COLLECTIONS: OCTOBER

24 October 2015

NOT READING: INLAND by kat rosenfield. why? i've had this book on my shelf for over a year now after having won it in a giveaway. initially i was really excited to read it and then one day, when i finally found time to sit down and peruse the untouched pages, i couldn't get into it at all. i'm not sure why. perhaps i was experiencing a book slump. perhaps i wasn't in the mood for that genre, or that writing style.
whatever it is - i'm still stuck there. the concept is definitely intriguing, i really want to give it another try - but my mind is clearly highly uninterested in this book - maybe one day.(everyone always tells you what they are reading; sometimes i think it's even more interesting to see what they are not reading, and why. what are you not reading right now?)                                                                                                                                                                                                                         WEARING: Daniel Wellington's 'classy glasgow' watch, which is, as the name's suggests: classy, sleek, comfortable and durable. Unsurprisingly, although it only arrived in the post a couple of days ago, I have already worn it (and even shot a highly amateur outfit post with it (coming soon), using my friend as a model - who, also unsurprisingly, squealed "a daniel wellington watch?!" when she first saw it, and tried to steal it threatened to run away with it. (i forgave her..who doesn't like daniel wellington?). And because I am, among other things, a breathtaking human being with a kind heart (ehem). I not only have a daniel wellington watch to present to the world in the hopes that just a glimpse of this stunning creation brings a smile to someone's face, but I also hold the key to the door, that when opened, will unveil a (very pretty) box containing your own DW watch: yes, I have a 15% discount for you (expires Nov 15th 2015) - code word: hawwaetc - I know, I know, don't thank me all at once...             EXPLORING: Leeds, or more specifically, Leeds University and the surrounding buildings. University open days always drag, but usually, after the (always stereotypical and generic) talk, and after talking to one of the professors, I disappear into the crowd and get purposefully lost, my camera at the ready for any architectural beauties or photogenic moments. Leeds is perfect for those. (And their new library is my dream home - am I allowed to go and live there? Too many text-books for me, but so many different types of chairs and desks and a beautiful view - yes I am easily pleased.)
how has your october been so far? are you, like me, feeling intensely old and wizened (i have grey hairs, literally, about one or two but still..) by the fact that a new academic year with 1234567x more work - and hence more stress - is now upon us. Is anyone else in the process of applying to universities too? If so, feel free to complain to me: I feel your pain.

12 comments:

  1. If that was me, I'd be stealing it from you immediately. Unfortunately, a DW watch, even with the discount, is expensive for me. I'm a poor college student, and it doesn't help that I have to save money for my junior year, because we all have to study away from our current site, and I have my sights set on some pretty expensive countries. :/ But I'm so happy for you, Hawwa, and go on rocking that watch.

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    1. I FEEL THE PAIN THOUGH, i owed my friend around two pounds and it took me three days to pay her back....
      YOU GET TO TRAVEL THOUGH WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO CAN I STUFF MYSELF IN YOUR SUITCASE SOMEHOW?

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  2. i love the last photograph, churches and chapels are so stunning, i love how grand they look but somehow old and humble at the same time. inshallah the uni process goes well! Leeds does seem like a beautiful area, let me know how it goes x

    safah - oh, how i wander

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    1. I agree - i actually have been planning to do a sketch of this photo but still haven't got round to it..:/

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  3. Omg your photos are always so entirely wonderful. I'm juuuust sayin'. (It's true.) Getting lost with a camera around beautiful old architecture sounds like a DREAM COME TRUE. I would love to do that one day. :')
    I've never even heard of Inland but I DO like that cover.

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    1. THE COVER IS BEAUTIFUL, i don't know about the insides..
      and thankkkkk yoooouuu Cait :)

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  4. I'm curious to see what you think of Inland Hawwa. It sounds like such a unique and creative story, and I hope you end up enjoying it. And your watch and your photographs are both absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing, and fabulous recap! ♥

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    1. I hope so too! It's been sat on my shelf for long enough! and thank you. :)

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  5. Your photos are always so lovely, Hawwa - I so enjoy looking at them. (And your Instagram is quite dreamy in its own right!) I quite like the idea of a "not reading" list - though I've been trying to cut down my bookshelf to only include books I am positive I'll be reading, it's fascinating to think about which ones I'm not particularly interested in - and why.

    Here's hoping for a beautiful November ahead with so many stories to share. And sending so many calm, bubble-bath-and-scented-candle-and-purring-cat vibes your way! ;) xx

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    1. That's my plan of late too: I really want to cut down what's on my bookshelf to only have books i genuinely enjoy or really want to read but that's easier said than done!

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  6. What lovely photos! I esp. love the one of Leeds (I have Pinned it ... no surprises). RE the uni stress, I'm anxiously biting my nails and waiting to hear from Oxford; interview, yay or nay. One way or the other.

    I'm not reading Blue Blood by Vivienne Moore, a medieval mystery I've had for ages but really can't be bothered with. I'm also not reading A Dance with Dragons or The Silkworm (Robert Galbraith) or Demon Road (all of which I'm desperate for), because right now I'm actually studying Keats (on my own!) for the aforesaid hypothetical Oxford interview .... ~collapses~

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    1. EW KEATS EW INTERVIEW EW. :P Hahaha my devoted little pinterest stalker..
      Never heard of Blue Blood but OMG TELL ME IF THE SILKWORM IS GOOD. it's huge though :O

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