Friday, 7 December 2018

MY 2019 TOOLKIT FOR POSITIVE CHANGES



I generally hold fairly tightly to the idea that buying material objects, with the idea that they'll somehow improve things in your life, is bollocks. I can't count the amount of times younger-Isabelle would convince herself that this designer bag, beautiful bedding, or luxury skincare product would kickstart some kind of change, and transition me into being a better, more 'adult' version of myself. What a load of nonsense. Needless to say, I remained the same person, with the same positive traits and flaws, but with a new bag, duvet cover or eye cream.

However, I do believe that certain things can facilitate us in making positive changes in our lives, and sometimes creating new habits and healthy patterns can be made easier when we have basic tools for the job. So I'm sharing a few things I'm planning to buy early in the next year, and the changes they will reflect in my 2019 plans.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

COSY WINTER READING RECOMMENDATIONS





The nights are getting longer, and the evenings are getting colder. There are a lot of downsides to the changing seasons, but one upside is that it's the perfect weather to snuggle up with a thick blanket, a warm beverage of choice, and a pile of books. So I've compiled a list of my favourite cosy reads for the colder weather to share with you. 

Saturday, 24 November 2018

SMALL BUSINESS + SUSTAINABLE GIFT GUIDE // HOMEWARE BOOKS + ART

Following on from the Sustainable Gift Guide that I published last year, I thought I'd curate another little collection of beautiful, sustainable gifts from smaller businesses. I'm hoping I can inspire others to make conscious choices when buying gifts for loved ones over Christmas. 

 Anyone who loves jewellery knows how great is is to have somewhere special to store it. These dishes from PeonyLondon are a gorgeous option and would go well with any decor. Kate Charlton's bracelet stacking stands are perfect for making a dressing table instantly instagram-worthy.


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A YEAR OF LONG DISTANCE + HOW WE MADE IT WORK




Alex and I have been together for well over a year and a half, and we have never lived within walking distance. When we first met we were a twenty minute train ride away, then I moved to stay with my parents for a few months, pushing that distance to an hour and a half, and then I left for York, moving five hours up the country to do a postgraduate degree.

I realise this sounds like I'm slowly edging further away hoping he'll get the hint, but I was accepted to study at York just before we met, so it was always a factor in our relationship, and it was a real moment of commitment when we decided that, after about five months, we were willing to stay together while I moved across the country for a year. I have since completed my degree and moved south again, and we are now separated by a measly seventy minute drive. Being so far away, both constricted by busy schedules and deadlines, hasn't been easy on us, but we've gotten through this last year with relatively little trouble, and never came close to breaking up. With that in mind I think we're both fairly well equipped to give a little advice, so Alex has helped me put together this little post, what a champ <3

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

A CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY WISHLIST



ABH have long been the keeper of my brows, but I've never branched out into their eye palettes; Modern Renaissance was a little too red-toned for me, and Subculture didn't get the best reviews. Norvina, however, is exactly my style. A gorgeous fairy-tale garden of gold, lilac and soft pink, with a perfect mixture of matt and shimmering shades, the Norvina palette is for those who like to look like they've just stepped out of A Midsummer Nights Dream... i.e me.

02. Jeffree Star Holiday Collection - Velour Liquid Lipsticks

The man behind the brand can be a divisive figure, but nobody can argue with the quality of Jeffree Star Cosmetics. Star's 2018 Holiday Collection is just another jewel in his crown and, while I'm not sure a giant alien head palette is my thing, the liquid lipsticks are utterly stunning. Standouts include Clout, a metallic cyberpunk lavender, and Triggered, a rich plum flecked with glitter.

Monday, 12 November 2018

THREE WRITERS ON WRITING


I've been doing NaNoWriMo for just over ten days now, and am currently sitting very happily on a word count of 18,356. I'll do a more involved update soon, but for now let's just say I'm well on track and pleased with how I recovered from a few lazy days of little to no writing.

One thing that I've always found really helpful when I'm writing, or just pursuing general creative projects, is reading about writing. Not so much the super technical stuff, I don't think knowing the ins and outs of the use of an oxford comma is especially inspiring, but books in which writers talk about their craft and their experience. I've been rereading my three favourites recently, and thought I would share them.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

NANOWRIMO 2018 // GETTING STARTED + FREE GRAPHICS



If you've ever wandered into the bookish or creative parts of social media, anywhere near November for the last decade or so, you'll have come across NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is an annual internet project, and a source of joy, stress, excitement and more stress for thousands of people all over the world. The aim is to write a fifty thousand word novel in the thirty days of November, averaging out to 1665 words per day.

I've tried this a few times, but things always get in my way. I've usually been at University, where assessed essays are written around the same time, or grappling with a very demanding job and barely having time to do more than eat and sleep in my spare moments. This year, however, things are different. My academic career is done for the moment, and my work will be part time for the beginning of the month, so there is no better time to take advantage of this, and finally complete a NaNo project once and for all!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

RECENT READING 002


I didn't read much non-academic material during my MA, but I did get round to a few good books and thought I would share them with you.

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig - I picked this up on the recommendation of my good friend Kieran, who absolutely loved it, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Matt Haig is an author with a very eclectic bibliography, who writes candidly about his experiences with mental health, and Notes on a Nervous Planet is a series of vignettes in which he muses about the state of the culture we live in, and its effect on our mental health as individuals and as communities.

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