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Little Loves – June & July 2017 Edition

So…yeah, I kinda forgot to join in with my beloved Little Loves in June. I think I’ve got a pretty good excuse though – starting a new job that ATE MY LIFE. Honestly, I’ve forgotten so much stuff these last few weeks. Slipping back into the Full Time Working groove has been tricky, because whilst getting on board with Work has been A++ OK, remembering to keep the Home / Blog stuff going too hasn’t. But anyway, here I am now, joining back in with Morgana and the Little Loves crew. I’m really excited about reading what everyone’s been up to. And whilst I know my life isn’t all that exciting…tough. Here’s my June / July summary!

Little Loves - a linky by Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. Featuring my favourite little loves from throughout the past month.

 

READ

BOOKS

I finally read The Power by Naomi Alderman in July and WOWZERS. What a book! If you haven’t already heard of it, it’s pretty much feminist sci-fi. It creates a world where women develop a mysterious ability that means suddenly they hold all the power. The ramifications of this are huge. HUGE. I loved all of the characters, and invested so much in their stories. However, what I love the very most about this story is its balance. It shows that ultimately power is power, no matter who wields that power. And, as they say, power corrupts… Seriously, read it, omg.

INTERNET

Normally my notes for this section are bursting at the seams with amazing articles and blog posts that I’ve read. It’s normally so hard to narrow it down to just a few to include. But for some reason in June and July I just didn’t come across many of either. Mainly it’s because of the whole Back At Work thing, with my days taken up with work and evenings with family and dinner and downtime on the sofa. But, as always, Rachel at Make A Long Story Short came up with the goods. I can’t even link to a specific post, because they’ve all been incredible. Just click on the link and Go Read.

 

WATCHED

It feels like I’ve done far more TV-watching than usual over the past two months. Or maybe that’s just because I’ve watched so many different things? Firstly, we re-watched Breaking Bad for the first time, which was such a brilliant experience. Whilst it’s not my favourite TV show ever, it’s definitely hands down the best TV show I’ve ever seen. We’ve also begun watching The Leftovers, which is intriguing and mysterious and gripping…but which I have a horrible feeling is going to go down a similar mumbo-jumbo route as Lost. Which I hated, by the end. Wah.

In Lighter Watching, I’ve begun watching episodes of Don’t Trust The B- In Apt 23 when I have a spare moment, and HEY Y’KNOW WHAT IT’S REALLY GOOD. Like, it actually makes me proper LOL, which seems to be fairly rare with TV shows these days. Such a shame it got cancelled 🙁

Of course, I’ve got to include The Handmaid’s Tale and new Game Of Thrones here too…the former of which started out strong but has become a bit meandering and meh now, and the latter of which has started up AMAZINGLY so please don’t flag, OK?

Finally, in a more obscure one, I watched SHED LOADS of strawberries grow in our garden. We were lucky enough to move to a house with a pre-loaded strawberry patch and, woah. So. Many. Strawberries. At one point we were getting hauls like the below every other day. It’s all ended now, of course, and sob. Looking forward to seeing you all next year already, Strawberries.

Strawberries - part of my Little Loves for June and July 2017!

 

HEARD

Throughout most of June and July I pretty much played two new albums on repeat: Lorde’s Melodrama and Royal Blood’s How Did We Get So Dark? Both are pretty much awesome in two entirely different ways. I do love a bit of Royal Blood – the noise they make for only two blokes is incredible. And Lorde? Well, so many of the tracks on that album speak to me ON A DEEP LEVEL, MAN. Liability is pretty much the track of my early-mid 20s. Lorde is a witch of my heart.

I also heard TD singing extremely loudly at his preschool Leavers Concert. Which was emotional, I’ll be honest. He did such an amazing job – the only kid to sing ALL the songs and do ALL of the actions, and all with a huge smile on his face the whole time. So, so proud <3

 

MADE

It was my husband’s birthday at the start of July, and we celebrated by throwing a little BBQ party. It’s the first time we’ve had a house/garden large enough to house more than 4 people at a time, so it had to be done, right? I went to town a bit and made a BBQ pulled lamb shoulder and a three tier Eton Mess cake. And not to brag or anything, but HOLY MOLY both of them were INCREDIBLE.

The three tiered Eton Mess Birthday Cake - part of my Little Loves for June and July 2017!

 

I can highly recommend swapping out pork for pulled lamb, and making an Eton Mess cake. However, don’t blame me if you end up eating the entire of both all to yourself.

 

WORE

It’s been almost 6 weeks now since I bought pretty much the entire The Ordinary range. And yes, believe the hype – it’s all fab. I’m planning a more in-depth post all about the products I’ve been using, but for now I’ll say that the Advanced Retinoid 2%, the Buffet, and the Natural Moisturising Factors are all firm favourites of mine. Also, the Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is MIRACULOUS. TD had some really horrible eczema on the back of his legs, and after a week or so of rubbing that oil into it each night it cleared up beautifully. Wonder stuff!

The Ordinary - Buffet, Advanced Retinoid 2%, 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, Natural Moisturising Factors - part of my Little Loves for June and July 2017!

 

AND FINALLY…

It feels like every month I say something along the lines of things being tough. It’s really not been a great year. June and July were especially hideous – two fantastic people who I deeply cared about passed away. Their families have really shown how truly wonderful humans can be by celebrating everything that made them so amazing. Dragging positives from the depths of grief are superhuman feats that I’m not sure I could ever achieve. With that in mind how about you go and read this and, if you can, donate, anything that you can.

 

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15 Comments

  1. chantelle hazelden

    28th July 2017 at 11:13 am

    Royal Blood literally rock and can’t resist a bit of Game of Thrones. That cake is rather epic!! #littleloves

    1. viechoufleur

      28th July 2017 at 9:02 pm

      They’re awesome, aren’t they! I’d love to see them live but I almost feel like I’m too old now, haha…

  2. Stacie

    28th July 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Sorry to hear that you’ve had sad news the past two months. Great to see you back with #LittleLoves though. OMG those strawberries! And, that cake. Delicious! I’ve heard lots about The Ordinary, nearly purchased some bits the other day, think I might wait for your post first. I haven’t started watching The Handmaid’s Tale yet, need to download Episode 1 as I didn’t record it for some reason! Also, need to get my hands on a copy of The Power – might use it as a #BookClub140 pick for August. Enjoy your week xx

    1. viechoufleur

      28th July 2017 at 9:01 pm

      I’m so happy to be back, love this linky! It’s such a fab brand. I’ve had quite a few people wanting a post about it so I’m definitely trying to get it up ASAP. Ooh, hope you enjoy The Handmaid’s Tale when you get round to it. Definitely a good shout to use it for Book Club – I’ll join in if you do as I’m desperate for someone to discuss it with xx

  3. Anna-Marie

    28th July 2017 at 8:26 pm

    So sorry you’ve had to deal with such sad news. I am so glad your back though as I love your #LittleLoves round-ups! That cake.. THAT CAKE!!!!! Looks bloody amazing!!! We started watching Breaking Bad but I found it really slow, the husband has carried in without me. I just could g get into it. Those strawberries look delicious! I really want to grow some next year! Have a wonderful weekend lovely xxx

    1. viechoufleur

      28th July 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you. And thank you! And THANK YOU! Yep, that cake was increddddible…I was just so gutted that I brought it out when there were 15 people still at the party so it didn’t stretch far enough for leftovers, haha! BB is definitely quite slow but oooh you should stick with it. I had a big old break from it at one point because it was so slow, but by the end I was SO glad I’d pushed through. Hope you have a great weekend too xx

  4. Emma

    28th July 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve been meaning to read The Power for ages – it sounds awesome. It’s in Sainsbury’s for £3.99 but I need to keep track of the pennies at the moment. Don’t Trust the Bitch is awesome, isn’t it! Such a funny cast. I didn’t watch it the first time round and caught it on Netflix. I wish there was more…

    1. viechoufleur

      28th July 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Hope you can get The Power soon – it really is an awesome read. And yes! I can’t believe I’d never heard much about DTTB before – it’s hilarious. Bloody love James van der Beek as himself.

  5. Chantal - Capturing These Days

    29th July 2017 at 9:00 am

    Ummm so that cake looks INCREDIBLE! So much yum! I’m really sorry you’ve had such a tough time lately, and I want to send you all of the love and hugs! I’m looking forward to your post about The Ordinary – I have one thing so far, but a wishlist as long as my arm, so need to narrow it down I think xx

  6. Mum Reinvented

    29th July 2017 at 12:06 pm

    So sorry to read about your sad news. Life seriously sucks sometimes doesn’t it. Glad to see you back with your #littleloves though. With you on The Handmaid’s Tale and GoT – LOVE them! That cake is pretty damn amazing! I’m practically licking he screen (on a diet so feeling a bit deprived). Have a great week x

  7. Claire

    29th July 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I’m so sorry you’ve lost two people you were close to. I’m glad you’re joining little loves again. The cake looks amazing and the lamb sounds seriously good too. Loving all your strawberries. Our attempt at growing strawberries is not going well!

  8. Jade @ Captured By Jade

    30th July 2017 at 7:02 am

    Sorry to hear about the bad news – lovely to see you back with a Little Loves post.
    The strawberry haul is insane, and that cake (insert all the heart eye emoji’s). Also, I look forward to hearing more about the new skincare.
    Happy weekend, and a lovely upcoming August to you!

  9. Gemma @ gemslittletreasures

    30th July 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Those strawberries wow! we got nothing-sob!! And that cake well done you that looks amazing-love eton mess. The Power sounds like another book to add to my TBR list-i am being so slow with my reading at the minute-ok realistically since i had kids. Sorry to hear about your bad news – sending lots of love x

  10. Tracey Williams

    31st July 2017 at 3:24 pm

    So sorry to hear about your sad news over the past few months. Missed your loveliness over at Little Loves and good to have you back. That cake looks pretty damn epic, and I love the sound of pulled lamb. Hope your hubby had an awesome birthday x

  11. Morgana

    2nd August 2017 at 11:45 am

    Love the sound of that novel, I’ll be adding it straight to my Amazon basket!
    Royal Blood are epic and one of my favourites to listen to very loudly in the car. I really want to see them live.
    I’ve not heard of The Ordinary, which is no surprise really as I’m clueless when it comes to skincare. I’ll have to keep an eye out for your post. xx

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