My March 2018 Favourites

River Island Black Woven Pocket Slim Foldout Purse

This month has been a pretty strange one for me; I’ve felt like I’ve got lots done but also nothing at the same time.

I’ve had to put the blog on the back burner a little this month as I have university deadlines coming up soon and considering it’s my final year, they really needed to take priority.

That being said I still managed to get a decent number of post written, one of which (5 Little Ways You Can Practice Self Care Every Day) actually went slightly viral on Pinterest!

I’ve also made some huge steps with my Emetophobia; I was able to eat scrambled eggs on toast while out at a restaurant and not have a panic attack! Now I’m sure there are some people wondering just why the hell this is such a big deal, so I’d recommend checking out my Emetophobia Story post if you’ve no idea what on earth it even is.

I’m so proud of myself for how far I’ve come over the past year. True I’m still scared of being sick, but it’s not crippling terror anymore and I think if the worst did happen and I did catch a bug or something, I might just be able to cope without relapsing into anorexia again.

Although that being said I’d really rather not test that theory just yet thanks!

Twisted Tale Book Series 

Twisted Tale Book Series

So if you’ve read my As Old As Time: A Twisted Tale Review, you’ll probably have guessed that I’ve become obsessed with this series. I picked up two of the other books in the series (Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty) and will definitely be doing reviews on those next month. All I’ll say for now is that even though Aladdin’s is the smallest of the books, it’s still a really good read. The Sleeping Beauty one isn’t quite as good as the others but it does get better towards the end; while I’d probably not read it again in a hurry, it was still an interesting take on the original story.

Chris also picked up two of the villains tales books for me (he knows me so well bless him!) and I can’t wait to read those. It’s a pretty good guess that those will end up getting featured in next months favourites…

Relearning Makaton Sign Language

Relearning Makaton

Random fact about me; I’ve known basic sign language for as long as I’ve known the alphabet, as I learnt them both at roughly the same time. Quite a few members of my family were learning BSL (British Sign Language) it at the time and even though I was too young to go to the classes with them, they taught me things like the alphabet and basic phrases at home.

My cousin actually went on to become a qualified interpreter before she had her first child and I was planning on doing the same…until I realised just how expensive the lessons and examinations are!

Unfortunately spare money wasn’t something we had much of when I was growing up, so taking lessons was never an option. However one of the people who knew me growing up, Mr Royston, found out I wanted to learn it and did something wonderful for me; he got me a Makaton Core Vocabulary Manual for Christmas.

It was his last present to me before he died and something I’ll always treasure.

I used it to teach myself as much as possible but (like any language) if you don’t use and practice it regularly, you kind of forget it. So I’ve spent this month trying to fit in at least 15 minutes of practice in per day and its starting to pay off. I’m hopeful that once I start my own business (which should be happening in the next month or two!) I’ll be able to save up any money I make and start taking actual lessons.

River Island Black Woven Pocket Slim Foldout Purse

River Island Purse

While I’ve owned things from River Island before, they’ve always been things passed down to me by my cousin or things I’ve bought from charity shops. But recently my local shopping centre has been undergoing a huge revamp and a lot of stores have been getting expanded and improved; including River Island.

I couldn’t resist popping in for a quick look and holy shit- its huge!

I could easily have spent the whole of my bank balance in there, but luckily I do actually have some self control. I did let myself indulge a little though and picked up this gorgeous Black Woven Pocket Slim Foldout Purse. There were quite a few that I loved but most of them have glitter all over them; a pet hate of mine as it gets absolutely everywhere!

I really wanted to pick up the matching bag too but that was more money than I could justify spending right now, especially as I graduate soon and need to save as much money as possible.

Lets see how long I last before I cave in and end up getting it…

What have you been loving this month?

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  • That river island purse looks like it could be designer!

  • Jade Marie says:

    I really does doesn’t it!! It was only £16 though 😍

  • Aaliyah says:

    Lovely post! Love the purse x

  • Bexa says:

    Lovely purse, very stylish! That’s really interesting that you know basic sign language. I’ve heard about makaton, it sounds like a really worthwhile skill to learn. Good luck with your practice! Great post Jade, really enjoyed reading 😘 xx

    Bexa |

  • Creative Nails says:

    I would love to learn sign language, it is incredible. It is something that always impresses me! Also, that purse is so pretty!


  • perrinevautour says:

    That series is intriguing, I’ll have to read your other post about them 🙂 learning sign language is such a good thing to do, I hope you get to take lessons (and congrats on opening your own business soon!). This months I’ve been loving my new hair cut lol and getting back to blogging 🙂


  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you!x

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Bexa! 😘 honestly it’s something everyone should have the opportunity to learn- it’s such a worthwhile skill! Thank you lovely 😘 and it really is- one of the best things I’ve every invested in 😍 xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    There are a few basic resources online but no where near as many as I’d like to see! 😔 and it really is!!

  • Jade Marie says:

    If you can I’d definitely recommend picking them up, they’re fantastic! ☺️ and thank you! It’s terrifying to think I’ll be doing it but I’m excited too 😊 and oh nice! 😊 I’m always changing my hairstyle 🙊

  • Will definitely check out the twisted tales series! Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts on the books😊❤️

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you ☺️ you won’t regret picking them up, they’re brilliant! ☺️💛

  • British Sign Language sounds very interesting. Love your purse, such an interesting post.

  • Loved reading about your favourites! I can’t quite believe we are nearly into April already.. that river island purse is gorgeous xx

    Kate |

  • I looove River Islands purses and bags, I got a matching set for Christmas and it was absolutely gorgeous! It sounds like it’s been a pretty productive month for you despite you saying you feel like you haven’t done much, well done with your personal achievement aswell lovely, keep at it!
    Alice Xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    I know I can’t believe how quickly the months are going! And it really is!xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! 😊 oh wow that sound like a lovely present to receive! It’s strange how you don’t feel like you’ve achieved anything until you go to write a round up post 🙊 xx

  • That purse is super cute! I love River Island bags and purses but they’ve never lasted very long for me so I gave up buying them! Well done with being able to eat out hun that must be a huge achievement for you! I’ve got one of the Twisted Tale books but am yet to read it, you seem to love them so I’ll definitely try and pick it up soon!

    Jess //

  • Congrats on your eating milestone! Scrambled eggs is my go-to breakfast. Sometimes on toast but mostly just on their own, I think they’re SO yummy. So yay for that! Hope you manage to enjoy it more often now! I love that purse, too. River Island have the BEST purses and bags! March has been an odd one for me too. I’ve been quite busy and done a fair bit, some of it has been lovely but some of it has just been a bit, strange. But I’ve learnt a lot so hopefully April will be a positive!xxx

  • astrobeks says:

    I still can’t get over that mustard cushion, it’s so beautiful! I’ve been wanting to start learning BSL for awhile now, is that book something you think would be good for beginners or not?

  • amikatie20 says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn BSL! I keep trying, but same as you the lessons are quite expensive so I’ve picked up a few things from the internet.
    Love the purse.

    Katie xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    I honestly think there should be more free resources available, even if they’re only on the internet 😔 xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    Haha neither can I! I need to invest in some more mustard bedding and stuff as I’m totally obsessed with the colour still 😂
    And yes it would definitely help a beginner ☺️ the things in it are pretty basic but cover enough to communicate if you needed to ☺️

  • astrobeks says:

    I’m 100% getting into mustard as well, I recently ordered myself the wool to arm knit one of those blankets and, of course, I ordered the yellow/mustard colour 😂

    Awesome, thank you! I’m gonna look into buying it this summer!

  • Jade Marie says:

    Haha yes girl! 🙌🏼😂 I wish I could knit but it’s not one of my skills- I can cross stitch brilliantly though 😂

    And awesome! ☺️ I hope you can learn from it, it’s such a useful skill to have ☺️

  • astrobeks says:

    I love knitting, I’m not amazing at it, I’m still just doing basic stuff but it’s so relaxing! Damn, that’s a skill I wish I could have 😂 thank you!!

  • Jade Marie says:

    Haha I’d end up stabbing someone with the knitting needles 😂 and I had to do it when I was little with a patch over my left eye to supposedly strengthen my weaker right eye…don’t think it helped much but it made me great at needlework 😂

  • So interesting that you know sign language, I’d love to learn but have th same problems in that lessons are quite expensive!

  • Jade Marie says:

    I wish I know more than just the basics! And it’s such a shame that people are missing out on being able to learn it because of money 😔

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