Selfcare

Life, thoughts

Selfcare is so important for your well-being. There is something so luxurious about taking time out and pampering yourself but in reality we should all put more effort into selfcare. If you’re wondering what I’m harping on about, selfcare is exactly what it says – caring for yourself. When you’re working or in school it is so easy to become rushed off your feet and unable to step back for a moment but your body needs it. These are my favourite things to do when my soul and body need extra care. 

Bath


It’s cliche and it’s everywhere but a Lush bath is everything. There is something so comforting and something so soul-appeasing about a bath filled with bath bombs. The colour, the scent, the warmth, the bubbles – everything needed to wash away stress. My favourite bath bomb is Lord of Misrule which is only a seasonal addition. I always mean to stock up but I always forget.  

Stock up

That leads me onto the point of stocking up on your faves. I’m not talking about going ‘Extreme Couponing’ but have three extras. I like to do this with bath bombs and face masks. Two things I never use together but always want one or the other. You’ll never know the day that just went wrong in more ways than one and you’ll crave something unwinding. You’ll thank your past self for thinking of this! I like the simple, cheap peel of masks. How good they actually are for your skin I haven’t a clue but I love them.

Smooth over

One routine I have tried to get into for years is moisturising before bed but I am always too lazy. (Quick anecdote; I did moisturise yesterday and ended up only doing one leg because I was so lazy…). My skin is very good at telling me when its needs something extra. It is lovely to sit after a shower and just slather on moisturiser. You’ll be happy and so will your skin!

Get out

Sometimes I find you just need to move to get rid of these thoughts. Whether that is going for a walk, run or doing yoga it is important to move. Put on earphones if you want but there is something liberating seeing everyone else plugged in and you are just there with your thoughts. I find this most helpful when my mind is in a stressful place. 

Tune out

I find listening to the radio or an audiobook is a great distraction. If you can’t listen to someone just talk then turn on music and just lie down. Let’s the melody or the words wash over you and try, for a few minutes, to not worry about anything else. I’m currently sick with vertigo and I am listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it is so enjoyable to lie back and focus on words only. When I get sick I can get so obsessed with how I am feeling that I can’t focus on a show or music but with an audiobook I can imagine it all happening while the words are read to me. (Bonus points when it is Stephen Fry reading it!)

Be nice

We need to hear nice things from ourselves too. When I have messed up in work, felt inadequate or felt low I sat myself down and spoke kindly to myself. I do this internally but nothing is stopping you shouting it. You know your true intentions and this is important. 

Deep breathes

When things get stressful or when you need a break just take a moment and breathe. Breathe in and out slowly, and do so consciously. It helps to calm your mind and body as well as promote mindfulness. 

Do what you love

Do you love to knit or is singing tunes in the shower more your thing? Take a while out of the regular schedule and do it. For me I love writing so I’ll sit down and write while listening to music. It feels great to get it all out. (Though I am partial to Mariah Carey-ing it in the shower. Specifically to the song ‘Obsessed’.)

I’ve written these down but it is easier said than done. I am a huge culprit for ignoring myself until I am so stressed I could explode. That being said I have gotten better. It takes a while to form a habit but even if it was taking three deep breathes while in the queue for the post office it helps. Take care of yourself!

Losing someone

Life

It’s take a lot of energy when you lose someone. 

My uncle was diagnosed with Pick’s Disease (frontotemporal dementia) and Motor Neurone. It took him a year and half  of suffering until he slipped away in his sleep. It started in August of 2015. When he came home from New York it was like he had a stroke – he was slurring his words and wasn’t able to speak properly. I remember him calling me into the kitchen to tell me. I really didn’t think it was too bad, “there is rehab and occupational therapists that can help” I tried to comfort him and myself. I had no clue what was coming next. He went back to New York and came back to Ireland in April when he could only say maybe five or so words. This was hard to deal with but we all did deal with it, so did he. The progression from April 2016 to January 2017 was incredible and ferocious and extreme. Nothing stayed the same for very long. There were shifts in the house and shifts in everyone’s morale and emotions. Mike struggled with the dementia side, his behaviour changed and he got frustrated but never mad. In reality, we were so lucky, he was so content. As time progressed so did his symptoms. He soon choked on food because the muscles in his throats couldn’t work as they should. Then that turned to only eating soup, which turned to only drinking milk which turned to not eating. He was so big his whole life to see him as practically a skeleton was hard. It was difficult to watch someone you love just waste away and there was nothing to be done. Near the end he was unrecognisable in appearance and demeanour but there were moments that he was himself. They were fleeting unfortunately. 

Mike was always so caring, he put everyone first. I often think of the day we flew to New York to visit him. My sister had fainted on arrival so she was a bit worse for wear. The very next day he brought us to Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken (Cake Boss). It was the hottest recorded day for some time (I think it was 114F). He brought us into CVS, got us water and fans and he stood with us for two hours in that heat. I’m surprised my sister didn’t faint for a second time. When we got in the door the cashier asked him what he wanted. He replied “a birthday cake”, she asked to who will she make it out to when he replied “I’m buying it aren’t I? ‘Happy Birthday to me’.” 

The hardest part about losing someone is not the death, it’s that they were here and there are constant reminders of that. Four weeks ago my uncle was alive and that thought blows my mind. We are currently taking the photos off his phone and up to three days before he died he was taking pictures (although most seemed to be accidental). I sent three photos to my phone – one of my cousin’s partner and Mike being tourists, a picture of a sunset he took, and lastly the last photo he took of New York City (the first picture on this post). It’s easy to think he’s not gone, he’s just not here but the reality is I can’t text him or email him. When it is so close to death it feels like the veil between here and there is slightly more transparent. It was so soon, it really has been no time at all. Sometimes it is unbearable to think that he’s gone and other times I am so relieved because he wasn’t living a life for the past year and a half. I have never felt something so bittersweet before. 

It’s frustrating he’s not that strong in my memories – he’s there but I can’t hear his voice and I really can’t remember him being so big. The memories of him are filled in with memories of him being sick and that upsets me. 

When I start crying and think of everything I have written down I think of what he always said to me. I think of the time we were going to Italy – I told him he would have to hold my hand to which he replied no way but I know he would have. It makes me glad and simultaneously upset to think I’m hoping to move to Italy by the end of this year because I know he would have been one of the first over. I think of the time I was learning to drive and he said “when you’re driving at night you can only focus on the 200m in front of you, that is all you need to worry about”. I don’t think that was confined to driving. I think of when he would come home for Christmas and we would be so excited. I think of when he was upset with me because I seemed more excited about my other uncle being home than him. I think of when i asked him did he know we love him a week before he died and he nodded his head. I held mild resentment over the years, emotions that I didn’t even realise until he passed away but when something happened a month ago I realised he forgave me, it was very comforting. 

Honestly it breaks my heart that he won’t come home from New York again or he won’t be there for family reunions or weddings and he won’t be there for our milestones but I’m so glad he’s not suffering because he really did for a long time. I loved and love him so much. 

His last picture from the Empire State Building, New York

Terminal illnesses are harrowing and to be directly affected by one contains an unexplainable hurt. If you’d like to read more on Motor Neurone or Pick’s disease I’ve made a short list. 

Pick’s disease – New York Times

Pick’s disease – The Huffingtin Post

David Baddiel’s documentary on Pick’s disease

Motor Neurone – IMNDA 

Albums + Feelings

Introductions, Life

I was thinking about five albums that mean a lot to me but aren’t necessarily my favourites. These albums all captured a moment in time during different periods of my life. When I think about them I can feel my thoughts, the colours, and hear the sounds. I can almost see what I was wearing and I can remember where in the world I was standing. I hope I can teleport you to those times too.

From Under The Cork Tree – Fall Out Boy

My strongest memory of listening to this album was when I had finished a day in school. I went back to my grandmother’s house to do my homework. I was up in my bedroom in that house. It was a bright and airy day. I was standing in my school uniform but I had taken off my jumper and my shirt was untucked. I was enthralled by these four guys. It was such a good album, the first album that made an impression on me. This was the start of my FOB obsession. I don’t know why this album meant so much to me, maybe it was down to feeling like an angsty teenager. Whenever I listen to this album I feel youthful and energetic. Maybe even a bit rebellious (as rebellious as I can get which isn’t very). This album will always mean a lot to me and I will always think of it as my first. 

Most memorable song – Dance, Dance


Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – Arctic Monkeys

First of all I never can say/write this title properly unless I look it up and I don’t know why. When I was planning this post I wrote ‘Whatver you say I am’. From day one of buying it I don’t think I’ll fully ever remember it. My strongest memory of this album is sitting on the fooor by the stereo after I bought it. The blinds were closed and it was nearly completely dark. I instantly became obsessed with this album. It made me feel infinity cooler than I was previously. I loved the lyrics and I loved the British indie scene that I was never a part of. I just loved the aesthetics, the smoking, the Fred Perry, the white sneakers. All things that I never did/wore. This is a great walking album, everything about it makes you stand taller. 

Most memorable song: From Ritz to Rubble



Trilogy – The Weeknd

This album I experienced in college. I was enveloped in it after a few listens. For months this was all I listened to and I honestly can’t believe that Abel is the same person who is currently writing what he’s writing. There was something so raw about Trilogy. It was about real things and The Weeknd’s voice was hypnotic. My favourite song was Montreal – I think I could listen to him speak French all day. The most prominent memory is cooking the kitchen, it was dark out but I remember it to be warm. My housemates came in and asked who I was listening to and was I emotionally okay that day. Abel’s lyrics were definitely not something I could relate to but I loved for that insight into his life. I think of that album and I am filled with emotion – the sign of a great album. 

Most memorable song: Montreal 



Graduation – Kanye West

I don’t know what made me buy Graduation but I’m glad I did. I don’t remember many people in my friends group listening to it but maybe it was the apparition of shutter shades. I remember going into HMV in limerick and seeing it. How could you miss it with its beautiful cover art created by Takashi Murakami. I also remember getting in our old silver Passat CL and playing it for I would say around two minutes before my mother told me she had a headache. It was another album my friend and I listened in the bus. The bus was our version of blaring the songs in a car. I would bring my iPod classic and we would share earphones only to speak when we wanted to say something about the album. It is a pivotal album for my teen years. 

Most memorable song: Barry Bonds



B’day – Beyoncé

This album as my first real introduction to Queen Bey. I had the Destiny’s Child album Destiny Fulfilled but this was fully Beyoncé. I remember buying this album in a record store not too far away. I never really listened to her solo music but something told me to grab it and I’m glad I did. I like every song on this album, my strongest memeory listening to it was in my grandmothers house where I learned all the lyrics to Upgrade U and acted it out as if I was in a music video (thank God I had no access to a video camera). This album makes me feel euphoric and like I am a great dancer (which I am definitely not). This album was the start of my long life love for Bey.

Most memorable song: Suga Mama

Sober

Life, thoughts


My last drink was my 21st birthday. I stopped drinking because I became ill (there will be another post on that). I never liked drinking that much but enjoyed one every now and again. I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t become ill I would still drink socially but for now I’m temperate in my twenties. 

It is strange growing up and adapting to a drink culture only for it to stop suddenly. Drinking and going out go hand in hand and that is something I never realised until I stopped drinking. Being sober for the first time out was bizarre. I had never been as self conscious my entire life as I was in that moment. I was conscious that I couldn’t dance, I was conscious that I looked like I wasn’t enjoying myself, I was conscious of my words, and I was really conscious my termper was so much shorter than usual. I battled with these very superficial internal issues until people started to confirm them. 

I found that when I went out I made people nervous by being sober. This sounds strange but in the first year of being sober I spent a night out with a housemate at the time. The morning after I walked into the kitchen to make breakfast and she was sitting there. I started a conversation about the night before when she said “I couldn’t enjoy last night because I was too conscious of you there not drinking. I just felt like you were judging me for drinking and I couldn’t relax”. I actually apologised for this at the time for some reason. 

That moment stood out the most but there were others. What I learned was that people didn’t enjoy me being sober on nights out. The amount of people who asked “if I buy you a drink would you have one?” or “are you on antibiotics?”. (The second always made me laugh as if no one in their right mind would choose to be sober unless they were medically advised to be.)

I’m glad I experienced sobriety on a night out. Although being sober has gotten me into arguments I never would have entered if I was drunk, it was definitely interesting. I now fully accept I cannot dance. Not in the slightest. I also realised I am very poor at small talk. I am very bad at talking to who I want to. I also realisde I miss a glass of wine with my friends or a cold pint of Bulmers on a summers day but I’m happy where I am with it all now. I do however need to work on my tolerance for drunk people. I have been watching a few videos where the people are trying sobriety for various reasons, mostly different than my own here they are if you’re looking for something to watch:

https://youtu.be/kiITUkmvRks & https://youtu.be/UDMvgxHW22k & https://youtu.be/RY2yvRY0I5w

This sounds like I’m moaning, I’m not (well I am a bit). I’ve come to realise that people who get agitated about me being sober, well, it says a lot more about them than it does about me. Being able to drink in moderation but choosing not to is liberating. Though saying that there are times where I wish I didn’t seem to stand out so much. That’s for another blog post. 

2016

Life

Let’s be real, 2016 was difficult for a lot of us and I was no exception. Between dealing with my own health, losing my job, and helping to care for a terminally ill relative, 2016 really tested me. As we come to an end I have already spoke about my resolutions but now I want to talk about the highlights of the year for me. This is an eclectic mix so bare with me.

Getting hired

I graduated college with a Bachelor of Science degree in something that I knew from week one I had no intention of pursuing. I finished college and was left with the prospect of “well if you’re not doing this, what are you doing?”. I managed to get an interview with a start up and from there got the job. I couldn’t believe I was working as a digital designer and writer in the centre of Dublin. Even though my health caught up to me I really enjoyed working in the city while I did.

Internet

I started a website, Mettle, with a friend. We started it because we both love to write but we felt media was focused on celebrity culture and negative connotations around that. We created Mettle to not only showcase our ability to write but also create content we felt people would enjoy. It has been very interesting to run something like this and has taught me a lot. Although it is going through a transformation at the moment (and if I’m honest I’m not sure what is planned for 2017 in relation to Mettle) I really enjoyed writing for myself. I also reached a rut in my personal Instagram account but after I reopened this one, I am excited to start over. If you fancy following it, you can find it here.

Writing

Besides Mettle I have been writing a lot. I actually finished a manuscript of a novel I have wanted to write since I was 16. It was absolutely bewildering to hold a thick bundles of pages in my hand and hopefully in the new year I will finish editing it and see if it is any good. I have enjoyed dabbling with poetry though I am not very good at it. Writing has been a great solace for me this year. Creative outputs are vital for me.

Music

It was a pretty tiring year but one thing that was consistent was new music. It all started with ANTI and it just continued to get better. My favourite albums of the year are;

  • ANTI – Rihanna
  • Views – Drake
  • Joanne – Lady Gaga
  • Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
  • Lemonade – Beyoncé

You could be sure I was usually listening to a mix of all these. There are some I want to listen to properly before adding them to the list; Starboy, Blonde, Glory, Coloring Book, Untitled Unmastered, Awaken My Love.

Books

I have always loved getting lost in a good book but at the beginning of this year I gave myself the challenge to read 12 books. I fell short of that resolution but I definitely increased the amount of books I read. This year I am starting up the challenge again but this time I am starting a mini book club with a friend. We haven’t decided on our first book yet but keep an eye out in January because I’ll be blogging it all.

I really resented this year, it has been my toughest in a very long time but looking at the positive aspects has been very therapeutic

Resolutions

Life

Last year I spoke about making New Year resolutions in a simplified form; ignoring the traditional and looking to the contemporary. This year I’m stuck in some middle ground of wanting to make NY resolutions but with a mix of traditional and not so much.

For far too long I have done everything I was told to do – don’t wear that, go to college, get a job, don’t stay at home, get on with your life. I have done everything anyone has asked of me regardless of what I wanted. This year I am attempting to take back my life. If I want to do something I will do it and I have a few things in mind at the moment. I find it so easy (and at the same time extremely tiring) to be a people pleaser. A couple of months ago I got a stern talking to by someone about how I needed to work and if not, I needed to be volunteering in the very least. According to them I was practically wasting my life away and when the time would come for an employer they would glance at my CV and instantly reject me because I was sick for a year. As you can imagine that comment swam around in my mind for months. Then one day it clicked; just because that is how they lived their life didn’t mean that was how I was going to live mine. I started to think about all the times I have done something because I was told I *should* do it. I’m over it.

This year I want to go places, I want to drink and eat, I want to learn, and I want to live/do what I want to live/do. This is a mighty task for me. I am completely unable to go against the grain but I will do my best.

Save

I will save as much as I can for future events. I don’t need excessive money (nor do I have it) since I am living at home. I am going to try and save as much as possible. I have large plans for the end of 2017 and will need every penny. So, essentially, saving for a rainy day is my first resolution.

Learn

I have wanted to learn Italian for the longest time but I never did. After going to Italy last summer my obsession grew and now I am determined. I am currently watching Italian movies with English subtitles (I have been watching Il Viaggio today) and I am trying to learn one thing a day e.g. today was the alphabet and next will be numbers. Then I’ll go from there.

Live

Learn to say yes to situations that I know I would enjoy. Like I said I have large plans for the end of this year and that is keeping me motivated. I have never had a plan in place, something that I have truly wanted to do for years and I finally feel like I am ready. The first year I want to actually put a plan into motion rather than just talk about it.

Heal

I have been sick for four years and it was under control for two of those. This year has tested me, being at home for the past year, so I want to take this year to heal my physical health and mental health. I want to also heal myself out my body. I want to heal my relationship with food and exercise – to enjoy it without being focused on weight and to learn not to emotionally eat when I’m sad. 

I’m am filled with hope for the coming year and I just hope my motivation lasts. I deliberately chose nothing too severe so I have a good shot at each resolution.

What are your resolutions? Do you find New Years is the same as any other day or do you wait for the renewal it brings?

Autumn Favourites

Beauty, Life, Monthly Favourites

As the colder weather sets in I am very ready to say goodbye to summer which is my least favourite season. I love autumn and winter, to me it means the fire is lighting, wrapping up in scarves and hats, reading/watching with a cup of tea or hot chocolate, Christmas shopping, and candles. Lots and lots of candles!

Feeling Autumnal

I have gathered some old and new things that make me feel very autumnal.

First and foremost is my red tartan scarf which is acting as the background here. I have always loved tartan but this deep red but makes it all the better. I have had this scarf for a couple of years and I bring it everywhere with me (on a night out it is especially useful when your friends want to stand in the smoking area outside in the freezing cold).

Next up is my fall jewellery; the silver piece is a leaf from John Rocha that I got for my birthday and I feel is perfect for autumn, especially with a think knitted jumper. The other gold pieces are from Penneys and are the Gemini set. These bracelets are nice layered and, to be honest, if you put the word Gemini on it I will buy it.

Close up of jewellery Necklace//bracelets//earrings

What is autumnal makeup without a dark coloured lip? I love purple hued lipsticks and I found these Revlon products in Boots yesterday. I have never tried Revlon before but I will let you know once I have ran them both through vigourous tests! The first product is the Colourstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion. It is a purple berry colour with a more plum hue and goes on like a gloss but dries as a lip stain. I wore this today and loved it but before this item I really didn’t get along with lip stains. This is wonderful but as I am not used to lip stains and their well…staining I need to learn to work faster when applying and fixing mistakes.

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The next product is Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry and is a deep red wine/burgandy colour. I have yet to try it out properly but first swatch impressions is that it is creamy and moisturising. When lipsticks are not fully matte drying they make me question will they pass the test of my gummy smile (a blog post to follow and, well, explain).

Revlon Black Cherry

Last make up product is a product that I have been using a lot recently and it is Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Tawny. I adore this product! It lasts all day, fast setting, and easily blends (once you are fast acting!). I tend to do one eye at a time when I use this product as I will apply blend into the crease and then do my second eye as I am not that skilled when it comes to makeup and I always need time on my side…

L-R; Parisian Passion (lip stain), Black Cherry (lipstick), Tawny (eyeshadow base)

L-R; Parisian Passion (lip stain), Black Cherry (lipstick), Tawny (eyeshadow base)

My last autumn favourite is the one I was most excited for…CANDLES!! I don’t know why I am excited about candles, but I am. Both these candles are from Penneys and each candles cost less than €3. The first candle is a White Amber candle in a rosegold/pink metallic holder.

The second candle is one that I thought I wouldn’t like at all as it is a sweet smelling candle but as every person in Dublin seemed to have this candle I had to give it a chance. I’m glad I was wrong because this candle is delicious! It smells sweet without being sickly, just lightly fragrant. I also love the brown tinted jar and the font is perfect! (its the little things)

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So, there you go! My current autumnal favourites. What is your favourite autumn piece for this time of year?

My July

Life, Monthly Favourites

July has been one fantastic month! I spent most of it lounging around in Tuscany, which was a bit surreal, I caught up on my reading, I listened to old music rather than new and, I ate myself one stone heavier (sigh).

(P.s this is a long post!)

Read-

I am a sixteen year old girl at heart and never really grew up to adult literature. Instead I read YA novels because, for some reason, they appeal to me more. In the YA category I read Paper Magician and, Glass Magician by Charlie M. Holmberg. I enjoyed this series, it is a novel focused around a young girl named Ceony as she leaves Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined and starts on her journey to become a Folder (someone who is magically bonded to paper). I found this series original and I am currently loving any setting that is in London. I would recommend these books if you like magic, romance and strange characters (vague, I know).

I finished the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and simultaneously started Paper Towns by John Green. I am keeping these together because I was quite reluctant to bother finishing Divergent as I was just not into it and felt myself skimming pages rather than actually reading and I found starting Paper Towns the same BUT I won’t call it quits on Paper Towns. I will give it a proper read in a couple of weeks when things are a bit calmer and I can actually find time to read. (pleasedontkickmeofftheinternetplease)

The by-far best book I read this month was Bridget Jones. It makes me wish she was a real person and my best friend. I loved every minute of it and, even though I watched the films first it only enhanced the experience as every time I read Daniel Cleaver’s dialogue I heard Hugh Grant’s voice and that was a wonderful addition! There are a few books that I mentally add to my future apartment bookshelf and this will be there but, I really want the white hardback cover (aesthetics, eh?) but can’t find one that delivers to Ireland. Disappointing.

August Goals: Finish Master Magician and Bridget Jones series. I don’t predict much reading for this month!

Beauty-

Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick in Catfight. Ok, yes I know I haven’t worn it outside my bedroom but I love it. Think I might do a post on it in order to prevent me droning on.

I have wanted to try the Sephora face masks for a long time but as there is no Sephora in Ireland I ravaged the one in Lucca. I tried the Green Tea Face Mask and the Rose Eye Mask and they were wonderfully hydrating and the Green Tea FM definitely helped with my blemishes. I have a Pearl Face Mask lined up for a day I need it!

As my skin has been quite bad after graduating I have tried Anthony Gycolic Facial Cleanser and I have found it powerful and doesn’t leave my skin dull or dry. That being said I really wouldn’t recommend for people with sensitive skin.

August Goals: Find a blusher other than Benefits Coralista. Any recommendations?

Travel-

I spent the beginning of July in Tuscany and it was stunning and beautiful (more cliche words please, Lisa). It is exactly how you imagined it; terracotta roofs, vineyards, olive and cypress trees all framed by mountains with lush grass. The temperature never dipped lower than 30C and I loved every second. I travelled to Lucca a couple of times and a few other towns around Tuscany. Next time I go back I would like to go to Florence and Venice and, maybe go back to Rome.

August Goals: No travelling lined up, must save money for future travels.

Tuscany

 

Internet-

I am loving Tumblr so much at the moment. I have been following many more blogs and fine tuning my dashboard. My favourite blog atm has to be Marnie the Dog. That puppy would cheer up the coldest heart! As I have been insulting all of the internet’s prized possesions I have to say I really don’t enjoy the ‘what are those’ Vine trend BUT I am loving the ‘run’ vines. I could watch those forever!

August Goals: Expand my list of Tumblr blogs to follow. You didn’t think you could have goals for your internet life but here you are.

Music-

I have been listening to a lot of older songs. Bridget Jones brought me back to early 2000’s music, a lot of Sugababes…a bit too much Sugababes. I am currently (as in right this second) listening to I am…Sasha Fierce. What a great album! It reminds me of secondary school and reenacting the songs (should’ve kept that to myself). I also have been listening to a lot of Drake and The Weeknd but at the moment, who isn’t? I bought Pinkprint because I have been really enjoying Nicki BUT (get ready for a v dramatic story) I bought it while in Italy at a cafe and downloaded it but apparently they never took the money off my card and I (stupidly) assumed they had and spent the last (€20) on other things. I now am in debt to iTunes to the value of €12.99.

August Goals: Pay iTunes the €12.99 I owe them from buying Pinkprint…cant live with this guilt. Less Sugababes (slowly wean myself off).

TV & Internet Shows-

Pretty Little Liars. This is such a strong love/hate because I wait all week for it and then it comes on a Wednesday. I get a cup of tea and lie on my bed and then its leave with so many unanswered questions. Also they are taking a mid-season hiatus (pleasePLLdon’tdothistome).

I have yet to finish The Vampire Diaries, the last two episodes to go I just have no motivation. I feel like everything else is on a season break, I guess that is because everything else is.

August Goals: Get back into The Mindy Project (Mindy Kaling, please be my best friend).

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you feel like I should be watching/listening/reading/using anything please leave it in the comments! Apologies for the long post but, hopefully it was enjoyable!