July started out on a high but came in later with some low points. The 8 things I loved in July…
8 THINGS I LOVED IN JULY
July had ups and downs if I am honest. The ups largely being that we were still away in South Africa for part of it. The downs involved loss which is always sad.
We began July on a road trip from the Eastern Cape to the west, along the Garden Route. Spending a couple of nights in Cape Town, which I was really keen to visit. The timing wasn’t perfect, given it was winter however we had a great time. The wine farms, beaches and drives through and around the mountains were beautiful. I’d love to revisit in summer. Table Mountain was covered in cloud and we got rained out a couple of times but it was worth the trip none the less.
MEETING NEW PEOPLE
During the trip, I naturally had the good fortune of meeting a lot of new people. That always makes me happy!
READING ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
Obviously, this book has been a bestseller and on my radar for some time. I’d ordered it a while ago but it stayed on my shelf unread. Last month I finally got into it and found myself drawn to keep reading, choosing not to be on my phone or computer so much. To be honest, I tend to avoid books related to war but I ended up loving this one. It jumps back and forth, between a few characters and I couldn’t wait to read what came next.
WILDFLOWER LONG LUNCH
As soon as we got back from South Africa I had a beautiful lunch at Wildflower. I went into all of the details in this blog post so be sure to check it out. Still thinking about that beetroot course!
CORAL MAKEUP LOOKS
I am rubbish at taking selfies so though I have tried a couple of times, I’ve not taken any photos to share my coral makeup looks! But, I’ve been using namely the Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions eye shadow palette which I shared back in this post about Sephora. Then adding a coral lip and touching up with the Nars lip gloss in Big Trouble.
Gosh, this killed me. Haha, so dramatic! But, I ordered these stunning white barely-there sandals from Reike Nen on Shopbop the other week only to have them arrive and be way too big. Sob. I have narrow feet so ordering strappy sandals online is a bit of a risk. None the less, I sent those back to get a refund and will have to try to find some alternatives. Barely-there sandals are everywhere at the moment and I love them with jeans and a cute top, a midi skirt and tee or dresses. Wish me luck.
Not to be confused with general admin (which makes my brain fog over), getting back home we ticked off things on the life admin list. Visiting the behavioral optometrist, getting the car serviced, sorting out furniture changes and so on. Sounds small but there was a list we needed to get going on and I am glad to have made the time.
Ohh I was so so lucky to be sent a box of Mecca new releases while I was away. It was super exciting! Of course, ever since I got home I’ve been trying everything out to report back. Already I’ve shared the makeup products I’ve been using on Instagram @inspiringwit so check that out. But, so far, I will say, the Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream is beautiful. Plus I love adding the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream to my morning routine. It is for depuffing which lord knows I need! Both brands are more or less new to me but now I want to try more from each.
IT’S NOT ALL INCREDIBLE
Before I go, I just wanted to say that while I share 8 good things up here each month, it’s not always exciting and perfect days. Actually, this month was particularly sad. First of all, there were obvious post-holiday blues. I also really wanted to be in a different place around this time of year which hasn’t eventuated for a few reasons.
Then my Mum lost her best friend, and we just lost my Uncle. I feel horrible not being there for my family to support them through this time of loss. In addition, it was the anniversary of losing my grandparents mid-July which stirs up more sadness. More than anything, the nights where I am at home on my own, trying to stay busy can weigh in. Though I don’t see myself living back where my family is, it doesn’t feel great not to be able to talk face to face or just be there. My choice, but as I said, it’s not all incredible.
I talked about dealing with loss and grief here before. If you want to read, click over to this post, ‘Dealing with loss‘. Those down times really elevate the good. They make me want to celebrate and not take good moments for granted, big or small. Hence the monthly 8 things. If you care to, I’d love you to share one thing you loved last month with me in the comments below. Thank you in advance!