Where would we be without the monthly deluge of Favourites blog posts at the beginning of every month? BORED, that’s for sure. I don’t know about you, but Favourites posts are my favourites ones both to read others and write my own. The only time I’ll watch a Zoella video is when it’s her monthly favourites one! Also, let’s not kid ourselves, this is a really easy post idea for Blogmas – I’m not even going to try and deny it! Switched things up again this month as I’ve managed to keep abstaining from beauty products last month (instead spending £180 on my hair which I regret SO MUCH), so here are my general life-saver man-made creations from the universe during the last 30 days…:
Taylor Swift – Reputation (£8.99, Google Play download)
I managed to resist buying Reputation for one whole week, before I caved and downloaded it on a particularly boring bus journey and, boy, am I glad I did! It. Is. Incredible. There are no songs that I dislike, which is a big achievement for a mainstream popular music album – not a filler in sight! It’s very electronica – Look What You Made Me Do was definitely the right first single to prepare us for this new Taylor sound. My absolute favourite at the moment is I Did Something Bad – the lyrics are just so sassy and bad-ass. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Taylor Swift album, you need to buy this one asap.
Sophie Kinsella – Promise Me (out Feb 2018, will be £18.99)
When I saw the advanced proof copy of this book in the staff room at work, I near on squealed in delight. Sophie Kinsella is, and always has been, my ultimate guilty pleasure and I own every single one of her books. This one isn’t officially out until February 2018, so I’m not sure how much I can say, but it was a very good read. She focuses on the dynamics between a married couple this time, which is unusual for a Kinsella stand-alone and perhaps made the book a little less eventful from some of her other ones. Sylvie and Dan have been married for 10 years and decide they know each other a little too well – cue Project Surprise Me, where they try to find out more about the other that they didn’t know. But, as you’ve probably guessed by now, some things have stayed secret for a long time – and they’re about to be revealed. It’s a good book, better than any Carrie Hope Fletcher, Marian Keyes or Louise Pentland attempt by far – but it’s not quite her best either. When’s the next book in the Shopaholic series going to be released??
Happiness Planner – (£28, Anthropologie)
I’ve wanted this for around a year, ever since I first saw it in Anthropologie time I was in London, early this year. At the time, I had no money, but I’ve thought about it ever since! Yes, it is very expensive for what it is – a daily planner/gratitude journal hybrid, but it’s really pretty and there’s no wasted space, blank pages. For each week, you have a weekly diary page and then separate daily planning pages, with a double spread to evaluate each week at the end. There are boxes to write down daily thankfulness, track your mood and write your to-do list. At the end of 100 days, you evaluate your mood scores throughout the weeks, and see if you’ve improved. It’s also hella cute aesthetically – it comes in pink (mine), khaki green and Tiffany turquoise.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Netflix (subscription £5.99 a month – worth it just for the 3 seasons of this show tbh)
My friend has been obsessing over this show for a while now, but I never really took much notice. I put on an episode out of curiosity the other day and was immediately hooked! It’s an American sitcom-cum-musical-cum-drama that deals with Rebecca’s upheaval of her entire life to move to California and be near her summer camp ex-boyfriend. It deals with Rebecca’s mental health in an extremely tactful and honest way – never glorifying it, but still somehow showing the worst moments. There’s also plenty of laughs and over-the-top characters. It’s basically Glee for adults, but funnier and only original comedy songs. I’ve also just discovered the entire soundtrack is on Spotify and it’s legit my jam when I’m walking home from work – special shout-out to the ‘Santa Ana Winds’ song which I haven’t yet gotten tired of playing 24/7.
Sleepy Body Lotion – (£13.95 for the bigger pot, Lush)
This is a product I’ve owned for a while and although I love the smell, I’ve never really experienced it helping me sleep before. As I’d run out of one pot, I decided to order another one in my most recent Lush haul (separate blog post coming soon) and I’ve been slathering it all over me just before bed. If nothing else, the smell is beautiful and it deserves a place on this list just for the sweet lavender-y vanilla-y scent of loveliness it exudes BUT, I do also think it has aided me to fall asleep sooner and stay asleep longer. If I use Twilight shower gel at night, then completely cover my myself in Sleepy lotion, then Twilight Sparkle jar over my upper body and THEN spray my pillow (both sides), nightie and self with Twilight body spray – I seem to fall asleep much quicker than I usually do. Most nights, I toss and turn for at least three hours before I fall asleep, and then wake up multiples times throughout the night, wherein the process of trying to get to sleep starts again. The most noticeable difference on nights where I use this lavender-bombshell routine, I don’t wake up once during the night, which makes me feel much more rested in the mornings. I’m still not utterly convinced, but it’s worth a go if you’re also struggling with sleep, for sure!
And there we have it, 5 things that made November a happier time to be alive. As I write this, I’m still seething from this morning’s doctors appointment with a dismissive, sexist doctor about my medication nearly killing me on Sunday night, so it’s been a little harder for me to focus on positives today! Writing this post helped, but I also think it might be time for another feminist rant on the blog…I can’t be the only one who still feels they’re constantly discriminated against for their age and gender? Honestly, the amount of times in the past few months that I’ve been dismissed by men for being ‘hysterical’ or ‘stupid’ or ‘irresponsible’ takes the piss…I’ll be quiet for now, but you can probably guess what tomorrow’s blog post is going to be!! As always, thanks for reading and take care of yourselves!