Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Summer Accessories

The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream SPF 15 | The Body Shop Indian Night Jasmine Eau de Toilette | Madewell Indio Shades | Kate Spade Wellesley Neda Wallet Balletslip | The Body Shop Coconut Body Mist

I was lucky enough to get an amazing card from my grandparents that included quite a bit of money as a congratulations gift for graduating, with the specific instructions that I should spend it for myself on whatever I want! I'm certainly not going to disregard that instruction. I've been attempting to buy myself nicer quality things over the past few months, rather than pair after pair of cheap sunglasses and synthetic leather wallets from China. I'm in love with this pair of Madewell sunglasses, and thanks to the sale I got them for only $32! They came with a protective cloth bag, so I know I won't be scratching them when I throw them in my purse. I'm also already obsessed with my Kate Spade wallet, and adore how much space there is on the inside for various bills and cards - living between two countries as I do you never know what kinds of credit cards or currency you'll need on hand, and having so many pockets is amazing! Kate Spade seems to have discontinued this particular model (I bought mine NWT on eBay) which is unfortunate because I think it's so lovely.

It is so warm here in LA, and whenever it's this hot I can't seem to be bothered with the roll-on perfumes I usually favour when travelling. When you're a bit sticky rolling scented oil onto yourself is so unappealing! This coconut body mist is perfect for a quick way to cover up any sunscreen-y summer scents and it feels cool and refreshing when you use it. The hand cream is a 'sequel' to the almond hand cream I've been using happily for a year, and the jasmine EDT was a gift for my mom, as a very small thank you for buying me a new computer after my old one sadly gave up the ghost. I hope you're all having a wonderful summer and keeping cool (or warm enough, to my friends still in Scotland ;) )!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Read, Reading, Want to Read {1}

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt | 4.5/5
Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and an absent father, miraculously survives a catastrophe that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Theo is tormented by longing for his mother and down the years he clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.
Nightfall One by Isaac Asimov | 4/5
Nightfall One is the first half of a collection of Isaac Asimov's science fiction short stories. Each story has been selected by the author himself, and each has an introduction specifically written for this collection by Dr. Asimov. Together the two volumes showcase Isaac Asimov's story-telling talent.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky.
The Philip K. Dick Megapack: 15 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Philip K. Dick
The Philip K. Dick Megapack assembles no less than 15 classic science fiction stories by Philip K. Dick.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
In 1951, a young woman from Baltimore died of cancer. Her death changed medical science for ever. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cancer cells – taken without her knowledge – became one of the most important tools in medicine.

Monday, 7 July 2014


Hello everyone! As you may have noticed there's been quite a bit of radio silence over here, and for once I can say 100% that it isn't my fault. A few weeks ago my computer up and died - completely, no turning on, can't even send a panicky email to an Apple store dead. My parents have taken it back to America to get it fixed there (where it's under warranty) but at the moment I've been iPad only, which means no embroidery sales since all my patterns are on my computer. A very patient, lovely, and unfortunate lady placed an Etsy order minutes before this all went down, and I'm very grateful that she's been willing to wait for me to get my computer back to get it done; aside from that I've had to put my shop on holiday mode and have mainly been doing a whole lot of nothing, craft wise. But! In more positive news, I finally found a flat in Glasgow for next year, and I officially graduated.

It was shockingly sunny and I spent the entire morning squinting happily at people in my VERY Harry Potter-esque gown. My parents, seen in the above photo, have been visiting for two weeks and just left on Saturday, another reason I haven't had much crafty fun to show off.

Anyway, to the point of the post: podcasts! Being without my computer, and thus unable to watch any TV show or film that isn't on YouTube or Netflix, AND taking constant train rides back and forth to Glasgow trying to find a place to live, I've been getting into podcasts like crazy. Here's a few that I've really been enjoying at the moment:
  • How Did This Get Made? is a hilarious podcast that discusses truly, truly terrible movies. For NBC sitcom fans, one of the hosts is the actor who plays Dennis Feinstein from Parks and Recreation, and another is the actor who plays head page Donny on 30 Rock. (I get too into NBC sitcoms.) Each week they along with June Diane Raphael have a guest on to make fun of a different horrible/embarrassing/baffling movie, and I know there are a lot of really unfunny dudes making podcasts like this out there, but trust me, this one is laugh out loud funny. My boyfriend just introduced me to it a few weeks ago and I'm already so obsessed we're going to go see a live recording in LA in a couple weeks! 
  • Wham Bam Pow is an action and science fiction film podcast. Really funny, entertaining, and charming, and the two female hosts are engaged and it's really cute okay. I also appreciate that in a great alternative to the derisive term 'chick flick' they call action films 'dick flicks'. DICK FLICKS! Amazing. 
  • Throwing Shade is a comedy podcast that in it's own words talks about issues that affect 'lady issues and the gays' and is hosted by a woman introducing herself as Feminasty and a man introducing himself as a Homosensual. Literally what other reason do you need to go listen to this. 
  • I Don't Even Own a Television is an amazingly funny podcast about bad books. Like I think at this point you can see a theme here in what I listen to? I like comedy, and I like bad art. Anyway, like HDTGM this is actually really funny and entertaining, and not just awkward dudes with bad mics making inside jokes with their friends and recording it. It's great, and you should check it out if you want some whatever the opposite of book recommendations are. 
  • Knifepoint Horror is a series of short stories, I believe all written by the same person but read by different men? They're all horror stories, and many are pretty long too. I'm a sucker for a horror short; I religiously follow the 'creepypasta' subreddit and have even written a. Couple of my own! I like most of these; they border on the dry side, but I appreciate that they don't rely on shocking narrations of gore, excessive violence, or misogyny to give you a cheap thrill. Unfortunately I've actually listened to all of these, and am on the lookout for new ways to get some spooks.
I've also downloaded a few new podcasts I haven't gotten a chance to listen to yet, including The X-Files Files, a podcast reviewing episodes of The X-Files (duh), and Sawbones, which is about archaic medical procedures. Really excited to give both of those a try too! What podcasts have you been listening to lately? Have you fallen in love with something new? I'd love to hear about it!