Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas Wishes | Books

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the second instalment in my Christmas Wishes series. This time we talk all things books! I have gotten back into reading in a big way this year and I can’t wait to share with you the books I would like to read next (after I’ve read the current ones on my bookshelf first!) once I receive them for Christmas.

The first book on my list was also on my birthday list and it is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. First of all, the cover is really pretty; the way the golden feather stands out against the blue background, just yes. This book tells the story of a girl named Ava who is quite normal except for the fact that she has bird wings. To find a place where she fits in and to understand herself better, she goes on a quest. I think the whole idea of the story sounds very interesting (I kinda wish I’d thought of it first!) and I would really like to read it to find out more about Ava.

The next book on my list also has a golden feather on the cover (I guess I have a thing for golden feathers on book covers) and was also on my birthday list. It is Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. This book tells a story of a girl who has a strange lung condition that makes breathing very difficult. One day, she looked up into the sky and saw a ship and heard someone calling out her name. The world she sees is called Magonia and she finds up there that she can breathe and has some kind of powers as well. She finds out that Magonia and Earth are on the precipice of war and she must decide where her true loyalties lie: Earth, where she grew up, or Magonia, where she belongs.

Another book on my list is Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, which doesn’t have a feather on the cover, but it does feature a butterfly which is just as pretty, I think. This book has been on my list since last Christmas, and also was on this year’s birthday list, so I’ve been wanting this one for a little while now. It is about a girl who is a ‘new soul’. Everyone where she lives reincarnates when they die into a new person, but with the same soul. She is the first to have a completely new soul and she must find out why and whether she’ll be reincarnated once she dies.

The final two books on my list are both Harry Potter related (I told you there was a running theme of Harry Potter, didn’t I?). The first is A Journey Through the History of Magic and the second one is simply A History of Magic. As the massive Potterhead that I am, I would love to have both of these books, so I can know all there is to know about the wizarding world. A Journey Through the History of Magic looks at some of the original manuscripts of the books, the curriculum at Hogwarts, and much more. A History of Magic is the book of the exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Philosopher’s Stone, and contains artefacts from the British library, sketches and illustrations, as well as essays about the subjects of Hogwarts from experts in those fields.

Those are all the books on my Christmas list and I do hope you enjoyed this post. Next week is the final instalment of this series, so stay tuned!

What books do you want for Christmas? Do you like my list?

Love, Nicky x

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas Wishes | Fashion and Beauty

Hey everyone!

Welcome to the first instalment of the series where I show you everything I want for Christmas. In this post, I will show you all of the beauty and fashion things I have on my list. There’s not as much stuff on my list this year. I'm not sure why, I just don’t. I guess there’s just not as many beauty and fashion things on the market that pique my interest, but I do have a couple of things so stay tuned.

The first thing on my list is a Mimco Lovely Medium Pouch. It is very pretty in its simplicity, being a shiny black material with a rose gold circle in the centre, and I wouldn’t mind getting it for Christmas. Every single one of the girls in my family has one, and I don’t really want to be left out of that, so I have to have one. I can use it like a clutch for when I go out, or like a coin purse to keep in my handbag all the time. It will be very useful and also pretty. Win-win!

Another fashion thing on my list is a summery, floral dress. I haven’t got anything specific about it that I want like fabric or shape, I would just like it to be flowery and flowy, so I can wear it in the summer months and not get too hot. I really like floral patterns and flowers in general, so a floral dress would be lovely. I have quite a few summery dresses, but none that have flowers on them, so I need to fix that.

The last of the fashion-y things on my list is a Harry Potter shirt. I really want one because I love Harry Potter a really lot and shirts are a good way of showing it. In particular, I would like it to be either a Marauder’s Map one or somehow Hufflepuff related, as that is the house I belong to (you’ll find that this is a theme throughout my entire list). I have recently rekindled my love and obsession with all things Harry Potter and think that a shirt of it would be a perfect fit (mind the pun).

Now, on to beauty things! The first of these is a Fenty Beauty Foundation Brush. I have heard that Fenty Beauty is really good quality, so I would really like to try it. I don’t wear makeup often enough to warrant asking for actual Fenty makeup, but having nice brushes is always a good thing, and better than the ones I have at the moment that are all old and falling apart a little bit.

Speaking of foundation brushes, I would also like something to go with the brush. It is The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream. I have run out of my current BB Cream and would like another to replace it. The shade matches my skin pretty perfectly and it doesn’t break me out (touch wood). I want to try getting back into wearing face makeup more often. Not every day, especially if I’m not going out, but more often than I have been. Mostly I just put on some concealer if anything at all. I feel like with a new BB Cream that it will get used and I will get used to wearing makeup more often.

That’s all my fashion and beauty related things on my Christmas list. I do hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned because next week is the second instalment of this Christmas list series.

What fashion and beauty things do you want for Christmas? Do you like my list (so far)?

Love, Nicky x

Saturday, November 25, 2017

November Favourites

Hey everyone!

I can’t believe we’re already at the end of November. It just flew by! As did the whole year, really. I’m so excited that its almost time for Christmas as well. I am very much looking forward to it. There haven’t been many new things that I have used and liked this month, but I’ve managed to compile a couple of things that I have loved throughout the month of November, so here we go!

First off, not having to go to university has been absolutely wonderful. I had no exams at the end of this semester, so I finished up as soon as my last assignment was submitted (which I did a day early so I could have an even earlier start to my holidays). I’ve had so much time this month – I mostly devoted it to doing nothing much at all – and it has been fantastic. I have had more time to devote to my blog, which I have done as best I can – the laziness just takes over sometimes. I have had to be patient with my friends as they still had exams up until this week, so we couldn’t always hang out when I wanted to, but now I’m housesitting with a bunch of them for two weeks! The lack of university has also meant that I have slept in nearly every day this month since I switched my alarm off almost four weeks ago. It has been absolute bliss not having to wake up early to catch the bus. The other week, I didn’t wake up until midday. Mum was really mad at me for wasting half the day, but I thought it was great. I did feel a little bit guilty, but honestly, I think it was my body saying, ‘hey, you missed out on some sleep back there, here you go,’ and I couldn’t be more thankful.

Another thing that I have been loving over this past month is that channel 9 have been doing a Harry Potter movie marathon over the past four weeks, one movie every Friday and Saturday night. I am extremely annoying to watch Harry Potter with – it’s not my fault I know the entire script – and my family are sending me death glares every couple of minutes when I recite each line word perfect. I really love Harry Potter, okay? My friends understand me, but it doesn’t seem that my family does, which is a bit of a shame, but oh well. The final one is airing tonight and I’m very excited. I can already hear you saying, ‘but you’ve seen it already a million times!’ but I don’t care. I love love love them all so much and I don’t care who knows it.

I haven’t really read any books or tried any new products this month, but I did get some new clothes recently, and my favourite is this red and white stripy top from Glassons. It feels really nice to wear, first of all, and it looks really nice with high waisted jeans (unfortunately on picture day my jeans were in the wash). The top is a little bit cropped, but not a lot of my tummy shows, which is fine by me. It sits really nicely on me and is very comfortable. I also got it in plain black, but I don’t wear that one as much. I like wearing light colours, not fading into the background with dark ones. It’s a really good quality top and I really like wearing it.

This month, quite spur of the moment, I decided to try my hand at learning French. So, I downloaded Duolingo on my phone and have been taking the lessons daily. So far I can say lots of basic phrases like ‘The apple is red’ and ‘The child is a girl’. I have learned that objects have genders – for example, a table is always female – and that singular and plural words often sound quite similar, which can be a bit annoying for someone trying to learn it. I have really enjoyed learning French so far and will continue my learning into the future. I would definitely recommend learning a language as well. It broadens your mind and allows you to understand people you wouldn’t have been able to before.

What have your favourite things this month? Did you like mine?

Love, Nicky x