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A new adventure

March 17th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

A new adventure

Hello! You might have noticed I went a bit MIA in the last few weeks… well, there’s a valid reason why!

If you follow me on Instagram or via my newsletter, you might have heard the news already. But this month, one week ago to be exact, I finally launched my new business and website and I’m officially self-employed right now!

Most of you will know I’m running a brand and web design business ever since 2015 alongside this blog, but it’s only recently that I decided it was time for me to make Miel Café Design into my everyday job. It was a scary step, of course, but I couldn’t be more excited to be this brave and do what I love for a living!

For the occasion I took some time to rebrand my business and create a fresh new identity from scratch: this is why I was super busy these last months! I took the chance to rebuild my entire website and build new packages for my services too! I’m excited about the enthusiasm with which a lot of you, who I know through this blog, have jumped at the chance to start working at blog, logo, brand and web design with me already!

So, what’s going to happen now? Well, first of all I have plans to start blogging on Miel Café Design’s blog more often than I did, covering topics like freelancing, running a business, branding, growing a following, design and a lot more! If you run a blog yourself or are considering to start your own business (which I hope you do!!), I’d love if you joined me over there – I’m sure it can be a place where to share tips and knowledge from me to you and from you to me too!

As for this blog, nothing will really change! I will of course keep posting and get back into a more regular schedule from now on. I’ll try and have one post per week on both the blogs and I can’t wait to get back into sharing all the new products and recipes I’ve been loving recently on here! Stay tuned for those!

In the meanwhile, thanks a lot for your incredible support! x

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In February I’ve Loved…

March 1st  •  Posted in Favourites

A roundup of my February favourites including selfcare, books and magazines and coffee!

As much as February has been so stressful and busy to me (hence my tired face in this post), and I couldn’t wait for it to be over, I really wonder how is it that the time is going so fast this year! Nonetheless I have a couple of exciting February favourites to share with you today!

February favourites: Buddybox selfcare subscription box
February favourites: Oysho soft bra

SELFCARE

With Valentine’s Day and January just gone by, February is usually the month when I think a bit more about self-love and care. I can hardly remember to treat myself to something nice these days, so discovering BuddyBox* this month was a breath of fresh air! I’ve never been one for subscription boxes, but I just couldn’t say no to a box full of encouragement and love. Plus, you know how I feel about cosiness, and this box contained everything one needs to swicth off and unwind, but also remember to take care of yourself. I’m talking a mixture of cosy reads, organic beauty, cute postcards and fun notepads!

Something I find I also love doing generally in February is updating my lingerie drawer, and if you know how I feel about lingerie you’ll understand the link with selfcare here! I’ve discovered Oysho‘s soft bras this month and I’m obsessed! But again, I love their whole range really!

February Favourites: The Simple Things magazine
February Favourites: Lost My Name Book

BOOKS & MAGAZINES

Although I’m not a mum just yet (nor anytime soon, promised), I’m sure some of you are or are going to be soon instead, and I just had to share this! I discovered the LostMy.Name* website and services months ago and immediately felt in love with the idea. I had a customized book when I was little and it was my very favourite thing, so I immediately loved the idea of a book based on your child’s first name. I might or might not have ordered a book with my future child’s name already (I’m crazy like that) and I’m obsessed with the beautiful illustrations and the extremely adorable story! I’m sure any child, boy or girl, would love this!

I’m also loving The Simple Things magazine these last couple of months: I’m usually a big fan of their Christmas issue and generally don’t buy a copy each month, but I loved everything about February’s issue and I’m that excited about Spring, that I couldn’t resist getting another one for March. And it’s extremely lovely, jam-packed with flowers and gardening tips!

February Favourites: Keepcup

COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE

Lastly this month I *finally!* got my hands on one beautiful Keepcup and I’ve got  so much use out of it already (this month was about having all the coffee all the time, maybe a bit too much too). I love the design and the environment-friendly ethic, it makes drinking coffee even more fun – don’t know if it’s a good thing but I do love this cup!

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That’s about it for my February favourites!
I’d love to know what has been on your favourites list this month! x

A Taste Of Clarity

February 4th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

A Taste Of Clarity

Usually, I’m a volcano. I am a creative at heart and it’s not a big secret by now, and I have all the ideas all the time, always feeling so annoyed days only come in packages of 24 hours and finding myself frustrated that there’s just too little time to do it all.

This last month I have been busy with work as I’ve never been before, and I’m excited about it like I’ve never been earlier, but on the other hand, after nearly three weeks straight of not seeing a weekend nor a full day of time-out, I start feeling exhausted, stressed out and bleary.

This happens to me so often, I lose focus of what I’m doing because I’m too focused on doing all the things that pop in my mind and do them immediately. I have lately discovered that, while approaching to life with that same enthusiasm and positivity I so much love about myself, taking time to slow down, unplug and be mindful, to consider that you really can’t do it all and now (but you will one day, just not now), it’s so fundamental for a balanced lifestyle.

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This year I have set myself a goal to take more time for the things I love and find a section of my days to dedicate to them and nothing more. I have always wanted to have more time to cultivate my hobbies, now it looks so clear to me that to have time for yourself, you have to make some.

The lovely people at JING Tea are focusing on the concept of clarity this year, and their idea of staying present and mindful totally worked as a gentle reminder to me, that I need to switch off more often and remind myself of my goal for 2017. And since I promised myself I was going to do more things I love, of course I’m excited to have tea joining me on the journey.

The tea in pictures is my new favourite thing I can possibly think of at the moment! A mix of fresh and intense JING Peppermint Leaf and their amazing Whole Rosebuds for a floral touch, which not only make my tea taste so smooth and sophisticated, but they are also so beautiful to look at! Together they make the perfect pair.

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Last week the Winter sun was less cold than usual and that made me want to take time to go outside for a walk, no technology included, just me and the fresh crisp air. Because I also love that too. That’s something I’m already missing now that the weather is back being miserable, but this means I can spend time cultivating my knitting hobby inside!

And drink tea, always tea…

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How do you find time to switch off and remain mindful? x

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