Best of… |July 2018


And just like that, it was all over. Who saw that coming? I landed in Korea on July 31st 2014 to begin my year of teaching in Korea. Fast forward four years and I sit here, in a cafe, hitting the publish button on this post, ready to head back to the UK for a wee sabbatical.

I plan on returning to Korea in 2019, but that doesn’t make leaving any easier. I’ve been a bag of anxiety the last few weeks, and I’m pretty sure it’s a universal truth that packing up your possessions and moving house sucks!

Despite all the moving and shaking (thanks to carrying my life up a million and one stairs…) here’s a run down of what’s been happening (or not) in July!


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I haven’t really paid attention to the headlines at all tis month! I was aware of the goings on in with the footballers in Thailand (brave lads) and you’d have to be living under a rock to miss what Trump has been up to! But I’ve not actually taken in any headlines! I’v been far too busy packing my life away, thinning out my possessions, and working out what I really need (more than I thought and less than I anticipated…) Now that August is upon us, the packing is done, and I’ve free time galore, I will endeavour to pay better attention to the news!


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Food… what’s that?

Cooking… who’s she?

Baking… who her?

I’ve barely cooked, never mind anything else in the last few weeks. It has, once again, been a spiraling mess of ARGHHHHHHHHHHH!

I don’t do moving. At all.

That said, I’ve sent select baking trays back to the UK, so look out for some This Geeky Kitchen posts coming your way in the future!


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So I have actually managed to shoe horn some reading in this month! A whole one book!!

Many moons ago, how many I don’t remember, Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson popped up for the grand total of 99p. I love a good scandinavian crime novel, and this hit the spot pretty well. It took a while to get into, the main character being pretty flawed and not in a loveable kind of way, but then his other half wasn’t much better either. On the flip side to this, the characters were real. So very real. In no way had they been polished or preened for the novel. Every character was comfortingly normal and relatable.

The setting, a far away small town in northern Iceland, made a great backdrop for the novel, and I have to say I didn’t see the end coming! I still prefer Nesbo and Mankell, but I have Jónasson  other titles in his Dark Iceland series (Nightblind, Rupture and Blackout – I’m missing Whiteout) ready to go.

The books weren’t published in chronological order, so if you want to read the story chronologically, here’s the list:

  1. Snowblind
  2. Nightblind
  3. Blackout
  4. Rupture
  5. Whiteout (but don’t quote me on this last one!)

Snowblinc Book Cover



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It has been a month of denial, tears, happiness and sadness.

From initially telling my students that, after three years, I was leaving, to saying farewell to the school during the closing ceremony broadcast – in Korean – it’s been an emotional rollercoaster.

And saying goodbye to my co-teacher yesterday brought a fresh wave of tears. I have been so, very, incredibly lucky with my co-workers, and they have made my first experience of Korea something truly wonderful.

My first co-teacher is the reason I stayed beyond my first year, and my second group of co-teachers are the reason I’m coming back.

I’m off to go cry a little more now…



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Someone was smiling on me, and I was given a packing gift that has healed the soul. How I Met Your Mother was added to Korean Netflix and I’ve been consuming it like there’s no tomorrow. I’ve never actually watched it before (though I know what happens) and I’m really enjoying it, but if I’m honest, I’m here for Barney!

Then I find that project runway was added to Korean Netflix! Hallelujah! It’s been years since I watched project runway, but it has been keeping me going these last few days!  Thank you, Netflix! Thank you, Tim Gunn!



July’s high point was… another concert! This time, Seventeen. The three concerts I have been to recently have been so different, and so enjoyable for different reasons.


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As I sent the majority of my things away, I have been in a pit of craftless despair recently. Not fun!

That being said, the cogs have been turning and plans are already afoot (in the very loosest of senses) for my eventual return to Korea next year. Homes are small here, and space saving/multi-purpose furniture is important!

From the caption on the original image, this itself is a hack! And what a beautiful one it is!

I spied this image on instagram, and my imagination started running wild as to how I could adapt and DIY this concept for my apartment when I get back. Of course, much of this depends on size, but as a space saving idea, it’s definitely one to be kept in the memory bank! This right here is one of the major reasons my sewing machine is being kept!

The plan is to base it off an Ikea mattress so it can be a bed when or if necessary, but look at those storage options!



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July has been interesting, to say the least.

The first half of 2018 served us with bop after bop after bop, and it seems to have slowed down this month! A combination, I feel, of all the major groups having had comebacks, and frankly being bopped out!

Not that there haven’t been good releases this month! We were finally, FINALLY, granted a comback from Bigbang’s Seungri! I’ve been waiting five years for this and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t close to tears when watching the MV for 1,2,3! It’s so, so good, and the music video is brilliant!

Otherwise, I’ve been listening to some old favourites this month – chromecast has been facilitating this and I’ve been playing spotify through my TV. I’ve had Coming Home by JJ Project (Jaebum and Jinyoung from Got7) on loop, along with a huge swathe of BTOB‘s music (far too many to name) and some classic Beast, Bigbang and Sistar amongst others. I’ve definitely been staying in the musical comfort zone this month!



Fashion & Beauty

To be honest, these have both somewhat fallen by the wayside this month thanks to both the searing heat and the packing and culling of my possessions!

As always in summer, the makeup routine changes up because with different weather comes different priorities.

This month it’s been about the lip tints and, for me, Etude house is the place to go for them! Last year they came out with these wee ice cream shaped tints, and a couple of weeks ago they launched the soft drink tints. They are just too adorable for their own good, how can you say no! I picked up a couple for myself and, while I’m still here, a couple for my friends too, though you can find these on yesstyle no problem!

lip tints
Milky Soda | 홍시 레드 (Orange Red) | Grapefruit Fantasy

I’ve also been back on board the cushion foundation train. Easy to apply, light to wear, and the dewy finish is great for the heat – and it has been HOT this month. This one, from Daiso no less, happens to be a favourite!

daiso cushion

The stress and sweatyness of moving, however, has played havoc with my skin and it definitely needs some tlc, so it’s going to be face mask central here!



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It’s been all about the packing… and little else!

I have made a ton of envelopes recently, and I’m really loving them! There’s more info on the blog, and on the etsy page!

Envelope Sets

Summer vacation is here! What are you up to this year? What camps have you planned? Any exotic locations?

Enjoy your summer, guys, and I’ll still be here when you’re all back! 🙂

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One comment

  1. Hey Nancy!! Know the movin hasn’t been stressful!! But as always you give us such great stuff to check out – definitely will ve looking into your book recommendations! I haven’t tried tried scandinavian crime novels before so it’s nice to have somewhere to start :)) and if you do the couch DIY you better post a picture and how to!!!!! Thanks lovely for another great round up!!


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