Monday, 22 June 2015

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler // Review

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Nominated for The Man Booker Prize 2014
Themes: twinness, animal cruelty, experimentation, psychology, guilt, justice, repressed memories, loss, grief, separation, Bildungsroman




~Contain spoilers~

This book surprised me; and not just because of its unconventional topic area. It surprised me how much I grew to like, not necessarily the protagonist herself as such, but the way 'she'/Fowler writes and the clever way in which information was delayed or omitted for impact. The cover of We Are All may disguise it as an ordinary contemporary novel, but in reality, it is in many ways, an atypical story. The blurb also disguises it as a run-of-the-mill story, and only vaguely touches on its much deeper subject matter. What I like about this is that the real story is literally contained inside its pages and cannot be found on the back.

"Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind. Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man. And Fern, Rosemary's beloved sister, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief? Fern's is a fate of the family, in all their innocence, could never have imagined."

Fern is established as Rosemary's biological sister, but by the 78th page is revealed to be a chimpanzee. Deeper than that, Rosemary/Fern are both the subjects of their father's psychological experiment into the differences between learning development in 'twinned' chimps and humans, and whether their bond could affect language acquisition. Yet, despite its intelligent links with psychological theories and experiments, I never found it too difficult to read. At college I actually studied the acquisition of language in chimps at some length, which perhaps made that easier for me. However - the plot twist was hard for me to get my head around. After its publication and nomination for the Man Booker, there was a huge buzz surrounding this book, yet somehow that massive detail was kept under wraps... and yet there was me thinking someone had just gone missing!

I'll be honest... I did put the book down at the moment of revelation, to reconsider finishing it. In the end I decided to bear with it even though the subject matter isn't something I'd normally consider about reading about. But, as I read somewhere recently: if you only read what everyone else reads, you can only think what everyone else thinks. So I wasn't immediately a fan, but eventually the writing style and structure of the story won me over. Although Rosemary insists for a large portion of the novel that she is unaware of what happened at the moment of her separation from her 'twin', Fern, it eventually becomes clear that she has repressed memories of the event. This is in keeping with Freudian theories, which suggest that victims of trauma repress memories as a coping mechanism (sometimes in order to avoid taking responsibility). Due to her close bond with Fern, Rosemary also has some chimp-like mannerisms, which make her 'uncanny' (not quite human) to other humans. Inwardly though, she is just as human as anybody else, though she never quite fits in, and she's socially awkward.

Their parents, who Rosemary assumes must be guilty for Fern's expulsion from the family, are later proved to have been rather helpless in terms of Fern's removal. In the end, Rosemary and her mother atone for their mistakes by working closely with or volunteering at the Centre where Fern lives - although the fate of their brother, an animal rights activist, isn't so rosy. Largely though, it was a happy ending which went down well with me. I wasn't expecting a happy ending, which made it more enjoyable when it happened. I like unpredictable stories. The character development was also good and by the end I had no unresolved hatred for anybody. It became quite refreshing to read a book in which the narrator, Rosemary, was evidently not a pretentious or predictable character. At times she seemed more like a guilt-ridden lit fuse that could have veered off in any direction, but I'm glad she found a path that suited her.

Rating: Somewhere between three and four stars, although most of them are given for the way the story was told and not because it has a plot-topic I would ordinarily enjoy. Props to Fowler for creating characters I don't loathe - it's a fairly impressive feat!




We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is the 7th book I've finished reading this year. View my Reading List, or become my friend on Goodreads, for more book-related posts.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Reading List // 25 Books To Finish in 2015

I'm quite happy with the amount of time I can spend blogging at the moment - I'm not quite so happy with the reasons behind having so much free time, but that's a story for another day. Not only can I spend more time blogging, but I've also been catching up with my YouTube subscriptions, Netflix shows, and probably most importantly: my books. 

In January, as I do every year, I set myself a target for the yearly Goodreads Reading Challenge. Last year I set myself a goal of 20 books... this year I increased that number to 25. I thought that since I would be finishing college in the middle of the year, I'd have plenty more time to read. I ended up being... not so resolute about it. Up until now, I've had to dedicate myself to learning The Bloody Chamber, Frankenstein and Macbeth inside out for my A2 Literature exam and so I haven't had much time for leisure reading. However, I'm determined to read as much as possible and so to help me, I decided I'd publish a list of 25 books I definitely want to read this year. Hopefully, this will save me from umming and ahhing about which book to read next, although I'm sure I'll divert, in some small way, from the list. Obviously, I've been limited to the books I own, although there are probably hundreds more that I might prefer.

Without further ado, here is my progress so far:


  1. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  3. The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
  4. Tickets, Please by D. H. Lawrence
  5. Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls (Little Black Classics) by Marco Polo
  6. A Pair of Silk Stockings (Little Black Classics) by Kate Chopin
  7. Dracula by Bram Stoker (454 pages to go)
  8. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (not sure how many pages to go, my edition isn't numbered correctly... but it's a lot)
  9. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (166 pages to go)
  10. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (181 pages to go)
  11. The Ocean At The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  12. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  13. The Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  14. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  15. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale
  16. The Small Hand by Susan Hill
  17. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
  18. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  19. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Six Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  20. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  21. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
  22. Multiversum by Leonardo Patrignani
  23. Rapture by Lauren Kate
  24. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
  25. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
*you'll notice that Macbeth isn't on this list, as I read it before 2015 (but didn't study it in so much detail)

Admittedly, this list is very ambitious! Not only do I have to read more books than last year, but most of the books I've chosen are absolute monsters - and according to my account I'm five books behind schedule! You can become my friend on Goodreads to keep up with my progress, or check back at the end of the year to see how many books I managed! Wish me luck!


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Finding My Niche

A few blogs earlier, I wrote to you guys about a desire to incorporate more beauty and fashion-style posts into my blog, as it's what I used to write about on previous blogs, and enjoyed. However, I've been contemplating this decision a bit and just wanted to make this distinction: my blog is never going to be all beauty and fashion based. I have lots of different interests, I could never confine myself to only writing about a couple! I guess I'm quite 'divergent' in that sense. My blog is something I want to create memories with... I don't want to get stuck writing posts purely for others' enjoyment.

I came across a post by Career Girl Daily entitled How To Make Money From Your Blog which sort of drilled something home to me. She writes, "Typically you won’t make money with a blog that specializes in a variety of subjects and has no focus," and, frankly, I'm scared she's right. She goes on to write about 'finding your niche' and I guess that's just it... I haven't found mine yet. I haven't found one subject that I would be happy confining myself to for, maybe, years. Although making money from my blog isn't something that's plausible in the place that I'm at right now, one day, I do hope that it will take off. Some bloggers are scared of putting their lives out there on the internet, but to be honest, I've always been quite an open person, and I think - as long as you keep it classy - there's no reason not to divulge. Obviously there are limits.

I've always loved to pour my heart and soul into writing, whether it ends up being in vain, for no reward, or not. Writing is just something I love to do. I wish, in this day and age, that was seen as a 'niche' in itself. However, blogging is now a semi-competitive activity, and it's hard to tell what there is a gap in the market for. I've realised that I haven't asked for much feedback from you guys, and that's my bad. Some of you have been kind enough to comment, or even mention me in your blogs, which I have been extremely grateful for. My friend Liv, otherwise known as Grace, wrote of me recently "Meaghan's blog is beautifully presented and always has fresh and intriguing content, whether it's about Game of Thrones or social issues. I'm guilty of constantly going onto her page to see if she has released any new posts, it's that addictive!" A massive thank you to Liv for that. Fresh and addictive are both things I would like my blog to be. I like to think that I inject a lot of my personality into my writing; I certainly tell you a lot of what's going on in my life, via my monthly updates.

At the moment I'm going through an especially difficult time, and I'm unsure whether to put pen to paper about it; or more accurately, finger to keyboard. In short, my mum, who suffers from Schizoaffective Disorder, has relapsed and is starting her recovery. It's not necessarily that I would feel uncomfortable writing the post, I just don't want it to be a negative experience for me, my mum, or anyone else reading it. I like to think that I would be able to document what's going on in a positive way, instead of it just turning into a criticism of the mental health system. Of course I would love to write the post and hopefully help other families, and especially teenagers, whose loved ones suffer from the condition or something similar. God knows there isn't much out there about it! However, as you'd imagine, it's such a sensitive thing to be completely public about. I've had second thoughts about it and come to the conclusion it is something I should probably vent out on a private forum that's for my eyes only.

However, this still left me with more confusion as to what belongs on my blog. I decided to start a poll: What would you like to see more of on To Blog Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure? mainly just to gauge how far my readers would like to see into my life/head. Would my readers prefer posts that are deep and meaningful and could help somebody, or would they prefer me to continue as I am, somewhat erratically, but doing what I fancy? Do they want more specialised posts that contribute to a theme? To find the answers to my queries, the poll will be open for a month, until midday on the 7th June. Readers of my blog can choose whether they'd like me to write more tags, beauty and fashion posts, reviews, personal posts, or opinions. You can tick multiple boxes and the poll can be found to the right of this post, underneath my Blog Archive.

Thanks guys, and I look forward to hearing your feedback!


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Fifty of my Favourite Things Tag // Listography

I was tagged by my friend over at Liv Likes Pugs to do the '50 of my Favourite Things' post, which I'm more than happy to do - as, like so many other bloggers, I have a bit of an obsession with list-making! It also seemed like the ultimate favourites blogpost, which I know you guys love to read. I'm going to try to write my list without reading Liv's just so any replications are purely coincidence!

50 OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS

  1. Summer/warm weather
  2. The 'sweater paws' you can make with comfy long-sleeved jumpers
  3. Going for walks
  4. Live rock music gigs
  5. Parties!
  6. Alcohol (excluding Bailey's)
  7. Game of Thrones
  8. Excuses to wear pretty new clothes
  9. Lingerie
  10. Making lists
  11. Watching fireworks
  12. Netflix
  13. Dogs
  14. Cats
  15. Going out to dinner with family/friends/partner
  16. A good, strong cup of tea
  17. Blankets
  18. Blogging
  19. Reading
  20. Barbeque food i.e hotdogs or burgers with lots of ketchup
  21. Kissing
  22. Makeup, specifically red lipstick
  23. Online shopping
  24. Crappy reality TV - basically anything with 'scenes created for your entertainment'
  25. Going to the Director's Lounge in Showcase Cinemas; it's too swanky
  26. Reviewing films/books
  27. Writing
  28. Admiring photography
  29. Twitter
  30. Made in Chelsea
  31. Meeting new people
  32. Helping/supporting others
  33. Books!
  34. Road trips
  35. Trying new things
  36. Nintendo DS games I played in my teens (Pokemon Pearl, Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda)
  37. Singing
  38. F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing style
  39. Angela Carter's imagination
  40. Leonardo DiCaprio
  41. Kit Harington
  42. Halloween!
  43. Snow
  44. Beaches with blue seas
  45. Being organised, though it doesn't happen often
  46. Sitting by a lake on a sunny day
  47. Having company, whether its my boyf, my friends, or family
  48. Talking out problems with friends
  49. Giving/receiving gifts (it shows appreciation, even if it does make me embarrassed)
  50. My new blog signature (see what I did there?):


Monday, 15 June 2015

\\ Pre Season Five Finale Game of Thrones Tag! //


Before my focus on beauty blogging begins I decided to write about something fun. And that something is Game of Thrones. If you haven't heard of it, or don't watch it, I strongly recommend that you go and sit on the stairs and contemplate your decision... because I was once like you! I thought up a 20-question tag a couple of days ago and I've finally taken the time to complete it. 

This blog is dark and full of spoilers.

1) Who first introduced you to GoT?
That would be my boyfriend, who was then just a friend. But introducing someone to GoT is definitely grounds for a relationship.

2) Which season of GoT did you first watch?
The first episode I watched was S3 E10 but the first season I watched all the way through was S4.

3) Your favourite character and why?
Jon Snow. Perfect in a every way shape and form... although saying that, he probably could smile a little bit more.

4) Least favourite character?
Can't really stand Cersei or Littlefinger.

5) Which is your favourite house?
At one time it might have been Stark, but after the rumours of Jon being a Targaryen love-child, I think I may be leaning towards fire and blood.

6) What do you love most about the show?
I love that George Martin takes inspiration from actual historical events and mixes the story together with magical realism. I'm a big fan of the White Walkers. But what I love most is probably that the plot never makes everyone happy. George isn't afraid to kill your favourite characters off and that's what makes it so unpredictable and refreshingly different (but please George, for the love of God, don't kill off Jon).

7) Your favourite GoT couple/duo?
Myrcella and Prince Tristane's engagement is beyond cute (although you never know whether something sinister is going on behind a facade in GoT), although not as cute as Daenerys' marriage to Khal Drogo. The loyalty of Jon and Sam to each other melts my heart.

8) The most shocking and brutal deaths so far, in your opinion?
The death of Shireen, I feel was uncalled for. You're telling me that Stannis and Melisandre couldn't have sacrificed any other person? I feel like there wasn't enough basis for that one. Another shocking death was Joffrey's, just because I wasn't expecting it to happen so soon, let alone at his wedding! I think everyone was happy with it though.

9) Prediction for the end of season five?
The finale of S5 is tonight, so I've been able to read the episode synopsis on Sky and I know that Cersei has a scene. As the title is 'Mother's Mercy' I have a feeling that Margaery is going to be set free from prison whilst Cersei will be condemned and die. After all, in the beginning of the season, she was told someone "younger and more beautiful" would succeed her and I think it's time for that to happen. I also think a big character is going to die.

10) Who is most fit to rule Westeros?
Well, I'm biased, so I'm going to say Jon, obviously. He has good family values, a level head, and leadership as well as fighting skills. He also understands the politics of rule and knows how to kill White Walkers.

11) Favourite quote(s):
"Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour, and it can never be used to hurt you." - Tyrion Lannister.

12) Who do you watch GoT with?
When it airs I watch it with my dad, or occasionally with the boyf.

13) Favourite episode so far?
Hardhome.

14) Favourite villain?
Maybe Melisandre, at a push. The White Walkers would probably be my favourite antagonists.

15) Favourite place in all the Seven Kingdoms?
Although it's deserted, I really like Volantis. The scene where Tyrion and Jorah were in the boat staring up at Drogon was beautiful. It seems really ancient.

16) Who will be the next to die?
Either Cersei or Jon (God forbid).

17) Favourite house that is not Stark, Lannister or Targaryen?
This is probably the most predictable answer as it's the next most prominent house... but Baratheon. Robert was a really likeable King and his son is hot (I'm on about Gendry and yes I really am that shallow I just like black hair okay).

18) Watch a show when it's leaked or wait until it airs?
Always wait until it airs! Have some patience! How are you supposed to live tweet?!

19) Which is most fearsome, the White Walkers or the Dragons?
I think the White Walkers pose the biggest threat to humanity, but it makes for such good telly.

20) Who will end up on the Iron Throne in the finale of GoT?
Loaded question. I am inclined to assume it's going to be Daenerys because she has the most fire-power but knowing George Martin there will be some kind of last minute twist... hopefully.
I tag anyone who is a fan of the show.. so basically the entire human race. Be strong for tonight, guys!

I tag each and every one of you who reads! Valar Morghulis.

Meaghan x

This post first appeared on To blog would be an awfully big adventure on 15/06/15

Friday, 12 June 2015

\\ Content, and My Favourite Creators! //

Hello again, guys! 

With so much studying to be done in the previous months, my blog became a bit of a coping mechanism. When revising became a little bit too much, I escaped here and wrote about whatever I fancied at the time; and whilst that helped me to chill out, it meant that there wasn't really any consistent theme being maintained on my website. I feel like I don't really maintain a theme on any of my social media sites - but I really want to start! I used to run a little beauty and fashion blog which later became abandoned, but it's something I enjoyed and want to revive on this website. Hopefully you'll be happy to hear that! I received a lot of products earlier on in the year which I'm in the process of trying out and I can't wait to get back to you all on that. Revision is finally over and it's good to feel the keys under my fingers again and get writing another blog for you all! 

As well as giving you a little update about what the content will most likely be like on my blog from now on, I also wanted to recommend a few of my favourite bloggers and vloggers to you. Now that my last exam is out of the way, I've been catching up with my Bloglovin' and YouTube subscriptions, and I'm finally ready to (hopefully) transfer some wonderful content creators into your subscription boxes. You'll probably be aware that I have a 'Favourite Bloggers' section in the panel to the right > that I update reasonably frequently, but it doesn't give me a chance to put links to my favourite YouTube channels there. I'm going to put some links down below, with a few lines as to why I adore them. Looking for more people to follow? You're going to love this!

LONG-STANDING YOUTUBE LOVES:

Victoria at In The Frow
Victoria, known mostly for her lovely purple hair, comes first on my list as she is probably my favourite vlogger and blogger. I fangirled so hard when she favourited one of my tweets once! I am a fan of everything she does, and it will be hard to be brief about the reasons why I like her. In terms of her blog: it's minimalistic, beautiful, regularly-updated, simply written, with ah-mazing photography. She writes about food, travelling and fashion in a way that makes you long for her lifestyle. Before I found her blog, I was subscribed to her YouTube channel, where I had discovered a nice, softly-spoken girl with beautifully edited videos. She also has a similar music taste to me - I was amazed that someone as cool as Victoria had heard of The Gaslight Anthem - which was one of the initial pulls!

Sammi at The Beauty Crush
Sammi, a London-based vlogger, is one of my longest-standing beauty favourites - I've been a subscriber to her YouTube channel for years. I've seen her life change somewhat dramatically, with relationship changes and the launch of her new fashion label Novem & Knight. Despite her beauty and success, she remains modest. On her blog, she uploads loads of pictures of her impromptu shoots and daily looks, so if you're into that sort of thing I'd recommend giving it a follow (I'd also recommend Rosie from Made In Chelsea's blog, atfashionforte.com, as she does a similar thing, but with less words). Sammi's outfits are always really well put together, you can tell that she has experience in styling, and her shoots always look so professional.

Estee at Essie Button
A stylish Canadian blogger/vlogger living in Britain with her boyfriend Aslan and their dog Reggie, Estee's vlogs have a real family vibe. Her vlogs always bring me so much joy... She's super chatty and friendly to her audience, whilst maintaining a lovely home and office-space within it. She's always doing something cool or otherwise just busy being a generally happy person. Estee is basically the embodiment of #lifegoals for me.

Louise at A Sprinkle Of Glitter
Louise is a vlogger you've already heard of, I would hope! I've been following Louise for a long time, long enough to see her baby daughter, Darcy, grow up. Darcy is often the main focus of Louise's blog, which for me isn't a problem at all as I love to see how she's getting on! Louise herself always strives to be better and is very motivational. She always tries to see the positive side of things, no matter what the hardship. She, like the other bloggers I've mentioned so far, is very into beauty and makeup, too.

NEW-ISH BLOGLOVIN' FAVOURITES:

Suzie at Hello October
I'm really liking Suzie's blog at the moment, with its white backgrounds, interesting content and style, but I haven't yet become obsessed by her YouTube channel. I think I prefer her written words at the moment, especially combined with the amazing photography she uploads on there - whether it's of the stunning views of Barcelona or just her makeup collection, it's always exquisite. Boy, can I appreciate a good photo!

Becky at Milk Bubble Tea
So far Becky is the only blogger whose face hasn't made it onto my blog, but, in all honesty, it doesn't often make it onto hers! Becky's posts are usually about her favourite things: cool drinks, tips for the home, beauty favourites and the like. So far, I don't think I've seen Becky do a fashion post. I found her on Instagram one day, and I'm really glad I did. Again, her photography and the white-background style of her blog is to die for (I think I must have a blogging "type"). Her blogs are nearly always brief, but always enjoyable.

HayleighJM
Before you do anything else (other than admire her beaaautiful hair!) follow this lady's Instagram @hayleighjm! In my opinion, Hayleigh is one of the most style-conscious, beautiful girls I've come across in a while, and, in time, I feel like her blog will become a huge hit! Her posts, as you may have gathered, are mainly fashion based, and oh my she has such great style. She really knows what looks good on her. She does make YouTube videos, but they are very irregular.

SPECIAL MENTIONS:

Maria at Inspired Elegance
Apologies for not giving you Maria's face, but I just wanted to show you how wonderful her photography skills are! All the items in this photo and yet it still doesn't look like a shambles... I don't know how she does it. I met Maria through a friend even though we went to the same college and were even in the same form before we noticed each other. Now I go out for drinks with Maria quite regularly and she's such a lovely person. I think this comes across in her blogs as her follower count is going up quite rapidly - not surprising really. She keeps her posts short and sweet, and her main inspiration is Tanya Burr. As you will expect, Maria is into beauty and fashion related items. She's the only one I get myself over to Wordpress for! I'm also enjoying her newly-created YouTube channel.

Liv/Grace at Liv Likes Pugs
Although I first met her at college as Liv, she now goes by the name of Grace, her middle name. To me, Liv/Grace's blog is really pretty and I really like how you can see so much content at once due to the font size etc. She writes really well and has a lot of potential. She tackles some really important topics sometimes, but still knows how to have fun!

That's all for now, folks (haha)
I hope you've enjoyed the recommendations! Feel free to let me know in the comments who your favourite bloggers are. Please keep your eyes peeled for some favourite products soon, once I've done trying them.

Meaghan x

Monday, 1 June 2015

\\ May 2015 Favourites and Updates! //

Last month, at the end of my Monthly Favourites post, I tried something different by adding monthly updates to it at the end. I don't know how it was for you guys, I but I enjoyed writing that section a lot; and as I've been too busy doing nothing to try many new things this month, I figured I'd do that again and make it a regular thing. I will start with a short list of favourites.

MAY FAVOURITES

Music:
  • Words Don't Come So Easily by Lower Than Atlantis. I came across this song on one of my YouTube music sessions and instantly fell in love. It starts off pretty quietly in an acoustic fashion, but the chorus is really worth it. The music video is rather weird (it just consists of goo-like liquid falling over/into the band and the extras) but I like the metaphor. Throughout the video, noone in the band speaks, they just let all the 'stuff' fall on them. To me the goo represents emotion, which they let overcome them so much that they become unable to speak.
  • Lola Montez by Volbeat. I heard this song first on Kerrang! Radio and looked the lyrics up to find the name of it! Whilst Google-searching I discovered that it's supposedly written about a 1800s stripper which for some reason just makes me love it more, knowing that there was actually an inspiration for it. From what I know, Volbeat are a Danish rock band, so they have a little bit of an accent, which most of you know, I love. For this reason, I'd recommend listening to the lyrics version of this one first. Favourite line: "Hell-raising and full of sin, when Lola was dancing and showing her skin".
Online stores:

I saved up and bought a couple of things on ASOS this week, although I won't show you the items because they're a bit *ahem* personal... but what I will do is tell you which other online stores I've been loving this month. I need to write them down somewhere anyway, or else I'll forget they exist!



  • Kestle Boudoir make their own beautiful lingerie and sell it on their website and on Etsy. I found them through Instagram and it appears they've only launched recently. It might be a bit too much information but I'm absolutely obsessed with bralets at the moment and I can't wait to get my hands on some Kestle stuff! Unfortunately, it's more than I can spend at the moment (student life sucks) but my favourites are the Maisey Red and the Tori Blue.
  • Pepper Knot, another Instagram-find, are based in the US. I've admired their Insta page @pepperknot for a while now because they always put together the prettiest outfits. I looked on their website for the first time today and was amazed at how cheap everything is, but yet it all looks so floral and lovely! I love the bralets from there, too, and I might even a purchase a pair of dungarees one day.
MAY UPDATES

I don't have as much exciting news as last month, but I can continue some of the threads. I spoke about a business admin apprenticeship placement I have an interview for, which is really close to where I'm living and I was really excited for it! The problem is, the interview is in July and I will have potentially no money, except allowance, until then. Well... since last month, I was offered another interview; but this time for a big apprenticeship employer based in the city. The 'interview' was earlier on this week, but sadly the employee who was meant to interview me was ill - so I just had to fill out a form instead. Although, the woman who welcomed me was lovely and I seemed to have a lot in common with her from the short conversation we had. So, there may be a big choice coming up, ladies and gentlemen!

Meanwhile, I've finished college (as you'll know if you read my last post about how I've changed throughout my time there). It's been just over a week and I'm already really missing it. Not going to lie, I've had some low points, especially since my boyfriend and I can't see each other every day now. It's going to get a lot tougher, and sometimes I find it hard to stay positive... although I do have a couple of things to look forward to. Namely, my friend Harrison's parents invited my boyfriend and I to join our friends Harrison and Emily on holiday with them for a week in July! It's at Centreparcs and I'm already so excited... hopefully the boyf remembers to get time off work!!

See you next month and thanks for reading,

Meaghan x