After my awful blog problems this year, I’ve decided to group up my October/November/December favourites into a more general Autumn favourites. These past few months have had their ups and downs – but you could say that it was all eclipsed by the moment when I visited my first Luxembourgish Christmas market, mulled wine in hand, standing in front of a fire, when it started snowing. It was glorious.
- LUSH LUSH LUSH, everything LUSH. It’s fast becoming my favourite brand in every way imaginable. Their products are so unique and fresh and GOOD. I can’t get enough, and with every purchase I realise what good value the products are (OK, maybe apart from the bath bombs! But still 100% worth it.). Recent favourites include: Beautiful shower gel, Santa’s Belly shower jelly, Celebrate body lotion, Gold fun, Rose Jam shower gel, Honey I Washed My Hair shampoo bar, R&B hair moisturiser, Let the Good Times Roll facial cleanser, and T’eo solid deodorant.
- Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist by Nick Middleton – my boyfriend’s gift for our 6-year anniversary. It’s perfect.
- Accessorize Christmas pudding beanie – I can’t find this online, but my bestie Annelise gave this to me one Christmas, and it’s beautiful and festive and keeps my head oh-so-toasty and warm.
- Primark purse (I call it a wallet, but apparently it’s not an accurate name for a purse like this…) – this was super cheap but looks lush and expensive. It’s the perfect size for me – space for some cards and cash, and that’s it.
Some other favourites:
Hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas.
Wow. I’ve almost hit ONE MONTH IN LUXEMBOURG. Capital letters are necessary, people. It’s quite a daunting fact that I’ve moved away from Malta and lived in a totally new country for four weeks now, and I still need to adjust and settle a bit more, but, mostly, everything is fantastic. I’m ridiculously happy when it snows, I’m overwhelmed by the warm welcome I’ve received, and I went to a LUSH bloggers’ event this week. (Come on, people.)
Pictured favourites of the month!
- The snow! – I LOVE IT. (Not when it’s like a slushie, though.)
- A feminist T-shirt – I had mentioned in my Christmas wishlist that I really wanted a feminism-related T-shirt, and my wonderful friend Anke sent me one for Christmas! I love it.
- A Diptyque candle (Feu de Bois) – I bought this for myself as a reward for getting through a particularly gruelling day. It’s so expensive but so divine. I love candles and have had one burning almost constantly throughout January.
- A New Look dress (similar) – this was a Christmas present from my (excellent) friend Anna. I love how comfortable it is, but I feel like the shape of it is really smart and flattering. It was the perfect Christmas present, Anna-face! <3
- LUSH Full of Grace serum – the loveliest LUSH employee recommended this a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been adoring it. I apply it every morning to my bare face and it hydrates and softens my skin so much – I sometimes even skip my moisturiser after using this.
- LUSH Peace massage bar – this melts in your hand and has the most luxurious, delicate scent. I rub it against my bumpy bits and it starts to melt when it feels your body heat. Lovely.
- Nutella – we’ve consumed jars of Nutella this month. So much so that we had to buy a particularly big one last time we popped into a supermarket. I
- Delhaize microwave popcorn – this is a bit of a random one, but I went shopping on an empty stomach a few days ago (bad, I know), and I got a huge craving for microwave popcorn. I got the cheapest store-brand variety, and it was SO GOOD to eat while watching Suits this week. There were only a few unpopped kernels, and the popcorn itself was delicious and not too salty.
I could go on and on forever listing all the little things that I’ve been loving about Luxembourg. I’ll put up another first impressions/first month update post soon.
February is usually my least favourite month of the year (awkward, cold, slow), but I’m guessing it will be an exciting one this year. Hope everyone is having a marvellous weekend.
That daily journal. Those books.
That chocolate! (I must have consumed about 10 bars of that in March…
Some seriously good books. The best phone (only until I Lollipopped it up…). Amazingly soothing lip balm.
That Dior lip glow thing. And absolutely excellent Orwell.
That mascara. That blusher.
That book. That shampoo. That body lotion. Those cups. That cleanser! Such a good month, favourites-wise.
Some lovely books. And that lip balm has been mistaken for a fancy lipstick SO MANY TIMES. <3
The glasses! Fantastic dry shampoo. Beautiful book.
Always stellar shower gel. Beautiful body oil. Daily primer. Necessary + calming pillow spray.
My favourite author. A subtle, lovely under-eye concealer.
Aaaaand… December Favourites.
They’re all amazing. Especially the book.
Thanks for letting me share my favourites with you each month. Please share any lovely books/products/favourites with me. Here’s to another year of favourites!
October has been fun yet exhausting. I’ve spent most weekends napping, and even though it’s felt like wasted time, it’s been a huge necessity for me to be able to function well during the week. Christmas is close now, though, which is always a happy, busy time. It’s going to be an interesting end-of-year.
On to some favourites!
Ooooh, November is going to be interesting – and will also finally mark the actual end of the Doctor of Laws course for me, because I finally graduate. FINALLY.
Hope everyone has a splendid month.
September was such a busy (often stressful) month. However – it’s been sprinkled with some fantastic downtime and (really fun) proofreading jobs. October is going to be INSANELY GOOD, I can feel it.
Some favourites from the month of September:
- The new McEwan book (The Children Act) – I was so excited about this book, that I bought it twice! I pre-ordered it months ago from The Book Depository, but when I saw it at a bookshop and hadn’t received it in the mail yet (and wouldn’t for over 5 days…), I had to buy it. It’s not my favourite McEwan, but it was bloody brilliant. When’s his next one out? #favouriteauthor
- Planning for a Lake District trip with my two best friends – I AM SO EXCITED. WE ARE SO EXCITED. EVERYONE SHOULD BE EXCITED.
- New glasses! – I’ve been needing to wear glasses more often lately, and I definitely needed new ones (the ones I had been using had been bought when I was about 15 years old…) These are quirky and gorgeous.
- Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder – this is a dry shampoo and “style extender”. It’s very luxurious (but pricey). It really works though.
- Bumble and Bumble thickening full form mousse – I’m definitely a mousse girl when it comes to hair products. My hair routine is simply: shampoo, condition/treatment, mousse, oil (optional). This mousse isn’t the usual “type” of mousse that I usually enjoy (i.e. defined curls), but it really gives my hair a thick, volumised look, and definitely feels like the expensive product it is (thankfully).
Hope your September has been equally happifying. Let’s enjoy October to the fullest. Can I use the C word? Because I’m excited.
August has been so thoroughly exhausting. It’s been fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but I kind of want to lie horizontally for hours on end at the end of each day. This is clearly the effect of working full-time for the first time ever, in Summer. Work is absolutely fantastic, but the adjustment still needs… adjusting.
On to some favourites of the month!
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – This book had sooooo much hype around it, and I had to know what it was all about. The story is beautifully written, and I’m really glad to have read it. It’s the sort of book that’s quite one-of-a-kind, and I’ve been thinking back on it for days since finishing it. However, it wasn’t AS AMAZING as some people made it out to be.
- Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm in Cherry Me – This lip balm has been lovely this month. It gives me a great amount of colour and hydration, and doesn’t need to be applied meticulously in front of a mirror (I usually slap it on while riding in the mirror-less car-park lift before getting to work).
- Haagen Dazs Pralines & Cream ice-cream – AKA deliciousness in a little pot. I’m not even a huge ice-cream lover, but the massive chunks of cake-like goodness in Haagen Dazs ice-cream is too heavenly to pass up on.
- #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – I’m only halfway through this book, but I’m absolutely loving it. The best thing about it is that my life has been so totally different to Ms Amoruso’s, and I love being exposed to different experiences. And wow, is she successful. #respect
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I finished this early in August, and found it to be such a melancholic book. I really enjoyed it, but don’t think I’m excited enough to read the next book. Some parts were a little slow, and I found myself wanting to skim through the paragraphs. Some of the “peculiar” parts were a little too much for me too, so this was mainly just not my type of book. Still a great read though, and the story was beautifully crafted.
Some other favourites:
Hope everyone had a splendid August, even though it’s been unbearably hot. Here’s to a cooler (and calmer) September!
And May is over. Madness. I’ve spent a whole month seriously hard at work on my thesis, and I’ve thankfully had my extension request approved, so I can brush it up at my own pace. Let’s get straight into the favourites.
- Dior Addict Lip Glow – the perfect lip product. It’s SO expensive, but SO worth it. Try it. It’s a clear balm that CHANGES COLOUR on your lips and gives them such a glow. Urgh, I love it.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I didn’t love this as much as Eleanor & Park, but it was still really lovely. I wish these books existed when I was a teenager!
- ESSIE nail polish in Mezmerised (although FeelUnique seems to think it’s called ‘Mezmerize’, oh well) – this is such a beautiful blue colour, and I’m so pleased that my boyfriend got this for me on his recent trip to England.
- Agatha Christie books – clearly I’m going through a phase. The one I loved the most (not pictured) is And Then There Were None. SO GOOD.
- Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell – such a GOOD BOOK. The perfect read to escape my thesis mania.
- Tanya Burr lip gloss in Aurora – this is the best lip gloss. So beautiful on the lips, such a pretty colour, and smells so yummy. When I first put it on it looks really wrong, but after a few seconds it magically sets in and looks perfect.
- MAC lipstick in Plumful – this is my first ever MAC lipstick, and it is incredible. The colour really compliments my skin tone, and I’ve loved popping it on if I need to go out in the evening.
- I PASSED MY NOTARIAL WARRANT EXAM. It’s not like I haven’t blogged about this fact before, but it’s obvious that it’s going to be in my monthly favourites post. I’m still so pleased – and I can’t wait until I’m actually given the warrant.
- Street View on Google Maps – whenever I’m bored and need an escape (and I’m not in the mood for reading), I’ve been looking at Street View of a bunch of random places (mostly Iceland or Sweden) on Google Maps. Try it – it’s so cool.
- My morning routine was published on the lovely Sarah’s blog.
- Absolutely amazing Guest TILTs.
- Thesis progress – which has been VAST this month. I’m almost done with a complete, full first draft, and I can barely believe it.
- I ate a lot of delicious burgers.
- Weekend fun(!)
- The Eurovision!
- Poached eggs – so much.
June promises to include a lot of hard work, but I’m really, really looking forward to seeing the end of it – particularly since it means I’m going to be an actually warranted notary. So soon!
April. It’s been mostly disastrous but took a turn for the better at the end. My thesis progress was more stagnation than progress, but now things have picked up again. I’ve long been terrified about May 2014, but now that it’s almost here I’m not too worried. I’ve either become complacent or else I’m just numb to the deep-set fear. BUT, Spring is definitely here, and the sun and warmer weather are helping me calm down. And Summer is only a couple of months away – isn’t that amazing?
Favourites! (Quite a few since I spent most of the month TOTALLY not working on my thesis and reading/frolicking instead.)
- NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing lip balm – so thick, so nourishing, such a lovely scent. A very heavy lip balm that’s perfect after you give your lips a good scrub.
- Estée Lauder lip gloss in Nude Rose – my beautiful friend Jenny gave this to me for my birthday last month, and it’s so.nice. It makes my lips look dressed up and plump and shiny, in a good way. So luscious. Plus – you might be hearing more about/from Jenny very soon… *mystery*
- New phone! – After cracking my Samsung Galaxy SII’s screen in March, I got a Nexus 5, and it is WONDROUS. Such a great phone, and larger than ever.
- Acase Phone cover – to go with my snazzy new phone, I bought a super-recommended phone cover, which is actually two covers in one. I got it off of Ebay for about 19 euros including shipping, and it’s a beautiful purple case that’s perfectly protecting my phone.
- Coconut oil – I’ve been meaning to buy a jar of coconut oil for ages, and I finally got one a couple of weeks ago. It smells DIVINE and I’ve used it as a hair mask and it’s really lovely. (As a hair mask: just plonk it in your hair for 30 minutes or more, and then rinse it out. SOFTNESS.)
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – I read so many books this month, and this was by far the most massive, clocking in at 771 pages. It was a beautifully-crafted novel – I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The last third of the book wasn’t… my favourite, but I still loved it overall. Especially since it was a beautiful edition + a birthday present from my boyfriend.
- 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad – Another book I read this month. It’s a bit of a horror story, which isn’t usually what I go for, but this was really good. Chilling, scary, and just a good story to get into. I can’t really look at the moon any more without shivering, but oh well.
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – THIS BOOK. I get the hype. I get it. I loved this book. LOVED IT. I *****WISH***** it existed when I was 15. I would have adored it. I adored it now, but it is just PERFECT for teenagers, I feel. So heartwarming and beautiful. Totally recommended Young Adult fiction, yes.
- A Little Opulent – this online magazine launched this month and it is ALL MY FAVOURITE THINGS IN ONE. I’m obsessed with their relaxed, beautiful posts. Although there doesn’t seem to be too much of a hype around it – WHY THE HELL NOT? It’s AMAZING. READ EVERYTHING ON THERE.
- Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh by the lovely-lovely-lovely Clare Azzopardi – Oh my. This book. I read (DEVOURED) it last weekend and adored it. If you can read Maltese, READ THIS BOOK. So good. I haven’t read a huge tonne of books in Maltese, but I’ve read all of Stagno’s stuff and a bit of Immanuel Mifsud and others… but THIS BOOK. It might be my top favourite Maltese book ever.
- Figolli – delicious Maltese Easter goodies. Yum.
- Milka & Oreo – I was supposed to include this in my pictured favourites above, but I ate all the bars I had… oops. This is something else. The Cadbury Oreo version verges on 100% bland next to this. If you love/like me, buy me a Milka & Oreo bar. Thanks.
- Recovering from a dearth of thesis-related productivity – thank God.
- Looking forward to more Guest TILTs next month!
- Buying fresh smoothies
- Celebrating my best friend Annie’s birthday
- A really great evening out
- The sweetest German friends who visited us in Malta for a week in the beginning of the month
- Running again(!)
- Compiling more medleys
- Wondering where I’m going to be “at” when I’m compiling next month’s Favourites… (If I actually end up having time to compile a Favourites post at all! That’s what had happened last year…)
Have a great May.
MARCH IS ALMOST OVER. How is that even possible. I’m exceedingly pleased to say that I’ve survived the month (almost… valiantly!) and I’m happier than ever.
April is going to be a month of hard work and a change of mindset. Let’s make it a great one.
This month was An Improvement. I got the ball rolling with regard to a lot of stuff in my life, I hosted a couple of fun parties, and worked steadily throughout. The notarial warrant exam dates came out, and it turns out that I’m going to be spending 9 hours of my birthday writing a bunch of inter vivos acts… Ugh. So March is going to be mostly full and stressful. The last bit of March, however, should be fun – I can’t wait to celebrate my 25th birthday and I’m even hopping off to Rome for a few days with my best friend at the very end of March.
See you on the other side of March(!!)