Wednesday 30 June 2021

June 2021 | Monthly Wrap Up

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I have actually had a lot of fun in June. Here’s hoping that continues this summer!

Favourite part?


I’ve been seeing a lot of friends actually in person this month! I’ve been trying to cram in seeing as many people as possible before a lot of my friends move away next month. It’s been great and I didn’t realise how much I missed seeing people in person until we were doing social things in person again. 


I’ve been for lots of great lunches, drinks, and barbecues – I even managed to get a barbecue to light properly and successfully cook, sauasages, tofu, and sausages on it. Genuinely proud of myself for that.


I competed an internship doing supply chain research this month with Goodstrangevibes, a small business who seek raise awareness around body positivity, mental health and LGBT+ issues through art. It’s been great working with them this month and putting a lot of what I talk/write about relating to fashion into practise. Please go check them about, and if you want to hear in more detail about what I’ve been doing for them, sign up to their upcoming newsletter!


I also applied for and was offered a place on a Master’s course! I’ll be doing a research Master’s in English Literature, looking at Golden Age British detective fiction. I am so excited!


Best read?


At the beginning of the month I read Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy and the first volume of Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. These were my priorities as I needed to get them back to my uni library by the middle of the month. I enjoyed them bot and am hoping to read the next two volumes of Aurora Floyd soon!


I then finished reading Sex and the Citadel by Shereen El Feki, which was so interesting. One of the main messages of the book I would say is that so many issues relating to sexual and gender repression in many countries around the world are a result of colonisation.


I then read This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire for probably the fourth time. This is such a quick yet impactful read for me, and every time I read it I feel like I get something different from it. It’s like a comforting blanket in book form.


I also read How to Love Your Laundry by Patric Richardson with Karin B Miller**. Although I did have to remind myself a few times of the American-British translations of some of the things mentioned, this book


I have also started reading Sex & Rage by Eve Babitz** and A Curious History of Sex by Kate Lister, both of which I’m really enjoying so far. 


Favourite listen?

I’ve not listened to much music this month, but I did have a throwback to 2012ish listening to Eliza Doolitte and Gabrielle Aplin while I’ve been working. 


Favourite watch?

I finished Bones, binged the second series of Feel Good in one night, rewatched the first four series of Doctor Who revival and am now rewatching New Girl! A lot of rewatching…


After getting into the latest series of the Great British Sewing Bee, I’ve started to catch up on the old series from the beginning. 

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What did I learn?

That honest to god I need to learn to have for faith and confidence in myself. Easier said than done but I’m trying. 


What’s happening next month?

Seeing more of my family and friends, including my grandparents who I’ve not seen in-person in maybe two years now!


What’s been on my mind?

What the hell I’m doing in the next few months. Not that much specifically other than making sure I get some things done so I don’t have much to do in July!


Favourite post?


What Happens to Garment Workers If We Stop Buying Clothes? is my favourite post this month. I’ve not written a longer post like that in a while and it was great to do! I’ve got a lot of plans for my blog content coming up, including a few new series on deconstructing key terms relating to slow fashion, deep dives on mainstream brands, and features for small slow/ethical brands (let me know some cool brands you think deserve a feature, especially if they are BIPOC and/or LGBT+ owned). Watch this space! 


Biggest inspiration?

This is not an inspiration, but I feel good about my skin for maybe the first time in my life. Maybe it’s because I think I have a skin routine that works for me again for the first time ever. That’s thanks to a Superdrug cleanser I got last month that makes my skin feel incredible, and an SPF-moisturiser I’ve been using every morning. I also tried a few samples of products from Upcircle* from Demi Colleen's collaboration with them (the eye cream, toner and face moisturiser) and I’m hoping to get the toner and moisturiser in their full products soon (not the eye cream though, it was a bit more of a rogue one in the sample pack and made my skin react. Not here for that. The rest was great though!).

*this link is a referral link, which means that you get £10 off at Upcircle, and when you use that I get £10 off too.

Any other favourites?

This section isn’t food related for once! Although it easily could have been… My other favourite this month is my cropped black velvet jacket! I bought it on Depop several years ago, and mostly used it on nights out, but no more! That jacket is not just for nights out, even though it’s very convenient for them. I’m wearing it with more casual outfits, and I forgot how many outfits it goes with.

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