Wild Abandon - Things I love right now

By Gem - 12:36:00

I'm certainly not buying as many clothes as I used to so why do all my wages still disappear each month? It's because I've replaced clothes with my other favourite things: books, music, make up and trinkets.

Things I love right now:

1. Books

I've made my way through the first four Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire books and needed a break because they are so depressing  (I'm still upset about the Red Wedding) and I have been reading lots of fantasy by people like Neil Gaiman. I bought a few new books that are a little more light and fun to read on my commute and I'm thoroughly enjoying the mad world of Jenny Lawson in her book 'Let's Pretend This Never Happened'. As you can see I've got quite the pile building up and this is only half of my 'to read' books as I'm always picking up cheap copies on eBay and in charity shops.
I love taking a few minutes before bed each night to unwind fill in my Listography book, I certainly don't want my Mum reading some of this so it may need to be moved from my bedside table. Don't fancy her browsing the list of men I've kissed, how embarrassing! I could have done with about three pages for listing my favourite bands and books though.


2. Trinkets

My bedside table is getting a little crowded at the moment. The photo frame was a recent buy from Next and I've been thinking about Bestival 2013 in September so I've popped my favourite photo from Bestival 2012 in there for now. Do you recognise any of the other faces in the photo? 

When I saw that there was a librarian figure in Series 10 Lego I HAD to have it, she's even go her hair clipped back on the side like me. I might take her into work and stick her on my computer monitor.


I am totally in love with my Baker Street sign from Out There Interiors I had a hard time pursuading my mum to put this up above the dining table because she would cover the house in floral pictures if she could. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it because I'm a huge Sherlock fan (who isn't) and I already have quite the collection of geeky fandom art including a Dr Who and Harry Potter print. I spend hours browsing  Home Decor websites because my house renovation is nearly complete and I'm looking for the finishing touches.

3. Music

The new Suede album - Bloodsports is probably one if my favourite new releases of the past few years. I was worried that a new album would ruin what came before but I really didn't need to worry. Bloodsports is faithful to Suede's signature sound but it's not the 90s anymore and they have evolved. I can't wait to see Suede with Claire in October and I will be singing the songs off this album with just as much enthusiasm as their old material.

I'm not going to pretend that Miles Kane is amazing and that his album is really deep, he's good fun live and his songs are a bit cliche rock and roll. I love his attitude, he dresses well is is everything you want your musicians to be like. This is a great album for a Saturday night before you head out.


4. Make Up

My all time favourite mascara brand is Lancome but it can be a little dramatic for a day time look so I've been trying out They're Real c/o Benefit as a more subtle mascara. It thickens my lashes but doesn't really add too much length and I find it to be a little clumpy so you need to make sure there isn't too much product on the applicator. I do like this product but it's hard to try something else once you're hooked on Lancome.

I have similar feelings about the Stila eyeliner, it stays on all day and is an intense black but it's just not as easy to apply as my Lancome Artliner. I will however be making a permanent switch to this product because it's around half the price of my normal liquid liner at around £13 which means I can get another lipstick because I made such a good saving right?


What are you loving at the moment?

Don't forget I've got a giveaway running to win a Curvy Kate underwear set here.

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  1. I have the benefit mascara too, i like it but it's so hard to wash off! :)


  2. Yeahhhhhh Suede Suede Suede Suede! I KNEW you would pick that sign, it's so you ;) Also I quite like the sound of this Listography book, I've got a similar one to track how much I spend because my memory is attrocious! ♥ Claire at Jazzpad

  3. Oooo thanks for some book suggestions. I'm currently reading The Beautiful and The Damned. It's very hard going and i'm only on 7% on my kindle! I pick all my books up in charity shops too!

  4. You're a girl after my own heart! My spending money each month tends to go on books, vintage trinkets and music! Still - what a lovely way to use your extra cash :-) There's nothing quite so satisfying as a healthy 'to read' pile full of things you can't wait to get stuck into. Though I'm with you on the Game of Thrones series. I finished the fifth book recently and I was exhausted by it. Incredible writing. But it's hard not to be upset by the brutality at times!

    Jem xXx

  5. Reading A Song of Ice & Fire should come with a health warning, I swear! And therapy sessions! I've heard really great things about the Stila liner, deffo want to give it a try!


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