DECEMBER NON-BEAUTY FAVORITES

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Time to pause all the beauty blogging and insert some of my current non-beauty favorites.

Time to pause all the beauty blogging and insert some of my current non-beauty favorites. If my blog were to be exclusively about beauty products, it just wouldn’t be my blog, but ‘merely’ one out of a million. I believe that it’s important to celebrate your differentness; explore it, share it. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do, even if it’s just by this intermezzo about what I like to read, watch and listen to. “Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”Orson Welles

WHAT I READ

I sometimes like to read two books at the same time. There’s two reasons for this: Firstly, I like to elongate my book’s reading life. I hate finishing a book early. I’m a quick reader yet I like to savor my reads. Secondly, I find that sometimes a book can be too long-winded at certain times, and to proven losing interest or not properly reading through these paragraphs, I let the book be for a while until I’m longing for it again. And that’s exactly what I did this time around.

I read Philippa Gregory’s The White Princess after having devoured the screen adaption for the foregoing books, The White Queen. (I loved watching Aneurin Barnard in these series.) I love English history and I love Philippa’s perception of the concept “behind every great man there stands a woman”. I really did enjoy reading this book, although I did find that some parts had been unnecessarily been prolonged, which is why I decided to read another book at the same time. Nevertheless I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a bit of (Tudor) English history and just a well-written book in general.

The second book I read was Shadow Of Night by Deborah Harkness. Again, this book is saturated with English history. I had a hard time putting this book down. Shadow Of Night is the second installment in the All Souls trilogy, following the international bestseller A Discovery Of Witches – which I love equally as much. Honestly, this is one of my favorite sagas so far. It involves all my favorite traits: it’s filled with the supernatural and romance, it’s educational, historic, humoristic, witty, intelligent and downright electric. It’s a truly captivating storyline. I’m also very sensitive to how a book’s written. For instance, I didn’t like how The Hunger Games trilogy was written. It lacked grammatical ingenuity and wasn’t a very smooth read, unlike these books. It’s hard to sum of why this is a great book, what with all the intense emotions and thoughts this read provoked, but I guess you’ll just have to figure that one out for yourself. If you’re curious as to how a historian would view living in Elizabethan London and Europe, this is tailored just for you. I can’t wait for the third one to come out!

WHAT I WATCHED

I have completely and utterly fallen in love with Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy. It’s one of the few TV series that has succeeded in captivating and thoroughly entertaining me every single episode, without fail. I especially loved the episode where Phil revealed his ‘Philsosophy’ book. Genius.

Another completely intriguing TV series is Sherlock. What can I say… It keeps me at the edge of my seat time and time again. It’s witty, it’s intelligent, it’s unbelievably exciting. A mind-blowing screenplay and top notch British actors and actresses. And then there’s Benedict Cumberbatch. Need I say more? I have been Sherlocked.

I went to see the much anticipated second part of The Hobbit series, The Desolation Of Smaug. Dare I say that I like these series a hundred times better than the Lord Of The Rings trilogy? I think I do. It’s much more smooth, less long-winded and much, much more funny – what with the dwarves and all. Sorry Frodo, but Bilbo is scoring higher on the awesome-o-meter.

WHAT I LISTENED TO

Prides is a Scottish synth pop band that somehow succeeds to create such complex, intriguing and perfectly melodic songs. And the vocals, oh the vocals… I love everything about this band. I’ve fallen in love with their song ‘Messiah’, but unfortunately it’s not yet made public on YouTube.

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The 1975 is an English indie-rock band that totally capture the indie 80s vibe that I love so much. They make me tap my feet and just feel happy. I can’t get their songs out of my head, and I love that thick British accent the lead singer has. Love the lyrics, too. I’m a sucker for good lyrics.

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Bring Me The Horizon has been one of my favorite bands since I was only a teenager. Recently they’ve changed tactics and added more clean vocals in their newest album, Sempiternal. This only made me love them more. This may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s certainly mine. I even travelled all the way to Berlin to catch a gig of theirs after the one in my area was cut in half due to Oli Sykes being sick. Guess that proves I’m a fan, huh?

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Tom Odell’s voice has been warming my heart lately, particularly his famous single ‘Another Love’ and his newest one ‘I Know’. Besides evidently loving his angelic voice and beautiful piano skills, I’m mesmerized by the content of his songs. Those lyrics, man, they make me really feel his music. Entrancing, to say the least.

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It’s such a cliché to say that “music is my therapy”, but in a lot of ways it is. I listen to it everyday and it either helps me to understand how I’m feeling or lift my spirits. Because of the time I spend with it, I’ve got many, many more favorites, but I’ve especially loved (re-)discovering and listening to these artists this December. Hope you like them as much as I do!

WHAT I CONSUMED

I haven’t had any specific cravings, except for the standard longing for sushi. Unfortunately, almost none of my friends like sushi so I’m left high and dry with it. This month has been particularly bad for my Coke Zero addiction though, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to cease any time soon either. Anyways, December is not really a month for cravings what with all the masses of food that the holidays produce. Edit: I totally forgot my latest addiction to grilled cheese sandwiches. Typical winter craving.

What have you enjoyed reading, watching, listening and even eating or drinking this month? Can you identify with mine? Is there another Phil or even Benedict fan out there?

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