Things I love in the world of guilty luxuries week 5

Hello, looks like someone’s a bit late again? In another hectic week as a copywriter in wales, the following has happened:

  • My fish tank flooded
  • The cats continued pooing in my herb garden
  • The cats started an MMA style fight at 1, 3, and 5am. Every morning.
  • Sleep deprivation destroyed my soul. Again.

Which means I am late in a lot of my blogging efforts, but still hitting all of my client targets. Aside from writing for Gym Food Australia, I’ve produced content for Nespresso Malaysia, RX411, and more.

So, better late than never, here are the things I love in the world of guilty luxuries, week 5:

Almond milk coffee brew

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This week I decided I no longer had the patience to deal with the sheer volume of traffic that exists within Tesco. Tired, angry, and determined to enjoy a peaceful grocery shopping experience, I made my way to Sainsbury’s.

It’s been a long time since I graced Sainsbury’s aisles. Reassuringly, they’re still peaceful. Even better, they host weird and wonderful treats I can’t resist.

My best find was undoubtedly almond coffee cold brew. After consuming it at a ferocious speed, I decided it was time to start making my own.

In my mind, it’s the simplest recipes that work best. I have no interest in soaking almonds before turning them into milk. Nope, I’m going to head straight for sweetened almond milk, my usual coffee beans, and employ the use of my grinder.

So why choose an almond coffee cold brew over your usual cup of joe? There are fewer calories, a reduced risk of heart disease, and more vitamin D. If you’re going to make one transformation to your morning routine, this is it.

Ordering herb plug plants online

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Okay, hear me out on this one. No, I am not descending into the land of the eternally boring. As someone who grew up on and around National Trust properties, I’ve always craved an English country garden.

As much as I love living in suburbia, I don’t see why I can’t recreate my dream here. To an extent. As I’ve mentioned in my sleep deprivation posts, my cats’ determination to defecate all over the herb garden I’ve started has added a little frustration to matters. So, now I am the proud owner of a garden net.

While I’m hoping the net does the trick with the slugs, I’ve had to resort to order certain plug plants to deter the cats. Yesterday I was the happy recipient of lemon balm for the herb garden, coriander for my kitchen, and organic garlic bulbs that are soon to winterise.

The next stage? To start a rock garden that features wildflowers. I guess I am well and truly into my thirties now.

Killer leather ankle boots by Gianvito Rossi

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Let’s try and look beyond the fact that I will probably never be able to walk in these. Instead, we’ll focus on the positives: those curves.

Sure, they’re not going to keep the rain out. If my recent drive back from Pilates is anything to go by, I’m going to need a little more rain protection this winter. And, I’ll have to be pulling out all the stops to justify spending £720 on these bad boys too. Especially when I am trying to budget for the damn shipping container office.

A Wandler coarse leather tote

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Is there really such a thing as having too many leather totes? If I were to invest in this one by Wandler, it wouldn’t experience the same degree of depravity as my latest Zara purchase. The £580 price tag means I would need to treat it with at least a little respect.

Complete with the eternally-fashionable tanned hues and enough space to stock everything from primers to pads, it’s a worthwhile investment. Again, that writing motivation needs to come a knocking soon.

Sending notes, courtesy of Ted Baker

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Why is the art of sending thank you notes dying? It’s sort of cute, admittedly it’s a little sloane, but it’s also so rare these days that it’s an easy way to spread some joy.

On that note (ha), my pilates instructor dedicated a little time to explain the ripple effect of spreading joy. While he was making my crucify my pelvic floor. His example involved helping somebody pick up the shopping they’ve dropped. While such opportunities may not arise on a daily basis, £13.99 will buy you a set of six patterned notecards you can throw into your bag and hand out when the need strikes.

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