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I can’t remember how many weeks we’ve now been out of lockdown but, however many it is, I’m still not used to it. I haven’t quite created a routine and it stresses me out; I suddenly have a lot of free time in the evening which I would usually spend blogging or drawing but the last thing I want to do right now is look at my computer screen. I keep trying to find other things to occupy my time but it then results in endlessly watching TikTok videos. It’s so tricky! Anyway, here’s what has been happening over the past month…
Black Lives Matter
Before I go on, here are a couple of things you can do to help during this time (credit: das.penman on instagram):
Donate – The Floyd family have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover costs for George Floyd’s memorial
Sign the Petition – ColourOfChange have started a petition to get the officers who murdered George Floyd charged for their crime. It asks for a US postcode, but I guess…. well… We could always just, erm *cough* Googlearandompostcodeandusethat *cough*
This month has been a roller coaster. I was completely fine one minute, and then ready to give up my blog the next. I feel like I’ve been so caught up in what everyone else is doing on their blogs that I forgot my “why”, but I’ve also learnt that blogging simply because you enjoy it is a good enough “why”! You can do things purely for the love of them.
But it has led me to the decision that I really, really need a break from blogging… So I’ve deleted all plans that I’ve had for July and have dedicated that month (or at least the first two weeks of July) to not doing anything related to blogging. Hopefully this will allow me to reflect and figure out my next steps, going forward.
House decorating – We finally bit the bullet and painted the living room, got rid of the bookshelves that were slowly falling apart, and did a big clear out! I’m so happy as it’s the first step to creating a home I’ve always wanted. I want to say thank you to you as well for helping me make a lot of decor decisions over on my instagram stories!
Face masks and chill – I have finally started a new series on this blog where I review the face masks that I’ve tried! I’ve been wearing face masks once a week over the past year or so, and now I want to document everything so that I can remember which ones worked and which ones didn’t. I’m so excited! If you know of any small businesses that sell face masks, then please let me know.
Molang!* – I received an adorable lil’ plushie from Molang! Dream collaboration or what? I’m so happy to welcome Molang into my life (after using Molang gifs repeatedly during work conversations… they must think I’m a crazy lady) and do a little photoshoot with him. I’ll be posting my photos for next Sunday’s post and I’m super excited. Click here* if you want to purchase your own lil’ Molang.
Grow & Glow Birthday Party – G&G had their very first birthday party, and it was so nice to see everyone again (virtually) since the Manchester event. I’m so happy to be a part of this community as they’ve really helped me figure out where I want to take my blog to the next level. Click here* if you’re want to become a part of this amazing blogging community!
Lettering + Illustration – I picked up my pen and have started doing illustrations again, keeping them simple and sweet so that I can do it in the pockets of time that I have time/energy. It’s been quite fun and a nice break from blogging! I’ve included my art instagram below if you’re interested.
Books I’ve Read
The Flat Share – I totally get the hype now. I thought it would be one of those books that everyone talks about but ends up not being as good as I hoped, but it was SO good. I loved the variety of characters and how the author managed to easily separate the two different viewpoints. I managed to complete this book in one sitting and I really hope to read more nice and easy books like this!
Snot Girl Volume 2 – my bestie Amy treated me to the first issue of Snot Girl last month so I had to buy the second volume! And I love it just as much as I did the first. I read these two graphic novels now whenever I feel down about blogging and it gives me such an inspirational boost!
Posts I’ve Written
Do Substyles Help or Hinder Us? – May started with a bit of a think piece where I discuss whether or not gyaru substyles help us, or if they stagnate creativity and makes us feel inadequate if we don’t “fit in”.
It’s Pretty but… Does it Actually Work? Feferafe Ice Cream Mask – The very first post of my skincare series! It drew me in with it’s pretty packaging but did it actually work? Click the link to find out.
8 Things I’m Going to do Once Lockdown is Over – I can’t wait to see my family and friends and go to cute cafes again! I listed out more things in greater detail as a way for me to have something to keep me going through this lockdown lull.
Bardia’s Coffee Review – A peek inside one of Stratford-upon-Avon’s loveliest family-run cafes, Bardia’s Coffee! I had such a lovely time there with my friend Isobel so wanted to write a lil’ review about it.
Lockdown Looks – A roundup of all of the lockdown outfits I’ve been serving over the past few weeks!
How to Juggle Life as a Gyaru Mama – I had a chat with the lovely Melissa on how she juggles parenting and being gyaru as part of my interview with a gaijin gyaru series! It was incredibly insightful, so I would highly recommend it for those fashionable parents out there.
What have you been up to this month?