monthly favourites: august

August Favourites

Fashion: When a friend decided to host a white party, I was in trouble because I don’t do all white. Ever. There are multiple reasons for this but it boils down to (a) I’m a klutz and (b) I’m pasty so don’t look good in it. Fortunately H&M came to the rescue with a cheap but stylish white lace dress that was summery party perfection (1). I may even pull it out again for regular parties…

Face: Nobody likes a full face of make-up in summer (well, at least I don’t!) but when you want to feel a bit special, a sheer red lip can be just the ticket. I fell head over heels for Lipstick Queen’s Aloha (2) and, as it’s limited edition, I recommend you grab your own quick smart!

Food: The weather started to cool down a little earlier than I’d hoped, but I decided to embrace the temperatures by cooking up Adeline and Lumiere’s fantastic pumpkin, goat cheese and caramelised onion pizza (3). This recipe is very straight-forward, and it tastes like you slaved in the kitchen for hours!

Film: How can you not love Guardians of the Galaxy? (4). It was so much fun to watch and despite the fact that it was an all-out, space-fantasy story (AKA not my usual scene), I loved it!

Flashback: Over the final days of summer, I really enjoyed re-reading the post from 2012 about five must-pack items for a beach break (5).

monthly favourites: july

July Favourites

Fashion: I hit the sales hard this month but my favourite purchase is actually something I bought full-price (quelle horreur!) I am completely smitten with Anthropologie’s Tenaya Jumpsuit (1). It’s so cute and comfortable, perfect with flat sandals during the day or with heels for dinner. This one is going to be in high rotation over the summer!

Face: I may have gone a little overboard on beauty products while I was in New York and Paris this month (in truth, I could probably set up my own mini Sephora now) but my number one purchase has to be the GlamGlow YouthMud Mask (2). I know I’m incredibly late to the party on this and the entire rest of the blogosphere has already put it into the category of cult favourite – but there’s a reason! It exfoliates, tightens the skin and makes pores completely invisible. Your boyfriend might complain that you look like a swamp monster for 20 minutes (or at least mine does) but it’s worth it!

Food: You wouldn’t think I’d go hunting for Australians when I was on holidays in the US, but somehow it always seems to happen. Why, you ask? I need good coffee! Fortunately the team at Bluestone Lane Coffee (3) know their brew AND have three locations in Manhattan. Give them a go – although I take no responsibility if you can never face a cup of drip again!

Film: Yes, I was one of the people who Kickstarted Zac Braff’s new film, Wish I Was Here (4). Make my investment worthwhile and go see it!

Flashback: As I’ve kicked back into blogging more frequently again, I’ve enjoyed re-reading this post from 2010 about whether a person can be intelligent and still like fashion (5).

monthly favourites: june

June Favourites

Fashion: I am completely in love with my new Karen Millen dress (1). It’s currently on sale and still available in most sizes as I write, both from Bloomingdale’s and also from Selfridges (which ships internationally – bonus points!). At £110, it’s a bargain for the perfect day-to-dinner dress that fits like it was made for me (though I should note, I bought one size larger than my regular size).

Face: Earlier this month, I had a wedding and in the search for the perfect lipstick to go with my Anthropologie Laced Verbena Dress, I discovered Charlotte Tilbury’s brand (2). For the wedding, I combined Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect and Lip Lustre Lacquer in Seduction. Since then, I’ve been wearing different combinations of the products pretty much every day – and from a tinted lip balm girl, that shows real love!

Food: I spent quite a bit of time in London this month (as you can probably guess by the proliferation of British brands in this post!) and while I was there, I discovered the most amazing tea of all time: Teapigs’ Liquorice and Mint (3). It is so delicious, refreshing and – best of all – caffeine free so it’s the perfect late night treat. It’s sweet enough to satisfied all of my dessert cravings (which is unheard of for me!) and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Teapigs ship internationally from their own website too.

Film: I finally caught up on X-Men: Days of Future Past (4) this month and it was incredible! I’m not usually a comic book movie kind of girl but this one knocked it out of the park for me – love it!

Flashback: As Game of Thrones reached its fourth season finale, I loved re-reading the fashion inspiration post I wrote back in 2012 (5).