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I can't believe not that long ago, I didn't own perfume. I mean, Calvin Klein's 'In2U' definitely made an appearance for a while but I don't think I was really that into it. I went through a phase when I was about 18 of liking really sweet scents which is quite funny because now that is not me at all. Why is it that our taste in scents evolves the older we get? Gone are the days of the Spice Girls ~Body Spray~, hello to sexy fragrances like Byredo's Super Cedar.

It wasn't till my mid twenties that I truly discovered the scents I love - earthy, woody and fresh. Cedarwood is a note that comes up frequently in perfumes I've loved to wear, a common base note for most unisex type scents. When Super Cedar came out around a year ago, I instantly had to check it out as it sounded exactly like something I would love.

Somehow, it took me a whole year to actually purchase it, which bothers me looking back now, ha! I think the scent is just so unusual, and so different that it kind of surprised me at first and made me wonder if it was me or not. It's very woody - as you would expect - but I guess the other word to describe it would be peppery? Spicy? I wasn't sure if I was into that at first, but after months of testing it again and again I finally decided that actually, I loved it. 

There's something about this scent that is just so warm, but fresh at the same time. I've been wearing it literally every single day, and I've had so many compliments from people asking what I was wearing. Byredo have always succeeded in making the best, and most unique scents around and this has very quickly become my absolute favourite. My favourite way to wear it is actually layered with Escentric Molecules 'Molecule 01' as it accentuates any fragrance layered on top of it. It also happens to be my other favourite scent and wearing them together makes me so happy!

What's your signature scent, if you have one?



As someone who grew up in the photo business, I have a disappointing amount of printed photos from the past ten years. Having always had regular (and free!) access to film printing, our family took photo taking seriously and there was an album to pull out for any occasion. When the digital age took the world by storm and we had instant access to our photos on our computers or our phones, it seemed photo printing took a backseat and all these years later, it's almost nonexistent.

I'm a huge fan of social media for sharing photos with our friends and family, but I still feel like we're missing something so important. For me, it's all so temporary - fleeting moments, forgotten minutes later. I can't help but feel nostalgic for the old days, and while I'm okay with not being sat down to an entire family album at your boyfriends mum's house, I wonder how different things will be when we're older. Will we be showing our grandkids photos of our own childhood on phones? Will our own histories even be recorded? With the way technology moves these days, it's kind of worrying to think where everything will end up in the future.

It's a bit of a touchy subject for me I guess, having literally spent half my childhood in a photo lab, and having also studied Photography at uni myself. The realisation that I couldn't remember the last time I printed a photo dawned on me when I received an e-mail from Printiki asking if I'd like to try their service. I literally couldn't even think of the last thing I printed. So naturally, I said yes!

I went for the Polaroid style because hey, who doesn't love a good polaroid? I loved how easy it was to choose my photos - most I imported directly from my Instagram account or Facebook. I didn't realise how many good moments I had stored on there, I had so many overseas trips I hadn't looked at in ages!
It was delivered straight to my doorstep within a week and I'm really impressed with how they turned out. I haven't decided what to do with my prints yet, I've been looking at the Printiki Instagram for inspiration. I've already stuck a few on my fridge, which has made me insanely happy every time I see my friends faces grinning at me when I go for the milk. I also stuck one of my friend and I in her birthday card last week, which I think is a super cute idea if you aren't able to send them a gift.

I love that Printiki offer a service that's still fun and relevant, but is continuing our age old tradition of photo printing. It's important, and I'm not ready for printed photos to be a thing of the past. I don't know what I would do if the 'cloud' crashed, whatever that is! Losing all my photos is one of my biggest fears!
Definitely check them out if you get a chance, I think it's a super cute idea! Would you use this service, and what would you do with your prints?



Every so often I go on a bit of a book shopping binge. I'm not sure what it is about buying books that gives me such satisfaction - I think I just really love collecting and owning them. I can't see myself ever being an electronic book person...I just love real books!

I'm a big fan of Book Depository, I find they have the best prices and the shipping time isn't too bad. Sometimes I will walk into a book store like Harry Hartog and accidentally find myself purchasing a book that would probably cost me half the price online, but I can't help it. Their stores are so amazing!

Anyway - I've mostly been purchasing books here and there but recently I decided to just go for it and order more than I probably needed, and whilst I haven't read some of them, I thought I would share them here for you. I actually really enjoy reading these kinds of posts, so many books I've purchased and loved have been found from posts just like these, so I hope you can get something out of this too!

Hygge by Marie Tourell Søderberg

I've actually written a post on this topic already, where I touched on certain elements of this book and how much I loved it. There's a few books on Hygge out there but I was drawn to this one because of it's beautiful photography and the fact that it mostly contains stories in it. Hygge in a way is sort of magical, and that is sort of how I would describe this book. It felt very warm and cosy, which is very fitting. This is a great read for a cold, rainy day, or for days when you're maybe looking for comfort or inspiration.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks

I've only just started reading this book. It was a recommendation from Book Depository and I've heard the authors name a lot in the past. He actually wrote the book Awakenings, which was later made into a film starring Robin Williams. Sacks is a neurologist and his books are essentially case histories involving sometimes bizarre and rare disorders of the brain.
This book in particular took my interest as I find the mind totally fascinating. The title of the book comes from a man who has visual agnosia, which to me is just...interesting to read about. There are many other case histories in the book that he touches on as well, all of which are just bizarre but fascinating. The only problem is that so far I am finding it quite hard to read. The man is obviously brilliant, and therefore has trouble writing for anyone who does not immediately understand medical jargon. I've had to pull my phone out to Google things quite a few times, but it's otherwise not bad to read.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

I love Gillian Flynn's writing, I've read all her books (she's the author of Gone Girl, in case you're not familiar) and so when I saw this pop up on Book Depository I immediately purchased it. I actually didn't realise it was a short story. Upon further research, I discovered this was originally published in a collection of short stories put together by George R. R. Martin so I figured it must be good!
It doesn't sound like a typical Gillian Flynn story, so I'm intrigued to read it. I've seen the words 'psychological thriller' pop up in reviews so I'm bound to like it. Has anyone read this?

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I found this to be a pretty decent 'who done it' type story, despite the fact that it did seem a little unrealistic at times. The story begins with a couples baby going missing while they were at a dinner party at their neighbours, and we slowly start to get a back story on all the characters involved, with secrets coming out of the cracks to reveal a few twists and turns throughout the story. There were some elements that were quite shocking, which I guess is why I found it somewhat unrealistic, but overall I thought it was a pretty great read, if you're into crime mysteries.

The Witches Of New York by Ami McKay

This was sort of an unusual purchase. I bought it on a whim in the bookshop after not ever hearing of it before, just because I thought the premise sounded interesting. For some reason lately, I've been really wanting to read some sort of novel involving witchcraft, but not in a Fantasy type setting. I can't tell you where the interest came from, it was just an idea in my head and this seemed to weirdly check the boxes. Maybe it's because I watched Practical Magic for the millionth time - I love that movie.
ANYWAY, this book is set in 1800's New York City, which is another unusual pick from me as I don't usually like period books at all. It follows two friends, who happen to be witches living in New York, who meet a young girl who happens to have extraordinary abilities she did not realise herself. They come together to help the young girl and teach her how to recognise her abilities etc. Mostly what I loved about the book was the little bits and pieces, like the tea shop they run, the traditions they follow and all the little spells and beliefs that were passed onto them. I found it really lovely!
There was only two things about the book I didn't exactly love - I guess being set in 1800, the language was odd for me to read. I couldn't get into it. Secondly, I think this book could have been half the size it is. Just saying. Overall though, I actually really enjoyed reading this!

Mummy From Hell by Ken & Patrick Doyle

I wasn't going to include this but I hadn't read it at the time of taking the photograph, and I didn't expect it to be as shocking as it was. So I find true stories to be really interesting, like the stories of people going missing for decades, memoirs etc. So this again came up as a recommendation on Book Depository and it seemed to have good reviews.
Ken and Patrick Doyle were two brothers in a family of nine living in Ireland, growing up in the sixties and seventies. Their mother terribly abused them, and this is their story of growing up, and how it's affected them, and how their mother got away with it all of those years. I didn't think it was going to be so graphic, I honestly almost stopped reading it because it was just awful hearing about a woman who could be so cruel.
If I had known this book would be so hard to read, I wouldn't have purchased it, but ultimately these brothers wanted their story to be heard so that people could be aware of how neglectful child services can be, especially with so many of these stories actually still happening today. So, I finished it to get a better understanding, but it definitely left me feeling pretty down. It was eye opening, to say the least!

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

On a much lighter note, this was an absolute delight to read. I'm actually a huge fan of Drew Barrymore, I've loved her since I was little and I love that so many of the roles she takes on is of a strong or independent woman. We all know she had a slightly unusual upbringing, like so many child stars, but in this book instead of revealing the darker moments of her childhood, she tells us stories from a more mature standing. From her book, I can tell she's matured and accepted her past, and everyone in it. There's no cold feelings or remorse, it's just memories and acceptance where she's focused on how it has changed her as an adult, and as a mother.
I think Drew's personality is just very warming and friendly, and her story telling is reflective of her nature. It's not a memoir exactly, it's more just stories that she's decided to share, and I found them to be really beautiful to read.

Death & Co by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald

This was more of a coffee table purchase, but it caught my eye because of it's cover. It's a cocktail book, to put it simply, but it looks like so much more. Honestly, it sort of is. I had a quick flick through it when I opened the box and realised this was something I was going to have to sit down and read. Apparently Death & Co is an award winning cocktail bar in New York, so naturally it's contents include some pretty in depth information that is far beyond just a cocktail recipe. As someone who really enjoys a good tequila and mezcal, I'm quite excited to read about what they have to say regarding quality and it's uses! Not to mention, it just looks so nice sitting on my shelf.

Definitely a bit of a different haul, I usually buy a bunch of novels but this time I decided to go with bits and pieces from everywhere. As usual though, if you guys have any recommendations for books I'm all ears! Let me know in the comments if you've read anything good recently, or if something has caught your eye!


Warm toned eyeshadows.

Need I say more?

It's no secret I love them, I think I talk about them on a daily basis at work, I think I might even dream of them a little bit (obsessed, much?). If I see one single warm colour in a palette that I love, I will buy that palette at any cost just to own that little piece of heaven. Ridiculous!

I can't pick a favourite (maybe I can, if you pay me) but my little Z Palette with 9 Makeup Geek shades I chose myself is definitely a huge go-to in the mornings. Naturally, being that I chose them myself, I love every single shade. I definitely go towards browns, rust, plum and peach shades, with a hint of gold. Perfection! I really need to invest in more, and if you haven't tried them yet and are thinking of adding to your collection, I HIGHLY recommend Makeup Geek. The quality is worth the hype.


Don't even get me started on the Stila Eyes Are The Window palettes - I've definitely called them out as being some of the best on the market before, and I still stand by that. Stila is probably my all time favourite makeup brand, and I just love everything they do.
The Eyes Are The Window To The Mind palette is well loved. See those bottom two right shades with the big dents in them? Not shockingly, my favourite in the whole palette. I love this palette though, because you really can get a huge amount of different looks out of it, whether it be soft and fluttery or grungey 90's heroin chic.


While I am definitely a big fan of palettes, over the years I've collected a couple of single eyeshadows from here and there. Every so often, I pull them out of the cracks of my makeup drawer where they've fallen and completely fall back in love.

I think it started with MAC Uninterrupted, that perfect, mustard-y little circle of goodness. I'm not sure what it is about making your eyes look like you haven't slept (on purpose) but I'm totally into it. Bit of smudged black eyeliner? Done.

If you like those rusty brown colours but don't want to go head over heels into a full on pigment, MAC's 'Texture' might be a good go-to. It's soft, but warm and can be built up quite easily. It also makes for a good crease colour!
That top right one, the burgundy shade, is Stila's 'Twig'. I was looking for a metallic plum/burgundy shade for ages and realised this one was right in front of me. This is such a gorgeous colour all over the lid, and I love that it compliments brown eyes!

Whilst I'm not a glitzy makeup kind of gal, I can't help but fall for anything gold. I can't resist it! I was gifted this Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow in #5 Gold Blitz for Christmas about a year ago and it's just...so pretty. I'm always torn between wanting to look like a glittery mermaid or just messing it up and throwing some black in for a more rock n' roll type vibe. Seriously intense pigment, by the way.


I can't not mention the Too Faced Chocolate Bar. Everyone and their mother knows this palette, and it's been a cult favourite for a reason. It's got quite an eclectic variety of colours in it, but I have such a soft spot for a certain few. This was one of the first palettes I ever purchased, and I still love it so much to this day. So, so many looks still to create from just using this one palette!

I also couldn't help but include two cheeky MAC eyeshadow pans - Coppering and Embark. Naturally, of course. I think these were actually the first warm toned eyeshadows I ever bought! Classics, in every sense of the word.

The addiction is real, and I already have more eyeshadows in line to be purchased - yikes. Some would say I don't need anymore but I totally disagree - you always need more!

What are your favourite eyeshadows to wear? I always wish I could pull off green but I always struggle!

It seems like the word of 2016 - 'hygge' - doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, and I finally had to jump on Google and find out what it's all about. It took about three seconds for me to realise that this concept was awesome but it also screamed ME, in every single way.

In a way, hygge is sort of like 'coziness'. After reading more about it though, you realise that you can't exactly define hygge - hence why the Danish have a word for it - it's hard to translate! The first thing I had to get my head around though was the pronunciation. I was calling it something like 'hi' and then just a 'g' sound and then I watched this video and I was like...oh. I still feel like I can't pronounce it.

Of course, I had to buy a book about this hygge concept, which in itself is quite hygge of me - yes, you will probably see this word used a LOT in this post! I am definitely a big book person, I just love buying a new book, smelling it (weird), holding it, reading it outside in the sun or in bed on a rainy night. I purchased Hygge: The Danish Art Of Happiness by Marie Tourell Söderberg mostly because it looked pretty, but also because the photos inside looked so warm and cosy. Naturally.



I absolutely loved reading this book, it actually genuinely made me really happy reading it. You absolutely do NOT need a book to tell you what 'hygge' is - most of us already do it, we just haven't made up a word for it. I just loved reading the book because the Danish have truly made this concept part of their culture, and it has been like that for hundreds of years, and it's that that I found really interesting.

What I loved about this book was that it was mostly made up of other peoples stories. The author talked to so many different people about what hygge meant to them, and it was just really interesting to read about their stories and how they've spanned over so many different generations. The idea of hygge really works so well in Scandinavian countries because of the weather, first and foremost. With winters that leave them in the cold and dark for so much of the year, it became so important for them to make the most of that time and find a way to get through it by putting a positive spin on it. That's why hygge is about comfort and cosiness and the small things that make you happy. It's amazing, and it's no wonder Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world!

Their sense of family, friends and community is strong and the book outlines the different ways in which they hygge - whether it be at home, at the pub or at work. It talks about their strong relationship with food (and the book has some really cute recipes I want to try out), traditions and the home, all of which are really important to me.

I've always wanted to visit the Scandinavia region, but this has just made me want to visit even more! Denmark is not only a beautiful country, but now I want to visit just to meet the locals, partake in their traditions and hygge big time. White Christmas, anyone?


This is what happens when you have a cat. 


WHAT HYGGE MEANS TO ME

Whilst 'hygge' is obviously a Danish word, it does not mean that it is not happening all around the world. Most of us have been doing it all our lives without actually realising it was a 'thing', and I think most of us bloggers are even more comfortable with the concept!
I thought it would be interesting to talk about what it means to us, especially being that people here come from all over the world, and I would genuinely love to know what it means to YOU.

For me, hygge is:


  • Drinking coffee in cosy coffee shops when it's cold outside.
  • Curling up on a big, plush sofa on a rainy night with all the lights dimmed and a cup of tea. Probably watching a chick flick.
  • Cold beers on sunny afternoons with friends.
  • Waking up early on weekends and cooking a good breakfast and being able to relax in the morning.
  • Candles, and lots of them.
  • The big Christmas lunch with family, where we eat too much and then spend all afternoon napping.
  • Sunset walks with a friend where the sun has gone down but it's still light. 
  • Sunday roasts. Need I say more?
  • Soft furnishings. I don't like cold, sterile environments. Perfect, creaseless bed linens weird me out! 
  • Polar opposites - the first cold, rainy day of Winter and the first warm, sunny day of Summer.

It's definitely a word we are hearing a LOT of lately, and particularly in this post (I'm sorry) but I'm okay with that - it's better than seeing the word 'yasss' or 'how bow dah' all around the internet, am I right? 
If this is the concept that's going to be the new thing, then I am all for it. Ready and waiting, tea in hand.

What does hygge mean to you? 
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