If you're not familiar with this feature, every month I show you the stuff I've been loving recently. It can be anything from books and beauty products to music, apps, and even places I've been and memories I've made. It's meant to be a chance for you to see what things I recommend other than books, but they always sneak their way in somehow. Can't think why.
The Library of Fragrance Cologne Spray in Jasmine // £15 // Boots
See? I told you; books make their way into every aspect of my life, right down to the fragrance I wear which is by The Library of Fragrance. I could go on about this one for ages; it smells exactly like the Jasmine flowers we used to have in my garden when I was little, and unlike most fragrances there is no hint of chemicals lingering in the air when this is sprayed. It's the most beautiful scent ever.
What I love about The Library of Fragrance itself is, not only do they not test on animals, but it is an actual, proper library of fragrances. They have so many scents, from ordinary perfumes and colognes that you would usually expect to see on the shelf to completely random ones like Paperback, Pizza and Play-Doh. If you ever see these around, you must smell all of them - some sound weird, but they're good! They even have a scent called Amber; I can't imagine what that smells like. And Sunshine! I really want to try that one. I could go on. Sorry.
The Library of Fragrance very kindly sent this to me but I was under no obligation to post about it. I'll definitely have to buy a replacement when this runs out.
All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher, The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan and The Baby by Lisa Drakeford // The Book Depository
You can read my full review of All I Know Now here, but I'll tell you now it really is like a big sister in book form and you won't want to put it down. I met Carrie in May, and I'm hoping to see her again at YALC next month. We'll see!
The Opposite of Loneliness is non-fiction and I still haven't got over how beautiful it was. It's truly inspiring and just about kept me sane during exams. If you want to know what I thought of it in more detail, click here.
The Baby by Lisa Drakeford is what I described as being 'the epitome of good UKYA' in my review. It's not live yet, but spoiler: I loved it.
Macarons // £1.25 each // Ladurée
I know this is lame but I don't even care. Macarons are my favourite food, and when I went to see Carrie Hope Fletcher in May, I realised there was a macaron shop pretty much across the road from her event. The joy I felt inside as I looked at all of the beautiful, brightly coloured macarons laid out in front of me was probably a bit over the top and pathetic. They just look so pretty and they taste so good that I nearly cried with happiness. THERE WAS EVEN A MACARON TOWER IN THE WINDOW. HELLO. LOOK AT IT. Also, the shop itself is the tiniest space ever, has walls like a cave and is gold. Completely gold. Every surface including the walls, ceiling and floor is gold. So that was an experience. God, how have I written so much about such tiny desserts?
Slide The City London North // 13th June 2015
A few days ago I went to Slide The City. It's a worldwide thing and this time it was in London, and seeing as it was three days after my exams finished, I thought I'd better go. I mean, is there really any better way to celebrate than by chucking yourself face first down a slip n' slide the length of three football pitches? It was so much fun and it was only when I got home that I realised the boy next to me in the queue and then on the slide had been none other than Brooklyn Beckham. I guess you could say that I have swam (well, slid?) with a Beckham. So that's a thing? *dead*
What have you been loving this month?