#63, April Favourites


  • 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.


#61, am I making scents?

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.