Treasured In… August 2021

2021, Favourites

Hello!

Another month, another list of things that got me through the month! August has flown by in a heartbeat and I’m sure I spent 90% of it working or thinking about work – it’s been manic busy and I’m actually kind of glad it’s nearly over! September is my favourite month (not just because it’s my birthday month…), I love the back to school vibes and soon it’ll be cold enough for me to be snuggled under a blanket at basically all times.

But before I get lost in cosy autumnal vibes, here’s what I treasured in August.

What I bought

August was a big month – my phone contract was up for renewal and even though I haven’t ‘bought’ it, I’m still counting it. I upgraded my three year old phone to a shiny new one that doesn’t have a headphone port (and I’m still bitter about it), otherwise it’s basically the same and I’m realising I’m way less bothered about having the latest tech than I used to be. The fancy new Hasselblad camera is very nice though.

The big purchase of August was my beautiful new Macbook Pro – my previous one lasted a solid 5.5 years, but it couldn’t get me through my days of video meetings anymore and considering I use my laptop predominantly for work, I needed an upgrade. Hence, shiny new Apple product that I know is ridiculously overpriced but:

  1. It’s pretty
  2. I edit videos using Final Cut Pro which is exclusive to Mac
  3. It’s got the cool touch bar thing at the top of the keyboard
  4. It’s pretty

Don’t judge me ūüôŹ

What I cooked

I’m still on that HelloFresh hype (hit me up if you want to try a free box!) but my favourite recipe hands down in the cheesy oven baked risotto with rocket salad – I’ve never enjoyed a salad so much in my life, the risotto is so good and being oven baked means I don’t have to hover over it for 45 minutes. And it always cleans really well, no burning to the bottom of the pan! So delicious, thoroughly recommend!

What I snacked on

I’m going through a cake phase, and the mini Victoria Sponge cupcakes from Sainsburys are second to none. Otherwise, I’ve very much been enjoying a kitkat.

What I sang along to

What I watched

I’m knee deep in medical dramas at the moment – when my partner’s home, we’re watching Grey’s Anatomy for the first time (we’re halfway through season 2, I’m aware we have so much to catch up on) and when he’s not home, I’m binge watching The Resident on Disney+ at a probably unhealthy rate.

I don’t know why, I’m just loving a medical drama right now. The Resident is more serious, Grey’s Anatomy is more sitcom-y and if I want a proper comedy I’ll catch an episode of Scrubs but I’m having a great time with my TV viewership this month.

Wedding planning update

Last month it was fake flowers, this month it’s fireworks – not a huge update, I asked a company for a quote and I haven’t heard back yet but I’m hoping Bonfire Night this year will serve as great inspiration.

What I read

This was a much slower reading month for me – I started with the 500 page sequel to last month’s read Adrenaline, The Last Minute by Jeff Abbott which was really good but not quite as gripping as the first one, so took me a couple of weeks to finish.

Next up was The 39 Steps by John Buchan – written in the early 20th century, I’m not usually one for reading books of that era but I have a personal mission to read everything on my shelf and it was only 150 odd pages. 1 star read – it was fine, just not to my taste.

And I’m currently reading The Shelf by Helly Acton – I started it literally last night and read 99 pages in one sitting. It’s like reality TV in words and I’m lapping it up. Full review will be on my Instagram before the end of August I reckon!

I’m also currently listening to The Magpie Society: One For Sorrow by Amy McCulloch and Zoe Sugg – with the occassional two hour round trip to work and back becoming more frequent with starting to work in the office again, I figured I’m going to have plenty of time to listen to books! I’m almost halfway through this book and the acting is somewhat terrible, the story predictable, but a post private school murder mystery is funny to me – very easy listening YA.


Every month I wonder if these posts sound really fake and cringy and every month I absolutely fly through writing them because I love writing about things I enjoy! All the more reason to keep doing it!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

August Goals 2021

2021, goals

Hello!

I can’t believe it’s nearly August – my mind is basically blocked and doesn’t see passed July 31st and to be honest, I don’t think I’m ready in any way. But, with so little of the month left and no mental capacity to consider the next month, I think it’s forcing me to feel more present? Just taking one day at a time, and I can handle that right now.

But with a new month comes new goals – I love having projects and long term goals to work towards and making progress, so these are my focuses for August!

  1. Work on my online portfolio – I started making a website a little while ago and I need to actually finish it! I want to have a central place to post and update about all the things I’m doing in my professional life, so I need to work on some of those admin tasks.
  2. Cosplay costume work – this month, I’m going to make a jacket. I’ve got a jacket that I can adapt to fit the style I need and I’m going to get my craft on. I’m going to buy another part of my costume and I’ve got a plan to actually finish this in 2021, rather than the wishy washy goals I set earlier this year. Always learning!
  3. Wedding planning – my tasks for this month are to research and book any extra event specialists – as our wedding is on bonfire night we definitely need some fireworks! But I also need to figure out decorating the venue, any extra bits we need to hire, buy or make and little details like that!
  4. Find a dance class for September – as the schools have now broken up for the summer holidays, most dance schools in my area won’t be starting up again until the new academic year so I thought it would be a good window for me to figure out my finances and my schedule to actually be able to go! Having a class once or twice a week I think will be really good for me to actually do some exercise, maybe meet some people in the area and get back into dancing! I can’t wait.
  5. Get back into the job hunt – I’ve been given the end date for my current contract so I need to find another job! I’m hoping to start doing it all early so finishing my new website, revamping my CV and cover letters and things like that. I don’t want it to be a big panic when my contract actually ends, so hopefully being prepared can work in my favour!

Then my usual monthly goals of reading 2 books, putting money in my savings accounts and hopefully having a date night with my boy!

I’m feeling ready for summer, but then I remember I don’t get a ‘summer holiday’ and extra time to see friends or travel or anything, but the event I’m working on in my job is in September and it’s busy, but hopefully rewarding!

But for now, I have a weekend off and I’m going to make the most of it!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

Treasured In… August

2020, books, lifestyle

Hello!

Another month has rolled around and I’m trying really¬†hard not to comment on how fast the month has gone but also, pretty sure it’s still April and summer’s just around the corner?

But alas! August has been an interesting month – I’m definitely getting more stuck in to my dissertation research as the deadline for that looms ever nearer, I’ve been trying some new things with my time management to work with my fluctuating mental health and I had a couple of splurges too so here’s a little roundup of the things I enjoyed in August.


  • purchase

I may or may not have had a sad spending trip to Hobbycraft earlier this month… I needed one last colour embroidery thread for my latest cross stitch project and I found a book on meditative crocheting and I picked myself up some crochet needles last month and I loved the idea that it came with breathing and meditative exercises to follow along with in the book. Perhaps a tad pretentious but I’m excited to give it a go next month!

I also picked up a couple of cross stitch kits that I’m working on intermittently and I just find it so much fun – if you want a new hobby that isn’t particularly skilful but is offline and you get a pretty picture at the end of it, I thoroughly recommend cross stitching!

  • recipe

I’ve been experimenting more with the ‘orange lid’ spicy seasonings in my cupboard this month and whilst I’m the worst at handling spicy food, cooking up a bunch of vegetables, mixing it with some rice and using turmeric, smoked paprika and a little cumin with a bit of garlic puree is so yummy! It’s so simple but makes the meal so much more tasty and I’m trying to acquire new seasonings every time I go to the supermarket – am I brave enough to try chilli flakes? Probably not, but I’m going to try some new recipes from The Green Roasting Tin book this month so maybe I’ll find something new there!

  • song

The only thing my boyfriend and I have been singing at each other is the tune to ‘Savage Love’ by Jason Derulo because we’re late to the tiktok trend… It’s just too catchy!

I’ve also just discovered Kings and Queens by Ava Maria but the chorus is the only bit I like so I’m mostly listening to covers on tiktok… I also ‘discovered’ tiktok this month, I can’t stop.

  • YouTube video

With my boyfriend going back to work and having the house to myself, I have watched a lot  of YouTube this month! Nothing jumped out at me immediately but from scrolling through my history, I picked out my top three.

This video from Carrie Hope Fletcher and Oliver Ormson was very fun and picked out some of my favourite Disney songs.

I’m not a¬†huge¬† fan of Dodie anymore but this arrangement of two songs was¬†beautiful and the video is very clever and creative.

And this video from Jessica Kellgren-Fozard was very fun and I love the dynamic she has with her wife – they’re both hilarious¬†and¬†adorable together.

I still have over 300 videos left in my watch later, so who knows how long it’ll take me to watch videos that aren’t a couple of months old…

  • books I’ve read

I’ve been reading¬†loads this month so here’s a quick run down (with links to my reviews on Instagram)

I only finished Checkmate last night so a few words – I was so impressed with Noughts and Crosses and the rest of the series has been such a disappointment. The beginning of Checkmate gave me hope because it was set a bit further down the line and I thought it had a different main character but it was just a new character and all the things that annoyed me about Knife Edge annoyed me about Check Mate too.

I’m about to start the fourth book in the series, Double Cross, because I bought the series and the painfully optimistic part of my brain keeps hoping that it will get better, but I don’t have a lot of hope. I definitely won’t be buying the fifth book that came out semi-recently.

  • snack

I have two very contrasting snacks for this month and I’ll start with the boring one first.

Tins of sliced peaches – I don’t know why I had these as a kid, but I recently rediscovered them and keeping them in the fridge on a hot day is¬†glorious and relatively healthy because it’s fruit so I can enjoy it guilt free. If you gave me a normal peach would I like it? I don’t know, I’ve never tried one and I’m not very good at trying new things but tinned peaches? Gimme more!

And the second thing is a small Victoria sponge cake with Harry Potter house themed crests as decoration on the top. My partner and I went on a cake run to Asda because something popped up on Facebook memories and we decided we needed cake to celebrate… and then I ate the whole thing. Then I got another one in our weekly shop.

I’m going to stop myself buying them now but a ¬£4 Hufflepuff themed Victoria sponge has brought me much joy this month!

  • TV/film/streaming thing

I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube this month so I wasn’t sure whether I’d have anything to write about, then my boyfriend and I binged the entire of Umbrella Academy season 2 on Netflix in a day and it was glorious. 100% on par with how brilliant the first season, amazing character development, same incredible sense of humour and generally so much fun and such a huge twist of an ending! Already eagerly anticipating season 3.

  • wedding planning update

It’s mostly been a month of waiting on the wedding front – we sent an inquiry to the venue we like to discuss the quote we were given but I haven’t heard back. Though I did spend an afternoon reading about how the heck a registrar works and how to arrange a civil ceremony so I’m all prepared to ‘give notice’ within 12 months of our wedding date and then just waiting for the venue to confirm before I ‘book’ (if that’s the right word?) for the registrar to perform the ceremony. It all feels a little more real now!


I’m sure September will absolutely fly by but with a couple of trips, my birthday and drawing closer to the end of my masters it’s looking to be an exciting month.

Thank you for reading – I hope you and your loved ones are happy, healthy and staying safe!

Sophie xx

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