Happy Friday, TGIF and the rest! It does feel a bit cheeky saying that, given it was a short week here in Auckland but it's just been one of those weeks, y'know what I'm saying? It's been a long time since I've shared the love for some of the many rad blogs that exist. Way too long in fact so today I decided to share with you four of the blogs I am loving at the moment. Given Bloglovin is broken, for me at least, these are some of the few I've been managing to check regularly and I recommend you go have a look at them as well..
Tea and Sage-Aside from being one of my best friends, and possessive of exquisite taste, Amy also runs a rad blog. Tea and Sage is her space for sharing all she loves, from wholesome delicious foods to stunning landscapes. She's recently moved back to Australia and is sharing some absolutely stunning photo diaries of her adventures. I'm biased, but her Instagram is pretty spectacular as well.
Chloe Larkin-Chloe's blog makes my eyes fill with heart emojis. It's so aesthetically pleasing on so many levels and for that, I take my hat off to her. She shares her love of design, photography, art and a life well lived. Her blog is beautiful, simplistic and so well put together. I love it.
Girl Lost In The City-I have fan favourite Zoella to thank for my discovery of Emma's blog. When Zoe makes a recommendation, you listen. Emma's a digital journalist, soon to be published author and all round amazing woman. She writes on everything, from film to books, pop culture to being a twenty-something woman in the internet age. Her writing is brilliant by the way. I highly recommend you take your eyes, and a hot beverage of choice over to her blog for an hour or two.
From Roses-Rebecca's blog, much like Chloe's is all kinds of aesthetic goodness. She has amazing style, and she is a book and beauty lover. She does really inspiring lifestyle posts too which are well worth looking over. Definitely go visit her blog if you like stunning pictures and top notch writing. You will not regret it.
-What blogs have you read and loved recently?
It seems like ages since I did my last skincare post on the blog, so it's unsurprising that my skin has packed it in lately. Summer and the humidity doesn't really help my combination skin but neither does my neglectfulness, let's be real. Today I'm taking it back to basics with fuss free, almost all natural products. They're all from New Zealand and Australian brands which I like as well and hey, it doesn't help that their packaging is aesthetically pleasing too. Anyway, here's what I've been loving from Aesop and Antipodes...
Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Masque-I remember this mask being a bit of a beauty blogger staple a few years ago. Anna was a huge fan among others. My friend grabbed this for me from Aesop in Australia last month and I've used this whenever my skin's been throwing a tantrum during January. Its scent reminds me a bit of Angels on Bare Skin from Lush-herbal and Lavender but not too intense. This clay mask is intensive and really does its magic when drawing out impurities from your skin. I can see why this is such a fan favourite.
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream*-I do love a good eye cream and this one delivers. It does take a while to work in but it's worth the effort because it's so hydrating. It contains a host of vitamin rich ingredients from avocado to carrot. You only need the smallest amount per application so it'd last you ages. I'll be honest, this eye cream isn't cheap but it is worth the money in my opinion. If you want to minimise the signs of tired eyes, you can't go wrong with this one.
Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash-This was totally an impulse buy but like the face mask, I'd heard many a blogger rave about this hand wash so I had to pick it up. It is pretty inexpensive too so that's a bonus. This hand wash, or gel if you will is scented with mandarin rind, rosemary leaf and cedarwood atlas. It smells divine and it sinks in+dries so fast. Aesop, it's love.
Antipodes Immortal SPF15 Face & Body Moisturiser*-To be honest, I tend to not moisturise in the morning which is probably a habit I should break. This moisturiser is doing the trick. It is lightweight, but thick enough to feel nourishing. Even though it contains a little bit of SPF, it doesn't feel tacky and gross like some facial moisturisers with the SPF element can. I'd say this moisturiser might not be hydrating enough for drier skin types but everyone else should find this okay. I love that it comes in a tube too. Who else finds the idea of reaching in to a pot of moisturiser a little unhygienic?
-Have you tried any of these products before?
February's here and with a new month, comes a new pile of books. There's actually going to be a book post a week on the blog this month which I'm excited about. My love of books probably rivals my love of makeup so it's high time that was reflected around these parts. I'm also excited that this month all the books featured are by women which is quite possibly a first. Here's what I'm hoping to read during February..
Carol by Patricia Highsmith-I'm already reading this one and am loving it. In fact, I'm making a point of reading it slowly so I can savour every last piece of prose. Carol tells the story of Therese, a nineteen year-old stuck in a retail job for the holidays and a boyfriend who she's falling out of love with. One day she meets Carol, a soon-to-be divorcee and she is mesmerised. This book was quite controversial for its time, and was actually published under a pseudonym. It'll be interesting to see how these themes progress as the novel carries forward.
The Siren* by Kiera Cass-This is Kiera Cass' first non-Selection novel, although I think it is actually a rereleased, updated version of a novel she had already published. Kahlen is a Siren, a girl with a special connection to the sea and its inhabitants. Sirens are lethal to humans but one day Kahlen meets Akinli, a human and she feels herself pulling away from the world she has known. This sounds extremely Little Mermaid-esque and quite a different world to The Selection. I'm really looking forward to reading this one
The Accidental by Ali Smith-If you saw my Christmas video you will have spied this in there. After reading Ali Smith's short story volume, Public Library and really liking it I wanted to hunt down more of her books to read. According to the descriptions online, this one explores the idea that "seemingly chance encounters irrevocably transform our understanding of ourselves." This sounds like my cup of tea and as soon as I'm done with Carol I'll be picking this up.
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark* by Anna North-This has been on my tbr for way too long so it's finally being tackled this month. It has high praise from Lena Dunham, among others and I trust Ms. Dunham's word so I'm sure this'll deliver. The summary is giving me Gone Girl vibes which ain't a bad thing by any means. I do love a crazy, wild Amy Dunne-esque protagonist. I'll keep you posted.
-Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
I'm back with another week in pictures post. It's been a good week, albeit a busy one. It mightn't look it but there's a fair bit happening behind the scenes in terms of finishing my Parsons x Teen Vogue course and designing a website for someone else, oh and savouring the last of my free time before I go back to university. More on that another time. Anyway, here's the week that was..
(Above)-Morning tea at the Onehunga Cafe which I'd heard good things about from Tara and Ellen. This banana cake was vegan and oh my gosh it was delicious. They do pretty decent coffee as well.
-I housesit+cat sit for Fiona and got to look after her absolutely adorable kitten Bobbi. Seriously, Bobbi is the cutest ever. She makes my heart melt.
-Pink, cotton candy skies on Monday night. So pretty!
-Cute cards and a lil' thank you gift from Fiona. She gave me a voucher for Kikki K and surprisingly it's still intact.
-Charlotte Gainsbourg inside the pages of The Travel Almanac. One of the perks of being in a magazine shop+office on a Friday is that I get to flick through a lot of magazines. Not gonna lie, it is a bit of a struggle to not take them all home with me but I survive.
*Have the best weekends guys! I'm typing this with my battery bar on 15%, living life on the edge etc. It's a long weekend here so that's a bonus. I'm keen to go watch a movie or something so that may happen too. Have a good one! & I'll see y'all on Monday with a book post.
If you're a longtime Nana Wintour reader, and uber brownie points to you if you are, you'll know that I love music. Actually love is probably not even a powerful enough word in this case. Today I've combined two of my favouite things; Summer and Music and made y'all a little Playlist. This might see like an unusual grouping of songs but it's the music I've been playing on the regular this season and also features the artists who I seem to declare Summer material-Vampire Weekend namely. Sit back, relax and enjoy! The playlist is below for your listening pleasure.
-What's on your Summer playlist?