You’re so pretty now, compared to when you were younger.
Shut up, I’ve always been a majestic sugar fairy. Who are you to suggest otherwise?
That outfit really works on you, I mean, I’d never wear it, but it works on you.
Thanks, Regina George.
I love that you always choose comfort over style.
Why does anyone need to dress up for the supermarket anyway? Because you always bump into *that* person, that’s why.
You’re looking really healthy these days.
You’ve gained some weight since I last saw you, ain’t you porky?
You sure do read a lot, huh? I wish I had that much free time.
Hey man, everyone’s gotta have a hobby.
Your sister is so pretty!
Yeah, I’m not sure how we’re related either.
Your brother is very handsome, too!
Okay, I get it, I’m the runt of the litter – what do you want from me?
There’s no way you’re a physicist, you’re too pretty!
What kinda fuckery…?
You’re not like a typical girl, though. You’re like one of the guys.
No, no I’m not.
You look really tired.
It is never okay to say this to people, okay? Stop it. Yes, I mean you.
- Angela Carter’s “Wise Children”; I’ve been trying to read this book for months. (It’s been hopping about on my “to be read” list from my February) and I’m not really sure why I put it on the back burner. I’ve not finished it, so I can’t say very much about it, but it’s a very enchanting read that mixes a real, and surreal, world pretty wonderfully.
- I also really loved Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” but, maybe I’ll put my thoughts on that into a different post
- I fell for the protagonist of Dodi Smith’s “I Capture the Castle”, I feel like this book is the forgotten gem out of Smith’s writing. (As she’s famous for penning 101 Dalmatians). This book is definitely worth a read and tells a very charming coming-of-age tale.
- Honourable mention also goes to: Nathan Filer’s “The Shock of the Fall” and Muriel Spark’s “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”
- I recently for the first time watched His Girl Friday, with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, and found it to be a very fast paced/easy to enjoy movie. A shower of memorable one-liners, this movie is magnificently witty, and is as stimulating as it is entertaining.
- The Artist, wonderfully clever and charming! This movie documents the transition between silent movies to talkies through a actor-actress pair, who’s parallel careers cross after a chance encounter. The movie is romantic without being cheesy, well un-cheesy considering the genre, it acts as a really refreshing perspective in and amongst modern day cinema.
- I actually did manage to see a few new releases this month, one that was particularly captivating and is being talked about by everyone and their mother is The Grand Budapest Hotel. Whilst being a wildly fantastic film with a wonderful cast, it also challenged my ability to fancy more than four people in any one feature.
Masterchef is back, guys. I love eating. I love watching the food channel, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love masterchef. So far the season is only just passed the first heats. So, the heavy cuisine guns are not out yet, but they are on their way, oh yes.
Songs of the month were definitely:
- Earth Wind & Fire’s “September”, which I featured in my post about this playlist. It’s one of them ones what you can’t not sing and dance along to
- I’m late to the party on this one, but, holy moly Lorde’s “Buzzcut Season” is a bit of a good song, isn’t it?
- I love me some Kelis and her new song “Rumble” fits the bill for me. A bit soulful, and a bit funky, too.
- Brody Dalle new album came out this month and I’ve fallen in love with “Meet the Foetus / Oh the Joy” all over again. Yes. (I also believe Garbage’s Shirley Manson has some cheeky guest vocals on this?)
- Marks & Spencer’s Cherry Bakewell cookies; soft, crumbly, and delicious!
- MaltEaster Bunnies, they’re like normal malteasers, but with a creamy malty layer, and little pieces of honeycomb. I am compulsively shoving these into my face over the seasonal easter period.
- Mini eggs, another seasonal easter favourite – I like cracking these up and sprinkling them on vanilla yogurt.
- My go to scents for myself this month have been: A good layer of S&G’s Righteous Butter, which smells what they call “original pink”, and from what I can deduce has fruity top notes (perhaps strawberry), some floral midnotes (think jasmine), and then dries down to something a little deeper like Amber. It’s a bit like what Miss Dior Cherie used to smell like.
- In terms of actual perfume, I’ve really been liking Lanvin’s Eclat d’Arpege (which, on me, starts off withs lilacs, quickly dries down to peonies and wisteria, then musky-amber with something green that I can’t fix on)
And, that pretty much concludes my round up for the month!
Head up, eyes forward.
One of the more subtle side effects to my giant peter pan complex is that over the years, I have developed quite a sweet tooth. A connoisseur of confectionary, you might say. You might also say “but Mayme, easter time has come and past, why are you mentioning this NOW?” Because, my little cupcakes, everything to do with easter is currently selling for, pretty much, a quarter of the price it was selling for last week.
So, without further ado:
BEST EASTER SWEETS (in no particular order):
- mini eggs
- malteaster bunny
- lindt chocolate bunny
- cadbury’s creme egg
- anything that has a novelty bunny on it, or is bunny shaped for novelty
- cadbury’s caramel egg
- kinder surprise: easter addition
- seriously, eat all the things with mini eggs on ’em
- milka/cadbury’s lil’ scoop
- m&ms white chocolate carrot cake
- jelly beans, idk why that’s easter-y, but it is
- anything that is carrot shaped for novelty, via
And, now that you’re all hopped up on E-numbers, and addicted to your new favourite sweets, like I am. You can bulk buy them before all the confectioners take them off the shelf for an entire calendar year.
And, because we were all wondering…
It’s no longer just suspicion, it’s scientific fact (I mean, there’s a graph and everything), via
I don’t think it’s weird or out of the ordinary to like things that smell nice, and not like things that smell bad. But I’m not sure everyone could relate to this one time, motivated by my nose, I stood way too close to a stranger on the tube. After I saw him visible get a bit freaked, because it really was way too close (even for rush hour), I hopelessly mumbled something to the affect of “sorry man, I just… You smell really nice, dude.”
However, in the spirit of putting a positive spins on my gifts of nose (which I have a lot of, and the rather flat-that-gets-wider-when-I-smile kind) I’ve complied a small list of smells that are making my nose happy:
- Lilacs; they smell a bit like a sweet honeyed rose blend. It’s light, warming, and the perfect friend for a good book and cup of coffee. (Which is exactly how I’ve been enjoying it. My local coffee shop has been sporting them on their window sills, which is what brought them to my attention in the first place)
- Yankee Candle’s Beach Wood scented candle. I do love a scented candle. The whole cathartic lighting, burning, and even extinguishing process is very pleasing to me. While this isn’t the strongest YC smell when it’s lit, it’s still a pretty magical smell. It’s a fresh, nature-y smell. Like cedar, green notes, and maybe even a touch of salty vetiver. It has an air of men’s cologne to it, and also a whisper of woodsmoke. But, in the nice bonfire-y way.
- Noa by Cacharel. Whilst I am usually the self-professed queen of powdery, musky, oriental “grandma” smells, I think this fresh-floral scent by Cacharel is heaps underrated. It was gifted to me once upon a moon, and I have repurchased many a bottle of this stuff. On me, top notes are freesia, plums, and maybe a hint of something citrus-y. Mid notes are jasmine and rose, and base note is sandalwood (and maybe a hint of vanilla). From nose to tail this scent is basically what the nectar of the Gods would smell like. (and who wouldn’t want to smell like that?)
If you have a minute, tell me what you smell like. ‘Cause, I would really like to know.
Does what it says on the tin, really. Here are my spring picks:
- Tears Dry On Their Own, Amy Winehouse
- September, Earth, Wind & Fire
- Material Girl, The Bird and the Bee
- Dirty Laundry, Bitter:Sweet
- Worrisome Heart, Melody Gardot
- Baby, Get Lost, Billie Holiday
- The Thrill is Gone (Feat. Tracey Chapman), BB. King
- To Zion, Lauryn Hill
- Traces of You, Anoushka Shankar
- Hysteric, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Superstar, Sonic Youth
- Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues, Eels
- You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby, Kirsty MacColl
- What Katie Did, The Libertines
- Say Yes, Elliott Smith
- Seven Years, Norah Jones
There are some themes there, but not a whole lot. I’ve actually fashioned them into a playlist here.
I’m only 22, so I don’t really know a whole lot. I’m willing, and actually find it quite liberating, to admit that. However, there are some things that I do know, and I’m willing to share:
- There are two types of people in the world: people who like jazz, and people who hate jazz. Jazz is very divisive
- When someone says “hey, look at this” look with your eyes, not with your hands
- Everyone has an opinion on how you should wear your make-up/clothes/life, you don’t have to listen to them
- Don’t ask some one how they are if you don’t care, it’s uncomfortable for everyone involved when they answer you honestly
- When a person does a bad thing, it doesn’t necessarily make them a bad person
- Oh, you can’t sing? Don’t sweat it – neither can Bob Dylan really, and he’s done okay for himself
- No one’s ever been offended by a compliment (if they’re offended then it wasn’t a compliment)
- I appreciate my friends who reply to messages promptly
- Waiting until you’re absolutely bursting for a wee is a bad idea
- Electric toothbrushes are amazing
- If you’re going to lie then be consistent
- It’s easier to not lie
And, I think that’s all I know right now.
There are days when you’re in the mood to read a book. But, not just any novel – a story that captures a thought, or a feeling, or a season, or even a hodge-podge of everything at once. Here are a few that may tickle your fancy:
- The one to read when you don’t want to read a book, Stardust, Neil Gaiman*, This is the book isn’t a book at all – it’s a wonderful dream. (edit: I wrote this and then found the image accompanying this post. funny, huh?)
- The one to read to your kids (or someone else’s kids), Danny the Champion of the World, Roald Dahl*, Although I read this as an adult I thought it portrays how important it is to develop your own personal concept of right and wrong (versus the traditional concepts of good and bad forced upon us from childhood) in a way children can understand and appreciate.
- The one to read when you want to appear mysterious, The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler*, the perfect embodiment of Noir (although technically it’s a hardboiled crime novel), that is both pessimistic and fatalistic. The narrator of choice for it in my head is Tom Waits and his piano, which tells you all you need to know; this book is dark, gritty, and mysterious.
- The one to read when you’re feeling a bit more philosophical, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera*, this book is not for the light-hearted, in spite of it’s name. At times, I would even say it’s pretty hard going. But, in places it nails human nature so honestly and unassumingly that it makes it a must-read.
- The one to read when you’re looking for a tiny bit of spiritual reflection, Siddhartha, Herman Hesse, yes, this book is both of spirit, and of flesh. But mostly, it’s a book about that grey area where the two meet.
- The one to read when you need to be kind to yourself, Letters to a Young Poet, Rilke, soothing, reassuring, and wise; this book is simultaneously a good, and truly kind hug, but also a well-deserved kick up the arse.
- The one to read when you have a broken heart, Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte*, this book goes from love, to obsession, to revenge. Dark enough to coax you out of feeling sorry for yourself, because you don’t have problems. Healthcliff has problems.
- The one to read to feel a little love, I Capture the Castle, Dodi Smith*, The protagonist, Cassandra is a smart, witty, and empathetic character. The story is set in the 1930’s British countryside who’s mood changes with season (winter of discontent, spring of hope, summer of love, etc). This coming-of-age book is worthy of your time and attention (and heart).
- The one to read to remind yourself to not take everything so seriously, The Importance of being Earnest, Oscar Wilde*, it’s very witty and a bit silly.
- The one to read to remind yourself that you should probably take the important things a little bit more seriously, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby*, a good way to remind yourself that when there’s nothing left, there are still some things.
- The one to read to remind yourself why men shouldn’t speak for women, even when they’re trying to “help”, Far From the Madding Crown, Thomas Hardy*. Granted, I haven’t actually finished this book, but I’m not entirely sure I want to. As far as I’m concerned Hardy took a “strong-willed woman”, navigated her through Victorian Britain by stripping her of all her own will, all the while making sweeping statements on the nature of women as dictated by this one woman, whom he made up. HARDY PLS. HARDY STAHP.
- The one to read when you want to know how (some) women really feel, The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker, dubbed the wittiest woman in [1920s] America, Parker’s verses are frank and honest through humour and satire. If that doesn’t make you want to read her, nothing will.
And, if books aren’t your thing, all the titles accompanied by an asterisk have movie adaptations (:
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