July Favourites

1. Felt Tip Pens - I realise this is a pretty lame 'favorite'. My life recently has consisted of non-stop note taking and typing for my dissertation. I actually bought these pens in Aldi in France for 99 cents, and love that they have a thick tip on one end and a slim one on the other. They makes notes on my noticeboard a lot more colourful.

2. Koko Dairy Free Coconut Milk - I've been steering away from using cow's milk for a long time now since wanting to reduce the amount of hormones I was consuming through having milk in tea and coffee. I've previously used soy milk and almond milk but this is my favorite. It has a very subtle flavor that doesn't alter the texture of coffee unlike soy milk. 

3. Light Summer Dresses - Since coming back from France, the weather in the UK has really picked up, and I have been living in this dress. It was originally from H&M but i actually picked this up from a charity shop a few years ago. It's so airy and nice to wear to keep cool in our sun-filled apartment. 

4. Chocolat Bowl - I actually picked this bowl up from a brocante (French vintage or second hand shops) for the bargain price of 3€ a couple of weeks ago. It's got one of my favorite designs on by Delespaul-Havez, featuring chocolate dripping down onto a table of smiling children (apart from one in the middle who hasn't got any!).

5. White Nectarines - Since getting back from France I've been obsessed with nectarines. The white ones are my favorite- perfect for a mid afternoon snack.

6. Sirup de Citron - I actually bought this in France as well (reoccurring theme!) and have had a long term love affair with it. It encourages me to drink a lot more throughout the day, and the lemon flavour is really refreshing.

Other things i've been loving: National Geographic have great documentaries available to watch on YouTube that me and Mr. Nomad have been watching before going to sleep, Libby's post about 5 makeup items under £5 (really tempted by Collection's Work the Colour palette) and the lovely warm weather we've been having.

Keep your eyes open for my July beauty favorites post later this week! What have been your favorite things in July?

IKEA Wishlist #1: Living Room

1. KALLAX Shelving Unit £85, 2. BRAVUR Wall Clock £46, 3. STOCKHOLM Rug £160, 4. HEMNES TV Bench £150, 5. EKBY ALEX Shelf with drawer £35, 6. KIVIK Two-seat sofa £425, 7. LUTTRAD Scented Candle Pot £3.25/3 pack, 8. SKARBLAD Cushion Cover £4, 9. YUCCA ELEPHANTIPES Potted Plant £25.

Much to my boyfriend's annoyance, I really enjoy looking at furniture and houses. I could (and do) spend hours on end trailing through websites like IKEA lusting over new furniture. Until we actually have to move house (our lease runs out in October), Mr. Nomad is not interested whatsoever in giving his opinion on furniture, so I thought I'd create a little series with the pieces I've been looking at on the IKEA website. 

When we move at the end of this year, my mindset for interior will be quite different from before. As we will be moving abroad where it is hot pretty much the whole year around, I'll be wanting cooler colours and less 'cosy' features. I think i'll have to wave goodbye to my beloved sofa throws and fairy lights. I'm definatley not a fan of having every item of furniture from one store as I somehow think it often looks a little one-dimensional, but I like having a few key items which i can jazz up with my own personal touch. I really like having colourful books on show and easily available for people to have a look at, displaying bits and bobs I've collected over my travels and plants in a room to bring in a sense of the outdoors. 

I'm also an avid reader of IKEA Hackers - a website dedicated to the customisation of pieces available at IKEA- amazing!

What kind of interior style do you like in your living room? Do you find yourself coveting over furniture and interior websites?

An introduction...

Hello! and welcome to Nomad Notebook. I've been contemplating making a blog for a while now but have finally caved in as a distraction to writing my dissertation. I used to dabble in blog writing as a teenager and have since been hooked on reading blogs. Some long time favourites include Lily loves Lola, The Clueless Girl and From Gem with Love. Heck, I even got my boyfriend to create and write a few posts over on his own blog Bronto Writes (he has a thing for brontosauruses.. need i say any more?), however he got disheartened at the lack of readers but eventually i aim to get him back onto the blogging bandwagon as i thought his posts were quite funny.

Things have changed a lot both in the blogging community and with me since i first flirted with the blogging scene; I've completed my undergraduate degree, met the love of my life, moved cities and feel as if i'm about to embark on a exciting new chapter of my life very soon.

My blog will document my thoughts and feelings about the goings on in my life, ranging from recipes to DIY's to travel photos. I guess it will fit into the lifestyle blog category but i'll just be posting about things that interest me!

As this is an introduction I guess I should include a few little facts about me:
  1. I'm currently studying for my Masters degree and actually really enjoy researching and expanding my knowledge.
  2. I once met Rolf Harris in a French supermarket... and I used to think this was the most amazing random fact ever and would use it in job interviews. Not so much anymore...
  3. I love food but I also love health and fitness. Currently food is winning this battle! Hopefully I can change this over the course of the next year.
  4. I'm due to be moving country this year (scary but exciting!). 
  5. I've always had a bit of a fascination with the South West of France since spending extended amounts of time there every year as a child. I still love it there.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you around Nomad Notebook again soon!