10 Things I've Loved This Summer. ♥

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

It's been a really hard Summer for me this year, and not one I'll necessarily remember as one of the happiest Summer's of my life. As some of you may know, I lost my lovely Gran, read more here, which was incredibly difficult. But I've tried my best, despite the circumstances, to be happy, content and enjoy my Summer. It's really flew by, I know we're like mid September already, and Autumn is well and truly on it's way (my favourite time of year, bring on all the hot chocolates, knit wear, crunchy, Autumn leaves, candles, and cosy evenings!) and despite all of the sadness, there has been some pretty exciting, lovely and amazing things that have happened to me this Summer so I thought I'd share 10 of my favourite things that I've loved about Summer 2017, with you all, today. 

♥ 1. We bought a house - This is probably one of the happiest and most exciting times of this Summer. I mentioned it slightly in this post, but Mr B and I have bought our dream home, and we're currently in the process of renovating which has been all sorts of crazy but so much fun and excitement all at the same time - it's also meant that I get to go to Ikea and lots of pretty homeware places rather a lot, which I never complain about :) We're so happy and we cannot wait for this next chapter in our lives!

♥ 2. Reading in the garden - or just reading in general. Despite the lack of amazing weather in the UK this summer, I love reading in the garden in warmer weather, there's just something so relaxing about it. :) I've really enjoyed reading No Filter by Grace Victory this Summer and Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon - what has been your favourite read this Summer?

♥ 3. Making the most of Summer Fashion & Make Up - I've well and truly made the most of wearing my Summer wardrobe, and rocked way too many bright lips this Summer. You only get the chance of wearing bright, Summery colours once a year so you may as well make the most of it right? I've loved wearing bright nail colours too, and wearing all the pretty, embellished sandals.

♥ 4. Working with amazing brands - So this Summer has been insane for The Perks of Being Sharna. I've been so lucky and fortunate enough to work with some amazing brands and collaborate on content that I never even dreamed of happening, on my corner of the web. I still sometimes have to pinch myself that I'm lucky enough to work with brands and I can't believe that they, actually want to work with little old me! :) :) :)

♥ 5. Weekends away - With the craziness of everything going on my life, a Summer holiday was the least of my priorities. I went away to Ibiza earlier this year anyway, but this is the first time in years that I haven't gone away over the Summer. I'm not gonna lie, I've been so jealous of everybody Instagramming photos of themselves tanned on the beach, but there's always next year, and we've enjoyed some pretty, special weekends away which have been really lovely! No matter where in the world it is, visiting the beach is always lovely and I've loved our weekends away this Summer! :)

♥ 6. Celebrating one year of being engaged - Summer 2016 was a major year for me, probably one of the happiest of my life as Mr B and I got engaged! One of my most happy and favourite moments of this Summer was celebrating one year of being engaged to my lovely Fiance. Once we're moved into our new home, I cannot wait to start wedding planning... eeeeek!!! :)

♥ 7. Spending quality time with family and friends - This summer I've tried to make an effort to spend quality time with my loved ones. If this Summer has taught me anything it's that life is so short, and you've really got to do what makes you happy, surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good. So I've been trying to do just that, and I've loved making memories with all of my favourite people.

♥ 8. Journalling - I've been journalling this Summer which is a new venture for me. I've always been into keeping a journal and writing my thoughts down, but this Summer I've been more serious about it, and have been trying to remember to do it daily, so far it's been a success, and I cannot wait to look back on my thoughts of Summer 2017 in years to come, I just need to keep it up! Next I want to try Bullet Journalling! :)

♥  9. Chilled days - Another thing I've loved this Summer is just doing absolutely nothing at all. It's been a CRAZY Summer to say the least and I've had SO much going on in my life, so I've been grabbing every bit of free time that I have and treating myself to lots of lazy time, watching my favourite shows on Netflix (see below), reading, painting my nails, drinking lots of hot chocolate and strawberry milkshake, just generally making more time for the things I love and it's really helped in terms of my mental health, especially on days where I've felt like I'm going crazy and there aren't enough hours in the day.

♥ 10. Jane the Virgin & Power - Finally two of my favourite TV shows that I've absolutely LOVED this Summer are these two beauties. They're so completely different but they're both available on Netflix. Check them out and watch the trailers if you haven't already, because you're seriously missing out.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post. It's been lovely to look back on Summer 2017, despite how crazy it's been there's been so much I've enjoyed. I'm really looking forward to Autumn and Winter though - it's my absolute favourite time of year! CHRISTMASSSS!!!! (Sorry. Not Sorry, to throw that in there Mid September, for all you scrooges!)

I just wanted to thank you all so much for your support this Summer, I couldn't have done it without you guys and I was really blown away by all of your kind words when I was having a hard time. You're the best. 

What did you guys love about Summer 2017? What was your favourite memory? What are you looking forward to about the following months in Autumn and Winter?

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