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Five Friday Faves: 09.09.2016

Hey pals, how’s your week been? If I could sum mine up in two words, it would be ‘annoying’ and ‘sweaty’. The weather in Manchester recently has been a total soupy mess recently and I’m longing for crisp Autumn days, mugs of hot chocolate and the chance to wear a roll neck jumper in public again without becoming a giant melting mess. However, I have been cheered by the thought of eating a giant burrito for lunch and putting together this list of five Friday faves. This week’s picks include maps, books, skirts, purses and a small ode to the joy of face masks. Ready? Let’s get down to business then.

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ART DECO LONDON MAP – £8.00

I love interesting maps and this one from Blue Crow Media showcasing London’s art deco architecture is an absolute beauty. Frame it and put it on a wall, or use it as an excuse to grab some friends and embark on an adventure. If you’re looking for something a bit more austere, Blue Crow also do a map which showcases London’s brutalist architectural gems.

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MARKS AND SPENCER PER UNA PULL ON METALLIC PENCIL SKIRT – £45.00

Marks and Spencer get a lot of stick from the fashion press. I always feel that this is a bit unfair because I – and many other remarkably fashionable people I know – adore their clothes. They were one of the first high street retailers to go up to a size 24 and their stuff tends to be well made, doesn’t fall apart after a few washes and fits well. Recently, I’ve gone all gooey eyed over this gorgeous pink pleated midi skirt (pink is the new power colour after all) and can’t wait to spend my September swishing around in it.

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THE COOL HUNTER ALPHABET SOUP PRINTED CLUTCH – £67.00

Seeing as my idea of an ‘exciting night’ involves me drinking red wine and eating pizza in my pants, I’m not entirely sure how I ended up on a mailing list called ‘The Cool Hunter.’ But I’m glad I did as it introduced me to this gorgeous alphabet print clutch. It’s fun, it’s bright and according to their website, it’s roomy enough to accommodate the 25 lipsticks, three books and giant pair of headphones that I appear to be incapable of leaving the house without.

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READ JILL DAWSON’S ‘THE CRIME WRITER’

I’m a huge fan of Patricia Highsmith‘s books (such a wonderful mixture of queerness, glamour and evil deeds. If you haven’t read ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ go and do it now.) ‘The Crime Writer’ is a fictionalised account of her life based around the period of time she spent living in Suffolk. It merges Highsmith’s life and her fiction into a gloriously claustrophobic tale of love, murder and intrigue. Think ‘Carol’, but an alternative version of ‘Carol’ where they get to murder the husband and run off into the sunset together (or do they?) Grab a copy and a glass of scotch (Highsmith’s preferred tipple)  and spend your weekend in the company of one of the 20th century’s best female crime writers.

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TREAT YOURSELF TO A FACE MASK 

I have a Sunday ritual where I lock myself in my bathroom, light a scented candle, listen to the football on the radio and treat myself to a long hot bubble bath and a facial. They’re a great means of shutting yourself off from the world for a bit and indulging in a bit of pampering. I usually start off with a clay mask and then move on to shoving a sheet mask on and forgetting about it for half an hour while I snooze. When I was in Barcelona, I bought a vast amount of TonyMoly’s sheet masks. They come in a variety of different ‘flavours’ and always leave my skin feeling peachy keen and teentastic. I’d strongly recommend buying them in bulk online from places like Amazon or Ebay as it tends to work out cheaper than buying them individually.

If you’re super duper skint but still want to indulge, you can often request free face mask samples via the magic of the internet. I’ve got heaps of Charlotte Tilbury’s goddess skin mud mask sachets that I love slapping on when I’m away from home and fancy feeling a bit luxurious. The Body Shop will also give you free samples of their masks to try at home if you ask them nicely (I’m really digging their new Expert Face Masks range which happen to both smell lovely and work wonders on super sensitive skin like mine.)

What are your Friday faves? Let me know in the comments or by tweeting me at @christinamcmc with the hashtag #mcmcfridayfaves. And please follow me on Bloglovin’!

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Five Friday Faves: 02.09.2016

I love nice things and I’m sure you do too. Life is often hard, sad and brutal – 2016 has been a great example of that – and there’s no shame in wanting to treat yourself when it all feels a bit much. I’m a big advocate of self-care, but I don’t believe that you need to spend huge amounts of money to do this. While I’m lucky and able to regularly indulge myself with cute new clothes and make-up, I also delight in simple, inexpensive things like long walks and even longer hot baths.

With this in mind (and because it’s all the rage), I’m going to post five of my favourite things each Friday. It’s not just going to be stuff you can buy – although there will be a fair bit of that, of course – but also book recommendations, links to interesting articles, TV shows to watch, blogs to read, podcasts to listen to and one nice thing you can do for yourself each week. Basically, all the good stuff.

Here’s this week’s five Friday faves.

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BUY YOURSELF SOME FLOWERS

The last time I had a bunch of flowers in my house was after my wedding and I’m ashamed to say that I left them in the vase until they became horribly brown and wilted. Since then, I’ve not really thought of buying myself flowers. They always seemed so expensive and I never knew where I’d put them in my house. Then, on Monday, I noticed that Aldi were doing cheap bouquets in a huge variety of glorious colours. I picked up these chrysanthemums for £2.50, popped them in a vase* (*wine decanter) and placed them on my dining table/freelance working space. I love how bright and vibrant they make my room look. Plus, there’s something quite lovely about buying yourself flowers to just appreciate the fact that you’re an ace person who’s managed to get through another day without major incident.

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WATCH ‘FLEABAG’ ON BBC3

Ignore everything you may have read about BBC3’s ‘Fleabag’ comparing it to ‘Girls,’ ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary,’ and even ‘Miranda.’ It is none of these things. What it actually is is a brilliant examination of grief, guilt, female anger, friendships, fucked up families and lots and lots of bumming jokes. While the main character is a 20-something woman who experiences romantic love and quite a lot of sex,  here it is hollow, manipulative and joyless rather than the be-all and end-all of her life. Since I watched it in one gulp earlier this week, I cannot stop thinking about it. It is three hours of the rawest, funniest TV I’ve seen all year and definitely the best thing I’ve ever seen on BBC3 (which is a big deal when you consider how much i love Don’t Tell The Bride.)

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MERAKI SCENTED CANDLES (£8 – £12)

For ages I was a scented candle sceptic, believing that there were just a very nice smelling means of burning money. Maybe it’s because I’m in my 30s and ‘nesting’, or maybe because I’m fed up with my house smelling of yesterday’s dinner and farts, but I have become an avowed convert to the candle cause. If anything, I frequently fear that I’m going to end up like this infamous tweet. I discovered Danish brand Meraki’s recently and have become a huge fan. They promise to have a 35 hour burn time and come in a range of delicious scents. I particularly like the Sandalwood & Jasmine – a great sweet and spicy last days of summer fragrance.

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JEAN MARC PHILIPPE POLKA DOT SHIRT FROM NAVABI (£79.99)

navabi excels in super-elegant pieces and this great Jean Marc Philippe shirt has stolen my heart. Yes, it’s a polka dot print, but it’s as far away from kitschy 1950s version of polka dots as you can get. If anything, it reminds me slightly of something you’d see from Lulu Guinness whose items I absolute adore. This shirt is serious enough to wear to work and stylish enough to wear to an informal dinner with friends afterwards. Definitely one for my ‘well put together business bitch’ list.

 

 

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ESTELLA BARTLETT PINEAPPLE NECKLACE (£19.99)

I’m still in mourning for the gorgeous ASOS pineapple necklace I bought a few years ago which snapped the second time I worn it. Ever since then, I’ve been hunting for the perfect pineapple charm and I think I may have found it here. (Like me), it’s chunky yet funky and it won’t break the bank. Just the thing for some September tropical vibes.

What are your Friday faves? 

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