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Category: Monthly favourites
October has been one of the busiest months of my life. Between moving house, working full-time and taking part in Blogtober, I’ve barely had the time to process it all. That said, it has been an exciting month – full of new and happy memories. As it is slowly coming to a close (I can hardly believe how quickly the month has passed!) I thought I would share my favourite things with you.
September has not been a wonderful month, if I’m being honest it’s actually been quite terrible. But as I mentioned in my What Is Blogtober, And Why Am I Taking Part? post, I have been trying my best to make the most of and appreciate the little things. Things like collecting conkers in the park, going for long walks and spending time with my family have helped me through some of the dark days.
I haven’t done a ‘Favourites’ post in months now, and I figured now would be the best time to write one up as it will help me reflect back on the things I have enjoyed. (Which can only be a positive thing, right?)
So here we go, here’s what I have been loving during the month of September… (more…)
June has been a rather sad month for me and, if I’m being honest I haven’t felt particularly thankful for it. I did think about skipping the monthly favourites however I guess sometimes it’s good to reflect on the little things you have enjoyed. So here is everything I’ve been loving in the month of June.
May has been another super-busy month but not without lots of things to celebrate! This post is a little later than I originally intended, but we went on holiday so I’ve been super busy! Anyway here’s what I have been loving throughout May:
The return of Lucky Dip Club, My Rainbow Life box RRP: £15
I know I mentioned it in my previous April Lust List but this time it’s actually here! May saw the official release of the Lucky Dip Club in its’ new format; My Rainbow Life! The box features one super-cute and functional item that has been collaborated on with an equally cool indie artist plus the much loved subscriber mag ‘Girl Planet’. The great thing about the new format is that you get something you’ll actually use as opposed to lots of little bits and bobs that you might not. This months fun and functional surprise was a little treat tray. The idea behind it is that it can fit two treats (perhaps a hot drink and a yummy snack) and it’s there to remind you to TREAT YO SELF. And let’s be honest, we could all do with treating ourselves a little more. Well, probably not me. I probably treat myself too much but, whatever. Obviously my treat tray is going to be used for one thing and one thing only- hello handy bath time aide! Also, I have a feature in this months mag, just sayin’.
Montagne Jeunesse Candyfloss Scrub RRP: £1 from Primark
If you’ve been following my blog for a little while you’ll know I love the Montagne Jeunesse face masks. The Candyfloss scrub is for sure one of my favourites. It smells incredible and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The perfect sweet treat for tired skin!
Baby Bee Enamel Pin RRP $12 from Wawe Studio
I absolutely adore enamel pins and have a sizeable collection of my own. This super-cute Baby Bee pin from Wawe Studio combines my two greatest loves; bumble bees and kewpies! I just had to have it. It came packaged really well with some art postcards and a little pom pom – adorable!
Into The Water Book by Paula Hawkins RRP £10 from Waterstones
Into The Water is the highly anticipated second novel by Paula Hawkins. Following on from the monumental success of The Girl On The Train was obviously going to be no small feat but, I’m actually really impressed with this book. At first it is a little confusing getting to grips with all the characters as the story is told through multiple viewpoints. After awhile though it wasn’t a problem and I found that the different characters all added something to the story.
Into The Water opens with Nel Abbott’s death in the infamous drowning pool. It follows on to the tell the stories of her sister, her daughter, the policemen and women working on her case and the lives of those around her. It’s an intriguing story to say the least and, whilst it’s nothing at all like The Girl On The Train, I think it’s brilliant in its own right. Definitely worth a read.
Sonny Angel Sky Colour Series RRP £7.95 from Didi Inspired
When the Sky Colour Series Sonny Angels were announced I have to say, I was super excited! The last set (Easter) were nice enough but nothing special. In all honesty the designs/colours left me feeling a little disappointed (so much so they didn’t even make it in to my monthly favourites?!). So it was a pleasant surprise to have something super-cute to bridge the gap until Halloween rolls around again. Sky Colour Sonny’s feature cute weather-related hats such as rain, thunder, rainbow etc and they seem to be replacing the usual Summer series which features tanned Sonny Angel in holiday-themed hats and T-Shirts. I much prefer these as they are adorable.
Fjallraven Kanken Backpack RRP £65 from My Kanken Bag.com
Prior to going on holiday I decided to get a new “travel” bag. One that would be suitable for carrying books, makeup and the essentials. I have wanted a Fjallraven Kanken bag for ages so decided to go with that as I wanted something hardwearing and long lasting; something that could accompany me on many adventures. This bag is super cute, comfortable to wear and really spacious! I got mine in Ochre which is pretty much mustard yellow. I definitely recommend this bag if you travel a lot.
Space Girl bath bomb from the Lush Kitchen
And last but not least I was really loving the throwback Space Girl bath bomb from the Lush Kitchen. It smells super-sweet and it’s a great all rounder. For more info on it you can catch my haul post here!
What have you been loving in May?
April has been yet another busy month for me. It has been a month filled with fun events and personal projects- and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Now that it’s May (I can’t believe how quickly this year is going!) it’s time to look back at what I have loved.
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The Woman in Cabin 10 book by Ruth Ware £7.99 from Waterstones.
I haven’t had a great deal of time to read this month so I’m ashamed to say I got through just two, maybe three books, squeezing in reading on my commutes to and from work. One book that I read and found absolutely gripping though was The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. The premise of the book wasn’t immediately catching to me, but my mum kept suggesting and recommending it so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m happy to report that I’m glad I did! The Woman in Cabin 10 is in essence, a sophisticated Whodunnit? set on a luxury cruise ship. Lo Blacklock, travel journalist is our protagonist and we follow her through her chance to make it big covering the maiden voyage of a boutique cruise ship. Things don’t exactly go to plan on board though, and one night Lo is awoken by the sounds of someone being thrown overboard. Lo desperately tries to find out who has been murdered but becomes increasingly frustrated and paranoid as cruise staff are stubborn and unhelpful. The book is a really fast-paced, tense read and it’s easy to consume it in just a couple of sittings. I really enjoyed the character development and the unsettling atmosphere that Ware creates. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of thriller.
Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar from the Lush Kitchen
When the Magic Mushroom bubble bars were announced in the kitchen I was pretty excited. For one thing they look absolutely adorable (who doesn’t love a good Fly Algaric?!) and for another they are scented like delicious strawberries. Sharing the Yummy Mummy/Roller scent I knew I would adore these. I bought four (and as always wished I had bought more) and immediately fell in love. They are the most effective bubble bar I have ever used, creating huge swathes of bubbles that are super-soft and highly scented. You could easily use just half a bubble bar to create a wonderful bath however, I like the decadence of a whole bar.
Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Hair Rescue Hair Mask £1 from Primark
I have been a big fan of the Montagne Jeunesse face masks for years. In particular I love the honey face mask as nothing is quite as effective as that is at clearing my face up from a particularly bad breakout. Plus it smells amazing. Anyway, as I was browsing in Primark the other day I came across some new hair rescue masks by the same brand. Perfect timing really as my hair has been feeling super dry and damaged. I noticed they had a Manuka Honey mask so figured I would give it a go. All I can say is wow! These masks smell exactly the same as the face masks (absolutely delicious) and they really work. After using one my hair was left feeling so soft and nourished. I immediately went back and stocked up. I haven’t seen these in any other shops yet so if you want to give them a try I would definitely pop in to Primark. These have to be my beauty buy of the month.
Lush Bee Tote Bag £4.50 from Lush
I popped in to Lush the other day to pick up some goodies and whilst I was there I noticed an adorable tote bag printed with bees. The sales assistant explained to me that it was made out of a recycled knot wrap and it had a little pocket in the front with in which it could fold itself. A big fan of bees and tote bags I knew I just had to it have it. This bag is a lot thinner than a usual tote bag so I don’t think I could use it for everyday wear however, I think I will take it along with me on trips to Lush and the supermarket. At £4.50 it’s great value for money and a cute little thing to have. I haven’t seen these online so you may have to pop in to store if you want to get your hands on one.
Plush Ladybird Bubble Bar £11 from Plushies by Squishie.
Another Lush-themed item on the list is this incredible plush ladybird bubble bar by Plushies by Squishie. So, I have been following this maker over on Instagram for awhile now, admiring her fantastic creations from afar. However, when she announced she would be opening up an Etsy shop I knew I had to get involved and snap up one of her pieces! Plushies by Squishie creates plush versions of popular Lush products. The reason this is so great is that Lush comes up with the most adorable products and at times you can feel guilty using them, so instead end up stashing them away. With a plush version of your Lush, you can forever keep that little guy which enables you to use up the real goodies guilt free! I love the ladybird bubble bar because it looks great and smells wonderful, so the plush version was a no brainer for me! Such great care and attention to detail has gone in to this little guy. I will definitely try to buy some more when she brings them out again! I believe they sold out in a matter of hours so if you want one you’ll have to stay tuned for updates and be prepared to do a lot of refreshing!
The Return of The Lucky Dip Club
Okay okay. So it’s not quite back in my life…yet. But Leona has just announced the return of our beloved subscription box and the new format sounds incredible! To test out the new postage options Leona sent out some Pinyatay goodies. More specifically, this cute little guy! I loved receiving this piece of happy mail and it has definitely made me feel excited for the May launch of ‘My Rainbow Life’.
Pin Swapping and This Amazing Zebra Finch Brooch
This month I have been swapping enamel pins like nobodies business. It’s great to swap with other creatives and build up a cool collection of pins in the process! Anyway, when Lucky Dip Club held a swap shop over on their Facebook page I definitely thought I’d get involved! One of the swaps I made was with a woman who had this incredible vintage tin zebra finch brooch up for grabs. I was so excited to see this up in the swap shop as I adore zebra finches and keep many of my own. I even have a zebra finch tattoo! This was without doubt my favourite swap this month and I’m so in love with it. I haven’t worn it yet, and I’m not sure if I will as I’m very clumsy and don’t want to damage it. But for now it looks lovely sitting pretty on my chest of drawers!
What have you been loving this month?
As March nears its’ end I thought I’d take the time to do my usual thing and look back over what I have loved this month. March has been a weirdly tough month for me so I can’t say that I’m particularly sad to say goodbye! I look ahead to April with great anticipation though.
Apologies for this post arriving slightly earlier than it might usually however I am aware I’ve been posting a lot of review-type posts lately and I want to start writing some more days out/adventure/inspirational posts so I’m just freeing up some time for that. (Keep your eyes peeled.)
Lush Cosmetics Kisskin Bubble Bar £4.29 from the Kitchen
I have always wanted to try the Lush Mumkin bar but have never managed to snag one. For the last few weeks I have been requesting their appearance in the Lush kitchen. Imagine my delight when they announced they would be releasing Mumkin’s super-rare cousin Kisskin in the kitchen. I put the date down in my diary and luckily snatched up four before they all sold out online. (In a matter of five minutes I believe!) I was super-excited to receive them in the post. Unfortunately three of my Kisskins were a little worse for wear with pieces falling off of them but one of them arrived in tact and that’s the beauty you see photographed here. Kisskin smells strongly of raspberries and the design is super-cute albeit fragile. This bubble bar produces really soft mounds of bubbles and a pale pink water that’s quite pleasant. The scent is really strong which was a plus for me so I’m happy to have some tucked away in my Lush stash.
The Ladykiller book by Martina Cole £9.99 from Waterstones
I recently wrote a blog post on my Top Ten Crime/Thriller Fiction Reads and this featured on that list for good reason. If you want to know why I loved it so much, go read that post! Martina Cole has a real skill at developing her characters and creating believable yet horrifying storylines. It did take me quite awhile to get through this book but it has definitely been the best I’ve read this month and for that reason I recommend you check it out!
Lush Cosmetics Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt £3.95
Of course in a post of March favourites I couldn’t miss out on Lush’s amazing Easter collection. I absolutely love everything and am so impressed with both the designs and the scents of this years collection. The Golden Egg still remains a firm favourite for me though and I will continue to stock up on this until it sells out. With a wonderful toffee scent and all the glitter a girl could ever want, the Golden Egg produces the most opulent bath. Make sure you grab yours before the season ends!
Lush Cosmetics Vanishing Cream Facial Moisturiser £18.95 for 45g
Another Lush item on the list (sorry!) is Vanishing Cream facial moisturiser. I really didn’t want to make this list all about Lush but there’s no way I could leave this one off when it’s pretty much saved my skin from total meltdown. I purchased this after receiving a sample and falling in love (proof that the samples really do work.) My skin is super oily so for a long time I have forgone moisturising it. I realise that sounds pretty bad but even a smidge of moisturiser leaves my face shiny and wet. Vanishing Cream however, soaks in to my skin leaving it grease-free and lovely. It also seems to have a slight mattifying effect and has done numerous wonderful things for my skin. For a start it is already starting to improve small scars and weird discolouration on my face and weirdly cleared up a really bad breakout I was going through. I just love it and can no longer imagine a skin routine without it. I’m actually in the process of switching all my skin care products over to Lush now because they are really fantastic. Vanishing Cream is quite pricey but a tiny amount goes a long way so it’s actually surprisingly good value for money.
They Walk Among Us Podcast
If like me you’re a dedicated listener of crime podcasts, you will absolutely love They Walk Among Us which you can find here! I would say there are about five crime podcasts I listen to regularly whilst I work. In my professional career I am Copywriter and weirdly I find that listening to podcasts helps me to get through my workload (but music completely distracts me!) Sword & Scale is a staple for me, as are The Generation Why and Vanished. But between the releases of fresh episodes I become frustrated and hunt for new material to listen to. My boyfriend was the one who suggested They Walk Among Us (although he hadn’t listened to it.) I can’t get over how good it is! They Walk Among Us is a podcast dedicated to true UK crime and it covers some high-profile cases. It is so well produced and interesting; giving me so much more insight to the crimes I had heard about in the news but hadn’t given much of an afterthought to. I’ve already listened to everything several times over and I recommend this if you’re in to crime. But please, steer clear if you’re of a faint disposition!
Last but not least I’m loving our new quail chicks! We were devastated to lose our beloved Omelette at the end of last month and we were worried about how Fudge might find life as the only Japanese quail in the household. We made the decision to purchase two more Japanese quail to keep her company and bought them from a dedicated farm. This time we decided to get our quails at a younger age so that they would acclimatise better to life in a busy household; it was the best decision we ever made. At just two weeks old the quails were still coated in a fine layer of fluff and enjoyed snuggling up on our laps to sleep. Three weeks later and our quails are almost fully grown but still enjoy snuggling up with us in the evenings, opting to jump up on to the sofa or fall asleep in our laps during their time out of the cage. They are so friendly, lovely and full of character that I must admit I have fallen completely head over heels for them and cannot imagine a life without them.
These pictures were taken a couple of days after we got them – they are much bigger now!
What having you been loving this month?
We made it through January, hurrah! The romantic month of February was cold, damp and a little miserable but March is finally here and I’m super excited for Spring. Anyway, here’s a few things that set my heart racing this month.
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The festivities are well and truly over. January is a difficult month -it’s hard to conjure up any sense of magic in the frozen mornings and rainy afternoons when there’s no fairy lights and tinsel to accompany the abysmal weather. It’s a terrible month, and it’s not hard to see why they call our reaction to it the ‘January blues’.
But let’s not let our pessimism run away with us. It’s not all bad. Here are my personal highlights of the month and the things that have kept me excited.