My Favourite Things In August

(1. Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, 2. Aesop Shine Hair Oil, 3. American Apparel The Grid Print Crop, 4. Haruki Murakami's 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years Of Pilgrimage', 5. Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil)

I've been meaning to do this all week, but it's so hard to find the time to take a decent photo when you work full time in winter. The sun is barely out when I wake up, and by the time I arrive home it's dark. So, I've had to put this off until the weekend when I can enjoy some natural light in my house!

August had passed in a blur - I think this may have something to do with so many people from work going on holiday? For some reason less people in the office makes time go faster, make of that what you will. Unfortunately I spent a good portion of the month sick with a terrible cough that just wouldn't go away. You know the kind when you wake up coughing multiple times through the night? Yeah, that was me for about two weeks. No sleep and constant sore throats are no fun, but hopefully now that winter has wrapped up for the year I'll be the vision of good health.

I was actually looking forward to August for quite a while, because my favourite author Haruki Murakami released his latest book in English at long last! Needless to say I devoured it in a couple of days, and although I did enjoy reading it, I don't think it quite compares to some of his other work (if you're looking for a recommendation, try Kafka On The Shore or The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle first). I also became slightly obsessed with American Apparel over August - I blame this entirely on following their Instagram account. I actually also bought the matching grid print mini-skirt to go with the top, and will hopefully be able to wear them outside soon when the weather warms up! Speaking of summer, I purchased the Sea Salt Spray in the hope that I'll look like I've spend the day at the beach when I use it. Ok, so that might be a bit of a stretch, but the aim is to at least get a bit more volume and texture going on with my hair. I've only used it once so far and was relatively happy with the results, but need to try it out a bit more before I reach my verdict.

Look, I probably didn't really need to buy the Aesop Hair Oil, but I find it next to impossible to go into the store without buying anything. And I have to say, it's absolutely gorgeous to use when you've straightened your hair. The smell is divine (no surprises there) and it makes your hair super smooth and glossy. Which brings us finally to the Lipstick Queen Pencil. I am a huge fan of these pencils - the colours are really vibrant and very long-lasting. I was only really intending on buying one to replace my sharpened-down-to-the-quick pencil in Chase, but ended up leaving with both Chase and a new colour, Genre. Both colours are stunning, and as you can see from the photo I've already used it quite a bit.

Bring on September!

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