Hello Hello! Remember me? I’m back… Hope you’re all well and having a lovely day/evening. It’s been a while since I last did a kind of ‘monthly favourites’ post, because to be honest, I was finding them un-inspiring and frankly a little boring, not only to write but to read too. I want my blog to always be fresh and I want to share things with you which really excite me. So I’ve changed it up and now plan on doing these ‘Thing’s I’m Loving’ posts instead, which basically will be more casual and focus on various favourites from music, books, makeup, fashion and other miscellaneous things. I’m saying things a lot aren’t I. Stop saying things Nadia. I have so missed sitting down and writing my usual posts like this. Now you may want to grab a cuppa and a lil snack, this is going to be a big one!
Ah, where to begin?! Books. Always begin with books. I’ve had so much on my reading list to get through and naughtily I just keep buying more. NEED. TO. RESTRAIN. ONE’S. SELF.
A book I’ve been reading throughout October (and still now) is Diana Gabaldon, Outlander. This series was always my mum’s ‘thing’ growing up, but as I’ve grown up myself, I’ve began to share (or steal) that joy with her. Oh, where do I start with this book. The writing is beautiful, the characters are so real, the romance, the history, the Scottish Highlands, the time travel. It’s everything. It’s inviting, comforting and takes you away to another time. A magical journey of romance in a non Nicholas Sparks way (sorry Nicholas Sparks). There’s a whole series of them too. Anything with history and romance, you’ve got me! One thing I will say is give it time, it’s a slow burner to get into…
Another book I’ve been absolutely throwing myself into is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I don’t know why I haven’t read this sooner. It’s a book that is so up my street considering how much I love anything to do with witches! But it’s not just that, it includes vampires, daemons and humans all in one world, our world. It all seems so real with how much Harkness makes it the ‘ordinary’ to see a vampire in the library opposite you. It’s not just a feeble fantasy book. It combines romance, history and mystery – everything I look for in a book and it certainly keeps me up late every night I read it. It’s a trilogy too, so the addiction doesn’t stop here!
Me and my mum bought tickets to see Fantastic Beast’s and Where To Find Them the day it was released and in one word… FANTASTIC (no pun intended). I was watching an interview with JK Rowling on a panel the other day and she was saying about how she was unsure what the reaction to this would be but I personally thought it was magical. There was some slight relations to the original film’s, but apart from that it is solely based on Newt Scamander, a magizoologist, who is played by the extremely beautiful Eddie Redmayne. All the actors were sensational and of course, the creatures. My favourite scene is where Eddie’s twerking and rolling on the floor to get a magical rhino to have sex with him. But of course I won’t spoil it for you any further. PLEASE watch it if you haven’t already, you don’t need to be a die hard fan Harry Potter fan like me to understand most of it either. Thank you again JK Rowling for keeping me inspired all these years… truly outstanding!
And yes…. As you can see above my mum bought me, an 18 year old, a wand. I love it more than I should.
NETFLIX // TV
It may come as absolutely no surprise that the geek within me has started to re-watch the entire TV series; Merlin. I literally have just finished it and I don’t even know what to do with myself now. Oh I love it! Partly because deep down I wish Camelot wasn’t fictional (Arthur will be back one day I’m telling you now), partly because it’s funny and partly because I fancy the hell out of Bradley James who plays King Arthur. If you love your fantasy stuff, check it out, if not…
Another programme and probably the only TV I’ve been watching recently is I’m A Celebrity , Get Me Out of Here! Aren’t Ant and Dec just the best people ever?! I’m putting my bets on Scarlett or Joel to win.
I’ve had my eyes out for a tartan blazer for months and it just so happens I came across this one in H&M! It’s perfect and quite long as well which is great. I love the fit as it’s tailored and it can be dressed up or down. I think it was around £39.99. I love it so much, it’s one of my favourite purchases yet! It’s on the H&M website here.
I was browsing in MAC for an eyeshadow for Halloween and came across this little beauty. I thought it was perfect for Halloween in regards to the colour, but I’ve been wearing it almost everyday since. It’s called ‘Rule’, which you might not be able to tell in the picture, but it’s a beautiful muted orange, with slight brown undertones. It applies and blends very easily, like most MAC products do. The colour complement’s my hazel eyes so much! You can buy it here.
Another beauty favourite I’ve been loving is this ‘Rimmel London Royal Blush’ cream blusher in the shade ‘Coral Queen’. I’ve always preferred cream blushers to powder one’s as they appear more natural and give you a dewy, rosy glow. It’s so easy to blend, if I’m in a rush I’ll just dap some on to my cheek with my fingers which works just as well. It feels so soft and silky on the skin too; without being overly greasy or heavy like most cream blushers are.
Next up is my new bag from ASOS which I used all throughout October and this month. I’ve wanted a new bag for such a long time now but couldn’t find a simplistic yet practical bag. Then I stumbled upon this on the ASOS website and for £25… it was fate. I added the pom pom myself because it’s a little fluffy touch of me!
I can’t remember when I bought these exactly, but I’ve been in love with them ever since. They cater to my every want and need; makeup, journals, skincare, books, hair accessories, palettes ect… It’s perfect for any fellow bloggers too. If you want to keep your room neat and tidy, definitely invest in this set. It’s the ‘Alex Drawer Unit’ from Ikea – £90.
Essie ‘Bahama Mama‘ has been my go-to shade ever since I purchased it at the start of October. It’s the most beautiful, crisp Autumn colour. A shade with a deep berry, almost red-wine hue (as shown above). It reminds me of mulled wine, Christmas and cosy jumpers!
The Enchanted Forest colouring book by Johanna Basford has been keeping me entertained these past couple weeks. It seemed childish to me at first… colouring pictures in a book takes me way back to my childhood, but that’s probably why it’s so relaxing to do. Johanna Basford has created so many of these books, for adults, which I think is great. It gives us a chance to release our creative side and put down our phones for a while. Light some candles, put some music on, start colouring and I promise you’ll feel more relaxed.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post and I can’t wait for you to see my next one. I’m constantly writing down my ideas so I’ll be sure to get my regular posts back up and running again soon.
Love, Nadia x