Tuesday, 1 July 2014

My June Favourites | Non-Beauty Edition.

This month amongst discovering many brilliant beauty products, i have also stumbled upon many other gems that did not fit into the beauty category. Therefore, instead of doing one big massive "JUNE FAVOURITES" post that would go on and on for years, i have spilt june into two posts! Cleaver, i know! If you haven't seen my June Beauty Favourites post yet and fancy giving it a read, then i will link it at the bottom of this post!

In this post i am going to feature random things that i have been loving this month! Such as recent clothes purchases, music, drink, etc, etc. You may have seen me raving about them on twitter, or seen pictures posted of them on my Instagram! In which case you may have an idea of what i am about to show and talk about!

So, lets get down and dirty!...with my non-beauty June favourites!


1. My Favourite Fashion Retail Purchases of June. 





This month i really wanted to get some key items for my S/S14 wardrobe. Since i moved from Brighton and having a few weeks of unorganised clothes, then getting to grips with Leicester's shopping scene, i will be honest and admit that i have had many mornings looking in my wardrobe and being clueless as to what i am going to wear that day. Shamefully, i am one of those people that let not feeling good about myself in clothes really bother me. So i set a goal to buy not a few items that would be versatile to the rest of my wardrobe and that i would get a lot of wear out of. And as you can see, that is exactly what i did. 


The first item is the most softest and comfortable cardigan from Topshop. England Summer weather does not always translate as sunny and hot, so i wanted a cardigan so that i could keep warm but also show off any nice tops i might wear underneath. I love this cardigan as it has such a pretty light pink/nude/peach colour, which is perfect if you want to slightly move away from wearing white all the time but do not want to go out of your style comfort zone. 
Recently i have been pairing this with navy/black jeans, pretty tops and loafers/pointed toe slingbacks. I can also wear this cardigan in the autumn/winter which i am so looking forward too! Personally, i prefer A/W fashion to S/S...so BRING ON AUTUMN!! My apologises to all you Summer lovers out there. 


Next up is another great find in Topshop. Like i said, i am not a fan of a lot of high streets S/S14 products at the moment, so i have found shopping rather difficult. However, i discovered if i look hard enough then i can find hidden gems such as the cut-out gingham shell top featured above. This is pretty much my perfect summer top. I love every single thing about it... from the shape/style, the colour, the gingham pattern, and finally the little cut-outs that leave a little bit to the imagination. *wink, wink*. It is more suited to the warmer days for obvious reasons, yet i have still been wearing it a lot and just pair a cardigan (mainly the one i just spoke about) with it. 


One thing you should know about the next item is that we have a slight human to jumper love affair going on. Since i purchased this Jumper from Zara, i kid you not, i think i wore it pretty much every day for about 6 days. I know, i am a tramp. But i was a rather stylish tramp. 
Anything navy and white i will pretty much love straight away. Add stripes, dots, or pretty much any pattern to the mix and i am at the till buying it before you can say "How much?". The shape of this jumper is perfect if you prefer not to wear tight fitting clothes around your stomach. Personally, i tend to bloat after eating meals (it can even be a salad and i'll bloat! I should really see a doctor...) so this jumper is perfect for me and to be honest i like the look of baggy clothes anyway. In my opinion this jumper is a classic looking item that i recon would have been worn decades ago. So if you are into that type of style, then pop off to Zara and hook yourself up with this classic and beautiful jumper. 


Lastly, on the fashion retail part of this post are the Topshop nude pointed toe slingbacks. I have to say, i feel a lot more lady-like when i wear these shoes. As you might know, recently i have been loving the colour nude. Whether it is for clothes, my nails, shoes, etc, it is my go to colour for this season. I can get away with wearing these shoes with just about any outfit i want. I used to think slingbacks are a pain in the ass and always fall off the backs of your feet, however, i have gotten on well with these and they stay on my feet good and proper! They really are good if i want to take a casual outfit and make it a little bit more smart/stylish. 



2. St Eval Candle Company in "Spring Flower". 


Do you find yourself constantly drawn to candle displays? Is your house filled with more candles than you can count? Then you need to go to C.A. Candle Anonymous...

I am kidding of course... However, i do have a serious addiction to candles. I love them! I think candles can make any room look and feel better and they always put me in a good mood. My mum brought me this candle recently as a small gift for organising her 50th birthday party (I will put the link for the post at the end of this post if you are interested in reading it!) and i adore it. The thing i like the most about this candle is the pot. The pattern that goes around it is beautiful and it is suited for indoors and outdoors, so it can go wherever you feel like putting it. Personally, i have chosen to put this candle in my bedroom, but i do have bigger plans for it when me and my boyfriend move into a flat of our own.  The candle is called "Spring Flower' so as you can imagine it has a really pleasant floral scent which i think is perfect for my future kitchen. 
You cannot beat a good candle people, you just can't! 



3. Yoga Studios App For Iphone. 




 This month i have been in training for a 10K run i am doing for the Race For Life and also trying to get a semi ok bikini body. I am going to do a big blog post on my participance in the Race For Life and how i trained for it soon, but to give you a snippet of that right now i am letting you in a part of my training secret. 
Yes you guessed right! I have been doing Yoga! I have always wanted to put yoga in my workout routine but at the moment going to classes just isn't suitable to my lifestyle right now. I only want to start going to classes when i can fully commit. So for the present time i have been using the Yoga Studio app for iPhone. This is pretty much perfect for anyone who wants to start doing yoga but is not sure when they will have the time to do it. It allows you to either pick out ready made yoga class videos from their collection or you can custom your own classes. I have downloaded a few beginners class videos that are tailored for strength, balance, and runners.  They also have classes that have different durations of time, which is ideal if you can only fit in 15 minutes of yoga. The videos are really clear, visual, and relaxing. I am sure there are quite a few yoga apps for the iPhone but i really like this one and would highly recommend it! 



4. Iced Green Tea.


Recently i have been making homemade iced green tea! Tooting my own horn here, but it is so delicious and i cannot get enough of it right now. It is the perfect drink for a hot summers day and for straight after a workout or during if you want to keep your caffeine levels up. Obviously you can make this caffeine free as well, all you have to do is make sure you buy caffeine free green tea. 

So my recipe for iced green tea is as followed:

Start off like you would when you make a normal cup of green tea. However this time add 2-3 bags of tree tea to your cup. Add the boiling water and let your tea stew for at least 5 minutes. When you have a cup full of dark, strong green tea, take out your tea bags and allow to cool. 
When your concentrated green tea has cooled down, pour into a jug and make the rest of the jug up with cold water. That is your basic iced green tea. It is up to you if you want to add anything from this point on. Personally, i like to add half the juice of a lemon and some sliced lemon, a little bit of mint, a few strawberries. If it is still a little bitter then i will then add a teaspoon of honey. After you have added what you want to your green tea, put it into the fridge to get chilled. Then when you fancy some, get a glass, add a few ice cubes and pour over your homemade iced green tea.

Tip: Make the iced green tea in the evening. This will allow it to chill in the fridge over night, giving you chilled iced green tea for the next morning!



5. Lana Del Rey. Ultraviolence Album. 



If you listen to my weekend playlists then you will have a good idea of what i have been listening to this month. I have listened to a lot of different albums recently and after a good old think, i have come to the conclusion that my favourite new album out this month has to be Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence.  I get that she is a fairly controversial artist due to the content of her songs, particular in this new album, however, i love it and really admire her. I have always liked Lana Del Rey as i think her voice is similar to that of female artists in the 1950's, which is one of my favourite styles of singing. In this album she has really captured the old fashioned ways and made them her own. 
I am not a music critic and neither have i studied music, so i cannot really pick the album apart and give a good technical review of it. If like me you like fairly chilled out music with a great vocalist, then you will most likely enjoy her album Ultraviolence. 



That is all for my June Favourites Non-Beauty Edition! I hope you have enjoyed reading this post. I really like writing monthly favourites as it just gives me an excuse to reacquaint myself with what i have been loving that month. Please do let me know what you think by either commenting down below or getting in touch with me on Twitter. I would also like to hear what your June favourites are and what you would recommend, as i am constantly on the look out for new things to try/wear/listen to/eat & drink!! 


Peace & Love,
ALEX



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