February TBR

 

Erotic Stories for Pubjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – “Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a creative writing course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community. Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected–and exciting–kind. As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community’s moral police. But when the widows’ gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife–a modern woman like Nikki–and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.”
 
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez – “Kristen Peterson doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children. Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen — especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.”
 
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle – “Meet Naomi and Nicholas: the Perfect Couple. Their glorious, lavish wedding is coming up in three short months… and they are utterly, miserably sick of each other. Unfortunately, whoever backs out first will end up bearing the brunt of the wedding bill. When Naomi finds out that Nicholas has been feigning contentment too, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of sabotage, pranks, and all-out emotional warfare to see who can annoy the other into surrendering first. Now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves. In fact, they’re having so much fun getting on each other’s nerves that it starts to feel like something else entirely…”
 
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – “For years, rumors of the Marsh Girl have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.”

Adore Beauty Haul

 

Kérastase Reflection Bain Chromatique Shampoo & Conditioner – One of my goals for this year is to stop spending money I don’t need to be spending (hello building a house life), but I am “allowed” to repurchase things where needed. This is my first repurchase of the year, as I am close to finishing up the Living Proof Shampoo & Conditioner Duo I’ve been using for the last few months.
 
O&M Original Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray – This is another repurchase, as I’m getting close to finishing up yet another tube of this amazing hairspray. Sebastian now uses this whenever he washes his hair and needs to style it, so I am going through bottles much faster than I used to. I feel like the fact this works just as well on his thick curly hair as it does on my fine straight hair says a lot about the quality of this product.
 
Adore Beauty Rose Quartz Facial Massage Set – So forgetting everything I said before about only repurchasing things, I felt that I desperately needed this facial massage set. So I bought it. I want to try and implement facial massage into my daily skincare routine this year, so I can reverse whatever extra ageing 2020 added to my face and try to end the year looking younger than I did when it began.

Nostalgic Book Haul (January)

 

Sweet Valley High #35 – Out Of Control“Aaron Dallas, the handsome co-captain of the Sweet Valley High soccer team, used to be friendly and likeable. But suddenly he’s changed. He explodes whenever the smallest thing goes wrong, and lashes out at everyone, including his teammates and his girlfriend, Heather. Elizabeth Wakefield is concerned about the change in Aaron. Her boyfriend, Jeffrey French, is Aaron’s best friend. Jeffrey keeps making excuses for Aaron, and Elizabeth can’t persuade him that his best friend really needs help – until Jeffrey himself becomes the target of Aaron’s rage.”
 
Sweet Valley High #49 – Playing For Keeps“Jessica and senior A.J. Morgan are in love. He is different from most of the guys she has dated, and Jessica is sure that he would love her even more if she acted more like her sister, Elizabeth. But when she begins to act like Elizabeth, A.J. gets bored, and she has to fight for her man!”
 
Sweet Valley High #50 – Out Of Reach“All Jade Wu wants is to be as all-American as her classmates, but her traditional Chinese father will not let her do anything the other kids do–especially date attractive David Prentiss. Then an ugly rumor threatens to destroy her dreams, and Jade despairs of ever being happy.”

Beauty Cupboard (January)

Pre-Cleanse/Makeup Remover: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes
Cleanser: Paula’s Choice Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser
Exfoliant: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Toner/After Cleanser: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender
Serum: Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Skin-Hydrating Serum
Moisturiser: Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion
Sunscreen: Ultra Violette SPF 50+ Supreme Screen
Shampoo: Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Aveda Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo
Conditioner: Living Proof Restore Conditioner & Aveda Rosemary Mint Weightless Conditioner
Hair Care: Kerastase Nectar Thermique & Ouai Finishing Creme
Hair Spray: O&M Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray
Shower Gel: The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel / Fresh Brown Sugar Bath & Shower Gel
Body Scrub: Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish
Body Lotion: Firebird Almond Milk Lotion / The Body Shop Strawberry Body Yogurt
Body Butter: Coco_Marie Nourishing Body Butter in Coconut Lime
Hand Lotion: The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin Hand Cream / Glasshouse Montego Bay Rhythm Hand Cream
Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm / Too Faced Peach Mega Moisture Lip Balm / Carmex Daily Care Moisturising Lip Balm (Strawberry) / The Body Shop Raspberry Lip Balm

2021 Bucket List

 

I like to start each year with some goals for the year – not resolutions as such, but things that I want to work towards throughout the year. I’ve always been goal-oriented and I like to track my progress on different personal challenges throughout the year. 2020 was certainly a year, and one thing it made me realise was that flexibility is key when it comes to the goals I set myself. Also that I need to give myself a fucking break every now and then. Here are the goals I have (loosely) set for the year ahead:
 
Visit Perth (at LEAST once) – Although I probably could have popped home for a visit last year when the border opened, we have tried to be responsible people and limit the amount of time we are spending in large crowds of strangers. We had considered going home for Christmas last year, but then the community outbreak occurred in South Australia and that was off the table. Hopefully this year we will have the opportunity to return home to visit family at least once. This is me manifesting a two week holiday when the cooler weather hits and we can relax down south with the family drinking wine and eating great food.
 
Build a house – We had been considering buying or building a house, and when the additional grants were announced for home builders we decided to make the most of it and just go for it. We have purchased land, signed on with a builder and at this stage are just awaiting council approval before the build begins.
 
Bring back healthy habits – This is in here just to keep me somewhat accountable this year. Here’s the thing – I used to run almost every single day. I would get home from work and immediately go for a run. Even if I had plans on that night I would somehow find a way to fit a run in. Since moving to Adelaide I have really fallen off the wagon with this. We now have an exercise bike at home, so I have something readily available for me to use and this goal is essentially me trying to work those habits back into my daily routine.
 
Limit online time – I’ve come to discover that doom scrolling is such a complete and utter waste of my free time, and I’m trying to limit the time I spend online that has no purpose. This doesn’t mean I’m disappearing offline altogether, it just means I am trying to be more intentional with my time. I have set timer limits on the apps I tend to waste the most amount of time on, and when I get the temptation to scroll mindlessly my goal is to pick up a book instead.