First things first…. I woke up this morning to a very exciting milestone for me with regards to this blog… After 4 and a bit years I’ve finally hit 10 000 “likes” or fans on my Becoming you Facebook page. How awesome is that. I’m so thrilled. Thank you to each and every one of you who have walked this journey with me and made this happen. I so appreciate it…
Anyway my 5 favourite finds for June 2015 should have been published a few days back but unfortunately life ran away with me and I just didn’t get around to writing this up even tho I had selected all my favourite finds already!
Here it is… albeit a few days late.
My 5 favourite finds for June
1. Home Style by City book by Ida Magntorn
I’m a huge fan of collecting gorgeous books and interior books are high up on my list although not always a practical purchase they certainly make me very happy and I’m always on the hunt for a new one (or two) This is my latest find.
The book is the English version of Ida Magntorn’s popular Swedish book, Urban Vintage. She is a Swedish photographer, blogger and freelancer whose work has featured in Elle Decoration.
I stumbled across it on the shelves of Exclusive Books recently although I had not heard anything about it before – either online or in print. Well, I fell in love with it and decided it needed to be mine and I’m so very chuffed with it. It is filled with interior ideas and inspiration from 5 cities around the world namely Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen.
Each section features gorgeous authentic homes that are a true reflection of that city’s style. She visits the homes of stylish artists, entrepreneurs, and domestic professionals and snaps the best of their eclectic and casual homes. I love how Home Style by City captures the essence of each city.
The book is part city tour—including must-visit antique and flea markets and bits of colourful history but it’s also a lovely lifestyle book with curated lists of music, books, and films for each city and I’ve been loving exploring the music suggestions. There are project tutorialsa and it is great design resource for achieving the various looks. It also features insider tips on how to bring the look of a particular city into any space. The layout is in the style of a notebook/ photo journal and it really is a treasure for lovers of design, travel, and, of course, big city dreams.
2. La Prairie Foam Cleanser
I was invited to attend the launch of La Prairie‘s newest serum, the Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster, a few weeks back and although it promises amazing things which I am sure it does deliver this particular product is not my favourite find… but one of the other La Prairie products I received a sample of IS!
Yes I’m totally crushing on the La Prairie Purifying Cream Cleanser and have been using it daily since I discovered it’s wonders… .
The Foam Cleanser combines natural skin purifying and soothing plant extracts like aloe, apple and gentian extract, to provide exceptional water-rinse able cleansing. It forms a rich, creamy lather upon water activation and quickly dissolves makeup, surface impurities and environmental pollutants and leaves my skin feeling refreshed, super smooth and hydrated – even before applying moisturiser!
3. Human & Kind moisturiser
Human+Kind recently asked me if I would like to try their natural moisturiser and I jumped at the chance as I love the sound of their simple, natural approach to beauty and skincare.
This Irish brand aims to eliminate the need for multiple skincare products and an expensive skincare regime and was created with the time-pressed woman in mind. Plus their focus is on ethical skincare that is chemical-free and environmentally conscious and each product is formulated using natural ingredients that won’t irritate your skin or harm the environment. I mean what is there NOT to like about this ethos??
I have been using their Anti-ageing cream that is an all-in-one eye cream, daily moisturizer and anti-wrinkle cream for a few weeks and, well, the proof is always in the pudding which translates into what is the product like to use and what results does it achieve on my skin… and I can safely say that I’ve been really enjoying using this product. It feels amazing – super nourishing and moisturizing.
Other breakthrough products in the Human+Kind range that I’m keen to try soon include a hydrating body oil suitable to use on the
face, body and hair; a dual cleansing and exfoliating face wash; a two-in-one shampoo body wash with a combination of ingredients suited
to the hair and skin; and an all-in-one family remedy cream that soothes a range of skin problems, from eczema,
psoriasis and acne prone skin, to minor burns and insect bites.
Human+Kind can be purchased at Clicks, Wellness Warehouse, Stuttafords, Kalahari.com, and at several upmarket
pharmacy chains such as Medicare, Fresh Earth, Weleda and Feel Healthy
4. Moccis Swedish Moccasins
These little things of beauty arrived at my door at the beginning of the week and within a few days they’ve climbed right to the very top of my favourite things in the whole world…. ok kids and husband aside!
When I first was approached about being sent a pair of Moccis, I spent a bit of time reading up about them and they sounded interesting but I wasn’t convinced they would be for me. These Swedish style slippers aka moccasins are huge in Europe but having not really heard much about them down south I didn’t know what to expect…
Within 2 or 3 days of repling in the affirmative I received a delivery direct to my door from their online shop in the UK – now THAT’s impressive. It takes longer for local deliveries to get to me!
I chose these Stony River colour scheme – blue stars on grey – but Moccis have a wide range of colourful Moccasin slipper socks for adults and kids. From dinosaurs to penguins and cars to stars, each unique design is a collector’s piece. They all have a non-slip leather sole which is durable, flexible, even washable… allowing feet to move freely and muscles to develop. The skid proof moccasin slipper sole ensures that your feet won’t slip making these the perfect indoor slippers for the whole family. .
The unisex Moccis are made in Sweden of natural ecotex certified materials that are super soft and breathable that keeps your feet warm and toasty yet dry and clean by moving moisture out and away from your feet. The sewed in double elastic at the ankle prevents the moccasin from falling off and gives a really snug fit “a foot hug” if you will!
My new little ritual when I get home for the day is to pop these on immediately. They are amazingly comfortable and warm and my feet are LOVING this new addition to my winter wardrobe. Even my husband is jealous and wants to order a pair of his own – now THAT I’d like to see!
Last weekend we paid a visit to the village of Stanford in the Overberg. Now we’ve passed through and popped in a few times over the past few years esp to and from Grootbos and Mosaic, but we’ve never spent much time actually staying in the village so this time we were super keen to spend a few days living the village life. And it was amazing. I’ll be sharing more about it in the next few weeks in separate blog posts but I definitely need to include it in this list of my 5 favourite find from the past month as it’s definitely high up on my list of lovely discoveries.
Here are a few photos from my Instagram feed to whet your appetite for my Stanford series coming soon…
Images: 1 – 4: Supplied & 5: Kathryn Rossiter
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