Thoughts Of The Week…

01) I haven’t been purchasing many books recently, because I’ve been focusing on a particularly large savings goal I have. It’s not all bad though, because it’s given me the chance to catch up on all of the ‘nostalgic’ books I hunted down and purchased on ebay earlier in the year. This Sweet Valley University book is one of my all time trashy favourites.
02) Speaking of Sweet Valley, the twins who played Jessica and Elizabeth are now 40, and still more gorgeous than I will ever be.
03) I have to admit, I’ve been sucked into the Olympics this time around. It’s really fun to sit and watch a few minutes while my tea brews in the break room at work in the mornings. But can we talk about how bizarre the dark green diving pool “mystery” is? So weird.
05) This story about a many who found a worm in the packaging of his Tesco cucumber made me laugh.
06) The Stranger Things soundtrack is now available! In other news, if you haven’t watched this show yet – it is time.
07) I’ve had these two playlists on repeat all week. Thanks to Tonile for recommending the first one!
08) I’ve been catching up on Chelsea Wears vlogs this week, and the by-product of this is me spending way too much time investigating Kaylor theories.
09) I have a 20% off voucher for Karolina’s Krafts, and a new planner arriving soon. I think it’s time to treat myself and do a little bit of sticker shopping.
10) This was one of my favourite Olympics-related snippets of the week.

Holiday Snapshots

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We had a really wonderful time on our recent holiday interstate and I thought I’d share some snapshots from our travels with you all. We flew over to Adelaide on a Fridayn evening and drove straight to Goolwa to spend the weekend at a beach house with some of Sebastian’s friends. On the Monday morning, Sebastian and I drove to Warrnambool for the evening which was to be our halfway point before we made our way along the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne. On the Tuesday we drove up the coast, and it was a truly magical experience. The views were breathtaking. I had been there as a child when my parents and I drove across the country but to be honest I have no memory of the view (probably because I would’ve had my head stuck in a Babysitters Club Book the whole time). We made our way to Melbourne where we spent two evenings and one full day before driving back to Adelaide on the Thursday. We spent the rest of our time in Adelaide catching up with friends and celebrating Sebastian’s birthday, and then we headed home on the Sunday evening. I want to go back!

August TBR

I didn’t get to read as many books last month as I’d hoped, somehow when I’m on holidays even though I have grand plans to get a lot of reading done… I never do. I’m back into my regular routine now that we’re back from interstate, and getting a little bit more reading done every day. Here are the books I’m hopping to knock off of my ‘to be read’ list this month –

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre – Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there’s a new bad boy in town. Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year. We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him. From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me. Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood – Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month – swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne – It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon – While his successful wife goes off to her law office each day, Simon Connolly takes care of their kids, Jake and Laney. Now that they are in high school, the angst-ridden father should feel more relaxed, but he doesn’t. He’s seen the statistics, read the headlines. And now, his darkest fear is coming true. There has been a shooting at school. Simon races to the rendezvous point, where he’s forced to wait. Do they know who did it? How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one, parents are led out of the room to reunite with their children. Their numbers dwindle, until Simon is alone. As his worst nightmare unfolds, and Jake is the only child missing, Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers, for hope, for the memory of the boy he raised, for mistakes he must have made, for the reason everything came to this. Where is Jake? What happened in those final moments? Is it possible he doesn’t really know his son? Or he knows him better than he thought?

Product Review: Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil

I made an emergency purchase mid-holiday due to suffering from a severe head cold (how I survived the FREEZING COLD winds of Melbourne I do not know), but the spur-of-the-moment purchase was definitely worthwhile and now I feel like I can’t live without this product. I’d used the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil previously and had experienced really good results, so I headed straight to the Clarins counter when I knew I needed a hydrating oil ASAP. I have sensitive skin so knowing Clarins already had a product I knew I could trust not to cause a reaction meant that they were my first stop. After purchasing I went back to the hotel, cleansed my skin, smothered it in the oil, and promptly took a nap. My skin showed a difference as soon as I woke up. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. It absorbs quickly (but be sure to let it fully absorb before you apply your moisturiser), it has a pleasant lemon-herbal scent, and gives a healthy sheen but not a shine so my fellow oily-skinned girls need not fear. My skin seems to have found it’s balance again, so I’m not using this on a daily basis but I’ve incorporated it into my weekly skin care routine and it’s become a firm favourite. The Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil retails for $55 AUD and is available for purchase from Adore Beauty.

Thoughts of the week…

01) Well, we’re back from our holiday and well and truly back into the swing of things this week. I bought a pack of ‘Angel Guidance’ cards while we were away in Adelaide and have been doing a reading every day to help guide me through the week. The general vibe has been ‘you’re on the right track‘, so that’s good to know.
02) I bought Harry Potter and the Cursed Child while we were away, and I still haven’t finished it. I’m positive younger me would be truly disgusted with this.
03) Today I discovered that Tibetan Mastiff’s exist, and now I want one.
04) Thanks to Gemma for sharing this live kitten cam during the week. It was exactly what I needed, and I didn’t even know it.
05) I can’t remember if I’ve shared this before, but I was re-introduced to it this week, and I’m obsessed with it. I’ve had the song on repeat all week too.
06) This story brought me so much joy.
07) I’ve been listening to The Productive Woman podcast for a couple of weeks now, and I really love it. I don’t know what it is, but something about the combination of the opening/closing music, Laura’s voice, and the content make me feel so happy (and productive).
08) As an ex-Orlando Bloom uberfan, I guess it would be remiss of me not to include a link to his (NSFW!!!!) holiday pictures from the week… Hoo boy.
09) ‘How Jen Does It’ is my new favourite YouTube channel, and this night-time routine video is highly motivating. If only I could be bothered to clean our house like that every night before bed.
10) Is anyone thinking of watching The Olympics this year? I have to admit it’s the least I’ve ever been excited for a games, but I’m sure I’ll tune in from time to time. My work actually installed a TV in every break area just so people could watch the games this year… Crazy!