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This week’s favourites: August 22nd to 30th 2016

Good evening! So, I *know* that these posts normally go up on a Sunday night, but because I’ve been off work since Wednesday, today feels like my Sunday evening. I’ve got a whole host of pamper and prep ahead of me tonight which I absolutely cannot wait for – remember when you’d make loads of effort for your first day back at school?! It kinda feels like that.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time off and got so much ticked off my to-do list. Just little things, like the ironing / cleaning up the garden / general domestic chores that get put off for weeks and weeks because there’s a new episode of Made in Chelsea to watch.

Oh, and my boiler broke for the 234203948th time this year, so I had no hot water for 2 days.

God, being an adult is boring.

Anyway – here’s what I’ve enjoyed over the last few days.

Music: The 1975 – I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

Let’s skip over the fact that I’m listening to McFly’s second album and singing my heart out to every single word, and pretend that I’ve listened to cooler albums like Shura and Lapsley all week.

I’ve also revisited The 1975’s second album, and by golly it’s a right good’un, isn’t it?! It sounds so different to their first, I think, and it definitely feels like they’re going in a more ‘edgy’ (am I still young enough to be allowed to say that?) direction.

Also – did you know that Matty, the lead singer, is Denise Welch‘s son?! That blew my mind.

Beauty: NYX Doll Eye waterproof mascara

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Ever since Boots announced that they were going to have NYX in their stores, my heart has been doing little flips. NYX is always a brand I’ve wanted to try, but seeing as the extent of our make up brands are fairly limited in Jersey, it took me a while to get my grubby little paws on some of their products.

So, when I walked past the glossy black stand stood proudly in the middle of the shop floor, I thought it was only right that I picked up a few bits and bobs. I got their contour brush (which gets a use pretty much every day), an eyeliner (which I haven’t tried yet), and this little bad boy.

The wand is perfectly shaped so that it gets every lash, including the tiny ones on the bottom lid, and the formula of the mascara is so lightweight that it hardly ever clumps whenever I use it. The waterproof claim is also true – it takes ages to get this off, even when using a fairly strong cleanser.

I wouldn’t go as far to say that I get absolute Jessica Rabbit doll eyes when I do use it (soz NYX), but it definitely does do a good job of making sure that my mid-week work face isn’t completely awful.

Life: I’ve gone veggie!

I love animals. I’ve always wanted to be a vet, but my soppiness and the fact that I cry (or at least well up at something) nearly every day, put that dream to bed fairly quickly.

I’ve also wanted to go veggie for a while but my love for chicken wraps and spaghetti bolognese had put me off taking the leap. However, after accidentally coming across a PETA video (I thought it was one of those ‘Tasty’ videos with a nice recipe for a chicken dinner. Don’t ask), I thought it was only time. Also, coincidentally, the roast chicken salad I’d ordered for lunch that day actually came without the chicken. It was as though it was a sign from the vegetarian gods. Fate.

So, I’m now in my 13th day of being meat free and I must admit, I haven’t missed it all that much. I’ve still had my spaghetti bolognese (albeit with Quorn mince), and I’ve got some Quorn chicken in the fridge for a stir fry later, so there are some alternatives that taste exactly the same.

The only time that I found I’ve struggled, so far, is when I’ve been hungover and I’m craving a cheeseburger and a sausage roll. Other than that – I can definitely see myself being meat-free for life!

Home: new additions to the house

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One of my favourite places in the entire world is a garden centre. Am I 80 years old? I’m not too sure, but I’ve spent far too many Saturdays wandering round all the plants, housewares and pet stuff to be anywhere close to doing what a normal 25 year old should be doing with her weekend.

A local centre, Ransoms, has some of the *nicest* trinkets for a house and is definitely all over that minimalist copper, grey and white theme that we all love so much. I mean, look at that photo. Do you not want your entire lounge to be filled with that?! Jesus. I wish I could get their visual merchandisers to come decorate my house for me.

I always try and buy a couple of things for the house each month (soz credit card), and this month I bought a funky little Buddha candle-holder-statue thing, and a lantern for the fireplace. Nice, huh!?

Travel: I went to St Malo

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If you’re from Jersey, you’ll know what a trip to St Malo entails, so you can skip this part.

If you’re not from round these parts, St Malo is basically a small French town that’s an hour away from where I live by boat. It’s got all the classic French small town features; cobbled streets, caricaturists on every corner, and waiters in breton striped tees with berets.

10 of us went for a day trip on Sunday to celebrate a birthday, the fact that some friends of friends that were visiting, and to just have a general bank holiday knees up. It’s safe to say I drank my weight in ‘gin aux lemon’ (I think that’s what gin and lemonade is in French anyway), and ate my weight in scrummy food.

Sometimes it’s nice to get off this little island and realise that there is something else beyond these 45 miles.

And that’s it! It’s been a bit of a busy week in all honesty, but now it’s time to put a face mask on, watch a couple of episodes of Friends and get an early night before it’s back to reality tomorrow.

How was your week? What did you get up to?

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