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Friday, 31 January 2014

January 2014 Non Beauty Favourites.

I know I'm not alone in thinking this month has flown by and yet felt really long at the same time. January is always an interesting month. The start brings with it so much hope and promise and I think it can often be difficult to keep the momentum alive throughout. I've certainly been guilty of having a few 'oh no, what am I doing?!' days but I've made sure I surrounded those days with a lot of positive thinking and happy things. Here are some of the things that have been making me smile...
Owl Oil/Tart Burner (£6.79)
This little guy has been one of my favourite purchases in a very long time. There's something very comforting about having a pretty tea light flickering away during the evenings, especially when it's illuminating a sweet owl and making the room smell lovely with whatever scent takes my fancy. I had no idea I would get as much happiness from this as I have, which sounds really silly I know, but I've started associating it with feeling really warm and cosy. Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference.

Yankee Candle Fireside Treats (£1.20)
Sweet scents like these aren't something I usually go for, but there's something about this one that has perhaps changed my mind. It's not too overpowering, instead giving a delicate scent that's not too sickly. I can definitely see why this is a favourite of many!

Great Plains Night Lights Sequin Skirt* (£42.50)
You know when you find a piece of clothing that makes you feel amazing whenever you have the change to wear it? This skirt is that for me. The beautiful, subtle sparkle of the sequins adds that little bit of glamour that isn't present within most of my wardrobe, but it's a piece that can be dressed down as well as up, which I love because I don't get the chance to dress up very often.

Diana Mini Camera (£49)
This is such a sweet little camera that I'm so pleased to finally have in my collection after coveting it for a little while. I haven't had as much time as I would have liked to dedicate to taking pictures this month but I'm already looking forward to finishing the roll of film so I can get it processed and maybe get a couple of pictures printed for our home.

Love Hearts and Crosses Origami Bunny necklace* (£12.99)
This is a piece of jewellery I've barely taken off since I unwrapped it because it's so incredibly cute! It's dainty enough to look lovely with pretty much every outfit and the rose gold colour is absolutely beautiful. I think some rose gold pieces can look a little cheap sometimes, but this is one of those that looks a lot more expensive in person that it is and I love that!

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (£5)
This is a book I've mentioned a couple of times recently so I won't talk about it too much here again. All I'll say is that I think this is one of the sweetest children's books I've ever read. It's quite unique because nothing much really happens throughout, but it's beautifully written, overwhelmingly lovely and there's a little touch of magic in there to really inspire imaginations. It's beautiful.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachen Cohn & David Levithan (£4.40)
I found this hiding behind a pile of other books in The Works at the very start of the month. After hearing so much about it over on Book Tube in the run up to Christmas I had to pick it up as part of the 3 for £5 offer. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. It was a lovely, quick read that I started and finished on a particularly dreary Wednesday evening and it really cheered me up. It reminded me so much of being a teenager and all those feeling that go along with that. Very sweet and a good one to read around Christmas time for sure.

Sam Smith. 
There is something incredibly inspiring in seeing someone do exactly what they're meant to be doing because they have a real talent for it. He makes me want to work harder at the things I love to do, even though I'm nowhere near as talented as he is at anything, but I don't think that's as important as I once thought it was. What's important is making the most of every second and spending as much time as you can doing something that makes you happy. 

Is there anything that has made your Janaury that little bit better? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

65 comments:

  1. Ooooh I love this post! And especially your pictures! :DEverything looks so cute! :D

    www.amiciarai.com

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  2. I love your photography in this, Jennie - bokeh is my weakness!
    The bunny necklace is so cute! I love all the origami type jewellery that's about at the moment.
    Such a sweet tart burner, and I love that scent too :)
    Can't wait to see your first set of photos from your mini - I hope you post some here? I love my dianas!
    xx

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    1. Thank you lovely, love a bit of bokeh too! <3 <3

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  3. Things like getting back into my sewing made my January better. I've read a few books (although not really enough given that I'm trying to make 52 in 52 wks again) and that's been nice, too. I feel as though I've crammed a lot into January, even though it seems like it's flashed by and yet other times Xmas seems so long ago!

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  4. Such a lovely skirt! & the Diana Mini Camera is so cute, I can't wait for Sam Smith's album to be released! :)

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    1. Ahh I can't either, it seems like so long away! xo

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  5. I hate January, this one and November are the most boring and difficult months ever. What helped me this January was my cat and that at the end of the month I had a great trip to London so I had things to look forward to :)

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  6. I didn't realise The Works had so many good books! A lot of people seem to be mentioning it lately :) I've had art bits and pieces from there in the past though. xxx

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    1. It's definitely worth popping in every so often, they have SO many things! ox

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  7. Everything is so lovely! The owl tea light is so cute, and your right, there is something cozy about having them around! I've been looking at the diana cameras for a while now, I'm so tempted to get one!:)
    Rachel | VintageDeer
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    1. You definitely should, they're a lot of fun! xo

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  8. I absolutely adore that origami necklace, it is so pretty.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  9. I love that owl tart burner, I have wanted a nice tart burner for so long, think this is on my wishlist now
    xx

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    1. You should definitely get one <3

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  10. That necklace is so sweet! Right up my street! Great post!

    Samantha
    sjmcdf xo

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  11. I completely agree with what you said. January felt so slow, but it also feels like it just flew by at the same time. I loved Dash and Lily's Book of Dares too, mostly because of the setitng. LOL. Love your blog. <3

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  12. January certainly has been a weird month! Your little owl burner and the origami bunny necklace are so sweet :)

    Jess xo

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  13. Glad you enjoyed Dash & Lily's Book Of Dares, it's on my to-read list. Might be the perfect weekend read if the weather's going to stay so horrible x

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  14. I have Dash & Lily's.. to read! Been getting into Booktubers, seems like reading is becoming a big thing this year, as an avid reader this makes my heart happy!

    And showing us the owl burner again... Argh I seriously may purchase this.

    Zoe xoxo

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    1. Hehe I think you definitely should <3

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  15. I absolutely love the Owl Tart burner and Diana mini camera! So cute! Thanks for sharing (: xo

    Shabby Chic and Tea♥

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    1. Thank you for reading lovely <3

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  16. i love the owl tart burner, i really want to get into burning tarts as they are a lot cheaper than getting the huge big candles - great post xxx
    mollyox.blogspot.com

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    1. It's fun to be able to switch out scents too <3

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  17. Nice favorites Jennie, love the owl oil burner, that beautiful skirt
    and that song is really beautiful, wow :o Xx

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  18. The owl burner is so cute and I absolutely adore the Diana Camera. I'd been lusting over it for a while and managed to get in the sales!

    Great post and pictures.

    http://thelittlebigobsession.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Yankee candles are oh so perfect! The Fireside Treats scent sounds wonderful <3

    Absolutely love your beautiful backdrop of fairy lights Jennie, so magical & adorable!

    Have a lovely weekend sweet xox

    Sophie <3

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  20. I also really like this YC candle, but I'm burning Snow in Love at the moment :)

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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  21. Nice list of favourites. The owl candle holder is so cute!

    Ray | Obey Ray

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  22. I love favourites posts! I've only recently got into the whole wax burner thing. I picked one up at a charity shop (new) for £2 at Christmas and my Mum made some wax tarts, I'm thinking of hitting Etsy though cause I've seen some really interesting looking scents there.

    Totally agree with them making a room seem warmer though. Whenever I'm feeling chilly I light all the candles in my room and grab a hot water bottle. Insta-warm!

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

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  23. Jennie :) I'm in love with this owl candle holder..I think I will buy it!!!<3 also the skirt is lovely!!!
    kisses

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  24. I love the origami necklace! I've just taken a look at the website and bookmarked the Rose gold origami fox! Definitely going to buy that once I have some money to treat myself with! xx

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    1. Aww yay, the collection is so pretty! xo

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  25. I have been lusting after a Diana Mini, they are so dinky and the pictures so pretty. I also may have to invest in one of those owl's he is so cute! xx

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  26. That necklace is the most adorable little thing. I've wanted a Diana camera for the looooooongest time now. I'm apparently not happy with my Canon dslr my Canon film slr, a fisheye 2, and several other little film cameras.... :/ x

    Amy / srslylou

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    1. hehe you can never have too many cameras! xo

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  27. In love with so much of this! I seen Paperchase had a owl oil burner similar to yours and wanted it but I never really burn candle tarts. However recently I have been and I am so gutted I never bought it as it was adorable! Also in love with Fireside Treats but I have to admit I prefer the merry marshmallow one. The necklace is super cute too!
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
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    1. I'll have to check out merry marshmallow for sure! xo

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  28. new reader here and I must say you have quite a beautiful blog! lovely post, I love that particular yankee scent. Like smoky marshmallows.

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  29. Oh my goodness I love that little bunny necklace, it's so cute! :) xx

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  30. I have bunny earrings from etsy coming my way after your latest post. Now lusting after a bunny necklace!

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  31. I nearly bought Yankee Candle's Fireside Treats to burn over Christmas but it did smell so good. I can't believe January is over too, although I do have to say I am ready for some sun now! x

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