June has been a ridiculously crazy busy month, but it's been one of the best ones yet. I've taken up another volunteering position with Mind that I am so excited about; I'm getting involved in something potentially exciting at work; I found two new food places in Oxford which absolutely thrills me; and Paddy and I celebrated our 25th and 24th birthdays, which were excellent.

Turning 24 doesn't really feel any different in itself, but compared to last year when I was in a job that made me unhappy, I had very little money, and I spent my birthday alone in a cold flat in North London revising for exams, this year wins already. I spent my 24th birthday volunteering in my two positions at Mind (both of which sang Happy Birthday to me), reading and drinking iced coffee, going for cocktails with friends, and celebrating at home with Domino's. So, I like 24 years old.

June was excellent.

Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella

I've had this book for over a year and for some reason, just didn't keep choosing it as the next book I should read - until now. Well I've been a right idiot ignoring it cos it's bladdy brilliant isn't it? It's about a girl called Audrey who's suffering from anxiety and depression after something (we don't know what) happened at school. The book is about her dealing with the aftermath of what's happened. I loved this because of its positive & honest take on mental illness, and that it shows how it can affect family members as well as the sufferer. Please please read it!

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
I know I'm about 2-3 years late to the game on this one. I watched a few episodes when I was in Seattle a couple of years ago, and only just got back into it recently. For those who don't know, the show follows Kimmy, who was kidnapped and forced to be part of a cult, but then escapes and has to adjust to modern life in New York. I'm loving it so far and Titus is absolutely my favourite. I've had it on netflix most nights this past month when I get home from work as it's so easy to watch and the eps are only half an hour each!

The Handle Bar Cafe, Oxford

Well hello new brunch place that I don't have to go to London for! I honestly wondered if there was anywhere in Oxford that did a decent brunch and now I've finally found somewhere. Paddy and I went here a few weeks ago and we both loved it. I had avocado with poached eggs on toast and he had eggs florentine, whilst we also shared a smoothie and some pimms. Put it this way: I'm going back.

I know I've raved about this one before in previous favourites, but I'm so happy this show is back again, if only just so Aidan Turner makes an appearance on my tv screen every sunday night. The last series ended with Elizabeth falling pregnant and the audience not knowing who the father is, and Demelza forgiving Ross for his infidelity. Now they've introduced some new characters who I'm very much enjoying watching, and Aunt Agatha is still so brilliant I hope she sticks around forever.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Cheek Illuminator in Forever Summer

This was another product I'd had for a while but not used a lot...I'm so glad I now finally do. The quality of all the TB products is amazing, and honestly, for the prices, I'm not sure you can do better! I love this because it's so straightforward to use, it gives just the right amount of highlight I want, and it blends well. Happy happy!

Caravan Palace
I first heard this band on Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny on New Year's Eve, but I've been playing them non-stop throughout June. They're an electro-jazz kinda band - think Baz Lehrman films because their music would fit his soundtracks. My particular favourite songs are Lone Digger, Midnight & Rock It For Me. They're on Spotify so go give them a listen!

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion

I got a tiny pot of this in my Lush advent calendar last Christmas, and I was gutted when it ran out. Putting this on after a shower and before bed honestly helps me wind down so much. The consistency is great, it doesn't feel too greasy at all, and you don't really need a whole lot so you're actually getting your money's worth. Can't recommend enough!

Any favourites for you this past month? Let me know!

M x