Friday’s Favourites: Serial Podcast, Embracing Awkwardness & Stripes

Friday’s Favourites: Serial Podcast, Embracing Awkwardness & Stripes

Oh my, sometimes I sort of forget what day it is, no thanks to the holidays (or maybe thanks?). The days seem to just drift by really. I’m not complaining, because I do get a lot done during the school holidays – the house gets cleaned, laundry gets done, and best of all, I get to read all I want! Amongst other things that I get to do during the long break, which brings me to this week’s Friday’s Favourites post.

Serial Podcast

serial podcast

If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve seen me share my obsession with the Serial podcast. It all started with Smaggle who shared it on her facebook page. Or was it Kim-Marie who shared it on hers first that got me intrigued? I guess, Kim-Marie shared it on her status, then Smaggle shared it on hers, which started the ball rolling.

Anyway, I went ahead and checked it out one Sunday afternoon. The website had the synopsis of what the podcast was all about. Basically, a guy was prosecuted for killing his ex-girlfriend. Seems like any old crime story right? The thing is, he might be innocent, or maybe not. THIS is where it gets interesting. The facts, findings, the questions, the theories. EVERYTHING! I got hooked and couldn’t stop listening to the episodes. I finished all 12 episodes by Monday. The series not only covered what the case was all about, but how and why the podcast came about too. Then there’s the story behind the relationship between the victim and the accused, the area that the body was found it; and so on and so forth. Season one just ended and I believe they’re making the second season, of which I cannot wait for!

If you’re as obsessed as I am after listening to the podcast, do check out the different articles written about it. There’s Jay’s interview – his side of the story – AFTER and not part of the podcast. Very interesting look into his mind too. Or you can even join in the discussion on the Reddit forum. Yeah, it’s pretty serious people. Mr. C kept on saying it’s “fake”. As in the story isn’t real. I told him to …”shut up and go check it out yourself, it’s a real case DUH!” That’s Mr. C for you; always second guessing me…but I love proving him wrong 😉 .

The Story of Awkward

the story of awkward

I chanced upon this book when I was looking for free reads on Amazon. Yes, I was that desperate to find some books. The blurb sounded…interesting,

If you are looking for a happy book about beautiful people, this is the wrong story.
If you are looking for a narrative without emotion, without regrets, and without mistakes, this is definitely the wrong story.

Sounded like any typical young adult angsty story right? Well, not quite actually. What I thought was aimed at young adults actually would be great for us adults too. The story centres around Peregrine Storke or Perrie for short, an awkward, would be artist who is bound for college with her best friend. Her parents are not your typical parents, her father is a drunk and her mother is a ball of anxiety. So you can imagine what her childhood was like.

It didn’t help that she was pretty chubby and loved sweets, plus needed her glasses no thanks to her not-so-great eyesight. Things get worse as she grows older and heads for high-school. She gets taunted by other kids, abused, bullied, and it doesn’t help that her best friend’s brother is the one that sort of started the taunting to begin with.

Perrie’s way of escaping this reality is through her drawings. Her fantasy fairytale where awkward is normal and accepted. But things take a turn when Perrie, her best friend and her best friend’s brother is bound for New York. I won’t tell you more as that will just spoil the book really.

Basically, this is a story about finding oneself, of accepting your awkwardness. I mean how can anyone else love and accept you if you’re too scared to accept yourself right? Sometimes attaining perfection isn’t all that its cracked up to be and sometimes what we see as perfect isn’t all that either. It really resonated with me, especially this quote in the book,

“My burden was my parents, my fear for them and my fear of being like them, and my burden was also myself.” 

I loved the way the author wrote this book, using Perrie’s fairytale characters to bring the story to life, and making us also look into ourselves. Do check out The Story of Awkward and let me know what you think of it if you do!


I never realised how obsessed I am with stripes until I had a look at my collection of stripes! After “stalking” the **striped skirt and **sleeveless dress from **Bohemian Traders since they both went online, I finally caved in and bought them when they went on sale. Well worth the wait and well worth every cent – not surprisingly as I’ve got a few pieces from them already. Great quality, none of that flimsy, thin stuff.

This was how eager I was to have the items, I wore the skirt today – the day it came in the mail and damn… The fit is sooo good! It’s got this lining on the inside that helps tuck and suck it in for you. At least that what I think it does.

Then it struck me, I’ve got a lot of stripes in my wardrobe! Me, the chick who avoids anything printed has fully embraced stripes! The ones below are just a few of what I’ve got so far. I’ve got a few more and I cannot get enough of them! That and polka dots!

stripes love

L-R: **Red striped dress from Bohemian Traders, Khaki striped dress from Bohemian Traders (**here in Navy)

Top row L-R: **Stripe skirt from Bohemian Traders, Stripe top from Cotton On

Bottom row L-R: Stirped Le Breton Dress from Popbasic, Striped Le Breton top from Popbasic

Not sure why, but maybe they’re in a way, classics? Classic pieces that I can wear easily, that suit my style, my personality. Not as much fuss as other prints?

That’s my round-up of this week’s Friday’s Favourites. Tell me, are you as obsessed with the Serial podcast as I am? What about stripes? And do let me know if you do end up reading The Story of Awkward – I finished it within a day (or less), so I’m sure you won’t take long to read it too.

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  • Mrs Krome says:

    Thanks Norlin – I’ve downloaded the book to my iPad and am looking forward to reading it. I too have been stalking the striped dress from Bohemian Traders (navy version for me), however I’ve resisted buying it because one of my resolutions for 2015 is to shop from my wardrobe (for the time being at least).

    • Norlin says:

      Hi Mrs. Krome! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the book 🙂 I hope you enjoy it as much I did. Word of caution, it’s really not what you’d expect. Good on you for shopping from your wardrobe! I did that a little last year. Worked well and I learn to only purchase items I KNOW will have a longer wear than those impulse purchases.

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