2017 Favourites – April

Is it just me or has April gone by in the blink of an eye? I don’t know where this month went, I really don’t. The weather has been getting me down lately, to be honest with you. I haven’t been in the best headspace and I think it had to do with the fact that it’s so cold and rainy and gross out. I just want spring! So here are a few of the things that have made me happy during this grey month. 

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01. Bento Box. I’ve wanted to get one of these pretty little bento boxes that I kept seeing on Instagram and Pinterest. I try to make sure that I am bringing food with me to work so that I am eating well and saving money. I finally got myself one of these boxes and have been loving it. It makes it fun to pack a lunch the night before and it’s just so pretty!

02. Converse Sneakers. Wearing these sneakers make me feel like myself. Like many people my age, I had a strong emo phase as a teenager and Converse sneakers were part of my uniform. I’ve wanted to get a new pair of these shoes for a long time and I finally got them. I’ve been wearing them almost every single day and every time that I look down at them, they make me so very happy.

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03. Gypsy 05 Roundie. This month, I got my first FabFitFun box and in this one, it came with this blanket. I adore mine. I think it’s so very pretty and while the weather has been crap, I’m really looking forward to taking this blanket down to the park in the summer with a good book. It just makes me feel good. It’s making me look forward to the summer.

04. Dr. Brandt Exfoliator. Skin care is something that I’ve really gotten invested in when I turned 25. I really want to protect my skin and make sure that it’s looking it’s best. I got this exfoliator in my FabFitFun box and have included it into my skin care routine. So far, it’s been really nice. I like the way it makes my skin feel and it smells really clean.

05. Deborah Lipman Nail Polish. Again, another little pick from my FabFitFun box. I am a lover of nail polish and this set has been adorable for spring. This blue just makes me so happy.

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06. Haute Mess Pouch. This pouch is just adorable and it’s a great size. I’ve been using it as a catch all in my daily bag but it was great as a purse when I went out once and I think it’s going to be fantastic for travelling.

07. Karuna Sheet Masks. I adore sheet masks and just masks in general. I love how relaxing they are and these particular masks are so calming and moisturizing. I am really liking them and I’m looking into trying other products from this line.

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08. Striped Cold Shoulder Top. My wardrobe is lacking. I have a hard time buying clothes for myself. I always have reasons to not buy things I like. However, I decided to just go for it and get this top from Forever21. I love it. I love the way it makes me feel and I got a ton of compliments when I last wore it. I love how good it makes me feel.

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09. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Highlighter. As far as makeup goes, I am trying to dip my toes into the world of highlighters. There are many higher end products that I want to try but until I get there, this drug store highlighter is fantastic.

10. Whispers of Love Oracle Cards. These cards were a gift to me from my best friend a while ago. I played with them a lot when I first got them but then I stopped playing with them and I’ve recently picked them up again. They’re wonderful cards, full of love.

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11. Bubbles. I am so happy!!! Bubbles were a lovely easter gift from my best friend’s mom and they make me so happy. Bubbles are just the best, guys.

12. Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion. Back to skincare, I am loving this lotion. It has a rather watery consistency and I really like it. It’s not heavy like a lotion but it’s moisturizing like a lotion. It’s some kind of magical skin potion and I am loving it.

Books and Coffee: Book Club 01

Hello!

I don’t know about you, but I love to read. I’ve always loved reading. It was a sort of escape for me. I could travel the world, see creatures that don’t exist, fall in love, and save the human race; all without leaving my bedroom.

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I’ve also stopped reading like I used to. When I was a young adult, I would go through a book a week. It took me almost nothing to get wrapped into a book and it would become my life. I didn’t waste my nights watching TV or Youtube videos. I came home from school, dropped everything, and picked up a book. I want to read like I used to. I want to get wrapped up in a book and love every single minute of it again.

So I’ve decided to start a book club of sorts (thanks for the inspiration, Oprah!). I’m going to pick a new book and read through it and then let you know what I think about it. I will then announce what the next book is going to be and we’ll start again! My hope is that you enjoy the reading as much as I do and decide to join me. I hope that you at least enjoy reading these posts and maybe I can help inspire you to read.

The first book that I will be reading is Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. It’s a book that I’ve had sitting on my shelf for a little while but I’m finally going to pick it up!

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In about a month, I hope to have another post out telling you what I think about it.

Happy reading, my friends!

Sleepless Nights: A Nighttime Routine

In my last favourites post, I wrote briefly about how I have always had issues sleeping. I think it’s partly genetic and I know that it’s partly to do with my anxiety. I’ve always had different issues with sleeping. Either I can’t fall asleep and toss and turn for hours or I fall asleep easily but I keep waking up through the night or I have nightmares that keep me from really getting any rest. Sometimes, I’m just a mess. I think one of the most common sentences out of my mouth is ‘god, I’m really tired‘.

So over the years, I’ve come up with a few different methods and things that help me out and I have a full on routine that helps me get the best sleep possible. I don’t do all of it all at once and I don’t always do this (even though I really need it) but I try to remember these tips and tricks and usually something helps.

01. My first step, especially if I think of it far enough in advance, is to wash my bedding. There is nothing better than crawling into bed and having fresh, clean bedding. I try to set it all up so it’s as comfortable as possible. Personally, I like a nest of pillows and my giant feather duvet. It just comforts me and helps me rest.

02. Before I get ready for bed, I like to have a long shower. Being clean and fresh makes me feel a lot more renewed and relaxed. I’ll take my time and do a hair mask or a face mask, use my favourite products, all of it. I especially love to shave my legs because that just makes those clean sheets feel so, so good.

03. After my shower, I’ll lather on the lotion that I’m loving at any particular moment. My favourite is the Karma Cream from Lush. I love the musky smell of it and it makes my skin feel super soft and moisturized. I love how it makes me feel and the scent relaxes me.

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04. I have a nighttime skin care routine that I like to do as much as I can. I am getting older and it’s better to take care of your skin early before it’s too late. Prevent instead of reverse, type of thing. The best sort of routine to take care of your skin and get as much out of your products as possible is as follows: cleanser, toner, eye cream, serum, moisturizer/oil. Most of the products that I own are samples of things I have gotten from Sephora. My goal is to find the perfect products and I am finding the things I like and want, they’re just expensive. So I’m slowly building it up as I go.

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05. My bedside table is my place of zen. As a lot of people with depression will tell you, sometimes it’s really hard to try and get yourself together enough to clean. It can be really hard to pull myself up and clean my room sometimes, just because I don’t have it in me. So what I try to do is make sure that at least my bedside table is clear. I have my rose face spray, my cream, my lip balm, and other little things that calm me down and feel like home, like candles and crystals, and a glass of water.

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06. Another thing I like to do before I crawl into bed is make myself a cup of something warm to drink. My first option is a cup of calming tea. Mother’s Little Helper from David’s tea or a chamomile tea or any other herbal tea is a great place to start. Another option that I like is this warm milk drink that I have perfected over the years. Calcium is supposed to be good at making you sleepy so I’ve started doing this. I froth up some milk before I heat it up in the microwave. Once it’s nice and hot, I like adding a splash of vanilla and cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar.

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07. I have a few apps that I like to use, mainly white noise apps but a few meditation apps. I use these things when my mind is racing and I can’t just settle down. I find a guided meditation gives my mind something to focus on so I can fall asleep easier.

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08. There are a few other little techniques that I like to use. One is box breathing, which is breathing in for four seconds, holding your breath for four seconds, breathing out for four seconds, and holding it for four seconds. You do this four or five times, however much you need to, and it relaxes you.

There’s also a technique to relax your body by tensing every muscle in your body for a few seconds then releasing it, starting at your toes and going up to your head. 

I’ve been working on this for a very long time so I’ve found a few things that help me. I hope that this was any help to you, too.

Mental Health Break

My friends and family know that I do not have the healthiest brain in the world and I’ve casually mentioned that I’ve been dealing with mental health issues in previous posts, but I wanted to talk more in depth about it today so bear with me.

For a very long time, I have lived with depression and anxiety. It’s become something about myself that I am learning to accept and work with. I think that denying it and hiding it is just going to make it worse.

Lately, I’ve been having a bit of a heard time. Certainly not at my worst but I have been in a funk. It’s been a struggle to get up in the morning and work through the day and I certainly haven’t been sleeping well (I’ve been having the same anxiety nightmare for about 2 weeks now).

For me, the first step is always just accepting that I feel the way that I feel. Once I just accept that I am not feeling well and I am not at my best, I can take care of it. I think that my first instinct is to pretend that nothing is wrong and that I’m okay but then I get frustrated because accomplishing simple tasks feels impossible. Then I end up feeling even worse about myself and it just gets worse.

So I like to take mental health days. I’m lucky enough to be surrounded my people who support me and care about me and I’m also lucky enough to work in a place where I have manager who I consider a friend, so talking to her is easy.

If you need a day or two or three to feel better, do it. It helps. Accept how you’re feeling and allow yourself the time you need to heal. You’ll benefit in the end.

Take care of yourself ❤