I can't believe we're coming up to the end of August already! I had so many things I was supposed to be sorting out this month, and just haven't... It's time to bring back my organiser I think!
I bought this awesome cookbook off Amazon this week, called Cake Days by The Hummingbird Bakery. I haven't made anything out of it yet, but some of the recipes look ah-may-zing, so watch this space for some of my cookery disasters exploits.
I'm kick-starting a brand new series today which I hope you're gunna love! Rather than just leave you with my little 'Daily Reads' click-list in my sidebar, Beautiful Blogs is going to showcase the best of the blogging world and why I love them so much.
Seeing as 'Charade' is celebrating 'Archive August' at the moment, and is busy flaunting her best bits, it seems suitable to start here!
Charade is run by the glorious Megan. She's an English Literature and Creative Writing Graduate and lives in Bristol, probably surrounded, by pink, sparkles, with a pretty inspirational wardrobe! I've been reading Charade for a couple of years now, and I still get really excited when I see 'Charade (1)' on my BlogLovin screen.
I think what I love most about Megan and her blog, is the privileged window you get into her life. You feel as though you're genuinely making a new BBF week by week which is a huge accomplishment as a writer as well as making her especially endearing.
She's just launched Charade's latest make-over to celebrate her blog's Third Birthday, so pop on over, devour over a nice cup of tea, leave a comment and make her day!
1. How to start my own business. This is something I really want to do one day. I'm thinking a sweet little clothes boutique or a themed cafe with lots and lots of Primrose Bakery style cupcakes. I don't really understand what help is own there for me, especially start-up funding wise. Seeing as I'm hoping to move to the Bath/Bristol area some day I guess it'll end up being there!
2. Plays and the Theatre. When I tell people that I'm an English Literature student more often that you'd think I get asked 'Have you seen/read this play?' Which always throws me, because I actually know very little of this side of literature. Script writing was really my weak point at school and so I guess I've just avoided the entire genre. I may have to squeeze a space for 'read more plays' in my to-do list.
3. The Origins of Language. I love finding out little gems about how we came to use some of the words in our language as well as how they're linked to other languages. Especially how much of out language is derived from Greek, Latin and French. I love it. Maybe this is why I love QI so much...
4. Moving Abroad. I would love to live in Paris, Wellington, Sydney or maybe New York... Anyway, the idea of leaving everything behind and starting anew in a strange culture sounds fantastically exciting to me! I so admire Sarah Von from Yes and Yes for how she floats around the world with such elegance.
5. What To Do. For those of you who are in University, have finished University or are already climbing the career ladder, do you really know where you're headed? Because I sure as hell don't. I have a vague idea of the kinda work I'd like to do in the future, but I don't think it's enough. And I really so hate not having a plan! So, do I set up my own business, become a novel writer, become a freelance journalist, become a magazine editor, a high school English Teacher, a full-time Mum? Or all six?!
I've been dying to decorate properly the flat that I share with my actor Boyfriend for a while now, but have never really had the money to do it. However, I figure that anything's possible on a budget right?
So, step one, gather gather gather little gems of inspiration. In other words, drool over Design*Sponge for a couple of hours. Sound familiar? I'm not alone. Thank god.
However, Carrie's Bedroom is SATC - heaven right?
Our room is a little too petite for such a rich colour though I think, so I may well have to pick a much lighter choice. Maybe a dove grey. That dusky light blue, are you with me?
Something like this maybe....
However, I am quite loving this throw atm from Urban Outfitters. So maybe I could have a light boldness after all.
Along with this mirror...
And some pretty hanging stars.
I'm all excited already! Bring on payday and a trip to B&Q for paint supplies.
I've been pretty busy working, but I had a job interview Saturday morning for a job that I really want. So wish me luck! I spend most of Friday shopping for it, and came away with a pretty swish outfit from Next!
I have also been wasting time playing the Mastermind online quiz. I adore quizzes and have been learning lots from this one.
I re-watched An Education the other day which renewed my adoration of french music.
And seeing as everywhere is releasing it's Autumn/Winter collections and it has done barely anything but RAIN these past few days in Wales, I'm thinking about what coat I should invest in this year. I buy a new coat every other year and this year is New Coat Year! So exciting.
Gives me an excuse to shop. Hurrah! So, anyone seen anything spectacular recently? I have my eye on this little number from Miss Selfridges at the moment.
I have a thing for successful women who know they're beautiful and use it. Not in that 'aren't a wonderful, all hail me' type way, but in the celebration of one's femininity type way.
She was born Norma Jean Mortenson
She died aged just 36
She studied Literature and Art Appreciation at the University of California.
She was married three times.
Apparently she was a fan of Nivea Moisturiser.
I think most people come across Marilyn these days in the many quotes of her's that seem to get thrown around Facebook, of which there are some brilliant ones.
Here are a few of my favourites.
"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
"Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about."
How charming. She just makes me want to buy Cartier diamonds and move to California.
I thought we could all do with a little escapism, or in other words some pretty pictures of a beach. I went for a wander to our local beach at Llansteffan last weekend with Adam and our friend Josh, and here are a few snapshots. All taken with the camera on the iPhone 4.
I don't know if the news about the rioting and looting in our capital is international news yet. But it's certainly all we're hearing about home in the uk.
On Thursday 4th August, Mark Duggan was killed by a shooting incident from a Police firearms officer on Ferry Lane Bridge, near Tottenham Hale Tube. A peaceful protest was held outside a local police station that evening demanding answers as to how it occurred.
That night, against the wishes of the family, groups took it upon themselves to begin some of the worst rioting the UK has seen since the 80s.
The rioting has worsened every night since, and last night I was sat up watching the 24 news stations into the early hours while on the phone to many of my friends who live across London. They were terrified for their lives and the lives of their families. Considering how many flats, went up in flames along with the shops that had been looted and torched beneath them. A friend who lives in Lewisham had many of the rioters running straight past her front door, with rumours of looters turning on residential homes.
I can't imagine walking outside and many of the shops and landmarks of my home area just having been ripped out of the community.
Unrest among the youths of this country has been swelling since the Winter when so many people I know headed to London to march in the protests against the rise in student fees. I think a long list of grievances, ending with the unfortunate death of Mark Duggan has resulted in this mayhem.
Unfortunately, many of the people rioting aren't even doing it to make a point, more for selfish reasons hoping that they can loot something of value and benefit from the unrest.
For the first time ever, I am ashamed to be British. I hope that people wake up, and recognise that if they're going to stand up for a cause, do it with some dignity, so that they can actually make a difference and aren't met with disgust and disdain as they ruin innocent people's lives in the wake of their violence.