But First, Tea | 5 Detox Teas

Thursday, 31 December 2015
Hey guys, it's New Years Eve! I like a fresh start but I haven't made any resolutions the past few years. For this year, however, I have set myself some small achievable goals to meet. I read recently that you should set a date a few times a year to look at how your getting on with your resolutions or goals. I shared some of my thoughts on meeting goals in this post. Some of you might have decided to go on a diet or are gonna try making other lifestyle changes. Don't be too hard on yourselves though, and expect immediate change. Go slow and ease yourself into it whatever it is you're doing with small steps. Have tiny little goals to meet as you go along, that way you'll feel good about meeting those goals, and you're less likely to just give up.

Anyway, this post is about tea, something I am very passionate about. I love normal tea most of all, but I also like to try new and different types of teas. If, after lots of overindulgence during the holiday, or just for the start of a new year, you feel like a little "not too much effort" cleanse, I've put together a couple of herbal teas that might help you feel like you're starting afresh.

I really love the Pukka Detox, it tastes uh-mazing which is especially great for a herbal detox tea.
Until next time,
Sadiya


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5 Great Sites for Blogging Tips

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Hey guys, this post was a  #5onFriday post that wasn't published back when it was supposed to be, so I'm posting it now. 

I'm sharing some great blogs for blogging tips and resources, I've learned a lot reading posts from these blogs, they're all really helpful. If you're thinking of starting a in 2016 (do it!) you might find them useful.

This site is amazing, it's all about sharing resources, tutorials and design inspiration for bloggers. Definitely one to bookmark. I also love the super-clean site design.

This site covers blogging, design and business. It has a super bright and positive vibe, with lots of  advice on general life/self improvement as well as great blog design posts.

This site really is a wonder forest, I'm always super inspired after reading Dana's posts, her site is full of great resources.

This site is just chock full of stuff. I particularly love their A-Z of blogging resources.

This site is full of  blogging and design tips to make your blog look great. This 20 Useful Posts to Create an Awesome Blog post is particularly full of helpful tips and tools.

Hope this post helped you out, this was my last post for now in my #5onFriday blogging series, I hope you found it helpful.

What sites do you think are great for blogging tips?
Have a great Christmas Eve,
Sadiya <3

Zara Bag Wishlist

Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Hey guys, so I was recently in Zara, and I really loved lot of the bags they had in there so I thought I'd share some of my favouites.

Image 3 of Backpack with zip from Zara    Image 3 of COMBINED TOTE from Zara
          I fell completely in love with this, in black.                This black tote is a great "fits everything" bag.


Image 4 of WIDE STRAP BACKPACK from Zara    Image 1 of FRINGED LEATHER BUCKET BAG from Zara
This is a really cool minimal backpack, bit enough              I love fringing at the moment, this is cute.
to fit all my college stuff.

I can't believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve, where does time go?!
Sadiya <3

My Reading Apps

Thursday, 17 December 2015
Hey everyone, 
I like to read books on the go, so using reading apps on my phone is really handy, it's also great to be able to access so many free books using apps. For me personally, nothing will ever beat a paper book, just in terms of the feel, but I've never used a kindle or e-reader, besides my phone. Anyway, here are some of the reading apps I use.

This app is great for when you're thinking of reading a book and want to have a quick look at some review. You can just scan the bar-code of the book so you can find anything really easily. You also post your own book reviews, and add books to your different shelves, you can have an "abandoned" shelf, for example. If your friends or other bloggers you follow have accounts, you can follow what they're reading too.

This app is great for fanfiction. There is a ton of free stuff on here, don't expect wonderful, spelling and grammar though, you do have to sift through a lot of rubbish to find good reads, but if gives does you recommendations based on what you've read. You can also comment on what you're reading, follow writers, and write your own stories.

This app I haven't used before, but you get free access to 23,469 different classic books, things like, Wuthering Heights, Alice in Wonderland, Dracula etc. so it's a great one to have if you want to read more classics.

This app does have it's shortcomings, but it's still worth having if you love to read because of the large selection of free books. I do find it a good one to have.

All of the these apps are available on both Google play and App Store except for Google Play books.

Do you use any good reading apps?
Until next time,
Sadiya

Workspace Inspiration

Thursday, 10 December 2015
Hey guys, I have so much work to do at the moment, and personally, I find the place where I work has a big impact on how I concentrate and how productive and motivated I feel. 
At the moment I have to make do with whatever space I can get, but here are some pretty workspaces I've taken from pinterest which I like. I find monochrome particularly appealing at the moment.. 

Clean workspace:
I'd love a chalk board like this.
There’s something so elegant about a black accent wall. Still afraid to try it as a bedroom color, but perhaps for a home office? -VV gravity-gravity: “ Source ”:
Monochrome..
barefootstyling.com Ben je nieuwsgierig naar de Scandinavische woontrends herfst 2014.. Dan heb ik hier inspiratiebeelden op een rij gezet met een link naar nog meer inspiratie:
This grey wall.
               
Lovely workspace, clean and white, a clean slate for ideas and creativity:
So white and clean. Gorgeous, but I'd have stuff everywhere!
Home with character in Copenhagen - via cocolapinedesign.com:
Plants, and plain coloured canvases, yes.
Inside Jessica Comingore's Minimalistic Studio | west elm:
Oh, the work I'd do if this desk was mine.. :p



Do you find having a nice workspace helps you work better?
Until next time,
Sadiya
      




Tech Wishlist

Saturday, 5 December 2015
Hey guys,
Today I thought I'd share my tech wishlist. A lot of these items could be considered part of my ideal blogging tool kit.

Sony NX Mini
Samsung NX Mini White Camera Kit inc 9mm Lens, 16GB MicroSD & Case
This camera has a great flip out screen and is really small lightweight and portable. I've seen a lot of girls on Youtube who use it for vlogging and think it's great. For me, the fact it has wifi connection is a very appealing, because you could share snaps straight to Instagram or your blog. I'd like to try making some videos for my blog and/or Youtube in the future, and I think this would be a great little camera to start with.


Intuos Draw Creative Pen Tablet

Intuos Draw Small tn
I love doing simple little headers and sketches for my blog posts. I like the Autodesk app on my phone and I love Adobe Illustrator, I have also recently tried out one opensource alternative, called Inkscape and found it more user-friendly. I'd love to try out a drawing tablet, I think it would give me a more freedom to bring my own sketches on screen.
Keyboard Critter
Critter Keyboard Brushes Squirrel + Duck from Marna - 1
I saw these on someone's blog and thought they were really cute, handy if you get pesky crumbs in your keyboard.. someone told me recently though that the best way to avoid that happening if you're in the bad habit of eating by your computer, is to use a keyboard cover. You could use cling-film I suppose..

Earphone Tidy
Black Soft Leather Cord Organizer / Cable Holder / Earphone Holder
My earphones are always getting super tangled up so I thought one of these would be great to have. There are some really cute and colourful ones on Etsy but this plain black one appeals to me. I saw a crocheted one and I think they look quite simple to make so I might try sometime.


I've been quite realistic with my wishlist up to this point, with my modest (non-existent :p) budget but if money were no object, I'd add these..


Macbook Pro
This laptop is supposed to be great for video editing on the go. Plus it's pretty.



Samsung S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6 edgeMORE PICTURES
I would love to be able to upgrade to this phone. The camera is biggest draw to this for me but there are loads of other amazing features.

Canon 700D
Canon EOS 700D
Really, I don't need this camera, I just want it. It's an entry level DSLR and it would take me ages to get to grips with all the manual options, but I've used it before, very briefly, and it was really really amazing. It would be fantastic camera to have for blogging and shooting video, it gives incredibly clear sharp details.

So that's my tech wishlist at the moment. Remember though, having the best equipment to hand doesn't make you the best at something. It's great to be creative and innovative using what you have available to you. Too many tools, sometimes, I think can actually stifle creativity. Use what you have and do what you can!

Any tech gadgets on your wishlist at the moment?

Sadiya ♡


Reasons to keep blogging | (Even if no one's reading)

Wednesday, 28 October 2015
   
Blog For You
You should blog for yourself first. Blogging should be something you enjoy, to express your passions, interests and opinions. Blogging is a great self-improver in my opinion, if you're writing, editing and creating it can only help you grow, it challenges you to write and communicate better.
Practice Makes Perfect
You can go no where but up really, you may not be particularly happy with your content now, (I'm a million miles from where I want to be with my content) but you will get better, keep going!
Be Consistent 
Someone will read your blog eventually! If you keep going, and post regularly. If you can, post on a specific day and time each week, aim for that, that way your readers will know when to expect new content. But do it for the love first, not for attention or freebies.
Be Genuine
Use what you have, do what you can. Be true to yourself and your interests. I think most people can tell straight away when a person's heart isn't in something. Even if everyone else seems to have a ton of cash to buy the latest stuff, and you just don't. (Me) Work with what you have. You will probably come up with more creative ideas.
Get Inspired
If you're stuck for inspiration check out my previous post full of lists of blog post ideas. You could try getting a blogging buddy, that way you could encourage each other to blog. Another idea is to create a schedule of days to post on and work towards having a post ready for that time. Carry a notebook to scribble down ideas, you can be inspired by anything around you for blog posts. Or just make a note in your phone. I like to doodle though I think it helps creativeness flow better :p
Connect
If you're blogging yourself, you probably read blogs too. If you read and enjoy someone else's posts, let them know! That way they know you're there and can take a look at your blog too, if you're enjoying their content, you may well have common interests, so it's a great way to make blog friends. Do not spam anyone though or leave stupid comments that are clearly just so you can leave your blog link. Nobody appreciates that. Again, be genuine, be real.

I hope this post inspired you to keep going with your blog if you've been having doubts.
If you have advice to keep me motivated to continue blogging or you found this helpful let me know below.
Thank you for reading, ♡

                                    Sadiya

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Spooky October Reading List

Saturday, 17 October 2015
I've decide to put together a reading list of spooky books for the last two weeks of October. They're just a few books to choose from if you're looking for something to get you into the spooky seasonal mood.



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  Dracula
Dracula, Bram Stoker
I read this book a good few years ago now, and I remember I didn't want to be left alone in the dark after reading it.. it is the very first vampire book, so if you haven't read it, I do suggest you give it a go. Also, fun fact: it's a theory that Dracula got his name from the Celtic phrase 'droch fhola' (pronounced 'druc ula') meaning 'bad blood'.


Carrie
Carrie, Stephen King
I read this when I was quite young and I found it very disturbing. You may have a vague notion of the plot, Cloe Grace Moretz, stared in the most recent film adaption. It's about a high school girl raised by a psychotically religious mother who has a very tough time in high school, She has a secret though, and when the bullies push her too far..

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)
Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion
I've just put this in because I want to read it. It's about zombies. Zombie romance. What more do you want? Lighter stuff than Carrie anyway, I think.

Beastly
Beastly, Alex Flinn
This is for people who don't really want to read anything scary. This is a cute modern day twist on "Beauty and the beast". I loved it and I love the movie too. It might be too childish for some though.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde
This book has been on my to read list for a while, I saw the film ages ago now, it was really quite creepy, so this should be a good spooky read.

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart, Edgar Allen Poe
This short story I read when I was taking American Literature. I found it thoroughly unsettling, and not knowing anything about the story before I read it made it even more chilling. I won't give you any more details, just read it..

Leave some scary book suggestions below, maybe some more modern and contemporary books? 

Also, what are you reading right now? 
Leave me a comment and let me know! 

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September Favourites 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Top left 1. -- bottom right 9.
This month I'm back with a favourites post, I didn't put together one last month. It's a bit of a mix as usual. 

1. My Savida @Dunnes backpack, I've been a bit obsessed with this bag, I got in for half price on sale, it's a really cool shape I think.

2. This grey plaid maxi scarf, I love this scarf so much, it's a lovely neutral grey and is super soft and warm.

3. Wheatgrass Powder. I tried out this stuff out this month, it doesn't taste very good but it makes me feel way more energetic, it's quite easy to add to smoothies to mask the taste.

4. H&M mini kabuki brush. This brush is gorgeous, it's really soft and is great for blending foundation and BBcreme for a flawless finish. 

5. Another photo of my bag.. 

6. This seventeen liquid eyeliner I've been wearing a lot this month, it's quite easy to apply and lasts pretty well.

7. This month I've been eating cacao nibs. They're basically cacao beans, which chocolate is made from, broken into tiny pieces. They give you a chocolatey hit with out the sugar and are full of iron and other goodness. They're kinda like a chocolate nut. Very nice.

8. I've been wearing this Rimmel BBcreme a lot this month, it's very easy to apply and doesn't take much blending just gives a very subtle coverage and stops me from looking dead in the mornings.

9. My trusty mini flask is a favorite this month as it helps me not spend a fortune every day buying coffee. This one is a pretty solid one from Thermos.

What have you been loving this month?

Book Post #3 | Recent Reads

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Hello blog/wonderful people, it's been a while, but I have here a few books I've been meaning to write a little bit about for over a month now.. I used to read a lot more when I was younger, I'd like to read more again and I think doing little book posts is a good way to motivate myself to read more and to read different kinds of books. 

China Lake, Meg Gardiner
I picked this book up with the intention of trying a to read few more thrillers, the mention of a crazy cult in middle America caught my attention. I actually really enjoyed it, I found that I didn't have any idea what was going to happen and I liked the characters. The suspense is built very skillfully.

My rating 4/5

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A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
This book I decided to read as I have never read any Dickens. He requires immense concentration. I could read a whole two pages and be like, I have no idea what is happening, I need to read them over again. The first few chapters were very dull but by the time the whole dull description of the carriage and stuff was over I started to get hooked. I then made the mistake of leaving it for a while and when I started reading again I couldn't seem to get back into it, and I eventually abandoned it, for now anyway.. I intend to go back to it at some point in my life.
I know, I know, "Why the heck is it in my recent reads if I didn't read it?" Well, it was in the photo I took for this post and I don't have the other books to take another photo of them.. well I could have cut it out somehow I supposed but photo editing is not my strong point..plus it is a recent read.. I did read about 80% of he way through.. okay I'm sorry.

Can't currently rate.

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Infinite Days, Rebecca Maizel
This book I won't lie I picked up and read mostly because of the pretty cover. It was sadly too teen for me. It was an interesting read though, for a vampire story. I really didn't like the main character for most of the book but I did warm to her somewhat at the end. It's been over a month since I read it now though and I can't actually remember what the ending was.. so it's forgettable.. 
I should have written this sooner..

My rating 2/5

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These are terrible book reviews, I know, I've linked the books to good reads so you can read some other reviews of them. 


I have prattled on a bit.
What are you reading at the moment? 
Leave me any nice autumn/winter book recommendations you have below.






#5onFriday | 5 Lists of Blog Post Ideas

Friday, 21 August 2015

Today for #5onFriday, here are 5 long lists of blog post ideas, great if you're feeling uninspired or just need some new content ideas.






Hope you found this helpful.
What are your favourite types of blog posts to read?



#5onFriday | 5 Helpful Blog Photography Posts

Friday, 14 August 2015



This post will help if your looking for photo backdrop ideas.

Need a photo you can't take? This post is full of free stock photo resources.

Ever wondered how to make an image link? I have, here's how.

It'll take you a long time to get through all the photography tips in this nice bright post.

This page is chock-full of photography tips specifically for bloggers.

#5onFriday is here for every Friday in August, I'll be sharing blogging tips so come back soon! I hope you found these photography posts helpful.

Do you have any blog photography tips?

#5onFriday | 5 Apps I love for Blogging

Friday, 7 August 2015

For the month of August I've decided to create #5onFriday, basically a list of five things, related to blogging, I'll be posting every Friday for the rest of the month. Feel free to do this yourself and leave me a link to your posts, I'd really love that. Today it's 5 of my favourite apps for blogging. I've linked to the android app store for these apps because I use an android device, but you can find all of them the app store too.

This app is great for reading blog posts on the go. Whenever I've read a few posts I generally feel inspired to work on my own. I'm always saving a ton of amazing posts on this.

Blogger
Whenever an idea for a post pops into my head I quickly create a post with that title so I don't forget about it and can work on it when I get the chance. So handy.

Snapseed
This app is great for editing photos from my phone, there are a ton of options, you can adjust perspective and retouch with this app, it's really great. 

Feedly
I love the user interface of this app it's so smooth and gorgeous. I only follow my very favourite blogs with this so my feed is less cluttered. Again, this is great for me personally for blogging inspiration and a lovely way to view my favourite blogs in one place.

Pocket
This app is amazing, basically you can save any web page you find that you either don't have time to read right away, or which you think you'll find useful to read again, and just save them to read later. I love it.

What apps do you love for blogging?

July Favourites

Thursday, 30 July 2015
So is it me or has July disappeared really quickly? This month I didn't blog a whole lot :( but here are some of the things I was loving.

1. iZombie. It is a little silly but I really love it. I watched the whole first season this month. I'm in love with Liv's make up and laid back style. Do not watch this show while eating though unless you have a very strong stomach, brain eating is icky. 
2. Spirulina tablets. I finished these off this month. I take them when I feel I need an energy boost, they're a kind of green superfood full of vitamins, but especially vitamin B12 and iron. Sprirulina does taste absolutely vile though, I initially bought the powder and it was really difficult to take, tablets are a much better option I think.
3. Jelly. I haven't had jelly for years but this month I tried some banana flavoured one and it was so good, I got a little obsessed, it took me back to when I was really tiny. 
4. This month I bought the Foreo Luna Mini. I've only had it for about two weeks now but I'm absolutely delighted with it so far. Hopefully I can do a full review when I've been using it for a bit longer.
5. Sunrise. I was up for quite a few this month and I don't usually see the sunrise so I thought I'd include it. (Also, it makes for pretty blog photos :p)
6. This natural Sarakan mouthwash tastes amazing. A really nice alternative to a normal mouthwash. It doesn't contain alcohol but it doesn't contain fluoride either. For some though that's a good thing.
7. I have mentioned before my love for anything bergamot scented. This boots fair-trade body butter is gorgeous, it's so rich and buttery but it absorbs quickly.
8. BBQ's. I had one this month, there is nothing like a good BBQ, hopefully I can have a few more before the summer's over.
9. Moogoo oatmeal soap. This soap is amazing, it is so gently cleansing, and I like the delicate scent too. It's really great for sensitive skin.

What have you been loving this month?

Book post #2 | Recent Reads

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

So recently I haven't been as consistent with blogging as I had planned, I haven't posted for a while because I wasn't feeling very inspired, but in the mean time I've been reading a lot so to get back into things, I bring you a review of my latest reads.

The Girl in Times Square , Paulina Simon
This I picked up on a whim in the thrift store, I was looking for something light and the cover caught my eye, it kinda reminded me of Audrey Hepburn for some reason. The only thing I really liked about this book was that it was set in New York. I read the first few chapters nothing seemed to happen really. I will admit I didn't really read it properly as it was terrible, but I skimmed through the chapters because I was curious to know what happened to her missing best friend. *Spoilers ahead* Things that happen in this book: The main character's boyfriend leaves her, her best friend has disappeared, She fancies the cop looking for her friend. Her family is awful, especially her mother. She's been trying to finish college for six years. She has a winning lotto ticket she won't cash and instead works really long hours in a diner until she gets cancer. I know, as if her life isn't miserable enough. Then in the end it turns out her brother who is some big-shot in politics or something, and married, was having an affair with her friend and is responsible for her death. The friend was actually trying to destroy him and in the course of trying to do so, developed feelings for him and tried to warn him that her partner is trying to kill him or something. And somehow that's how she ends up dead. Overall it was just an awful story in my opinion. I might be being harsh as I didn't read it properly, but that was because I couldn't, it was too bad. 

My rating: 1/5

The Historian , Elizabeth Kostova
This book I bought because the blurb, "Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’" Sounded intriguing. I did't spend long reading anymore of the back after that and just decided to get it. (It was a thrift store too) It was only later I realized it's actually about vampires. Not just any vampires though, the one OG, Dracula. I got it at the beginning of last month and I featured it in my June Favourites post as I liked it so much. For the first few chapters I had to make myself keep reading, it seemed a quite dull but it got so much better, I was really glad I hadn't abandoned it. Basically, it's about a hunt for Dracula who is suspected to be still alive, and some creepy books with dragons in them that are supposed to be clues that lead to his tomb. The pace stays quick and it was quite gripping, I couldn't tell what was going to happen. The characters travel around the world in their hunt for Dracula. I liked that you get a nice feel for each city they go to.  It was confusing to read at times as there is a narrator, in a narrator in a narrator, so if you don't concentrate it's tricky. I liked the close relationships the characters have to each other, the tight dad and daughter relationship is sweet. The the ending isn't amazing, but overall I really enjoyed this book, it was an interesting read.

My rating: 4/5

Memoirs of a Geisha , Arthur Golden
I saw the film of this book years ago and didn't really remember a whole lot of the story. I decided to see what the book was like. (I also found this in the thrift store, duh :p) While reading this book it really made me feel like I was right there experiencing everything with the character. I didn't really put it down once I started reading it. The story is quite horrible, the main character, Sayuri, is sold into slavery and gets the chance to become a geisha, (basically a glorified prostitute) At fourteen. And this is like a good thing for her, as its the only way for her to gain wealth and status after putting up with years of abuse from the people around her. Horrible, I know. One day a man "The Chairman" shows her some kindness and she then develops this completely unrealistic and creepy infatuated obsession with him. Which lasts years. It turns out he was the one who arranged for her opportunity to become a geisha, all because he liked the unusual colour of her eyes. Creepy. There was a lot in the book that gave me the creeps, sleazy men and their grossness. (I'm not gonna detail it but know that it's awful) But this story is basically about sex slavery.  It was interesting to learn a bit about geisha culture and customs, although I'm not sure how accurate any of the details are. The author has a bunch of qualifications in Japanese culture and stuff but I don't really believe any of this book has much basis in fact although it's presented as though it is 100% true. It was interesting to read, but really very forgettable.

My rating: 2/5


What are you reading at the moment?

Thrifted Favorites

Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Today I'm sharing some pieces I like that I found at thrift stores. I hope this inspires  you to check out your local thrift store for cool finds.


1. I really like this crochet/lace sweat top, I think it has a chilled cool summer vibe.
2. I saw these loafers but I didn't buy them right away, I went back the next day to get them because I decided I really liked them. Luckily they were still there, I hesitated about getting them because I wasn't sure if I could pull them off, but I think if I team them with something quite girly they'll work.
3. I am in love with this backpack. I've wanted a little black backpack for a while and I think this Maxx New York one is really chic and unique. It's also really practical. I love it.
4. This satchel I thought was really cool, I don't know if it's vintage but it's quite battered so it does kinda look vintage. It says "Romance Paris" on the front, anyone know anything about the label?
5. This tangerine coloured top from H&M it's made up of cool panels. I think it's nice summery colour.
6. This bright trinket box is made of a kinda silky fabric and the floral print is very pretty. 

Have you bought anything you love from a thrift store recently?

June Favourites

Monday, 29 June 2015
I don't know how this post became all about food, but looking through my photos this month there  are a lot of food items I have been really loving. (It's Ramadan so my appreciation for food has soared.) 


1. I've been drinking a lot of homemade iced chai tea lattes this month. I made my own syrup inspired by this recipe. It's a really lovely drink in warmer weather, very refreshing.
2. Organic Surge's Tropical Bergamot Hand & Nail Creme (which has been discontinued *sob*)is gorgeous smelling and great for my dry hands.
3. I've been sprinkling 'Seeds for Cereal' on yogurt, it gives it a nice flavour and crunch. It's very healthy too, it's a blend of milled linseed, sunflower seeds, gojiberries and chia seeds.
4. I haven't tried a Pukka tea I didn't like, this one is 'After Dinner' and it's really nice after meals, especially if you've eaten a little bit too much. (Not that I ever overeat *cough*) It's a blend of organic sweet fennel, roasted chicory and cardamom.
5. I love coconut water, it's brilliant for hydration. This one is the Go Coco coconut water and it is has the most coconutty taste and smell.
6. I've been reading a bit more now it's the summer, and I really quite enjoyed this book. It took a while to get into it, but I'm glad I kept reading. 
7. I've been eating lots of lovely summer fruit in Eaton Mess. My favourite deserts at the moment.
8. I tried and loved this Glenisk Strained Greek Mango & Passionfruit Yogurt. It has quite a bit Lot of sugar in it, but it is high in protein.
9. I thrifted these cool granny sandals, they're ugly cool, and are so comfy. Love them.

What have you been loving this month?

Book Post #1

Friday, 26 June 2015

My first book post, yay! I thought I'd share some books I bought from The Book People today. These books were all complete bargains so if you like books you need to check out this website. If you're ordering from outside the UK like me, bear in mind the postage charge will be very high. I used my Parcel Motel's UK address so I got free delivery from the site.



Window-box Allotment by Penelope Bennett



I'm not really a gardener, so far my green fingered-ness has only extended to managing to grow a lettuce in a pot on my kitchen window and re-potting a mint plant I bought in the supermarket however, watching them flourish was so rewarding that I've been meaning to grow more plants, especially herbs as they're very easy to grow. I've just planted another lettuce seed in a yogurt pot, hopefully it grows. At some point I would like to be able to grow tomatoes, we'll see. Anyway I thought this book was beautifully illustrated and nice to have as a reference guide to growing plants in limited space. It has a month to month guide and contains recipes too, bonus. It's a nice read, the author's gentle tone is soothing somehow. It seems a bit further advanced in terms of what you're expected to already know about gardening for me though. Nevertheless, it's a lovely guide to have.

Natural Beauty by Karen Gilbert

I like mixing up my own beauty products like sugar and honey scrubs. They're fun to make and completely natural. I've become more conscious recently about what I use on my skin. It is the body's biggest organ and if you wouldn't eat something why would you let your skin absorb it? 
This book is a complete guide to slightly more advanced homemade beauty products. It goes into details of the ingredients used to make beauty products and has step-by step instructions for each recipe. It contains skincare tips too, and the author goes in-depth into the different ingredients and  they're function in a product (mostly to stop it going moldy) as well as the arguments for and against using preservatives. (Just because something is natural doesn't make it good or safe just as something man-made isn't necessarily bad either. She writes that we need to decide for ourselves what risk factors are of most concern to us.) Preservative-free variations of some of the recipes are given but these need to be made in smaller amounts and kept in the fridge. 
This book does have some very simple recipes, that are just mixing oils together while others a more complicated and require ingredients I would really have to go out of my way to get. Things like emulsifying wax, beeswax, and preservative drops. At some point I want to get all the ingredients and equipment (you do need some special equipment) and try one of the more complicated recipes.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in tying to make their own beauty products, The book really simplifies the somewhat complicated processes involved.




This diary was going for a pound so of course I had to get it, there is still nearly half the year left after all. It contains flower artwork from the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Libraries, so lots of famous botanical artists are featured in it. Don't know much about them, but this diary is very pretty. 
I couldn't not get it.



The Illustrated Food Remedies Sourcebook by C. Norman Shealy, MD PhD

 I would hope that by owning this book I might suddenly become a much healthier eater and know all about nutrition, but that's probably not gonna happen. This book is a great source to have though, I hope that I might eat a little better and learn a bit more about the benefits of certain foods. I think it might be good for when I'm feeling under the weather, as I can try and eat myself better.  This book  might also be handy if you suffer from a vitamin deficiency as you can find out what foods you should be eating. It lists each food's nutritional benefits for overall health as well as healing. A very good source-book to have on the shelf, and it was a great bargain for a hardback illustrated book.



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