers and the bluey-purple shade, Soul. My lovely parents bought me the palette as a birthday prez and I have honestly used it every day since. The shadows are allllll super-blendable and have little to no fallout (including the shimmers) which I think is insane. If I had to give one teeny tiny little criticism, it would be that the only real transition colour Incense is rather dark so for pale gals like myself, if you’re using the palette exclusively, you have to use a very light hand to avoid black-eye-syndrome. Other than that, this product is gorg. It retails at the generic ABH palette price of £43.00 but I really do think you get what you’re paying for. Absolutely love.

What I’ve Been Doing

Half of my August was taken up by a summer course for Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting. It was a very intense two weeks but I had the best time and learnt soooo much. I met some fab, like-minded people and was taught by some of the most incredible teachers. I was literally like a sponge, trying to soak up every piece of information or advice they gave me.

I then had the absolute pleasure of watching one of my family friends, Alex, perform in their professional debut as Oscar in Sweet Charity at the Watermill Theatre. It was lovely to have a catch up and also to see Alex achieving his dreams. He was fab, as he has always been. On the note of shows, as previously mentioned, I also saw Hamilton. I felt as if I’d been waiting forever to see it and I was so nervous that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. I had absolutely nothing to worry about. It honestly blew my expectations out of the water. I saw the 2nd alternate as Hamilton and he was INCREDIBLE. I’m still not really over it.

I also turned 20 this month which was a weird one. I really don’t feel like I’m old enough to be ‘in my twenties’ but I’m super excited to see what they bring. I did have a mini quarter-life crisis the night before my birthday which pretty much went like this: WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?!!??!!? But I quickly got over that after a G&T or four. I had the loveliest time on my birthday: I went for lunch with my brother, Tom and then chilled with my family. The next day, I went to for food and drinks at Pitcher & Piano in Birmingham with some of my favourite people – it was so so lovely.

Later on in August, I helped assistant direct a production of ‘Fame’ at my old musical theatre group which was the most rewarding experience. I got to work with two students specifically on their vocals and seeing how much they improved both technically and in confidence over the space of just a few days was so amazing (and even sliiiightly emosh – may have cried the tiniest bit out of proudness in the show).

Currently, I’m on holiday with the fam in sunny Portugal. It’s been super nice to chill out and READ BOOKS. So far, I’ve read Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and All The Little Lights by Jamie McGuire, both of which I’d recommend. We’ve been chilling at the beach and eating lovely (bad) food which I’m trying to enjoy before I start my hard-core healthy lifestyle when I get back home.

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On that note, I’m thinking of my next post being something related to body confidence and/or dealing with the consequences of the pressure of physicality and appearance that young adults (in particular) face. Do let me know if that’s something you’d like to read as it’s something I’m feeling super passionate about at the moment.

Lots of thankyous for reading my rambles once again & I hope you’re having or have had a lovely Summer.

Until next time,

G X

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August Faves

Faves, Lifestyle

What I Wore: Oversized MOTO Blue Denim Jacket

Although this is quite a basic piece, it has recently become a staple in my wardrobe. This jacket retails at £45 in Topshop but I managed to snag it for £22 in the sale (a moment I am still very proud of!!). The reason I’ve been loving this jacket so much is that it literally goes with ANY outfit. Going out for a meal? Pair it with a skirt and cute t-shirt. Having a chill day? Wear it with joggers and trainers (as pictured). I just love the look it gives an outfit and I’m currently looking into purchasing the same jacket but in black. Looooove this.

What I Watched: How To Get Away With Murder

I realise I’m super late on the bandwagon with loving this show but it’s been on my Netflix list for ages and I’ve finally had the chance to start watching it…and I am completely obsessed. If you know me you’ll know I love anything crime-related, be that documentaries or films so I find the criminal law aspect of the show fascinating. I’ve wanted to find a series for so long that grips me in the way that Pretty Little Liars did (well the first 5 seasons, the rest were questionable!!) and I have finally found that. I would 100% recommend this show to anyone looking for something new to watch that is gripping and leaves you clicking the ‘skip to next episode’ WAY before the 10 second time limit is up (lol this is me). If that isn’t reason enough, the show also features Viola Davis who is a freaking QUEEN.

What I Read: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus

As with TV shows, I’d hit a bit of a lull with reading. I had been unable to find any books that piqued my interest…until I read this one. One Of Us Is Lying is the debut novel by Karen M McManus. It centres around four students: Addison, Nate, Cooper and Bronwyn. The book begins in detention where all four of these students have ended up coincidentally..including a fifth student named Simon. Simon is the writer of an ‘anonymous’ blog that leaks students’ secrets that are circulating through their high school. During detention, Simon dies suddenly, leaving Addison, Nate, Cooper and Bronwyn prime suspects to what is classified as a murder.

I thought this book would be pretty average but I ended up finishing it on the train journey home the same day it was purchased. It really was a page-turner and was something a little different to what I usually read. I will definitely be purchasing Karen M McManus’ next novel.

What I Listened To: Julia Michaels / Taylor Swift

Album-wise, I’ve been listening to Julia Michaels’ Nervous System. I’ve always loved the singles she has released so thought I’d give her album a nosey. It’s your typical girly album with empowering lyrics that are impossible not to sing along to. My fave songs would have to be Just Do It and Pink. 

I have also been listening to Taylor Swift’s new song, Look What You Made Me Do. My friend Katie and I absolutely loooove Taylor Swift so I was really excited for the release of her new song. Whilst I didn’t initially LOVE it, it has definitely grown on me and I cannot waaaaait for the album in November.

What I Used: Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

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In the month of August, I FINALLY purchased my own Z Palette and have started filling it with Makeup Geek eyeshadows. I’m completely obsessed with the formula and the way the shadows blend together…definitely some of my favourite shadows. Some of the shades I’ve been reaching for the most have to be Chickadee (warm yellow), Mango Tango (orangey-red) and Morocco (deeper orangey-red). These shadows retail at £4.95 per pan on Beauty Bay so I will warn you that although it may seem like you’re not spending much…the total soon adds up (as my bank account sadly found out!!). I can’t wait to complete my little Z Palette and move onto the next one.

What I Did:

I know I say this every month, but August has honestly been pretty mad: I finished my summer job (yay!!), took one of my besties – Allie – to see The Book Of Mormon in London for her birthday and then watched Half A Sixpence with my Mom. I then celebrated my 19th birthday and performed in my final show with my MT company back at home (veeeeery emotional) and I had the best time. Moreover, it is fiiiiiiiinally time for my family holiday to Portugal, which is why this blog post is actually going up a little early. So, I’m super excited for that!!! Although August has been amazing, I am really looking forward to September as I LOVE AUTUMN and I get to see all my little uni friends again…SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!!

I hope you’ve had a lovely August!!

G X

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