A Few of My Favourite Things ~ No. 2

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As March draws to a close, I find myself dragging some, both emotionally and physically.  While spring officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere last weekend, the weather in Southern Ontario has been anything but spring-like.  The last week in particular has been dark, dull and cold.

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait for spring – it is by far, my favourite season. Everything awakens from a deep slumber, seemingly more vibrant and alive than ever before.  The smell of fresh blossoms, the feel of warm sunshine, and the sound of birds serenading – I love it all.

Lately, I have been turning to a few of my current favourites to not only will spring into existence, but also lift my mood.  As mentioned in my previous “favourites” post, turning to one’s favourite things, especially in times of difficulty or challenge, really does make one feel better.

In the second instalment of this series, I offer you a glimpse into a few of my current favourites, one to satiate each of the senses:

SIGHT
A Night In With Audrey Hepburn – Lucy Holliday

After seeing this book several times over the past few months, I decided it finally needed to come home with me, and if you love Audrey Hepburn and books by authors like Sophie Kinsella or Lucy Diamond, then this is the book for you.

As I have just started reading this book, I will defer to the book’s jacket to give you a snapshot:

“Unlucky in love, failed actress Libby Lomax has retreated into the world of classic movies, where the immortal lives of the screen goddesses offer so much more in the way of romance than her own life.

After a terrible day on the set of a cult TV sci-fi series where she has proved herself to be the antithesis of feminine poise and embarrassed herself in front of heartthrob actor Dillon O’Hara, she plonks herself down in front of her trillionth viewing of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Relaxing on her battered old couch, salvaged from the props department by her best friend Olly, Libby is gob smacked to find actual Screen Icon, Audrey Hepburn, sitting beside her. Dressed in her little black dress, wearing her trademark sunglasses, Audrey proffers advice to the hapless Libby between ladylike puffs on her vintage cigarette holder.”

With a few days off this coming week, I look forward to curling up with a cup of tea and getting lost in this gem.

P.S. If you are a fan of Marilyn Monroe, then you may want to check out the second book in this series, entitled A Night In With Marilyn Monroe.  I have already picked up my copy and also look forward to Ms. Holliday’s third instalment, A Night In With Grace Kelly, coming out this summer!

HEARING
The Simple Sophisticate Podcast – Shannon Ables

Those of you who know me, will attest to my love for The Simply Luxurious Life and its creator, Shannon Ables.  I have been enjoying Shannon’s content for years and was thrilled when she decided to produce a weekly podcast.

Each Monday, Shannon enriches her listeners with inspiring information, ideas and insights on how to curate their own simply luxurious life.  I especially enjoy the weekly Petit Plaisir, where Shannon will spotlight a recommended book, play, recipe or film.

I throughly enjoy Monday mornings with Shannon and look forward to all of the simply luxurious inspiration to come.  If you enjoy a life of quality and refinement, then be sure to check out The Simple Sophisticate podcast, as well as the wealth of wonderful wisdom found on Shannon’s blog and in her fabulous publication, Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide.

TASTE
Teavana Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea – Starbucks 

One of the simply luxuries I look forward to at the end of a long week is a hand-crafted beverage.  In the winter, I love trying all sorts of hot beverages, but as we move into the warmer months, I find myself craving beverages of the iced variety.

My favourite drink of the moment is the Teavana Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea from Starbucks.  A blend of green tea, sweet peach and ginger, this drink has the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and is sure to quench your thirst and satiate your tastebuds.

SMELL
Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne – Jo Malone

The right fragrance can do so much for the soul.  Not only can it boost your mood, but the right scent can also relieve stress, ease the mind and conjure fond memories.  While I appreciate a variety of fragrances, over the last few years, I have fallen in love with the scents of Jo Malone.

Whatever your preference, be it floral, fruity, spicy or woodsy, Jo Malone has a signature scent for you.

Feeling a bit blue as of late, I visited my local Jo Malone counter at Holt Renfrew to get a boost, and fell in love with the scent Nectarine Blossom and Honey.  Described as “London’s Covent Garden early morning market”, this scent has notes of nectarine, peach, cassis, acacia honey and delicate spring flowers.  It is absolutely delightful and I’m certain it will be in regular rotation this spring!

TOUCH
Silk Scarves

As a Canadian, each spring I gladly tuck away my thick, cashmere scarves in favour of lighter, silk ones.  While I lust after silk scarves al la Hermes, my budget doesn’t always allow for such extravagances; however, the wonderful thing about silk scarves is that they are available at every price point.  In spring, I particularly gravitate to pastels and floral prints.  Check out of a few of my current favourites:

Abstract Print Silk Scarf – White House Black Market
Floral Silk Scarf – Ralph Lauren 
Long Silk Floral Scarf – Kate Spade New York 

These days, one can also find budget friendly “silk-like” scarves, that are equally beautiful and elevate any outfit.  Le Chateau has a lovely collection this year, with many under $30.

In the coming weeks, I look forward to hanging up my parka and putting away my winter boots until next year, and while I await those blossoms and birds, I will continue to make time for my favourites everyday.

Whether it’s a new find or an old goodie, I encourage you to make favourites a part of your everyday as well.  Wishing you a lovely weekend.

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