July favourites – lifestyle edit

Can you believe it’s July already – where did the last 6 months go? Thankfully, the heatwave that’s engulfed Europe for the last couple of weeks has finally hit the UK, and I have to say I’m quite happy about that, because I’ve got a whole load of time booked off my day job over the next few months – which means more time to work on this (and hopefully get some rest in there too).

So now that it feels like summer, I wanted to share some of my favourite ‘lifestyle’ kind of things that I’ve been enjoying recently. I’m going to save grooming products for a separate post – keep a look out for that over the next week or so – but for now, here are some of the things I’ve bought, seen or enjoyed over the past month.

Fashion: PUMA RS-0 Play

I bought these trainers right at the start of last month and I don’t think I’ve taken them off since. They’re so comfortable it’s ridiculous! In the kind of way where they almost mould to the shape of your feet, so it’s like you’re not wearing them – know what I mean? They’re also ridiculously bouncy, so if you’re as impatient as I am and always seem to be weaving in and out of people to get to where you want to be fast, they’re also perfect. In fact, I think they’re running shoes – so movement would be a given, really. Duh.

Anyway, I know I’m rambling on here, but I really do love them! And they seem to be on sale in a lot of places right now – I got them down from £80 to £40. Oh, how I love a bargain!

(Actually, they appear to have sold out in a lot of places now, but they have a good few sizes left here.)

TV: Black Mirror

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I’ve seen so many mixed responses to the new, 3 episode series of Black Mirror – but, have to say, I thought it was great. OK, so Smithereens wasn’t as flashy as we’ve come to expect, and there was a bit of a lull in the middle of Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too, but overall I really enjoyed this run. And, for me, Striking Vipers was perfection!

I’m not a massive TV/movies person, but what I love about Black Mirror is how it manages to be totally sinister, without being completely obvious. It’s such a perfect reflection of the times – what happens to Ashley O basically happened to Britney Spears last month! And, speaking of Ashley O, the show also gave us this bop, so we can’t complain…

Season 5 of Black Mirror is on Netflix now.

Music: Lil Nas X – 7

I’ve been kind of obsessed with Lil Nas X since he singlehandedly managed to make Billy Ray Cyrus – yes, that’s Achy Breaky Heart Billy Ray Cyrus – cool. I mean, who’d have thought it? And just I was almost getting bored of Old Town Road, he dropped this EP, which should be on everyone’s summer playlist FYI.

I want to say I’m getting Frank Ocean vibes – the sounds and style are both in the same vein, although Lil Nas’ tone is pointedly deeper. I’m also obsessed with his style – cowboy-chic is definitely in. Most of all, he excites me as an artist – and that’s always a good thing.

Here’s the full EP to stream:

Book: Joan Didion – Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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This is, of course, a throwback, but as far as I’m concerned this is the perfect summer read. Out in the sun, glass of wine poured, and this iconic collection of essays in hand. Joan Didion is one of my idols – as a journalist and a writer – and the way she captures 1960s California is something else. It’s a fun read – but parts are also incredibly poignant, considering the political climate of 2019. In fact, it’s title comes from Yeats’ poem The Second Coming, which is so telling:

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   
The ceremony of innocence is drowned”

W.B. Yeats – The Second Coming

I’m would say I’m surprised how much Didion is overlooked as a literary great – but I’m not, because she’s a successful woman, so I’d expect nothing less. But I think this is a book everyone should read at some point in their lives. Not only because it’s great from start to finish, but also because it does a perfect job at highlighting how we keep on making the same mistakes, over and over again.

You can purchase the book here: Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Pug Essential: Me & My Pets Soft Grey Pet Carrier

I leave for work every morning at 6am, and I’m barely awake at the best of times. Toby’s the same, and being the dozy pug he is, that means he’s slower than usual *sigh*. My boyfriend can’t take him to his office, and I knew I didn’t want to leave him at home all the time, so I set out looking for a carrier – and this grey one from Me & My Pets is one of the first I stumbled across – and it’s perfect!

I’d seen similar products priced so ridiculously – we’re talking £70+ – so when I ordered this one for £10.95 I was cautiously hopeful it would be substantial enough to carry 10kg worth of pug. Anyway, it is, and it’s an absolute steal. It’s good quality, sturdy, the material doesn’t stain/wear easily, and it’s so soft. In fact, when we got home after the first day of using it, Toby got back in after 10 minutes and fell asleep! Honestly, I wish we’d got one sooner.

Here’s the link to purchase: Me & My Pets Soft Grey Pet Carrier.

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