Hello February, you Summery, vibrant thing you. This month I've fallen down the YA fiction rabbit hole and I have to tell you, it's a rather impressive place to find yourself. In my continual quest to read nonfiction, there's also a book about well, books in there too. How apt..
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell-Now this has been on my 'to-read' list for over a year so I added it to a recent online order. Set in the eighties, without the daggy outfits, we meet two teens, Eleanor and Park. They're both somewhat social outcasts who meet and bond over a love of music, mix tapes and comic books. Eleanor comes from a dysfunctional family and Park saves her to an extent. I won't spoil anything else for you but this was brilliant. It's such a sweet story. Funny, adorable, a little bit cringe-worthy in parts and even a touch sad. I loved it and it was a great introduction to Rowell's writing.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven*-One of the most highly anticipated YA debuts of 2015 and it really didn't disappoint. As the blurb states, it tells the story of the girl who learned to live from the boy who wants to die. Violet and Finch are in their last year of high school before they depart for college. They work together on a class geography project, make their way around Indiana spots and always leave something behind wherever they visit. This book touches on first loves, mental illness and learning to live again after more trying times. It doesn't glorify or romanticise the issues at all, which was fantastic. This novel is beautifully done. You'll laugh and you will cry. Everyone needs to read this.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell-Another read from Rainbow Rowell. This one centres around Cath's experiences as she heads off to college. Her first encounters with romance, classes and of course her fan fiction about Simon Snow are explored. The fan fiction in question is very Harry Potter-esque, maybe it was just me that thought that. Like Eleanor & Park this was a sweet, heartwarming story. I did feel like it was over too quickly though so I'll definitely have to go back for a re-read of this at some point.
Stuff I've Been Reading by Nick Hornby-Nick Hornby's books are probably going to be making their way into these posts for the next while, just a heads up for y'all. Anyway, this book contains Hornby's essays about books that he penned for a magazine/newspaper (I think). It's actually really interesting and I'm loving this at the moment. The majority of books he's featured are ones I've not heard of too so I've been adding to my ever-increasing 'to-read' list.
-Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
It's the last day of January and I'm looking back on the month in blog posts. I cut back on posting and videos a bit in January and a few of you commented in my survey that you want me to post more. For now, I find three posts a week more manageable and don't feel as creatively stunted if that makes sense. Don't get me wrong I love blogging but at the end of last year I found myself tired and not wanting to write which is very unusual for me. As for videos, I'm feeling a bit uninspired with that but I'm going to try to get back into it next month. Anyway, without further ado, here's some of what went up on my blog this month..
The Kylie Jenner Lip-Kylie's quite the makeup maven and over the last few years, her beauty looks have been taking the world by storm. I've been loving her lipstick hues of choice in particular. That browny-pink toned nude? Swoon. Soar from Mac and Nars' Audacious Lipstick in Anna is my favourite combo at the moment.
My 2015 Beauty Resolutions-While I like to keep my personal resolutions to myself, I'm happy to share my beauty ones with you all. At the end of this month I can tell you it's going relatively well. I'm not doing so good at wearing less makeup. My skin's been a bit problematic recently so I've been piling the concealer on. I've also been quite slack with skincare too which probably explains my former dilemma. I'm now getting back into the latter though and noticing how much of a difference it makes.
12 Blogs To Read In '15-A new year calls for new 'reads and this post rounds up some of my new favourites and longtime blogging loves. There's a bit of everything in there so get comfy, grab a cup of tea and find a blog or two to discover.
Glitter & Inspiration | My Blogcademy Experience-Blogcademy seems like a lifetime ago now and looking back it was definitely one of my favourite moments of 2014. This post is photo-heavy and features some of my favourite anecdotes that I took away from the two day workshop.
The January Reading List-Books and beauty, the two B's that I love. I introduced a new feature where I share books I've read/am reading every month with you all. This month there was two brilliant non-fiction books from women writers and also two fantastic novels. Keep an eye out for February's installment on Monday.
Acai Bowls for Breakfast: Muesli is one of my favourite breakfast foods. I'd probably eat it for lunch too if I could. Acai Bowls however take breakfast cereal to the next level. How delicious do they look!? I'm yet to try one but will be scouring the web for recipes. If you have any recommendations, leave 'em below.
A New Read: I'm always on the hunt for new things to read and I recently spotted Kiera Cass' books over on Maria's Instagram. She recommends them highly, and you can guarantee once I have Book #1 in my hands, I'll be unreachable for the next few days. Not really, but I do zone out to the next lev with a book.
Alexa Chung for AG: A denim piece of clothing, no less a denim dress!? I have to say my lack of enthusiasm for denim has been missing this Summer. I basically live in denim cutoffs right now. Anyway, my favourite style queen Alexa has recently collaborated with AG. I won't link the collection, as most of it's long sold-out. Britney did some pretty rad illustrations of the pieces though which you should check out.
I Got Spendy (ish): I'm going to blame YouTube, Pinterest, current decor trends etc for my ongoing obsession with rose-gold themed everything. I spotted this gorgeous rose gold bowl in a shop in Ponsonby Central. I've been looking for something like this for a while to store my palettes so they're not all over the place in my makeup drawer. It fits all the ones I have fine, I can actually lay my Mac one flat in it and I love having them all out in full view.
Simple's Micellar Water: It seems like here in NZ we've gone from not being able to access micellar waters at all to having two arriving on the market in March. On Tuesday I went to the launch for Simple's Micellar Water at the Sofitel. Side note: the Sofitel is the most beautiful hotel in Auckland. I'm looking for excuses to stay there. I've been really impressed by this micellar water but more on that next week..
*Have utterly rad weekends everybody! In between hiding from the crazy heat I'll be going along to #BloggersBrunchClub with Ellen and an engagement party for one of my friends. Oh and blogging of course. x
Summer is one of my favourite seasons and whilst I whinge a little bit about the heat, I secretly love it. January's been a somewhat busy month, and while I didn't take my camera with me everywhere, I tried to document some of my adventures+activities where I could. If you enjoy this I might try to make it a seasonal thing. Anyway, here's some of what I've snapped in Summer..
*I've started using my visual journal to document my inspiration again. I've really enjoyed doing this so I might make a post about it if you're interested.
*Gingerella on the side of a building in Wellington. I tried finding a bottle of it whilst I was down there but couldn't. The packaging is pretty darn rad though.
I had a little Golden Globes viewing party for one. Basically all of my picks to win left award-less but it was fun watching it anyway. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler's monologue was worth the two/three hours alone.
A window display that I loved in Wellington and a card from my Kikki K set.
A little snippet inside my 2015 diary. Those shadows are from my hair (I think) which looks insane! Bed head ftw.
The gorgeous sunset outside my bedroom window one night last week. I've always loved shadows and silhouettes so I had to include the bushes in this picture too.
Unity Books in Wellington. One of my favourite bookstores in New Zealand. There's also one in Auckland too. While I don't always buy books when I'm there, I always visit it for a browse if I am near one.
Inside the Yvonne Todd exhibition at City Gallery Wellington. Loved those beaded gowns! She also had her collection of Sweet Valley High books on display and journals which I loved seeing.
*I hope you've enjoyed this little look at what my lens has been documenting over the last month or so. This week's been loverly so far. Yesterday I went to a launch for a new micellar water from Simple. I'll report back in a post next month. Today I'm heading out to mini golf and one of my besties gets back to NZ today! She's been gone for six months and I have missed her a ridiculous amount so I am looking forward to seeing her at the airport. I hope your week's are going awesome. x
I'm sounding the monthly favourites whistle for the first time in 2015. There's a surprisingly minimal amount of makeup in here for once which can be attributed to the humidity. Who has time for makeup when it's just going to slide off your face anyway? There's also some reading material and an organisational favourite for the
month year. Enjoy!
PS-I always try to put links to everything in the description box of my video so if you're interested in anything you can click those.