Happy Favourites of January 2019

CVRCHES – I’ve been listening to them almost non-stop for the beginning of January. I’d heard them before, but never actually listened to their album.

Lethal White – I finally got to read the next part of Robert Galbraith’s Strike series and all it did was leave me wanting more. The novel is long, but I read in just a few days.

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Long Awaited Change of Decor In My Home – The flat I live in is not very small but it’s not too large either, and when I have to be able to sleep, live and work, as well as let another person and the cats be comfortable in it the space seems to be getting ever tighter. This is partly because we moved in when we were still students and required space for studenty things, desks, thus we had two, and neither was very small. They both took a lot of space but didn’t offer much storage wise. I arranged a plan of how to make changes in the home slowly and the first thing to change was to arrange more storage space. Our desk in the living room was a massive glass top, which we wrapped in cardboard and put into storage awaiting us living in another space where we could take it out again. It is a desk which I love and would not want to part with. In its place we put a shelving unit, yes it is from Ikea, but it was the only piece of furniture that matched our budget, space, utility, the storage space and changeability. It is also a piece of furniture which we are planning to use for years to come. I am already so happy with the look and the freedom that we get from having so much storage space that is making our living room already much neater and makes my mind rest still.

Figure Skating EC – I feel that I add figure skating to any happy favourites list if I get to follow it, but it is the only sport that I really enjoy watching and get nostalgic and excited about. Therefore the European Championship was an enjoyment to watch. There are several skaters who I loved watching due to their artistry!

Books – I loved reading in December, but in January I got new energy and excitement to read. This might be partly because I found booktube, Youtube channels that talk exclusively about books. I think I got a bit addicted to them and to reading, having already read 6 books in January, which is way more than the average of 3 that I have set up as my goal this year, but I know that I will be reading thicker books later this year and won’t finish quite so many in those months.

Overcoming Fears – In January I had to go to the dentist. After a bad experience at the dentist a few years ago which left me in pain and not being able to move my jaw for few days because of their mistake, I have been terrified of going back to the dentist and even more of having the local anaesthesia. The most painful thing at the dentist, in my opinion, is the local anaesthesia! (I might be lucky to think that). I was so terrified in the dentist chair that my neck got really stiff and I had a headache for the rest of the day. Nevertheless, I am happy that I went and funnily enough, I lived through it and feel a lot better now. This definitely goes under my goal of Health this year and hopefully this time I won’t be as horrified at going to the dentist.

Flow Cosmetics Calendula Shampoo Bar – I’ve loved the shampoo bar, which I received as a Christmas present. It is supposed to clean your hair properly of any product. The only thing is that I have to apply product many times into my hair for it to lather up and clean it properly, which can get quite tiring to my arms (then again it might be building a bit of muscle so silver linings), but I’ve noticed that I do not need conditioner and my hair is feeling healthy, manageable and voluminous!

Crispy Frosty Winter Days – There is just something magical about seeing the beautiful frosty plants, ground and white roofs of buildings. I live in an advantageous place to be able to see far and wide this beauty and I fully enjoy it.

Coasters – I got coasters from Rocket and Fox from Etsy. I needed some nice coasters to keep my furniture in good condition for long, but I also wanted coasters that will be in good use for long. I found simple yet interesting cork coasters which look good together or apart. The cork works wonderfully to protect the furniture and it doesn’t get ruined by the humidity. In addition, it is a nice smooth surface for any type of mug or glass.

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Watch

You – The new show on Netflix with Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley as the main character. It is intense, mysterious and ominous, and I couldn’t stop watching it so I binge watched it in two days and it was the only thing that got me off from reading continuously. Penn Badgley is excellent in it although the whole thing is creepy. It does show how easily people can find you through social media and how they can follow you.

Bao – This might not be happy but it is beautiful and thoughtful. It’s a short film which is also nominated for an Oscar.

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What were your favourites in January?

With love,

Lii

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Recap on 2018 and Goals for 2019

2018 was a whirlwind of a year for me. There were a lot of happy moments, many successful situations and moments which stopped everything else in my life. Some of the moments made it difficult to reflect on the year. There are memories that are more strongly in my mind and I have to go back all my posts and Instagram to see some of the things that have happened. I know that although 2018 was successful in some ways it wasn’t my favourite year, it seemed to challenge me in many ways and I couldn’t be happier that it is over. To reflect on it and to make goals for 2019 I used the Anushka Reed questionnaire which I mentioned last year as well. I think it will be great for many years to come!

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I travelled a fair bit in 2018 visiting Chania in Greece, London, Berlin and a couple of times to Finland. I took the time to see friends and family, and I concentrated even more on studying and writing about sustainability, which is increasingly becoming a topic I am passionate about. I succeeded at work, I grew my Freelance clientele and I’d got a couple of projects with brands on the blog as well. I finally started to feel that I’ve found my voice on my blog and on Instagram, however, my health was stopping me from working as hard as I would’ve wanted to. Also, in July, my beloved cat passed away as he couldn’t stand the excessive heat. It was a shock and is still such a sad memory that I tear up even thinking of him. On the bright side, we took in Tiger to offer our other cat some much-needed company and to bring some noise into our household, which he has definitely accomplished with his tendency to imitate a hurricane when he gets on that mood.

Since the summer I’ve either been too sad and distracted to get much done on the blog nor even been able to concentrate on my goals for the year or in life, or been too busy with work, which definitely helped to deal with grief. In the end, I couldn’t wait for the Christmas break when I could just unwind and finally relax without having to do much.

Some of the high points of the year to me were visiting the Ethical Fashion Showroom in Berlin in January and visiting Circular Economy conference in Glasgow during both of which I was impressed with the number of people who want to make a positive change in the world. Getting Tiger, all my new and existing clients, projects with Green Ecobox and White Spring Bamboo Straws were also amazing things that made the year much better!

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How did I do with goals in 2018 (check the goals here)
  • I did make several trips as I said above, and with every trip, I strived to be as sustainable as I could. When visiting Crete I even posted my guide for sustainable Crete. With all the other trips I did in 2018 I stayed with friends and family, used public transport, carried always my reusable water bottle and tried to reduce my footprint as much as I could. Unfortunately, I flew to most of my destinations, as it is the fastest form of travel from where I live, but when possible I do try to use the train. I would like to make more posts about how to travel sustainably though!
  • I saw my family and friends as much as I could, and I did make effort to spend time with them. I plan to keep this going for the rest of my life as well!
  • I did make more than 3 changes to become more sustainable, although I don’t even remember all of them. I made several swaps to zero waste products such as menstrual cup and to less harmful products such as organic pads when necessary. I also started supporting ethical initiatives, stopped buying from companies that weren’t aligned with my ethics. I learned what values I have for life and consumption and started to work on them more.
  • I’ve become much more comfortable with people I don’t know and talking to new people. However, I am still nervous in these situations but I am able to go alone into situations which earlier would’ve made me very stressed.
  • I did read 36 books and most of which I enjoyed enormously!
  • Although I strived for healthy living different things affected my health and I can’t say that I am healthy in body and mind. More in my mind due to doing some small mediation sessions and separating work from relaxation time, but I still have to work on the healthy body.
  • I did not learn German, unfortunately, but it is still something I am striving for! And I didn’t quite give myself enough time to be creative, however, I gave myself time, in general, to think and realise some of my dreams.

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Goals for 2019

Word to live by this year – While I was investigating what are other people’s goals for this year (because how could I ever come up with the goals for the year myself, without the inspiration from others… just joking, I actually find peoples goals interesting) I saw Elisabeths, from Conscious Life and style, Instagram post about how she set a word to live by for the year instead of a goal. She then asked her readers what word they would live by and I instantly thought that all my plans are arranged under HEALTHY. Healthy in mind and body, not only that but also a healthy attitude towards work, body, relationships, finances, technology. To get everything into a nice balance on which it will be much easier to build my life on. What word would you live by this year?

Although I did like setting a word for the year, I do have some goals to share with you as well.

  • Read 36 books – I am not increasing the amount as it was a bit tight this year as well. The books should be a combination of fiction, historical, feminist and sustainability.
  • Learn German – As has been my goal for the past couple of years as well.
  • Blog routine – I have slipped from my blogging routine in 2018, which I have not been happy about, but life happened and I am not going to feel bad about it. Instead, I will try harder this year to post at least once a week. In addition, I want to fine-tune the topics I write about. I like writing my Happy Favourites posts, which are a slight glimpse into me and my life. The rest of the blog I want to contribute fully to sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle in a positive and encouraging way. I also want to share one thing I learned each month about sustainability, ethics or feminism.
  • Reduce My Environmental Footprint – Firstly check what is my carbon footprint and then make one change a month and report how I did with that change. Whos with me?
  • Blog collaborations – I would love to do a blog collaboration with another blogger. And I would like to do a few more brand collaborations. In 2018 I did a couple which I enjoyed, although was really nervous about, I love letting you know about great companies that are doing something good.
  • Travel – I don’t have any travels in mind for 2019, but I know will be travelling a bit. Although I am concerned about sustainability and our environment, I am not ready to give up travelling altogether, instead, I’ll try to do it as sustainably as possible and not fly where possible. I would like to add 1 new country to the list of countries that I’ve visited and to see my family twice this year.
  • Social – Although I did great steps in becoming less afraid of new social situations I would like to improve on it and hopefully be more comfortable with them at the end of this year. I know I will never be completely myself in such situations, but I am sure not many people are. Instead, I want to be able to do small talk when needed and not want to run away from networking events.
  • Health – One of the things I did a fair bit in 2017 was going out for walks which I have nearly forgotten to do lately. I really need to pick it up again as it helps clear my head and my body feels better after it as well.

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What are your goals for 2019 or do you have a word for the year? Let me know in the comment box below. I would also love to know what you think of my plans for the blog for the future or if there is something additional that you would like to read here.

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of October 2018

Tiger – October has flown by so quickly I didn’t even realise it started. This is largely due to one reason – Tiger. If you follow me on Instagram you already know that at the beginning of the month I got a small addition to my family in the form of our ginger kitten Tiger. He is the cutest, the friendliest, the liveliest, the craziest and the hungriest little creature, who is making us smile every day and has us sleep deprived ( who would’ve thought …). He loves to sleep in any human lap and if you put him down he either crawls back into your lap or starts running around like crazy. Also, he has a lovely loud purr that relaxes everybody. It is very difficult to leave the house with such cuteness in it!

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Friends’ Wedding – My friends got married in the beginning of October and I was lucky to witness their beautiful ceremony and fun party. It was definitely a day of love and merriness and left everybody feeling happy.

Taking care of Cats – And following the wedding me and my fiance got to take care of their cats. We luckily live close to them and therefore were able to spend every day a bit of time with the wonderful felines. Meeting new animals and winning their trust is quite a wonderful experience!

Circular Economy Hotspot Conference – I got an opportunity to attend the Circular Economy Hotspot conference held in Glasgow and I was so impressed with how motivated everybody was to make our planet a better place. I got to hear a talk from Scottish First Minister about their plans for Circular Scotland, from organisations working on circular Glasgow and what the chair of United Nations Environmental Protection is planning. I also learned why recycling plastic is problematic at the moment and what innovations there are to replace plastic in Scotland. I am really impressed with all the companies collaborating to make Scottish businesses more circular! Overall the experience was amazing and really inspiring!

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Watch

Fashion’s Dirty Secret – Talks, investigates and reveals some of the secrets fashion industry has and how they impact the planet. Everybody should see it to understand the enormity of the problem! I was surprised that people didn’t know there is a problem with the fashion industry. However, not so surprised to see the big brands refusing to even talk about these issues nevertheless of talking sustainability at Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Makes me a bit scared for leaving a big amount of sustainability into their hands. Watch this (available on BBC iPlayer) and then send an email to your local governmental representative requesting legislation to keep our planet safe!

Emma Watson Interviews Reni Eddo-Lodge – Emma interviews the author of “Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race”. They discuss feminism and race and how why these topics are still important in our today’s society.

The Ivory Game – A documentary on Netflix telling why and how the elephants are in danger of dying of our planet. It is devastating but also very informative.

I Tonya – I watched it because of figure skating, however, there was very little figure skating in the movie. Instead, it showed how pr and branding orientated the United States is (or was I am not sure) to the point that they will not send the best athlete to the world podiums just because of their image. And how they put down the people with a bad image. It was sad and showed the problems of the poor, different and women.

Support

Bristol Cloth Crowdfunder -“What’s missing from the UK is a locally-sourced and manufactured cloth for designers to work with, and we’re setting out to change this by creating the Bristol Cloth: A sustainable, bioregional material that regenerates rather than degrades our land and natural resources.” Sounds great, doesn’t it!

Right to Repair – It is time that technology companies would let us repair our devices to lengthen their lifecycle, instead of having to buy a new one all of the time.

What were the happy favourites of your October?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of August 2018

Visit to the Purple Cat Cafe – Purple cat cafe is the first cat cafe in Glasgow and it is an experience worth going to… especially if you like cats. To get in you should book a time slot, as they book full really quickly, we were lucky that we got the last spot left right at the time when we showed up. Although they serve food and drinks which are tasty and offer vegetarian as well as vegan options, the main attraction there is, of course, the cats, which there is around a dozen. All the cats are friendly although don’t always want people touching them, however, if you offer them a treat they just might pay more attention to you. What I really enjoyed about the experience though was the atmosphere. I felt relaxed looking at what the cats were up to. Climbing their trees as they were able to go all around the cafe including nearly the ceiling where they had a shelf and a little nook to sleep in. We got a spot next to a sleeping fur baby, who didn’t wake up to anything but looked like an angel whilst sleeping, until it was time for the treats to which he woke in a second and happily came to collect his treats. I definitely recommend visiting this place and spending some quality time watching the feline’s life.

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European Championship 2018 in Glasgow – I really wanted to go and see one of the events, but didn’t really have time for it, however, on one Saturday whilst being out and about in the city centre I realised the cycling was on. It was at the same time exciting as it was a bit annoying. Half of the city was fenced and to get to the other side of the road, which usually took you less than a minute, now took you around a couple of blocks and then through the very crowded little passing spot. However, this is not a usual occurrence in Glasgow, so I decided to enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the city and clapped alongside to encourage the cyclists. Funnily enough, two German cyclers had time to chat with each other while doing the race.

Local Heroes – Made In Glasgow – An amazing showcase of design in Glasgow that was up for the duration of the European Championships. We got gifted a limited edition print by Emer Tumilty and saw some great new designers who I hadn’t even heard about. Scotland is truly full of great and innovative designers!

Trying Out Malaysian Food – I’ve never before tried Malaysian food but when my friend came back from her holiday and suggested a dinner to catch up a restaurant close by came to my mind and we decided to catch up there. The food was very tasty, although mine was so spicy I don’t remember ever eating as spicy food, except that one time when we cooked with singapore spice set and put too much of it into our food. Unfortunately, the restaurant was trying to be too fancy that we felt being pestered by the waiters too much and the atmosphere a bit pretentious. Nevertheless, the evening with friends was lovely and a breath of fresh air!

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New Plants – If I see a plant that I fall in love with it I have to get it. So in August, I added two new plants to the collection: a cute new succulent and a gorgeous Calathea. I really need more space for plants in my house though!

Green Eco Box – That I received in August was truly a joy and I loved getting to know the company well and the beautiful products! If you want to read more about it check it here.

Bear and the Nightingale – I just finished this beautiful, magical book that questioned the relationship between church and old beliefs, and a woman’s place in a man’s world. I loved it!!

Void – The only thing I went to see during the Edinburgh Fringe was a show called Void which was essentially a dance performance showing a woman who was due to a highway accident been thrown into an area not suitable for people and from where it doesn’t seem that she could get away. The performance was very moving and I especially liked the performer, Mele Broomes, who was brilliant. The whole thing worked together well and left me moved and thinking.

My Ninja – The cat in the pictures who likes attention so much that she decided as soon as I started to take pictures that she needs to be in them.

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Reading

14 Badass Women – An article introducing you to 14 badass women who paved the way for other women, for equality and who showed that women really can do what men can. Very inspiring!

How To Get Your Message Across To Companies About Using Less Plastic – This excellent post by From Scratch provides you with real tips and steps you can take to affect change. Very inspiring and you can take action instantly!

It’s Not Waste Until It’s Wasted – This post put waste into a new perspective. Very interesting!

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Support

Buy a Bag To Support Sustainable Education – Bag For Change helps to support educational projects with waste, recycling, composting and energy.

 

Watch

Safe – I finally watched Safe on Netflix and couldn’t stop watching, it was really thrilling!

Sharp Objects – Another really thrilling tv show and watching it and seeing the human relationships that are not healthy opens your eyes to the world and to your own world. It makes you appreciate what you have with your own family.

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What were the happy things that happened to you in August?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of July 2018

July has been the hardest month of the year. It started with grief and it didn’t get much better. Every one of us faces times that are not so easy, but finding little things that make you happy will show you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is funny to think that the beginning of July was so warm, as now it is fairly cold in Scotland. It is a relief, even though throughout winter I know I will be wishing back those warm summer days.

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New coffee shop – I don’t go out a lot for coffee or food, but cooped up in my house all day working makes me want to get out every now and again. I already have my favourite spots in my local area and am happy when a new great place opens up. Space speciality coffee has a great coffee selection, amazing cakes and beautiful and instagrammable interior!

Seagull babies – There are two seagull babies on the roof of the house I see from our window and this week we’ve been seeing them learning to fly. It is absolutely adorable seeing their clumsy tries but eventually succeeding. I could spend hours just looking at them in amazement!

The Wonder – I’ve been reading the book by Emma Donoghue, the one who also wrote ‘Room’. She is an amazing writer and I can’t seem to be able to put the book down!

Sustainable period – I finally got myself a menstrual cup and I can’t wait to have a try!

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Campaigns

A zero-waste shop into Edinburgh – The crowdfunding for a new zero-waste shop that is based on community interest and using profits to support oceanic cleanup and on the local environmental project. It sounds great and especially if you are based in Edinburgh I recommend supporting them!

Team Waveney walk for water – A team of friends and their children have decided to walk for water to raise awareness of the hardship women and children face when they do not have access for clean water easily like we do. They want to mirror the walk to understand the hardship, raise awareness and raise money for those communities. This is an amazing campaign and an important issue to be talked about. I really recommend supporting it!

Support a Not-for-profit Zero Waste Glasgow – A campaign to support a stall which raises awareness of zero-waste in Glasgow and to reduce plastic waste. An important campaign, especially for Glasgwegians!

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Reading

The Important Truths About Zero Waste – An article by Considered Life that delves into why zero waste is important and what it is we should actually be concentrated on to make our lives more sustainable. Also helps you feel more content with the progress you are doing and doesn’t blame you for getting there little bit at a time. Excellent post, which I really recommend everybody to read!

Zero Waste Near You – This post is excellent if you want to find zero waste shops in your town in the UK! I found out that there already is one such shop in Glasgow, another coming soon and one zero waste shop for paints and other products as well. I will have to check them out soon!

10 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself During Your Period – Some excellent tips that will definitely help you and make you understand your body better during your period.

Bee Saving Paper Could Bring Bee Population Back From The Brink – A new type of paper which is infused with a certain type of glucose which helps provide bees energy and with UV lights that attract their attention, could actually help the bees have food and last longer. This amazing creation is also full of seeds that will flourish into flowers that bees will want to eat. Truly a paper that you will want to through into nature!!

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Media

Excitedly expecting The Favourite – This short teaser trailer had me completely hooked!

memory: no. twothousandsevenhundredandtwentyfive – A beautiful short video by my friend that portrays grief. Made me cry and I believe would make anybody who is going through grief. It is beautiful, sad and content at the end.

 

What were your happy moments in July? Any little things you want to share?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Pirate Women and HBO

Holiday in Finland – I can’t say it is a holiday whenever I visit Finland because the schedule is almost even busier than at home and all the energy is used on socialising with people who you haven’t seen in at least 6 months. This time was the same. Within the first 7 days, we had visited 7 different cities. There were summer parties, surprise visits and more coffee breaks than I would normally do in a month. Still, it is worth it to see all the people we love and by the end of the week, we got to spend very relaxing mid-summer without any extra hassle.

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Dry oat and seed bread – My mum made me try them and I am hooked! Too bad I only brought 3 packs with me home. They will be finished soon!

Great catsitter – When we are away for a long time I am always stressed about how the cats are doing. It is always tough going on any holidays and leaving them by themselves when they are so affectionate and like being in people’s company. So having a catsitter who reports everything about them with a bunch of pictures is calming! And coming back home to cats who are not mad at you is even better!

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Big Little Lies Theme Song – The song by Michael Kiwanuka suits the show well, but is also a pleasure to listen!

HBO – My brother loaned me his logging details for while we were in Finland and we managed to watch Big Little Lies, which I had been dying to watch for ages, and we finished the second season of the Westworld. Big Little Lies wasn’t quite as good as the hype around it, but still interesting and the ending was so satisfying!

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Pirate Women – I recently started reading a book about women who were pirates. It writes about the largely unknown women who were pirates to show the hidden information we didn’t know about the history and about the fascinating lives of pirates. I am hooked already, and I’m only in chapter two!

Friends Trivial Pursuit – I and my friends love playing various quiz games, which has probably come apparent on the blog and Trivial Pursuit is definitely one of the games we play on a regular basis. So it is quite obvious that we run out of questions (or rather have played it so many times we remember all the questions) and we’ve had to start acquiring new ones. I like buying bite size boxes of questions because they take up less space and I don’t have any need for a whole new game. We’ve had versions on Harry Potter and the Big Bang Theory for ages now, but what I’ve been looking for for years has been Friends. And you should’ve seen how happy I was when I finally found them! It’s going to be endless questioning time with these now!

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Summer Weather – It’s been very uncommon weather in Scotland this summer. We’ve had such a heat wave that the people have started to complain, which I find funny, as usually, I hear in the autumn ‘how poor the summer was’ when they’ve enjoyed two weeks of sun. Well, they can’t say that this summer!

 

How was your week?

Obviously, all of this happened in more than a week’s time and I am considering changing this topic to a Happy Favourites of the Month. Let me know what you think of the change!

With love,

Lii