August Favourites 2016

I feel like we have had a great summer in Cambridge this year with lots of sunshine and long evenings. I always start my favourites post with my favourite day and this month it was my first time kayaking on the river with friends. Sharing a double kayak with your loved one is definitely a test of patience and communication! It was a beautiful day and we rewarded ourselves with burgers and some baking afterward.Kayaking-River-CamI made the decision to leave my day job (read more about that here) and received so many lovely messages of support I was overwhelmed! One of those messages was inside this awesome card which was designed by Daphne Rosa.
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I had a stall at Bust Craftacular Summer market again this year and managed a quick trolley dash whilst my pal Kate helped man the stall. I picked up this beautiful screen print from Basil and Ford who were by far the busiest booth on the day! Let-Love-Grow-Print-Basil-and-Ford

As you will know by now, I’m working on my enamel pin collection. I picked up a couple more at Craftacular and also did some pin swaps with Instagram buddies which is my new favourite thing. Lots of happy mail! All the pin designers are listed below so do check them out.Enamel-Pin-Collection

Angela Chick Illustration / Liz Mosley
Basil & Ford / Nikki McWilliams / Pup Tart
Yoyo The Ricecorpse / Nathalie Moore / Fox & Rose

I added them to my colour block pinboard which I shared the DIY for here.

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One of my regular favourites is Bluebird Tea Co and I was thrilled to hear they had some limited edition candles and bath products on offer. The soy, vegan friendly aromatherapy candles have a subtle scent and the lavender bath bar is perfect for migraine days. We are still enjoying lots of their tea as cold brew too!
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Sticking with the handmade toiletries theme, Lush is still a firm favourite. This basket in my bathroom used to be filled with migraine pills, but is now full of lovely smelling products hurrah!
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Most of these items were gifted to me by a friend who works at Lush (THANK YOU!) after I asked online if anyone had any product recommendations for oily skin. I love the Herbalism cleanser as well as the Ocean Salt mask followed by the Tea Tree Water. It’s definitely helped and the bathroom smells amazing.Lush-Products-For-Oily-Skin

This book is still on my nightstand as an in-progress read, but already I love it. I’ll be sharing a review here on the blog soon. It feels like a good time to read it as I’m going through some changes in life.
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And a surprising favourite this month is the stationery section in Primark of all places. I picked up this copper stationery set for a fiver and the pencil case for only £1.50. It’s the perfect size for a few pens, a tape and my USB stick.Copper-Stationery

A big thanks to Love Crochet this month who sent me some of the gorgeous Mila Mia Naturally Soft Cotton yarns to try. They are sooooo nice! Any ideas for a project to try?
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What have you enjoyed throughout August? I’m looking forward to Pumpkin Spice Lattes and more crochet time in September!

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