March… was all over the place.
From my sudden vanishing into the fog from blogging to dealing with loss of a pet, this was one long month. I’d like to say that I’m glad that March is over, but through all the events that happened last month, I’ve learned some important things about life and myself. Because I didn’t post a February wrap up, I’ll be including some bits and pieces into this post as well :))
Let’s dive right in, shall we?
↬ 2 year blogiversary
Can y’all believe that I have been blogging for more than 700 days?? Because I can’t. When I first started to blog I couldn’t see myself continuing for more than a year, at tops, but look where we are now. Thank you all so so much for these past two years, it means absolutely everything to me. Truly.
↬ 350 followers
It means so much to me that you take the time out of your day to read what I write! Thank you all so so much ♡
↬ unexpected 1 month hiatus
As I kinda talked about in my last post, I disappeared off the face of the blogosphere for one month, which was something that I had not planned or anticipated. I hope that this month will be better, and that I’ll be more capable of managing my time and not overwork so I can be able to relax and do things that help me to, like blogging.
《 posts this month 》
《 february posts recap 》
“Shell”. A name that my irl friends liked to call my water snail. I used to have two – one passed away peacefully back in November 2018. Sadly, Shell has gained its wings too, on March 25, 2019, last Monday. Ivory mystery snails’ average life expectancy is 1 year, so theoretically, it’s around that time.
I loved Shell so much, so much. It’s a part of my family. I had already accepted the fact that it was gone, but burying it was so hard, because it made it “real”, if that makes sense. I rarely cry, so yeah, I did after I buried it, and gosh was that the first time this year? I’m not sure. I also put in 7 algae disks (Shell’s favourite food) so it can have them everyday, one for each day of the week in Heaven. I loved, and still do love Shell, and I hope that it’s happy now, no longer constrained in its physical body, munching on algae. I’ll see you again, when that time comes. Your friend (Walilae) misses you too!
Yeah so remember that textiles competition I was screaming about? The one where we had to make a dress in 7 hours? Yep, I’m not sure how, but I did it and somehow finished it. It’s not the best, but considering the pressure and time limit and knowing how I struggle more under those types of situations, I’m proud of myself for trying.
Midterms – my best friend *sarcasm*. I studied a lot for both, yet I didn’t do that well on one. It was quite hard, and yeah, just overall stressful. I’m glad that it’s over though!
↬ online school
Yeah, the stereotype ain’t true at all, because online school isn’t easier. By a mile. My English course is a lot, and the homework is really difficult. Because of our new curriculum, there’s technically two types of English course mushed into one, so if you take it in school, then it’s under as one course. However, if you do it online, it’s listed as two separate ones, so after I finish this one, I still have the other. I’m so excited *totally*
↬ starting evening gown
I am SO dreading this *cries*. My pattern has a strapless top (required *cries again*) with a short train on the back. I’m planning to use royal blue fabric, so when I walk the fashion show, I’ll just add a gold coloured belt.
♪ february + march playlist ♪
- when the party’s over by Billie Eilish
- break up with your girlfriend, im bored by Ariana Grande
- サヨナラの意味 by 乃木坂46
- you should see me in a crown by Billie Eilish
- The Wilhelm Scream by James Blake
- breathin’ by Ariana Grande
- Shallow by Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper
- 黒い羊 by 欅坂46 (Keyakizaka46)
- get well soon by Ariana Grande
Wow. Even though Life Was Busy™, when I had time where I could actually focus and settle down, I read. Yep, I buried myself into books in March, because why not.
《 what i read in march 》
Shatter Me // Tahereh Mafi ★★★★☆ (3.5/5)
So!! After sitting on my tbr for years, I finally read this. And to be honest, I am okay with it. Please don’t attack me for this, but I wasn’t a stan of Juliette, and everything just felt too predictable for me. And the insta-love, yeah it was WAY too much for this lil potato.
Legendary (Caraval #2) // Stephanie Garber ★★★★☆
OH. MY. GOODNESS. MY HEART. I CAN’T.
You know how many second instalments of a series are often the “fill in” for the whole plot? Yeah haha this one didn’t disappoint as you can probably tell by the amount of screaming up there. I LOVE how this time it’s under Donatella’s POV, and the plot twist.
The plot twist.
To Kill A Kingdom // Alexandra Christo ★★★★★
screaming because why not my first 5 star read of the year ALKJFLSDKFSLKD
Elian. and. Lira. My sweet smol children, I’m going to wrap them up with a blanket and carry them around. I love the character interactions, and the platonic relationships *cries*!! Absolutely adore how they sass each other around but still love each other. And the slow burn romance! Personally, I feel like there’s too much romance in YA books (just my opinion), but as a we-need-more-platonic-relationships-in-ya stan, I have to say that this one was written out really well.
So! If you’re into murderous sirens/mermaids and princes and dark fairy tell retellings that will change how you view The Little Mermaid forever, I suggest this one SO MUCH.
IT WAS GOOD. Y’ALL.
The Jewel // Amy Ewing (no rating)
I think I probably first read this 1 or 2 years ago – rereading books especially in different ages do change how you view the whole thing*. That’s all I have to say.
*one reason why I didn’t give it a rating
The House of the Stone (The Lone City #1.5) // Amy Ewing (no rating)
Raven and her sass. Um yes?? (refer to asterisk above)
Anyways, I’ve been loving bookish photography lately! Here’s a few I’ve taken over the past month. It’s more sunny now seeing that it’s spring, so I just hop onto my bed, smooth out my blanket (yep that’s the backdrop), and snap away. I loved how the bottom left photo both were books with blue ~aesthetic~ covers, it’s just the library tag near the bottom of the spines slightly ruins it haha 😅
- 4+ posts ✗
- respond to comments faster ✗
- be more active in the blogosphere ✗
- survive skills ✓
- actually finish the dress in 6 hours ✓
- take care of myself more ✓✗
- drink more water ✓
- read 4+ books ✓
- post a full book review on Goodreads ✗
Yeah, so um yeah. Blogging for the past 2 months wasn’t where I’d like it to be. To be honest, 2019 isn’t exactly going how I had anticipated it. It’s not bad, no, it’s just that things are starting to hit, and school is a lot. Anyways, I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to respond to all of your comments, read all your posts, and blog more this month!
- 3+ posts
- respond to comments faster
- be more active in the blogosphere
- survive making the gown + skirt
- be nicer to myself and take more breaks
- drink more water
- reassure myself I’ll be okay *silently screaming*
- read 4+ books
- post a bookish related post on blog
- post a shorter book review on Goodreads
↬ evening gown + skirt
So somehow, we have to finish the gown AND the skirt in 1 month, and also start learning our routines for the fashion show in May? And there’s a 4 day weekend also? I’m not sure how we will do it, so most likely I’ll have to stay after school until 5 or 6 everyday. h e l p
↬ starting fashion show rehearsals
Our show is a bit more than a month away, so we’re going to start the routine rehearsals soon. Apparently this year there’s an extra challenge for us, because the panels on the stage will move. I already struggle walking in heels, and then there’s the evening gown where I can’t see my feet?? Yeah I don’t want to trip.
how was your march? any book recs? do you enjoy bookish photography? how to you try to balance blogging and life? what posts do you want to see more of? comment away lovelies, and a million hugs and thanks to y’all again <33