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Spring Wishlist

February 20th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

Spring Wishlist 2016

I don’t know about you but the sunny weather of the last few days is making me think about Springtime a little bit too often. This softly warm sun heat is actually making me crave proper Spring even more! You’ll know I’m always very excited about the change of season, but this time it’s more than that! It must be that Spring is my very favourite season (I say it for every season, isn’t it? But Spring is my *very* favourite!) or that I’m spotting tulips a bit everywhere (from the shops to my Instagram & Pinterest feeds), but I’m finding myself wanting colours and springtime activities in my life even more than usual: nursery visits on a weekend, immersing my hands in soil and start growing my own little mint and basil plants, trying my hands at new DIY and fresher recipes, go for nice reinvigorating walks… and yes, even spring cleaning (can you even believe?).

A part from those I’m also lusting over a few too many spring related clothes and books and stationery and candles. I’ve been rearranging and cleaning my wardrobe lately and, probably due to this book, I’ve discarded 2/3 of what used to be my too messy wardrobe in one afternoon: it felt liberating and lovely! Apparently most of my wardrobe was made of unworn neglected items I don’t need anymore (who knew!) and what’s more exciting is that now I know what it’s really missing between my clothes and what I should purchase next! Plus now that my wardrobe is all nice and neat I feel like I really need some gold hangers in my life – together with a new vanilla scented candle, please!

. L I N K S .
01. H&M A-Line Blue Denim Skirt ;
02. Pieces Kolleen Point Lace Wrap Flat Shoes ;
03. ASOS Lily Pad Nude Ballet Flats ;
04. Hello Nature Activity Book ;
05. West Elm Atelier Stella Bowls ;
06. Anthropologie Idiom Pencil Pouch ;
07. Zara Home Set of Gold-Toned Hangers ;
08. Season Paper Jardin Notebook ;
09. Paddywax Vanilla + Oakmoss Mini Jar Candle .

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What’s on your Spring wishlist this year? x

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My Winter Morning Routine

February 16th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

My Winter Morning Routine

I’ve always been a morning person ever since I was a little girl. There’s no way I can manage to sleep until late morning or afternoon, even if I’ve been awake for most of the night: to me, not waking up early is missing on the best, most productive part of my day, I’d end up feeling like I actually did nothing the whole day! I really don’t get how people don’t enjoy mornings, with the brightest freshest light of the day and productivity being at its finest!

There are so many things that make morning my favourite part of a day, starting from a precise routine for example – I’m a creature of habits and like my routines. Last year I wrote my about my morning routine and since things have slightly changed ever since (and especially after being inspired by this lovely post by Chevrons & Eclairs), I thought an update was overdue!

So here is what I’m up to on a Winter morning…

My Winter Morning Routine
My Winter Morning Routine
First thing I do
when I wake up

Unfortunately my worst habit is to check my iPhone as first thing in the morning! I usually wake up naturally as I like to leave my curtains open during the night to let the first light of the morning filter in, then check in with emails and social media until I completely feel awake. It’s a bad habit, I know, but I like to use the excuse that this way I know how many things need to be done in my morning and can arrange my schedule based on the emails I have to reply to and things I need to do!

Immediately after getting out of the duvet I throw on a cozy cape or something as my house is always too cold for my liking! Plus there’s nothing nicer than slipping in a cozy dressing gown first thing in the morning!

My Winter Morning Routine
My Winter Morning Routine
My Winter Morning Routine

The next thing I do

While I’m a big lover of tea, I like to have coffee as first thing in the morning. I’m very sensitive to strong coffee though, so I usually jump between decaf & nice organic coffee (did you know IKEA not only does the best homeware but also the nicest organic coffee? It’s my fave!). I also like a good splash of cold non-dairy milk in my coffee in the morning.

My Winter Morning Routine

My Beauty Ritual

My morning beauty routine used to require a good half an hour each time, but today it’s a lot shorter and more basic: with my skin being super sensitive to most beauty products, I decided to just stick to the basics and only go for cleanser and moisturizer these days. Recently I’m loving the Lavera 3 in 1 Wash Scrub Mask (for cleanser) & the Aveeno Oatmeal Daily Moisturizing Lotion (for moisturizer) combo!

My Winter Morning Routine
My Winter Morning Routine
My Favorite Part
of My Routine

After my beauty routine I get into my leggings and yoga gear and take a good half an hours (or so) for myself and my yoga mat. I’ve been a lover of Adriene’s Yoga Camp lately as I was of her 30 days yoga challenge last year.

Taking my time to switch off, forget about the to-do lists of the day ahead and just focus on myself, my mind and body, always feels such a treat. The warming feeling you’re left with is the best thing to start my working day with, making me feel positive, productive and creative.

Even though getting into the habit has been challenging, taking time for myself before getting started with work has defenitely become my favourite part of my morning routine but also of the whole day.

My Winter Morning Routine

The last thing I do before work

Right after working out I usually fancy some hydrating tea and quick and easy energizing snacks. I love green tea right after yoga, and dates to go with it! This is also usually the time I write down my to-do list for the day ahead and get started with work.

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And that’s a wrap! Would love to know what your winter morning routine looks like!
And if you’re one for coffee or tea as first thing in the morning! x

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Single or Paired Valentines Guide

February 11th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

Single or Paired Valentines Guide

With Valentines Day behind the corner, shops dusting off all the lace lingerie and chocolates, I don’t know about you but I’m feeling the love! I actually never used to enjoy Valentines Day but at a certain point in my life (and no, not since I’m not single anymore) I came to realize that besides all the consumerism behind it (which I appreciate anyway!) there’s much more: it’s a recurrency to remind us to love, love ourselves, love someone else, love your family and friends.

Even if you’re single, I think Valentines Day it’s also about you, about self-love and about loving others. Would a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates make you happy anyway? So buy some for your family, friends or even yourself, because why not!

Whether you’re single or paired this Valentines Day I have a little love guide and date ideas if you still haven’t anything planned for the day!

Single or Paired Valentines Guide
Single or Paired Valentines Guide
Single or Paired Valentines Guide
PAIRED

Not sure if it’s only me but with the days being sunny and nice I’m craving ice cream a whole lot. I love ice cream after a very fancy dinner and even though I’m usually the one who likes to bake something as dessert, these vanilla ice cream bowls, topped with melted white chocolate and Strawberry & Cream Lindor* sprinkles are so easy to make (and quick!) but will leave your Valentine impressed!

Simply create a double boiler with two similar size saucepans, one with two fingers of water that you’ll leave to boil and the other with your cubed white chocolate that will slowly melt down. Scoop your vanilla ice cream and place it in a bowl, top with melted white chocolate and chopped Lindors and serve with two spoons (or one if you like to share ;)!) as dessert. Best if paired with fresh juicy strawberries!

Single or Paired Valentines Guide

Don’t know about you but to me there’s no fancy restaurants, cinema dates or romantic sunset walks that could beat the warm hug of a home, the smell of a delicious fancy dinner prepared together and curling up on the sofa sharing chocolates or popcorn while watching a nice movie kind-of-date!

On Valentine’s Day we usually like to cook and bake together, treat ourselves to a nice croissant for breakfast, eat a lot of chocolate and just stay cosy! We also shared a couple of slightly different date ideas last year over here if you fancy some inspiration!

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Single or Paired Valentines Guide
Single or Paired Valentines Guide
Single or Paired Valentines Guide
SINGLE

When I was single Valentine’s Day was the day of self-love to me! Happening on a Sunday this year, it’s just the perfect day for treating yourself and having a proper relaxing me-time – chocolates or treats, face masks, baths and flowers all included.

If you have nobody to buy fresh flowers for you, just buy them yourself! – and it’s valid if you’re paired too (boys usually don’t believe in flowers…!). Treat yourself to your favourite bunch: it will make you feel spoilt for the day and, if you treat them very well, they will last a lot longer and spice up your room with their freshness and pop of colour!

And while you’re at it, buy some chocolates or macarons, or both, for yourself… because you deserve it!

Single or Paired Valentines Guide

The best solo V-Day date idea? Pop into Lush and buy yourself the prettiest bath bomb you can spot: Lover Lamp*, with its vanilla scent and cocoa butter to spoil your skin will fill your bath with the most adorable little butter red hearts – but also Rose Bombshell* would be a perfect pick if you like floral scents! Put on your favourite music and a nice moisturizing face mask (my favourite? The Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Mask!) and enjoy your treats and Lindor Milk Truffles* all for yourself!

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What have you in plan for Valentines Day this year?! x

* Thanks to Lindt & Lush for being my sweetest Valentines this year!

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