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June 2019

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Quite frankly, this month has flown by. I sat down to write a couple of blog posts for the month (so as to trick myself in to thinking I didn't go completely awol) and realised that actually, it's the last week of June and both my monthly recap and payday wishlist are imminent! I'm surprised by how long it's been since I last typed up anything for my blog. I think it's the change in season: not knowing what to wear and not knowing what to write about leads me in to this rabbit hole of 'I don't know what to create' and then, one month later, here we are. So, what have I been up to then?

Not much.

It's funny how, at the end of a month, I always feel like not much has changed. I'm still here, still doing the same thing despite no single day ever being the same. I don't have a daily routine, I'm not an avid gym goer who wakes up early to get to a class and I don't have an office job that requires me to be in at a certain time so I rarely ever do the same things twice.

I've tried to keep busy recently as the lead up to summer is generally quite daunting for me. I know I'm in the minority when I say this but sometimes summer makes me feel much more anxious. The hot weather makes city living, quite frankly, unbearable. There is nothing worse than getting on a hot, stuffy tube when the weather has hit over 25 degrees. With this comes not knowing what to wear. I know a lot of people love the excuse to be out of jeans but I find denim such a comfort blanket for me and having to wear dresses or skirts daily can be such a nuisance in the city. I never feel as comfortable when I'm running around central London in my summer clothes and always feel way more self-conscious. I tend to stay home more and maybe do some work from the garden as I avoid going out. So I've been trying to make more plans and give myself more reasons to be out and about in the hope that I will eventually fall in love with summer too.

Earlier on in the month I went to Amsterdam with a group of friends for a long weekend and it was just our luck that the weather was absolutely awful! We were only there for 3 days and it rained for the majority. Luckily we were given a bit of a break on Sunday and had clear skies for most of the day and even enough sunshine for a canal tour which is possibly one of the best ways to spend an hour in Amsterdam. I plan on putting up a blog post from our trip so keep an eye out for that coming soon (hopefully).

This month I went for my first cervical screening (smear test) despite not being 25 yet. I don't know whether it's common knowledge or not but you usually get your first letter up to 6 months before your 25th birthday and as soon as I got the letter, I booked an appointment. I keep going on about this but it really is so important and the fact that it can help prevent cancer means it shouldn't be ignored. It's embarrassing and may be awkward but it literally takes 2 minutes and could save your life. I know it isn't the same for everybody but I would urge you to book an appointment if you need to.

I found a new nail salon nearby - riveting stuff I know - where I got one of the best shellac manicures I've had in a while! I got my nails done pre-Amsterdam and they're still going strong. Obviously grown out quite a bit but no chipping or broken nails which usually happens within a week so I'm impressed! I also got a haircut because the last thing I want to have to deal with over the next couple of months is long and unruly hair in addition to the heat. I didn't get anything dramatic, just a trim but I've been curling it with some new curlers I bought and am loving the end result. A good hair day is always a good day!

Books!! I've recently fallen back in love with reading and I think it was more or less around this time last year that I first picked up a book again since my days at school. Maybe it's a summer thing! I found that throughout the winter I'd much rather be tucked up in a blanket watching series on Netflix but recently I've swapped that for a few hours in the garden reading a book instead. Oh and I'm still loving the fact that Sainsbury's has so many books on offer for £3.99 every week. The last 3 books I've read have all been bought during my weekly supermarket shop and it's meant I've really stayed on top of reading and am never without a new book to start.

This month I started, and quickly finished, Normal People by Sally Rooney. It's one of those books that is so hyped, I wasn't sure whether I'd get it or just feel a bit underwhelmed by the end of it but I loved it! I also read How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne (picked up purely because of Dolly Alderton's review splashed on the front cover) and really enjoyed this too! After rating it on Goodreads, I noticed that not many people rated it as highly as I did but I'm starting to realise that I just don't have the same taste in books as most other people do -  now whether that's a good or a bad thing, I don't know... On a bit of a whim I picked up The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown which really intrigued me. I loved This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay and this seems to be somewhat similar albeit set in Britain's most notorious jails. I haven't yet started it but I hope it's good (I've just checked it on Amazon and it's currently #1 Best Seller in Punishment).

Taste of London has just come to a close and I went along on Sunday as a Joe & Seph guest (who kindly gifted me two tickets). It was my first time there and I enjoyed it but I don't think I would pay to go again. Although I did enjoy getting to try Egg Slut before its launch in the UK! I had no idea what to expect but it was so hyped that I had to give it a try. If you're a foodie and want to try a variety of different dishes and snacks then it could be a great day out but you pay for absolutely everything inside. On top of the £23 entry fee, you pay for any food or drink you want and the dishes are all quite small tasters too so you won't be full with just one making it quite an expensive day out!

Later on in the week I'm going to watch Cirque du Soleil perform at the o2 which I'm really looking forward to! I've never seen any of their performances so I'm quite excited and don't really know what to expect.

Finally, I wanted to mention a couple of bloggers/Instagrammers I've been obsessed with this month. Thalita's blog, HelloThalita, is an expansion to her Instagram page where she shares daily outfits as well as fashion tips. On YouTube, I've been enjoying watching Emma Hill and The Persian Babe. I love watching haul videos and these two do some amazing ones! Hannah Gale's Instagram stories are my absolute favourite currently. She is just so relatable and despite me not having much in common with her on the outside, I just love watching her stories throughout the day. Finally, Holly Ah-Thion's Instagram feed is always unreal and she is easily one of my favourite UK fashion/style bloggers right now. 

I think that's it. These blog posts literally consist of jumbled up thoughts but I just love writing them at the end of the month!

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