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Sunday, 6 September 2015

DIARY || Coffee, Books, and Non-Stop Work.

It's September. Like, er, how did that happen? It honestly feels like yesterday that I was moving out of halls in Southampton after finishing my First Year and despairing about what I was going to do with myself for the next three months. Flash-forward three months and I'm finding it hard to believe that I'm moving back in just six days.
I have to say, I'm a little nervous. I haven't written an essay in four months - my day-to-day life has revolved around WHISTLES (which is obviously no great hardship ha) so being back in lectures on a Monday morning will be quite the shock to the system. A welcome one though, I've stocked up on new stationery (as documented in my NYC purchases post) and even bought myself a new rucksack - a WHISTLES one, of course! 
Other than my impending return to uni, the past week has been a rather quiet one - I'm working full time in the store now and I've been trying to squeeze in my uni reading where I can... although it often gets substituted at the start of the month when the latest magazines hit stands. And I've been feeling a little under the weather and coldy the past few days - I'm desperately trying not to sneeze all over customers ha. 
For my days off work, I've been pairing my absolute favourite oversized cardigan with just about anything and snuggling up on the sofa with 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' which I'm reading for my upcoming Children's Literature module. This cardigan is life - I live in it! In fact, just writing about it inspired me to walk across the room and put it back on. I love the deep burgundy colour which is so on trend for AW15 and anything that looks stylish and is this cosy is a total winner in my books. 
Plus, I've been loving re-reading 'Alice in Wonderland' as I haven't read it since I was a child and it's like being in a constant state of déjà vu. I have gotten some funny looks reading this on the bus and on my lunch breaks in Pret but this book is just so clever and genuinely ridiculous that I'm actually so pleased I'll be studying it. Did you know that the Mad Hatter is based on Bertrand Russell? No? Neither did I.
Coffee and catch-ups with friends is my favourite way to spend an afternoon. An independent Tea & Coffee House has just opened up by me and I love its trendy decor and incredible coffee. Add free wifi into the mix and I can pretty much see myself living there during exam season in January.
Although, having said that, Starbucks have just re-launched Pumpkin Spice Lattés so I go out of my way in the mornings to pick one up... confessions of a coffee addict.
I'm going to say something controversial here. I think Elle is now my favourite glossy. I know, right? Groundbreaking stuff. For me, they just combine fashion, beauty, and real women's issues so beautifully and I always find myself looking forward to buying it each month. Although - still no Victoria Coren Mitchell? Her column is what got me into the magazine, she needs to return ASAP because I love her.
I feel like this is a modern women's magazine with real substance and heart. And I still bought it this month despite Miley Cyrus being on the front ha. In all seriousness though, their discussion of femininity in this month's issue has given me some serious blogging inspiration. 
Okay, so this isn't the best photo - but I was rushed and it looked alright at the time. I covered at the store in Parsons Green today and it's just such a nice area of London. This city is full of neighbourhoods that I've never really visited. This particular area of Fulham leading onto Chelsea feels like authentic London and it's been firmly added to my Bucket List of places to explore.

Happy Sunday! xx


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