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One of the questions that I get asked on an almost-weekly basis is “What is your favourite beauty brand?” And, the truth is, I don’t have a favourite brand for makeup or skincare. There are SO many that I rate and adore.

However, I do have a very clear preference when it comes to foundation. And 99% of the time I wear a Chanel base.

Every so often I’ll test out a foundation from another brand (and I’ll actually be posting about a great stick foundation in the coming weeks). But I’ve never found a formula that can stand up to the brilliance of Chanel.

There are three Chanel foundations that I rotate, depending on the beauty look that I’m aiming for that day.

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua

More often than not, I wear Chanel Vitalumière Aqua in shade 10 Beige or 20 Beige. It’s an ultra-light fluid foundation containing “high definition light pigments”, which create a radiant, luminous effect.

Vitalumière Aqua has been my go-to foundation for more than a decade, because it truly produces a noticeable, healthy glow. It provides light-to-medium coverage, is best applied with fingertips, and sits comfortably on the skin all day long. I can’t recommend it enough!

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow

For occasions when I’m seeking a little more coverage than Vitalumière Aqua provides, I choose Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation in 20 Beige.

It’s a liquid formula, but not as fluid/runny as Vitalumière Aqua. Les Beiges Healthy Glow contains mineral pigments, which deliver a radiant look and also help to blur out imperfections. It’s not a matte foundation, but feels like a step up from Vitalumière Aqua.

I usually wear Les Beiges Healthy Glow when I’m doing photoshoots, getting ready for an evening event, or have imperfections that I want to cover.

Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser 

Nine times out of 10 I wear Vitalumière Aqua or Les Beiges Healthy Glow. But if I’m having a really good skin day – or a lazy, minimal makeup day – I wear Chanel’s Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser.

Chanel’s tinted moisturiser provides light/sheer coverage, and contains a higher sun protection factor (SPF 30). Out of the three products on this list it’s the most dewy (I have oily skin, and always use a mattifying powder with the tinted moisturiser), so I imagine it would be great for anyone with dry skin.

Chanel also recently introduced Les Beiges Eau De Teint, which is a super-sheer formula (and a step down from the tinted moisturiser, in terms of coverage). I’m planning to give the tint a go this summer, and I’ll report back if I like it…

Which foundations – Chanel or not – are your favourites? Comment below to have your say…

Photos by Lydia Collins

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A few weeks ago I shared an assortment of my May 2019 obsessions, and the post performed really well. So I’ve decided to replicate the format for June, to see whether it’s worthy of becoming a recurring feature on the blog.

Here are 5 people, products, films and TV shows that I haven’t been able to stop talking about, this month…

1. ELIZABETH WARREN

I’ve always had an interest in US politics, but my desperation to see Trump removed from office has lifted this to new heights. And I’ve started obsessively following the Democratic primary race. (Which, to be honest, is a nice escape from all of the Brexit news).

There are currently 23 candidates vying to become the Democratic nominee in 2020. I like a lot of them, but Elizabeth Warren is my favourite by miles. I wish we had a politician like her in the UK. I’ve been watching her videos on Instagram and Twitter, and am so inspired by her thoughtful and progressive policies.

2. DECORTE MOISTURE LIPOSOME SERUM

I’m not in the habit of sharing excessively expensive beauty products on the blog. But I’ve been using the Decorté Moisture Liposome Serum daily since autumn 2018 (press sample/gift), and I think it deserves a shoutout!

Prior to this experience I didn’t really get the obsession with serum. But this hydrating formula is absolutely heavenly. It’s lightweight and nourishing, and helps to improve the skin’s texture and create a plump, healthy look. As serums go, it’s really expensive. But I truly think it’s had a huge impact on my skin.

3. ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE

Have you watched Always Be My Maybe on Netflix yet? It’s a really fun romantic comedy, written by Ali Wong and Fresh Off the Boat‘s Randall Park. And it’s received a LOT of attention on social media, because Keanu Reeves makes a hilarious guest appearance, playing himself (you can watch part of the Keanu clip here).

I love a good rom-com, as you know. And although this isn’t 1990’s-mid 2000’s level of amazing, it’s really watchable. And, thankfully, we don’t see the heroine sacrificing her career in order to find love (so it beats the ’90s and ’00s, in that respect).

3. SOLILLAS SANDALS

So far this summer, there have been few opportunities to wear sandals within the UK. But I’m feeling positive about July and August. And my feet are fully prepared for a knockout summer.

Solillas kindly sent me a few pairs of Avarcas (traditional Menorcan sandals, which I’ve been wearing for years) from their SS19 collection. And I’ve been slipping them on every time the sun creeps out from behind the clouds. The leopard print Avarcas are my favourites, but I also love the ankle wrap style. All Solillas shoes are made in Menorca, and are totally authentic!

5. THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK

My love for RHONY is nothing new. But I feel like it’s been reignited, over the last few weeks. I re-watched a lot of the old seasons at the start of the month, when I was sick with stomach flu. And I truly think it is one of the most entertaining shows on television, right now.

To me, RHONY is so much more than the dramatic catfights (which, I’m sure, put lots of people off). I love the mix of loud and outrageous personalities, and it’s refreshing to find a show that centres around women in their fifties.

What have you been obsessing over, so far this month? Comment below to share the books, films, TV shows, music, purchases and products you can’t stop talking about…

Desk Photo Credits: Lamp base from Next (gift) | Lampshade from Homebase | Hair clips from the June Birchbox (gift) | Desktop screensaver from Design Love Fest

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I don’t usually write diary-entry-style blog posts. But seeing as I was forced to take last week off because of jury duty, it now feels like the right time to check in with a quick life update.

The last few weeks have been pretty unusual, and I’ve struggled to stick to a regular schedule. As a result, I’m still feeling a bit discombobulated, and I’m having a hard time focusing on one task at a time. My mind is constantly racing off in a million different directions.

This semi-unexpected break from routine started towards the end of May, when I took three days off to travel to Morocco (which you can read about here and here). It was the most amazing trip, but unfortunately I caught a bug whilst we were out there, and got stick with stomach flu 12 hours after returning to London.

The next five days were a complete write-off. And I spent the week at home watching The Office and napping every four hours. I had a weekend to ease back into reality, and then headed straight into two weeks of scheduled jury service (which I finished on Friday). So it’s been a bit of a whirlwind…

JURY DUTY

I’ve received quite a few DMs about jury duty, over the past two weeks. You’re not allowed to discuss the case/s that you sit on, so I can’t share any specifics about the trial/s. But what I will say is the experience wasn’t as bad as I had predicted.

There was a lot of waiting around in the juror’s room (during my first week I read an entire novel in one sitting). And the courtroom experience is actually pretty tedious and uneventful – the fictional trials on Suits and The Good Wife are 100x more engaging and dramatic.

But, thankfully, the other jurors were lovely. As were all of the court ushers and judges etc.

A few people asked me about doing jury duty when you’re self-employed. So here’s what I know… When you receive jury summons you can appeal to postpone your service, or be dismissed entirely. You’ll be summoned to do two consecutive weeks of jury duty, and if you get selected for a case that will run beyond two weeks they’ll check to see whether you can serve for the extended length of time. If you’re not able to do so (for any number of reasons – including being self-employed) they remove you from the case.

SAD NEWS

Whilst I was in the midst of jury service, we had some sad family news. My beloved cat, Mr Twiggles, passed away. We rescued him from an animal shelter in 2002, when he was a scrappy little kitten with cat flu (and I was a gawky 12-year-old).

Twiggles was the sweetest little soul. He loved being around people, and would sit beside me all day when I worked from the home office at my parent’s house. We’re all completely heartbroken, because he was such a big part of our family. But it’s comforting to know that he died peacefully, at home, and he lived a long and very happy life.

I hope that he’s found a nice, warm patch of sunshine up in kitty heaven. Because he was always happiest when sunbathing.

DATING

As you know, I took a break from dating at the end of 2018, going into 2019. I got back on Hinge in March, and met someone who I dated for a few weeks. And then, immediately after that ended, I met another guy on Hinge who I also dated for about a month. (I never usually move that quickly, so it felt very SATC).

I’m now taking a little pause, once again. Mostly because dating is SO time consuming. And I’ve been very time-poor, lately.

The past few weeks have felt a little bit unsettling, however. Because Instagram is currently swarming with wedding season photos!

I’m genuinely SO happy for every bride coming up in my feed – and also have zero desire to plan a wedding of my own, anytime soon – but it’s impossible not to occasionally feel like the only single woman left above the age of 28. Irrational, yes. But that unspoken societal pressure definitely still exists, and I’ve been feeling it lately.

Style Notes: Jacket by hush (gift) | Camisole by Next (gift) | Skirt by Next (gift) | Bag by Next (gift) | Shoes by Tu Clothing (past season)

WHAT’S NEXT

Now that my jury service is over, I’m hoping to get back to normality and focus on the blog and other fun projects. For a few months I’ve been thinking about hosting a few real-life Coco’s Tea Party Book Club events and meet-ups. So I’m hoping to get some plans in motion, over the coming month. (Let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in).

I also have Monica‘s Hen Weekend at the end of June, which is going to be so fun. I can’t wait!

What’s been happening in your life, lately? And do you have anything fun or exciting coming up?

Photos by Kylie Eyra

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Hey, there! Have you had a good week? As you may have spotted on Instagram Stories, I’ve been doing jury service. And, as a result, I’m afraid there won’t be any new content appearing on the blog, next week. I hope to get back to a regular posting schedule the week following (beginning June 17th), but will let you know if that changes.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend, and will see you back here very soon…

~

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Are you getting tired of seeing the same old posts in your Instagram feed?

If you currently feel like your timeline could do with a refresh, you’ve come to the right place! Because I’ve compiled a great list of 5 creative Instagram accounts to follow, this summer. From epic travel shots that will give you a serious case of wanderlust, to my current online girl crush. It’s time to get excited about scrolling, again…

@paulienriemis

Model and blogger Paulien Riemis has one of the most enviable wardrobes on Instagram. I love the way she pulls outfits together – expect to see lots of colour blocking, androgynous tailoring layering and THE most covetable summer accessories.

@carleyscamera

I met American photographer Carley Rudd on the Morocco press trip, last month. And I’m now completely and utterly obsessed with her work (she’s also an all-around awesome human, too). Follow Carley on her global adventures and find heaps of inspiration for your next trip!

@the_spines

I’m always excited to see a new post from Chicago-based publishing coordinator, Megan Prokott. Megan shares her latest reads – usually alongside a cup of coffee – multiple times a week (she reads fast), and I always get great recommendations from her feed.

@deborahsymondoneil

Deborah (or DSO, as she’s known on Insta) is the founder of Australian clothing line Mode Sportif, and she’s my current girl crush. Every outfit she posts to Instagram is absolute perfection. And I still can’t quite get over how beautiful her wedding photos are!

@cawligraphy

Ruth Cawley creates the most gorgeous motivational prints – always in a delicious colour palette of pink, red and orange. Her posts act as an instant mood-booster, and most of the work you see on her feed can also be purchased for your home.

Which Instagram accounts are you currently loving? Share your favourite feeds in the comments section below…

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Lead image by SC Stockshop 

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Do you have any exciting travel planned, this month? Because, if so, I think I’ve got your holiday wardrobe covered. Here are all of the key pieces to covet, this June…

1. Watermelon earrings by Accessorize ~ I don’t wear a lot of makeup during the height of summer, but statement earrings help you look more “done” when you’re keeping your beauty look super-minimal.

2. Polka dot skirt by River Island ~ I would never have guessed this polka dot ruffle skirt is from River Island. Would you?! Dress it down with a T-shirt for casual weekends, or style it with polished separates for summer weddings.

3. Raffia clutch bag by Next ~ As you know, I love a basket bag. But why save them for daytime only?! This raffia clutch from Next is a great way to take the trend into the evening. And it’s roomy enough for your phone, keys, credit card and some makeup essentials.

4. Yellow trousers by Warehouse ~ These mustard yellow trousers are such a flattering shape. I like the idea of styling with M&S’ knit camisole (number 7), metallic heels and Mint Velvet’s panama hat (number 6). It would be an outfit worthy of Carrie Bradshaw!

5. Metallic heels by Diane von Furstenberg ~ Everyone needs a good pair of strappy, metallic, heels in their wardrobe. So, if you’re missing a pair, make a beeline for these sexy DVF sandals…

6. Panama hat by Mint Velvet ~ And, along with a sassy pair of metallic heels, every woman also needs a chic panama hat for summer. Mint Velvet’s timeless design is a great investment, as you’ll return to it for years to come!

7. Knit camisole by M&S ~ Knitwear in the summer?! Why not? I’m really drawn to this rib knit, button-down camisole from M&S. I’d style it with wide-leg white jeans and chunky sandals. How would you style it?

8. Contrast swimsuit by H&M ~ This bold swimsuit is a collaboration between Stranger Things and H&M. Random? Absolutely! But it’s super cute and is sure to turn heads at the pool…

9. Polka dot dress by RIXO ~ Like every other millennial woman, I’m completely obsessed with RIXO. This polka dot dress is currently top of my wish list for summer, because of the playful Studio 54 vibes.

Which style buys are topping your wish list for June 2019?

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{Press Trip} Last week I shared the first instalment of my Morocco travel diary, with the details of our stay inside the Fes Medina. And now it’s time for part two…

After checking out of the Riad Fes hotel we were driven directly to the Riad’s sister-property, Hotel Sahrai. Riad Fes is ornate and traditional, whereas Hotel Sahrai has a sleek and contemporary feel.

Personally, although I marvelled at the spectacle of Riad Fes, Hotel Sahrai’s modern take on Moroccan style was more my jam. It’s exactly the kind of hotel I would gravitate towards on Booking.com – so I was really excited to check in and explore.

The hotel has a gorgeous selection of modern rooms and suites – all with chic, glass-walled bathrooms, sculpted plastering and insanely comfortable beds! But we spent very little time in our rooms.

We’d been invited to experience the Namasté yoga package that had just launched at Hotel Sahrai. So, throughout our stay, we were either on the rooftop doing yoga at sunrise and sunset, or lounging alongside the spectacular infinity pool. And, seriously, look at the view from the pool! Can you blame us for wanting to lap up every possible poolside moment?!

WHY FES SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT TRAVEL DESTINATION

Before this experience I never would have thought to visit Fes. Marrakesh or Casablanca, maybe. But I don’t think Fes would have ever come to mind.

(Previously, Fes always made me think of Rory Gilmore. In the first season of Gilmore Girls Richard describes Rory as “my granddaughter Rory. She’s going to Fes someday.” And at her 16th birthday party he presents her with a cheque “for Fes”.)

However, I’m now here to sing Fes’ praises. And I truly believe it’s a destination that you should consider for the remainder of 2019 and 2020.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, the direct flight from London Gatwick into Fes took less than three hours. So it’s really no different that travelling to the Mediterranean. But, unlike the Mediterranean – where you’re not guaranteed sunshine and tropical temperatures during April, May, and June – Fes is a solid bet if you’re seeking good weather. I would 100% return for a long weekend of sunshine!

Swimsuit by Sweaty Betty (gift). Also available in black and blue.

The Namasté Yoga Retreat

As you know, I’ve been really into yoga for the past year. And attending a yoga retreat is one of the items on my 19 for 2019 list. So I feel unbelievably grateful that this epic travel experience with Riad Fes and Hotel Sahrai came my way!

The Namasté yoga package at Hotel Sahrai was run by the wonderful Idi (AKA Yogidille). And every morning we began the day with a 7am, sunrise yoga class on the rooftop. Idi is such a fantastic and inspiring teacher. And by our second class she had coaxed us out of our comfort zones, and we were all experimenting with acro yoga.

It was my first time trying acro yoga, and I absolutely loved it! I don’t think I would have been confident enough to take an acro class, in London. But Idi provided the perfect introduction, and I can’t wait to try it again soon.

At 6pm, each evening, we’d somehow summon the willpower to peel ourselves away from the pool. And we’d wind down with another yoga class.

In the evenings Idi focused on Yin yoga, which felt so restorative and relaxing. I usually practise Vinyasa yoga, but our Yin sessions encouraged me to try some slower, and more gentle classes back at home.

After our evening yoga classes we would quickly change for indulgent dinners on the hotel terrace. And Sweaty Betty’s “Gratitude” jumpsuit (above / gift) was my favourite evening outfit, during our time in Morocco. I wore it for a special Ramadan Ftour feast, at sunset, to mark the breaking of the fast. The wide-legged, ’70s vibes made me feel a bit like one of Charlie’s Angels!

I loved every moment of our stay at Hotel Sahrai, and would not hesitate to go back. If you’re craving a relaxing break, where you can soak up the sun beside a gorgeous pool – and get a little culture, here and there (there are shuttle buses from hotel to the Medina, every day) – then Hotel Sahrai should be a top contender!

Is Fes now sitting at the top of your travel bucket list? And have you visited Morocco, before? Comment below to share your experiences…

Press Trip: We stayed in the Fes as guests of the Riad Fes and Hotel Sahrai.

P.S. Morocco, part one: Spending 24 hours inside the Fes Medina

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This week has gone by in a bit of a blur. I got sick with a stomach bug the day after I returned from Morocco. So I’ve spent most of the week napping, watching old episodes of The Office, and stressing about all of the work I’m falling behind on. No one likes being ill, but I’m a particularly bad patient, because I like to be busy and productive at all times.

And next week I begin jury duty. So I hope I feel well enough to get some work done this weekend – otherwise I’m going to fall really behind on my blog content schedule. Wish me luck…

~

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“Around 9 a.m. the phone calls start, seeing how everyone survived the night. I’m very co-dependent with my friends. Usually someone is in a crisis, so we’ll all check in on each other via calls, text, WhatsApp. I have about ten women in my life who are my core, and it’s rare that a day would go by when I didn’t have an intimate conversation with at least one of them.”

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{Press Trip} My travel experience in Morocco was so incredible, that I don’t know if I’ll adequately be able to put it into words. But I’m going to try my very best to recapture some of the magic, for you. And here is part one of my travel diary: the first 24 hours of our trip, which we spent inside the Fes Medina…

Getting to Fes, Morocco

We arrived in Fes, late at night, last Wednesday, after flying direct on Air Arabia from London Gatwick. The London to Fes route is fairly new, and currently runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays. And, at just a few minutes shy of three hours, we were all so impressed by ease of flight. It’s not much longer than a flight to the Spanish Islands!

This was my very first time in Morocco (and in Africa, for that matter). So, although we were all quite tired after the flight, I found it impossible to nap during the short car journey to Riad Fes, where we would be spending our first night in the city.

It was the penultimate week of Ramadan, when we arrived, so the streets were bustling with late-night activity. Everyone was out socialising with friends and family over dinner, and it was so much fun to people-watch as we drove to the hotel.

Within 25 minutes we’d reached the edge of the Medina, and it was time to depart the car. The Fes Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is thought to be the largest car-free urban area in the world. The only modes of transport allowed inside the Media are mopeds, bikes and mules/donkeys. So we collected our suitcases and followed followed our guide through a short maze of streets, until we reached the entrance to Riad Fes.

Riad Fes

Riad Fes is really special hotel, located within the ancient walls of the Medina. And, like all Moroccan properties, it is completely unassuming from the outside – just a simple doorway. But once you step inside the Riad you’re greeted by the most exquisite building. This is where words fail me – and I don’t think photos truly do it justice, either.

The foundation of Riad Fes dates back to 1900, and came to be a luxury hotel after a local architect fell in love with its beauty and charm in 1999. He worked hard to restore the Riad to its original glory, and stayed true to the footprint of the building.

Plumbing had to be installed, as there was previously no running water in the Riad. So every single tile in the building was painstakingly numbered and carefully removed, before eventually being returned to its original spot. It blows the mind to think how long that job took. But clearly it was worth the effort, because the Riad takes your breath away!

The hotel is a delicious mix of traditional and baroque styles, with a few contemporary updates here and there. And the rooms and suites are also mix of modern and traditional (watch a tour of my traditional suite here).


We only spent one night at Riad Fes, before moving onto the second half of our Morocco experience, which was fitness-focused. It was an unforgettable experience, though. And I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to go back – perhaps to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. Book your stay here. {FYI: We were guests of the Riad Fes hotel.}

Exploring the Fes Medina

Before we checked out of the Riad, and moved onto our second destination, we were treated to a 3-hour walking tour of the Fes Medina. The Medina is a walled part of the ancient city of Fes, and is completely free from cars.

The Medina was founded in 808 AD, and houses the oldest university in the world – University of Al Quaraouiyine – which is still welcoming students through its doors. There are also many ancient mosques within the Medina. So it’s no surprise that’s a World Heritage Site. It’s SO rich in history!

Riad Fes is situated in the centre of the Medina, but our tour guide (arranged by the hotel) lead us out of the Medina, so that we could re-enter through the spectacular Bab Bou Jeloud gate [pictured two above], which is main entrance to the Medina.

There is SO much to say about the Fes Medina. So, instead of rambling on for hours, I’m just going to answer some of the key questions I was asked over Instagram – along with a few others I expect you’d be curious

What to know about visiting the Medina

Is the Medina safe for tourists? Yes, absolutely. I felt perfectly safe throughout our tour. Before we entered the Bab Bou Jeloud gate our lovely guide gave us a quick warning about pickpockets, and advised that if someone approached us trying to sell something we should ignore them completely and keep walking.

But, as he pointed out, there are good and bad people everywhere, and the risk of pickpocketing seemed no larger than it does in London. Also, the businesses in the Medina get a lot of business from tourists, so you feel more than welcomed.

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When it comes to TV, movies and books I think there are two types of people: those who will happily re-read/re-watch their favourites, and those who prefer to seek out something new.

I’m definitely the former. I watch my favourite movies and TV shows on a never-ending loop. And also like to dip back into my favourite books, every year or two. Here are 7 of the fiction and non-fiction titles that I always revisit…

FICTION:

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld: American Wife is my favourite novel, and I try to re-read it every year. It’s a fictional re-telling of George W Bush and Laura Bush’s relationship – told from the perspective of the First Lady. That might sound a bit odd, but trust me when I say this is the most stunning book! Everyone I recommend it to always loves it too…

Sample Quote: “I had the fleeting thought then that we are each of us pathetic in one way or another, and the trick is to marry a person whose patheticness you can tolerate.”

Heartburn by Nora Ephron: Nora Ephron’s autobiographical novel Heartburn was heavily inspired by the breakdown of her second marriage, and it’s laugh-out-loud funny. Whilst Rachel seven months pregnant with her second child, she discovers her husband is in love with another woman. This all happened to Nora in real life, and the novel caused quite the scandal when it was released in the early eighties.

Sample Quote: “I think I was so entranced with being a couple that I didn’t even notice that the person I thought I was a couple with thought he was a couple with someone else.”

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld: And another Curtis Sittenfeld novel (she’s my favourite fiction writer, if you couldn’t already tell)… Eligible is a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, and it’s so much fun! Every now and then I get the craving for a romantic comedy, but I generally find romance novels unbearably cheesy, so Eligible has become my go-to when I want something light and flirty.

Sample Quote: ““My dear,” said Mr. Bennett, “if a sock puppet with a trust fund and a Harvard medical degree moved here, you’d think he was meant to marry one of our girls.””

NON-FICTION:

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling: I love both of Mindy Kaling’s books. But it’s her first, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, which is the most thumbed-through. I can hear her voice in every sentence, and find it so relatable.

Sample Quote: “I’m the kind of person who would rather get my hopes up really high and watch them get dashed to pieces than wisely keep my expectations at bay and hope they are exceeded. This quality has made me a needy and theatrical friend, but has given me a spectacularly dramatic emotional life.”

Bossypants by Tina Fey: As with Mindy Kaling’s book, I dip in and out of Bossypants by Tina Fey whenever I’m feeling a little bit low, and need a pick-me-up. The essay “All Girls Must Be Everything”, in which she discuss body image and the pressures put on women, is essential reading!

Sample Quote: “My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne.”

Rising Strong by Brené Brown: Rising Strong is probably the single most important book I’ve ever read. I first discovered it after a romantic heartbreak, and I continue to dip in-and-out of certain chapters whenever I’m feeling vulnerable. It’s about getting back up after a failure and the physics of courage and vulnerability. Everyone could benefit from reading Brené’s work!

Sample Quote: “When we stop caring what people think, we lose our capacity for connection. But when we are defined by what people think, we lose the courage to be vulnerable.”

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed: I truly don’t think anyone writes about the human condition more beautifully – or with as much compassion – as Cheryl Strayed. For many years Cheryl worked as an agony aunt for The Rumpus, and the most memorable letters are compiled in this soul-stirring book.

Sample Quote: “Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.”

Which books do you re-read on a regular basis? Share your favourite titles in the comments section below, as I’d love to check them out…

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