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In April I’ve Loved…

April 29th  •  Posted in Favourites

In April I've Loved...

In April I've Loved...

I’m typing this post a week in advance, so I feel legitimated to write about the “oh how time flies” cliché! It’s probably because my weeks are so hectic and full of work and stuff, that I feel like time is going by too fast (while the things I tick off the to-do list aren’t really…) or because Spring makes me very excited about plans and future, that I went into my blog archive to link posts and I felt it was yesterday I wrote a post that went live on February… and now it’s almost May… or that we book our travel in Rome and we’re heading off in a couple of days already!

But enough time-related rambles! Here are a few things I’ve loved during the month of April…

In April I've Loved...

The Green Balm – MOA

Beauty

I’ve been a cleansing balms lover for a very long time, but it was about a couple of years I haven’t bought any! I don’t remember how I found out about MOA – probably while I was stalking social medias as I remember me being all “oohh” and “aahh” when I discovered their website and placing an order 2 seconds later from my phone! And I bought a cleansing balm, yes!

Their Green Balm in the Daily Cleansing Ritual duo, to be precise! As all their products, their Green Balm is vegan and 100% natural; it features great oils for the skin like almond and coconut oil, promises to remove all the makeup without the help of any other products and it’s suitable for all skin types (although I avoid to apply it on my oily forehead)! I love that it’s thick and hydrating and the bamboo face cloth is special! Soft and such a pleasure to use!

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In April I've Loved...
In April I've Loved...
In April I've Loved...

Samphia Blouse – Poppy Lux ; Lily Pad Ballet Flats – ASOS

Style

With the excuse we were going to fly off to Rome this month, and the fact that my wardrobe felt a little bit naked after my latest Spring cleaning session, and also yes, the fact that ASOS was having their mid-season sales going on, I thought April was the perfect month to implement some new Spring staples into my wardrobe!

As soon as I spotted the Poppy Lux Samphia Blouse in the ASOS sales I knew I had to have it (if it sells out, check back in a few days – someone might return some, but I won’t!): the vintage pattern is perfect for springtime and brings a pop of colour into my monochrome wardrobe, while the pleated collar is the cutest thing – it reminds me of this petal collar blouse I can’t wait to wear this summer! I already know I’ll wear it on skirts and jeans and trousers all Spring long!

I’ve also dusted off my ASOS Lily Pad Nude Ballet Flats that I’ve been wearing non-stop this month as they pairs with literally everything and always make any outfit nice and put together with zero effort!

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In April I've Loved...
In April I've Loved...
In April I've Loved...

BAKAREN Phone Holder – IKEA ; Relaxing Pillow Mist – L’Occitane

Home

I’ve popped into IKEA (again!) this month and ended up buying some more stuff for the desk (a pretty vintage-y vase for fresh flowers included!), but I’ve fallen in love with their BAKAREN Phone Holder and thought it would look pretty perfect on my desk. I wasn’t wrong! I love it… It has a cable hole and everything, you know!

And, since I have had some difficulties with falling asleep lately, I’ve also been loving the L’occitane Relaxing Pillow Mist and to spray it all around the room a bit more than necessary, if I have to be completely honest! I love the sweet and herbal scent of lavender, bergamot and geranium paired with orange and mandarin – it’s lovely and calming and relaxing. If you are after a pillow/room mist, do yourself a favour and check this out!

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That’s everything! As usual I love to discover new things, so let me know what’s on your April favourites list! x

In February I’ve Loved…

February 28th  •  Posted in Favourites

In February I've Loved...

In February I've Loved...

Can’t really believe how quickly February flew by: not really complaining because the coming of March means Spring is around the corner (I’m done with winter!) and Easter is next month and sunny days can finally roll on, but it seems like yesterday that I was typing my January favourites! Here’s what I’ve loved this month…

In February I've Loved...
In February I've Loved...

Kolleen Point Lace Wrap Flat Shoes – Pieces

I’ve always admired girls who looked lovely in pointed shoes and have fallen completely in love with the lace/wrap shoes trend lately, so when I spotted these beauties in the ASOS sales this month I thought, even if it would have implied stepping out of my comfort zone, I should have given them a go! And weirdly enough they look good on me (I would have never believed it!): I’m excited to wear them next month with tights and skirts/dresses as well in warmer month with bare legs and feet at their very best.

In February I've Loved...
In February I've Loved...

Sylt Blabar Blueberry Jam – IKEA ; Jamnt Mug – IKEA ; Sencha Cherry Rose Tea ℅ Dunedin Tea

You know me and my obsession for teas. And mugs. I’ve been completely fully in love with Dunedin Sencha Cherry Rose Tea* this month and I’m very sad to say the cup in the picture was the very last one as I’m already out of it! This one is just the most amazingly-tasting green tea, with a hint of roses and a delicious fruity cherry aroma. And the mug is from IKEA and is my new very favourite – love the pattern as well as the fact that it’s bigger than usual (means more tea for me!).

I’m not usually a jam fan at all, yet this month we decided to give the organic blueberry jam from IKEA a whirl and… I am obsessed. This is the most delicious jam I’ve ever tasted, super sweet, intense in flavour, rich and with small blueberry pieces still in it. I would eat spoonful of it just out of the jar if it was decent! Did you know IKEA not only does the very cutest homeware but also the best food? No? Well, give it a try!

In February I've Loved...
In February I've Loved...
In February I've Loved...

Greeting Cards ℅ Greeting Card Universe ; Copic Ciao Markers

Last month I was introduced to Greeting Card Universe, an online shop selling a huge amount of greeting cards you wouldn’t even imagine such a big amount existed. I was fascinated by their idea of going back to pen and paper in this digital era, and still enjoy the art of writing greeting cards in so many occasions. Plus there are cards for any tastes really! I’ve loved having them by my desk and the idea of have a bunch of them always ready for any occasions. And they’re all super adorable.

This month I decided to finally give the Copic Ciao Markers a go: I’m not only using them to make my notepads cuter, but also to remember myself to sketch a more. As you might know I’m a designer and illustrator and obviously illustrate quite a lot for work, but I often forget about drawing and painting just for myself. I’m really enjoying it as an activity to treat myself a little bit recently, plus these markers are just the very best to fake watercolour effects and just make sketches more interesting!

In February I've Loved...
In February I've Loved...

Cherry Blossom Hand Cream – L’Occitane ; You’re A Peach Phone Case – Miel Café x Casetify

On the beauty front, how can’t I avoid to talk about this L’Occitane hand cream? I know, I’m mentioning it in every post recently, but it has made me enjoy putting on a hand cream every evening which has never happened in my whole life, so it must be a good one, right? I love that it’s not too thick or greasy yet it hydrates at the very right point. Plus it smells amazing and it makes the only act of applying it in the evening feel such a lovely treat!

Lastly but not at least, my You’re A Peach Phone Case is my top favourite of the month: yes, I’ve designed it myself and my phone is very proudly wearing it since the beginning of the month! Casetify’s phone cases quality is always top-notch and I’m just so happy about how the design turned out! If you want to check out my other designs you can find them over here as usual (and keep your eyes peeled because a very yummy collection is on its way!).

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And that’s about it, my February favourites all rounded up!
Would really love to know what’s on your favourites list this month! x

The Bedside Table

February 22nd  •  Posted in Lifestyle

The Bedside Table

It hasn’t been long since I started enjoying the whole bedtime process. I used to stay up until late night at my laptop or watching TV or using my phone, which I came to realize wasn’t really ideal just before bedtime. Beside keeping me up until late, it also didn’t allow me to rest well and wake up feeling regenerated. I realized just small lifestyle changes in the evening could have done all the difference and, since then, I’ve established a small bedtime ritual that I’m enjoying a whole lot recently.

My bedside table has become a little corner of relaxation and quietness, topped with all those small things that very simply make a bedtime ritual so much more enjoyable. So this is what’s on my bedside table at the very moment…

The Bedside Table
Bedside Beauty

On the beauty front I have it on the very minimal with the most popular bedside beauty combo: hand cream + lip balm.

Especially in the colder months, and especially in the evening after an entire day of exposure to the cold, my hands and lips are the driest. It’s not a nice feeling when it happens, right?

My holy grail products at the moment are the L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream and my old favourite Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm. The hand cream is just hydrating to the very right point without ever feeling greasy or leaving oily residues after the application (and it has the very best smell), while the lip balm is just amazingly thick and nourishing and my lips always feel a lot better after an overnight treatment with it!

The Bedside Table

Nighttime Tea

It’s not everyday but I do like my nighttime tea quite often recently. I especially like teas that help with digestion in the evening, and love curling up in bed with a book and a hot cup. Recently I’m totally into my Teagime evening blend, which features nettle, passion flower and rooibos to clear skin from acne and eczema, help with digestion and relax me to sleep (more on it in another post soon!), but I’m also a lover of chamomile blends, as well as fennel + rose tea in the evening!

The Bedside Table
The Bedside Table

Scents

Scents play a fundamental role in my bedtime ritual: I especially like to light candles in the evening (anything that smells sweet or vanilla is right up my street!), but I also have this thing that I like to have a little bunch of lavender on my bedside. I don’t know if it’s useful at all, but surely lavender is known to help unwind and also treat insomnia, and to me is one of the most relaxing scents I like. I also keep a & Other Stories body spray on my bedside table but use it as a room spray instead as I’m not the biggest fan of the scent when on my skin, but I like it in the air around me a lot!

The Bedside Table
Reads

It’s just recently that I’ve got back into reading before bed. It’s surely a healthier alternative to what I used to do before and it’s helping me rediscover the pleasure of going through the pages of a book.

Recently I’m reading the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and I’m really in love with it: not only it’s making me want to tidy any little corner of the house, but it’s also a very nice light read for the evening. To me just reading a small amount of pages until I feel relaxed and ready to sleep, totally does the trick.

Although I’ve always been a lover of attention-demanding books, I’m enjoying light reads a lot recently, even better if before bedtime as to me those are the best to soothe and relax me down and induce sleep easily!

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Would love to know about your bedtime ritual and what’s on your bedside table! x

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