After falling a bit behind in the My 5 Favourite Finds series I’m now playing catchup because I did in fact have 5 favourite finds in November but I just didn’t have the time to write them all down, take pictures, get the right info and add in the links (this blogging thing takes a surprisingly long time!!)
Anyway here you go… My 5 favourite finds for the month of November were… drumroll…..
1. Coffee table books by bloggers
As a blogger I’m a HUGE fan of blogs (funny that!) well, the idea of starting a blog had to start somewhere right? Anyway I have a very long list of blogs I visit – some daily, weekly or when I remember! I love diving in to the world of a strange living half way round the world esp if I KNOW we would be fab friends! They may not know me, but I know everything about them! Haha did someone say stalker? Well, if you’re reading this maybe you can relate 😉 Another one of my favourite things in the world is books (although with this blogging hobby I don’t get much of my reading hobby done) esp pretty coffee table books. Finally after 7 plus years of keeping all my precious books out of reach from equally precious little hands I’m finally able to display them in their rightful place – on my coffee table! Joy! So to celebrate I decided I needed to get a few new ones that were worthy of display and recently I treated myself to 2 of my favourite bloggers amazing coffee table books (all in the interest of supporting blogging as a career of course!) I’m now the proud owner of Decorate by Holly Becker of Decor8 blog and Cupcakes & Cashmere by Emily Schuman who writes a blog of the same name! And I’m so delighted with both of them…. Here’s hoping one day I’ll be writing about my own book – I just have to think of a topic first 😉
After sitting on this little kitchen gadget for some time I’m finally beginning to see the benefits of it now that the heat of summer has arrived! The Zoku Quick Pop Maker freezes pops in as little as 7 minutes on your countertop. Although I found this depends alot on the temperature of your freezer. Ours takes about 10 mins. You can get very creative with making your ice lollies from various flavours and with different flavored cores or fancy stripes. You can also add your own favorite fruit and nuts or even sweets to your creation. As we are fairly new to using the Zoku we’ve been sticking to our favourites – Chocolate (made from Nesquick known as “bunny juice” in our house) and litchi (made from fruit juice). I’m keen to try a few new recipes and will be searching the Zoku blog for some inspiration. These sweet treats really are lots of fun to create and even more fun to eat!! My kid think ice lollies on tap is the business so I’m winning HUGE mommy-points too. Never a bad thing. The Quick Pop Maker is now available in various colours, including red, blue, violet, orange, and lime green. There are also a host of other accessories to add to your Zoku collection. (R445 at Yuppiechef)
3. Memory foam pillows
After struggling for months with a (real) pain in my neck, visits to the physio and horrible headaches I finally found a solution – my new memory foam pillow – it took a bit of getting used to due to it’s heavy bulk and the fact that there’s no way you can sleep on your stomach while using one (sob) but now I’ve turned a corner and I must admit there is nothing better! And all those associated problems that my physio kept telling me were because of my sleeping position – gone! Hooray! Available at all good bed shops.
4. Poetry clothes
Although Poetry has always been one of my favourite stores to browse around and is a great spot to find a pretty pressie for a girlfriend (I’m quite partial to their Wonki Ware), it is only recently that I discovered the wonders of it’s clothing rails! Don’t ask me how I have missed them but somehow I have… (probably something to do with shopping with small children in tow and trying to avoid breaking anything beautiful) but recently I discovered what I have been missing and I am so pleased I have seen the error of my ways!
The style of the Poetry Collection of clothing is just what I love, soft, feminine fabrics such as 100% Indian Cotton with bright, beautiful colours and a few pretty patterns and delicate details thrown in for good measure. I indulged myself in the run up to Christmas and bought a brilliant cornflower blue summer sun dress with pretty embroidery as well as a cute, coral t-shirt that can be dressed up or down. I have been very happy with both purchases and already they have been worn enough times to justify the slightly higher spend of my usual clothing purchases. I’m sure I’m going to have many more wears out of these two items as they have classic appeal that won’t date but will always look pretty and put together! I can’t wait for another chance to browse the rails and discover another new item to add to my very OWN Poetry collection! Want. All. The. Dresses! (Dress – R450)
5. Travalo travel perfume holder
Travalo is an ingenious perfume atomiser that allows for you to take along your favourite perfume on weekends away or trips overseas without the risk of breaking or leaking during the journey. It is leak and shatter-proof, lightweight and as small as a lipstick but holds up to 65 sprays of perfume! Perfect for jet setters! (R199 at Stuttafords)
Images: Kathryn Rossiter; Poetry; Travalo