Erm, excuse me but how are we in September?! Did we just bypass July and August altogether, swept away in the business of the world like Donald Trump’s hair in Texas. Are we all ‘having a good time’..?
But let’s avoid the subject of politics, a topic which has become as awkward as that persistent STI, and crack on with some August favourites. I’ve struggled this month to select interesting things or things which I enjoy, but below are my top three favourites.
1.) Formula Daily Advance Facial Cleansing Milk, Marks and Spencer £6.50.
This is an extremely gentle cleansing milk which is effective at removing a days worth of make-up and grime. I originally purchased it for the price tag and didn’t raise my hopes too high at its competency. Whilst it’s no Clinique TTDO, it does a more than adequate job and leaves your skin soft and cleansed without the dry tight feeling. Two pumps is sufficient and with daily use, you’ll get around 6-8 weeks of product. I would absolutely purchase this again.
2.) Gratitude stone
Bit of a different one. I picked this up in a local shop which sells all sorts of unique and beautiful things. It was in a bowl next to carved wooden boxes, surrounded by various other quirky pieces and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to buy it. In the palm, it sits heavy and smooth. Every time I look at it I am reminded to practice gratitude by repeating the etching in my head. It sits by my bed and is the first thing I look at in the morning, and the final thing before bed. Inspite of it being a man made object, there is a sense of peace about it. Perhaps it induces a sense of balance, a recentering of the mind onto what’s important.
I like its size as well; it’s travel friendly so can come with me anywhere without clanking around in my bag. ‘But ’tis just a pink pebble’ I hear you say. Yes it is. Pink and Fabulous.
3.) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
Racial prejudice as seen through the eyes of an innocent child growing up in the 1930s Deep South. Angelou’s autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings details her early life up to the age of 17 culminating in the birth of her son. It’s a testament to the incredible black strength as well as female resilience to white supremacism when rape and abuse are taken as ‘typcal’ everyday life. Within the arc, Angelou finds the strength once lacking in her childhood to challenege the inequality that persists around her into adulthood. Yes uncomfortable in places but that’s why it’s important.
And there we have it, another monthly favourites! I will attempt to gather more interesting things for September but items in my nuclear bunker might be limited…