Welcome to the first of many “Favourites” posts! Here’s where I tell you all what I loved in the past month!
The Fault in Our Stars (Book & Movie)
Okay, so this is more of a May/June favourite but it’s too good to not include in the list. There was so much hype around TFIOS that I bought the book and started reading it in February, slowly getting through it whenever I found the time and finishing it in May. Yes, I cried. Yes, I saw the movie and yes, I cried again. My crying ended after the *spoiler alert* funeral though, the rest didn’t phase me. It was such a beautifully written book with a beautifully made movie adaptation.
Breakfast of Choice: Muesli w/ fruit and yoghurt
In a university lifestyle where my college does not serve the best of breakfasts, I was so happy to discover back in May that muesli with fruit and yoghurt had started being served. Finally, some readily available fruit and a healthy-appearing (you never know with uni food) meal! Even after uni finished, this was my breakfast of choice throughout July.
The Sims 3
My relationship with The Sims 3 is odd – I become obsessed with it for weeks and then I come back later and I have no interest in it. These holidays, however, The Sims 3 has been my only pastime. I’m beginning to have Sims withdrawals already now classes have started! I may or may not own every single expansion pack and stuff pack – oops!
Oh how cliche. Truthfully, though, I’m really enjoying blogging so far. It’s such a creative pastime which I feel has a much more productive outcome than sitting on the couch playing The Sims 3 all day! Even though I don’t have many readers, every view, like and comment means a lot to me that people are willing to read my rambling.
As it’s Winter here in Australia and my home town went through a bit of a cold snap in the past month, the best $25 I have ever spent was the purchase of two fluffy jumpers in a beautiful dusty pink and baby blue. It’s perfect for cold days and nights, looks great with a peter pan collar shirt and I’m certain it will be a staple this semester in cold lecture theatres.
Despite the cold snap, I caught up with my friends from high school frequently, and these catch ups mostly included sitting around a bonfire having casual drinks. I attended a total of four bonfires over the course of two weeks, which definitely offered a warmer side to the freezing nights! Just sitting around watching the flames was so relaxing and made me feel like I was making the most of my holiday break.
Pandora Stacker Rings
I was gifted a total of four Pandora rings for my eighteenth birthday (as mentioned in my Birthday Haul post), and I found myself wearing them everywhere throughout July – wearing my original lilac stone rings whenever my outfit included a hint of purple and wearing the tiara ring every other occasion. I love them – they’re just so elegant and pretty and versatile!
My Bonsai Tree
Over the break I purchased a young Serissa bonsai tree. My main motivation for this was to have something to care for while at uni, as my college doesn’t allow pets. Although I accidentally selected one of the hardest species of bonsai to care for, I’ve been trying my best to keep the little thing alive. I’ve had some troubles, especially when moving it from my home town to five hours up the coast back to uni. It nearly completely died last week, and all the leaves fell off it, but now it’s slowly growing new leaves and hopefully will begin flowering in Spring!
My friend Eka gave me a Frangipani scented candle for my birthday (see Birthday Haul), which, unlike the Glasshouse candle gifted by Hayden, didn’t come in a container or candle holder and therefore gave off its scent constantly once unwrapped. As this candle sat in my bedroom for a few weeks, I fell in love with its beautiful scent and now it has a permanent home on my uni desk so I can smell it all the time – even if I can’t light the candle!
Jumper with embroidered cat
Yes, another one of my favourites for July is a jumper – BUT LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS! I just had to buy it once I saw it. It’s the perfect thickness of jumper for a Queensland winter – thin enough to wear it all day without getting hot but thick enough to keep you warm. The cat is just so adorable, I can’t get enough of it! I haven’t been able to wear it much, as winter up here at uni is a hot 27 degrees (winter? What winter?) but just wait until next year!
YouTuber Ashley Mardell (/HeyThere005)
I discovered Ashley through Zach Garry’s channel, where he briefly featured in one of her videos. The first video of Ashley’s that I watched was her Coming Out to My Best Friend video, as a part of her Beer and a Chat segment. I was drawn to Ashley the moment I watched her videos – she is such a creative soul who has the ability to talk about serious topics such as LGBTQ issues, anxiety and the idealization of YouTubers, yet remain entertaining and engaging the entire way through. Her video editing is flawless and she uses such cool and unique techniques that, as someone who has edited videos before, seriously impress me. Her collaborations are not restricted by distance – Ashley and her collaborators film individual videos from their homes whilst receiving audio via Skype – how creative! Her channel is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, it’s impossible to think that she has under 100K subscribers!
Happy Little Pill – Troye Sivan
I recently listed Troye as one of my favourite YouTubers, and around that time was when he announced the release of his first EP, named TRXYE. He released his first single from this EP, Happy Little Pill, last week to great success – pre-orders for his EP reached #1 on the iTunes album charts in Australia, the US and fifteen other countries, and the top ten in another forty countries, including the UK. Happy Little Pill charted at #1 in thirteen countries! It’s such an amazing feat for his second ever single, if you include his tribute song to The Fault in Our Stars. The song itself is amazing, and certainly stands alone from Troye’s YouTube success. It blew me away when I heard it, it’s just so chilled out and amazing. You can check out Happy Little Pill here, but don’t forget to support Troye and buy it on iTunes!
So that’s it for my July Favourites, sorry this is posted in mid August but on the bright side, August Favourites will be up in no time!
Sarah May xx