Woah, so here we are at the end of August. It's cliche to say, but I don't know where 2018 has gone - so much surreal stuff has happened in my life this year that I feel a bit like I've been living in a parallel universe. The end of summer has taken me by surprise, and I can't help but think that I didn't take full advantage of the glorious weather. Oh well. Autumn, bringer of clear skies and fresh mornings, is right around the corner. It always feels like a fresh start (more so than the new year does) and I'm excited for what the next few months have in store.
I've decided to kick off this new iteration of my blog with a monthly favourites post - so here's what I've been enjoying in August...
My love affair with the colour yellow has continued this month, and it'll definitely be remaining in my capsule closet throughout the next few seasons. I splurged on a pair of corduroy Vans after spotting them in a shop window one evening, and then bought a t-shirt in the same colour from Uniqlo.
I've been wearing them both on heavy rotation all month - the sneakers are super comfortable and required no breaking in, the shirt fits great and feels thick and luxurious. The rich 'egg yolk' yellow is a great complement to navy blue, which makes up 90% of my wardrobe. I'm eager to see how I can incorporate it into more layered autumn/winter outfits.
I read Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima almost cover to cover in the space of one afternoon. It's written in the kind of easy, lyrical prose I've always been wildly jealous of, and beautifully captures the complex and difficult emotions of its protagonist.
The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House, a collection of essays by Audre Lorde, has had a deep and profound impact on me. I've returned to it again and again throughout this month, and made lots of notes in the margins. Something everyone should read.
Films and television
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Flavors of Youth one rainy Sunday afternoon this month. The animation is breathtakingly lovely and the stories offer just the right dose of heartbreak. One of my great loves is representations of food and eating in film and literature, so this really hit the spot!
Another Netflix offering that totally knocked my socks off recently was To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which is brilliant and 100% deserving of the hype it's been getting (and more!). It is the perfect teen romcom - like all of your favourites ones from the 80s without the shitty problematic bits.
Cosmetics and skincare
I've recently switched back to using the camomile cleansing butter from The Body Shop, and I love it. The formula is gentle with a mild scent, and it does a great job of removing stubborn eye makeup. I use it as part of a double cleanse routine with the tea tree cleansing foam, which leaves my skin feeling very clean and fresh. It comes packaged in a nice screw-top tin, which is either reusable (I keep hair ties and bobby pins in them when I travel) or recyclable.
I've been really loving this lip and cheek tint from Tata Harper - definitely one of the best makeup purchases I've made in recent years. It's the perfect colour (I have the shade 'Very Popular'), comes in beautiful packaging, and is 100% natural, cruelty-free, and ethically produced. I got mine from Content Beauty, whom I highly recommend for their excellent customer experience. I've also been enjoying wearing this pear 101 ointment from Lanolips as a lip gloss, especially for more dressy occasions.
I also want to tell you about his beautiful perfume 'Sun' from Gorilla Perfumes - it smells like tangerine peelings and sunshine and it is divine. It's a very fresh and unisex, and perfect for the start of autumn, and the new packaging is so pretty!
This summer I have fallen hard in love with the Yakuza series. I don't know why it took me so long to start playing them, but I will never, ever look back. I can't even begin to tell you how hilarious and charming and FUN this series is. Check out @YakuzaNoContext on Twitter and you'll get the idea... (bonus: @yakuzasoftbot). Without a doubt my favourite games of all time.
- I really love this Ted Talk, How AI can save our humanity, by Kai-Fu Lee.
- I enjoyed the first episode of A Meaningful Life on The Minimalists' YouTube channel and can't wait to see what's next.
- Very into these new tunes from Christine and the Queens and Aly & AJ.
- Late to the party, I think, but this short film created in the Unity game engine is amazing.
- I re-watched the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot a few weeks ago and remembered how AMAZING it. I hope we get a sequel!