My skin has been rather problematic and generally 'unhappy' this fortnight, and the only thing that seems to be turning its frown upside down is two drops of the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil (£20) in my night cream before bed. Organic, affordable and effective, everyone needs a bottle of this. // In an attempt to aggravate my sore skin as little as possible, I switched from liquid foundation to the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder (£31) and it's true love. It gives a totally flawless but undetectable finish, and although I find that it doesn't last very well on me, I'm rarely out of the house for more than a couple of hours at a time these days and so longevity is no longer an issue for me - silver linings and all that!
|Pai + Laura Mercier = happy skin|
So UK Netflix got American Horror Story and as a horror film fan, I enjoyed having a new program to watch that wasn't such easy viewing and quickly finished every series. I'd heard rave reviews about Coven, so I kind of rushed through Murder House and Asylum to get to the final series and was slightly disappointed, as I thought the first two were just as good, if not better. The acting is impeccable, and Freak Show can't start soon enough.
|"Our one defining trait is a numbness to the world, an indifference to suffering"|
My other Netflix addiction this fortnight has been The Office, which is fast becoming one of my favourite series ever. In a way I didn't want to like it as I felt loyal to the UK version, but the humour is both up my street and my cup of tea. It's similar to Gavin and Stacey in the sense that the casting is so spot on that no other actor could play each role, and I just love it. Now that I've finished Modern Family, this is my new go-to program. Pam 4 Jim forever.
|Stanley Hudson fanatic|
|"I can't relate to 99% of humanity."|
"I can't relate to humanity, either... but I don't think it's completely hopeless."
- Ghost World
|"You don't know about real loss because that only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself."|
- Goodwill Hunting
"Eat" - The Food
PANCAKES. I used to only eat them one day a year, and now I can't get enough. Easy and quick to whip up, they make the best breakfast - I like mine topped with red berries and Greek yoghurt. Usually I try to avoid excessive sugar, but when it's Easter, it's rude not to. I'm not the biggest fan of Easter eggs, but the one I got this year was the nicest Belgian chocolate and came with a box of assorted pralines... yes, a thousand times, yes!
I finally finished The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and thought it was a really touching read, and one I'd highly recommend! I'm one of those annoying "the book's better than the film" people (because it's always true), but I watched the film afterwards and I have to say, Peter Jackson did a perfect job. It did the book justice and I knew which part of the novel they were focusing on practically down the paragraph, which I think is rare to find in film adaptation. I also read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn which is ahhh-mazing, there's some impressive character development and twists going on and although I wasn't sold on the ending, it didn't detract from how much I enjoyed the book. // My friend Hayley's blog has been full of wonderful posts this fortnight, my personal favourites amongst many good'uns were Positivity +2, It's Not Just a Blog, It's a Lifeline and Spring and Leg Appreciation. Go and have a read, she's such a babe and writes brilliantly, you won't be disappointed!
|"Because horror on Earth is real and it is every day. It is like a flower or like the sun; it cannot be contained".|
- The Lovely Bones
"Wear" - The Style, Sleepwear & Loungewear
Will, Kate and baby George are currently on the Royal tour, and so far all I've done is swoon over a) what a precious family they are, and b) Kate's impeccable wardrobe. I haven't been able to get out much recently and so the closest I've gotten to putting outfits together is making sets on Polyvore, but that doesn't stop me from scouring the web and creating wishlists as long as my arm. I love how Kate has made it fashionable to dress smartly again, I adore her and think she always looks so lovely - she makes me want to wear skirts like this pale blue Topshop number with crisp white shirts and tan wedges. // As I've been bedbound a fair amount recently, I've had to look to beautiful pyjamas for inspiration instead and recently wrote a post on nightwear which you can read here.
"Listen" - The Music
I've been listening to alt-J again, and I can't believe I'd forgotten how bloody good their music is. My driving album of choice back in the day, the entirety of An Awesome Wave is addictive but Bloodflood, Something Good and Breezeblocks are my most-played.
|Just before watching alt-J play at Reading festival, 2012 ∆|
"Inspire" - The Quotes
Recently I stumbled across one of my favourite quotes - "a smooth sea never made a skilful sailor" - beautifully designed by Cristina Blanchard. I've felt slightly overwhelmed with my illness as of late, and even thinking about the task of recovering is impossible at times. It helps to remind myself that everyone has struggles, life isn't always plain sailing but each obstacle we overcome helps us to be stronger and wiser.