I’m writing this in a blurry coffee-fuelled stupor because my little angel of a cat woke me up at 5.30am following a 15-hour working day in London and now I’m like, but am I still a person?
I’m quite sweaty. I’m still in my pyjamas and *maybe* wearing a fleecy floral two-piece from Primark was a bit ambitious in September. I mean, it’s getting chilly, but it’s not full on WHACK OUT THE ELECTRIC BLANKET AND FIRE AND MULLED CIDER AND SING AWAY IN A MANGER cold. So maybe that was my first mistake on this overcast Friday morning.
I’m overly aware that I need to shower. Like when you have to go into work hungover and you shower and get ready and think about what sort of beige-carb slice of goodness you can pick up en-route to the office to make yourself feel kinda sane and normal again, and like, by the time you get to work you can feel the wine sweats clustering on your back again already.
LIKE, I CAN’T HAVE TWO SHOWERS BEFORE 9AM. Sort it out body.
So yeah, i feel that kind of sweaty. Ewww.
Anyway, moving swiftly on. (I’m not hungover btw, unless you can be hungover from too many prawn dumplings…)
1. MAC’S HEROINE
Another week, another purple lipstick. What an autumn cliché I am.
I bloody love a MAC lipstick me, especially when it’s one of those sassy little matte numbers.
I picked up the rich purple Heroine shade after a brunch date with Chris over the Bank Holiday weekend and I’m only mildly sorry about the savage attack my MAC haul had on my bank account.
I love this shade because it’s so bright and happy for a plummy shade and I reckon I’ll get as much wear with it for sunny seafood dinners and cocktails in Mykonos later this month as I will with pale skin and a pom-pom hat come the midst of winter.
I basically don’t think my life will be complete until I own every matte MAC lip shade, I’m a basic kinda gal.
2. JAMIE OLVER’S SUPER FOOD
If you watched my new YouTube upload (a 2 minute haul video, which, according to the comments is too short for a video – my bad, just trying something new and experimenting around a little), you’ll know we picked up Jamie Oliver’s new healthy eating recipe book at the weekend.
To begin with I was all a bit like naaaaaah but Jamie’s 30-minute meals is as healthy as we’ll ever need (because I like to live in a world where parmesan and pasta count as one of your five a day), but y’know what, it’s been pretty damn tasty so far.
We made this salad with 756236 different ingredients (mango, corn on the cob, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, quinoa, feta and lime to be specific) earlier in the week and it was legit like a mouth orgasm and I’m already planning family events where I can whip it up and make people think I’m really culinarly blessed.
Here’s hoping the other recipes are as good (and as easy).
3. JOSIE AKA FASHION MUMBLR
I met Josie at a Sure event a few weeks ago after a short while of flirting over social media. This sounds like some terribly brilliant dating story, my bad for my use of the word flirting. I should probably start again, but I’ve got going now so meh.
Anyway, we pitched up our tents next to each other at V Festival and spent the weekend drinking Pimms, eating chips and exchanging blogging notes whilst our boyfriends delighted in having each other to discuss their internet boyfriend woes with.
Since then we’ve enjoyed a delightful Bank Holiday barbecue together (crammed with prosecco and Cards Against Humanity because duh, duh, duh) and a London coffee date, and I just thought I’d give her a little shout out.
It’s so nice to have someone to bounce ideas and emails and thoughts off, especially in an industry where this is no right answer or definite way to approach things.
4. NEXT TASSEL TOP
Remember like, a lifetime ago when I was Tweeting all the LOLZ because I’d ordered a lil summin’ summin’ from the Next sale and it was gonna take 8-12 weeks to arrive? LIKE WHAT EVER. Well it arrived, within a month I’d like you all to know.
And this is it, this little white boho tassel blouse of dreams.
I can’t lie, I spied it on some of my fave blogger gals when they took a trip to Osea Island with Next earlier this summer and I was like guuuuuuurl gotta get her mitts on this little guy.
So yeah, he’s a firm member of my wardrobe now. I wore it into London with rolled up jeans, ankle boots and a faux fur sleeveless jacket and I love that combo as an autumn outfit before it gets so cold you basically feel like your nose has frost bite and oh good you’re going to be a girl without a nose.
Nice work, Next.
(It’s sold out now, so soz you guys).
5. BLOGGERS BLOG AWARDS
So here’s summin a bit of exciting, I’VE BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN ACTUAL AWARD.
The last time I won something (aside from New York) was when I was 9 and won an Easter egg decorating competition at school. Mine was really good tbh, I think I themed it on Prince Leia because Star Wars fo lyf.
Anyway, I’ve been nominated for Best Long-Standing Lifestyle Blog at the Blogger’s Blog Awards (a new annual set-up by fellow blogger Hayley from Tea Party Beauty to replace the Cosmopolitan ones, which are still going ahead apaz, but there’s no lifestyle category so that’s pretty balls).
So yeah, I’m pretty touched because I didn’t nominate myself which means some of you pretty little petals did. You guys are well ace. I’ll be at the awards ceremony in Leeds next month and if you fancy voting for me because you think I’m kinda swell, here’s where you can.
THX MY BOOS.
One of my online content whizz friends (Jessica Vince of Grazia Digital Editor fame) has launched her new website and it makes me so excited about the future of women ruling the world.
We went for coffee to discuss all things industry gossip, starting our own businesses and being ace last week and it gave me that uplifting spring in my step that I kinda needed.
Her website Dressr will launch later this month and solves Instagram’s most asked question: Where did she get that? A destination to basically shop all the deliciously perfect fashion buys uploaded by the Instagram elite – plus there’ll be some editorial and fun stuff to read to go along with the whole shopping thing.
So yeah, keep your eyes peeled. It’s gonna be a goodun’.
7. MOTEL BLOGGER BREAKFAST
At about 10am on Thursday morning I got to combine three of my favourite things: coffee, smashed avocado on toast and heated debates about the blogging industry that accidentally turn a breakfast date into a lunchtime date. Lolz.
It launches on 14th September to coincide with London Fashion Week and features a totally dreamy, dark and whimsical floral print. Which, let’s be honest here, is always a damn good idea for autumn/winter.
So err yeah, take a peek when it’s online.