Most Loved #4.

02.06

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And so arrives June, bringing with her endless blue skies, balmy afternoons, and all the other delights of summer. HA. Not quite June, not June.

I thought we’d kick off what’s turning out to be unpleasantly grey month so far with a round up of the few bits I loved most during May. We’ve got foodie things, a couple of beauty products (I’m upping my game in advance of the wedding!), and um…colouring pencils. Let’s do this!

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Meridian smooth almond butter.

Yep, I’m finally on the almond butter train. I’d bought a jar of the crunchy stuff a few months ago and was pretty ‘meh’ about it, but decided to give the smooth version a go whilst virtually browsing the nut butter aisle of Ocado over the weekend. And I’m HOOKED. To me it weirdly tastes and smells like crisps- anyone else? Nope? Righto then. I’ve been eating it with banana mainly (half-spoonfuls of almond butter squided onto the banana between bites- it’s a real classy affair), and also whizzing it up into smoothies and shakes. I love that this brand has no added oil or sugar, just almonds and a tiny pinch of salt! It’s good stuff!

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The Creative Colouring Book for Grown Ups + Staedtler pencils.

I know I’ve mentioned colouring approximately three hundred times over the past few weeks, but I’ve had so many questions about which book I bought that I though it was probably best to link it here, finally! A month or so ago I’d worked myself into a bit of a tizzy (for no good reason whatsover, though isn’t that always the way?!), and was finding it hard to switch my mind off and keep it from buzzing 24/7. So, I took a couple of days out, switched off all things electronic, picked up a colouring book and pencils, and just got cracking. It was wonderfully absorbing, and just what I needed to gain a little headspace. Apparently, colouring books for grown ups is the fastest growing book sector at the moment! I can see why… (p.s. those pencils are the bomb too. They NEVER break. And you can sharpen them super pointy, which pleases my inner 7 year old and her sharp colouring pencil obsession.)

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Benefit Roller Lash mascara.

I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the best mascara I’ve ever used. EVER. I know Benefit products can sometimes be a bit divisive, and they definitely can be a bit hit or miss for me, but this one’s 100% a hit in my book! It’s got this amazingly delicate comb wand that creates super defined lashes (the outwardly curved side is incredible on your bottom lash line), and the mascara itself lasts right through the day without going crumbly (the WORST!) or smudging. I’m almost through this mini version but will be buying a full size tube ASAP, and it’s absolutely definitely going to be my mascara of choice on my wedding day! Praise indeed…

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Canon Powershot G7X.

Since all things photography come with a pretty hefty price tag (oh 5D mk. III, one day you will be mine), I find it pretty daunting to commit to investing in a new piece of kit. I very nearly got a new lens around Christmas time, but in the end chickened out about buying it because I was so anxious that I’d make a bad decision, and end up regretting the choice I’d made! It’s silly, I know.

Jason was the one who ended up helping me take the plunge last month, by treating me to a new camera for film work as a belated birthday present (there wasn’t a single thing I wanted for my birthday back in December!). I spent a good long while researching it, and have been so thrilled with the quality. For shooting stills I’d still reach for my DSLR every time (the 600d with a 50mm 1.8 lens), but the film quality on the G7X, which is why we bought it, is *amazing*. The autofocus is brilliant (it’s continuous, so moves with the subject during filming), it’s easy to switch between manual and automatic exposure control (auto is good, manual is great), and the film quality is beautifully crisp. It’s totally stolen my heart!

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Argan+ Skin Renewal Body Scrub.

It’s amazing what the prospect of an upcoming wedding will do to a woman with even the most low-maintenance of beauty regimes. All of a sudden I’m thinking about body scrubbing and brushing, and deep conditioning treatments, and facial peels, and hair masks, and treatments I don’t even really understand the names of but that sound like they might be something I should consider. I’m starting small though. With a body scrub that I bought on a whim, but that’s turned out to be pretty fantastic! It leaves my skin (my upper arms especially, which get pretty dry and bumpy) so smooth and moisturised, and the smell is *phenomenal*. It’s nutty and spicy- kind of reminds me of what I remember The Body Shop smelling of when I was about 15! It’s on sale right now too (*cough* which is why I bought this one over all the others on the shelf…), but even at full price (£7.99), it’s pretty reasonable!

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The Girl on the Train.

This is the book Jason and I are reading together right now! Confession: I gave up on The Goldfinch. It just made me sad, the plot was so miserable! Maybe I’ll pick it up again another time…

The Girl on the Train though, we’re loving! It’s written through the eyes of three different female characters, with one main protagonist- an alcoholic divorcee called Rachel. Rachel’s stuck on an endless cycle of train journeys, drunken phone calls to her ex-husband, regret, and a spiralling infatuation with a couple she observes on her daily commute.

It’s definitely a thriller but is a pretty slow-builder- we’re about two thirds of the way through and I’d say it’s only now just got to a stage where I’m wanting to power through tiredness in the evenings to keep reading! If you liked Gone Girl, you’ll love it! My sister-in-law-to-be Clare has just finished it, and the temptation to have her tell me what happens is killing me! We need to get reading, stat!

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Monica Vinader Ziggy Mini Petal Pendant + fine 17″ chain. (c/o)

This beautiful necklace arrived on my front doorstep midway through last month as a gift from the sweet folks over at Monica Vinader, and I can’t tell you how much I adore it. It’s reversible (I had my initial engraved on one side only, so I can wear it plain if I’d rather), and just eye-catching enough that it can add a finishing touch to a simple outfit, but still small and delicate enough to be subtle when needs be. I’ve bought a few bits from Monica Vinader as gifts for family and friends over the past year or so since I first was introduced to the brand, and am always so impressed with the quality of their pieces. The gift wrapping too is second to none! Prettier than Tiffany’s if you ask me, and that really is saying something… (p.s. I’ve not been asked to share the necklace on my blog, or write nice things about it. I just love it so much I wanted to share!)

And that’s a wrap! What’ve you loved most, during the past month? :)

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21 Comments
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  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    I’ve loved lots of skincare (helping out with those blemishes) and utilising my camera more – I really want to get a vlog camera so will keep your suggestion in mind!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Anna
  • http://www.lifeoutsidelondon.co.uk Michelle

    Your vlogs have been completely beautiful so the camera was a very worthy investment!
    And welcome to the almond butter party, it’s fun here, mix it with a little Nutella on toast (have a drink on standby though)!
    M x Life Outside London

  • emily couture

    Isn’t Almond Butter just amazing?! :)

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

  • Kat Horrocks

    I’ve heard loads of great reviews about that book, I will have to read it!

    Almond Butter is a forever favourite for me as well, I much prefer it to Peanut Butter. And we always get that brand, love that it’s all natural!

    Kat | http://www.kathorrocks.com

  • Allison

    Ah, I’m close to giving up on the goldfinch too! Its kind of wearing at me but it is so well written at the same time!
    Allison from Mercuteify

  • http://www.well-nice.com Chelsea Swain

    Oh my goodness, it truly took me 6 months of back and forth to buy myself a new lens. And now I will probably spend 6 months back and forth pining for that canon you just purchased! I have a 3 year old power sr47 or something and its does wonderful video but it feels too clunky to carry around with my dslr too and it just bums me out haha Love your list!

  • http://ofgoldenroses.blogspot.com/ Sara Rose

    I just finished the Girl On The Train, such a great read!

  • http://anenglishrosie94.blogspot.co.uk/ Rosie McKay

    They do gigantic tubs of meridian nut butters in Holland & Barrett which i need to invest in! I have heard almond butter on medjool dates is great so reckon I will give that a go :)
    In terms of body scrub, I usually by the palmer’s body scrub from Primark which always works great for me and smells heavenly!
    Rosie
    x
    http://www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

  • https://swanlake1701.wordpress.com/ NGOC LAN

    It seems inconvenient when we have to carry the heavy DSLR all the time. It’s great to bring a portable Canon Powershot G7X and create wonderful shots. I am reading the book “The Girl on the Train” too.

  • http://runningwhitehorses.blogspot.com Carina

    I LOVE ALMOND BUTTER!! :) and your necklace looks so dainty and pretty, a timeless piece that will go with anything!
    Oh there have been so many great things being said about the Canon G7X. :) I totally agree with hesitating before buying new camera kits/lens/etc. i feel the same way. What i don’t get a good deal, what if i change my mind, a ton of what ifs and then i chicken out!

    x, Carina | Running White Horses

  • Angel Jem

    100% with you on the book. we read it at a bookclub and I think there was one lone voice who didn’t like it. It’s a really good book.
    And I find myself weirdly disappointed that the almond butter doesn’t taste like liquid marzipan. What, not even just a little bit?

  • http://www.leggitea.it Giulia

    The necklace is so beautiful! I love necklace like this because is so simple and match perfectly with all outfit and all jewelry

    Giulia
    http://www.leggiteablog.com

  • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae (@gorjaeous)

    Would you recommend G7X for still shots? Say, for when you’re travelling?

  • Adele Dewhirst

    Lindt orange intense dark chocolate. It’s delicious! Also, this bra that I bought from Peacocks, which has no underwire in but still manages to be nice and lifty. My friend bought the same one, we have officially bonded.

  • http://stampplease.blogspot.com/ Camille

    I’ve been very interested in that camera for awhile, it seems perfect for vlogging. I’m not at the point yet to splurge on it (as I just got my first DSLR last December), but someday!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • http://www.terriersandtweeds.com Terriers&Tweeds

    Great roundup! Im also getting married soon! Becky x

  • http://www.lovedbylaura.com/ Laura

    I gave up on The Goldfinch too I’m afraid. Girl On The Train was one I couldn’t put down however! That camera sounds so good, thank you for recommending it I love to see what people use, it helped me to buy my current camera!

    Laura | Loved By Laura

  • http://thecrookedbookmark.com Emma @ The Crooked Bookmark

    The necklace is fabulous, simple but beautiful!
    Great to know how good the benefit mascara is though as it was the next on my top buy list (as a recent discoverer of Benefit).
    Also a huge fan of the adult colouring books I’ve got two different ones at the moment and I’m slowly working my way through them, I even recommended them to the women at work! x

  • http://www.capturingshadows.blogspot.com Kate Ritchie

    Such a lovely necklace! Beautifully sharpened colored pencils please my inner child, as well. :)

  • http://sallytangle.blogspot.co.uk/ Sally Crangle

    This a lovely mixed post! Just for the record Meridian are THE nut butter brand – each every one they make is the bees knees i swear! They do a pecan butter which is PHENOMENAL in smoothies with banana and almond milk AND their crunchy peanut butter (because well peanut butter is a cupboard staple for us!) is the BOMB i swear! And all of their butters are fab as like you said – there’s nothing nasty in them – just a pinch of salt and roasted nuts. They also do a pretty special pumpkin seed butter. I’m going to just let myself out right there as i am beginning to sound like a nut butter obsessive!

    But you know there are worse kinds of obsessives you could be aren’t there?!?!

    Sal x

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