Happy July and happy summer! It’s been a busy month, filled with some exciting changes and revelations. Read on to find out! 🙂
This is definitely easier said than done if you’re edging on compulsive shopping, which many of us do without realising. It looks good on the mannequin, or it seems useful at the time, but when you get home you realise maybe you didn’t need it after all. Or you use it once and then it gathers dust at the back of a cupboard. I’ve done a lot of work on myself to reduce my attachment to stuff, but I’ve always been frugal, so it hasn’t been excessively hard for me to be more selective in my shopping. I had run out of summer clothes to wear and so went on many more shopping trips than I would have in the past, and most of the time, I went home empty handed. It’s life-changing to walk out of a shop knowing you didn’t feel pressured by the shop assistant, having carefully thought through any purchases (‘is it useful’, ‘is it durable’, is it worth the price’, ‘will it match my style’…).
I have been on the lookout for a skincare routine that isn’t for an acne-prone skin, or super sensitive skin, or generally problematic skin, and isn’t for mature skin either, since I’m only 22 and have good skin. You hear left and right that women should start using eye cream early on, and the same goes for high quality skincare that will prevent premature ageing. Now, I’m not a dermatologist, but this skincare rocks my world! I’ve heard lots of great things of Caudalie, not to mention the range is very reasonably priced. I spent a total of 45€ on this whole set (and got the cleanser as a free gift). So far it feels very gentle and respectful of the skin, and it smells very fresh!
Buy here: Caudalie on Naturismo
social media detox
When I left for Italy a couple of weeks ago, I unintentionally took a partial break from social media, and instagram especially, apart from keeping in touch with my friends. Although I knew it already, I realised quite how unrepresentative social media is of real life, and also how quickly it can become toxic. I don’t have an obsessive behaviour with my phone, but I don’t have a great relationship with it, either. I get caught up and envious of what others are doing, and it makes me feel like I’m not exciting/talented/good enough. Which is obviously not true at all. So I just try to remember that it’s mostly an enhanced version of reality, with a whole lot of BS sprinkled in! When I switched back to checking my phone more often, I did a great big purge and unsubscribed or unfollowed a lot of people I felt didn’t bring any value to my everyday life. If I’m going to waste my time scrolling through my phone, I’d rather learn something or feel inspired than get caught up in the latest fad.
Purple Valley Youtube channel
The only social media I have been actively engaging in stems from my renewed enthusiasm for Ashtanga yoga. I would certainly call myself an Ashtangi, but I’ve not been extremely consistent since my regular class has stopped and found myself experimenting with more acrobatics than yoga. It frustrated me to have lost the spark and desire to practice rigorously. Watching Purple Valley interviews never fail to reignite my true feelings for Ashtanga, regardless from what I see elsewhere! The interviews are genuine and precise, informative and completely captivating. I particularly liked John Scott’s and Kino and Tim’s interviews.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/user/YogaGoa/videos
Despite my never-ending salad consumption, eating cheese is absolutely essential in my world of balance. A life without cheese is a miserable one. Cheese is a very complex food to me, and my tastebuds really enjoy the experience. Having travelled to Italy this month, you can imagine I had my fair share of Pecorino and Burrata (and Mozzarella and Stracciatella but who’s counting?!) Tasting local cheese is fascinating: cheese reflects the culture and the particulars of a certain region! I personally love a chunk of mature Pecorino, a slice of Oud Amsterdam on a warm piece of toast and a slice of Manchego with some Gordal olives! Oh gosh, I’m hungry already.
COS clothing never fails me. My wardrobe has been shrinking considerably over time (I officially own one white t-shirt and mostly black and white shirts, jumpers and trousers) and come summer, I was slightly underwhelmed by the number of summer options in my wardrobe! Not to fear, COS is at the rescue. A plain poplin dress, a few t-shirts and a clean pair of shorts did the trick for me! COS is an excellent choice for minimalist wardrobes; the shapes and cuts are very clean and elegant, with a price tag that won’t leave you completely broke! Oh and those simple summer pieces will transition beautifully into the autumn, too.
Shop here: http://www.cosstores.com/gb/
dharma bums bra
I’ve been on the lookout for a white yoga bra and this one was my pick, given its flattering V-shape and supportive structure. I loved it even more when it arrived in the post! Despite the single straps at the back, this is undoubtedly a medium support bra (good for dynamic types of yogas but not HIIT, for instance.) The padded cups are much better than other bras, and don’t sit awkwardly in their pockets. And lastly the shape really is very flattering, even with a bit more cleavage. I advise to size up – they run a little tight!