Cashmere Wrap & Macadamia Nuts

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Month: May, 2016

Grown Alchemist.

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Grown Alchemist is another great Australian brand that I discovered thanks to Instagram. I became intrigued by the unusual name and wanted to find out more. Founded by Australian brothers Jeremy and Keston Muijs, Grown Alchemist is an organic skincare manufacturer, offering products with potent antioxidants and vitamins that renew and nourish skin cells in an all natural way. It is done in tune with best practices in organic beauty care, supported by research and continuous improvement. Grown Alchemist products are safe and free from any harmful chemical ingredients.

What I like the most about Grown Alchemist are scents. They take me to the land of childhood, bringing back memories from summers spent in my Grandmothers house, geranium pots on window seals, roses in the garden, smell of wet grass in the early morning… In our modern, industrialised world being closer to nature is more important than ever, with Grown Alchemist nature awaits in every black and white box. Small change can make a big difference and new beauty routines can make a skin very happy.

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On my Birthday Wishlist.

To my great surprise and even greater delight, this year I really struggled to put together a reasonable birthday wishlist. My question number one wasn’t what I want, but what I need. Perhaps it is a side effect of getting ready for moving apartments and franticly planning of what is in and what is out and why out of a sudden I want out more than I want in… So I decided to go crazy and let the imagination run wild, some daydreaming in May can do no harm.

By Malene Birger. Simply Scandinavian.

Malene Birger is one of the most renowned Scandinavian designers, gravitating towards “affordable luxury with an artistic angle”, appealing to tastes of independent, style conscious women, who appreciate clean, yet modern lines and refined looks. So elegant and unostentatious, simply Scandinavian.

Photos: http://www.bymalenebirger.com

Don’t Save the Best for Last.

Don't Save the Best for Last

If you follow a path towards less you may see at one point that you are able to afford much more. By reducing unplanned, impulsive and unnecessary spendings, much more money stays in your pocket. Yes, finally you are able to afford that cashmere turtleneck you dreamed of for so long, but… is it really all right to spend so much on a single piece and should you really pay that (THAT!) price?

I understand the dilemma, I really do. It took me a while to allow myself to by my first pair of Acne Studios trousers. Money wasn’t the issue, the issue was my mental barrier to spend so much on a single item. I was unsure and debated with myself the necessity of this purchase. After several weeks I decided to go for it and guess what, it was worth it, I never had second thoughts or regrets, even though the price tag was scary at first glance. I love those trousers and wore them on so many occasions, they make their way into my suitcase almost ever time I travel. They became my “go to” piece when I have trouble deciding what to wear, one of my most trusted wardrobe companions. This purchase followed others, thanks to which my closet became better equipped with well thought through, versatile basics that I wear on repeat. Not all basics have to be expensive, but quite often they are, for if you pay for a long lasting quality, it comes with a price. It is a matter of time perspective, you spend more on something you wear for several seasons, or spend less on something that won’t last more than a few washings. I am all for the first option, it is ethical, smart and simply right.

However, there is a catch. If you spend a lot on something you consider too expensive, you may hesitate to wear it, trying to “save” it for special occasions, and when you finally have it on, you feel uncomfortable, being afraid it may get damaged. If this happens, it is a sign you stepped out of your comfort zone and bought something you couldn’t afford. The real sense of buying less but better is to enjoy all you have, own fewer items and use them more often and with better consciousness. There is nothing wrong in wearing the same clothes often, but it will work out if they are quality, well made garments, because only those will serve you well for years to come. Look at is as an investment, in yourself, your image and own well being. You should enjoy all you have rather than be afraid to spoil it and as a consequence, keep safe in your wardrobe. Buy the best you can afford and be happy to use what you buy, otherwise it makes no sense and of all things, slow fashion should be meaningful.

LifeStyle Mix. April.

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April was anything but a warm beginning of a long expected Spring. I did not mind all that much though, it made my sitting in the office, buried in documents, Excel files and databases more manageable. On those evenings when I still had some energy left, I was sorting, evaluating and deciding – moving places is a month away and I am determined to take with me only what I really need and truly like. It is surprising how much I am willing to let go of without regrets, even though I used to regard those items as important and necessary. One more proof that having less makes things so much easier and that saying goodbye to material things is not so hard as I feared. I look forward to moving in and considering that there is much to do in preparation, May will be a busy month, but this type of busy is good. Have a lovely month!

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