July 29, 2014

July Fitness Chat

This post is somewhat laughable, as June and July were both complete write-offs in regards to fitness. If anything, I’ve probably regressed more than I’ve made any sort of progress this month. I can blame most of that on me only just now getting over a kidney infection (which is a pretty legit excuse in my eyes), and I also had a headcold last month that knocked me for six. Looking beyond that, it’s onwards and upwards for the rest of the year.

Monthly Goals
Sebastian and I are heading away this weekend, for a little getaway to celebrate his birthday. After that, it’s game on on the fitness front. We’ve both agreed to check out the local gym, who offer a free day pass for people to come in and look at/try the facilities available. On top of that, my main goal is to just get some gold stars happening on my calendar again. I’ll be starting slow, but I’ll have some bigger goals for when the weather clears up a bit in a month or so.

July 26, 2014

Thoughts of the week…

01) The last week or so has been a bit of a write-off for me, as I’ve had a kidney infection and not been in the state to do very much at all. Life lesson learned: let yourself rest when you get sick, don’t try and continue to do things just because you’re stubborn. It doesn’t pay off in the long run.

02) I hope my felloe cat owners find this as funny as I did.

03) I’m not a huge fan of Blake Lively, but this interview with her is sweet.

04) So this season of True Blood has been a bit of a joke so far. I think they’re ending the show a couple seasons too late, but I’m still going along for the ride.

05) Speaking of ‘vampire’ television shows, The Strain started up a couple of weeks ago. I’d been looking forward to this, but two episodes in I’m not really sure what to think. There is some promise there, but it will depend on how they play things out.

06) If you’ve never thought about building a capsule wardrobe for yourself, check out this blog and be prepared to be inspired.

07) I am officially addicted to the Kim Kardashian game. Help.

08) The ’50 Shades of Grey’ trailer has been released. lol.

09) Speaking of movies, Natalie has convinced me that I need to see ‘Jersey Boys‘.

10) Umm, should we be worried about the giant hole that opened up in the earth a couple of weeks ago? Seems like it.

July 22, 2014

What I Bought…

I am so sick of my work wardrobe at the moment. I ordered this GAP eyelet dress to try and mix things up a little bit. I also thought that it could work well for both spring/summer and autumn/winter, which makes it a bit of a winner in my eyes. The Old Navy jeans are the latest in my never-ending attempt to buy cheap yet well-fitting jeans online. It has worked maybe 3 times in the past 5 years. The search continues.
July 15, 2014

Autumn/Winter Hair Care Essentials

evo normal persons Shampoo & Conditioner – I’ve loved every single product I’ve tried from the evo hair care range, and the ‘normal persons’ shampoo and conditioner duo is no exception. It also happens to be a new favourite of mine, and I’ve been washing my hair with it every week for a couple of months now. These products are aimed at people with normal to oily hair (bingo), are nice and lightweight, and feel like they’re gently clarifying my hair with every wash.

LUSH Big Shampoo – I tend to make more of an effort to style my hair in the cooler months of the year (mostly because it’s not as much of a living hell to use heat styling tools on my hair as it is in summer), which means I use more products. I use LUSH’s Big Shampoo once a week to help strip all the excess product from my roots. I’ve repurchased ‘Big’ three or four times now, and it’s firmly cemented it’s place as my all-time favourite clarifying shampoo.

Unico Protein Treatment – I let it go far too long between hair cuts recently, and my hair was in dire need of some hard-core conditioning. I use this once a week as a deep conditioning treatment, and also on the ends of my hair every couple of days to help keep my split ends in check. I really like this treatment because it gives a heavy-duty moisture boost without weighing down my hair.

Tresemme Heat Protectant Spray – Lets face it people. Nobody likes getting out of bed in the morning. Let alone when it’s 2 degrees and pitch black outside. The fastest way for me to ‘style’ my hair is to straighten it, which I’ve been doing a lot lately. I use this bad boy before blow drying my hair on days that I know I’m going to be straightening it afterwards.

Kerastase Nectar Thermique – This is one of my all-time favourite hair products, a ‘holy grail’ if you will. I use this every day before blow drying my hair (except for times like right now, where I’m running out and I’m too scared to finish up the tube without having a back up in my cupboard). This does such a great job of smoothing down the frizziness of my hair. I couldn’t live without it.

July 12, 2014

Thoughts of the week…

01) A season four trailer for The Killing has finally been released. I am SO excited about this show returning. I’m sad that it’s coming to an end, but I’m glad that they’ve been given an opportunity to wrap everything up. God bless Netflix.

02) The MiniBarCo sale is still running (and will be until July 31st), so head on over and shop using code EOFY14 to receive 30% off.

03) Tanda have released a new candle scent that sounds right up my alley – Oak Moss & Amber.

04) This week I rediscovered my love for The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer. It’s a beautiful shimmery highlighter and I think it works well all year round, but I’m loving wearing it now that it’s winter and I need a bit (read: a LOT) of glow added to my skin.

05) Looks like Gillian Flynn’s book ‘Sharp Objects’ could be getting made into a TV show. If they do it right, it’ll be amazing.

06) I really want a Chow Chow.

07) Liv Tyler’s interview and photoshoot in Violet Grey magazine is simply beautiful.

08) Kimberley has convinced me of two things this week. One, that I need the Sunday Riley good genes treatment. And two, that I need to read The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm ASAP.

09) Speaking of JK Rowling, she sneakily released a Harry Potter short story during the week. Did you read it?

10) Would you go on the world’s tallest waterslide?

July 11, 2014

50 Book Challenge (part 6)

Monster Love by Carol Topolski (7/10) – I was intrigued by the blurb of this book so I picked it up when I did a little autumn/winter book haul earlier this year. This was quite a disturbing read, and not something that I’d recommend to everyone. The subject matter is made clear within the blurb (the murder of a child), and is obviously a sensitive subject so if that is the kind of thing you cannot imagine reading about I wouldn’t pick this up. If you’re interested in the psychological elements behind an incomprehensible act like that, this is a very interesting read.

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge (6/10) – This was an audiobook that I downloaded from Audible a little while ago to listen to during slow periods at work or when I’m on the train and I can’t focus enough to actually read a book. I didn’t like the narrator very much, but the story itself was good enough that I was able to get past it. The book was about a serial killer who locks two people up together, and one of them has to kill the other in order to be released and stay alive. Verrrry interesting.

The Vanishing by Wendy Webb (6/10) – I love the cover of this book, I think it’s so beautiful. If you like the idea of reading about a haunted old mansion set in the dead of winter in the middle of the woods, with a protagonist who spends her days reading books in an old library and drinking tea – this could be a book for you. It was an easy read, and I got through the bulk of it over the course of one weekend.

Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant (5/10) – I picked this book up after seeing it on a friend’s ‘to read’ list on Goodreads. I’ve read more ‘murder mystery’ books this year than I have in my 29 years of life, and I’m surprised at how much I like them. I won’t go into too much detail about this one, because there is a bit of a twist at the end that caught me off guard. This was another easy read, and I managed to churn through it in a couple of days.

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