I don’t know about you but I’ve activated hibernation mode now and I’m rationing out my ‘Mish goes into the city’ evenings. Sometimes this never-sleeping city gets too much and right now is one of those times. I did a sneaky book haul at the end of August and everything has finally arrived so I’m fully prepared to read myself into a book coma. I opted for a bit of a mix this time round so I thought I’d share the seven with you:
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
As a self-confessed Murakami addict, I’m surprised I hadn’t seen this title before. In the end I decided to buy this over some of his other work that I’d considered reading because I was so intrigued by it. Like, is this supposed to be something more visual? I can’t wait to get stuck into this.
The Two of Us by Andy Jones
It wouldn’t be a Michelle book haul without something a little corny, predictable and romantic~* would it? I’ve had this one lurking on my Goodreads list for ages so I thought I’d pick it up as an easy Sunday morning read. I tend to get through this sort of novel within a matter of hours or days!
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
My colleagues are obsessed with this read at the moment and as I’m actively not dating for a while, I figured I’d hop firmly onto the bandwagon by picking it up myself. Written by Aziz Ansari of Parks and Recreation fame, it’s a light-hearted, witty take on love today and all that modern romance entails. All I’ve seen thus far are Kindle screenshots and excerpts so I’m excited to take this one to the beach and cosy on up with a blanket and my iPod.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I can’t quite believe I haven’t read this yet after its success amongst the lit and blogging crowd. Like I’ve mentioned before, I typically like fantasy-rooted novels or purely fictional work, but thousands of people can’t be wrong, eh? I’m oh so ready to get back to my usual ‘yes girl’ mantra after a handful of setbacks this year.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I’ve wanted to read this since it was featured on Lauren Conrad’s website a few months ago. I don’t often read girly, whimsical material like this but I’ve heard so many good things about this book and its sequel that I just had to get my hands on it for some evening reading. I think the cover is so pretty too – definitely one that can double as a cheeky ol’ blog prop afterwards!
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Rounding off with something a little more classic, if you’ve spent even 5 minutes on Tumblr then this will probably have crossed your mind. I always enjoy a classic for my on-the-go-I’m-challenging-myself-kind-of read. I love that F. Scott Fitzgerald always managed to open my mind up to places anew too, the American history that flits through his work always piques my interest and prompts me to do further research.
I’ve had this post idea in my notebook for absolutely ages but hadn’t managed yet to share it for some reason. I think it’s because I miss the community aspect of this type of writing. A community sans Twitter hashtags, where we’d plop on the sofa, read a blog and leave a little note. A community where you could engage in conversations about meaningful topics just as easily as a debate about the currency conversion of a Galleon. But you can’t keep flogging a dead horse if people don't want to chat, eh?
Today I want to not talk so much about my life for once and turn the table to you, if you fancy a lil chatter...
- How are you?
- Where are you reading from? Do you blog too?
- How was your day?
- Have you seen anything in Topshop or on ASOS that I need to buy? I have the urge to spend.
- What’s your favourite food?
- Tell me (or link me!) your favourite recipe, I never know what to make for dinner.
- What’s your favourite day of the week?
- What’s your best quality?
- Finally, tell me something that made you giddy-happy recently!
- I’m alright. Bit chilly, might pop my bunny dressing gown on.
- I’m reading from my tiny postage-stamp sized bedroom in Hong Kong. Of course I bloomin’ well blog ;)
- My day was… average. I miss my baby tortoises and I was hungry on the hour, every hour. Unrelated, of course.
- I’m tempted to get these insane ASOS boots but need enabling, basically. Also looking at some faux fur gilets.
- Seriously obsessed with Greek food and Vietnamese cuisine lately.
- … I don’t have one. I haz no food recipe. I’m just a hungry gal.
- My favourite days are Monday and Thursday. The weekends are a given, but Mondays are my Dad’s day off and have been ever since I was little, so they remind me of finishing primary school and rushing home to mess up the snooker table and force him to cook me fresh snacks. And Thursday is the new Friday ;) I’m literally not lying when I say my Friday nights are reserved for napping.
- I’d like to think my best quality is my positivity. I always look at the possibilities instead of the drawbacks.
- Something that made me happy lately… There are these two high school students that I see every morning on my walk to work. I've seen them five times a week for 11 months and watch as they laugh and joke together all the time. And on Monday I walked past them and they were shyly holding hands!! My hopeless romantic heart can't cope!
It’s been ages since I did something and want to write a post about it immediately so I thought I’d take that opportunity now.
Last night I went to the cinema to finally see The Intern and it was SO good. I hardly ever go to the cinema nowadays, considering my ex-boyfriend and I used to go at least once or twice a week. But it was good, chill, a little solo trip after work. To be honest I didn’t even know anything about the storyline, I just find the whole intern topic really interesting, having gone through that slog myself. Without spoiling anything, GO AND SEE IT NOW. I really resonated with a lot of the plot, especially having just relaunched my business, and in fact having to decide between careers and relationships before. What can I say? Anne Hathaway has redeemed herself!! And Robert de Niro was spot on. No spoilers.
This week I’ve been feeling super lethargic and bloated. Can’t work out which food intolerance it is this time but all I want to do is feast on gluten-free pitta and hummus in bed. Speaking of which – obsessed with my fresh bedsheets. They’re the crochet ones I picked up over the summer but I’ve been too scared to use them. ‘Tis the season to be cosy though, so on they went. I flicked through my photo archives last night until past 1am and reminisced on all of the fun blog moments I've had thus far and remembered the mini back stories of all of my outfit posts and it was nice. I feel very lucky and content right at this moment.
Oh! Speaking of feeling content, I ordered my The Happiness Planner 2016 on Becky's recommendation. SO excited for it to arrive - I actually ordered it to my England address; SQUEE that it's close enough to Christmas for me to do that! You can get $5 off your preorder courtesy of me by clicking here!
After work today, I’ll probably head home, make some Greek gyro, work a little on A, and watch some more ‘Twenty Again’. And I can't wait. Perfect. How about you? x
Somehow it’s October! September was all kinds of madness for me so it literally went in the blink of an eye. Having launched something pretty big last week - come and join us here! - this month’s goals are simple and small, just to keep me busy before my girl Winnie arrives to take over my food and shopping life (YAY) and before I head home for Christmas.
But first, a recap on last month’s to-do list:
- Stop wimping out of twice-weekly interval training.
- Clear out my wardrobe of clothes past their sell-by date and take them to H&M's recycle scheme.
- Completely refresh my lingerie collection.
Begin finalising the first chapter of my novella. Flesh out plans for autumn/winter mini blog series. Up my monthly savings to 60% of my salary.
- Finally visit Lido Beach.
Tick off at least 4 places on my Places To Eat list. Shoot at least one outfit post. Go on a long walk at least once a week. Stop 'saving' my favourite outfits for special occasions and wear them whenever I want to. Bake sweet treats for the girls at work.
Onto things that I did do: I’ve been working on so many autumn/winter blog posts! I had a stroke of inspiration the other night and cracked out lots of new posts. I’ve also truly upped the game on the outfit post front and shared lots of new looks this month. Makes me realise how much I’d missed that aspect of my blog. Whilst I didn’t quite make it to Lido Beach, I have visited lots of semi-new food places and been on several long walks. Or strolls. It’s still unbearably hot here.
Afternoon tea with Jade!
- Visit the beach.
- Go to Ted’s Lookout.
Change my blog layout.
- Plan presents and Christmas shop!
- Catch up on my Project Life scrapbook.
- Declutter the apartment. (Oops.)
I don’t know what it is about the autumn that always signifies change and clean starts for me and ever since I started blogging six years ago, I’ve liked to swap things up once in a while. So here’s to a pretty new home for my online words.
I decided to stray from my usual format this time – thanks Winnie and Mandy for being my mini cheerleading team! The homepage now takes on a grid style, similar to my beloved (and ancient) Tumblr layout, and to be honest I dithered for absolutely ages over it because it’s so different! However I’ve decided I love it now, it’s a little bit Instagram-inspired, and most of us read single posts via Bloglovin’ now anyway, eh? Me included! I hope it isn’t too much of an unbearable change for you guys, I mean, I really like it. Oh, and I’m still in the process of rejigging all of my photos so they’ll display at their best.
Life lately has included hanging out with Jade, planning Christmas gifts and preparing for the re-launch of A for Aesthetic. Some of you will remember that back when I was still in University, my friend (not a blogger!) Lauren and I launched a magazine named Aesthetic, and this year we decided to bring it back to its best, polished up for 2015. We launched it about a week or so ago and are really enjoying being back in the swing of things with it. So of course I wanted to share it with you, on here. I’d adore your support with me on this project and hope you’ll find something to learn, love and inspire over there! You can find us here!
I'm also really into cooking at the moment and am hoping to share some recipes both here and over on A! So! Back to normal business tomorrow if I can prise myself away from my anime marathon to finish a new post – today’s series of choice is a cheeky re-watch of Sword Art Online. Don't forget to let me know what you think of the new layout (:
Things I Learnt This Time:
- Keep a note of the components that you’ll be taking over to your new design. About a week before I installed my new layout, I listed out things like my Google Analytics code, my network spaces, Instagram widget… Basically, all the things you tend to forget usually exist on your layout.
- Make a new note of your image sizes, alignments, etc. for easy reference when you’re working on new posts!
- Etsy is bloody genius.
- Ask a friend to browse your site before it goes live. See how they naturally use the site and features, where does their mouse tend to go? How do they read it? Do you need to tweak the layout for non-blogger readers?
- Don’t overthink the new layout and #changes, they’ll be worth it in the end.
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Hey. Hello. Hi there. It’s a sleepy ol’ Sunday and I felt like cracking out my MacBook and winding down for the week with a little blogging session. My week basically revolved around all the Hong Kong public holidays messing up my weekend thought processes, having an epic catch-up with Jade and the spectacular relaunch of A for Aesthetic.
I’m currently bundled up in my bunny dressing gown with a mug of tea and the Animal Crossing soundtrack for company, looking like the height of style. In between writing at work, writing for the relaunch and writing on this here blog, I’ve hardly had time to sit down and indulge in some of-the-moment chatter.
Autumn finally arrived in Hong Kong and I can wear a light jacket again! Man I miss the autumn back in England. I’d move back in a heartbeat just for crunchy leaf walks. I’m really into this black duster that I picked up at Aland. Dee-lightful! I always feel at my sartorial best when I’m in layers. Outfit post is here!
I’ve well and truly upped my coffee game lately. Tried out some new blends at ethos and The Coffee Academics and HAWT DAYUM, if you want a good coffee + brunch, you need to camp out at The Coffee Academics every weekend. I popped a little review up earlier in the week from when I visited with Rachel!
Speaking of which, I hung out with lovely Rachel from Fell from the Skies a few weekends ago! She came out to Hong Kong for a holiday so of course we went for brunch and shopping. My failsafe recipe for people-who-have-come-here, even though it isn’t very Hong Kong, I guess. We fangirled a lot over Apink as expected, did a mini karaoke and big haul in Aland and surmised over the fact that I’m too short for dresses and Rachel is too tall. Such a fun day!
It was Mid-Autumn Festival on Sunday! I didn’t do anything for it though because, you know, lack of family in the country problems. There’s usually a lot of pop-up food and flower markets around Hong Kong in celebration so I headed down to my local one for a squished, solo wander.
Obligatory sick-in-Asia selca. These are still such a novelty for me but essential if you’re at the office or out on the street.
I’m really obsessed with reading Niomi Smart’s blog at the moment. I discovered Niomi through a handful of British vloggers and instantly added her blog to my bookmarks. I’m trying to be a little more considered towards my eating habits lately and while I’m not vegan, I find her blog to be full of inspiration when I’m meal planning.
JADE IS HERE! Can’t quite contain my excitement! Haven’t seen my gal in over a year – say what?! – and I’ve been anticipating her arrival for the longest time. Mainly to get my UK beauty goodies, teehee. I kid. It’s so good to have a familiar face around (:
Finally got round to starting ‘Twenty Again’ as well! It’s a tvN drama that stars Nauen from Apink and I’ve literally just been far too busy to sit down and watch a subtitled drama. But I’m a little more chilled and less ill now so of course I’ve been busying myself with a Kdrama sesh each night! Would def recommend if you like school-setting dramas.
Finally, a handful of blogs that I’ve been reading lately and that I think you’ll love too:
Love, Mish xx
The anticipation of seeing a friend after a long time. Fluttering in the heart. Finding the perfect grey sweatshirt on a rail. Waking up with non-smudged, freshly painted nails on a Monday. Taking a huge post-anxiety breath. Changing up my motivational quote desktop wallpaper on a Wednesday. Alphabetised book shelves. Inbox (0). When friends randomly text you with memories from years ago. Daydreams. Daydreams that become reality. Rediscovering songs from your teenage years on Spotify. Cake surprises. Finishing a chapter as you arrive at your destination.
Getting the air-con balance right for the entire night. Waking up before my alarm: time for activities! Midweek ferry rides home. Chain-watching an anime in its entirety. Nailing a new recipe. G-Dragon selcas. Skype calls that last for hours and hours. That melty gooey feeling. Jaffa cakes. Crisp cool hometown air. Six-pack laughing. Orangina. Making magazine tears. Discovering a perfect makeup look combo for the very first time. Satisfying a food craving. Fearless by Taylor Swift. Golden hour in London. Stepping off the train upon arrival in my hometown. Second-day hair. Homemade garlic bread.