July Favourites

It's that time of the month again - my July favourites! I really enjoyed writing my June favourites post last month and am looking forward to making this a regular feature on the blog, at least until I get a decent camera and can shoot favourites videos (though I have just ordered a microphone so watch this space!). In the meantime, read on to find out what I've been loving this month...

Image sources: The Book of Life, Nashville Season 2, The Glamour of Italian Fashion. All other images my own

Favourite item of clothing: Birkenstock Madrid sandals
I posted about these in my shoe collection post last month but in the hot weather we've been having recently they have been absolutely invaluable. They're easy to throw on in the morning, really comfortable even when you're walking around in them for hours, and they go with loads of different things in my wardrobe. If you don't own a pair of Birkenstocks I really recommend them - they're not the cheapest shoes but you'll have them for years so they're a great investment (though I recommend going down a size as they do come up big).

Favourite beauty product: Caudalie Divine Legs
I wrote a full review of this product earlier this week, but I really cannot sing its praises enough. It sinks in quickly without feeling sticky or tacky, gives a really natural glow to the skin, smells lovely, is nicely moisturising and doesn't rub off easily. For someone like me who does not tan naturally but who's been turned orange by too many dodgy fake tans, this is an absolute godsend of a product and definitely worth investing in.

Favourite book: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
July has been a bit of a slow month on the reading front as I got so bogged down in Martin Chuzzlewit for most of it, but The Book of Life couldn't have been more different. The final part of Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches trilogy, it tells the story of witch Diana Bishop and vampire Matthew Clairmont as they race to find the missing pages of a mysterious book that may or may not reveal the origins of all 'creatures'. I don't want to say too much else as it'll spoil it for those who haven't read it, but this is much more than the 'Twilight for grown-ups' it's being billed as. I tore through it in four days and desperately wished there was more when I was done. If you like your romances with a dollop of supernatural and a dash of thriller, then you'll love it just as much as I did.

Favourite music and TV show: Nashville season 2
Combining two monthly favourites in one, this month has been all about Nashville for me. Set in the eponymous city, the show follows the fortunes and love lifes of country queens Rayna James (Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panetierre, best known as Clare the cheerleader in Heroes) and their friends and families, all set against the most amazing soundtrack. This season deals with the aftermath of a dramatic event from the end of last season, a numbers-obsessed record label boss and the pressures of fame. Again I can't say too much because I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but it's utterly addictive and will have you singing along for days.

Favourite food: Salvation Jane maple French toast
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, and the breakfast at Salvation Jane is one of my favourites in London. Whilst bacon and banana might initially strike you as a weird combination, the saltiness of the bacon actually works brilliantly to cut through the sweetness of the rest of the dish and stops it being overwhelmingly sickly. Honestly, just thinking about it is making my mouth water... The coffee is great too, and it's a lovely relaxed atmosphere where the staff will look after lone diners but equally happy to leave you in peace if that's what you want. It's the perfect place to spend a lazy weekend morning in the city.

Favourite thing I've done this month: The Glamour of Italian Fashion at the V&A
I feel slightly bad posting this as the exhibition has now closed, but it was just utterly amazing. The dresses were so, so beautiful, especially those from the 1950s, and there were some fantastic pieces throughout the exhibition (Pucci jumpsuits! Beautiful tailored coats! Gorgeous handbags! Prada 'hot-rod' sandals! Dresses covered in flowers! Dresses that looked like leaves were growing out of them! I'll stop now!), but the other thing I loved about this was how brilliant it captured the transition of Italy as a country in the decades after it emerged from the shadow of the fascist regime. It was just so utterly vibrant, with designers constantly pushing boundaries and not being afraid to be playful with their clothes, and even now I'm still thinking about pieces in there. This is my current contender for exhibition of the year - everything else will have to go some way to top it.

What were your favourite things this month?


  1. I have wanted to watch Nashville for AGES and stil umming and ahhing but I will try and get into it now xxx

    1. It is seriously so good. I know some people dismiss it as trashy and over the top, and it is to an extent, but there are some powerful performances and great songs in there. Definitely worth watching if you get the chance!