July Favourites 2017

I know it’s only the beginning of July, but I know I’ll be loving everything listed here for the rest of the month.

From books to make-up to quotes; here is everything I’ve been loving.

Enjoy!

1. What is my favourite book?

A Man’s Journey To Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach and friends.

I picked this book up for £1 from The Blue Cross charity shop in Farnham whilst volunteering. It is a collection of short stories written by men. They speak about their daily experiences and the issues crucial to them whilst covering masculinity and it’s modern day definition. ‘A Man’s Journey to Simple Abundance shows how the joys and regrets of life can bring a deeper understanding of the self and that not-so-simple creature, man.’. This is a rather random read for me, but I’m definitely enjoying it – it cures the boredom that overcomes me at work.

A Man’s Journey To Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach and friends
2. What is my favourite song? 

Can I pick an album? Well I am anyway.

My favourite album at the moment HAS to be 99.9% by KAYTRANADA. I’ve been listening to a couple of his songs over the last few weeks, but I only recently gave the entire album a listen – and I LOVE it. Oh and the album art is pretty damn cool too.

3. What is my favourite place to be?

After wanting to take up rowing for years, I finally took the plunge and joined Weybridge Rowing Club a few months back. The club house is located right next to a very scenic lock, and rows of beautiful houses line the sides of the river. The club is full of the most lovely people – there’s no way anyone could be sad here.

Here is the lock and house just outside the club – cute right?

Thames Lock Weybridge Surrey, via @vhowell14
4. What is my favourite show?

Love Island – need I say anymore?

5. What is my favourite food or dish?

I’ve for some reason rekindled my love for bagels, healthy right?

6. What is my favourite piece of clothing?

I picked up a black playsuit from Urban Outfitters by Staring At Stars for my uncle’s chilled summer wedding. It’s so incredibly comfy, it actually feels like pyjamas – could you ask for anything more?

Family photo at my Uncle’s wedding in Leatherhead, via @vhowell14
7. What is my favourite scent?

My favourite scent is that of ACQUA DI PARMA Blu Mediterraneo, FICO di AMALFI. 
This was my favourite in my February Favourites 2017 blog post.  That could be because of how amazing it smells, or just because I take a long time to get through perfumes – I like to savour every spray. Once I actually manage to use it all up, I would definately like to try out more of their range – delizioso!

 

8. What is my favourite skin care product?

If you know me in person, you’ll know that I struggle to keep my skin clear. I like to use soft, natural products rather than harsh chemicals and medicine.

A really lovely lady in The Body Shop helped me pick out an array of items best for my skin. She introduced me to Tea Tree Skin Cleansing Mattifying Toner, Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, Tea Tree Night Time Moisturiser (not pictured), and lastly the Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Exfoliator

After using these products for a few weeks, my skin definitely feels cleaner. I notice that it’s prevented quite a few break-outs, but my skin is left feeling quite dry. This could be because these products are a bit too harsh for my sensitive skin. Although they are deemed ‘natural’, I believe that they still contain sulfates.

I’m going to use up these products, and then search around for similar but softer products – I’ll keep you updated. Oh, and of course these products are cruelty-free! 

Various skincare products from The Body Shop; Toner, Exfoliator and Facial Wash

9. What is my favourite beauty product?

This is another one from The Body Shop. It is the Drops Of Glow Lustre Finish Creator, it’s a kind of liquid illuminating highlighter. This is great to apply to the cheek bones, above the eye brows, top of forehead, end of nose, chin, and jaw line after applying foundation. It leaves a dewy and fresh-faced look. Great for an everyday or night time look. It cost a reasonable £12.

Drops Of Glow by The Body Shop

10.
What is my favourite quote?

Oh you know me and my quotes.

My favourite book quote is from the book I mentioned earlier – A Man’s Journey To Simple Abundance. This piece was written by Roshi Jakusho Kwong, As It Is.

‘Remember when you learned how to tread water? The more you concentrated on trying to achieve buoyancy, the deeper you sank. It’s only when you start feeling the water and forgetting the self that buoyancy happens. The ego has to get out of the way before you can learn and realize things. You have to empty your cup so you can fill it.’ p.88

Check out my February Favourites 2017.

Detachment by Morrie Schwartz

“Take any emotion – love for a woman, or grief for a loved one, or what I’m going through, fear and pain from a deadly illness. If you hold back on the emotions – if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them – you can never get to being detached, you’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience the fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. You know what grief is. And only then can you say, ‘All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment.'”

– Spoken by Morrie Schwartz, taken from Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 

Fear Facing

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When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation – it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.  – Les Brown

Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it. – Judy Blume

Are you feeling a bit shaken, maybe fearful and doubtful and completely utterly, wildly terrified? Good. Keep going. – Victoria Brickson

We gain strength and courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Don’t let your fear of what could happen, make nothing happen. – unknown

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – John Rohn

When you face your fears, you’re free. – unknown

If we would only see that all limitations are self-imposed and chosen out of fear, we would leap at once. – Adyashanti

Quote-tastic

If you love quotes as much as me, then you can appreciate a good one when you read it. Here i’m going to list some of favoruite quotes that I’ve recenytly found. I hope that they speak to you as much as they do me.

  • You should not have to rip yourself into pieces to keep others whole.
  • Forgiving people who have hurt you is your gift to them. Forgetting people who have hurt you is your gift to you.
  • Don’t miss out on something that could be great just because it could also be difficult.
  • Let yourself move to the next chapter in life when the time comes, don’t remain stuck on the same page.
  • To finally move on and start something new, you must release the unchangeble past and embrace your future.
  • People overestimate what they can do in a single day and underestimate what they can do in their whole lives.
  • Own who you are.
  • The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.
  • Consider how very fortunate you are. Consider it every day. The more you count your blessings, the more blessings there will be to count. – marcandangel
  • What worries you, masters you.
  • What consumes your mind, controls your life.
  • Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.
  • The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
  • If it doesn’t open…it’s not your door.
  • The secret to being happy is accepting where you are in life and making te most out of everyday.
  • Exist to be happy, not to impress.
  • The cost of not following your heart, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.
  • Confidence is not ‘they will like me’. Confidence is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t’.
  • Be yourself only for yourself.
  • We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson.
  • Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.
  • I want him but I also want to get over him, and neither are happening.
  • If you’re not doing what you love, you’re wasting your time.
  • Old ways won’t open new doors.
  • Prove yourself to yourself not others.
  • It’s better to live your own life imperfectly thn to imitate someone else’s perfectly. – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • You are your only limit.
  • No one is you and that is your power.
  • I can choose to let it define me, confine me, refine me, outshine me, or I can choose to move on and leave it behind me.
  • There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
  • You are entirely up to you.
  • Comparison will kill you.
  • Sometimes you win sometimes you learn.
  • If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.
  • Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
  • Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.
  • When something feels off, it is. – Abraham Hicks
  • Don’t be eye candy, be soul food.
  • It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. This is in fact true. It’s called living. – Terry Practchett
  • If you want better, go get better.

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