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.

I hope you found this post interesting.
What are your recent book buys?

Depop Haul #1 | Shoes & Accessories

Thursday, 11 June 2015
Since I've started using Depop, my pocket has taken a hit, I have bought a LOT of stuff. The initial reason I started using it, was to empty my wardrobe, but I have bought far more stuff than I've sold. I really love it though, I find it much more interesting looking through Depop than looking through new stuff online. It's like one massive online thrift store/charity shop. Although there are businesses on there that just sell new items. 

Anyway, here's the stuff I bought, starting with shoes:

These Zara pointy flats I think are really chic and can smarten up an outfit without the need for heels.

I love these H&M lace-up boots. They're great for giving me a bit of height and are quite comfy too. Both of these pairs I bought from @notsocitywardrobe. I bought a ridiculous amount of other stuff from her as well, I might share some more of it in another post.

These orange brogues I bought from @amyroulston55, I think they're really cool and bright, I love the pop of orange.

This retro style bag I think is quite unique, I got it from @claudinelavery

This little bag is from Primark, I love the cream colour and the texture of it. I also got this from @notsocitywardrobe. It's a cross-body bag, but I think it's cool worn as a clutch.

These brushes are great, they're really lovely and soft. I think they're meant to be Bobbi Brown dupes.
I bought them from @missbanknote.

I thought this little leather Nikki Hilton card wallet was cute. I bought it from @rebekahcx

This Urban Outfitters wallet I think is gorgeous, I love the print and the gold and blue colours. I purchased it from @sorchab.

So, that's it, I hope you enjoyed this haul.
 Do you use Depop? What do you think of it? You can follow me if you like @sadiyahearts.
Thank you for reading, catch you next time,