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Sunday, 19 July 2015

DIARY || Blogging, Books, and Cornwall.

It's been a funny old week, starting off on the wrong foot and concluding with an exciting blogging event and our family holiday to Cornwall. All I can say is I'm tireeeed and very happy to be in one of my favourite places in the world.
To paraphrase the rubbish stuff, I got off to a bad start with multiple shifts back-to-back, breaking my beloved Tiffany's necklace in the same day that I realised my super trendy Topshop pinafore (i.e. the delivery that was going to brighten my crappy day) had been sent to my old address in Southampton. Oh and like the clumsy fool I am, I accidentally dropped my iPhone 6 in water minutes before we had to leave the house for Cornwall yesterday morning and it's showing no signs of life - hence the silence on the Instagram/Twitter front. Queue an impromptu trip to Carphone Warehouse tomorrow, not the greatest start to the holiday!
But not having a phone for a day has made me realise just how dependent I've become. As soon as we arrived at our destination, I was itching to check my emails, Twitter, and Facebook messages. Who knows, maybe this is the universe trying to tell me to take a break. Especially as I have a tendency to repel technology! Let's just say, after the crazy time I've had, I was very ready to get out of London yesterday morning. And hey, it can always have been worse and I'm excited to spend the next seven days relaxing in the Cornish sunshine *fingers crossed*
Rubbish stuff aside, I've actually had some pretty exciting things going on this week. On Friday I headed to Central London for the Catalyst PR Autumn/Winter preview. It was great to hear about the latest products from the experts behind the brands and I came away with some really exciting things to try out and review. Plus the ladies in the Catalyst team were lovely and it was so nice to actually meet some other bloggers and bond over our shared love of beauty. Also, how beautiful is Cavendish Sqaure? Della of DellalovesNutella, her twin sister Maria, and I spent the early afternoon chatting over coffee and swooning over how pretty this little square is. I couldn't quite believe this little haven is just seconds from the hustle and bustle that is Oxford Street.

After the event, I whizzed to Waterstones in Piccadilly Circus to pick up some uni books to read in Cornwall. If you're a bookworm like me, then this store is Mecca. Or at least the equivalent of the Oxford Street Topshop for fellow shopaholics. The largest bookstore in Europe, I spent the best part of an hour perusing the floors and diving into blurbs. I've already finished Marina Keegan's 'The Opposite of Loneliness' - and I'm consequently singing its praises to everyone I know - and began 'To Kill A Mockingbird' today as soon as we arrived in Cornwall. I don't remember the last time I was this excited to read a book. And don't judge me, I'm twenty years old and studying English Literature at university but have yet to read this American classic. Its appearance on my 'Suggested Reading' list for a module I'm starting in September and the release of 'Go Set A Watchman' has seen me finally take the plunge. I'm already hooked.

Last but not least, the family and I headed to Cornwall for our annual family holiday yesterday. Leaving London at 7am and we're all pretty tired. I'm writing this at 9:50pm (so last night when this post goes live tomorrow) and I'm absolutely shattered. I did summon the energy to capture some pictures before sunset but they'll be plenty more as we're here for a whole week. I haven't even been down to the beach yet!
But I really do love it here, everything is so beautiful and serene. It's so refreshing to get out of London sometimes - Cornwall always gives me a little headspace and some time to just breathe, relax, read, and blog (you can see my cringey and hilarious photo diary of last year's holiday here). I'm looking forward to a week of Literature and binge-writing blog posts - total bliss.
Happy Sunday! xx

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