Winter Favourites

I’ll be sure to bring back monthly favourites in 2017 as they’re so much fun to write! It’s really nice take a moment and appreciate the things you’ve purchased over the month, as well as note the little things and people that have brought some happiness.

Here are some things I’ve loved this Winter so far.

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Breathe Magazine
This is a fantastic magazine. It’s full of wonderful articles on mindfulness, wellbeing, living, creativity and escapism. It’s a very new publication which started a few months ago (they have only just released the 3rd issue). It’s a bit pricey at £5.99 per magazine but it’s full of so much goodness. When you read through the pages you can instantly tell so much time and effort has gone into creating a fully informed, creative and beautiful magazine. There are creativity pages for relaxation or to simply learn a new skill i.e origami or letter writing. In all 3 issues so far they have provided a little notebook like a gratitude journal and colouring book. There’s how to’s on organisation, how to stay present at work, music to listen to, healthy recipes and real life stories to manifest change for you! I can’t rave about this magazine enough. I don’t buy any others now! Whenever I feel lost or sad but don’t want to delve into a book, I head straight for my Breathe magazine collection, pick out one and turn the page at random to find exactly what I’m looking for.

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Westworld
I absolutely loved the first series of Westworld but will admit, it was so confusing! I didn’t know what was going on half the time but the last three episodes made up for it massively. I think it’s great how they delved straight into the idea of what it means to be human and have consciousness. It’s full of shocks, twists and turns you don’t see coming. If you were on the fence about it, I would highly recommend watching for sure. Now I know how this series ends, there are clues that apparently were hiding in plain sight so I will be having a second viewing in the new year. We have time… the next series won’t be out until 2018!

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The Universe Has Your Back
I recently signed back up to FMTV and one of its founders posted this book as a must-read. In my time off, I thought “well why not?!” and purchased it in a bid to really try anything to get me out of my current funk. My faith and beliefs have recently been very important to me. I’m open to spirituality but am determined to find my own path, my own way and not be influenced. So the sceptic in me went into full gear when I read the first few pages of Gabrielle Bernstein’s book… I set it aside and didn’t pick it back up for a few days. I then had a night to myself and was drawn to it again and set an intention to read more this time… I did and now I can’t put it down! It’s all about opening yourself up to the Universe and knowing that it has your back (clue is in the title!) Fear is a main driving force in everything you do but you can choose how to perceive every situation in your life and I now choose to see the positive and be very self-aware of when negativity sets in.

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Rachel Brathen aka Yoga Girl
I am loving Rachel lately more than ever! I mean I’ve loved her for well over a year now but this Winter she has been up to so much! She is expecting a little baby girl in February; I love her pregnancy yoga routines and candid Instagram posts on how impending motherhood is so scary but incredibly exciting. She’s raw and intimate in so many ways, it’s beautiful to witness. Not only is she creating life but her and her husband have also been developing a brand new yoga studio in Aruba, travelled around the world to teach yoga to thousands of people and take care of many non-profit charities. I mean… she’s an amazing business woman! Where does she find the time?! She’s my inspiration and her mantra “Yoga Every Damn Day” rings in my ears whenever I step on to my mat! 

Not many actual items have come into my life worth discussing these past few months but I can’t wait to do my ‘What I Got For Christmas’ post again this year! Not long to go now!

Katie ❀

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Summer Favourites

My summer consisted of an australian winter, working full time and dialling up my self love! It’s been a real mix and gone by so quickly. I can feel the season changing already and am really looking forward to cosy jumpers, ankle boots and scarfs. I used to think Summer was more my favourite season but I’m starting to think it’s definitely Autumn now!

These last few months have been full of adventures and there are certain items and people I have absolutely loved and wanted to share.
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I am totally in LOVE with my new camera! My parents and Joel bought this for my birthday and it’s already had so much use! I took it to Australia, one of my best friends hen party and our recent Devon trip. I’m also trying to get in the habit of using it for really mundane things to just capture random memories. The quality of the photos and videos are crazy good. What I loved most of all is it has wifi in-built, so whenever I’d been out taking photos I can instantly download them to my iPhone and then upload to Instagram. I would recommend this camera for sure but if not, just at least buy one with wifi! I will soon try and upload my own photography more to my blog instead of photos from google images and Pinterest etc. But at the moment, my life is going to be super full with a new job and I’ll need to get into a routine to find time for blog photography.

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Melissa Ambrosini
She is my absolute girl crush of the summer. I can’t even remember how I found her but I like to think she found me. My life has been a mental struggle at the moment, I’ve been feeling down and a bit stressed out but Melissa is starting to change my life. Her book ‘Mastering Your Mean Girl’ is amazing and so insightful. She discusses that voice inside your head saying you’re not good enough and teaches you to combat her so you’re not living in a state of constant fear. I haven’t changed overnight but over the last few weeks of summer I’ve definitely felt more mindful to my mean girl. Mel’s really active on her blog and social media, especially Snapchat which is so lovely as it gives me a constant daily dose of positive energy. I’ve yet to finish reading the book but when I do I will be sure to leave a review. So far I am loving it and am trying to soak up every chapter rather than rushing through it. Check out her YouTube channel to watch some of her Goddess Groups!

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Kora Organics
I have wanted Kora Organics products for YEARS! They unfortunately don’t ship to the UK (or if they do it’s super expensive – haven’t checked in a while) so as soon as we made it to Sydney it was Operation Kora! I bought two packs of products in the sale and think I’ll do a separate post all about each product (little teaser 😄). All you need to know now is they are very good products and smell totally delicious while being 100% organic and no animal testing; it doesn’t get more natural than these products by Miranda Kerr. If you can get anything from this range I would recommend highly that you do so.

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The Gratitude Project
Angela Simson is a gorgeous human being! I love her Instagram and blog ‘The Gratitude Project’. Again, she’s my daily does of happiness and inspiration for self love. She’s a fantastic writer and I soak up every word she says! Her and her family also live in the Gold Coast, Australia which is now my life goal so I’m hoping one day we’ll be the best mates… of course… 😃 She’s currently expecting a little one and I’m so looking forward to her posts on baby no. 2. Check out her blog for total loveliness! I also have her self love month programme saved to my favourites.

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Food Matters TV (FMTV)
One of the things Angela recommended on her blog was FMTV. It’s pretty much the healthy version of Netflix! The app and website are full of recipes, documentaries, yoga routines and movies. I usually get something up on my iPad whilst I’m cooking or washing up and get in a dose of goodness rather than watching crummy British TV all the time. It’s so refreshing and I’ve been loving over May, June, July and August ♡

Katie ❀

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