Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Summer Favourites

The summer sun is out (periodically here in Britain) so I thought I'd share a few of the things I've been enjoying this summer.

A small part of my Discworld collection
I'll start with books. I don't often get time to read so when it comes to the summer holidays I read as much as I possibly can. I am a huge fan of Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels and have been for many years. After he sadly passed away this year the first thing I wanted to do was dive into one of his creative and comical fictional adventures... so I did!
I am currently just finishing 'Guards!Guards!' (the eighth novel in the series) and I'm loving it. In fact, I have adored all the Discworld books I have read so far and recommend them to almost everyone I meet.
If you enjoy fantasy novels with grown up wit then you will love this series as much as I do.
I have the next three books already and hope to read as much of them as I can before September when I return to University.

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Satsuma

Now let's talk nails. I find that my nails look much healthier in summer as the combination of sunlight, fresh air and healthier food helps them grow stronger and longer.
I've always been a bit of a nail art addict ever since I got out of school and no longer had to have strictly nude nails.

I've been having fun experimenting with a variety of different shades these past few months, including seaside pastels and sunny brights. Boots have had a few offers on with Barry M products so I treated myself to some of their Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint. These polishes are fairly quick drying and last longer without chipping. Therefore they are great for withstanding sea, sand and summer heat.

Summer isn't quite right without a tan is it? So if you are as fair skinned as me or just are too busy to sunbathe then you might want to add this next product to your shopping list.
It's Garnier's Summer Body Moisturising Lotion. I have been using this since I've got back from my holiday because what little tan I had seemed to fade as soon as I arrived back in England.
Garnier Summer Body - my secret fake tan!
It's a moisturiser that gradually builds a natural looking tan. I apply it every other week (because I'm a bit lazy with moisturising routines) but you could do it more often if you wanted to!
It smells amazing when you put it on, I would describe it as a combination of sun-cream and apricot - like summer in a bottle. The only downside is once the moisturiser has sunk into your skin it leaves a less nice sent (not a bad one - just odd) but I don't mind this as it comes off in the shower and the tan stays on my skin for about a week.
I've not had many problems with streaks, as long as you take your time you should come out with an even and natural looking tan.

She can even take on the big guy!
This blog post is getting a bit too girly so let's get nerdy. Next up on my list of summer favourites is the New 52 Supergirl Volume 1. I know this came out ages ago but I've only just got round to starting it.

I have to say I love this version of Supergirl. She looks great and seems to have great character. The artwork in this comic is brilliant and I am really enjoying the story arc. I haven't finished reading it yet but loved it so much from the beginning that I thought I had to include it in my summer favourites.

If you love a bit of superhero action and girl power then this will be a great comic for you!

Lego bricks or amazing shoes?
Lastly, a summer obsession of mine has been chunky shoes. In particular, I love this pair of HATTY Cleated Sandals that I got from Topshop for £30.
I fell in love with these shoes at first sight and bought them straight away (something I never do). I am so glad I did.
These shoes are seriously comfy and are easy to walk in as the heel isn't too high.

They may slightly resemble Lego bricks, but chunky platforms were all the rage in the nineties and seem to be making a comeback. Despite their quirkiness I have had a lot of complements about these shoes and they now take pride of place in my summer wardrobe.

So that was five of my favourite things this summer, I'm hoping the sunshine will stick around a bit longer for me to keep enjoying them!