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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Bedside Reading// New Girl Crush & Sexy Perfumes

This week has been one of swings and roundabouts for me, but I’m not complaining because life is all about balance. I’ll talk about it in much more detail when the time is right, but for now, enjoy this week’s round-up.

I was recently sent a few perfume samples from Clive Christian, and I've fallen head over heels in love with them. Woody Leather is my favourite amongst the two; it's a dark, sexy oriental scent with a deep smokiness. It smells very masculine - I can't wait to spritz it on some thick jumpers and knits for Autumn. Green Floral is a great all-year-round option as it smells fresh, dewy and has a sharp grassiness. Check out their selection of ladies perfumes.

Greenery makes me feel very happy, so every part of my house is filled with plants. Taking care of the plants though is a different ball game altogether, so I bought Sophie Lee's ' Living with Plants: A Guide to Indoor Gardening.' It's a beautifully illustrated book with handy tips on taking care of houseplants. The book is peppered with some brilliant styling advice and easy-to-follow DIY tutorials.

What It Feels Like Going To Uni If You’re Working Class’ was very heartbreaking to read. I even teared up a little on reading some of the stories shared by the students who felt that they had to hide their identities and accents to be taken seriously. I identified so much with this story because feeling like you are a misfit is demoralising in so many ways. It knocks down your confidence, and you perpetually live in the fear of being judged. Even after living in the UK for over two years now, I still feel like I stick out like a sore thumb. Anyway, this is a great article if you are interested in reading more about how classism affects people.

Imogen's article 'Being Yourself on Social Media' is inspiring and thought-provoking in equal parts. She shuttered her old Instagram account where she had 1,900 followers to start over again because she wanted it to be a true reflection of herself and her personality. She sums it up quite beautifully: "I felt confined to the low saturated, bright, black and white/ sort of floral picture my life was supposed to look like. In reality, my life looks nothing like my Instagram. My life is warm, full of books and vials covering my dresser. I have plants everywhere, stripy-dresses and it's a kind of beautiful chaos."

 '73 Questions with Tracee Ellis Ross' is by far the best one yet. Tracee is whip-smart and super sassy - she's my new girl crush. If you've been watching Youtube videos since the beginning, you'll probably be familiar with ChelseaWears. Although Chelsea doesn't make videos anymore, she recently uploaded a 22-minute casual, chatty GRWM-type of video and it's so entertaining.

Nothing. Nada. I was really tempted to buy this midi dress from H&M, but I didn't.


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