So far this month I sound a bit like a broken record. Because there are five subjects that I keep steering conversations towards. I flew to Glasgow with Monica, last week, and one of the first things I said to her was, “I need to tell you about this amazing memoir I just read!” She was kind enough to indulge me, and patiently sat through a 20-minute monologue about The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy.
Keep reading to see what else I’m obsessed with, this May…
1. LIVING PROOF OVERNIGHT MASK
I have fine, colour-treated hair, so it’s always a struggle to keep the ends from snapping or going wispy. But recently I’ve been using the restorative Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Mask, from Living Proof. And it’s amazing! You apply it to dry or damp hair before bed, comb it through, wait until the product absorbs (it’s quick), then sleep with it on overnight. It doesn’t stain your pillows, and after you shampoo in the morning you’re left with shiny, manageable, healthy-looking hair. I use it weekly, and my hair is so much healthier for it.
2. KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE
This brilliant Netflix documentary follows four of the democratic women who ran for congress in the 2018 midterm elections. And all I can say is watch it, watch it, watch it! “For one of us to make it through, a hundred of us have to try,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says, at one point. And this film takes you inside the campaigns, and shows how hard these women fought to bring about progressive change.
I’ve now watched Knock Down the House twice, and I cried on both viewings. It’s a powerful, inspiring and, above all, hopeful film. Here is the trailer.
3. ACCESSORIZE’S S/S COLLECTION
Accessorize is definitely having a moment, isn’t it? Throughout Autumn/Winter everyone was going crazy for their affordable hair accessories – most notably the oversized, pearl hair clip. And their Spring/Summer 2019 is just as covetable!
I’m going on a press trip to Morocco next week, so am coveting Accessorize’s embroidered crescent shaped handbags and macramé totes, along with the colourful drop earrings, beach cover-ups and resin hair clips. They say less is more, but this season I think I’m going to be over-accessorising, just so I can rock this entire collection!
4. ARIEL LEVY’S WRITING
At the end of April I read Ariel Levy’s 2017 memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, and I haven’t stopped recommending it to people since. Before I picked up her book, I knew of Ariel Levy (she’s a journalist at The New Yorker), but I wasn’t that familiar with her work. However, in the past few weeks I’ve been on an Ariel Levy binge… I’ve been reading her New Yorker pieces online (this profile on Nora Ephron is fantastic), listening to her discuss her memoir on podcasts, and I’ve also added her first book, Female Chauvinist Pigs, to my 2019 reading list.
5. ESTELLA BARTLETT JEWELLERY BOXES
If you’ve been following my Instagram Stories lately you may have seen the posts about my new jewellery box. The British accessories brand Estella Bartlett very kindly sent me one of their signature jewellery boxes (I have the square blush pink design), and I love it so much! Previously I’d been storing my jewellery in ceramic trays and dishes, but necklaces were constantly getting tangled and my favourite rings and bracelets were becoming tarnished. So this jewellery box couldn’t have arrived at a better time! It’s small, but comfortably stores all of my favourite pieces.
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…
Photo by Chloe Ely