I love taking note of memories. I’m always been the one snapping a photo or the one who journaled. I like remembering things, saving things and having memories to look back on. Scrapbooking has become one of my favourite ways to store past adventures and with summer 2018 being one of my favourite summers to date, it felt only fair to document it.
I’ve partnered with Printiki to print my travel memories from 2018 and make a scrapbook. This is my 2018 travel scrapbook and every time I flick through it I do a little happy dance in my head. I’m so incredibly lucky to have travelled to these lovely places this year and the fun isn’t stopping yet either as a week today I’ll be on my way to Italy!
I’ve been pulling together this Recently Reading since the end of June and I’m so proud of myself for getting through so many books. I’m always on a quest to read more and thankfully this summer I seem to be managing it. I’m still getting sucked in to thrillers and reading them all in one day but I’ve also branched into other genres and read a whole host of non-fiction books.
Joining the library has of course been a huge factor in my increased appetite for reading and my local has a huge crime/thriller section which suits me down to a tee. I’m yet to venture to any more of Glasgow’s libraries but it is on my list of things to explore in the rest of 2018. Looking for something to pack in your suitcase if you are escaping for some last-minute September sun? Read on …
Okay, tad dramatic in that title there. But for the first time I’ve been taking a little bit more care of my skin in the summer with my favourite summer beauty products as it is so much warmer than usual and I’m heading off to Italy in a few weeks-time.
Every skin horror you see champions the wearing of SPF and I’m getting very involved. My skin has definitely been at its worst this summer: break-outs, dryness, reacting badly to sun. Hardly ideal. I’ve been trialling new products and trying to find what works best for me so I thought I’d share my ultimate favourites and the ones I’ll be trying to squeeze into my hand luggage for Italy.
Self-help books are a genre I can’t get enough of. I’m on always on the hunt for the next lifestyle trend for me to devour or work past problems by taking advice from writing on pages. Lifeshocks* by Sophie Sabbage seemed to fit neatly into this package for me – it would tell me how to do something.
It is an extremely personal book by Sophie about how to manage ‘lifeshocks’ which she determines as ‘unwanted or unexpected moment in time, offering an opportunity for personal awakening’.
In a few short weeks’ I’m heading off to Italy for three weeks of sunshine, pizza, gelato and trotting around the ancient sights. Italy is a country I’ve never visited before and it has been on many of my travel bucket lists so naturally I’m beyond excited to finally see it all for myself and not from behind the screen on Instagram.
The reason behind my visit is an academic one: as part of my degree programme at Glasgow I’ve opted to take part in the core travel course which involves a three-week jaunt to Greece/Italy/both and explore a project. In the heat of the moment I fell down a hole of Roman bathing and I’m excited to explore this ancient concept in Rome and the Campania area as well as visiting and learning about the other historical sights.