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The Lounge Edit

December 16th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

A selection of my favourite lounging products including PJs, candles and beauty bits

If you know me just a tiny bit, you’ll know I have a passion for loungewear and pyjamas especially! To me, there’s not a particular season to be a PJs lover, but comes wintertime and I’m all about staying cosy and warm and curling up whenever you can spot the occasion to.

Last month I had a major PJs wardrobe tidying session, to reveal I only really owned a couple of nice quality pyjamas sets, while the rest was either too childish or old. So of course I took the occasion to stock up on some new cosy and soft numbers and spoil myself and my obsession a tiny bit!

Today I’m doing a little roundup of the best lounging products and clothes of the season, hoping to inspire anyone who’s after a loungewear wardrobe refresh or is just looking for a spot of cosiness! Read on…

Between my lounging products picks: Oysho floral shirt PJs set
Long Dreams PJs set by Oysho - My favourite lounging products
Softest Oysho pyjamas set between my favourite lounging products
In my lounging products selection: the cutest slippers from Oysho
Plaited wool slippers from Oysho between my selection of top lounging products
Softest slippers from Oysho - My favourite lounging products

The top of quality

This is the time of the year where I can’t stop popping into Oysho each time I’m near one of their shops. Let’s face it: they do pyjamas like everyone should be doing them! Not only the patterns are always perfection, but so far they are the top of quality to me.

You might remember me including this floral PJs set in my autumnal wishlist this year, and when I spotted it discounted last month, I just couldn’t resist any longer! To me there’s nothing more flattering than a shirt-style pyjamas, add a romantic natural-looking floral pattern and beautiful rims and I’m sold!

I wanted to stock up my wardrobe with subtle elegant nightwear options, but when I saw their Long Dreams sausage dog set I just couldn’t help but fall in love! It has subtle glittery gold details all over, and it’s totally the cutest set I own at the very moment.

Lastly but not at least, Oysho is where I usually buy my slippers from, because they always have the nicest cosy option. They usually don’t last very long, but they’re quite inexpensive, which means I can have the chance of changing them a little bit more often. This year I went for their Plaited Wool Slippers but just check out the whole category because it’s totally amazing and I could have bought them all!

Soft peachy PJs set - My favourite lounging products
Between my top lounging products: the softer pink PJs by Chelsea Peers
Some of my favourite lounging products: soft peachy pink PJs by Chelsea Peers

The soft & subtle must-have

As much as I’m a lover of beautifully designed PJs, I can’t go without a 100% comfortable and super soft option. And to me there’s nothing that resembles that more than my beloved Chelsea Peers Peachy PJs set! This one is subtle and warm and soft… and pink! And if it was decent, that’s what I’d wear all day everyday.

A selection of lounging products (beauty & home) to cosy up with
Lush Sleepy, one between my favourite lounging products
The Lounge Edit: Top Lounging Products
Top lounging products: cotton scented candles to make the room smell fresh

Lounging Products

As the occasions of cosying up are becoming more frequent as winter approaches, I’ve been gathering more ‘curly up’ relaxing lounging products, my favourite still being the L’Occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist, always making the room smelling so lovely, fresh and calming!

But I’ll admit I also have a thing for cotton scented candles recently, making the whole room smelling like freshly-washed laundry. A very nice inexpensive candle that falls under this category is the H&M Home Cotton Candle: the jar is so pretty, plus the candle is super powerful and the scent stays in the room for a while even after you’ve stopped burning it.

I can’t go without including my new favourite product from Lush, their Sleepy Body Lotion: this one is a mix of lavender and tonka, that makes applying a moisturiser such a nice, relaxing experience. And anything that it’s meant to be applied before popping into the duvet, always calls my name so loudly!

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That’s about it! A selection of my favourite lounging products!
Would love to hear about yours! x

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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!

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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!

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