Happy 100th edition of Sundaze!
This feels like a monumental achievement, not least because I’ve never been one to stick at much for long. One hundred weekly updates later and here we are. Just another Sunday morning.
I first started my Sundaze series when I was living in Hong Kong and wanted to document the minutiae of everyday life. Sundays have long been my favourite day of the week (you’ll discover more about the why in a post next week), and it has become nearly everybody’s favourite regular feature on here. I adore that it has such old school vibes in a world where our industry has completely exploded and has left many questioning whether blogging is indeed dying. Personally, I’ll always have a place in my heart for this online space. I just adore creating long-form content and love working on creating a cosy, safe haven for people to flock to and feel inspired, happy, cosy, motivated or entertained. I also like how it breaks up my overall content because I know not everybody enjoys the think-pieces or reading about my outfits or this, that and the other. But I do know that we’re ultimately all nosy humans.
Here’s to 100 weeks of Sundaze, and to many more.
First, let’s get the celebrations going with some bonus downloads. I share free downloads in each of my fortnightly newsletters, so if you’re interested in wallpapers, handy trackers, to-do lists and more, sign up here.
To download, simply right click and ‘Save as…’.hold down your finger on the image and ‘Save’, or use the provided links!
Light Pink / Dark Pink
Light Pink / Dark Pink
The Ultimate Sundaze To-Do List
Download it here!
Breddos Tacos with the Dream Team
Our girl Lily was back in town this week so we descended upon long-time favourite Breddos Tacos for a huge taco and beer feast! It was so good to see her — I haven’t seen her in almost 2 years! — and gossip with the gang once more. If you want delicious Mexican food in central London, be sure to head over and order the black bean taco (it comes in a single portion, so order two or three to yourself) and all of the sides (which are all veggie).
I’m not even sure if I should admit that it’s been about 13 months since I last had my hair cut. Hot on the heels of realising that I need to take more time to myself, I booked in with my usual salon and chopped 5 inches from my hair! And I genuinely feel like a whole new woman. My hair is far easier to take care of and I feel so much lighter. I just need to get used to it being so short when at the gym and trying to keep it tied up and away from my face!
Asian women and relationships
On Friday night, I came across an article written by Celeste Ng on The Cut. After reading her book, Little Fires Everywhere, I followed Ng on Twitter and Instagram because I felt that she had more to say and more to bring to my life. And I wasn’t wrong! She wrote a great article about Asian-American women in interracial relationships, and I was overwhelmed with gratitude to her for putting thoughts to paper on behalf of women everywhere in a similar position.
I myself am technically in an interracial relationship. And I am a Chinese woman. And I’d be lying if I said that I’d never a) felt pressured to eventually end up with somebody Chinese, b) felt alienated by Chinese men for dating somebody else, and c) had to justify my choices.
It’s ridiculous, right? I mean, it’s literally as ridiculous as it looks on paper. Or on screen.
Once when I first shared a photo of Harvey and I on Instagram, somebody messaged me to say she fancied my ‘friend’. Except, that was my boyfriend. And I don’t know how it’s okay to be so invasive. I’ve received abusive messages from Asian men that I’ve previously dated, saying ‘you British-born Chinese lot always end up dating white guys’, which is incredibly offensive, false and racist. I’ve felt a lot of thoughts about this topic, but Ng captured them so eloquently and her article is well worth your time this weekend.
Links I’ve Loved:
- Absolutely loved reading Sophie’s post about taking part in Sober October.
- I firmly believe that blogging isn’t dead, and this article on Blog & Beyond confirms why the platform still matters and why you should keep on keeping on.
- After reading Sarah Kirby’s review of The Spread Eagle, I am absolutely dying to go and eat all of the (vegan) food!
- Victoria’s post about fake followers and how to spot them was easily one of the most talked-about articles this week. Get the lowdown here, and have your say.
- Struggling to find some food inspiration? Laura from Middle of Adventure shared four of her weekday meals and they all sound SO delicious.
- Kim’s review of Brother Marcus means my London eats wishlist has grown again.
- The month of October marks Black History Month and I found Sade’s contribution to the cause incredibly insightful and inspiring. She writes with such passion and emotion.
- Recently I’ve been toying with the idea of a career change, so Abi’s post about the very same topic truly resonated with me.
- Miss old-school beauty blogs? Caroline from Sparkly Vodka is one of my favourites, and this review of Bali Balm’s lip balm instantly sold me.