Friday, 25 September 2015

What I've been loving: Summer edition

It is perhaps one of the most unoriginal posts to write in the blogging world ever, but sometimes it's nice to take a step back and think about the things that have made you smile recently. It's often the small things that make the biggest difference so I thought I'd share with you some of what has made me that little bit happier, over the last few months...


Dermatique
Over the last couple of years, I’ve suffered with eczema on my hands which first flared up after using a heap of Soap & Glory products. With the prescription cream I was given so strong that it was stripping my skin of any good qualities/minerals/whatever skin has that makes it healthy, and pretty much all hand creams completely useless, I had basically given up trying to find anything to make it better, and was just going to let it (hopefully) clear up at some point on its own. However, when I heard about Dermatique and was offered the chance to try it, I decided that I may as well give it a go and pray that this would help.

The brand prides itself on using only the finest natural ingredients that don’t harm sensitive skin and guess what? My hands didn’t react super badly and they did clear up! I have hands that aren’t dry! Yay! And don’t itch! Double yay! On a serious note though, it worked really well and within a week I could see a huge difference with the skin on my hands. If you’re searching for a product that can help you with your eczema, dermatitis etc and are about to lose your mind, I would highly recommend giving Dermatique a try!

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes 
So I’ve been in a slight ‘reading rut’ over the past few months, with quite a few of the books I’ve read just not being that great. There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a book, hating it but not wanting to waste all the time you’ve spent getting this far so having to plough your way to the end and it just never getting better.

Ok, there are things worse than that, but you know what I mean.

My friend came into work recently and said how she’d been sat crying on the train at this book by Jojo Moyes, one that I knew had been sat on my shelf at home for months, unread. Loving a good cry every now and again, I wiped the large layer of dust off of it when I got home, and the next day was a write off. It was a Saturday, meant for socialising, getting things done, being productive and what did I do? Sat in bed and read this book from start to finish and oh good lord, by the end I was an absolute MESS. If you’re looking for a great, but easy read, this is definitely one for you and even better, there’s a SEQUEL, which came out yesterday! A perfectly timed release date for pay day – goodbye weekend!

Travelling
Travelling this summer has been somewhat limited, as I decided to work full time so I could save up for my year of travelling once I finish university in next May. However, I have managed a few plane journeys, first to Andalucia in late spring, then flying to Nice for 5 days where I also visited Cannes and Monaco and at the start of September I squeezed in a weekend break in Amsterdam. I often forget that the UK has some pretty amazing places too though, and travelling really doesn't have to mean jumping on a  plane. This summer I've tried to make the most of my weekends too, visiting LondonYork, Glasgow and Edinburgh, which were all amazing, each in their different ways. I'm about to go through 8 months of dissertation hell, but it will all be made that little bit less painful as I plan my freedom year long trip which I'm sooooo excited for! Eee!


Twins That Travel 
As if I needed any more persuasion to go travelling, these girls have sealed the deal. With their instagram basically what dreams are made of, I find myself scrolling through their feed on average about 5631 times a week, screen shotting stunning photos of where I absolutely must visit. If you aren't already following them...what are you waiting for? Go do it, now!

Chocolate covered Oreos 
All I can describe chocolate covered oreos as are tiny pieces of sweet heaven sent from angels. Seriously. I just pray to God they aren’t made readily available in most shops in the UK because I will not be responsible for my actions. I will eat them all. I will get fat. I will enter a lifelong sugar coma.

Yorkshire Tea
A few weeks ago, my dad only went and won a year's supply of Yorkshire Tea. Yep, you read that right... A YEARS worth. To a tea addict who cannot function without at least 4 cups a day, it was music to my ears. I have my 3 boxes to get me through the next 8 months of uni and I am good to go.


I Let You Go – Claire Mackintosh
Sooo…this took me a while to get in to. As in, I read the first 3 chapters, got bored and didn’t pick it up for about 3 weeks. BUT! With a solo flight to and from Amsterdam, and the usual waiting game at airports, I decided to take it along with me and I actually almost missed boarding. Not kidding. The TWIST in this is so good. It’s such a fantastic plot and a million times better than Gone Girl (which I know isn’t particularly hard due to the horrific ending) but yes, if Gone Girl is your thing, this is for you. And it’s better. Way better.

Suits
I have lost my evenings to this series this summer. No making the most of the long summer evenings for me, just…bed, food and Suits. This programme has possibly the sassiest characters I have ever seen, and I absolutely love it. If you don’t love Louis, we cannot communicate. He is just…everything. And Harvey, don’t even get me started on him. What you can get me started on though, is the fact that two of the main characters are strong, independent women (Jessica and Donna) and I loooove them. So much. If you need a new series to waste your life on, definitely watch Suits!

There we have it, these were the things that have made me happy this summer! What's made you smile over the past few months? Let me know in the comments!

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