Tuesday, 1 August 2017

July Round Up

Hello! you may have noticed that we've taken a wee summer holiday from the blog! Here's what we've been busy doing in the interim:

Watching: I've been telling anyone who'll listen to watch The Handmaid's Tale. Or better yet, read the book by Margaret Atwood! It's one of my favourites (I originally read it for a Gender Studies class at Uni) and I've read my old copy about five times. I was worried that the series would not live up to it but I have to admit that, overall, they did a good job. The stillness of the shots, uniformity and clever soundtrack really create the oppressive atmosphere.

Doing: I may have been on a break from the blog but my personal life has been busy! I've been quite unwell for some time with coeliac disease symptoms, so I've completely cut gluten from my diet and it has been a big learning curve. It's in all my favourite things (bread, cake, gravy, falafel, Quorn sausages). Cooking at home is fine but, as someone who loves to eat out, it's becoming a big issue. If anything, I've eaten out more as I try out new places. If you've got any gluten free recommendations please send them my way! It's not been all naps and wheat alternatives though, I've also settled into a new flat, gone on holiday to Brighton and had old uni friends visit from overseas with their families. I have had to cancel a lot of blogging events but I made it along to the Edinburgh International Magic Festival Magic Fair.

Buying: my illness has played havoc with my skin, hair and nails. I've been investing more in skincare and makeup. I don't switch brands often because I have sensitive skin but I've given up removing makeup with a wipe (I know, shocking habit) in favour of  Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm and moisturiser. I've also picked up some Eyeko eyeliner and I want to try Bare Minerals foundation.

Clicking: I've been doing a lot of pinning on Pinterest from my bed. My nails had been quite weak, as I mentioned, so my Pinterest Nail Art Board has been filled and I then treated myself to a minimalist Shellac nail design at Buff Concept Store. I love it!


Watching: Baby Driver. One of my favourite films of 2017 (so far). It's definitely in my top ten, maybe even my top five. I loved the soundtrack, the action, the ending. It was so much fun to watch and I came out of the cinema with a huge grin on my face. I really want to see it again!
Another film I enjoyed watching at the cinema was Dunkirk. Ok, enjoyed is the wrong word. I found it tense and gripping throughout and also rather emotional. I had issues with some of it (there was a moment when it got a bit too sentimental and why does Kenneth Branagh need someone to hold his binoculars for him?) but it looked amazing and the score was fantastic. It won't make it into my top ten but it's definitely worth a watch and really should be seen on the big screen for the full effect.

Doing: I managed to fit quite a bit into July. There was the Dreamland pop up in Hayley Scanlan's beautiful Dundee shop, a couple of trips to Dundee Rep for comedy and Miss Marple, painting ceramics at Tin Roof's Dundee Ceramics Workshop, getting crafty at Dundee Mini Make-Off's Summer pop up, enjoying dinner and a hard shake at Bird & Bear and visiting a whole bunch of exhibitions. Plus, Kimberley made me brunch 3/5 weekends. All in all a rather good month.

Buying: Books and fluffy shoes. After finishing The Power (so good!) I took myself to Waterstones to find something to fill the reading shaped hole in my life. BirdBox was a quick and easy read that didn't really leave me satisfied, so now I'm reading The Handmaid's Tale again. It's been years since I read it and I'm really looking forward to revisiting it, especially after watching the TV show.
The fluffy shoes weren't really needed. I'd spotted them in TKMaxx in June but had no money. Then, when I popped back in at the start of July (not long after payday) and my size was still there I knew it was meant to be. The low heel makes them super comfy but the fluff adds just the right amount fun.

Clicking: I love a good dystopian story so this article caught my eye. It charts the rise and fall and mega rise of dystopian fiction, pointing out important titles from the past 100 years. It doesn't include that many surprises but certainly added a few titles to my reading list.
I've also been eyeing up Camille Walala's amazingly colourful WALALA x PLAY at NOW Gallery via online articles and social media. I would love to make it down to London to see it, and also to catch Grayson Perry's exhibition at Serpentine Gallery. Anyone want to come with?

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