I can hardly believe that May is behind us - we are now officially halfway through 2012!!
I don't know where the time goes!
Anyway, I thought I would share with you my recommendations of various things I have enjoyed in May...
My mum bought me this for Christmas, I didn't expect much from it but as soon as I read the first page I was hooked.
Kathryn Stockett manages to draw the reader in with ease to 1960s Mississippi with her use of language and regional dialect. It really does make the characters so easy to imagine...I could hear their voices in my head speaking the words as I read them, much more so than with any other book I've read.
The subject matter can be hard going at times and there are many difficult sections which I wept through, but there are also some very touching and some very funny moments - its rare to find a book that allows you to feel so many emotions at one time.
I absolutely fell in love with the characters - especially Aibileen, Celia and Mae Mobley - and the book evoked a real interest in that period of time for me. I cried my eyes out for about ten minutes when I finished the book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
But a word of warning - if you haven't seen the movie, read the book first! The movie was so-so in my opinion, and didn't do the book justice.
Starring: Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
The movie centers around a middle aged family man whose much-loved wife has just told him she wants a divorce. It follows his struggle to adjust to life as a single man and balance this with being a good father. Local Romeo Ryan Gosling takes pity on him and takes him under his wing, promising to make him a hit with the ladies.
I expected this movie to be ok because of the cast but to be perhaps more of a "Guy" or serious movie. I did not expect to laugh SO much, be shocked by a twist in the ending, and come away feeling uplifted and positive about life....but thats what happened!!
This was by far the best movie of the year so far for me :)
Ok ok, I know everybody has heard of Gotye now and he's kind of the man of the minute - but thats because he is AMAZING!!! I love his voice (kind of reminds me of a weird mix of Robert Palmer and Peter Cetera?!), I love his quirky sound and I love the realism of his lyrics.
If you happen to live under rock and therefore you haven't heard his number 1 smash "Somebody that I used to know" (featuring Kimbra) then you should definitely check it out - otherwise, I recommend "Bronte". Just beautiful - and hard to believe it was written about a dog! :)
It may seem a little odd to recommend a TV show but I quite often find myself getting bored with my usual shows and wanting to see something new, so I thought I would recommend a show that I only started watching while I was off work sick a few weeks ago - they were showing re-runs and I watched a few, now I'm hooked!
The show is - The Middle
I'd seen it on in passing and just assumed it was another middle-of-the-road American sitcom which wouldn't be anything special, but I was wrong!
I think its hilarious! The writing is brilliant, the characters are weird but believably so and every episode features a situation that most people would have experienced within their own families - I <3 it!!
Ever since Moa's Green Balm was first featured in a Glossy Box back in 2011, It has been a staple product for me - and with the constant change in weather this month is has been a life saver!
It has ENDLESS uses!!
I use it as a facial moisturiser when my skin is dry, a lip balm when I'm chapped, its an AMAZING spot/blemish healer, you can even dilute it with water and use it for sore throats!!
This is a little beauty that no girl should be without :)
MAC Lustre in Lovelorn
This is my current favourite lip colour - it fits in perfectly with the summery clothes I've been wearing lately, and stays bright for hours! :)
So those are the things I've been loving this month, how about you?