Today is International Women’s Day and I bet you’ve already picked up on that. Darn right, too, because the louder and prouder we are about this, the better to finally close that gap entirely, send those ridiculously high beauty standards to the past where they (never) belonged (either) and support all women across the world. Yes, including yourself. So, today of all the days of the year on which I appreciate and admire these women in particular, I want to acknowledge them. To show them that not only are they ‘enough’, they are so much more than that.
Everybody who knows me even just a little bit knows that I’m a total sucker for quirky, fun interior details and I do have my favourite (online) spots to find these things on by now. Ever since I finally treated myself to one of those absolutely genius Nessie soup spoons (it’s been on my wish list forever!), I thought it would be fun to share a couple of other cheery kitchen accessories I have my eye on in a new blog post. Perhaps some of them will even make it onto your must-have list, as well, and will help you (as such things have me… Reluctant cook, right here) make diving into that kitchen more often a whole lot more fun! Take a look below.
Is anyone else feeling those Spring Cleaning vibes due to this VERY early warm weather? I, for one, have really been throwing myself into it already, making it a personal goal to finally check off a couple of long-overdue apartment to dos that are beyond the cleaning part alone. First up? Cheering up those dull bedroom walls of mine while I wait for the perfect time to paint them, and this garland seemed like the perfect fit. Especially since I used to be so into making stuff myself, and put ‘creativity’ up as this month’s theme at the beginning of the year because I missed that so much. It’s super easy to make yourself, as well, so if you - like me - adore a bit of DIYing, especially when it’s to do with the gorgeous moon, take a look below to find out how to go about making your very own garland!
From Winter right on to Valentine’s Day; it’s no secret that this time of the year can be pretty stressful, unpleasant, and downright annoying to those of us who are single, especially for those who have been for a long time. I’m right there with ya, peeps, and although I’ve mostly depicted myself as a happy single, girl-power-and-all kind of person, there are definitely moments of loneliness, often accompanied by feeling hopeless and being absolutely sure that this is it and I’ll just end up alone and that’s that. I’m absolutely sure I’m not the only one, and those are just moments that we have to get through to come out stronger, so I’ve summed up a couple of things that have helped me, and will hopefully help you when you have a case of the ol’ Valentine’s Day blues.
I didn’t choose the organised life, the organised life chose me. Or at least I started getting more organised simply because I had to if I wanted to juggle a 4/5 job, a love for watching as much series and films I wanted, whenever I wanted, this blog, and a small household (yes, I do count two cats and one lady as a household and you should, too) all by myself. It didn’t take me long to realise that the most potentially productive day for me was Sunday, so here I am; sharing to the blog the little chores AND quality time I manage to pull off (nearly) every Sunday, all while managing to keep it my favourite day of the week despite its busy-ness. Maybe it’ll inspire you to make the most of your Sundays (or whichever day is more handy for you), as well!
Plant of the Month: Ferns. That’s what the poster said when I recently found myself at the local garden and pets’ shop for a new cat food bowl (I broke one, oops). Now there’s two things you should know. The first one being that I have not managed to keep a fern (especially a Boston fern) alive for long. The second thing? Ferns are my absolute favourite so - unsurprisingly - I couldn’t resist despite definitely being aware of thing number one. I took a big, beautiful Boston fern (I named him Bob, don’t judge) and a smaller, cute Blue Star fern home with me, determined that third time WOULD be the charm. I did the research and here you go: a blog post full of tips and to-do’s for me and my fellow, fern-lovin’ pals!
A quick update about my favourite, recent TV and/or Film discoveries, coming right up!
At least 12 books in a year, one book a month. That’s the personal reading challenge for 2019 and I’m off to a good start! I turned the last page of book number one, the third and final instalment of Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices, right before the end of January and am dying to share my thoughts on it with you. Spoiler-free! Let’s dive right in to my very first book review in a long long while.
That’s right, I’m letting my inner little Marie Kondo take the wheel on the blog today! It’s not always easy, you know, having no one to share chores with and keeping the apartment clean and clutter-free all on my own. And while I’m definitely (definitely!) not perfect, I have learned a couple of tips and tricks in these two years of living alone that I’d like to share with you. Here goes!
Day three of resting up and I must say I’m already finding it difficult to sit still. I guess that’s part of the whole living alone thing: no matter how many times your doctor expressively tells you to take it easy and you go ‘ok, ok. I will, jeez’, there’s always this small part in my brain that immediately starts planning all the things I could do while I’m at home. I’m trying to take his advice to heart, though, and while I HAVE actually decluttered a couple of shelves and closets (while sitting down most of the time, props to me), I did try to take it easy and rest up properly for the rest of these past couple of days. The best soundtrack for that, in my humble opinion? Definitely film scores, so I’ve rounded up a couple of favourites (from an immense playlist, believe me) that always, always leave me absolutely breathless every time I listen to them, and decided to share those with you today. The goal is definitely to update this playlist as - blogging - time goes by, but let’s just start with these ten beauties, shall we?