February Favourites

Hi everyone,

I’ve been wanting to do these kind of blog posts for a while but never felt that it fitted into what I normally write about (books!)

These posts won’t actually feature any of my favourite books as I write reviews quite a lot throughout the month and discuss what I enjoy/dislike in those.

So, if you’re wanting to find out more about some of my “lifestyle” favourites then keep reading!

My new yoga mat by Yoga Bellies

I was lucky enough to get a new yoga mat from my boyfriend. Yoga is something I do every day and absolutely love, hence why my old yoga mat was getting a bit grotty and old.

81wa0yjorpl._sl1500_.jpgThis mat is absolutely beautiful; not only am I obsessed with yoga but also with the moon so this was perfect for me!

It’s so super soft and really comfortable (I’ve actualyl thought about sleeping on it a couple of times…). You need to spray the mat with water beforehand to active the anti-slip mechanism. This really does work and the grip is so much better than my old yoga mat!

But the main selling point of this mat, and one of the primary reasons why I needed a new mat, is that this mat by Yoga Bellies is made completely from biodegradable materials and is eco-friendly. A lot of yoga mats actually have very harmful chemicals in them. I’ll never forget the shock when I picked up a new yoga mat to buy, looked at the packaging and it said “warning: causes cancer”. That was a huge wake-up call and since then, I have been looking for a mat that would be better for the environment and for me!

This is that mat; made from natural rubber which makes it sustainable, biodegradable and eco-friendly. The ink used is water-based and no silicones, toxic glue, PVC or chlorine is used in the making.

Aromatherapy Diffuser

Something that kind of goes hand in hand with the new yoga mat is the aromatherapy diffuser I got for Christmas. I had genuinely wanted one of these for ages so it was such a good surprise to receive one for Christmas.

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It works perfectly for a chilled out evening, alongside a yoga practice, or to make you fall asleep.

My favourite oils to use in it are: lavendar (to promote calmness and reduce stress), ylang ylang (to reduce anxiety), bergamot (reduces stress), eucalyptus (good for blocked sinuses), and tea tree oil (also good for blocked sinuses).

The First Signs of Spring

The past few days in England we have had incredible weather (or at least incredible weather for England in February!) It feels like such a long time since I’ve felt the sun on my skin, and the first time I’ve taken my coat off pretty much since September…

“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright”

Films

Some of my favourite films I watched this month…

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The Favourite

This had to be on the list really! Besides Olivia Colman being absolutely phenomenal in it, the cinematography was perfect. I loved that they used mainly natural light; it gives the film a sort of moodiness and character to it. I watched this film and thought it was different from anything I’d ever seen before in the way that it was created and the setting was absolutely beautiful. So happy it’s doing so well during awards season.

 

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An incredible film starring Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn. As a pyshcological thriller film, I was kept on-edge the whole time. I really enjoyed Jessie Buckley’s performance as Moll, a troubled young woman trying to navigate her life and relationships on the island of Jersey whilst simultaneously trying to escape from a childhood mistake. It’s really hard to talk about the storyline without spoiling anything but, trust me, the ending will have you second-guessing everything.

 

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Again, another popular film that just had to be on the list this month. Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury did an incredible job in embodying Freddie’s engaging and eccentric personality. I knew that I really enjoyed Queen’s music but watching this film made me develop a whole new love for it, and for Freddie Mercury. It starts with Freddie working in Heathrow airport, taking the luggage off the planes. I hadn’t realised that he wasn’t always the Freddie Mercury we know and love – he always seemed to have been born a star and this film showed his story beyond this.

TV

Some of my favourite TV shows this month…

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This is one of my favourite TV shows every single month haha. I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve seen this show; it’s absolutely incredible, hilarious and relatable. The second series is actually starting next week on Channel 4 so I would definitely recommend watching the first series and catching up! The programme follows the story of Erin and her friends who, besides trying to navigate teenage life and all the highs and lows of that, are also growing up in (London)Derry during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. With a storyline like that, you probably wouldn’t assume it would be funny but it definitely is!

Les Misérables (BBC Show)

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I have only recently watched this, but from the first episode I knew this would be one of my favourite TV shows of the month. The story of Les Mis is one of my favourite; I have seen the musical, the film, and read the book by Victor Hugo. Éponine, Cosette, Jean Valjean, Javert, Marius and Thénardier are characters that I love (and also loathe occasionally). This is a fantastic adaptation with a great cast (again, love Olivia Colman, and David Oyelowo is also amazing!)

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Killing Eve

Another BBC show (they have had some really good dramas on at the moment!) I know I’m a bit late to the party with Killing Eve but I’m honestly obsessed. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are the most perfect duo as Eve Polsatri, an MI5 security officer, and Villanelle, a psychopathic assassin. It’s written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who I was a huge fan of beforehand (also love Fleabag!) I love both of the main female characters and how they run the show basically. I can’t wait for the 2nd series!

 

What are some of your favourites this month?

Zoe xx

 

 

 

 

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