The first favourites post of 2017 - and January has been very good. I'm so happy with the start to this year, and I feel like I'm trying hard this year to make a difference. Here's what I've been loving in January...

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

This. Book. If you've not read it, you need to. It's about Matt's history with mental illness and how he gets through it and manages it in his life. I read it and kept thinking 'yep, I know how that feels' or 'yep, that's exactly what it's like'. It's quite a positive book especially near the end, and some of the quotes I really like are:


How to stop time: kiss.
How to travel in time: read.
How to escape time: music.
How to feel time: write.
How to release time: breathe."

"I am you and you are me. We are alone, but not alone. We are trapped by time, but also infinite. Made of flesh, but also stars."

"Hate is a pointless emotion to have inside you. It is like eating a scorpion to punish it for stinging you."

"Don't worry about the time you lose to despair. The time you will have afterwards has just doubled its value."

Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran's new music proves to be as good as he's ever been - I love this new song he's recently released. I love this one because it's sentimental and lots of it I can relate to. Apparently his new album is out in March, which I will be buying!

Tresemmé Instant Refresh Volumising Dry Shampoo

Everytime I use this, I remind myself how lovely the scent is! It's a little more expensive than the Batiste range of dry shampoos, but I really like it - you don't need to top up during the day, it makes your hair feel soft as if it really had been freshly washed, and particularly for someone with fine hair, it gives it a bit of volume which is always welcome...and it stays! I think I've been converted.

Becoming a gym bunny

That's right...I joined the gym! And yes, I know it's cliche and like everyone else, blah blah blah...but sod it; I want to look after myself and start making a difference to my life and now I have the motivation to do so, so I'm doing it. And I'm absolutely loving it!

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

Bit late to the game on this one, but I am so glad I finally bought this. I got the starter kit from Boots for about £15 in the sale, and it honestly feels SO luxurious. Every time I use it, I feel pampered and like I'm really treating my skin; it leaves it feeling so soft and smooth, and it's cleared up most of any little spots I have going on. SO happy I bought this and I can see why everyone raves about it!

Pia gold earrings

My best friend Annie bought me these for Christmas - and they are perfect. I've probably worn these every single day since Christmas; I prefer studs to long earrings and rose gold is my absolute favourite. I'd been looking for some rose gold studs for a long time, and she got it so right! Pia is a shop in Oxford that sells some really beautiful jewellery for affordable prices, and they have shops across the country, so I'd recommend checking them out!

M x