And suddenly we’re 1/4 of the way through the year! It’s hard to believe that, and I know that before long it will be summer and then winter again. March has been an interesting month, to say the least. I only had 4 classes the entire month because of spring break, D.C., and Easter, and within the next few weeks we’ll start talking about finals. But until then, let’s talk about what I loved in March.
Classical music – I’ve been back on a classical musical kick over the past 6-8 weeks and been listening the most to Spotify’s Classical Essentials playlist, a recording of Profkofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and cello or viola recordings of Bach’s cello suits.
Hamilton (still, for obvious reasons)
Maren Morris – I’ve loved her new EP, and I’m really looking forward to her debut album in June!
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe – I read this for class (a rereading since I read it for class in 2012) and loved it. It’s so great.
A King’s Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman – My current fun read! It’s a historical fiction novel about how Richard the Lionheart was taken captive on his way back to England after a Crusade and it’s so good. It’s the sequel to her novel Lionheart, and I’ve read a ton of her books, and she is just so talented at bringing history alive.
The Time of Singing by Elizabeth Chadwick – I’m currently listening to this on Audible and it’s wonderful. It’s about a 12th century relationship between the Earl of Norfolk and King Henry II’s mistress Ida de Tosny (Henry was actually Richard the Lionheart’s father). I’m not very far into it, but I’m really enjoying it. Try Audible for free and get 2 free audiobooks!
Wearing – Clothes, Shoes, and Accessories
Wearing – Beauty
Benefit Bo-ing Concealer | Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter | The Amuse Bouche in Pepper by BITE Beauty | OPI nail polish in Rich Girls and Po-Boys | Pink Blush (similar shade to Buxom’s True Hue Blush in Bubblegum Pink or Smashbox’s Blush Rush in Petal Pink, a lighter pink than in this image) | Sephora Sunbleached Filter eye shadow palette (especially Sandy Toes, a rose gold shadow)
What you may or may not know about me is that I love lipstick and lip color. It’s one move that makes me feel more pulled together, like I’m making a statement, or that I can take over the world, depending on the color. So when Influenster sent me The Amuse Bouche by BITE Beauty in 3 colors, I was beyond excited. I have absolutely loved this lipstick. It goes on creamy and stays creamy. The color lasts a long time. The colors are AMAZING. Basically, it’s everything I could have asked for in a lipstick.
Leverage – You may or may not know that I love crime shows. Love love love them. So Leverage is right up my alley, but it’s SO different from any other show out there. First, is a comedy-drama crime show. There’s a lot more comedy than drama. Second, it’s a show about former criminals – a grifter (con artist), cat burglar, hacker, and hitter, led by their mastermind who used to be a good guy – who team up to help the people who aren’t being helped by the police or legal actions.
Law and Order: SVU – Do I need to say anything about SVU?
Night at the Museum movies (1 and 3) – These are so much better than I ever expected them to be. They’ve been on in the background while I work on blogging things.
How To Get Away with Murder – Shonda majorly delivered this season. So so so good!
Now You See Me – If you haven’t seen this, you should. Magicians being awesome and SO much better than you would expect a movie about magicians to be.
Meet Amanda from Rhyme and Ribbons!
I started writing Rhyme & Ribbons right after my partner Sam and I moved to Stratford-upon-Avon. He had just started a year in the acting company at the Royal Shakespeare Company and I felt a bit lost. I had just finished my MA program, was on a visa that limited the amount of time that I could work, was in a new city and didn’t know anyone. I fell into blogging because I was desperate for a new way to socialise and a way to express myself creatively. Looking back at some of those first posts is very cringe-inspiring (there’s some horrific photography!) but I’ve loved every step of the blogging journey so far! If I had to sum up my blog in three words, they would be: Comforting, creative and bookish. (Basically if my blog lived in the 1800s it would be someone’s spinster aunt.)
Even though it’s certainly not my most interesting post to read, I loved recapping my engagement party this past June. It was such a wonderful day that I can’t think of it without grinning. Another favourite post would be when I wrote about why I wear my grandmother’s engagement ring and why feeling connected to her is so important to me. (I promise I very rarely blog about wedding/engagement related things – it’s just pure coincidence that these made my top 3!) One of my other favourites would be my last post in the Bake Off Bake Along series that I hosted last year. It was the 2nd year in a row that I’ve baked along to the GBBO and while it’s a lot of work, it was tons of fun and definitely culminated in some silliness. I’m obviously a bit baking obsessed! I applied for the GBBO this year and made it to the interview stage and I was over the moon to even get that far. I think some sort of cake would be my signature bake. I’m leaning towards my butternut squash cake with whipped marshmallow frosting. It’s definitely one of my favourite cakes to eat!