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The Gift Of A Habit

December 10th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

The Gift Of A Habit

To me tea is art. It’s slowing down, warming up. It’s taking the time I need to stretch out and recharge. Anyone who knows me will confirm I don’t go one single day without at least one cup of tea!

It’s a habit I’ve learnt to grow years ago, but it’s not actually been always there. I don’t even know how I got into it in a very first place, but somehow I’ve found my way through it and learned to love that moment of peace that comes with pouring, filtering and sipping.

But, if I never really found out, I’d wish someone introduced me to it at some point in my life! I’d wish someone told me how to take those 15 minutes to switch off in the middle of an afternoon, that someone, an expert maybe, guided me through the endless amount of tea types and blends, and explained me how tea can be good to your mind and health too.

The Gift Of A Habit
The Gift Of A Habit
The Gift Of A Habit
The Gift Of A Habit
The Gift Of A Habit
The Gift Of A Habit

If you have followed my gift guides this year, you might have spotted here and there my most recent philosophy with gifts: introducing someone to a new experience. Because yes, I’ve been thinking a lot about what ‘giving’ can mean, and I want it to mean something bigger than consumism to me: I believe there’s no better gift you can give to someone, than introducing him to something new that will stick with him in the years to come.

So you’ll now be able to tell why I couldn’t hesitate when JING Tea asked me to help with sharing their “Giving the gift of a new habit Christmas campaign! And if you’re a tea lover (and I know most of you will be with me on this one), I bet you’ll love the idea too!

The Gift Of A Habit
The Gift Of A Habit
The Gift Of A Habit
The Gift Of A Habit

They not only have the best aestethically beautiful tea kits (I’m so in love with my new Tea Infuser Set*, coming with their popular Tea Infuser mug and the addition of their glass Tea Timer, for a proper moment of zen), but they also have the most thoughtful gift guide on their website at the moment, covering all the options really: you’ll be able to surprise both the tea beginner and the connoisseur, selecting the perfect tea gift by taste and maybe also pairing it with one of their beautiful kits.

I don’t know about you, but I now feel like I have my Christmas list sorted. I can’t wait to introduce all my friends and family to my favourite tea this year (if you are wondering, the one in the pictures is their Jasmine Pearls Tea, which is by far one of my favourite flavour combinations, but also so pretty to watch while the pearls unravel and transform into tea leafs!).

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Are you going to give the gift of a habit this year? I’d love to hear more! x

P.S. Make sure you enter my Christmas Giveaway to win lots of Christmassy goodies!

Learning To Knit

December 7th  •  Posted in Craft

Learning To Knit

Everytime I start something new, I can immediately tell if it’s something I’m going to be obsessed with. And this is exactly how it went when I started this “learning to knit” thing of mine!

I’m such a granny, I know, I know! But everything that calls for an endless number of cups of tea, layers of chunky blankets, cosying up and staying warm especially in this cold season, simply has my name written all over it.

You might have seen me featuring this chunky pink yarn in one of my Christmas Gift Guides; well, that was just an excuse to *finally* getting started somewhere, after the longest period spent stalking down all the knitting-themed Instagram profiles.

Learning To Knit
Learning To Knit
Learning To Knit
Learning To Knit
Learning To Knit

I actually remember being a fan of knitting and crochet since I was little, and admiring the women in my family for all the lovely works they made back then. When I shot these pictures I was still working on my very first hat, which has now been worn a couple of times already and that I love more than anything! I guess it’s the effect of holding your own finished product in your hands!

And I have now started a new hat already, which I’m even more excited about! But what I love the most, let’s face it, is curling up in the evening in front of a TV series, popping my PJs and chunky socks on and enjoying such a cosy hobby!

I’m not a pro or anything, as you can imagine, but it’s just the relaxing calming environment that makes it all so enjoyable to me. I’m loving Wool And The Gang a lot, for their video tutorials as well as their kits and patterns, but I’ve also just discovered Red Heart and I’m obsessed, so many amazing free patterns for all the skills and all the projects!

You can be sure I’ll soon have a new cosy blanket and, quite certainly, a couple of new mittens too!

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Any other fans of knitting? x

P.S. Make sure you enter my Christmas Giveaway to win lots of Christmassy goodies!

In November I’ve Loved…

December 4th  •  Posted in Favourites

A few of my November favourites including life, natural beauty, food and calligraphy bits and bobs.

I’m a bit late with this November favourites post this time, but I hope you enjoyed the early Christmassy posts from the last couple of weeks! I thought I’d still share some of the things I loved last month, because I have some new discoveries I totally want to talk about, even if a little bit later than usual!

So here’s what I’ve loved in November…

Between my November favourites: cosy and soft pink PJs from Chelsea Peers
Between my November favourites: Lush Sleepy nighttime body lotion
Between my November favourites: soft PJs from Chelsea Peers
Between my November favourites: this dreamy body lotion by Lush

Soft Peachy PJs Set – Chelsea Peers ; Sleepy Body Lotion ℅ Lush

Nighttime

The more we get close to proper Winter, the more I feel the need of wrapping myself in a cosy blanket, drink hot tea and spend time inside. Of course to do so one needs a big amount of PJs, so yes, I stocked up this past month (thank you Black Friday for tempting me a bit too much!).

I have bought this Chelsea Peers number at the beginning of November actually, when I had a major wardrobe tidying session and decided my PJs either looked a bit too childish or they were just too old and ruined to keep offering their services. I’m completely in love with the super soft fabric and the peachy pink colour. If you’re after a bit of a sober, comfortable and soft PJs option, you totally need to check this one out (but make sure you keep an eye on this blog because I’m planning a post all about loungewear and the best PJs!).

Last month Lush introduced me to their Sleepy Body Lotion during the launch of their new shop in Milan (but you know what, I actually bought a pot just like this for a birthday gift only 30 minutes before that happened and I was pondering to buy one for myself too!). You know I love myself some lavender (and how obsessed I am)! This is basically all I want in a body lotion: I am very lazy with moisturizing my body especially, so anything that can make body hydration a bit more exciting is always welcome.

This lotion is perfect before nighttime and works wonders to calm and relax you with its amazing lavender and tonka scent. It’s super hydrating as well. And I love Lush because all their scents always stay on the skin for so long! Now let’s just hope this is not a Christmas exclusive, because I’m addicted!

Between my November favourites: just-discovered coconut butter (makes the best brownies!)
Between my November favourite: a new discovery, Biscuiteers and their Christmas biscuits

Coconut Butter – Coconut Merchant ; Nutcracker Biscuit Card – Biscuiteers

Food

This past month I’ve been obsessed with my most recent healthy food discovery: coconut butter! If you’ve seen my latest brownies recipe, you’ll already know all about it, but it’s essentially the best way to replace dairy butter in your diet, wherever you’re using it, especially in baking. And it tastes even better!

And talking about food, this month, thanks for my gift guides, I have finally caved and purchased something from Biscuiteers. I was sure I was going to love one of their biscuit sets, and their Christmas nutcraker designs are just the cuter. Now I have to take courage and bite into them… at some point, instead of only keep staring at how cute they are!

Between my November favourites: watercolour brush pens!

Aquash Water Brushes – Pentel

Calligraphy

I am a huge fan of calligraphy and brush lettering especially, as you might know, which I both use in my design business but also enjoy for personal pleasure every now and then (so relaxing!). So this month I decided to finally treat myself to some watercolour brush pens – because you might not know it, but I’m such a huge fan of watercolours too! I love the finish so much – definitely a cute way to experiment with different lettering techniques and make writing with watercolours way easier!

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That’s it for my November favourites!
Let me know what you’ve loved last month! x

P.S. Make sure you enter my Christmas Giveaway to win lots of Christmassy goodies!

In November I've Loved