As this weeks blog post was near enough to the end of the month, I thought i'd do a little favourites piece. I wanted to mention a range of things that i've been loving for the month of July. There is a mix of things from tv shows to art materials. I've talked about them in a bit more detail below so read on.
1. Liquid watercolour
I've really been enjoying using these little pots of liquid watercolour from Ecoline, which I bought in Evans art supplies. I got the Magenta one (337) and the bluish green one (640), and then were €2.99 each in store, or you can get them online here. They're amazing to use because you get a really strong colour first hand, also because you're buying a specific colour, you know what you're going to get without having to mix anything else to get the colour you want.
2. Elastic bobbins
These are basically a bobbin made from a piece of soft fabric elastic that is tied together. I really like them because they don't have that crap metal bit that pulls half your hair out, and it's stretchy and soft enough that it doesn't leave you with a weird bobbin mark in your hair. These are great as well as you can pop them on your wrist and they look like a colourful festival bracelet too, while not cutting off your blood supply like other bobbins do. I got this ones from H&M, in a pack of 6 different colours for €2.99. I couldn't find any online to link them here, but they're in most H&M store and I even think I seen them in Penneys recently. I've also seen a good few DIY pins on pinterest, as it is essentially just a piece of elastic tied on one end.
I feel like this would always be in my monthly favourites, regardless of the weather. I seriously don't think I could survive my day without a few giant cups of tea in one of my Disney mugs (basically like soup bowls). And yes, you've probably guess from the illustration that I'm a Lyons tea woman all the way!
This is still one of my favourite Benefit products without a doubt. I've been especially loving it for the summer time as it gives your lips a pretty pink tone, so it looks lovely with a tan (not that I have one yet) and nice dewey summer make up. I can't get enough of this stuff and it lasts forever cause you only ever need a light layer on your lips, and it usually stays on for most of the day (depending on how much you're eating) because it's a lip stain. You can buy it from any Benefit counter or shop, online or instore in places such as Debenhams, Arnotts, Boots, etc. or you can head to the Benefit shop on South William street.
5. Muji 0.5mm pens
This is a recent summer find which I am loving! I was always so used to using the unipin fineline pens, which I still love, but because I lean so heavily on the pen it usually wouldn't last that long (as the nib would disappear). In that way, this pen is perfect because it has a ball point tip and because it's inky it works in the same way as the fineliners. This pen was around €2.20 and I got it from the Muji shop off Grafton Street. They also come in a huge variety of colours, so i'll definitely be going back to get more!
6. Once Upon A Time
This is a TV show I discovered on Netflix after binge watching and finishing all my other beloved shows. I thought i'd give it as shot because of the fairytale/Disney aspect to the storyline, and after the third episode I was hooked! I LOVE IT! This is an old enough show now, I think it started in 2011 and all 4 seasons are on Netflix to watch, so I'm already nearly finished season 1. I really enjoy the storyline as you can try and guess which each character is as they are introduced to the storyline.
You can basically blame every supermarket for these being in my favourites this month. They've been on special for €1.50-€2 in most places like Dunnes and Tesco all this month and I couldn't help but buy them (and devour them all!), plus they go really well with my popcorn addiction.
8. Levi shorts
I got these shorts from a seller on Etsy a few years ago and fell in love with them even more this summer. They're a little bit big for me, but with a nice belt, they hold up well. They're also so easy to wear, because I live in Ireland, you never know what the weather is going to be like on any given day, or even what it's going to be like during that day (raining one minute and sunny skies the next) so these shorts are a dream because you can pair them with a nice and cosy jumper or with a cute crop top.
9. True Detective
We finally got around to watching the first season of True Detective and (OMG!) it's amazing! If you haven't seen it, it is definitely a must see! It was thrilling all the way through and became one of them shows that you can't wait to see the next episode or you stay up a bit later just to fit one more episode in. I didn't think that it was going to keep me on the edge of my seat for each episode but it did! Definitely check it out, if you haven't already!
I've been loving watching snapchat stories this month, and creating hundreds of my own as well. I think it's really fun and interesting watching different bloggers and illustrators doing their thing and not really giving a crap what they say because it's going to be gone in a day anyway. I've been finding all of them hilarious and interesting all at the same time. If you have snapchat then add me @jessicard23. I've been snapping a lot of sneak peeks to my new projects coming up soon too!
Let me know in the comments below what you've been loving this month!