This is a style of post that I'm not sure that I've ever done before, but it's one I would like to get into the habit of doing. It's going be steering away from my general beauty musings and I'm going to be discussing some of my favourite lifestyle discoveries that I've made this year. These things don't really get a look in otherwise, but it's fun to just have a general chit chat about them and that is exactly what I'm going to do today.
I've been super late to the podcast party. I've tried to get into them in the past but never quite managed to and I always presumed it was because they weren't visual. However, that is the main reason why I like them so much now. I always stick one on when I'm writing up posts or pottering around doing household chores, I've even found them pretty good when exercising. Over the past couple of months I've rounded up my favourites into this post and this post if you're on the hunt for something new to listen to.
NIKE 4.0 FLYKNIT TRAINERS
In general I don't really invest in the shoes that I wear, most of my favourite pairs are from Primark. Trainers, however, I do tend to spend a little more on as I find that you do get what you pay for. My pair of Nike Flyknit's were a big investment for me but they've been worth every penny. The only way to describe how comfortable these are is to imagine you're walking on a cloud. From day to day wear to their intended use of running they are incredible. Even though they are so light they are surprisingly durable.
For a while, I got really caught up in having a little more of a more mature interior aesthetic but in reality, I'm a sucker for personal trinkets. Some might say it's childish but I think it's these little items make a house into a home. As much as I do love that minimal aesthetic I need to have some personal items around so I don't feel like I'm living in a sterile show home.
Something that has been on my to-learn list for what feels like forever is cross stitch. I've loved sewing for years, even if it's just repairing a little hole in an item I take so much pride doing it. So even though it was a given that I was probably going to love the art of cross stitch I had no idea that I would enjoy it so much. I've found it to be the perfect way to just switch off for a few hours and get away from a bright screen and make something with my hands instead of typing my life away. It's something that takes a lot of time and patience but it's super rewarding when you take a step back and look at all your stitches together.
We all know that I'm completely obsessed with stripes, it's a serious worry. I've been on the hunt for the perfect Breton for what feels like years and I think I've finally found them. Armor Lux isn't a brand that I'm all that aware of, but they sell the most beautiful Breton's. The quality is stunning, they are quite weighty which is something I love as they are incredibly warm. I ordered mine online so I wasn't sure what the sizing would be like but I went for a 0 which is the perfect slightly oversized fit for a UK 4/6. In terms of price they sit just in the middle of the other options that I saw online and the quality makes them totally worth it.
ROOM SPRAY & REED DIFFUSERS
I've been a candle lover for what feels like forever and that was always the way that I filled my room with delicious scents. I'd never really thought about room sprays or reed diffusers until a few weeks ago, but they've completely changed my home scent game. Obviously, as lovely as candles are they can't be left alone when lit and often especially with cheaper candles they don't throw their fragrance well. So reed diffusers are the perfect option as they still kick out a scent and don't require any attention and room sprays are something you can just use if and when you feel like it.
My love for cacti & succulents has been well documented on this blog and my Instagram. This year I decided I was ready to move on to larger house plants as I felt I was able to take care of something a little more high maintenance. So far I've not managed to kill any of them and they look absolutely beautiful in the home and make a real statement. My favourite place to pick them up is IKEA. There is a huge array available and they aren't too pricey as plants can get a little ridiculous.