My Favourite Things: Volume Two

It’s September on Tuesday and I have one thing to say. MEH!

The whole of August has felt like a perpetual Monday morning for me, and I’m glad to see the back of it. Everything has been a chore: from deciding what to wear, what to watch, what to cook for dinner; getting up for work has been a harder battle than usual and I’m running out of things to do at the weekend! I’m craving a holiday and a break from 2020!

But here I am, back with my second volume of My Favourite Things!

What have I been wearing?

Like everything else, I have been extremely uninspired with my wardrobe of late. The weather has only exasperated my problem; it cannot decide whether it wants to be Summer or Autumn. I truly wish we could skip what may or may not be left of our Great British Summer and fast forward to Autumn – queue cosy jumpers, layering cute blouses, scarves and hats! However, this heatwave makes it look like I’m going to have to wait a little longer, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dream ahead. I have been scouring the internet for versatile, easily layered pieces to upgrade my Autumn Wardrobe. Some of my favourite pieces are below. I absolutely adore Peter Pan collars, dreamy florals and simple knits to create effortlessly cosy Autumn outfits.

What have I been watching?

After days of boredom during lockdown, I needed a time consuming project to help me while away the days. So towards the middle of April, I set upon the task of watching every Marvel film in chronological order; and just last week I came to the end of the franchise. I have spent a total of 23 hours, and 48 minutes immersed in the world of super heroes and villains. Witnessing The Avengers, both saving and demolishing the world one bad guy at a time. It has been a thrilling ride. It was intrigued to see the clues to future plot lines emerging, the character crossovers and their general development throughout the individual film series’. My favourites had to be the Thor films; they are a great combination of romance, betrayal and action; and the first Guardians of the Galaxy is also one not to miss. It has a superb soundtrack, the characters are hilarious and it is just generally more light hearted than the rest of the franchise. I also can’t resist Black widow; who doesn’t love a strong female character?

Between my obsessive film watching, I have also just recently finished Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood on Netflix. Having been an avid fan of American Horror Story for years, I couldn’t miss this series. Initially, I was drawn to the traditional glamour of Hollywood – the elegant clothes, flawless make up, the brassy undertones of the soundtrack – but I was won over by beautiful storytelling. Centred on a group of bright, young hopefuls, fresh from the horrors World War Two and aiming for the stars. Hollywood is glam and inspirational as well as being completely fun!

What have I been listening to?

I have been in a weird music mood lately, and I have not been able to fully commit to listening to something that suits my mood, because frankly it has been all over the place. I have dipped in and out of a couple of my favourite playlists on Spotify, but even that has been very half hearted and merely to fill the silence on my commute to and from work. I do however, keep coming back to some of my favourite albums from when I was a teenager: Rilo Kiley’s, Under the Blacklight, Alanis Morisette’s, Jagged Little Pill and Linkin Park’s, Hybrid Theory. They remind me of being young and happy and I think I’m just craving simpler, more carefree days.

What have I been reading?

June and July have been a little sluggish in the reading department for me; getting back into the work routine has been tiring and I have been struggling to focus. But, I finally managed to finish the last book in the Mary Poppins series, and I swiftly moved onto Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing. This isn’t the genre of book that I would usually opt to read, but I had seen it plastered all over my Instagram feed before I decided that I had to find out what it was about. I wasn’t disappointed; the imagery that Owens employs through is beautiful and lively, the story was engaging and I devoured it in a couple of sittings. I don’t want to say too much though as I am intending on writing a full review soon.

One moment of happiness for me was my long awaited, first trip back to the supermarket at the end of June, and to really put the icing on the cake, I picked up some Stranger Things novels that tell the back stories of some of the main characters from the series. I adore Stranger Things so my inner geek was thrilled at the prospect of having some Stranger Things related fun to keep me entertained until the arrival of season four to Netflix, hopefully later this year. I haven’t began reading them yet, but I cannot wait for the chillier evenings to arrive so I can delve right in!

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