The shortest month of the year was always going to feel like it went fast! But here are the eight things that I loved in Feb.
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8 THINGS I LOVED IN FEBRUARY
Ah, the shortest month of the year. February always feels like a trick somehow, as I miss those extra days. It’s all in my head probably, but as my schedule for March is looking full up to the last week already, I can’t help but think that it’s thanks to those missing days the month before. Last month, I talked about the time off I had to begin the year, which if you missed it, can be found back here. Of course, taking time off tends to mean that the weeks before and after are pretty full to preempt and play catch up. Such was the case (mostly) for me this month.
Without further ado… the eight things I loved in February.
Okay, so, while this was on my list last month too, during February I have hit more of a stride with my workout routine. I’ve been making it to the gym on average four times a week with an extra two days working out at home. The natural progression has meant I am overall feeling stronger again plus more body confident. Rather than just work on HIIT or strength training I’ve been making sure to include more cardio focus and doing longer cardio. This is, in turn, helping me to break up my days usually spent at my desk (aka sitting too long). Plus I’ve been mostly finding myself more exhausted and better able to sleep.
THE BEAUTY CHEF COOKBOOK:
I’ve used the Beauty Chef Glow Powder for years. While I have just run out of it again, it always helps balance out my gut health. Last year I also had the pleasure of meeting Carla Oates, the beauty chef herself which prompted me to order her cookbook. Fast forward a few months where I’d only cooked a couple of the recipes. Classic!
This month, both Mario and I sat down to each read the intro and began to cook more from the book. Actually, Mario has made a lot of incredible meals during February and gotten more fermented things going in our kitchen. It’s been so good for both of us to be on the same page in relation to the way we want to eat. Not just me trying to force feed him salads every day, or Mario force feed me carb or meat dishes. Coming to a balance and incorporating more biofermented foods is slowly making a big difference.
I have SOOOO many new beauty products I am excited to share with you. I said last month I’d just filmed a lengthy video going through them but I am so annoyed with the sound quality that I am going to have to re-film after I buy a directional mic. Next time I will break it up a bit more- either into skin /hair/makeup or simply Sephora and Mecca buys videos. Shorter is better!
Off the top of my head, or in front of me on my desk, I am obsessed with the Jo Malone London Bronze Wood & Leather Cologne and the Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara from Tarte. Actually, and the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush. So good!
I’m ultimately covering a bunch of the same topics here in my favourites as I did last month, but to be honest, most of the time I am slowly making my way through variations of key things that work for me. Reading is one of them.
This month I read Wundersmith the second novel in the Nevermoor kids fantasy book series by Jessica Townsend. Last year I had my friend Chloe come to stay with us who gifted me a signed copy of the first book. Jessica is one of her oldest friends so I was excited to read it. While the series is too young for me, it’s been nice to escape into a fantasy book at the end of the night and not think about what I have to do the next day. I’ve also been gifting the books to kids we know in the right age group. Now I’m onto reading “The Princess Bride” at last after watching the movie again recently. I love it!
At least, I think you still call it an arm party! What I am talking about is layering various gold bangles, bracelets, and chains. I’ve just been lucky to get in two beautiful new additions (this one and this one) from my favourites at Astley Clarke. These arrived yesterday so I will shoot pics to share later this week. I just love having these layers as a little something extra, given I largely wear a pretty basic tee and jeans or tee and skirt outfits.
Well, as you might have seen, I dedicated a whole blog post to my love of beaded bags, so check it out here. It had to make my February loves list!
I am still loving check prints, so there is really nothing new there. Yesterday I just ordered two new check print pieces from the Shopbop sale (my breakdown of the best of sale is up here now). Naturally, I cannot wait for them to arrive and get shooting some pics! Already I am planning how I’ll style them for the upcoming seasons. Stay tuned.
Since I’ve been home all month, it has felt so good to be back into a daily routine and being organised. It has meant I know what projects I am working on when, the deadlines, publishing dates and have easily scheduled around that. What does this mean overall? The more planned I am, the better I am able to create stories that aren’t all the same and ultimately can inspire you guys.
And that’s enough from me this month. I hope you all had a great February. Please leave me a comment with something you loved this month below. Looking forward to reading them! Oh and any requests for March? Beauty looks? Outfits styles? Open to requests!
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