Five things I can’t resist buying

Five things I can’t resist buying

Over the years I’ve had obsessions with buying lots of things; from Match Attax cards and those Simpsons magnets that came in cereal boxes to Gogos Crazy Bones (omg do you remember those, though?) and scented pencils. Lately, my obsessions have become slightly less weird and pointless, and I have five key items that I just can’t resist buying when I already own loads of them. So here is my list.

Plants. I’ve got a proper thing for plants. I’ve always been a bit of a plant lover, even before it was cool to own those Ikea cacti. So obviously when it did become cool to own them, I fully embraced my phytophilia. I’ve got all sorts of plants, from your basic succulents to Easter cacti and tropical plants. I’ve also been known to buy myself flowers (I can hear you laughing), in fact I bought myself some tulips just the other day! Honestly, I could spend as much in a garden centre as I could in a book shop or make-up store. I love ’em.

Lipsticks. It’s weird, considering I probably only ever wear the same three lipsticks about 95% of the time, but I can’t seem to stop myself from buying lipsticks. As if I don’t already have enough, I actually ordered four new ones the other day – so expect a post on those very soon. I mainly buy nude colours, but I also like dark colours. I’m not particularly adventurous, you’ll never catch me buying purples or oranges. I tend to stick with the same kinds of colours – which makes it all the more ridiculous. I especially love a lipstick if the packaging is good. I’m a sucker for packaging. I’m not too fussy about brand, they don’t all have to be expensive, I’ll take what I can get.

Books. It’s probably pretty obvious from my blog already, but I’m a bit of a book worm. I love a good book. I mainly go for contemporary stuff, but I like a good old classic too. Young Adult, romance-y stuff is my go-to, but I’ll happily read a crime or thriller too. That being said, I can usually get into any genre, as long as the content is gripping. I always have to buy the physical book, even if I read it on my phone, I’ll still buy the actual book. I love everything about a book; I love a gorgeous front cover, the smell when they’re new, the satisfaction of adding a new book to my shelf. I’ve got a fair few books now, I had to get three new book shelves in January because I’d just got two stacks of books in the corner of my room that were getting far too tall. I bloody love a good book.

Candles. To be honest, I’ve got a lot better recently on the whole candle front recently. That being said, I’ve been sat here all morning really really regretting not buying the Yankee Candle I picked up and put back down in Tesco tonight – it was beautiful and reduced for Mother’s Day too. Maybe I’ll go back today and grab it. If you’d have known me this time last year, you’d have probably been wondering whether I’d lost the plot because I was buying that many candles. I used to pop to the shop in between college and I’d buy a new candle nearly every day. It got to the point where I had to stop because I just physically didn’t have enough space for any more. I’m slowly working my way through them. My favourite scent is definitely lavender – I love a good lavender candle.

Lastly, Notebooks. If I had a penny for every time I’ve bought a notebook in my life..I’d still be broke. Again, I just can’t resist. The stationery aisle in a shop is often the aisle I avoid, because I could easily spend as much time in the stationery aisle as the book aisle or the candle aisle. I’ve got drawers full of notebooks, some I haven’t even used because they’re too pretty to ruin (wow, I know). I just think you can never have too many notebooks, I’ll use them all one day I’m sure. I might be hoarding them now but when i’m fifty and I’m broke because I spent all my money on books, candles, lipsticks, plants and notebooks, at least I’ll be able to use them then.

What items can’t you resist buying? Are any of yours the same as mine? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing what you guys love! Thanks for reading, and make sure you stick around because I accidentally placed an order with Superdrug the other day, and as soon as it arrives I’ll be putting up a big make-up haul, so keep an eye out. Until then, you can find me on any of my social media links



To Be Read – March

To Be Read – March

I haven’t really posted about books yet on my blog – apart from my 2017 reading list which you can find here– and considering I read quite a lot I thought I ought to post more book-related things. So, I thought I’d do a little TBR in March post (how is it March already though?!) At the moment I’m reading about one book a week, so I’ve got four books on my list to read in March. So here’s my list along with a short description of each.

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.


Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

Good girl, Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend. Travis Maddox is exactly what Abby needs – and wants – to avoid. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet.


Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognise faces. When he meets Libby, the two find that the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.


The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised herself thinks everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. But when things change she realises that if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?


Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought, and let me know if at the end of March you’d like to see a review of the four. Also, if you click the titles of the books you can go check them out over on Goodreads. I’ve recently created a new Goodreads account which you can find here – follow me if you like, or just have a nose at what I’ve read/am reading etc. I haven’t quite got everything updated on there yet, but I’m working on it so keep an eye out.

Feel free to let me know in the comments what you’re planning to read in March. I’m always on the look out for more books to read so let me know what you want to read, or what you’ve already read in February! Thanks for reading and make sure you follow my blog for a post on Monday that’s going to be a huge haul of Busy B stationery products as they’ve really kindly sent me some things to review for them!


52 Books for 2017!

52 Books for 2017!

Last year I attempted to read 52 books in a year, which at the time I thought would be easy as I can get through a good book in a day with no trouble. However, it seems I was a bit ambitious to assume I could read so many books alongside doing my last year of A-Levels and doing a semester at Uni. Now I’ve left Uni though, and am officially on a gap year (or should I say gap nine months), I am ready to nail a list of 52 books in 2017! So, for any fellow book worms out there who might be doing the same or just for anyone looking for a book to read, this is what I’ve got so far on my list. Of course my list will grow as the year goes on, so I’ll keep updating this post when I add new books to my list. I will literally just give you my list, but every book on this list (say list one more time lmao) is a book that someone has either recommended to me or I’ve looked into and have decided I really need to read. Also, as I go through the year I plan to post ‘Weekly Reads’ posts about what I’ve read that week from my list and I’ll rate and review the books for you, so make sure you follow my blog to hear more about these books!

  1. The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon
  2. Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven
  3. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
  4. Landline – Rainbow Rowell
  5. A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray
  6. Ten Thousand Skies Above You – Claudia Gray
  7. A Million Worlds With You – Claudia Gray
  8. Girl Online: Going Solo – Zoe Sugg
  9. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
  10. Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins
  11. Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins
  12. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
  13. The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson
  14. The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson
  15. Ketchup Clouds – Annabel Pitcher
  16. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher
  17. Silence is Goldfish – Annabel Pitcher
  18. We Are All Made of Molecules – Susin Nielsen
  19. The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williams
  20. Faceless – Alyssa sheinmel
  21. Extraordinary Means – Robyn Schneider
  22. My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga
  23. The Problem With Forever – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  24. Am I Normal Yet? – Holly Bourne
  25. How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne
  26. What’s A Girl Gotta Do? – Holly Bourne
  27. …And A Happy New year? – Holly Bourne
  28. Beautiful Disaster- Jamie McGuire
  29. Walking Disaster – Jamie McGuire
  30. Heidi – Johanna Spyri

So, that’s the 30 books I have on my list so far! If you have any suggestions/reccomendations that I could add to my list then please let me know in the comments. If anyone would be interested in seeing a list of what I read this year then let me know and I could put a post together on that too!