It’s the end of June! You know what that means?! It’s time to complain that it’s too rainy for summer, and when the sun comes out, that it’s too hot for Britain. That, and it’s time for My June 2019!
*Please ignore the dirty locker room mirror…
For this month’s clothing/style favourite, I have a new item; an item that I usually would never wear. I’m of average height, and average size, but it seems I am 70% leg and 30% body. This means that jumpsuits, playsuits, and bodies are usually no-go items for me; they are either too baggy at the crotch, or far too tight. Abiding by that rule, I considered dungarees a no-go item too. But, after seeing friends wear them in rehearsals and on Instagram, friends of all shapes and sizes, I took the plunge. Now, I wasn’t going to spend £50 on a pair of famed Lucy & Yak dungarees if they weren’t going to suit me, or if my crotch would swallow them up. So, I turned to my trusty retailer New Look, and found this linen pair. I am in LOVE. They are so comfortable and versatile. I’ve been wearing them around the house with a t-shirt, rocking the Mamma Mia look with a blouse for work, and I’ve been considering wearing them out for drinks with a sparkly top and boots. I’m trying to cut down on my fast fashion, so I made sure these are good quality, and suitable for all year round. They are light enough to be worn in summer, but could easily be layered with tights, a jumper, and Doc Martens for a winter look. My favourite way of styling these dungarees? With a white tee, a belt to cinch in the waist to show the world what my momma gave me, and a pair of statement earring.
Ya gal has a new obsession, and that obsession is The Body Shop! I’ve been making the change into cruelty-free make-up and skin care, and The Body Shop happens to do both of those really well. This month, I picked up the Vitamin E Eye Cube for my dark circles, and their Brow Sculpt 3 in 1 for my, well, brows. However, the beauty/skin care purchase of the month has got to be their British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner. Oh woooow, this is on another level. This is the first toner that has actually made my skin feel hydrated and cared for after use. It smells delightful, you only need a few drops each time, and it’s currently in their 3 for 2 deal. Although they may not be the cheapest brand when you first look at the product, all of their products last an incredibly long time and are better for the environment than most brands, so it’s well worth it in the long run.
I’ve been hot on the Audible train this month, as I’ve been dashing in and out for rehearsals, and moving house. My (audio) book of the month is called ‘The Hidden Power Of F*cking Up’ and was written by internet-comedy legends The Try Guys. They are one of my all-time favourite online video makers, so I was thrilled when I found out they were releasing a book. I pre-ordered it via Audible and here we are. I had no idea this book would have such an impact on me. This book, written by men who try things for comedy’s sake, is actually deep and personal and inspirational. Three chapters in and I’ve already found myself taking better care of my fitness and my wardrobe (the power of literature, my friends)! I also gave The Catcher in the Rye a re-read, the first time since I was obsessed with it as a teenager. If you want to know what I think and how my opinion has changed as an adult, check out my blog post on it here.
This month’s music favourites come in the form of two non-June releases, and a brand spanking new Dodie song. First up, we have I Like (the Idea of) You by Tessa Violet. Summer bangers seem to be Tessa’s thing, and I do not have a problem with that. Not only is the song a pop wonder, the video is amazing too, with vintage vibes and femme gorgeousness. Secondly, I’ve been loving Boys That Sing by Viola Beach. I re-discovered this track when looking through my older summer playlists, and it’s become the designated kitchen dance song. However much I love this tune, it always makes me feel bittersweet as I know their time was cut far too short. Finally, I’ve been loving Dodie’s newest single Guiltless. Technically, this song is not a new release to me, as she played it live when I saw her back in March. You can really feel anger and sadness in this song, whilst still being upbeat yet intricate. If fancy harmonies and singing through the trauma via pop music is your kind of thing, make sure to give it a whirl.
Now, I was tempted to cheat this bit out, and show you some of the more healthy food I have made, like veggie stir-fry and fajitas. In all honesty, nah – instead, I’m gonna show you what I’m most proud of! First up, I have my go to ‘day off’ breakfast, and that’s cinnamon french toast (you can tell I don’t have a lot of days off if I have a celebratory breakfast for it). I made some buttercream icing to go on top, and added some strawberries and blueberries for extra flavour, and voila. This meal is beyond sweet; I could practically feel my teeth decaying as I ate it. However, as a once in a blue moon treat, it is delightful and well worth it. I also made homemade burgers this month, with salad, rice, and oven cooked wedges. I made this in response to it being ridiculously warm, and smelling BBQ in the air everywhere I went. So, an indoor BBQ it was!
My favourite spread of June has got to go to my final week in June. For the first time in about a month, I had time to sit down, relax, and just work on my bujo. I chose some pastel colours (which seems to be my tone of the summer) to add a pop of something-something, and spent a few hours doodling some summer flowers. The sad thing is, I’ve been far too busy with work and moving house to even open up the bujo to fill it in! Next month, I am gong to make sure I spend a few minutes a day filling in my bujo to make sure I am on top of everything.
My partner and I have booked to go to Disney World Orlando in November, and have set ourselves the mammoth task of watching almost all the Disney movies. When I say ‘watch almost all Disney movies’, what I really mean is ‘watch the majority of Disney films, not including documentaries, and being very selective about live action films, prequels, and sequels.’ We are watching them in chronological order and are currently at 1967’s The Jungle Book (13 down, 81 films to go! Oh goodness, was this a good idea?…) My favourites so far have got to be Lady and the Tramp (1955) and The Jungle Book. Peter Pan hit me hard with the nostalgia factor, but the blatantly racist Native American scenes had me cringing in my seat. I’ve been enjoying this ‘challenge’ so far, but I’m really looking forward to two particular eras; the Disney Renaissance of my childhood, with films like Aladdin, Mulan and Hercules; and 2008 onwards, as it contains two of my favourites – WALL-E and The Princess & The Frog! (As you can see from the picture above, I was a young’un the last time I went to Disney World Orlando, so I am thrilled to be able to explore it as an adult!)
My family dog came to stay with us for a fortnight! His name is Chewie and he’s a rescue dog from the RSPCA. My family have had him for about six years now, and adopted him the year before I moved away for university. Not only does he look like a teddy bear, he makes Chewbacca noises when you rub his belly, and enjoys eating crisps. He has healed burns on his back from a situation at his previous home, which we have to put sunscreen on when it gets hot. He’s afraid of the fire alarm, and has real abandonment issues. He’s the sweetest, most excitable yet gentle dog I have ever met, and I’ll miss him when he goes back to South Wales.
For months, my company StormCloud Arts & Theatre have been working hard on an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. At the beginning of June, all the hard work came to fruition, and we performed three wonderful shows at Stroud Shakespeare Festival! We dealt with boiling weather, torrential rain, and a damaged ankle, and didn’t let it stop us. I’m so proud of our cast for their dedication and professionalism, and would work with any of them again in a heartbeat.
WILDCARD – Fitness
Since starting a new medication in May, I’ve been feeling lethargic, more anxious, and have gained weight. So, I’ve starting to kick my fitness level up a notch! I actually started this by accidentally working out, as you do. I was in a show which required a lot more dancing that I was used to, so I came away from every rehearsal and show feeling fully worked out. In May, I started jogging in preparation for a charity 5K, but as soon as that was complete, I got busy with shows and house moving, and jogging fell to the side. Luckily, dancing took its place, and now I’ve started jogging again. It was easy to get going again as I had Chewie to look after, and he required a lot of exercise. What I’ve learnt this month is that I am woefully unfit. I am much better than I was in May, but goodness, I have a long way to go. I’ve prepared myself with body positive role models on Instagram and Tumblr, broken out my Chilly’s bottle for constant water consumption, and bought some new trainers to replace my holey Primark ones. Onwards and upwards!
That was my June 2019. It’s been busy, creative, and stressful at times, but fun, nonetheless. Here’s looking to July! A new house, turning 23, Winchester Hat Fair, and a lot more running and playing music. Let me know how your June went and what you’ve got planned for July in the comments; I’d love to hear about it!