It’s been a while since I’ve done a favourites post and now that I’m back to blogging I thought I should do an April Favourites post to catch you up on the things I’ve been loving lately.
If you haven’t seen my other favourites posts, this is a monthly post series where I share my ‘favourites’ for the month – products, food, clothes, books and anything else I’m loving and couldn’t get enough of in the last month.
It’s well and truly into cold autumn weather in Canberra now. This month I picked up a gorgeous Scooped Rib Dress in Black from Country Road which is the perfect autumn/winter dress. It’s incredibly comfortable and really versatile so it’s great for casual weekends as well as wearing it to work. I have a feeling this dress will be a regular feature in my outfits all through the next 6 months or so.
I’ve been searching for a light coloured scarf for a while and I came across this Geo Spot Scarf from Marcs and fell in love with it. The colours and the print are exactly what I was looking for and it’s a great addition to my wardrobe for all seasons but especially for autumn and winter when I tend to wear darker colours.
When autumn comes around I basically start living in my tan FRANKiE4 ankle boots (similar). They go with everything and I wear them to work as well as on weekends. I think I have well and truly got my moneys worth out of these gorgeous boots. The shoes that I live in most out of work hours though are my FRANKiE4 NAT sneakers in white. They’re amazingly comfortable and are the perfect casual weekend shoe.
Every now and then I like to mix up my cleanser just to give my skin something a bit different. I’ve gone back to using the Go-To Properly Clean cleanser and I had forgotten just how good it is. It’s really gentle but really deep cleaning (and smells amazing). I’ve also gone back to using Go-To Face Hero as my facial oil. It’s like rosehip oil on steroids. I use it morning and night and it’s really nourishing and hydrating, especially now that the weather has turned cold.
I always wear sunscreen on my face, it’s really important to prevent skin cancer as well as signs of ageing and pigmentation. I was looking for a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast on my face and isn’t super oily and I tried out the Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF30 Mineral Gel Cream a few months back and I am still loving it. It’s really light and not oily or greasy at all, it’s definitely become my go-to sunscreen.
I switched to natural deodorants about 6 months ago in a quest to reduce the number of chemicals I’m using on my body. I’ve been using Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste and it’s really easy to use and fairly effective. Obviously, when you’re using a natural deodorant it’s never going to be as effective as a clinical strength deodorant (which is what I was using before) but you definitely get used to it. I’ve tried a couple of different types and this is the one I keep coming back to, I’m really liking it.
My diagnosis of post-natal depression led to the realisation that I’ve always suffered from anxiety. Reading First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson has been really eye opening for me. It’s made me realise a lot of things about my own anxiety and some things I can do to work through it and try to manage it. I think this book should be a must-read for anyone who suffers from anxiety or lives with/spends time with anyone who suffers from anxiety. It’s just been such a great book to work through and I’ve found it to be so helpful.
I love Brooke McAlary and her Slow Home Podcast and so when she came out with her book, Destination Simple, I knew I had to pick it up. It’s a quick and easy read (I read it in about an hour) but it’s packed full of simple and easily applicable advice for how to add seven small rituals into your day that adds some space and mindfulness into your everyday. I definitely recommend reading it if you’re looking for some clear direction on how to make some changes that will make a difference in your life.
(Side note: check out last week’s episode of the Slow Home Podcast where Brooke chats to Sarah. Two of my favourite slow living/mindfulness advocates in one podcast, absolutely amazing.)
In my quest for slow and simple, I came across Slow Magazine and Peppermint Magazine, both of which are slow living, sustainability magazines. I really enjoyed reading them and just the act of reading a physical magazine (as opposed to blog posts or a digital magazine) was just so relaxing and a great way to wind down. Especially with a delicious cup of tea. I’ve since subscribed to both of them because I just enjoyed them so much and I’m looking forward to my next issues.
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