Hello blog! I really do apologise for my five month hiatus, I can’t say that it’s my proudest feat, haha. I guess everything has been a bit of whirlwind as of late. This post is mainly just a brain dump of everything the has been on my mind recently, feel free to tag along as I untangle the mess that is my current train of thought.

Recently, I’ve found myself indulging in delirious journalling, long baths that leave my fingers pruning and rewatching Sofia Coppola movies. Marie Antoinette has been my favourite at this current moment. Oh and what I would give to be Sofia Coppola’s muse for a day! I also find that I’ve been reverting to my old clichés, but I’ll be keeping those a secret. Winter is the season in which I thrive.

I’ve been listening to a lot of music too on my commutes to and from school. My favourite artists at the moment include Fiona Apple, Françoise Hardy, Harry Styles, Joni Mitchell and David Bowie. Quite a random combination of artists, I have to say. I hate having to tether my music taste to a specific genre and so I just have a bit of everything! Here is my current playlist:

Also, as of late I’ve been getting back into podcasts. My favourite podcast at the moment is ‘The A24 Podcast’ and I would definitely recommend the episode ‘Divine Frequency with Hunter Schafer and Lorde’. Perhaps I’m slightly biased since they are my favourites and I would probably listen to them reading their grocery lists. I have yet to listen to Paul Mescal’s episode but that would send me hanging precariously over the edge of another ‘Normal People’ binge. I am not currently in the mood to spiral and so I’m leaving it for another time.

As for a school update, I would be lying if I said that I’m loving it. Being in Year 11, I have my GCSEs this year and my mock exams are fast approaching. I guess I’ve been anticipating these exams for so long that I no longer believe that they are just around the corner. However, one highlight of my month is my school visit to the Tate Britain earlier this week. We went to see the ‘Life Between Islands’ exhibition which was centred around the work of artists from the Caribbean who made their home in Britain. I loved the use of different media such as documentary photography, fashion, film, sculpture and paint. It was such an enlightening exhibition that educated me on the breadth and depth of the impact of Caribbean British art and how it transformed British culture in ways that we may not be fully aware.

Now, let’s talk about books! I wanted to share a few of my favourites that I’ve read over the past couple of months!

M Train by Patti Smith

I want to be Patti Smith when I grow up. Everything that she writes is pure gold and she has solidified herself as one of my favourite authors. Having loved ‘Just Kids’, I was dying to get ahold of more of her work and thank God I did. M Train is the portrait of an artist. Lost in an ever flowing stream of consciousness, Smith’s narrative never loses an ounce of conviction. Once again, she has created a masterpiece, a beautiful love letter of mourning, globetrotting and copious cups of coffee. I loved it, 4/5!

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This is probably the most heartbreaking story I have ever read. Kathy’s narration is not necessarily groundbreaking yet it is so full of emotional clarity that you cannot help but become engulfed in her confusion, pain and reminiscence. I definitely recommend going into this novel blindly because I think it’s impact comes across stronger that way. A beautiful novel that tackles questions of humanity and the soul, 4/5.

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

Although I haven’t finished this yet, I just had to include it. Plath will always be a favourite of mine and this collection does not disappoint. Reading her poetry tempts me to write my own but I’m unsure as to where that will lead me. I’m already envisioning a breakdown from writer’s block but let’s save that for when the time comes. Pictured above is my current favourite poem ‘Poppies in October’. I will definitely give a full review once I’ve finished this!

That’s all for today, thank you so much for sticking around! This blog post was a total mess but we already knew that. I hope to see you soon.

All my love,

Arabella

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