Friday, 18 August 2017

This week I’ve been…

Reading: The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks. My Kindle is broken (RIP) and so wherever I go I just buy cheap paperbacks (plus I keep ordering them for 28p second hand on Amazon), but I ran out in the Lake District and my husband bought this for me in a little touristy shop that mostly sold fudge and flavoured jam. Anyway, I’m only about a quarter of the way through but I adore it. I just got back from the Lake District, which helps, but this gives a completely different, totally unromantic and yet somehow still beautiful perspective. I want to crawl into the pages and live in this earthy, real world where the air is clean and life is simple and pure. I know this actually got a bit of a cult following but it still somehow passed me by, so if it passed you by too, buy it, read it, trust me.

Listening to: The High Low podcast – Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes basically rattle through the news of the week, both trivial and serious, focusing in on certain pop culture aspects of it (they spend time this week, for example, discussing a tweet Lordes wrote following the Charlottesville rally) in a way that manages to be both thought-provoking, entertaining and completely absorbing. It helps that both girls are acerbically funny, and that they manage to be self-deprecating without being embarrassed or ashamed to have their own thoughts on big problems. I sort of felt that feeling you get when you’re two glasses of wine in round a table with good friends and you decide to put the world to rights; like suddenly you have all sorts of views and opinions and want somewhere to put them – and then I looked up and my tube journey was over. 100% worth a listen.
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Buying: A new iPhone. And it has 128gb of storage (what does gb even mean? Is it grams? Baffled) and so I can open whatsapp without being told to delete all my photos and apps and life. Also, look at it! It's red! This makes me far, far happier than it should.

Drinking: Just when I thought Tassimo coffees had run out of ways to improve my life, they have brought out a Baileys Latte Macchiato. Just read those three words again and let them sink in. Anyway, it’s basically like having a Bailey’s before work in the morning (it’s non alcoholic, before you panic that I’m at the top of a slippery slope) and they are 100 calories per cup, and I never thought that the little coffee machine my sister bought me 3 years ago for Christmas could bring so much joy to my life.

Using: Crabtree & Evelyn sent me some of their summer range this week, and the stand out product for me is the Pomegranate & Argan Nutri-Oil. Being completely honest, I don’t think I would ever have picked this up and smelt it because ‘pomegranate’ just doesn’t sound that appealing, does it? But I would’ve been missing out, and so are you, because this smells insanely incredible. It’s got that lazy, sexy, summer evening smell – it’s the South of France, it’s smoky candles in beach bars under pine trees drinking a cocktail you don’t know the name of – and not only that, but you can use it on everything. You can spray it in your hair or on your skin, and I do both, liberally.

Lusting after: This Rahi Cali dress – I want to wear this to a festival with black boots and 2-day-unwashed hair, then on a beach with gold sandals and pigtails and then all autumn with a brown leather jacket and too many necklaces. But unfortunately I’m going to America in a month, so in the meantime I just keep looking at it in my ‘Saved’ items on ASOS, hoping it’ll suddenly go down to £15 in the sale.

Doing: Boxing. So since I’m going to California in a month, I decided I should make a paltry attempt to get in shape, and yesterday this took the form of an early morning (6.45am!) boxing class. It reminded me of how much I love boxing as a form of cardio – it is so much fun and such good stress relief, you almost forget it’s exercise. I have such bad DOMs this morning that I could barely get out of bed, and I probably won’t lose much weight if I reward myself every week with a Las Iguanas butternut squash burrito and two glasses of wine, but still – I’ve already booked in for next week.

So that’s my week in a nutshell (except the fact I spent half of it in the Lake District, but that’s a story for another day.) What have you been up to this week? 

1 comment

  1. Boxing is literally the best, I feel you on that one! Frankie x


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