July Favourites

Coming at you on time this month!



  1. Evening walks

I’ve been making the most of the long, light summer evenings. After I’ve been sitting at a desk in a stuffy office all day it’s so nice to fill my lungs with fresh air. I’ve also noticed that I sleep a lot better on the nights I go for a stroll as opposed to when I don’t.


Unfortunately I don’t live by the sea but I snapped this shot when I was down in Aberystwyth for my brother’s graduation.


Although I am lucky enough to have the Devil’s Punchbowl in Surrey right on my doorstep…


Spot the hot-air balloon!


2. Cheska Floral Embroidered Flat Mule 

So on trend at the moment, these were an absolute steal at just £9.99. They’re still in the sale now so you can get your hands on a pair!


I’ll be truthful, they’ve taken a little bit of breaking in but they’re so beautiful that they’re worth every blister.

I’ve received so many compliments when I’ve worn them, even from a waiter in Jamie’s restaurant of all places!

I’ve also got my beady on these beauties:

3. Flowers

I think I’ve inherited this trait from my lovely Granny; having side-lined as a flower arranger back in the day, she always has a house full of blooming flowers and house plants. When he was alive my also-lovely Grandpa would come home with a bouquet for her at least once a week.

I don’t have anyone to buy me flowers – no problem though – I can buy them for myself!


Sunflower season is upon us and I’m so happy about it.


I’ve borrowed these pics from my foodie Instagram as I find they make good props when taking photos.


Peonies are among my all-time favourites.


4. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My first encounter with this book was during my final year at University. As a language student I studied translation and one week my tutor happened to choose an extract from this very book.


Ashamedly, even though this book made an impression on me some three years ago, I’ve only just got round to properly reading it.

At the beginning I did struggle to immerse myself in the novel, I think because there are so many characters I found myself losing track of who was who, but I persevered and I’m so glad I did.

I love Ferrante’s style of writing and not only does the story offer an insight into Italian culture at the time but it also delves into the fascinating world of human nature and relationships.

5. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter – Original Solid

This product is an absolute miracle worker at soothing dry, cracked skin. After only a few days of use my hands are completely renewed and actually pleasant to touch for a change.


I will say that I wish I had read the tub properly as I didn’t realise that this was the ‘solid’ version. It is quite hard to extract from the tub and I find it leaves my hands greasy for quite a while after applying it as it doesn’t absorb as well as this more fluid version.


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