The month that was: July 2016

What happened:
I am being really low-key at the moment as I am saving my pennies for my upcoming holiday to Florida, though I did pick up some awesome bargains in the H&M sale and spent my ASOS A-LIST vouchers on some holiday bits and bobs. I especially love this jumpsuit from H&M - I have a feeling I'll be wearing it a lot!

Speaking of the holiday, we headed to Kent to plan what we're doing with Olly's sister and husband, though they are now not going so we need to replan our holiday. (We were also there for an 80th birthday, and we headed back to Kent later in the month for another family BBQ.)

I'm super excited about Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, though we're no longer going to Busch Gardens so I can't feed the giraffes on the Serengeti Safari. We are now going to Miami, however, so it's swings and roundabouts. The one thing I'm not excited about are the alligators. They terrify me! If you've been to Florida, please do leave me your tips/favourite restaurants etc in the comments. I've already got my mouse ears ready to wear from my visit to Disneyland Paris earlier this year!

We actually had some very sunny weather in London in July. Hurrah! I made the most of topping up my Vitamin D tan by heading either to the park or the common near our house. I miss having a garden when it's hot and sunny, but luckily we live so close to two beautiful outdoor spaces. (Plus it gave me an excuse to go out and catch some Pokémon.)

I also headed to Hampton Court Palace to catch up with a friend (I blogged about visiting there in July 2013, here and here if you want any details about HCP or more photos), and Olly and I headed to Clissold Park for a leaving picnic. It was strange heading to Finsbury Park to walk to Clissold Park from there; we've not been there since we moved out of Stroud Green.

Finally, I did the last bits and pieces on Found; advanced review copies went out to those involved in the tour, and the book is available to buy next week! (You can pre-order it now, if you want to, and you can also head to Goodreads for your chance to win a paperback copy.) I'm so excited to share with you all the final Arielle book, and I hope you love how the series ends.

What I ate:
Not much! Well, obviously I ate my three meals a day, but I didn't cook anything worth sharing. I only ate out at Byron this month, followed by drinks on the river.

What I watched:
TV-wise, I'm still watching Pretty Little Liars - they should never have done another series - and we watched the first season of Billions, which I absolutely loved. We also watched The Last Man on the Moon documentary, which got me even more excited for the Kennedy Space Center. (Yes, that's something else I'm excited about doing in Florida!) We watched the first episode of Mr. Robot, and we are also watching... *coughs* the old Pokémon cartoon. Tee hee!

At the cinema we went to see Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Ghostbusters and Star Trek Beyond in 3D. Absolutely Fabulous was OK - it felt a little flat in places - but I liked Ghostbusters. I also loved the Ghostbusters take-over at Waterloo. How cool does Stay Puft look coming out of the floor! As for Star Trek Beyond, I never watched the TV shows, but the new movies are quite enjoyable.

Other films watched: Straight Outta Compton, The Lobster, Spectre, Thor, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Burnt, Me Earl and the Dying Girl and Interstellar. We gave up watching Paper Towns and Irrational Man.

What I read:
In July I read 20 books and I abandoned reading two books. My favourite reads of the month were Targeted by Kendra Elliot, The Girls by Lisa Jewell, The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty and After the Last Dance by Sarra Manning. And I, of course, got my copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Woohoo!

How was your month? Have you been on your summer holiday yet? x

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