This time last year I was wrapping up a blissful three month break from work, and boy do I miss those days. Instead, it’s the end of the trash fire that 2016 has been, and there is no break in sight. On a more positive note, I do have a stack of great summer reads that I can’t wait to get stuck into. Here are some of the books I’ve picked up to read this season –
Fearless by Fiona Higgins
– Six strangers from across the world meet on the tropical island of Bali to attend a course designed to help them face their fears. Their backgrounds are as diverse as their fears – which range from flying, public speaking and heights, through to intimacy, failure and death. Friendships and even romance blossom as the participants are put through a series of challenges which are unusual, confronting and sometimes hilarious. A week of fun in the sun suddenly turns into something far more serious, however, when the unthinkable happens – a tragic disaster that puts the group in deadly danger, testing the individual courage of every member.
Shift by Em Bailey – The rumor mill is spinning when Miranda Vaile arrives at school along with whispers that she murdered her parents. But Olive Corbett wants nothing to do with the new girl. After “the incident,” Olive’s been the subject of too much gossip, and now she just wants to take her pills and stay under the radar. But even from the sidelines, there’s no ignoring the fact that there’s something not quite right about Miranda. How can this mousy girl step right into the popular group, become the queen bee’s best friend, and slowly seize control herself? It’s almost parasitic. But who would ever believe crazy Olive, the girl who has a habit of letting her imagination run away with her? And what if Olive is Miranda’s next target?
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando – Eleven years ago, six five-year-olds went missing without a trace. After all this time, the people left behind have moved on, or tried to. Until today. Now five of those kids are back. They’re sixteen, and they are … fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mother she barely recognises, and doesn’t really know who she’s supposed to be, either. But she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, but they can’t recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back and everyone wants answers.
Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar – Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even… The lesson: don’t mess with Unity girls. The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold… and smart enough to keep up with Jess. A neo-riot girl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig – sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable? It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story.
I have developed a bad habit of getting sick of my personal planner about 5-6 months into using it, and then buying something new. I’m coming up to my 6th month of using my new Plum Paper Planner, so of course I went ahead and purchased myself something new. I’ve been really drawn to Erin Condren’s new cover designs, so that plus the fact that the planner now comes in a neutral colour scheme was enough to draw me in and convince me to take the plunge.
Here’s what I picked up:
I ordered the ‘Blossom’ Life Planner with black spiral, in the neutral horizontal layout. I also picked up a large classic lined ‘Watercolour Floral’ notebook with a rose gold spiral. I’m planning to use the planner as my general planner to track events and things I have to do, and the notebook is going to be my day-to-day list holder. I track a lot of things in my current planner (what TV show’s we’re watching, life to-do lists, house project lists, shopping lists, etc
), and I’m trying to streamline the process in two different areas. I’ve shifted my daily to-do list writing to an app (shock horror!) and have been loving Wunderlist
for this. By the way, if you’d like $10 off your own Erin Condren goodies, please feel free to use my referral code
As I mentioned in my last Thoughts Of The Week
post, I recently purchased a face mask after seeing it on ChelseaWears
‘ snapchat. Totally normal single white female behaviour. Of course it’s physically impossible to buy just ONE thing from Mecca
, so here’s the full list of what I picked up –
I’ve already used (and love) the mask, but I’m on the fence about the serum. I think I need to use it a few more times to see how my skin feels about it. The muslin cloths are a repurchase, so I already know I like those and the lip chic was something of a miracle because it ended up being exactly the shade I was after (despite me ordering it based on a dodgy swatch I saw online). I haven’t tried any of the samples yet, but I’m excited to see what they’re like. I did the math and the Dr Dennis Gross sample is worth around $8, which makes it possibly the most expensive free sample I’ve ever received with an online beauty order.
I try and put off placing Sephora orders for as long as I can, so I can pick up all of my necessary/holy grail items at once. There are some products that I absolutely love
that I just can’t find anywhere in Australia, so being able to parcel-forward things from the US Sephora site via Hop Shop Go makes life a lot easier for me. Especially as my holy grail foundation is only available for purchase from there. *stressful* Here’s what I picked up this time around –
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Hypnotic
2x Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge Nude
2x Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Fresh Sugar Lip Conditioner in Rose
If you have any suggestions for products I should pick up from Sephora in the future, please let me know. I’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to purchasing new beauty products… Mostly because I have no idea what to try! I’d love to hear your suggestions so please be sure to leave them in the comments below.