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.
Summer Favourites | Katie StockerCanon G7X
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.

Summer Favourites | Katie Stocker

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!

Summer Favourites | Katie Stocker

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.

Summer Favourites | Katie Stocker

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.

Summer Favourites | Katie Stocker

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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April Favourites

Has April come and gone already?! It’s crazy how time flies!

Last month was a very sad one for me but I won’t get into just yet but maybe some other time, so I’m back to blogging and really want to keep it up the closer we get to my Australia trip! I definitely splurged a bit in April and have a few beauty items that I’ve been loving leading up to the summer! ♡

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Rosie for Autograph (Eau de Parfum)
I am literally obsessed with this fragrance. It’s so sweet (but not too much!) and summery! I had this fragrance last summer too and it’s really nostalgic for me now. It’s a very subtle fragrance which I love, so I spray a few bit on my wrists and actually on the tips of hair and I find it lasts all day long. This would definitely be a great one to try if you’re looking for a new summer scent! 8965946277918

Tanya Burr Lunch Date Lip Gloss
I have wanted this lip gloss for SO LONG! Every time I go into Superdrug or look on their website it’s completely sold out! I have been loving Tanya Burr’s recent vlogs and snapchats, and on most occasions she is wearing this on her lips. It’s a nude/pink gloss but very subtle, almost like a clear gloss but tinted ever so slightly nude and it’s gorgeous. It goes really well with my skin colour and I wouldn’t mind wearing this every day rather than just on special occasions as I probably would have just done before. I’m so happy I finally have this in my make-up collection.

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Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Medium to Dark Skin Body Lotion
I got this on recommendation from Anna Saccone Joly (can you tell I’ve been watching so many vlogs recently…) and popped into Boots where it was on offer so thought why not?! I tried it a couple of times and it is really so good. I hardly get any tan marks (like the blotches under the arm pits) and it smells so nice, just like a moisturiser and not a horrible fake tan scent. I try to put it on every other night or at least twice a week depending on how tanned I want to look. I’m very fair skinned to going for a medium to dark tone seemed extreme but actually it works really well as you see the tan quicker!clq_6MNY_402x464Clinique Even Better Foundation
I’ve had this foundation for a long time in Alabaster (01) but as I mentioned before I’m quite fair skinned but want to tan over the summer. I popped into Boots and the Clinique lady recommended the Ivory (03) shade. It is perfect! I just love the way this foundation sits on my skin. It’s not heavy but also creates a lot of coverage from a tiny amount. I still have foundation left in my last bottle and had it well over a year now. It’s got to be the best foundation for my sensitive skin I’ve ever used and would highly recommend it.61wBuqkqHOL._SL1000_

Etherial Posie Ted Baker iPhone 6 Case
I really wanted a new iPhone case to make my phone look pretty over the summer but kept putting it off until… I dropped my iPhone on to concrete! So it’s got a really annoying scratch on the corner which probably isn’t noticeable to anyone else but it is to me (typical right?! haha!) I quickly popped on to amazon and found this beauty! It’s so cute and a lovely pink colour. It’s got a nice subtle grip so not too soft for it to slip out of my hands! I am just loving this. I now need a front screen protector because I constantly want to turn it upside down so I can appreciate the case all the time!

So there you have it, my favourites for April were not quite as unusual as March’s but I got a fair few likes so leave any comments letting me know what you think of this month’s post. My birthday is coming up soon so my May favourites should be really great! 🙂

Thank you for reading and I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful UK weather!

Katie ❀

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