A July Recap And Favourites

Hi all you lovely people!

HOW IS IT THE END OF JULY? Time has baffled me this year. It makes no sense at all! I think this entire year is going to go by in a flash as the past 7 months didn’t feel like it existed at all.

Let’s hop right into it, shall we?

Recap and Reflection –

It has been a rather busy month for me, especially at work. I have been tired most days and coming home at 10pm every night is clearly wearing me out after that lovely 3 month break I had whilst working from home. I also never realised how much money I would be spending on food!

As mentioned in my June Recap, I started my course of Accutane. It was very exciting for me as it’s something I wanted to be on for YEARS, but was never prescribed it because my acne was never deemed ‘serious’ enough. So I guess over lockdown, my skin sort of went “I’LL SHOW YOU SERIOUS!” and imploded on my skin.

It’s actually been working well for me! I am definitely going through ‘the purge’ period of 8 to 10 weeks at the moment. Currently, I have 4 huge cystic friends on my face. The purge is painful, ugly and wearing a mask definitely makes it worse for me. I am, however, just grateful to be on this miracle medication, and I’m more than willing to soldier on.

I’m excited for the upcoming weeks and to see more and more results. Fingers crossed!

Also, July was the most I got approved for Adsense!

This was a big deal for me as I had been trying to get approved by Adsense for over 6 months now. I applied over 40 times! I finally got accepted and I think it’s because of minor little tweaks I made to my blog that I didn’t think would have an effect but alas it did! And I’m so glad. I’m still trying to figure out my ad placements and stuff, so apologies if my blog is messy with ads at the moment, I’m in no way an Adsense pro.

July Favourites –

Mason Jars

For some reason I really got into mason jars after seeing some pictures on Instagram, so I bought a pair of them, one with an orange lid and one with a pink lid and I love them! It even says “Iced Cold Drink” in the front which I think is so adorable.

They also look very aesthetically pleasing and are environmentally friendly as they are glass. I had no choice but to buy a pair as they were sold in pairs, so I’m thinking of using the other one as a little makeup brush holder or to put some fairy light in to turn it into a mini lamp. What do you use mason jars for?

Enamel Pins

I used to have a huge obsession with enamel pins last year, but it died down, and NOW I’M BACK AT IT AGAIN! I ordered over 50 enamel pins for myself across several websites and have stuck them all over my tote bag and fake Kanken bag (because who in this economy can afford a real one?)

Here are some of my favourites that I’ve collected –

My personal favourites are anything Van Gogh, Studio Ghibli or Disney related. The little dinosaur with “All My Friends Are Dead” is also one of my favourites – grim but cute. I’m really an art hoe at heart.

My Noodle Phone Case

I think by now everyone knows I’ve got more phone cases than fingers on both hands and even though it is slightly embarrassing, it is a passion of mine and I guess I’m a collector? I love switching phone cases around and having a different feel in my hand every other day, or using a phone case that suits my mood.

I bought a Noodle Phone case for just $5 about 2 weeks ago and it has been my recent favourite!

IT REALLY IS JUST SO CUTE! 

And also, I really love the 3D silicon material for phone cases. Even though they make the overall phone very bulky, I feel it gives me a sense of stability whilst holding the phone as the grip is good. I have gotten some weird stares when using my phone on public transport and people just look at my phone case like I’ve got a profanity written on it or something, but I do like that it’s kind of unique and I haven’t seen anyone carrying something similar… yet! I would love to!

If anyone discovers any cute, quirky iPhone cases, please link me! I’d love to check them out.

My New Llama Night Lamp

Some people have nice IKEA standing lamps, or artsy hanging lamps, but me? I of course get a llama night lamp.

Everyone knows I’m a sucker for cute little animal related things. I found this cute llama night lamp on Shein. It was really cheap and for the price I do think it’s pretty good!

The only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s not a USB device, and it requires three LR44 cell batteries which I struggled to find in my house. On top of that, the battery compartment had to be unscrewed which is extremely inconvenient. But….. I guess he’s a little cutie and it was little work to get him working and as a light, he works well.

Unsolved Mysteries and Trial By Media on Netflix

I’m a big fan of true crime and Netflix have really been bringing out the best crime content lately.

My favourite episodes from Unsolved Mysteries (without any spoilers) would definitely be the Rey Rivera case and the Xavier Dupont de Ligonnés case – both really got me thinking and googling Reddit theories for hours, especially the Xavier Dupont case. It was a crazy story! To be fair, they all were, but this one really stuck with me.

Trial By Media was close to my heart as I was a journalism student once and while studying for my degree I realised how scummy journalists and the media could be, and I swore to never be one of them if I ever took it up as a profession. Trial By Media’s first episode reeled me in like crazy because I had already heard of the Scott Amedure case before (you might have as well, it was a popular story!) and the way Netflix filmed the episode was really immersive and detailed.

10/10 would highly recommend these 2 on Netflix!

I honestly think 2020 will barely exist, we are more than halfway through the year and that fact blows my mind! The pandemic has definitely sort of sped things up while making a lot of other things extremely slow, like getting the chance to travel, doing things you used to love and seeing people you were used to seeing all the time. It’s a weird year, 2020.

Talk about struggling with a long distance relationship at this time!

What have you been enjoying this month? Is there anything from my list that you’re interested in and might look up? Let me know in the comments down below – let’s chat!

Stay safe and until next time….

85 responses to “A July Recap And Favourites”

  1. I love a good enamel pin I just never know where to put them as I’m scared of loosing them! Unsolved mysteries is my next Netflix binge

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    1. I always pin them all over my bags! My *fake* Kanken bag has about… 15 pins on them at the moment 😛

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  2. wearing a mask doesn’t help my skin either:( I like to use mason jars for mini bath bombs, they always look so cute in there. OMG I love the little calcifer pin! He is one of my all time favourite Ghibli characters. Where did you get the noodle phonecase from? I actually love it, it is weird but I still love it haha. It is so scary that we are halfway through the year, time has gone so fast! I have enjoyed Korean Dramas and being able to see my boyfriend properly this month hehe! x

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    1. Mini bath bomb storage sounds like a great idea! The Noodle phone case was from Aliexpress and it was really really affordable! 😊

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  3. Oh my goodness that lamp is adorable!! I love mason jars too! Always getting them x

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    1. I might have to expand my mason jar collection soon too 😊

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  4. I am loving the look of those pins! The ‘drink me’ one is so cute x

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    1. Yesss I love it so much – a subtle Alice In Wonderland reference!

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  5. I loved Unsolved Mysteries, too, but wasn’t as fond of Trial by Media. Maybe I’ll give it another go!

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    1. I know a lot of people who enjoyed Unsolved Mysteries a lot too, it might just be the journalist in me that made me enjoy Trial By Media 😛

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  6. Congratulations on getting approved for Adsense!
    I love those cute enamel pins, even though the dinosaur one is sad, and your phone case is so fun.
    I feel you on having to unscrew a million little screws just to put a couple batteries in, but the llama night-lamp is sweet enough to be worth it. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! And I really actually like the llama lamp, it was just a pain to screw and usncrew it to start it up at the beginning, but it’s worth for the price for sure.

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  7. Great post! I agree that unsolved mysteries was definitely awesome with their episodes especially the ones you mentioned. I love true crime (guess that’s why I have degrees in criminal justice lol) and the Xavier case was baffling but intriguing!

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    1. I was bouncing between a degree in criminology and also writing because I LOVE TRUE CRIME content but then I decided against it as I also suffer from anxiety and I guess learning about crimes 24/7 would’ve made me feel very negative in real life. The Xavier case is really so crazy!

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      1. That’s awesome!!! I thought about making a true crime blog but like you said, learning about it and writing about it all the time is not always the best. I feel like Xavier is still around somewhere

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        1. I definitely feel Xavier had a big part of it but I don’t know if you read, there’s a point about the case which stated that NONE of the wife’s relatives or external friends were allowed to come view the bodies of her, or any of the kids – some people have a theory that the people buried under the house were not the family and that the family did flee.

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          1. Really, I didn’t read about that but adds more mystery to the case!

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            1. I think I must’ve read it on the case’s wikipedia page, it’s so freaky!

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              1. That’s what makes it so interesting!

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  8. I love the noodle phone case, so cool! & the llama lamp too! Such a unique touch! X

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    1. Thank you, I love having cute little ‘unique’ bits in my room 😊

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  9. Thank you for sharing this with us, love. I really enjoyed reading it! This nooooodle case is the cutest thing in the world, I swear. However, I’m not buying it because I’ll get hungry every time I see it, lol!

    Also, I’m so sorry to hear you have breakouts. I feel you! My skin goes craaazy in the summer I feel like every sunshine ray that touches my face automatically gives me a new pimple!

    I recently bought a Mason jar and I’m so happy with my purchase. It’s super aesthetic, it’s made from glass, and it’s so practical. I love it!

    I should check Unsolved Mysteries because it def sounds like something I’d truly enjoy. I love everything mystery and horror, lol!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! I’m hoping my skin will calm down ASAP, and Unsolved Mysteries is definitely worth watching! 😊

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  10. omg the llama night light 🤩

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    1. WE LOVE TO SEE IT 😛

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  11. I love enamel pins – I just have nowhere to put them! I should make a little banner or something, haha. I love Unsolved Mysteries too; I never wanted the series to end, and am adding your other recommendation to my To Watch list as we speak! Thanks for sharing your updates from July – I hope you have an amazing August.

    Paige // Paige Eades

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment Paige! I personally love decking my canvas backpacks out with LOTS of pins – it makes it look very colourful and brings out my personality 😊 have a good August too!

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  12. Mason jars are so versatile! I use them everywhere – from storage to DIY cups. Also, congrats on advertising with Adsense! Here’s to a better August. x

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊

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    2. Ooo I think I’ll give the unsolved mysteries a watch, I love true crime! I’ve loved re-watching my old fave TV series and films at the moment. Great post x

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      1. Thank you so much!

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  13. The noodle phone case is so cute!

    xoxo
    Lovely

    http://mynameislovely.com

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  14. Your noodle phone case is so awesome!! I love it! Great favorites recap 🙂

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  15. Omg, I love the llama lamp!

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    1. It’s so cute isn’t it!

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  16. Such a nice post!! That llama lamp is so adorable – I need one.

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    1. It’s so affordable, you should get one and we can be lamp twins!

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  17. I have been getting breakouts from wearing a mask and it is not fun. Oh, and I love mason jars! I feel fancy when I use them to drink water, haha. And how cute is that ramen phone case?! I have to get one myself!

    Hannah | http://hannahonhorizon.com

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    1. Maskne is SO REAL! It’s awful! I loooove my new phone case, I use it everyday now instead of switching over which is what I used to do 😊

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  18. Ohh I love these pins. I collect them. One of my denim jackets is covered in pins 🙂

    http://www.fashionradi.com

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    1. I don’t own a denim jacket but if I did I’d definitely want to deck mine out in pins!

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  19. Love this post! You should definitely turn your mason jars into makeup pots or something similar! They are ideal for easy craft ideas aren’t they! Love them. Also, that noodle case is bloody brilliant ha!
    Hannah xxx http://www.hannahshappyhour.com

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    1. I was thinking I could definitely use them to store my makeup brushes, it’d look so pretty!

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  20. Very cool recap – love that you included a Neflix pick!

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    1. I’m always looking for new things to watch on Netflix 😊

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  21. I can’t believe we are now August, time is just slipping through our hands! I would quite like a refund on 2020 please!

    Looks like July was a good month for you though. I hope August is too x

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    1. A refund is the right word haha! It was an alright month, 2020 seems to be quite a mess so I’m grateful for any month I live through!

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  22. Those pins are so cute – I love them! That noodle is also adorable – I’m so boring with phone cases, I have one that I just keep on, though I do love the design!

    Tash // A Girl with a View

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    1. I love switching mine over but this noodle one is one of my favs that I use the most 😊

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  23. I love unsolved mysteries too!
    Also, that phone case is absolutely adorable *_*
    Would you like us to follow each other?

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    1. Hey there, sure of course! 😊

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  24. Yay! Congrats on getting approved for adsense!
    and omg that is such a cute phone case!

    Mish | https://latteswithmish.com

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    1. Thank you! I do love my phone case 😊

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  25. First of all, I love your noodle case. The llama lamp is adorable. And I loved Unsolved Mysteries, the Xavier Dupont was the most fascinating one for me. Hope you have a great week 🙂

    https://www.chicnpink.com

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    1. Thank you! And yes that Xavier case really blows my mind. Have a good week too!

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  26. Great post! Thank you for sharing! That llama and the pins are so cute!

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    1. Aren’t they just! X

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  27. Oh my gosh the pins are so cute!! I love your llama lamp! ❤

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    1. Thank you! I love them too 😊

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  28. Those enamel pins are so cute! We used to collect pins and buttons from the places we traveled but got a little lazy with it, definitely have to start back up when quarantine is over!

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    1. Oooh that is actually such a cute idea, my boyfriend and I collect pins from every Sea Life centre we visit 😊

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  29. Haha I love the lamp and phone case, they’re so cool! Congratulations on being accepted for Adsense, that’s amazing!
    Sorry to hear that the face mask is making your skin worse. I suffer with atopic dermatitis around my mouth and I think wearing a mask is having a negative effect ❤️

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    1. Thank you! And yup, I’m very glad to be on Accutane during this time 😊

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  30. The noodle phone case, hahaha I love it! These pins are so cute. 🙂

    xoxo Simone | https://beautymone.com

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    1. Thank you, I’m proud of my collection!

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  31. Okay, the llama nightlight is incredible! I’m not a huge llama person myself, but my adopted daughter is OBSESSED with them. She got llama leggings last year and that’s all we heard about for quite a while. I am DEFINITELY either showing her this post or just purchasing one for her (we’ll see if they’re still available lol)

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    1. Haha I’m a fan of all animals, but this llama had the cutest little face I had to grab him! It’s very affordable and I’m sure your daughter will love it 😊

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  32. Nice recap for July! Have quite a number of things to say about this post which I highly enjoyed reading:

    – Your enamel pin collections: cute!
    – I love crime shows as well! I haven’t watched Unsolved Mysteries yet but it’s on my list!
    – That noodle phone case totally cute! I used to buy different phone case designs as well to dress up my own phone but I found it’s just not right for me mainly because I keep dropping my phone so I gotta get a shock proof case which is kinda expensive so stick to just one!
    -that night lamp – adorbs! I’ve been thinking of buying a cute nightlamp also for my room. But that’s just something I’m pondering on for now since I gotta watch my expenses.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I hope you enjoy Unsolved Mysteries as much as I did. I love my phone case, it’s defo one of my favourites!

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  33. OH MY GOD THAT NOODLE PHONE CASE. And, that llama nightlight?! You are literally adding things to my shopping list as we speak. I need! I love this blog post, thank you so much! Also – congratulations on being approved for Adsence! Great news Xxx

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    1. I’m glad I can influence the fellow shopper 😊 and thank you!

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  34. I am obsessed with that Llama light! I also really love pins I think I might have to start my own collection. So happy you got accepted with adsense and thank you for your help with it! I am going to apply again!

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    1. Thank you, I hope Adsense works for you this time! Took me ages to get mine up x

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  35. The Lama night lamp is brilliant, I adore it!!!! Wanna buy one right now 😉

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    1. It is so cute isn’t it!

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  36. Congrats for getting approved for Adsense! The pins and llama night lamp are so cute!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com

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  37. The pins & llama lamp are so cute! The phone case is definitely different, but it’s cute too haha
    I really want to watch Unsolved Mysteries b/c I’ve seen others recommending it too

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    1. Unsolved Mysteries is soooo interesting, they have a great variety of different cases 😊

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      1. I watched all the episodes now & it is interesting! It’s crazy that the French guy is on the run & the 1 mother is free & is raising her daughter’s son…

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        1. I know right??!?!!

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