may favourites

:: by Lizzie


This is where where I pull together my favourites in design, fashion, food, beauty and everything in between for the month of May.


F A S H I O N :

House of Holland Hannah Dress – I love a dress that feels ‘special’ and like you’ve made an effort but is casual and comfy too. I’m not so good at the glamorous look so am always on the hunt for beautifully made dresses with gorgeous detailing that I can wear for special occasions but that still feel me. This one fits the bill perfectly.

Pippa Lynn Camo Duster Jacket – Having been on the hunt for the right duster jacket for some time, I came across this bad boy at Urban Outfitters. It’s nuts but it kinda works and is great fun to wear. I’ve been pairing it with an asos leopard print midi dress and black jellies for the clashy look but it also works really well over skinnies and a simply vest.

Eve Bracelet by A.P.C. – I’m a huge A.P.C. fan and particularly enjoy their accessories. I was pretty excited to be able to combine my love of the brand, big bangles and graphic representations of fruit, all in one piece, with this smile inducing bracelet.


F O O D :

Berber and Q – My new favourite restaurant opened under one of the Haggerston railway arches only a month or two ago. The ingredients are predominantly Middle Eastern but the recipes draw inspiration from the American BBQ movement. Expect grilled and smoked meats cooked over charcoal, mezze from the East, music from the West, beer by the growler, cocktails, pickles & pita. Their Rosemary Lemonade is particularly amazing, and of course I love the lamb.


B E A U T Y :

Now I know I mentioned these beauty items in my Travel Skincare post but it wouldn’t be fair to leave them out of my May Favourites as they’ve totally changed my beauty routine. I’ve loved using them all through May and will continue to do so throughout June and the rest of the summer I’m sure. I’d really recommend every single one of them.

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamic C+ Brighten Skincare – I’ve been using the Dark Circles Eye Cream, the Glow Boost Skin Serum and my favourite, the Skin Renew Cleansing Oil and my skin really does feel brighter and altogether better. The orangey fragrance is lovely too.

Colab Dry Shampoo – This is a revelation. No white streaks or heavy residue just fresh smelling, clean looking hair. Rio is my favourite from the collection.

Rimel London Lasting Finish Primer – I’ve not really gotten into primer before but at the recommendation of Vivianna Does Makeup I thought I’d give this low budget option a whizz and it’s a really nice product. Defo preps my skin nicely for what’s going on next and keeps my makeup in place longer. I’m going to crowbar in an extra May favourite here and say how much I’ve been enjoying (Vivi)Anna’s blog on all things beauty and suggest you give it a look.

Nars Yokio Kabuki Brush – This was one of my special treats/splurges in May and I can really say it was totally worth it. I’ve not used brushes much in the past and so didn’t quite understand how amazingly well the right one could do a specific job. This Nars blush brush deposits and blends just the right amount of pigment onto the apples of your checks for the perfect natural healthy look. It’s pretty much fool-proof.


O T H E R :

San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos – My long weekend in Mykonos was my absolute favourite part of May. Beautiful design, delicious food, super chilled vibe. We loved it! Hotel review with lots of pics coming very soon.

Orange, Banana and Coconut Juice – I’ve been well into breakfast smoothies since April and I’m really noticing the difference in my skin and general health. My May favourite comes from a blog I follow, Hello Natural. Take a good look at her blog for lots of recipes, DIY and beauty advice. This orange, banana, almond milk and coconut water combo is so refreshing and is a great option if you don’t have a juicer.

Stock Flowers in Peach – Okay, so, if I was a flower it would totally be Peach Stock. I didn’t even know stock came in peach until this May and I’m totally in love with them. They even have pale yellow colouring right at the heart of each bloom. My perfect colour combo and flower shape. Happiness in a vase.