My Favourite Things In November

Diptyque, Kikki K, Bad Feminist, T2 French Earl Grey, Bramble and Thorn, Favourites

(Kikki K Vase, Diptyque Candle in 'Baies', 'Bad Feminist' by Roxane Gay, T2 Tea in French Earl Grey)

Let the record show that I attempted to keep purchases to a minimum in November, as a way to make up for the extravagant purchases while I was in Japan in October. Key word here is tried. I did get started on my Christmas shopping, so that means I'm allowed to balance it out with gifts for myself...right?

I feel like I got my blogging license this month in the form of a Diptyque candle. I did my best to resist buying one for so long, and I hated myself a little bit for spending so much money on a candle, but the scent is so incredible I now see why many people swear by them. Even before I lit it for the first time the scent perfumed my bedroom! I've used it a couple of times now, and each time in fills my house with its beautiful scent. I'm really happy with the purchase, and I'll definitely be getting another when this one runs out. Pro-tip: eBay is definitely the way to go if you're looking to buy one of these bad boys, you'll save at least $10-$20 off the retail price.

I'd been eyeing off this vase from Kikki K ever since I picked up my 2015 lilac planner, as I loved the gorgeous geometric shape and splash of gold. Well, I finally picked it up a couple of weeks ago and have barely had a moment without flowers in it, it's just so pretty! It's definitely given me a great excuse to keep fresh flowers in my bedroom.

As a feminist I'm always keen to read current literature and essays on the subject, as I'm perhaps not as well versed in the classic feminist texts as I should be. I picked 'Bad Feminist' up at my local bookshop and was intrigued by the vast amount of topics it covers - from conservative politicians wanting control of women's bodies to The Hunger Games. I also flicked to the back page (I know, it's a bad habit I haven't been able to break) and was absolutely intrigued by the final sentence in the book: "I’d rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all." This is a statement that really resonates with me, as every day I face my own contradictions with the movement. Really can't wait to get started on this one.

Lastly, I'd like to make you familiar with an absolute staple in my house - T2's French Earl Grey. Although I definitely drink green tea the majority of the time, this is definitely my favourite tea - ever. I'll let T2's description of the blend fill in the details: a medium-bodied black tea base with pretty petals and slivers of fruit that play with classic bergamot in an inspiring, bold and refined infusion. With hints of peaches, apricots and zesty citrus, a field of sunflowers, rose, cornflower and hibiscus perform a delicious dance.