What a month. Seriously. What a month. July has been a ‘blink-and-you-miss-it’ month.
A week was spent in Croatia sunning it up, drinking alot of wine and working through books that I’ve been meaning to read for months. I read Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist and felt like I needed a massive cry. Not that it’s a particularly sad book, or that is what Carrie Fisher intended, but it’s very referential to her death and that got me going. I blamed hayfever. I would definitely recommend. I also read the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – again, not the most uplifting book. But still, it is such an interesting story; disturbing and moving. If you’re in the market for a dystopian world this should be next on your list. Check out my Croatia post and video here!
July also was also marked by a main event (and will one day be a national holiday), my birthday! A little party whilst it poured down with rain with loads of cake, glitter and dancing…and not forgetting bad decisions involving tequila. A classic.
My July Essentials:
- Body Shop Skin Defence SPF 50 – For a girl that hates being burnt this was my go to in the heat. Perfect to keep skin hydrated and protected from the sun.
- Nobody’s Child Black Frill Hem Jumpsuit – light, swishy and the most versatile outfit I own. I cannot live without it.
- Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Cherry Skies – Okay, so it’s not a ‘summer brights’ but this shade is quickly becoming my everyday go to. Paired with dewy highlighter and a slick of mascara, this is my fave long lasting red.
- Glitter, lots and lots of glitter – Ebay has been my best friend this month for the glitter stash.
- Nyx Glitter Primer – You can’t have glitter without sticking it to your face. this is what i used and it was just right for my birthday party. As a bonus, it didn’t ruin my skin when I was scrubbing the sequins off the next morning.
Whenever I switch on the J U L Y playlist, it takes me back to happy dancing times. have a listen to the spotify playlist here
Until next month,
Boy in the photo : Alex
For 1 week the family and I headed the Croatian beaches in Dubrovnik for 7 days of serious relaxation. We slathered ourselves in factor 50 (and still got burnt #eyeroll), ready to explore the sights of old town, the nearby islands and tasted the delicious wines of the area.
Our Dubrovnik recommendations:
- Skar Winery – family run winery on the edge of the harbour. D E L I C I O U S.
- Lopud – we travelled to this island on a tour. Definately would reccomend the beach on the far side of the island for a clear water dip in the sea.
- Cable Car – A journey not for the faint hearted, but this view is worth it. On the top of the hill there is a museum dedicated to the homeland war, and for someone who didn’t know much about the city this was a good introduction to the heartbreaking recent history of Croatia.
- Walk the Dubrovnik Wall – It’s a trek and it’s hot, but there’s no denying there’s a better way to get to know the town than this.
- Explore the Old Town – the setting for Game of Thrones and Star Wars means that the town is riddled with souvenir shops, but if you can look past that there are loads of little eateries and squares filled with jazz bars to look for.
- Peppers Eatery – Slightly off the beaten track, but this restaurant is just what we needed after a day of exploring/spending the day moving from sun to the shade on the loungers.
Primarily a YouTube channel, Negative Feedback has spawned a film loving community across social media platforms, sharing questions and photos, and opening a an old medium to a new audience.
Luckily, I managed to squeeze into the very very busy magazine launch to pick up the first tangible offering from Negative Feedback (and picked up a 35mm film too). I’m impressed; The branding is gorgeous in soft pinks and white, and the zine itself holds a contemporary collection of film by Damien Maloney, Liam Stock, Laurence Watts and Tim Palman, amongst so many others. It’s a stunning edit.
It’s made me search out the reels of film on my shelf and finally get them developed to discover what magic they might uncover…or they might just be the result of a snap happy, giddy drunk me. We’ll see what develops (eyyy see what I did there?)
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