What I Read in March

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March was not a good reading month for me, Uni got much too busy and the only reading time I had was on the train on the way to and from Uni. After the third week that didn’t even work out because I was so tired that I would fall asleep.

Anyway I did finish reading ‘The Wrong Girl’ by Zoe Foster and I started reading ‘Haunted’ by Chuck Palahniuk. Haven’t quite finished Haunted yet but almost there.

The two books couldn’t be anymore different but I love reading so I will read anything. That doesn’t mean I love everything I read but I will give everything a chance.

The Wrong Girl really surprised me. If you have followed the previous books I have listed here and read you can tell they are mostly classics, and not really romance or as they are often called ‘chick-lit’. However reading this was really nice. It was nice, light reading and a nice break between all the others. It was also relevant and dealt with similar issues that I am actually dealing with in my daily life, so I liked it for that.

Haunted on the other hand was suggested to me by my friend Rhys. This book is insane and intense. I think that if I hadn’t read American Psycho that I wouldn’t be able to stomach this one. The part I’m currently up to is so crazy, and involves cannibalism. I actually like it’s craziness, but I always wonder when I read things like this, I wonder how on Earth did this guy, Chuck Palahniuk come up with this, like seriously.

 

Jx

Ps. Book Recommendations are welcome.

daily essentials

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Here are a few of the products I use every day and basically can’t live without.

 

1. Chanel, Demaquillant Yeux Intense. ( Eye Makeup Remover.)

2. Aesop, Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream. ( Face Moisturiser.)

3. Chanel, Mat Lumiere. ( Foundation.)

4. Chanel, Inimitable E Intense. ( Mascara – Black.)

5. Shu uemura, Painting Liner. ( Gel eye-liner – M Black.)

6. Nars, Blush. ( Orgasm.)

 

Jx

Miu-sing

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New stationery gets me so excited. At the moment I am obsessed with Copic’s. Normally my automatic choice for rendering an illustration is watercolour but for some reason lately I have started using Copic’s and I really love them. You may have noticed the last few I posted up on the blog are actually rendered with them.

Above I have drawn the Copic’s I bought today. I want to start a sketchbook of all the things I purchase. That’d be cool. And then next to the Copic’s I’ve drawn a look from Miu Miu Fall RTW 2014. I love Miu Miu.

 

Jx

February Books

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February was great. I go to read so much.

1. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

2. The Vogue Factor – Kirstie Clements

3. Just Kids – Patti Smith

4. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage – Alice Munro

5. A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood

6. The Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac

 

Jx

gelato messina

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Gelato Messina

237 Smith Street Fitzroy,  VIC

Finally went to Gelato Messina in Fitzroy.

And it’s actually the best gelato ever. I’m not kidding. It was actually voted the best gelato in Australia by the Good Food Guide.

Each lick was so satisfying, so flavoursome, and so creamy. I was naughty and got two scoops because I couldn’t decide which one to have. It was the best decision. I chose Hazelnut ( Made with fresh roasted hazelnuts from Cortemillia in Italy) and Pannacotta with Fig Jam & Amaretti Biscuit. It cost $6 for two scoops in a cone. Pretty fair I’d say.

Something else that makes it extra super is that they make the gelato with raw ingredients and make it all themselves and don’t use any preservatives, flavourings, colourings or pastes. All natural and yummy. I plan to try all the flavours!

Ps. You can see a pic of my gelato on my instagram feed. And the two illustrations above are my own :)

Jx

Links

- Gelato Messina

- Good Food Guide Review

Gelato Messina Fitzroy on Urbanspoon

do you have a beauty guru?

I realised today that one thing lacking in my life was a beauty guru.

Basically, when I was younger, I’m talking around 15, 16, 17, I used to read magazines all the time. I used to actually read them cover to cover, I had files for beauty/health/fashion/hair, where I’d collect my favourite articles. And nearly every night I would practice all the hair/makeup tips in front of the mirror. It was so much fun. And these days all I do is purchase magazines, read them for five minutes and them add them to my collection of magazines.

So this morning when I accidentally found myself on Zoe Foster-Blake’s beauty blog ‘Fruity Beauty‘ it took me back to my young beauty loving days. I realised these days I have been lacking inspiration and have just been doing the same thing on repeat all the time. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a bad thing, but I find it is fun to change things up every now and then. Also Zoe’s article was talking about hair, and I want better hair, and lovelier hair so I really wanted to try out her suggestions.

I’ve picked Zoe as my beauty guru (And partly fashion guru, because I like her style too) because I actually trust her. I feel like if I had met her accidentally somewhere that we would have become friends. I feel like she is genuine and honest. And I think she is nice too because she even replied to my comment on her post. Not many people out there take the time to do that.

Here’s my illustration of the nice things I bought myself today ( two of which were suggested by Zoe) on my way home from uni. I was exhausted and these made me happy.

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The first one is L’oreal Professional Tecni art Volume lift. It’s a light spray mist.

The second; Batiste dry shampoo. I haven’t used this brand before. Dry shampoo is the shit.

Thirdly; Peppermint Magazine. My teacher suggested I read this. So I’m going to see what it’s all about.

Jx

Links

- Fruity Beauty

- Peppermint Mag

time to think about it

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I have decided to be more mindful of what food I am putting into my body. Most of the time I am so busy that I end up not really paying enough attention to the food I eat. I am no longer happy to be like this. I really want to actively attempt to think about what I am actually eating and make better choices every day.

My friends have been teaching and telling me a lot about health and food lately. There are so many things that I am just used to having and not thinking twice about it. I’m not talking about fast food like McDonald’s and the like. We all know those foods aren’t good for us. But I’m talking about anything that is processed, anything with an ingredient as a number, or preservative or something artificial. Even simple and ordinary things like say an ice-cream. I just assume that things are food, they’re being sold, and they wont kill me today so it’s ok. But actually it shouldn’t be ok, because these foods aren’t natural and they aren’t doing me any good.

Anyway, I am sure I will talk more about these things as I learn more, for today though I want to tell you my first step toward thinking about it. I’m going to make some delicious brownies that my friend had made the other day. These brownies were Raw Chocolate Brownies. They were actually so good that I would choose them over any other brownie.

The recipe comes from The Healthy Chef, and I purchased the Raw Cacao from The Spring Street Grocer.

Jx

Links

The Healthy Chef

Brownie Recipe

The Spring Street Grocer

Loving Earth

read in january

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I have been reading so much lately. It is one of my most favourite things to do. I have illustrated above all the books I read in January. I’ll try and do this at the end of each month.

I have challenged myself to read fifty books this year and I have read nine so far.

The Goodreads app is a good way to record what you’re reading and what you want to read. I also make lots of handwritten lists of books to read.

 

1. Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. My friend V leant me last year the book ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’. It actually inspired my life, so I picked up this book just as  a refresher. It was helpful. I agree with all the lessons.

2. Stardust. My lecturer Sue leant me this book last year. Not something I would normally read, however surprisingly I really enjoyed the story. I also realised I like Neil Gaiman as a writer.

3. Northanger Abbey. My friend Elena let me borrow this book about three years ago. I tried reading it back then and I couldn’t. It was just slow and boring. I thought it was about time I read it and gave it back to her. I struggled with it to begin with and then toward the end it just got so good. I started getting into the story and really understanding the character. Funnily enough I rate this book.

 

Jx