Things I’ve been reading & watching {AUGUST}

What I have been reading in August

I’ve noticed a lot of brilliant reads online lately, as well as some fab YouTube videos and TV programmes. I’ll be honest – I don’t really watch a lot of TV every night anymore; Dave and I tend to watch on demand TV (or a Netflix series that we are into) but not as much TV as previously.

I do, however, love reading a good article, blog post or magazine piece – or watching something on YouTube – and love it when something really clicks with me or makes me nod along.

So here are the great, quick reads & things I have been viewing over a frothy coffee lately!

What I have been reading lately

1/ Game of Thrones.

I can’t *really* talk about things that have caught my eye lately in August and not mention GOT now can I? Have you watched the latest series? O.M.G. I literally held my breath throughout the last few episodes…it has been so good. I have been really interested and invested in the characters this time, and what happens to them. I can’t believe it’s all over now though and our Monday nights just won’t be the same again. Roll on the last series! We miss you Jon Snow!

2/ The blogging gap.

A friend sent me this brilliant blog post by Hannah Gale about the potential gap between blogging for yourself and your readers, and blogging for brands. I loved it and it really resonated with me. It can be a struggle to write from the heart and yet also deliver on what brands want. I still think though, that although lots of people are out there doing an amazing job at photography and Instagram, being yourself and enjoying what you do is SO important. You have to be yourself and do your own thing. The rest really will follow.

3/ Mum wardrobe style.

I also absolutely LOVED this post from Who What Wear about 5 items for stylish Mums. It’s brilliant and the advice is great. I love to wear stylish clothes (as a Mum of two) but matching that with practical wear isn’t always easy. In fact, it’s really damn hard. In the piece it talks about jewellery, midi-heels and cross body bags – all of which can be stylish and yet practical.

I am still on a personal quest to conquer really stylish ‘Mum-outfits’ and so this has helped a lot.

A great article - something I have been reading lately

4/ YouTube – where is the style?

Following on from the last post, as you can tell, style is really important in my life right now. My children are almost 5, they’re off to school next week, I’m making an income and have money to spend on myself once more, plus I’m interested in style again. I regularly get my style inspiration from Instagram, however I do like a YouTube fix every now and again.

Aside from Emma Hill – who has amazing style and I literally love everything she wears – I can’t really find anyone else on YouTube to follow that I can be totally inspired by for style. I’m looking for ‘Mum-style’ and 30/40 something women particularly. Let me know if you know of anyone!

YouTube and who I am watching - Emma Hill

I have been enjoying watching Lauren, from Hunters & Heels on YouTube and loved her hair tutorial vlog. So much so I have bought that hair wand! Thanks Lauren!

So that’s what I have been up to this month and I’m ready to dive into some brand new reads for September!

Love, Jess x

Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. September 5, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Love these kinds of posts! You should consider joining in with my littleloves each month 😉 #shamlessplugalert xx

  2. September 5, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Just started on the latest GoT – loving being back in that world!

  3. September 7, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Yes – Game of Thrones! SO GOOD! And now (apparently) we have to wait until 2019 for the next (and final) series. How are we going to cope until then?!

  4. September 8, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    Oh I think so too it’s hard to find that balance between stylish and practical when you are running around after babies, toddlers, school kids now . I sometimes think I don’t have a style and then I think I am always drawing to the skinny colored jeans ballerina or heels and blouse tops with blazers so I must have a style then. hahaha I can’t wait to do more fashion and see where it takes me now that the kids are in school. I wish I had a lovely white brick wall to take photos in front of like you must be onthe look out everything here is dark red brick and grass I think I need some tips from you how to photograph yourself for fashion posts that would go viral girl do it. hahahah #wrc

    • Jess
      September 11, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Thanks lovely! I’ll have to think about doing that although I always think my fashion photos are awful LOL xx I love your style Jenny and think you always look fab xx

  5. September 10, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Love this post Jess, yes to GoT and yes to not watching much TV. We just have a few series we like to catch up on. Style is a big part of my reading, although I love nothing more than wandering around a store looking at what’s hanging around x

    • Jess
      September 11, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Yes me too – I love shopping still and when things arrive in the post and don’t fit it makes me so unhappy! xx

  6. September 12, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about GOT!!! OMG it was so so so so so so amazing. I can’t believe we’ve only got 6 more episodes to go, when it finally comes back. There’s so much yet to cover.

    I’m now off to read that blog post, super interested!!

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