It's here. IT IS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH. I hope the bunting and champagne are ready but most of all, I hope there is to be cake. To be honest with you, I'm typing this a day or so after some pretty extravagant birthday celebrations have already taken place, so I'm feeling a bit like a quiet couple days before my big day this Friday. I'll be turning 29 - 29!! - the last birthday of my twenties. And even though that's a daunting thought, and maybe even a sad one, I'm excited for what's to come. Your twenties, especially your late twenties, can feel like the most awkward, painful, and amazing growing pains as you become who you are, the adult you're going to be. For the first time, maybe ever, but definitely since leaving home, I feel like I know who that is, that I'm happy with where I'm at and where I'm going, and I know I can count on myself to navigate what's ahead.

Summer is well and truly here in the UK, with heatwaves, downpours and 13 degree days all jumbled in to the hodge-podge that is this time of year. July and August are usually amongst my favourite months, not least because weekends are full of plans and most of them are celebratory! It's also the time of year I get to see my parents and that is really precious. Most of all I look forward to long evenings reading, after work giggling in beer gardens and finding the time to catch up with old friends in London. It's going to be a hell of a month!

SEE: Sorry not sorry for the basic bitch answer, but there is only Game of Thrones for me this month. We have been waiting over a year and now, at long last, the new season is only a few weeks away. I had a nightmare the other night that the first episode wasn't that good, that's how anxious I am for it. 

LISTEN: Things I was not expecting in June - 4.44 to be released, and for it to be what it is. I've also been totally obsessed with Biking (surprise surprise) and the new HAIM video

GO: There's a new address in town I'm dying to try - the Artist's Residence Oxfordshire which is over in South Leigh - a dreamy little country pub, restaurant and hotel which is nestled in a lovely little spot of green, perfect for a weekend staycation of relaxing! 

EAT: In June I was so lucky to get to spend a couple of weekends unexpectedly with my parents, and after a long day in the sun at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, we stopped off in Burford for some food at The Mermaid in Burford, which was a nice spot for a Sunday roast and a tipple!

DRINK: I have become a coffee drinker. In the space of a month. And now I find that I can't quite wake up without one. I know - bad habit. But in the summer, is there actually anything better than a Jimmys iced coffee to pep your morning? No, basically. 

WEAR: I did end up buying a birthday dress, and it was this one from Topshop - the fit is incredible, it's so comfy and it looks banging on. Can't ask for any more than that!

READ: As part of my book club last month I picked up (and devoured) Autumn by Ali Smith, which has become one of my favourite books of all time. Full review coming soon, but get your hands on it as soon as you can - it's masterful. I can't wait to go and pick up 'How To Be Both', as this was my first venture into her work and I JUST loved it!

THINK: Lift. I feel a bit of a picking up of myself is necessary and finally think I have the headspace to get 'er done. Time to look forward, get stuck in to everything ahead of me and relish all of the time I have to make things happen that I love to be a part of. Hopefully, now, the only way is up.

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  1. Autumn sounds like a must-read, happy birthday in case I miss you on the day. I hope you have a great birthday month, thank you for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. Aw thanks for commenting and for your wishes Kiran! Definitely go and pick up Autumn - you won't regret it! T xx

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  2. Gorgeous post, I really like you blog writing style, it’s uplifting and relatable. I hope you have a fabulous birthday month, I turn 30 this month, eek! I really want to get my hands on The Curated Closet book, it sounds like my kind of thing. I just finished reading The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, it was one of my favs so far this year. I haven’t heard of Autumn by Ali Smith, but sounds pretty good. Sending best wishes for July! :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Aw thank you Helen, that's lovely of you to say. Happy birthday for later this month - turning 30 is exciting!! Highly recommend The Curated Closet, and Autumn - both are absolutely brilliant! I hadn't heard about The Summer Book but reading the synopsis it looks really interesting - thanks for your comment and for reading! Have a fabulous month. T xx

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  3. Really good advice, maybe I will buy Autumn. I could do with a good book to read!

    Emma Louise xx

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    1. I promise you won't regret it! It's so different and engulfing and poetic and beautiful. I can't stop thinking about it. T xx

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