17 June 2014

June Wish List

I have been so busy this month that I haven't really had time to think about what I would really like this month, let alone scour magazines for things. I had a trip to New York (more to come on this later) where I made a few purchases but otherwise I really need to save my pennies. I think I am going to try an all spending ban again next month. Anyway, here is my short and sweet June wish list:

1. Polka Dot Jeans, George at Asda, £16 Quite funny to have a £16 pair of jeans on a wish list but never mind! I love these. I saw a pic of a girl wearing polka dot skinnies with a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt and looked pretty cool so now I have my heart set on a pair. 

2. Floral Shirt, Topshop, £35 This shirt is so bright. Perfect for summer with shorts or skinnies and maybe some jelly shoes. 

3. Iphis Card Holder, Liberty, £45 I love how bright this card holder is. I used to really hate this print but it has grown on me like crazy and now I want this. Badly. Maybe with a clutch bag in a different colour. The print is Iphis, not Ianthe like I scrawled in the picture. 

4. Prisme Libre Powder, Givenchy, £35 I think I underestimate the power of a good facial powder. I use a MAC one at the moment which is OK but I don't notice too much of a difference when I don't use it. This Givenchy one intrigues me, however, as it claims to hide a multitude of facial grievances: green to neutralise redness, purple to counteract dark circles, lilac to add radiance, and blue to balance sallow yellow. Could it be the miracle powder I'm looking for?

5. Sunglasses, Topshop, £16 I can't resist a pair of cool shades. These are cute but I am still searching for the Holy Grail of all sunglasses - the turquoise ones worn by Alabama Worley in True Romance. Where oh where can I find those glasses??

6. Clutch, Marc by Marc Jacobs, £75 This little clutch is so cute. Cat + palm tree = Emma's perfect holiday clutch. I would probably use this more as a make up bag as it's not big enough to carry all the crap that I have. Still love it though. 

7. Mademoiselle Exfoliator, Chanel, £55 Mademoiselle is my all time favourite perfume. I adore it. I bought a bottle from Boots last year though which I think was off. I should have sent it back but Christmas happened and then it was a bit too late but still. I willingly pay £100 for the perfume but £55 seems a bit excessive for an exfoliator. I bet it smells divine. 

So there you have it. Not much to rave about this month. Next month I will be banning myself from buying clothes, accessories, and make up so my wish list will probably be twice as long. I always want stuff when I can't buy it. 

What's on your wish list this month?

15 June 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. Yes I managed to not send my dad a card on time again but I did manage to email him a snap of one. Creative, no?

I could not for the life of me find a Father's Day card that I liked this year. They were all beer or golf or sailing boats or lame jokes. Not cool. So instead I got this postcard of Amy Winehouse who my dad loves. Yes it is slightly inappropriate but hey, that's me. Anyway, I'm sure he appreciated it a lot more than some crappy Hallmark card. 

In honour of my dad I am watching Django Unchained tonight. A film that we both thoroughly enjoyed.

11 June 2014

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars

I recently flew back from one of my fave places, New York. For the return journey I decided to pick up some bits to calm me down. My buys included: Nylon magazine, Reese's Pieces, Trident gum, a bottle of water, a neck pillow, and 'The Fault In Our Stars'. I was keen to read the book as I had heard a lot about it and wanted to make a start before the film is released in the UK (20th June I believe). I began reading as I waited to board but then I took two Valium to calm me down and found it difficult to concentrate. 

I hate flying as I am absolutely terrified of death. Scrap that. I am terrified of dying without achieving anything significant. I feel like I increase the odds of me dying young when I choose to fly. The problem is I also love to travel. I suppose my desire to see the world trumps my fear of flying/dying. Anyway, I am rambling. This book has made me think about death. A lot. 

When I got home I picked the book up again and devoured the whole thing it approximately five hours. I loved it. I like books that make me feel something. That could be happy, sad, appalled (American Psycho I'm thinking of you!), whatever. If it produces a strong emotion within me, I love it. 

I felt mostly sad reading TFIOS. Sad that the main characters had cancer, sad that life can be so shitty, sad that beautiful moments can be fleeting, sad at all of the possible endings I dreamt up, sad at the actual ending, sad that Hazel's favourite book had no ending, just sad. Don't get me wrong, there were happy moments. But the happy moments were weighted with an impending sadness that made even the happiness sad. Does that make sense? 
My favourite quote is the one above. As soon as I read it I jotted it down. It melted my heart but, again, made me so sad! There are millions of synonyms for the word 'sad' but I don't feel like any of them convey how this book made me feel quite so well. 

I know that loads of readers felt the opposite when reading this book, they felt incredibly warm and happy. I know why, of course, the love story is beautiful, the writing is, at times, hilarious ('I've gotten really hot since you went blind'), and there is a lot of good amongst the bad things that happen but all of this was tinged with sadness for me as I knew that at least one of the characters was going to die (this is not a spoiler, it is made clear early on that Hazel's illness is terminal). Whilst they might not die in the book, they would die after and I always think about the future of characters once I have finished reading. 
This is another of my favourite quotes. There were many beautiful lines in the book. John Green has a way with words, that's for sure. This made the book for me but I couldn't help feeling a little bit like I did when watching Dawson's Creek - do teenagers really talk like this?? As with Dawson's Creek though, ultimately I didn't care about the age-appropriate language as the story made me fall hard. The love between Augustus and Hazel, to me, felt real and lovely and, yes here's that word again, sad. 

Have any of you read 'The Fault In Our Stars'? What did you think? Please let me know if you did not feel overwhelmed by sadness as this feeling will not leave me!!