How crazy that this summer has been a REAL summer - in England. Can you believe it? Because every week that the weather has continued to be warm, I've gotten more and more confused, and now that it's finally cooled down a bit I don't really know what to do with myself. It's been nice in many ways: I've gotten to wear all my pretty summer dresses without fearing a potential downpour at any given moment; I've spent a lot of time just relaxing and reading, because it's been too warm to do much more; and, most importantly, I've gotten some much needed vitamin D (we're all deprived in this cold country). However, working in the warm weather has ultimately been hellish, so I'm not too sad to say goodbye, and I'm already planning my A/W wardrobe.
Anyhow, here is everything I've been loving for the past three months. It's fairly concise, since it's been too warm to bother about much, but everything here I well and truly love.
A major summertime rediscovery has been the Rosie For Autograph Bronzing and Highlighting sticks. These are great for creating a super glowy look and bronzing up the face whilst keeping it looking natural. I feel like a total bronzed goddess when using these products, so of course I love using them most in summer, when I'm usually looking a bit pale in comparison to everybody else. The formulas are so creamy, they're really easy to work with,they and create the perfect summer look. So. Good.
No-brushes-necessary makeup is usually my favourite kind, so it's no surprise that I love the Glossier Lidstar in the shade Fawn. This is essentially a liquid eyeshadow, so you just swipe in on your eyes, pat it out so it covers the lid and hey presto, you're done. I like that it's super subtle and yet when the light hits it, it hits it. It's also buildable so you can get a darker shade, but I prefer just a flick of colour. Fawn is the prettiest purpley taupe, which works great with green eyes.
How great that I've FINALLY found a mascara that I truly love. I have been in such a rut with mascara for so many months now, but the Glossier Lash Slick has finally gotten me wearing it again. It's such a great formula; not too wet or dry or clumpy or thin. It gives a natural but awake look, which is all I really want from a mascara, defining and lengthening your lashes without trying too hard to do anything else. It's my ideal mascara and I'll be wearing it for a long time to come.
I don't change up my skincare too often now that I've finally gotten a good routine with products that work for me, but I've been trying out Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and it is a dream for my skin. This stuff. Phenomenal. I wake up in the morning and my skin is revitalised. It does so much with just a couple of drops. My skin feels so well hydrated, it feels smoother, my complexion is evened out over night, it's everything I've ever dreamt of. I got this as a sample in last year's advent calendar and I know full well that I'll be buying a full size the second I run out. I use it probably about twice a week and my skin is reaping the benefits. Love this stuff.
Midi as a concept. As someone who's never been over the moon with their thighs, the concept of midi length is something I should have considered forever ago. It's floaty and airy and looks dreamy and elegant and everything I desire to be. Being tall as well it's ideal, as I don't need to worry that anything will be too short like with mini and maxi lengths. My favourite midi length item is a wrap dress from Pull & Bear. It's a gorgeous blue floral print and I feel chic as heck whenever I'm wearing it.
My favourite books from this summer have been Countdown by Alan Weisman and The Northern Lights & The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. Countdown is all about the issue of population growth and control, which I find so interesting and is such an important topic for people to be informed about. Whereas The Northern Lights & The Subtle Knife are the first two books in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, following a young girl called Lyra on her quest to understand the conflict between the church, dark matter and other worlds. If you're interested in further thoughts on these books feel free to take a look at my July Books post, which is slightly more comprehensive.
So Sad So Sexy by Lykke Li is basically the coolest album you'll here all year. I love the electropop style of her music and how she's managed to make every song on the album a total hit. This has been on repeat in my car pretty much since it came out. My favourites include Jaguars in the Air, Bad Woman and the eponymous track So Sad So Sexy.
A very recent favourite is Sweetener by Ariana Grande. Her earliest albums were generally a little too bubblegum pop for my liking, but this album in particular has really shown her growth into her own musical style. A few favourite tracks are No Tears Left to Cry, Better Off and Everytime.
Despite loving these two albums, my song of the summer has to be from another artist altogether. Sigrid is yet to release her debut album, but it's already penned to be a hit. A major favourite from her recent Raw EP is a track titled Schedules. The song feels really nostalgic, like a lot of summer hits tend to, and is, in general, an absolute tune. 100% highly recommend giving it a listen.
(women are the best)
Okay so I went to see Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again without having even watched the trailer, knowing full well I was bound to love it. However, in not viewing the trailer before hand, I was not aware that Meryl Streep's character, Donna Sheridan, has died, therefore leading to me being absolutely NOT emotionally prepared to see the film. There were tears, but there were also a ton of smiles because this film, despite it's lack of Meryl Streep, is full of joy. When ghost Donna and Sophie were singing together I was thrilled to finally see Meryl Streep whilst also being heartbroken by the fact she was a ghost. Lily James was brilliantly cast as young Donna. I thought her portrayal was really great. Honestly, a beautiful, wholesome film. Oh yeah, and Cher is in it!! You've got to watch it.
Also two of my best friends married each other this summer! Maybe my favourite of all favourites.
Until next time.