April Favourites 2022 | New Forest Walks, DIY Wedding Prep, and More...

April Favourites 2022 | New Forest Walks, DIY Wedding Prep, and More…

It’s the end of the month. You know what that means: it’s favourites time!

I have to say, I am rather proud of myself. I’ve hit four for four on the favourites this year folks. Each month of the year has had a favourites so far. Who is this blogger full of planning and delivery? I don’t know, but l’m planning on keeping it up. So, without further ado, let’s get into my favourites. 

Beauty & Skincare

Is it really a Rosie favourite if the skincare product isn’t from The Body Shop? Well, find me guilty as charged. This month’s favourite is the Calm Balm from the Wellness range. Recently, I’ve had a few blips of anxiety, more so than usual. I’ll be honest, it’s been triggered by a lot of wedding wobbles. Look, the big day is now under three months away – I’ve done pretty well to avoid getting anxious up until now! Each time I’ve felt the symptoms of anxiety start creeping up in, I’ve popped this balm on my pulse points, and breaaaaathed it in. It immediately takes the edge off of the anxiety, lowers the nausea and quick breathing to a manageable level. All I’ve got to say is don’t underestimate the power of essential oils; they’ve got the goods. If you want to find out more about The Body Shop’s new Wellness range, I was invited to explore their range at the Winchester store last month – take a look.

Books & Podcasts

We’re all about books this month, folk. As a treat to myself for getting a maternity cover promotion at my real world job, I purchased two new books. I haven’t started reading them yet, but the prospect of two new books makes me so darn happy. First up is Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro is the author behind one of my all-time favourite reads, Never Let Me Go, so this has been on the list since publication. In typical Ishiguro fashion, the novel delves into what it is to be human, as well as exploring love and Artificial Intelligence. Beyond that, I know nothing about this book, so am happy to be heading in with a clear head and minimal expectations. The second novel is The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides; the story of a family tragedy as told by boys from the local area. The film adaptation by Sofia Coppola has been on my to watch list for about a decade but I’ve never actually sat down to watch it. Now I’ve got my hands on the novel, hopefully I’ve got a post-read film watch in my future.

Style

A picture of a woman twirling, with her hands in her pockets, wearing a dress. She has light brown skin, and curly brown hair on top of her head. The dress has a green monstera leaf print and she is wearing orange shoes.
Alas, this is not me! But this image is from Joanie’s website and features a model of my build.

I am big on dopamine dressing right now, thanks to the one and only style icon that is Demi Colleen. Therefore, this month has been full of topnotch outfits that make me feel ten out of ten. However, an old classic takes the cherry this month; Joanie’s Monstera dress. She’s Spring personified, folks! The dress hits just below the knees, comes in for that vintage shape, and has the deepest pockets of any dress I own. I style it with a white tee underneath to up the causal factor, as the structure of the dress does make it look rather formal. It’s a quintessential Spring outfit folks, especially if you are a plant lover. 

Home

Look, it’s all wedding a-go go in this house right now. All money is being syphoned into the happiest day of my life, so we haven’t done any work on the house or bought anything new for it. However, we do have something that melds my worlds of the wedding and the house. Our propagation station! In a little corner of our kitchen, you will find a tray covered in soil and leaves; jars of water full of greenery and roots; and small brown pots filled with a variety of cacti and other hardy plants. These are our wedding favours. We are aiming for a sustainable and more budget friendly wedding, and considering we have a loose botanical theme (and I am obsessed with plants), it made sense for us to grow our own. Hopefully everyone will take one home with them, but if not, I can create my own little wedding terrarium to remind me of the day. Cute, right?

Wildcard – New Forest Walk

Exercise? As a favourite? Quick, check her temperature, something is wrong! Okay okay, it was only a one and half mile walk on the flat, but it’s still technically exercise. Do you know what else it was? Absolutely stunning. My fiancé and I went for a walk on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday and chose the Tall Trees Trail in the New Forest – as did most of the population of Hampshire it seems, but still. Between the rampaging children and sleepy eyed parents, we walked a loop through the New Forest, stopping for an ice-cream and to look around the arboretum. The best moment between these tall trees however, was seeing the Wellington coast redwoods. The largest tree in the world is called the General Sherman and can be found in California, reaching at a staggering 83 metres high. There was something very humbling to be standing below these trees that tower nine metres up into the sky, and to know they are but houseplants to the General Sherman. It was the perfect walk to revitalise my asthmatic lungs, as well as my creativity.


And so, April is finished and May is just a day away. A day away – can you believe that? We are running through 2022. Tell me, what’s been your favourite memory of April? I’d love to know. Let me know in the comments below.

Rosie x

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5 thoughts on “April Favourites 2022 | New Forest Walks, DIY Wedding Prep, and More…

  1. My favourites from this month on your theme are : – Skincare and beauty – Olay facecream, a facecream I will always return to. Light and smells lovely. Books & Podcasts. Recently discovered Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers and love it! Plus ‘Just One thing’ is back on Radio 4 / BBC Sounds – a short easily listen for anyone who is busy, with small ideas to help life be better and more healthy. Books – Currently reading Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay – loving it – and keeping with a Scottish theme have just read Val McDermaid’s Distant Echo – very good. Style: Loving my black floral M&S dress from 2008 ( you know the one Rosie – you call it my Stevie Nicks dress!) Can wear it as a summer dress or wrap up and wear leggings and a black top under it. Home: I have been appreciating the art and pictures we (well I have) collected over the years that move with us from Caldicot to Abergavenny to Penarth. Wildcard: Our first Messy Church for two years! So much fun watching little ones get creative, messy and enjoying a shared meal – Good bey April you were a lovely month – looking forward to June and esp JULY – there is an event I am looking forward to then.

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  2. Always love hearing about your favourites! One of mine that I guess technically crossed over into May as it took place this weekend was a trip to Cornwall! As for books… I was pleasantly surprised to give my first 5 stars to a non-re-read, to A Court Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas! Overall, April was pretty decent

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    1. Ahhh I love Cornwall! No matter the time of year, it’s always a beautiful place. Also, I am SO glad to hear that bout A Court of Mist and Fury as I am looking to start the ACOTAR series pretty soon… ❤

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      1. In my opinion I’d say ACOTAR isn’t as good, but it’s worth reading for ACOMAF! I’m really excited to read the rest of the series now.

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