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Thursday, 30 April 2015

April Life Favourites

April has been a tough month but I still have many things to be grateful for and many things that I have enjoyed surrounding myself with.
It seems that I can't make a trip to Ikea without coming out with something from the plant section. And I'm totally okay with that. This little guy was stuck at the back of a shelf getting a bit squashed so I decided to rescue it. 
Flamingo 'Bubblegum' Candle*
Flamingo candles are brilliant, they really do smell exactly like they say they will. This one reminds me of the sweet shop I used to visit when I was little and I really like it because it's not too cloying. The scent fills the room but it manages to linger in the background so it's not too overpowering. Lovely.
I was in a little shop in the village looking at candles and I got talking to the lady who owns the shop about crystals. She is very passionate about them and I think some of her enthusiasm has rubbed off on me. I've been making some jewellery with semi precious stones recently as a way to wind down after a busy day and it's been really therapeutic. And even with all that aside, they're also incredibly tactile to hold and beautiful to look at.

Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling with illustrations by Joel Holland.
This is just a little illustrated book of J.K. Rowling's commencement speech at Harvard University with the profits going to Lumos and the financial-aid program at Harvard University. I have listened to the speech countless times so it's nice to have this sitting on my bookshelf now, and I'm certain I'll refer back to it as a little bit of a pep talk periodically.

Florence + the Machine - St Jude

Do you have any 'life favourites' from April?
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  1. I really love the sound of Flamingo candles! I'm going to have to watch that video, can't believe I haven't seen it yet!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  2. Flamingo candles are just the best! Also, I agree that plants are just wonderful.. I think they can just brighten up the day without even trying (obviously haha).. I didn't realise Ikea did them! xxx

    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

  3. I love that you rescued the cacti that was being squashed at the back! My April life favourite have to be my new over-ear headphones, they are pale pink and were an absolute bargain in TK Maxx, and they've renewed my love for music! xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

  4. I love the cactus! I went to Ikea couple of weeks ago and really wanted to take them all home!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  5. I love little cacti. I have a few in my house and I really want some more. They're so easy to take care of.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

  6. That cactus is gorgeous, I should really get one myself!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  7. I love the story of the little cactus, it's so cute! :) I love plants and always buy some but somehow they never manage to survive more than a few weeks, which always makes me feel so bad, I guess I'm the worst plant - person ever *cries*

  8. I keep seeing those Flamingo candles everywhere, I think I need to pick one up and see what all the fuss is about!
    sirensandbells.co.uk x

  9. I really love crystals too! I love that type of raw looking jewellery that you find in cute little shops! xxx

  10. I love the cactus and the candle sounds lovely!

  11. I can only imagine how great that candle must smell :)
    Hopefully May will be a better month for you. xx

  12. I hope you have a better May! I adore crystals, I want them dotted around my new place!

    Tara x

  13. I'm a fellow plant and candle fan, I love browsing pinterest looking at everyones succulent gardens, total guilty pleasure!


  14. The flamingo candle sounds like a lovely scent... plus as wrong as this is, I love the look of it and just think it would look pretty as a home accessory - beautiful packaging is a major selling point with me!! x

  15. Nothing like a bit of Florence + The Machine, the only other band I play as much of is Daughter.

  16. I hope May is better for you! I love your little cactus, so cute x

    Josie’s Journal

  17. I just bought a handful of succulents, they certainly add a touch of liveliness to my bedroom! I have an amethyst crystal similar to yours, aren't they so beautiful?

    becky ♡ star violet

  18. sounds like I need to invest time in buying some of those candles! ^.^


  19. I really want to try the Flamingo candles! Sound amazing.

    Lorna | www.studsanddreams.com xx

  20. Amazing! I would love to try the Flamingo candle! And the J.K. Rowling book sounds amazing; like all her books really!


  21. Your cactus is gorgeous!! I definitely need to pick up the JK Rowling book, too, it sounds like just the thing for those days when nothing seems to be going right :)

    Jess xo

  22. That cactus is so adorable (I didn't even realise cactus could be adorable before now).

    I definitely want to try a Flamingo candle after hearing so many good things. I've had a few disappointing candles in a row now - sick of buying candles which smell amazing in the jar but don't fill the room at all when they're burned.


  23. Lovely cactus. The friend of mine that died last year was big into cactus plants and I think a lot of us have now acquired one in our rooms. I don't know that JK Rowling speech but will look it up. There's a Neil Gaiman commencement speech that I refer to often enough so I know the feeling! X

  24. also, I keep seeing people talking about these candles and yankee candles. I almost never light candles, I think I would have been about 16 last time I had a candle in my room? Maybe it's time I gave it a try!

  25. Aww the lil cactus is so cute. I'm going to get myself some candles for my room this winter! I've never actually watched/read JK Rowling's Harvard speech, off to do that now.


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