I don’t know about you, but I’m inherently nosy and on top of seeing people’s wardrobes, I like seeing what’s on the shelves in their bathroom, bedroom and beyond. So I hope you like seeing a few of the things I’ve been reading, using and packing this summer.
I bought this Janessa Leone hat in Reformation while in New York recently and it might just have usurped every other wide-brim lining my hallway. Like the love child of a boater and a fedora, it fits like a dream and puts other hats in the shade. And why is it that a new bikini always comes into your life just after you get back from holiday Still, this clean, white bandeau from Her the Label is the best excuse I can think of to plan another little escape before the summer’s over…
When I heard about the fragrance from the cool and beautiful Anja Rubjik, I knew I had to try it. And unsurprisingly it’s everything you want in a fragrance. Fresh, clean and little masculine, there’s nothing else I want to spritz on after a shower right now. Cleansing, rose water-soaked cotton pads, soothing, toning face mist and a hardworking serum have all been working in unison to keep my skin looking fresh, even after long flights, airless car journeys and sleepless nights. If you’re in your mid to late twenties like me, it might be worth investing in a great serum. I love Caudalie products and if you want to try a debut anti-ageing product, this could be the one.
Trying to keep up some of the good habits I picked up at The Reset Button in July, and this little Mindfulness book is the perfect thing for dipping in and out of when you need to remind yourself of the little changes that can make a massive difference. Small, easily-digested chapters on the likes of true compliments, the power of saying yes and eating mindfully, I think this is a great introduction to the concept of mindfulness that feels accessible and grounded.
Coconuts are hot property right now and while I’m rapeseed oil girl in the kitchen, I’m definitely partial to covering myself in the good stuff from top to toe. From my hair to scaly, post-holiday shins, coconut oil is my summer essential. And my favourite so far is from Sister & Company; it’s raw, organic, silky smooth and easily absorbed. Plus, they’ve taken it one step further and used it to create a charcoal teeth whitening treatment that’s 100% natural. O.K I’ve yet to try this, but I am really intrigued and am assure the black rinses out!
Coconut Oil | Sister & Co
A few favourites I’ve been carting around with me. My prayers were answered when Eve Lom released a moisturiser with SPF 50 that I now wear everyday rain or shine, and my brow pencils have been overtaken by Eyeko’s genius brow magic. It’s like little, tiny fibres that attach to your brows for a thicker but super natural result. Need more room in your case? These little Elemis rejuvenating skin capsules are ideal for chucking in your wash bag fro weekends instead of glass bottles of oils and serums (pink for morning, green for night).
Toothpaste | Marvis
SPF 50 moisturiser | Eve Lom
Morning & Night skin recovery capsules | Elemis
Brow magic | Eyeko
Roller Lash Mascara | Benefit
In Transit | This Works
Shower Gel | Cowshed
Facial Oil | Pai
Leg Oil | This Works
Pictures & Pages
Olympus very kindly gave me a Pen camera to try recently and I’m already obsessed. It has a screen that opens right out making shooting flat lays easier than ever before, and with inter-changeable lenses, it feels that bit more exciting and versatile than your standard compact. Plus you can sync with you phone to do self-timer pictures while seeing what your camera is capturing on your phone… I for one would have killed for something like this when I started blogging all those years ago.
Book wise, I recently read ‘The Versions of us’ which really got me. Working along the Sliding Doors theory of ‘what if’, it makes you think about what each decision in your life leads to and that fate might indeed have an idea in store for all of us. Comforting in that it that it really plays on that concept of ‘if it’s meant to be, it will be’. On a totally different scale and subject, Ryan Gattis’ All Involved centres on various, intertwined fictional narratives based around the L.A riots of 1992. I’ve yet to finish it so I feel a little guilty putting in here, but what I have read has gripped me more and more each page.
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Ph. by myself using a Cannon 5D and the Olympus Pen