22 April 2016

Love List: April 2016

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I'm excited to be writing the first ever 'Love List' here on my blog. If you didn't have the chance to read my 'Monthly Favourites: March 2016' then you may not know about my plans for my 'Love List' posts. Basically, the idea behind them is that it is going to give me more of an opportunity to go into more detail in my regular 'Monthly Favourites' without the post getting to lengthy & then I aim to upload at least one, maybe the occasional two 'Love List' posts every month which will contain all the extra bits & pieces I'm loving.

Recently, I have been finding myself use Instagram a lot more. Not necessarily just in the way of posting but more so in the way of taking the time to explore other people creativity. If you're interested in following me on Instagram, I'd love for us to be friends over there >> http://bit.ly/1NCbMao

I'm really looking forward to reading 'Binge', by Tyler Oakley, which I've borrowed from my sister but the past week I've actually been reading,  'Sins Of A Father' by Fleur Beale. 'Sins Of A Father', is about Phil Cooper who at the age of 27, at the time father of 5, walked away from the religious cult his father Neville Cooper had created. This is Phil's story & the story of his seven children, their mother Sandra & their struggles to live in a family that is split between the outside world & what is now called the Gloriavale Christian Community. In 2008, Phil & his oldest son, Israel, decided it was time to tell their story & that's when Fleur Beale was approached to help them do it. This is all based here in New Zealand & something even crazier, what I didn't realise until reading this book is that, while living in Christchurch, I went to youth group & church with three of Phil's children & I cannot  even begin to tell you what an amazing family they are! They're all so genuine & kind. I feel blessed to have meet such amazing people & a genuine family. 

A couple of weeks ago, for the first time I saw the film, 'We Brought A Zoo' & I absolutely adored it. I love the story that goes along with the film, I found myself connecting with the characters & I guess my love for animals was what really made me enjoy the film. When I first saw that this film was coming out in the theatre I wasn't particularly fussed about going to see it, it just happened to be on TV one night & I'm now sitting here telling you all how much I love it, I mean, I loved it so much I even went out & bought it on DVD.

An oldie, but a goody. Thanks to my Ma, I've been enjoying the song, 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn', by Poison. I don't listen to Poison a lot but I for sure enjoy listening to this song.

My favourite album recently has hands down been Charlie Puth's latest album, 'Nine Track Mind'. I would always catch myself singing along to his songs but ever since I seen his latest interview with Ellen on her show & I can definitely say I fell in love with him all over again. He's just so down to earth & then there's his cute wee face?! How could someone not love him!

I'm not going to go into to much detail about each YouTuber because I'll leave links to their channels so you can get to know more about them over their if you don't know who they are already. Firstly I want to start with 'shaaanxo' akla Shannon Harris & I'm sure I've talked about her on my blog before if not, I know I've talked about her over on my Twitter, but she is absolutely one of my favourites. Not only do I adore you main channel beauty videos but also her vlog channel where we get know a little more about her & see what her, Hamish, her boyfriend & her two puppies Louis & Zeus get up to on a daily basis. I honestly couldn't even begin to tell you guys how much I love her & how much she inspires me, honestly Shannon is one of the most genuine, honest, caring people. Next, I briefly want to talk about Alfie Deyes. A lot of you probably are subscribed to him already but his daily vlogs are some of my favourites. I enjoy putting them on when I'm getting ready in the morning, I find them really easy & enjoyable to watch. Three weeks ago he uploaded a vlog with a few YouTube friends of his including Sam Evens. I decided to check out his channel & I knew straight away that is content was something that I was going to really enjoy watching. He's from Australia & I wanted to support a fellow neighbour! Definitely check these three out if you haven't already & let me know what you think!

One particular blogger stood out to me recently & I believe I came across her in a blogger chat we both regularly partake in every Sunday. Angela from 'astylecollector' is so genuine & her blog is incredible. We've spoken on several occasions & she has the most adorable kitten called Turbo. Go check her out, give her some love & let I her know I sent you!

I have three Instagram accounts I want to mention. Dani Mansutti, dizzybrunette3 & Rachelleea. I'm going to have them all linked but I just generally enjoy looking through their content & I'm positive you will too.

This is a really odd thing to be enjoying but I have been loving red onion. I have been especially enjoying it on toast with avocado & tomato. It is so delicious, you guys must try it sometime!

While the weather is still slightly warm, I have been loving a good ole classic lemonade. Of course you can drink lemonade all year round but I enjoy having it as a treat & it always goes down so much nicer when it's a little bit warmer. If I'm not drink lemonade, which it is only something that I have as a treat, I'm just drinking good ole water from my water bottle.

"150 years ago, they would've thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would've laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would've objected to the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. 25 years ago, they would've called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Someday they won't be laughing." - Gary Smith
Keep an eye out, at this stage at the end of May, for a post regarding this quote.

B x


  1. Great list! 'Sins of A Father' sounds great, I remember hearing about it a while ago and have finally jotted it down on my list of books I wanna get (once I read through my current pile!). It's very concerning what's going on there, for sure. I can't imagine how difficult it was for him leaving that situation. What a typical NZ coincidence that you went to church with his kids! Not surprised by your comments about them but it's nice to hear.

    I totally get you with the red onion thing! They're amazing.

    Love the quote you posted too.

    1. Thanks girl! 'Sins Of A Father' is a fantastic book! I cannot recommend it enough! It's definitely been an eye opener to what really goes on inside Gloriavale. I always thought, 'They aren't doing any harm, why is the big deal.' but after reading the book I've seen realised that it's not necessarily those that are in the community but it's the leader, he's incredibly controlling & manipulating, it's disgusting. Very very concerning what is going on there, I worry for the welfare for those apart the of community x