Lip balms for smoochable lips

Thursday, March 31, 2016

I have a weakness for lip balms. Am I alone in that?

Besides my phone, a good lip balm is one of those items I carry with me everywhere. Over the years, I've tried tons of different lip balms and butters - some were a total miss, others were interesting and those 13 above are my absolute favourites. So whether it's just out of habit or your lips truly need a bit of pampering, here is a bunch of organic, mostly vegan, all natural and nourishing lip balms that will make your lips irresistible for smooching:)

1. Rosehip seed lip cream - 2. Rose lip balm - 3. S.W. Basics' lip balm - 4. Everything balm - 5. Basil and cardamom lip balm - 6. Blood orange lip butter - 7. Lulu Organics lip balm - 8.  French Girl Organics lip balm - 9. Juice Beauty lip moisturizer - 10. Salve duo - 11. Clove natural lip balm - 12. Cocoa and lavender lip balm - 13. Phoenix Botanicals lip balm set.

Any favourites?

P.S: Also, this lipstick trick and the loveliest homemade green tea lip balm.
P.P.S: Plus, a few of my favourite things.

(Top photo via Marie Claire. Layout by exPress-o)

Green Juice Ice Cubes.

Fancy an energizing green juice on the go this spring? Make those spirulina ice cubes and add them to your water bottle.

Here is the how to:
In a bowl mix two teaspoons of spirulina powder with two and a half cups of organic apple juice and the juice of one lemon. Then transfer the liquid into ice cube trays and freeze. Use 3-4 ice cubes at a time with a big glass of water or your favourite organic juice. I like to mix mine with mango juice.

P.S: And a few more jazzy takes on water.
P.P.S: Plus, watermelon ice and those beauty boosting ice cubes.

(Photo and recipe by Evelina)

Simple Kitchen: Wooden Tools

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

In her book Simple Matters, Erin wrote about her love for wooden kitchen utensils and cleaning brushes. She believes that a great wooden tool can be more beautiful and durable than their plastic counterparts. Ever since reading about her approach of filling a home with only meaningful and beautiful things, I started to really pay attention to what I bring into our space.

Recently, among other things, I exchanged a few of ours kitchen plastic utensils for wooden ones that, with a bit of care and love, will hopefully serve us for years to come.

So below are 15 wooden kitchen tools that will make any kitchen feel more special and certainly simpler in the most beautiful way.

1. rolling pin - 2. jobillo wood serving spoon - 3. baker's spoon - 4. coffee wood cooking spoon - 5. table brush set - 6. Swedish pan brush - 7. butter knife - 8. scrambled egg utensils - 9. walnut nesting bowls - 10. dish brush - 11. flour spoon - 12. set of cheese boards - 13. flat saute tool - 14. 'hang around' cooking set - 15. apple and pear pinch bowl set.

Any favourites?

P.S: And this lovely home tweak...
P.P.S: Plus, all things copper and kitchen sink diaries.

(Photos by Becki Griffin's Curious Details and Pinch of Yum. Layout by exPress-o)

Spring Style: Short Sleeved Button-Down Shirt

Do you own any short sleeved shirts?

I pretty much live in my button-downs, but this morning I realized that I don’t have a single one that doesn’t require excessive sleeve rolling. Yup, it came to me while having coffee with a friend who wore a very classic white shirt with very short sleeves that looked incredibly tomboyish and fresh, so much so, that I actually asked her where she got hers and immediately afterwards went and got one myself.

Now I’m smitten and can’t wait to add more of those to my spring and summer wardrobe. They will look great with skirts, shorts or even jeans. Yay!

P.S: Say it with a t-shirt :)
P.P.S: Plaid with plaid (and more plaid).

(Photos by/via See (Anna) JaneHer New TribeInside ClosetGapCaseyGarance DorĂ©Le Fashion and Refinery29)

For a Glowing Skin

Dearies, how was your Easter weekend? Mine was mostly busy, so last night after an eventful couple of days, I treated myself to a long bath, a glass of wine and a Greek yogurt face mask recommended by Stephanie. It has this amazing power to soothe dry skin and restore its natural glow. It totally worked as this morning I noticed that my skin feels soft like baby's bottom :)

Here is the very easy how-to if you fancy treating your skin to something lovely today.

P.S: Great to be back to regular schedule. Two more posts are coming up today!
P.P.S: Face mapping...

(Photos by Hello Glow)

Cheers to an Easter weekend

Friday, March 25, 2016

Cheers to the long Easter weekend! How are you spending it? Our weekend will be all about catching up with friends and enjoying the family. Dearies, wish you a warm, cheery and wonderfully relaxing Easter and I will see you back here on Wednesday morning - bright and early! Have a jolly good time but in the meantime, fancy going down the internet-rabbit-hole?

'How I use beeswax every day'.

Break the rules...

Brilliant, Britain's most unusual pub :)

Here is why your office needs fika.

Anna Jones has such a lovely home, doesn't she?


Art for Instagram’s sake.

I'm mind-blown.

Ha, unusual hangover cures that chefs swear by!

How to overcome the fear of 'putting yourself out there'.

The art of creative sleep.

Fancy a hair detox?

How to style grocery store flowers.

The first thing you should do when you wake up...

More clay goodness.

How to navigate through 'green' terms.

Food for a clear face...

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Five years ago today.
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.

P.S: How about a bit of chit-chat? Join me on InstagramTwitterFacebook and even Pinterest.

(Photo by Alana Paterson)

This Week's Gems

Oh so comfortable...

Sweet emerald green crystal necklace for a springy pop of colour...


How about a sassy pair of clogs for spring?...

Aww, this must be the sweetest little dragonfly bracelet...

Yay, striped planter for the win!...

Spring must have: those awesome cactus earrings!...

Pretty little incense dish...

This beaded stacking ring set is stunning!...

Air plant goodness...

This triangle citrine hand chain is all kinds of sexy and foxy...


The most beautiful wedding ring...

Speaking of stripes, love this jumper...

Easter bunny necklace perfection!...

Yes to a herbal face steam...

My new favourite cacti...

Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys? Do tell...

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Easter Flowers

Thursday, March 24, 2016

With Easter just a few short days away, I finally started to make lists of everything we need - better late than never, right? Anyway, a bouquet if mixed wildflowers is on the top of my list. To me, there is nothing more Easter-y than a bunch of wild meadow blooms standing in a jar on a dinner table surrounded by messy dishes, egg shells, cheery chatter and wine stained linen tablecloth. Bring it on, I say:)

Do tell, what are your plans for Easter?

P.S: Remember this Easter egg tree in Germany?
P.P.S: Plus, those eggshell planters and my mom's carrot bouquet.

(Photos by/via The Simple Things, Sweet Harvest MoonSinaReading My Tea LeavesMammasaurusStyle Me Pretty and Babes In Boyland)

Cold Shoulder Trend: Thumbs Up or Down?

How do you feel about cut-out-shoulder dresses or tops? Do you wear them? According to Sarah Rutson, women of all ages should have at least one cold-shoulder item in their closet. Supposedly this trend is extremely flattering for all ages, since shoulders are one of the most beautiful parts of the human body - so why not show them off more, right?

The one thing I know is that a few of my friends always look incredibly sassy wearing the peek-a-boo shoulder top. Maybe I should also give it a go this spring. How about you?

P.S: Also, the 'it' spring handbag and stripes :)
P.P.S: Plus, how do you feel about an oversized jean jacket?

(Photos by/via Collage VintageWho What WearCosmopolitanElleFashion Agony and A Love Is Blind)

An Easy Easter Low Knot

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

And speaking of Easter, this easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy low knot hairdo would look amazing with a simple chambray shirt, a skirt or a pair of jeans for a low-key Easter brunch with the family. I love how effortless and versatile it is.

Would you try it? (Here are the step-by-step instructions):

P.S: The atlas of beauty and all things hair.
P.P.S: Plus, my favourite little treatment.

(Photos by Katie Hyatt for Once Wed)

10 Adorable and Springy Takes on Easter Eggs

Have you decorated your Easter eggs yet? If not, you're in the right place! Here are the 10 last minute and totally awesome egg decorating ideas that will make your Easter table look charming and festive! Starting with the adorable faces with flower hair eggs above...

Ombre eggs...

Tissue paper eggs...

Paint splattered eggs...

Marbled Indigo eggs...

Botanical eggs...

Bunny eggs...

Watercolour floral eggs...

Temporary tattoo eggs...
and foliage eggs.

Which design tickles your fancy the most?

P.S: Plus, 10 more nifty takes on eggs.
P.P.S: And this awesome Easter egg tree!

(Photos by The House That Lars BuiltSquirrelly MindsAlice and Lois,  Sugar and Bash,  Say YesWe Are ScoutDream A Little Bigger and The Crafted Life)
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