Monthly Favourites – August

Monthly Favourites – August

I thought I’d start a Monthly Favourites series as I love watching them on youtube. It won’t be focused, I’m just going to throw everything and anything in there – from books to food, design and music. So here’s a selection of things I’ve been loving this month…

Monthly Favourites – August

Food
Urban Fruit: Strawberries

So, first up is food. I’m trying to be more healthy recently after sinking into a bad habit of eating A LOT of junk food. I’ve even become almost vegetarian and the aim is to be vegan eventually since I’ve heard my sister talking about it all the time. So I’ve really been on a big push to eat more healthily – not necessarily less fat, but just trying to eat fewer products crammed with crap. I have a VERY sweet tooth though so I was super pleased to find these strawberry sweets that taste a bit like wine gums. They’re literally just baked strawberries though. Amazinggg.

Monthly Favourites – August

Purchase
A new sofa!

My favourite (and definitely biggest) purchase of the month has got to be my new sofa!!! We had my parent’s ancient hand me down before, which we’d been covering in a throw and was super uncomfortable. After putting up with it for a year we finally decided to bite the bullet and get this looovely one from IKEA. It’s the Norsborg one, I was desperate to have a 3 seater even though it doesn’t quite fit in our flat. So we’ve left one of the arms off. I think it might look a bit odd in the photo but in real life we don’t really notice it. One day we’ll live somewhere big enough to put it on! We couldn’t afford one from anywhere else and in the end we didn’t even see one we liked as much as this one. Although we did have a very stressful time only just fitting it into 2 cars (it was the TIGHTEST squeeze) I am SO HAPPY with it!

Monthly Favourites – August

Design
Mary Lou Faure

I found Mary Lou Faure’s Instagram recently and fell in love. Her illustrations are so colourful and chic, I just love the flowing lines and patterns.

Monthly Favourites – August

Podcasts
Filler
Hey, It’s OK
It’s Nice That

Since I have to drive 3 hours to London every 2 weeks for work, finding podcasts to listen to has made the journey that much easier. After absolutely loving Anna and Lily’s ‘At Home With’ it led me on to looking for other similar podcasts. This month I found ‘Filler: a creative industries podcast’ which interviews creatives such as filmmaker Jack Harries, writer Charly Cox, Cereal Magazine’s Rosa Park and YouTuber Estee Lalonde. Right up my street, I love listening to people talk passionately about what they do and their views on the industry.

I’ve also been loving Hey, It’s OK which is hosted by the editor of Glamour Magazine Jo Elvin. They invite guests on to talk about a certain topics, such as Louise Redknapp talking about body image, Greg James on relationships and Fearne Cotton on embarrassing moments.

For a dose of creative geekery I’ve loved the It’s Nice That podcast. They talk about topics such as colour, Christmas adverts and music videos, bringing in experts to offer their opinions. I always feel like I’ve learnt something, with my absolute favourite being the colour episode where they look at colour theory and how we can even sense colour.