Non-Beauty Favourites | July 2016
After I had my life taken over by an app along with the rest of the planet, I picked up a few new gadgets to survive the heatwave, made my commute more pleasurable and read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Let's talk July favourites...
July was kind of great. We had our first - and potentially last - glimpse of summer, meanwhile I did a little travelling and actually started to dig the some of the summer trends. Read: new denim, button-up, A-line skirt, far too much embroidery and a badass floral bomber.
This vintage-style, brass, USB fan was a lifesaver in the recent heatwave. Especially as we don't yet own a 'proper' fan yet. It's surprisingly robust, easily portable and matches the rest of my mixed-metals decor. Though, it is a little louder than the reviews would have had me believe - thank goodness my actual office has aircon! - it has been my favourite thing in my home-office this month.
Having the ability to play/pause my endless lists of podcasts and audiobooks at the push of a button is glorious. Especially whilst driving, folding laundry, chopping messy vegetables... Whilst I really didn't need a Media Button, it has made my morning commute infinitely more fun I don't have to worry about missing content whilst I'm navigating Monday morning drivers.
Like the rest of the planet, I've been playing Pokemon Go this month. However, I'm not quite sure if my love for the game will continue after seeing that they've removed the footprints in the latest update. They were my favourite part! Even if they were broken!
Whilst I thoroughly enjoy hanging out/working at a Pokestop, visiting new areas and getting my UP step count way up. I'm definitely starting to notice the limitations of my local area in terms of the Poke-pickings. Enough with the damn Pidgeys already.
Technically, this came out on 31st July - so I'm classing it as a July Favourite. The Cursed Child has to be the only Harry Potter book I haven't pre-ordered. Instead, I took a casual stroll to the shops after waking up late and perched on my couch for about the 4 hours it took me to read this from cover to cover - stopping to make some badass chicken nachos and cheese from scratch at the mid-way point.
You may want to skip this last bit if you don't want spoilers.
I adored the first third of the book, the magic of Hogwarts, Albus' character - and, even more, that of Scorpious and Rose. Who totally need to get married by the way. It's like the perfect comeuppance for Malfoy - even if he is on Team Good now. But I wasn't such a fan of the major plot line that made up the mid-section, it seemed a bit false, like they'd thought hey we need an adventure - here's a way to manufacture one! Even if we did get to run into some of our old favourites *sob, Snape*, reaffirm Ron and Hermione's love for each other and see the Potter world in a different light.
Moving onto the latter portion of the book, I enjoyed the plot twist and was happy to see that they'd resolved why someone in their mid-twenties would be creepily hanging out with a couple of minors. But I still could't see the Harry Potter we'd grown up and loved in the man. Or, understand why Ginny and him were together. But I've never really been on board with their relationship anyway.
Whilst I wasn't sobbing at the script book - I'm sure it would be much different on the big stage - or sitting on the edge of my seat, The Cursed Child was a pleasant read that had me reliving some of my favourite moments in the Potter world and I'd still recommend reading it - who knows, it might be the last chance we get to hear about the Boy Who Lived. I'd take that any day.
Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!