Happy Friday, you gorgeous lot! Can you believe it’s August already?! Slow down summer, slow down! We are savouring every summer moment, and every drop of sunshine with today’s 10 Ways to Make Life Lovely. Kicking off with this summer’s coolest drink, to our long-awaited August read, we’ve also found the ultimate ‘no bra’ solution for all those bra-defying tops and dresses you’ve been dying to rock in the sunshine and then there’s a reusable bottle that will keep your drink cool for up to 24 hours while looking ridiculously, well, cool!
Are y’all ready for this?! Brew yourself another coffee, get comfy and let’s do this thang!
One: Okay, Frosé
THE drink of Summer 2016 undeniably has to be Frosé.
I mean, who doesn’t love a glass of the cold, crisp blush on a warm summer’s afternoon?!
Well, my friends, if you think that’s heaven, then Frosé is about to take you another step closer! A dry rosé, frozen into cubes, blitz it up with a little added lemon juice and sugar syrup et voilà; Frosé.
Find the full recipe here and thank me later!
That beautiful blush colour though, such a pretty drink!
Two: Harvesting Calm
I’ve spoken about my love for diffusing essential oils a number of times to you guys before: the many health benefits, topical usage, my love for diffusers etc etc. You know the drill! So, on a trip to our local garden centre earlier this year, when my beau and I stumbled across the camomile plants, needless to say I bought one and was super stoked about it!
And now it’s harvest time! My plant is constantly producing gorgeous little daisy-like flowers which, when fully bloomed, I reluctantly (they’re so pretty!) pluck from their stems and set on a paper towel to dry out. If you babes don’t already own a camomile plant, take a walk in your nearest patch of countryside – I don’t know about where you guys are, but here in the Midlands, the farmer’s tracks and field footpaths I walk my hound along are laden with camomile which (Shh! Don’t tell any one!) I have been know to forage from time to time!
There are so many different ways to use calming camomile: from making camomile tea, to incorporating this edible plant into summery ice lolly/cream recipes… I’ve chosen to dry my camomile flowers and infuse sweet almond oil with them to apply topically, which I’m super stoked to have created from fresh, straight outta my garden (and the local farmer’s field, thanks!).
Get outside, get foraging and get infusing this wonderfully calming herb into your life!
Three: I love Lamp
So, for a few months I’d been noticing the subtle addition of a certain style of lamp in many of the home/interior design style images I’d been pinning. It’s a blush, crystal style table lamp that I fell head over heels for, perfectly boho while also kinda earthy and minimal… The obsession began.
Flick forward a month or so, and there I was just browsing Pinterest, you know happily scrolling away when, hang on a minute, what’s this? This awesome article stopped me in my tracks. Those pretty pink crystal lamps are no ordinary pretty pink crystal lamps…
The lamps I’d been admiring were Pink Himilayan Salt Lamps, and not only were they super pretty, but also SUPER good for you.
‘Say whaaa?! A lamp can be good for you?!’
I hear you, I was a little sceptical (and my beau was a lot sceptical!) at first, but I have been loving our new bedside addition!
In a nutshell, Pink Himilayan Salt Lamps help with the following:
- Cleanse the air
- Reduce allergy and asthma symptoms
- Increase energy levels
- Neutralize electromagnetic radiation
- Improve mood and concentration
- Help treat Seasonal Effective Disorder
They look totally gorgeous in the day time (that blush salt stone though, SWOON) and light up the room so gently and warmly at night… For £20, trust me, you won’t regret!
Four: S’well X Gray Malin
Ok, this rocked my WORLD this week.
Do you guys know the brand S’well? Just in case you don’t, they’re a totally rad reusable bottle brand with a love-filled mission to eradicate all plastic bottles that are polluting our earth (200 billion plastic bottles are dumped in landfill sites across the world every year) while giving to those in need (they’re already donated over $200,000 to UNICEF since 2010).
Now, do you guys know photographer Gray Malin?
I recently discovered his work through his totally dreamy instagram feed and was just bewitched by his shots, especially his many birds-eye-view style shots of beaches (taken from a doorless helicopter, no less!). It’s like people watching in paradise (think Bondi beach, or Bora Bora, to name but a few), perfectly printed and hung on your wall for you to stare at for the rest of your days.
So, guess what happens when two amazing creatives collaborate?
That’s right, Gray’s stunning artwork on an environmentally friendly, super useful (S’well’s keep liquid cold for up to 24 hours and hot for 12 hours!) bottle, ready for you to make a charitable purchase! Get yours here.
I literally cannot think why you wouldn’t buy one of these?! Except perhaps the tragedy that is trying to choose which one!
I think I’m edging towards ‘Teal Ocean’… But I kinda want them all!
Five: Nip it in the bud
Ok, now this might seem a bit of a random inclusion in a 10 Ways post, but #girltalk #reallife… You know?!
As much as I’m a huge advocate for #freethenipple movement (gosh, so many hashtags, eh?!) there are moments when, or should I say ‘moods when’, I just don’t feel like it.
Yes, I wanna wear that gorgeous dress with plunging neckline, or hey look at that beautiful backless blouse… But no bra could ever provide a solution and I’m just not in the mood for a ‘no bra’ day… Anyone else get like this?
Enter the Bristol 6‘s Nippies.
Now, we’re all tried those silicone nipple covers, right? You know, the little stick-ons? Not bad, right? They give you some nipple coverage, albeit sometimes a little bumpy, and you can get what, like 2 or 3 uses out of them? And they feel relatively secure-ish?
Well, the Nippies Skin just took that concept to a whole other level! Super thin silicone, with a matte camera-flash-friendly finish and in a range of semi-sheer skin tones to blend seamlessly with your own, the Nippie is every girl’s best friend this summer.
And hellooo?! They come in a super cute faux croc skin carry case and even once the adhesive wears off, you can use them in unpadded bras for a little extra coverage… We love!
Six: Now Reading
Ummmm, do I even need to tell you what I’ve been reading this week?!
Self-confessed Potter fan, right here. Might as well own that title!
Of course, the new Harry Potter play script, ‘The Cursed Child’ has just been released, and if you need an easy summer read that gives you a good dose of childhood nostalgia and transports you to a whole other world, full of magic, you need to get your hands on a copy!
Just be warned, you will not be able to put it down!
And yes, you better believe I spent half of my day trying to get tickets yesterday, to then be thrown off the website as they sold out! It’s like finally receiving your Hogwarts letter, to then miss the Hogwarts Express!
Seven: Innovative Feet
One of my best buds introduced me to the brand Mahabis recently and guys, they are the slipper to end all slippers.
Innovative isn’t even the word! With removable rubber soles, these slippers effortlessly transform from super soft indoor comfort, to outdoor suitable shoes in a matter of seconds; no more grubby fabric soles! And with the addition of a collapsible back, the Mahabis slipper can be slid on and off like a mule, or kept firmly in place for more active wear.
*Adds to Christmas List*
And their painfully cool, minimal design makes them the perfect style for guys and girls! So you can both get get your slipper game strong!
‘Slipper game strong’ …Did I really just say that?!
Eight: Movies by the stars
This is definite ‘bucket list’ item for me this summer! What could be better? A movie under the stars, with all that fresh air, a comfy seat, delicious snacks and maybe even a sunset if you’re lucky!
Open air cinemas are popping up everywhere, and with good reason! This super popular trend is a must for your summer evenings.
Give it a quick Google to find your closest venue and get yourself some tickets! What a great way to enjoy the warm evenings while they last!
I mean, the rooftop/hot tub scenario is completely optional, but I am SO game for this!
Nine: The Classic Baseball
This has been my go to trend for this year, but especially since the summer hit!
The perfect bit of shade, the perfect bad hair day cover up, the perfect nod to the 90s, the perfect embodiment of the Athleisure trend; the baseball cap has made a huge comeback, and we’re totally on board.
We love the classic 9Forty NY cap in black, as well as Adolescent’s cool slogan caps (the ‘Brunch Club’ Cap and ‘Tres Fatigue’ Cap are our faves!) and as for this super cool Camo Baseball by ASOS… Let’s just say ‘We’re pleased to tell you your item has been dispatched’!
Just so practical, and so effortless. We are totally about that life!
Ten: Now Listening
This track. Oh, this track.
I have this on repeat right now guys, and when I’m not listening to it, I’m singing/humming/whistling/hearing it my head!
Francis and the Lights meet Bon Iver (SWOON) meet Kanye West.
There are no words! Enjoy…
That’s it for another 10 Ways to Make Life Lovely! I had an absolute baller researching and writing this one for you, so I hope you babes enjoyed!
Tell us, what are you loving for this month? Do you have a go to product right now? Or a purchase you’re dying to tell the world about? Hit us up in the comments below!
Have a S’well weekend guys (see what I did there? Heyyy!) and we’ll see you on the flipside!
Peace + Love