SHE’S BACK. I’m not going to say that blogging more in 2018 is going to be a resolution (as soon as I label anything with the term resolution it won’t happen – see: going to the gym and tidying my bedroom), but it’s something I’d really love to get back into.

In order to get back into the swing of things, I thought I’d do a little personal roundup of 2017. 2017 has been an interesting for me one to say the least. It feels like the first one where I’ve properly experienced a range of the highs and lows my (admittedly extremely privileged) life has to offer, but for the most part, I’ve loved it. I ended my first long-term relationship and just this month lost a family member who was a cherished and integral part of my life, but I’ve also travelled loads and learnt a lot. I think having moments where you feel really upset and confused make you appreciate the good times even more, and 2017 has definitely proven this – I’ve made some of my favourite memories this year.

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I haven’t blogged in four whole months, which is a little crazy. When I haven’t been working or seeing friends, I haven’t really felt like blogging as this summer has been a bit of a whirlwind personal disaster for me. It hasn’t been all shit though really, and so I wanted to write this post as a bit of a reminder to myself. I think it is so important in difficult times to get yourself out of bed and do at least one thing a day which makes you happy – so here are a few of my summer favourites!

// TV: Gilmore Girls. I finally finished Gilmore Girls (and the revival) this summer, and as sad as it sounds, I honestly felt a little lost when the last episode ended! I might do a full blog post on why I love it so much in the future, but for now I’ll just say that I absolutely adore all of the characters and their quirky little town.

New Girl. This has always been one of my favourite TV shows (my friends laugh at me for talking about it so much) but I somehow missed out on Season 6. I bought it on Amazon and watching an episode or two a day for the past week has been a great little pick me up. My only complaint is that the episodes are super short, at only 20 minutes each.

// FILM: Dunkirk. I wasn’t expecting much when I went to watch this with my family as I’m not usually keen on historical films, but I was so surprised by how much I loved it! It’s really moving and beautifully shot – I was completely absorbed by it.

Mildred Pierce. As I’ve mentioned before, Anna and I love watching old Hollywood classics together, and this was our latest viewing. I loved The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain, and this is another adaptation of one of his books. It’s probably one of my favourite Hollywood classics so far!

// BOOK: I’m actually really disappointed in the lack of reading I’ve done this summer, but my favourite book so far has actually been The Quiet American by Graham Greene. It’s on my university syllabus for next term and so I wasn’t particularly expecting to enjoy it much, but I couldn’t put it down. Clearly taking a chance on the unexpected this summer has been paying off.

// MUSIC: HAIM. When I first listened to HAIM a couple of years ago I really wasn’t that keen for some reason. My tastes have obviously changed though and their two albums are literally all I’ve been listening to this summer. They’re perfect for chilled summer listening but also have some incredible lyrics weaved throughout their tracks, too – my favourites are Something To Tell You and Ready For You.

// FOOD: Brownies! I keep baking batches of these Mary Berry chocolate brownies, and not gonna lie, they’re incredible and super easy to make!

// ACTIVITY: Running. Another shocker this summer, clearly a continuing theme – but I can’t really explain this one because I still don’t understand why I’ve been enjoying it so I’ll just leave it at that.

// EXCITED FOR: After the summer I’ll be going back for my final year at Exeter, and although I have a lot to be apprehensive about I’m actually really looking forward to living with my friends again and getting back into the swing of things.

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer – have you been enjoying anything that you wouldn’t normally expect yourself to?

An Evening At The Rooftop Book Club

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Rooftop Book Club, hosted by Glamour Magazine at Carmelite House in London. I completed two weeks of work experience with Hodder & Stoughton in the same building last summer, and was so excited just to be returning. The views from the rooftop are stunning, and were made all the more lovely by being there on a beautiful spring evening with a glass of wine and my best friend.

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