End of year favourites posts are the only ones I’ve ever done, but I thought it would be good to introduce some a little more regularly. It’s primarily to stop my Happy Happenings becoming all about products, rather than feelings and experiences; it’s fine for things to make one happy, obviously, but I’d like to get back to posting about the little things – fresh bedding, clouds in the shape of hippos, getting the first bunch of daffodils of the year – in my 5 HH posts and keep the products separate. So, without further ado:
Hayu.com – this is such a fabulous site/app if, like me, your guilty pleasure is trashy American ‘reality’ tv. My personal addiction is the Real Housewives (especially New York, Beverly Hills, and New Jersey) and Top Chef, but Hayu also has a plethora of shows that I’ve never even heard of. Obviously not everything is worth watching, but it’s oddly soothing to have catfights and ridiculous plastic surgery on in the background sometimes. It’s £3.99 a month but everyone gets a free month’s trial to see if they get hooked (I did, and I’m
a tiny bit not ashamed).
I’ve found a base combination that works really well when I’m running late in the morning – super quick to slap on but still looks put-together. I won the recent IT Cosmetics TSV from QVC, which included the My Skin But Better CC Cream. I was skeptical as it’s been so hyped up recently but it’s actually brilliant. The palest shade, fair, is slightly dark for me but with a touch of white foundation it works really well – great coverage, and easy to blend with beauty sponge, fingers, or brush. I’ve been pairing it with the new Nars Soft Matte Concealer in Chantilly, which feels slightly dry in the pot but can be patted on underneath the eyes and over spots without caking. I think both will be favourites for ages.
I first saw the Ohh Deer x Urban Outfitters journals on From Roses earlier in the year and immediately wanted one; I start a diary every year to try and be more organised but usually forget by mid-January, rendering the remainder of the diary pretty useless. This one, which I found in the UO sale a week or so ago, is brilliant because it doesn’t have any dates, so it doesn’t matter if you only use it intermittently. Each page has a slot for the date, day’s objective, to do list, and timetable, as well as a (very important) doddle box. It’s well-worth the £11.20 and I recommend picking one up if you need a bit more organisation in your life.
I’ve been reading This is Not a Diet Book by Bee Wilson recently and have really enjoyed it. It’s a slim volume of advice about how to change the way that you think about food. It’s more about getting back to an understanding of food and what our bodies need than labelling foods ‘good’ or ‘naughty’. Bee Wilson is a food historian and journalist and I love her writing style, which is far from preachy or patronising. There are so many conflicting pieces or information about eating, and diets, at the moment and I appreciate her simple and sensible approach.
I’ve wanted a label maker for ages and finally caved in January. So far I’ve resisted labelling the cat or Mr Mouse, and have stuck to doing my beauty drawers, any shadow where the colour isn’t visible, and I’m about to start on the kitchen containers. I’ve got this one for under a tenner and my only gripe is the lack of apostrophe – anyone who knows me IRL knows that I get twitchy about the misuse of apostrophes so not having one here makes me snippy. I might have had to engrave my own on the label on my journal…
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