My 5 Favourite Finds for April 2017

So it’s the end of April which means it’s time for me to share my 5 Favourite Finds for the month… besides my new look blog, of course! 😉

I hope you’re loving the new layout as much as I am??? Don’t forget to tell me in the comments section about what you love and loathe about it… Let’s hope there are more of the former than the latter!

Right, what’s on my list for the month? Let’s crack on…

 

1. Big Little Lies TV series

I wrote about this book by Liane Moriarty a few months back when it was the first book I’ve sped through in months… and then I discovered there was a mini-series in production starring some of the biggest actresses around – Reece Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley.

Once I found it online I just couldn’t stop watching. This series is epic!

It’s quite a dark storyline… but opens up so very interesting conversations, esp if you’re a mom with young kids living in the ‘burbs (ahem!)

As can be expected the acting is world class and the story is really gripping. It sticks really closely to the book too. I highly recommend reading the book first tho… although my husband didn’t read the book and still enjoyed the series.

Watch the trailer…


Which has been your favourite TV show of late? Please tell me in the comments below. I need another “just one more” show to watch!

 

2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Due to the fact that THIS hobby has taken over, my other hobby of reading has really taken a back seat for years. Only when I take some time out and head off on holiday (a real holiday, not a working holiday) do I actually get time to read. These past Easter school holidays I managed to actually finish a book!! Whoop whoop.

In one week two friends recommended this book so me so it was a no-brainer that I would take this along on our trip. Once I started The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah I couldn’t put it down. I LOVE books like that. Ones that grip you from the word go and pull you deep into their world.

The story is set in France – a country village and Paris – during World War 2. It follows the lives of Viane and Isabelle, two sisters trying to survive the war as best they can, while still making a difference.

Historical novels are some of my favourite as they transport you to another time and educate you about a daily life you would otherwise know nothing about.

It’s no wonder that this book won so many awards last year, include the top fiction novel on the Good Reads site. A great read for those who love books with splashes of history, war-time drama, sisterhood and France. The Nightingale retails for R245 on Loot

Have you read any great books lately that you’ll think I’ll like based on this review?? Please leave me a comment on this blog post below. I really do want to start reading more often so I need books that grip me! And go!

 

3. Super soft micro fibre towels from The Bedroom Shop Online

Brand new towels didn’t quite make it into our renovation budget last year…. we were just trying to pay off the builder, plumber, electrician so that we could move into a house with working electricity and water!

So, when The Bedroom Shop Online spotted my renovations on my Instagram feed and sent me a spoiling of brand new white towels you can imagine my delight!

Now I’m not sure if I’m the only odd ball around these parts but when I get new things I often keep them in the packet for a few days (week?) before I use them. Is that strange? It probably is…. this is what happened here. To be honest I think sometimes I feel I want to make the “newness” last for longer, or I don’t know if I deserve the new thing yet. I don’t really know what the psychology is behind this weird behaviour but that’s me.

Anyway after a few weeks I finally unpacked them and popped them on the towel rails to photograph for my upcoming Renovation Reveal series… and then I could actually use them. And I haven’t wanted to stop using them since. In fact, when these go into the laundry I feel a little bereft. These are the BEST towels I have ever used. I’m not quite sure what I hadn’t heard of Microfibre towels prior to this but now I know better I think everyone deserves a set!! They are super soft and super absorbent. And I mean SUPER!

I have fallen in love with these towels…. even my husband Brad loves them, and he doesn’t really “do” decor if you know what I mean.

 

 

4. Kimono-over nail polish colour by essie

The colder months are upon us… ok maybe not during the day, but the night-time temperatures have definitely dropped! This means that it’s time to break out the winter wardrobe… and with that, the new seasons beauty collections are here!

essie recently dropped off their latest fall collection and the first colour I was keen to try is this super dark and dangerous plum purple! It’s called Kimono-over and I love it! It’s really dramatic (almost black) making it perfect for evenings… but I rocked it during the day and it still worked.

For the first few days I wore it on it’s own (topped with the NEW essie Gel Setter Top Coat) and then I added a statement finger of sparkle with the new glitter colour called Disco Doll from the Luxe Effects range. The Gel Setter really did the trick and my nails lasted for 5 days before chipping which is pretty good going for regular nail polish.

The new Fall collection is inspired by Tokyo, Japan. The electric capital’s wild street style, eclectic cuisine and riot of autumnal colors inspired the six shade palette including the rust-coloured Playing Koi, Now and Zen – a timeless sage grey and Make me Happy a crimson berry. R134.95ea at leading stores & salons.

 

 

5. A deliciously cuddly little bunny toy from Jellycat

This might seem like a rather odd thing to add to my Favourite Finds list, after all I am a grown woman, what do I need with cuddly toys!?

BUT this is the softest, squishiest, loveliest little soft toy I’ve felt in a loooooong time. He arrived just before Easter in a press drop for a beauty product and he hasn’t left my bedside since!

I should probably pass him on to my daughter (who’s equally smitten) or a new baby at an upcoming baby shower… but I just can’t help myself. I’m too in love with it’s super soft ears! Oh dear!!! This Jellycat Bunny retails for R340 on www.jellycatsa.co.za

 

Which are your favouite finds for the month?? Leave a comment to let me know what I should be looking out for.

 

Images: Kathryn Rossiter

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 6 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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