The first month of the new year is now over and bleak as it might have been after the Christmas holidays festivities, it also had some highlights. Here is a list of food, drink, beauty and lifestyle favourites that stood out and made my January a little bit brighter.
Food and Drink – Hotel Chocolat Love Potions Truffles & Whittard Salted Caramel Coffee
Some breastfeeding sessions feel like they last a lifetime and there are days – cluster feeding I’m looking at you! -that I feel like I ve become an extension to the sofa! Chocolate has always been my no1 mood booster and that, in combination of a nice cup of coffee can be a game changer. Hotel Chocolat know their audience so after receiving their latest flyer advertising their new Valentine’s range I placed an order for their Love Potions glass flask. It contains 36 truffles in 6 amazing flavours: cherry (my favourite!), pistachio, honey, raspberry-peach, Gianduja and Steawberries & Cream. I actually loved all of them and will be ordering it again as they are all gone long before Valentine’s Day! The flask is a nice keepsake too.
When it comes to coffee, I’ve always enjoyed an aromatic cup of black ground coffee. In January I’ve been loving the Whittard Salted Caramel ground coffee which is the perfect partner for my chocolate addiction!
Home – The White Company Fireside Candle
This has to be my absolute favourite winter candle and every year I rush to buy it as it gets sold out very fast – currently sold out. I love the cosy scent of log fire and this is the next best thing! Its aromas include soft smoked woods, fresh birch, patchouli, clove leaf, amber and creamy vanilla. I only need to burn it for a little while for the whole room to smell beautifully so I’m really savouring it.
Beauty – Jo Malone Christmas Cracker & Tan Luxe Super Glow Serum
One of the best Christmas Gifts I received this year was the Jo Malone Christmas Cracker Silver. I love almost everything by this brand so this was the perfect opportunity to try 3 scents I hadn’t tried before and treat myself to a special shower routine. The cracker includes: – English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne 9ml – Grapefruit Body & Hand Wash 15ml – Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body Crème 15ml All 3 scents are amazing but the Grapefruit one is my favourite as I love how refreshing and uplifting it is.
Another beauty favourite this month is the Tan Luxe Super Glow Serum. I got this in a mini size through an advent calendar and I am placing an order for a full size product as soon as it finishes! I’ve been using 4 drops twice a week for a natural sun-kissed glow which is exactly what my tired face needs right now. I love that it contains Hyaluronic Acid to keep the skin hydrated and other 7 vegetal super ingredients for antioxidant, brightening and moisturising action.
Fashion – Seraphine Babywearing Parka Coat & Pandora 2022 Charm
Daily walks have been a life-savour for lifting my mood post partum and my baby loves the sling while she still isn’t a big fan of the pram. The weather in the North East requires wrapping up warm so the Seraphine Babywearing Parka Coat has been perfect for us both. A great coat on its own, waterproof and warm, it becomes the perfect babywearing accessory by zipping on an extra panel at the front to keep both mum and baby warm.
I love collecting Pandora charms with a special meaning so I was over the moon to see that the Pandora Club 2022 charm was in the shape of a beautiful ladybird, a symbol of good luck that is also somehow connected to our baby girl.
Baby – Personalised Book Crate
Our baby girl is a proper bookworm in the making and already has an ever growing collection of books. I was looking for a nice book to keep them in and I fell in love with this personalised book crate which I found on Etsy. Its a beautiful keepsake and looks very nice in the room too. Now I want one for myself!
I hope you all had an amazing January.