‘South of the Border, West of the Sun’ by Haruki Murakami

I haven't read a Murakami novel in a long time (well, actually it's only been a few months, but for me that's ages) and the relief that washed over me when I started reading this was overwhelming. Returning to his controlled yet eloquent style felt like putting on a well-worn pair of shoes. South of… Continue reading ‘South of the Border, West of the Sun’ by Haruki Murakami

Mod A-line skirts

For my second sewing project, I made the Delphine skirt from the book Love At First Stitch, a simple a-line style with an invisible zip at the back. I ended up making two; this is the first: This wonderfully psychedelic fabric had been sitting in my stash for ages, but I finally found the perfect use… Continue reading Mod A-line skirts

‘Call Me By Your Name’ by André Aciman

Call Me By Your Name is about the romance between 17-year-old Elio and Oliver, an American scholar staying with his family. Set in Italy over the course of a summer, it follows their relationship from when it blossoms up to its inevitable end. I'd previously seen the film and absolutely loved it. With another novel… Continue reading ‘Call Me By Your Name’ by André Aciman

Pyjama trousers

For my first sewing project I made a pair of pyjama trousers from the book Love At First Stitch (which I'll be steadily working my way through before I graduate to commercial patterns). Here's what I started out with... And here's how they turned out (my dog wanted to join in)...   This pattern was literally one… Continue reading Pyjama trousers

Sewing My Own Wardrobe (!)

I'm about to embark on an exciting new adventure: sewing all my own clothes for a year! Right now I'm fairly competent at sewing, but I really want to take my skills to the next level, and this will help me get there. I thought I'd start out by setting a few rules: I won't… Continue reading Sewing My Own Wardrobe (!)

‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ by Patricia Highsmith

The Ripley novels are classic thrillers; they follow Tom Ripley, a cold, conscience-less young man, as he advances up the social ladder by any means necessary. The fact that I wasn't emotionally attached to any of the characters didn't stop me from enjoying it and wanting to keep reading, which I think is a good… Continue reading ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ by Patricia Highsmith

‘Astragal’ by Albertine Sarrazin

I wanted to read Astragal as soon as I saw the blurb- it sounded like my perfect book, particularly as for a while I've been a bit obsessed with all things '60s. Once I found out a bit about Albertine Sarrazin's life, I was even more eager to start it. My edition included an introduction by Patti… Continue reading ‘Astragal’ by Albertine Sarrazin

What I want to be when I grow up

Sometimes it gets very hard to remember that exams and school won't last forever. I think secondary school gave me tunnel vision in regards to the future. Because of how the system is set up all focus is on one month at the end of Year 11, meaning that anything beyond that month becomes mere… Continue reading What I want to be when I grow up

‘Bad Behaviour’ by Mary Gaitskill

Apologies for my long absence- I've been deep in exam season. It's almost over, though, so I should be back to regularly posting soon! In general I avoid reading short stories at all costs- the result of having to study an anthology of them for GCSEs and loathing it- but Bad Behaviour may have changed… Continue reading ‘Bad Behaviour’ by Mary Gaitskill

The Best Unreleased Lana Del Rey

Something a bit different to my normal posts... I am a massive Lana Del Rey fan and whilst I love her official albums, her unreleased stuff deserves just as much recognition. However, finding her unreleased songs online can be a bit of a challenge, so I've created this collection of links to try and make… Continue reading The Best Unreleased Lana Del Rey