July Favourites 2018

Its safe to say, July has been hottest month EVER. However, did anyone else have such a bad storm last night?! Where I live it just seemed to be consistent lightning. Anyways, here’s what I’ve been loving this month…

7At the start of the month I went to my College exhibition. It was a chance to see my work on display and show my Mum what I had been up to for the past two years. In the above picture, my photography work is the three images that are titled ‘FLAWED’. I really enjoyed that project and I was so proud of the outcome. It was based on the pressures society’s standards can have on anyone, presented in a magazine format.

2365These other pictures are of my costumes from Design. The first being a jacket inspired by the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and the second costume being influenced by pollution.

I don’t know whether I can categorise my next favourite as something I really love. However, recently I started watching ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and even though I’m only 4 episodes in, I’m gripped. On the other hand, its scaring me, a lot, but I still feel like I need to carry on to see what happens.

4This month, my Mum and I bought these boxing gloves from Amazon. We both wanted to try some form of fitness at home and as my Mum used to do kick boxing, we thought getting some gloves would be a good place to start. So far, we’ve loved it, were using them every other day and I’m so impressed with the quality.

Curved Focus Pads and Punch bag boxing gloves set

Music favourite this month has to be Years and Years. I have been loving ‘All for you’ and ‘Karma’, they’re just such catchy songs and I’ve had them on repeat.

1Finally, my last favourite is the Lee Stafford Everyday Blonde Shampoo. I always find it difficult to notice that much of a difference in my hair after I’ve washed it (apart from the fact that its clean). However, with this shampoo, my hair just seems to look so much brighter and healthier, possibly only noticeable to me but still I have loved using it. I also really like the scent, I used to have a perfume that was just like it.

What have you been loving this month?

July Favourites 2017

July Favourites 2016

July Favourites 2015

Lots of Love, Sophie

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What Happened when I tried to go Vegetarian for a Week

In the midst of Summer, I was brainstorming ideas of things I could try out. Things that would be a challenge but also make for an interesting blog post (priorities). Vegetarianism was definitely top of that list. Ashamedly, I was a pretty big meat-eater and in the current day, I feel that that’s becoming more and more frowned upon. I believed that if anyone were to struggle with a Vegetarian diet, it would be me, which gave me all the more reason to try. So after thoroughly searching the internet, visiting one veggie forum to another, I finally ventured into the vegetarian world for 1 week…

5In all honesty, if it wasn’t for my Mum reminding me to take pictures of what I was eating, this post would be non existent- not-a-food-blogger-in-the-making. Even this was Tuesdays dinner; Spinach and mushroom crispbake. It was okay, since this I’ve found better meals so probably wouldn’t buy again. Monday’s meal was a vegetarian country pie, probably not something I’d have again, it was just a taste I don’t think I’d get used to. Although, the first two days weren’t as successful as I had thought, I had had no meat cravings, which was a plus in itself.

4Wednesday, I experienced how difficult it is to eat out as a vegetarian. Firstly, I checked three different menus online (which I never have to do) and I was quite disappointed with the variation of vegetarian options they had, or lack of variation would be more accurate. We ended up at Frankie & Benny’s and I just had a margherita pizza. It was nice, I don’t think you can go far wrong with a pizza.

I did consider that because of where I live, a small town with not that much around it, there was limited options compared to maybe a more built up area. It would be interesting to know how other people get on with eating out with food requirements.

3As part of the research I did, I found a really useful website on BBC, it has a plethora of vegetarian recipes. Some I’m still so excited to try, but just as a quick and easy meal we tried the ‘Healthy Egg & Chips’  for Thursday’s dinner. I enjoyed it, I like mushrooms and got the source of protein from the egg.

2If at any point this week I thought I’d cave, it was going to be with the quiche. My Mum and I make the best quiches and I always have chopped bacon in mine. This time around for Friday’s dinner, it was mushroom and onion quiche. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it just as much.

1Saturday’s dinner was a cheese and leek plait with pasta and vegetables. The plait was definitely a personal favourite and we already have more stocked up in the freezer.

6Finally, for the last meal of the week I had dippers, DIPPERS?? Vegetarian of course, but guaranteed I would not be able to tell the difference between the veggie version and the meat version. I had it with a mushroom stir fry which was very filling. Out of the whole week, this was probably my favourite.

Overall, I was so proud of myself for not eating any meat and I was surprised at how I just didn’t think about it. It wasn’t difficult, I didn’t crave any meat and I enjoyed trying a different selection of food. Granted, there was a few freezer meals but I was going into this a bit blind, so I needed a starting point.

Its been a few days since I’ve finished the week of vegetarian meals but I already know I want it to stay a good part of my diet. I also want to do a follow up post to this about other vegetarian foods I’ve loved but didn’t have chance to include in this post and some more stuff on the topic.

I hope you’re having a great Summer!

Lots of Love, Sophie

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The BEST Rain Mac?? OOTD#23

Never have I found a pretty rain mac. Until today…

3It’s ROSE SEQUINS. If there ever was a rain mac that spoke to me on a spiritual level it would be this one. I love that it stands out from anything I’ve ever seen before. However, I soon found that it was very difficult to capture the true colour of this mac because it does have quite a pink tone to it. So the best place to see a true reflection of what it looks like is to go to where its from; Topshop.

Sequin Rain Mac

1You can bet my jaw dropped when I saw that Topshop have this in a MINT shade?! They currently have a 70% off sale, that I know I’d be taking advantage of, if I hadn’t just made a purchase. Luckily I did get the mac 30% off in my local OUTFIT.

I flippin’ love this mac and I kind of wish I had a festival to go to because this would fit right in. Otherwise, I’ll just have to wait for some rain to be able to wear it, or some clouds, I’ll go out then too…

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Since I’ve featured the rest of the outfit in my last OOTD, there’s no point linking everything again other than that post, which is here.

Other Sequin Items:

Sequin Raw Hem Shacket

Heart Sequin Mac

Light Pink Iridescent Disc Sequin Kimono

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Sophie’s Book Club #9

I am loving how much time I have to read lately. The only issue being I can’t keep up with the reviews,  but I’ll get there eventually and its a nice problem to have.

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‘The Girl On The Train’ Paula Hawkins

This had been on my reading list for a VERY long time…

‘Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it- is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. Its only a minute until the train moves on, but its enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see: she’s much more than just the girl on the train…’

I was definitely late to reading this book, the hype over it had well and truly diminished. However, I’m glad I read it now as I’m only just getting into this genre so I think I appreciated it more. I loved the storyline, it had quite a bit of depth to it along with the characters. I liked the different aspects to it as this is usually what keeps me interested in a book. It definitely had me gripped at parts, particularly the ending. Overall, I would recommend and think its a good light read thriller compared to other books in that genre I’ve read. Definitely would like to watch the movie version now.

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‘The Girl Before’ JP Delaney

This book has been described as ‘more than a match for The Girl on the Train’ and I can do nothing but agree…

‘Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in an ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a list of exacting rules. But when she discovers the previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there, Jane starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.’

As soon as I read the back of this book I was intrigued. It had a unique storyline, I hadn’t read anywhere else. From start to finish the book held my attention. My only issue with it would be, that at parts it was a bit too graphic. Whilst I understand it would have been done to show the intense relationships the characters build together, I kind of felt it could have been done in a more modest way. Other than that, I couldn’t fault the book and I was not expecting the outcome it had. To conclude, it was a good read and I’ve added ‘Believe Me’ by JP Delaney to the reading list.

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I finally have the next couple of months blog post ideas sorted, so there should be no more hiatuses from me.

*Side Note: Text in italics is not my wording but the description on the back of each book*

Sophie’s Book Club #8

What was the last book you read?

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OOTD #22: A Hair Change!

Last week, I decided to change my hair a bit. I really craved a change and with the Summer I knew I wanted to go shorter and blonder. Obviously I thought it was a good opportunity to turn the occaison into a post.

Heres the before and after, excusing the annoying snapchat text…

 

 

81Clearly its not the biggest difference but I just love the colour in the second picture so much more.

Anyways, onto what I wore on that day..

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This top is my most recent purchase and I’m really loving this mustard colour at the minute. Its from New Look and whilst I couldn’t find this exact one they do have similar ones that I thought I’d link.

Mustard Yellow Tie Button Front Top

Mustard V Neck Button Front Shirt

Yellow Ribbed Button Front Vest

75The rest of the outfit I have definitely mentioned before, they’re just so comfy and I can put them together with anything.

Trousers (H&M)

Similar trousers found on ASOS

Trainers (TopshopI don’t know what I’d do if Topshop ever got rid of these, they’re just too affordable not to love.

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Are you enjoying the Summer?

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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