Saturday, 30 December 2017

December Books


I had some big plans for books I wanted to read this month, so of course I only managed to read two of the five I had laid aside. Somehow, I got ill twice this month - the first with a throat/sinus/chest infection and the second, two days before Christmas, with the most horrific stomach bug anyone in my family has ever seen (even my mum was pretty shook). Therefore I've spent a lot more time lying down/sleeping/being unable to focus than I had planned on. This is what I thought of them.


The Muse by Jessie Burton

The first book I read was The Muse, and I honestly didn't want to put it down. The story is told between two time periods, with the earlier date influencing the revelations of the later date. It was structurally interesting, giving major insight between the time frames, and equally giving a real sense of time and place in both. I felt like in London in the 60s as much as I felt I was in the south of Spain in the 30s. Burton has a real talent for creating a sense of time and place, which I was truly impressed by. I really enjoyed reading all her different characters and gaining their perspectives. A deeply delightful text. Would recommend.


Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg

I found this an interesting and yet not great text. It wasn't exciting in the way that The Muse was, but it was, nevertheless, fast-paced and thrilling. The book is a translation from the original Danish text, which is something that always interests me - how close to the original can the translation really be? Regardless, the content of the novel came through clearly, following what is essentially a detective story, though without anyone you'd classify as an actual detective. The novel also explores some cultural aspects, below the surface action, including the relationships between individuals and societies, especially those originating in differing places. Honestly, I didn't like it. And I didn't finish it. I don't know if something maybe was lost in translation, or, more likely, it just wasn't for me, but yeah, not a fan of this one.


Until next time.


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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Currently Coveting: Urban Outfitters

Basically coveting anything warm-looking as it's about 1 degree in England right now.

Back with another 'Currently Coveting' this afternoon, this time looking at Urban Outfitters. I really like doing these post because it collates my current style and what I'm liking for the season - additionally making it easier for me to shop these items (hoping for a few end-of-year sales steals).

Most of the clothes I've picked out have the cold season in mind and probably made me feel slightly warmer just by looking at them on a screen. Sadly I didn't find any shoes I was enamoured with (I love shoes, what a bummer), however there's still some great stuff in UO at the moment.



I found two really cute dresses and a very season appropriate playsuit. The playsuit is probably my favourite of the three, being a simple wrap design but in black velvet (heart eyes everywhere). If there was one single neck line for me to wear for the rest of my life, it would be a deep v-neck, so this one is very me. The first dress is also velvet, but has this great autumnal floral print. I'm pretty sure my Grandma used to have two armchairs in this exact print, so pretty retro, but nevertheless on trend. The long flared sleeves speak to me. Lastly, is a sweet red number, which personally I think screams Christmas in a warm country. It's super pretty, and summery yet seasonally appropriate. Another v-neck / wrap design combo - I love it.


Shirts/Jumpers
Let's be honest, this season is jumpers and one shirt. So let's start with the shirt. A classic deep red flannel shirt, a nice long length, and something I definitely owned in black three years ago (I'm sure I've still got it somewhere). Sweet, simple and something we could all do with.







So the jumpers. Let's start with this preppier number. Navy is a great colour all year round, so combined with a couple of other colour mixed in with stripes AND a cosy funnel neck, what more could you want? Has a big 90s vibe but nevertheless adds a sassy edge to a winter necessity. Next is this gorgeous mustard pointelle jumper. Bar the colour, this reminds me of the kind of thing my Grandma used to knit (she was very ahead of her time). It's a beautiful jumper and the colour selection is great too, with a pale pink and blue option in addition to the brighter yellow. This fisherman jumper featured in my 'Best Jumpers' blog post recently, and I think since I've mentioned it twice now it's a done deal that I'm going to buy it. Very classic, very needed.


Trousers





In terms of trousers, I'm kind of in love with these satin culottes. The floral detail is beautiful and really understated - not too bold and in your face. Plus a drawstring waist and pockets make these ideal comfort wise. I also really like these wide leg jacquard trousers. The pattern is very subtle but adds something seasonal and wintery. Again, they have a drawstring waist - perfect if your waist is small in proportion to your thighs (me), and generally more comfy and flattering.


Coats



This teddy / puffer style coat looks like the cosiest thing ever. Just looking at it makes me feel warmer. It's very on trend, both with the style and material (I recently got a teddy coat from New Look via ASOS and I never want to take it off). A worthwhile investment piece for this season and many to come.


Loungewear





Wintertime is certainly the best time for loungewear, as when you're not glammed up for a seasonal event, it's more than likely you're tucked up at home watching a Christmas film or in bed with a book. These joggers look so snug; the jersey material would be nice and warm, with cuffed ankles to keep the heat in. Exactly the kind of thing I'd pair with this lilac raglan top. A loose fit, but with long sleeves, this is very similar to the jumper I'm wearing as I write this post (though this purple is so much prettier than my dull grey one).


Have you found any great winter clothes at Urban Outfitters recently? Or any other shops you'd recommend I take a look in?

Until next time.


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Friday, 1 December 2017

Advent Excitement



I have been getting SO excited for Christmas this year, which obviously meant purchasing advent calendars months ago and longing to open them ever since. I'm not someone who's ever truly embraced the festive season - usually I'd rather it just be over and done with and am not really bothered. But this year I've been feeling Christmassy since summertime and longing for the season to begin. And, with the first of December it's finally time to start opening advent calendars and decorating the house!

Last year, and I think the year before too, I didn't actually have an advent calendar, and I've since realised that nothing truly builds up the excitement like one. So, this year I went overboard and got two (oops). One is edible, of course. I got this amazing Lindt one (arguably one of the top three chocolate brands ever), and I'm so happy that I can start off each day with chocolate this month, what a Christmas miracle.

The other one I splashed out on and treated myself to is the Selfridges beauty advent calendar, which is filled with products by brands owned by L'Oreal. This calendar has so many amazing products in it and I cannot wait to try each one out day by day and find new favourites inside. L'Oreal is one of my favourite drugstore brands, and I love a lot of the higher end brands they own, so this is such an amazing calendar and one I know I will enjoy.

I think at the end of the month I might do a little round up of my favourite products in the calendar/mention any that don't suit my skin etc. My Mum also treated herself to a beauty advent calendar this year, and she's maybe even more excited than I am. She got the M&S one and we've already been talking potential trades if we get products we know the other would prefer!! So I may end up mentioning a few of those in that round up too.

I hope you're all as hyped for Christmas as I am this year, and December brings you love, joy and happiness.

Happy Advent!!


Until next time.


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