Wednesday 27 January 2016

January 2016 | Monthly Wrap Up

A new start to a new year and all that jazz.

Favourite part?

I was luckily enough to go shopping quite a few times this month. Once my mock exams had finished, I went shopping with my mum where I binge bought a load of books, something I had not done in months. And oh my god did it feel amazing! It was so relaxing and brilliant just to grab book after book and have that excited “new book to read” feeling. Plus knowing that I didn’t have to pay anything thanks to Waterstones vouchers helped as well. I also went shopping with 2 friends of mine last weekend and the day was so good. It was nice to spend time away from the house and browsing at stuff I wouldn’t normally look at (I had a gift voucher for Topshop, which I never normally buy clothes from due to their high prices, even though I love their clothes!)

I got some really lovely clothes that I’m kind of obsessed with and I know I will be wearing a lot!

Best read?

I’ve read 2 books this month: Every Day by David Levithan and The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doechler. I loved both of these books! Every Day was so original and I was so interested in the concept and I think it shows a lot about the struggles we can have when we know a relationship truly can’t work. And well, what can I say about The Empire Striketh Back? For those of you who don’t know, it’s Star Wars Episode V retold as a Shakespeare play. As soon as I saw this book on the shelf in Waterstones I fell in love with it; it was hilarious and combined two interests of mine. I actually laughed out loud several times, which is rare for me, and I truly loved the book’s silliness.

I’ve now bought Verily, A New Hope and can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Favourite tunes?

I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve had the Cinderella 2015 version of the nursery rhyme Lavender’s Blue Dilly Dilly playing almost constantly. I’ve found myself singing it in odd moments and I think that it is both the lyrics and the melody that draws me to it. I just find it to be so beautiful! I even saved the lyrics onto a Word document the other day - I have no idea why but I just like them being there on my computer. Also go have a look at the whole Cinderella soundtrack, it’s so pretty and I have it playing in the background while I’m either writing or studying.

What did I learn?

That I get more panicky in some exams than others and that my mind tends to wander a lot during exam time. Also that I’m not as bad at maths as I think and that lipsticks actually do look good on me, even a bright red lipstick which I’ve been slightly obsessed with lately (more on that later!).

You can't see the lipstick that clearly but you get the gist!

What’s happening next month?

A weekend of West Side Story rehearsals and then a week of shows! I’m actually really been looking forward to show week and can’t wait to see how the stresses of practising Bernstein pieces have paid off! Following that is half term and 5 days spent in Nice with school! I’m so excited to see a new place! Look out for a post about my trip when I get back!

What’s been on my mind?

Rehearsals, relaxing and reading. The three Rs!

Favourite blogger/vlogger?

I’ve really been loving Hannah Witton’s posts lately, both on YouTube and on her blog. If you haven't looked at Mackenzie Johnson’s videos then I plead you to go and watch them! She’s so talented and gorgeous and her voice is super incredible! Maybe she should have been in the tunes bit… Oh well!

Favourite post?

I’ve really like 50 happy things, as it spread a lot of positivity and made me think about the little things in life. I also loved writing Heartbreak. and found it interesting to write My Advice to New Bloggers as it made em think about how far I had come in such a short space of time.

Biggest inspiration?

Everyday life. I just keep finding small things that really inspire me. They’re so small and seemingly insignificant but they’re brilliant. Think about the small things you get insured by, and I probably get inspired by them as well.

Any other favourites?

On my binge-book-buying, I bought a Jane-a-day 5 year diary. It’s not a feelings diary, instead I write done the main things that I’ve done in that day. So today will read something like: School. Late West Side Story rehearsal. Pilates in the evening. With a few added bits here and there, depending on what else has defined the day. The spaces are only short, so that that day can be written about 5 times, one for each year. I love this as I think it’s a nice way at looking at how I’ve changed and how my life has changed. Also I get really nostalgic and I think that this is a more unemotional way of being more nostalgic (depending on what has happened on one particular day). And it has a different Jane Austen quote for each day - how could I not love it?!

Throughout January I’ve steadily been plummeting into obsessions with both lipstick and Star Wars. Those of you who follow me on Pinterest will know that I have mainly been pinning Star Wars related stuff and I have no shame. I just love it.

The lipstick thing, on the other hand, is a bit more expensive, as I keep buying new lipsticks whenever I go into Boots or Superdrug. It’s getting really bad. It’s kind of an addiction by now…. My favourite lipsticks right now are Rimmel Kate Moss in shades 05 and 111 and The Only 1 Lipstick Rimmel in shade 300. They’re just so pretty!!

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