The Summer Book Haul

The Summer Book Haul

Any excuse to talk books and I am one hundred per cent there. Or here as it transpires. I do read a lot-although it takes me a while sometimes to finish things because I am a chronic serial reader. Today though I thought I'd share some of the books I've picked up recently, along with some I received for Christmas, including my most-anticipated read of recent times...

-Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret x Craig Brown: It turns out this book is on a lot of people's reading lists right now. Given how hard it was to find a copy. Perhaps its surge in popularity is down to The Crown. Anyway I'm thirty chapters in and it is brilliant. I don't want to say too much now because I suspect it's going to end up in my January Favourites post. Just know that it is living up to my expectations and then some.

-Call Me By Your Name x Andre Aciman: The novel that inspired the film which is earning high praise at the moment. I have a pass to see the movie but haven't had the chance to yet. Maybe I should wait until I've finished the book. Anyway, this was a Christmas present, nabbed at Unity Books hence the snazzier cover than the film tie-in. Both sound fantastic and the excerpts I saw on Estee's Instagram story from the book back it up.

-I Capture The Castle x Dodie Smith: Firstly, how beautiful are these Macmillan Collector's Library editions? I'm not sure how I haven't really paid much attention to them before but they're exquisite. I love the compact size especially. Anyway, I've been wanting to read this for the longest time and in my never-ending quest to read more classic literature, I bought it for myself for Christmas. I'm going to start it when I eventually finish Little Women which shouldn't be too far off.

-the sun and her flowers x rupi kaur: Ok confession time, and this shouldn't feel like an admission but I've let the literary critique cloud my judgement of rupi kaur's work a bit. I know there's snobbery around 'insta-poetry' and I get it. It's not Wordsworth or Keats, nor does it pretend to be. I think the fact kaur's writing is more unconventional is where the charm lies. I definitely found some of the longer poems a bit unnecessary but there were many I bookmarked to go back to later. I read this in an evening last week and will definitely return to my favourites too. 

-Where'd You Go, Bernadette x Maria Semple: Another book which'll be a movie in 2018, starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Richard Linklater. What appeals to me most is it sounds like a Wes Anderson-esque read. A novel with quirkiness and humour. I am really unlikely to turn down a contemporary read that combines those two elements. 

-The Vanity Fair Diaries x Tina Brown: One of my eagerly anticipated reads and one that satisfies my magazine-loving self immensely. The diaries Tina Brown kept from 1983-1992 make for incredibly compelling reading. Such intriguing insights into many magazine key players too like Annie Leibovitz, Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley among others. Its making me want to read her book about Princess Diana now too. 

-Women & Power x Mary Beard: This was another book I received for Christmas and I took it away on holiday with me earlier in the month. I gave it four stars on Goodreads because I thoroughly enjoyed it. Beard combines her extensive knowledge of Greek history with women throughout history and the misogyny that is firmly cemented, particularly towards those who dare to adopt an authoritative stance. A short but brilliant read.

-What have you read this Summer?

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Summer Photo Diaries

Summer Photo Diaries

Summer is one of my favourite seasons, despite it right now feeling way too humid. Auckland's sticky, uncomfortable heat is not a good time. What is a good time? Summer fruit, relaxing, reading, crystal blue waters and the fact that in this part of the world, Summer represents a new year. I had two weeks off over Christmas where I spent a lot of time just doing whatever I wanted. It was the best, quite frankly. I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked to but here's a snippet of what I did capture...

/ / Above: The inside cover of my journal for 2018. Yes I sticker my journals like a true 00's girl.

/ / The Christmas tree at my aunty's house. I housesat there over Christmas+New Year where I spent a fair portion of my time in the pool. SO. GOOD. I loved this real Christmas tree though. Can't beat them. 

/ / Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room at the Auckland Art Gallery. It was crowded so I really hurriedly took photos and placed stickers around. I'll have to go back when it isn't as busy. 

/ / Went to the beach one day and left with sea glass and shells, and very sandy feet. Free exfoliation? Wish I'd taken my togs #regret. 

/ / On Boxing Day I went to the movies and saw Breathe and hit up the Kikki K sale. I stocked up on cards as you can see so I am set for the next year or so(!). Their sale is still going, in fact I think some things are now 75% off so it's the perfect opportunity to treat yo'self. 

/ / To me, from me. Magazines I wrapped up for myself for Christmas. Yes I am that sappy. No I am not even sorry.
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The 2018 Diaries

The 2018 Diaries

Another year, another opportunity to have some semblance of organisation, thought and memory through stationery. I've kept diaries for as long as I can remember. Pen and paper work considerably better than pixels for me in this regard. Today I thought I'd shine the light on my organisational tools for 2018. If you're in an organisational rut, or perhaps just a curious cat, this one is for you.

Visual Diary/Daily Journal: This is actually one of those blank sketchbooks of unlined paper. It was Britney who got me on to these for journaling so thank you Brit. I'm using it to (hopefully) write daily in for my own benefit. Nine days in and so far, so good. I love the thickness of the paper and the size of this as well. I won't be surprised if I have to grab another one at some point in the year but I like the idea that my 2018 journals may be in volumes. Is that nerdy? Anyway...

A5 Journal, not pictured: I guess this is what I'm calling the amateur bullet journal. It's not quite a bullet journal in the traditional sense of the word but is a series of lists, grids and things that don't really belong anywhere else. Inside there's lists I've written up where I can track TV series episodes, blog post progress, movies released in 2018 that I want to see, a skincare routine chart among other things. Lists seem to be really effective for me and I think I'll eventually move to something more legitimately bullet journal-y but for now this is a good introduction. PLUS it's rose gold and sparkly af and I am one hundred per cent here for that. 

Weekly Diary: My go to, organisational diary. This typically stays on my desk at home. Otherwise I just chuck things I need to remember during the day on a piece of paper and throw it inside whatever notebook's left the house with me. Yep, this sophisticated millennial is not a total iCal devotee. I use this diary for reminders, appointments, writing down people's birthdays, blog post tracking and other boring adult things. I'm sure you get the gist.

-What do you use to stay organised?

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A Colourpop Haul

A Colourpop Haul

One of those internet brands that everyone rightly loves is Colourpop. Testament to that is their regular appearances on the ol' gram but the many global fans, on and offline as well. It's been a long time since I've done an order from Colourpop but when the queen of Colourpop hauls herself, better known as Cass, went in recently I decided to follow suit. Here's what I nabbed:

Take Me Home Palette: Is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen!? LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS. You get four matte and two metallic shades inside. All swatch beautifully and wear so well. I see why everyone is smitten with Colourpop's powder eyeshadows. I'm not gonna lie, I am lusting after the All I See Is Magic palette as well. Psst, this one is currently on sale for $10 or free if you spend $40 or more.

Pressed Powder Highlighter in Taffy: I know Cass loves the Colourpop highlighters as well so I was keen to grab one. I believe this was from their Christmas collection but it is still around if you want to snag one for yourself. Side note: Colourpop's branding has had a facelift and I love it. This powder looks and feels luxe which is a bonus, given its wallet friendly price point. I'd use this shade as an eyeshadow too. It's that dreamy. 

Ultra Glossy Lip in Wham: Bam, thank you ma'am. Lip gloss is one of those products I don't like forking out for so I wanted to try this to see what it was like. I LOVE it! Non-sticky, shiny and it gives your lips a fuller appearance. I pair it with Velvet Teddy x MAC and it's such a gorgeous combination. On its own, it can veer into Tin Man territory so be careful. The joy of being so pale. Layer up people!

Creme Gel Liner in Over Board: After loving the shade Get Paid in this formula I had to get another. Again, they're so inexpensive and pigmented and I love 'em. I also love that they're twist up so sharpeners become irrelevant. 

-What do you love from Colourpop?
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2017 Beauty Favourites

2017 Beauty Favourites

While I feel like I don't write about beauty as much these days, it is still a pivotal part of this blog and I couldn't let the opportunity to write about my favourite products pass me by. These are all beauty items that were new to me in 2017 and were ones I continually reached for and returned to. They're also what I opt to take if I'm away and are fail-safe options if I am time pressed. The latter, an often likely occurrence. Whoops. Anyway, 2017 beauty favourites incoming...

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow: I'm sure these have had several mentions on the blog this year. In fact I know they have. Yes they're incredibly sparkly and I do like to wear them with abandon to brighten my mood. That and they look simply stunning on the eyelids. The longevity is fantastic and they're so easy to apply. Lovelovelove. 

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer: So much to love about this concealer. It's long wearing and conceals (ha) a multitude of sins. Dark circles? Check. Blemishes? Check, check. Some days I just throw this and a bit of setting powder on and be done. I don't think I'm going to run out of it, ever but if that day should come, I will definitely repurchase it.

Glossier Cloud Paint: The cream blush that I can actually work with. Success! The shade Dusk works as a blush+contour colour on my pale mug and I love it. For a cream product it's surprisingly long lasting and it blends out seamlessly. If you do go overboard, it's easily fixed with a foundation brush. I might have to get the peachy shade this year because I love this formula. 

Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara: If it's good enough for Zoe Foster Blake, it's good enough for me. This mascara is brilliant. Due to the fibres it lengthens your lashes like nothing else and holds a curl so well. It doesn't smudge or flake and is so easy to remove with a bit of warm water. I'll definitely be grabbing myself another of these soon as mine is on its way out.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: Yes, I really only knew about this product from Kylie Jenner's Snapchat story. No shame though because this is such a lifesaver. You dab a cotton bud into the solution, apply to blemishes overnight and hey presto. Your blemish is either gone completely or way less angry in the morning. If there was a Fairy Godmother in a bottle, this would be it.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: After months of deliberating, I finally grabbed myself this palette and honestly, it's what I use 95% of the time I wear powder eyeshadows. The colours are amazing, adaptable and blend like a dream. As you can see I get a fair bit of wear from the first six shades but the whole palette is divine. Worth the splurge and the hype.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser: I'm sure my inclusion of this over the Oskia Renaissance Gel will shock some people. Or perhaps not. Either way, I've preferred this lighter cleanser in 2017. Again a little goes a long way. Maybe I'm too sparing with my products because I swear some beauty bloggers do empties every five minutes. If you're from NZ and wondering how I got Glossier without entering the States or the Big Apple, YouShop. You're welcome.

Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter: To be honest, highlighting isn't really my jam. I love it but I'm not going to feel lost without it. When I do reach for a highlighter though, it is usually this. It gives the dewy effect without looking too insane or unflattering. Not gonna lie, that heart shaped compact is pretty dang cute too.

MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour*: Honestly, none of the bases I've used this year have totally wowed me but the one I find myself returning to most frequently is this one from MAC. It's definitely not something that'll give you a ton of coverage, as the name would suggest but I kinda like that about it. I love lightweight bases. I have the shade Medium so it's spot on for Summer but I wore it in Winter and it didn't look too dark so maybe it's a good all-rounder. Either way, I like it. 

Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo: I love this vibrant, watermelon pink. I have the shade Leader. It's so easy to swipe on, doesn't feather and fades out to a stain of colour on the lips. So if you're like me and cannot be bothered to reapply sometimes, this is for you. I always feel confident with a bold lip on and this colour is no exception. 

-What beauty products did you love in 2017?

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