Monthly Favourites | January 2018

 Short and sweet insights into some of my favourite things that kept me happy and feeling inspired this month. Hope you find some nuggets of inspo to take away with you ❤


Birthday Celebrations

Yes I turned 27! I’ve been showered with lovely gifts and have been out and about with friends and family on several different occasions. It was like multiple mini-birthdays over the course of a few weeks. Do I feel any different being 27? Surprisingly, I kind of sort of do! I feel more mature; I have naturally navigated to dressing in a more sophisticated way, and I feel like I’m taking things a bit more seriously – such as my finances and my future. In general I am feeling a lot more focused and excited to see what this year holds.

Lovely birthday gift from my friend Matthew, the book: ‘Lagom: The Swedish Secret of Living Well’

Feeling Zen

De-cluttering my life

I’ve been de-cluttering! Over the years I have hoarded a lot of things – lots of reciepts being a major one. I always think I might need to return something so hold onto all of my receipts for eons and eons. So I threw all that away. I went through all my documents and filed them up neatly; sorted out all my travel memorabilia in my travel journal/folder and organised all of my books into ordered piles by genre. There are also several bags of stuff to be given away to charity – I always feel like the start of the year is a great time to have a good clear out. Organised environment, organised mind – right?

Feet TLC

I also saw my podiatrist this month, which always makes my feet feel like little clouds afterwards. Honestly, if you’ve never seen a podiatrist, it should shoot to the top of your list right away. I find that feet health is totally neglected by most people, and considering we spend all day using them, they definitely deserve a little TLC on from time to time! I visit Dominic Harvey, who’s based in St Deny’s in Southampton – I would highly recommend him. Not only is he absolutely hilarious, I can attest that his skills confidently fall into the category of feet wizardry!

Appreciating a Sunrise

I had to set out pretty early on Saturday to go to London to visit my dentist and on the way got to catch this glorious sunrise over the Southampton City. I’m not a morning person, but if all mornings looked like this it might be enough inspiration to get me out of bed when my alarm goes off at 7am! It was unbelievably gorgeous – I kept thinking it was a sunset – it certainly resembled the ones we get here when the sky is streaked in pink and purple in the evenings.

View from the bridge above Southampton train station.


And finally, I’ve finished off my first ever commissioned painting for a friend. Not sure if this made me feel ‘zen’ or more stressed, but I’m proud that I’ve finally finished it and can now give it to her to hang on her living room wall! I’m seeing her later today and will be posting a sneak peak of the painting on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me on there to stay up to date with pics of food, books, my face and other inspiring things 😀 .

Putting Myself Out There

I mentioned that one of my New Year Goals was to do some freelancing again and take on some interesting projects. I’ve been having conversations with lots of different people and also put an ad out, and to my delight I’ve already received quite a bit of interest. My evenings are already getting booked up! Naturally the work I do with my clients is confidential, but my advice is if you have a skill and are looking to develop them or make some extra money – put yourself out there and see who’s interested! I’ve been loving getting back into freelancing in digital marketing, as well as tutoring my favourite subjects in my spare time. I’m thinking of building a professional website soon to promote my skills further. Watch this space 🙂 .

Favourite Purchases

The Little Mermaid Necklace

I bought this lovely handmade gold-plated necklace from Etsy this month. I can only wear gold or silver jewellery as I am allergic to (various) chemicals so I am extra picky with what I wear, so was super happy to find this. It’s really light and dainty, and goes with everything!

I absolutely adore this!

My niece has got me into wearing a lot more jewellery this month – which I’m really liking.

Wine Long Length Waterfall Belted Coat

It’s cold, and I needed a coat with a bit of personality so decided to treat myself to a red one! I absolutely love it – I’m not one for bright colours usually (black being my staple) but saw a beauty blogger that I follow on Instagram recommend it so decided to buy it. I do not regret it! Extremely happy customer here.

Wine Long Length Waterfall Belted Coat from Rebellious Fashion – but I believe it’s sold out now. Other items (not bought this month however): ring is from Pandora; nail polish is Barry M Matt White and Barry M Silver Multi-Glitter; Harry Potter ‘You’re a Wizard’ necklace is from The Edinburgh Jewellery Boutique (sold out); black knitted scarf is from Accessorize (sold out); cream lip stain lipstick is Shade 25 from Sephora (bought in Copenhagen); foundation is Dior Star Shade 40; handbag is Longchamp Le Pliage Medium Shopper/Tote (Khaki/Olive Green); maroon turtleneck (size 10) from Warehouse (sold out).

Other bits: ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert, Cath Kidston iPhone 7 Phone Case and The Body Shop Earl-Harvest Raspberry Eau De Toilette


You may know Elizabeth Gilbert as the incredibly successful author of the book: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, if not, I’m sure you’ve heard of the movie! Well ‘Big Magic’ is a book based on her writing and where she shares her wisdom and unique perspectives on channeling creativity. I’ve wanted this for a while to assist me with bettering my writing, so looking forward to getting stuck into this as my non-fiction read for February.

I also treated myself to a new phone ( 🙂 ) thus a new phone case was required of course! I loved this pink one with with beige/white soft spots when I spotted it in Cath Kidston. It’s super cute and versatile. If I invest in something, I want it to look good, be durable and functional, and this is definitely so. It was proven when I dropped my phone and it landed with a loud bang face down. I was scared to pick it up but was overjoyed to find the screen had not cracked! A good phone cover is essential people, and can apparently save the flimsy amongst us £hundreds.

I never let myself go to The Body Shop because I always end up buying something, whether I need it or not. However, I traipsed past it the other day and was naturally lured in by the sale signs. I picked up the Earl-Harvest Raspberry Eau De Toilette because it smelt absolutely amazing when I tried it. I got lucky as it was literally the last one left – they are discontinuing it!

I also ordered the GRACE FIT UK Resistance Bands which comes with her GFG Booty Burner Guide (not pictured as it hasn’t arrived yet). She’s a fitspo that I follow on Instagram and the reviews of it have been great, so again I thought I would give it a go as it’s very affordable and you can do all the workouts in the guide at home. I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had any time to go to the gym so thought this would be good to have as a back up!

If you’ve read my New Year Goals post, you’ll know that I’m trying to be a bit more careful with my spending this year as one of my main goals is to save, so everything I have bought this month were items that I’ve wanted for a while, or sort of bought for myself as a ‘treat’ as it’s my birthday month 🙂 .

Spotlight on Bloggers

If you follow me on social, you’ll know that I share a lot of the articles or blogger content that I come across, especially if I think that their work is worth attention. Here’s a few top picks that I came across this month and which I would highly recommend reading over your lunch break:

She can. She did.

I came across this brilliant blogger when scrolling through Instagram. She interviews women who have set out on their own and started their own businesses – and I mean real people – not the handful of celebrities we see on the regular. I think it’s a really beautiful blog with some fantastic content for any aspiring entrepreneur. You can find her here.

Physiqonomics: Meditations of Physique Mastery

This guy is absolutely brilliant. I’ve been following him for a while now but signed up to his promotional email programme recently, so have been getting some fab content coming through over the past few weeks. He delivers consistently excellent, accurate nd entertaining content, so if you want to start your health and fitness journey this year, I would highly recommend checking out all the articles on his site to help yourself get started on the right track. Here are links to some of my favourite posts:

Grow from Acorns

I also came across this article today which I thought was really fascinating: 8 Daily ‘Rich Habits’ Anyone Can Adopt. Have a read and let me know what you think of the habits? I thought the line: ‘Relationships are the currency of the wealthy’ was incredibly perceptive and spot on. This five-minute read proved to be a powerfully insightful for me on many levels and gave me lots to think about.

Music to My Ears

I get Spotify with my mobile contract so it’s easy for me to listen to anything I like at the moment. I’ve been feeling relatively mellow (in a happy way) so I’ve been pretty much listening to all of Sabrina Claudio’s stuff, as I like to work through all the materials an artist has to offer. The music is quite calm so it’s easy to listen to while I work too.

My music tastes can be best described as eclectic and mood-dependent.

All the Food

I’m guilty of eating out a lot this month – but what’s the point of life if you can’t enjoy good food aye? Also I don’t think I’ve had a single bad meal this month – which is great because experiencing food regret after paying for a meal feels like the worst thing ever! It’s also still the post-Christmas/New Year period of still seeing friends and family, and so naturally catch-ups always involve food if you’re Asian – honestly there’s no two ways about it. I don’t try and fight it anymore. I’ve also eaten a frightening number of Krispy Kremes this month, but it’s been one of my favourite things so it’s going in this post 🙂 .

Here’s a beautiful eye-catching immersive gallery of the delights that have passed my lips this month (one of the best bits was being invited to the launch night of Turtle Bay in Winchester, where I got to try all the food for free ❤ ) :

Meerkat Movies

I don’t tend to go to the cinema very often but now that I have 2-4-1 Meerkat Movies (woo saving money goals going strong), I’ve been going weekly! I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve watched this month: The Greatest Showman, Pitch Perfect 3 and Maze Runner: The Death Cure.

Showcase Cinema – a new addition to Southampton with the opening of its Watermark scene.

The Greatest Showman was my favourite – it was just one of those really good family-type musicals – you know the ones that are really hard to dislike? It also stars Hugh Jackman, and he is just so incredibly talented. I was really blown away by his performance in Les Miserables, and it was great to see him in another singing role. If you haven’t seen it yet, I would definitely recommend! Link to the soundtrack – which is great by the way and currently #1 on Amazon Music – here.


Apparently I am a fraud and instagram more books than I actually read! This is not necessarily untrue >_<, but I have actually been reading quite a bit this month! I’ve included links under the images if you wish to purchase 🙂

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

This book is part of the reading list on my Curtis Brown Creative (CBC) writing course that I’m currently undertaking. I’ve only started reading it a few days ago but it’s been impossible to put down!


Buy it here – Disclaimer by Renee Knight

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Recommended on a friend’s Instagram and thought it would be a good pick as my non-fiction read for January. Only a 1/3 way through but it’s proving to be really entertaining.


Buy it here – The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

According to Yes by Dawn French

I started this at the beginning of the year as my fiction/light read – I haven’t finished it but plan to do so in the next couple of weeks. It was on Richard & Judy’s Book Club list a while ago so picked it up as I love everything they recommend.


Buy it here – According to Yes by Dawn French

Writing Adventures

I started my six-week CBC writing course at the start of January and it’s now the third week so already half way in! I shared my first creative piece that I wrote on the course on here (to lots of positive responses) – so thank you to all who got in touch with me to feedback <3:

And some of my other favourite and popular (!) pieces with readers this month:




Ok… so this post wasn’t that short – but hopefully it was sweet! Let me know if you enjoyed it and whether there was some useful information for you to take away. I haven’t blogged about the products I own/buy before, so let me know if you like this type of content too and I will aim to do more! xx

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