Some Current Favourites

Harry and I visited London last month and found Boxpark in Shoreditch; a block of buildings with small shops, cafes and restaurants. We originally went because Harry has been desperate to try Voodoo Ray’s for years, but also found that the shops there are AMAZING! I had drooled over Papersmiths website on many an occasion, so when I walked past it I did a double take, squeaked and proceeded to float around the shop as if I was dreaming. I came out with some Koh-I-Noor pencils and an orange tote bag with “Rock Paper Scissors” printed on the front. I’ve been using it non stop as my everyday bag, and my sketchbook fits perfectly in the front pocket. Yes!

Now that Harry can drive we’ve been taking silly trips to places like Ikea purely because we weren’t able to before. My mission for the past few months has been to buy a Monstera Deliciosa (clearly so I can live out my Instagram apartment dreams HA), and when I found out that Ikea sell them, we were straight in the car and on our way! We spent an embarrassing amount of money, as you always seem to end up doing in Ikea, but came out with the important stuff – The monstera, and those chocolate layered crisp cookies that I HAVE to buy every time I’m there.

I’ve had an Apple Watch for a little while now, and its managing to get me off my bum and go running a couple of times a week! I’m still finding it weird and a bit clunky looking on my little wrist, but its definitely making me more active.

Finally, my new baby, the Fujifilm X-T2. My previous post went in to more detail about it so I won’t go in to it too much here, but I am seriously in love with it. I had been Saving up for a new camera for over a year now, and it felt super weird finally using that money to buy it, but its so good to finally have a camera that I can say I am 100% happy with and can see myself using for years and years to come!

Thats it for my current favourites! As soon as I notice I’m lovin’ on a handful of things I’ll be sure to do another one. Do you have/ have you tried any of these? What are you loving right now? Let me know in the comments! ♥

P.S: I have an Instagram account that features just my sketchbook pages, processes and finished pieces; check it out here – My other Instagram is going to be a bit more photo-based, with the occasionally photographed finished illustration piece dotted around.

Favourite Things: June

My favourite things/times/places/people this month:

  1. A friend of mine, whom I’ve known since I was 14, got married this month! I’m so happy for her and her now husband, they are a wonderful couple. It was also SOOOO lovely to see friends I haven’t seen in years!

  2. BBC Iplayer has recently started Releasing entire series in one go (joining the “binge watching” movement I guess) and I indulged myself by watching the entire series of The Living and The Dead. Partly because I saw that Colin Morgan was in it (MERLIIIIN!), but mostly because it sounded good and Victorian-ghost-story-creepy. Juuuust the way I like it. It was fantastic! Even Harry watched it, which is saying something. I wasn’t expecting the weird modern element in it either, it definitely kept me watching.
  3. Just after my birthday Harry’s mum booked for us all to go canoeing on the river where we live. It’s going to sound really silly, but it was honestly one of the best, most calming things I have done in a looooong time. I’d really love to be able to do it more often.
  4. Another TV series, and one I have mentioned briefly before: Penny Dreadful! I’ve just started watching season 3 and yet again, it’s brilliant. Way over the top, self indulgent and dramatic and Eva Green is fantastically creepy as usual.

I’d really like a book to read next month, can anyone suggest anything for me? I’m usually a fiction kinda girl, Haruki Murakami is one of my favourites if that gives you an idea!

Favourite Things: May

This is a new kind of post for me, although I have probably inadvertently done it continually through the years on this lil ol’ blog; My favourite things this month! They could be ANYTHING! From food to fripperies, I’ll go over a few things I’m loving/obsessing over/doing/appreciating for the month. It will likely be mostly fripperies, me being the type of person that tends to live in my own little bubble. But I’d also like to cover more interesting (I hope) things as well. For example;

1. This has actually been over the last few months, and will probably be quite ongoing, but I am gradually changing over all of my cleaning products, makeup and toiletries to cruelty free brands. I know I’m pretty late to the party, and I feel awful for it. I’ve always been conscious of it and don’t tend to use things like bleach and harsh chemical cleaners regularly, but it was never in the forefront of my mind while shopping. There is no excuse! Since becoming vegetarian 6 months ago, and now living in a household that composts & recycles everything humanly possible, and grows most of its own vegetables, I feel like I’ve woken up a bit more and become more in tune with “the bigger picture”.

I’m really loving Method cleaning products, because as well as being cruelty free, Eco friendly, and not damaging to aquatic life, it’s also super safe for use around animals. So I can clean happily without having to kick Zissou out all of the time! Another plus is that because I feel good using them, I’m actually cleaning more (we’ll see how long that lasts. Ha!).

2. SPRING! There were a few days this month that were beauuuuuutiful! Blossom everywhere, busy bees, birds going crazy and I was hanging outside with my legs out(with lots of spf on, obviously.). Lovely. There is something to be said for Spring in the UK, if it decides to happen. There is a noticeable lift in everyone’s spirits. 

3. My new Too Faced Sugar Pop eyeshadow palette. It’s not a new product, In fact I think it’s been out for a couple of years?? But because I want to experiment a bit more with my makeup, I couldn’t resist the colours. And Too Faced are cruelty free. Aaand it’s actually my first ever eyeshadow palette. I know, right? Almost 26 years old and I’ve never owned an eyeshadow palette. I’ve always been a bit afraid of it to be honest. I have really dry skin all over, apart from my eyelids. I seem to have the oiliest eyelids known to man, which has always meant that whenever I have tried eyeshadow it creases within minutes and looks messy. But I recently discovered the magic of eyeshadow primer (I am so late to so many parties) and now I have no excuse! Obnoxious coloured eyelids, here I come!

4. Crimson Peak. I watched this in the cinema with my sister and her husband back in October last year and re-watched it this month for some reason. It’s just so beautiful. Ugh. I cannot even describe how much I love the aesthetic of this film. That mansion. The costumes. The era. The fact that some of the spirits were played by actual people and not entirely CG. EVERYTHING. I have this thing for really old fashioned penny dreadful style horror/fantasy and when something along those lines comes out it pretty much instantly makes it on to my top list. The Art of Darkness book is definitely back on my wish list. And that reminds me; Penny Dreadful! I need to start watching season 3!

(Image found here)

5. Starting to combat my ongoing issues with self-worth/self esteem. I tend to internalise A LOT and find it hard to talk about “stuff” and I feel like maybe having a bit more time to think this month has forced me to face it head on. I’ve never been confident in myself or the way I look and I think I need to stop fixating on it as much, stop comparing myself to other people (Hi Instagram!) and realise that I only have one body and I need to love it, accept it and respect it for what it is. I also need to give it what I needs; good healthy food and exercise. I feel that I eat a lot healthier now that I’m vegetarian, but I NEVER exercise. I like, never. My exercise is walking 20 minutes to Sainsburys and back 5 times a week to buy dinner. ITS BAD YOU GUYS. It’s good to be actually talking about all this stuff though! RIGHT?! 

If anyone can recommend any books or any educative things that may help me in my journey (I’m determined!) to “loving myself”, it would be much appreciated. 💕