My Favourite Things In February

So I know we're nearly a week into March, but my gosh, the last couple of weeks of February were an absolute blur. As I mentioned recently, I've just started a new job, and it has been a lot to take in. I've been absolutely run off my feet, and as a consequence the regularity of my blogging has definitely suffered. I'm hoping things will return to normal soon, however in the meantime I'm only going to be able to post when I get the opportunity. Sad face.

Another consequence of starting this new job is I no longer work in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. While this is definitely good news for my bank account, I don't have as many pretty things to post about on my blog! I'm going to have to get back into online shopping in a big way. Nevertheless, I still accumulated a few nice things in February to share with you all.

I've mentioned it before, but one of my all-time favourite authors is an extremely talented man called Haruki Murakami. He recently released one of his short stories, The Strange Library, in one of the most uniquely-designed books I've ever read. In an age of digital books it is wonderful to see publishers producing a reason to go out and buy the physical copy, offering so much more than just the story for those who still enjoy the tangible paper. Though the book is merely a single short story, it is a gorgeous work of art to support the content and it was an absolute pleasure to read.

Haruki Murakami, The Strange Library, Mimosa, Diptyque, Mac Lip Pencil, Redd, Beauty, Bramble and ThornI discussed recently that I have discovered the brilliance of lip pencils at the embarrassingly late age of 25. I'm making up for it by purchasing another pencil, this time in MAC's Redd. I bought it specifically to wear with MAC's Lady Danger lipstick, and can confirm that the two pair perfectly. I'm actually astounded at how much better my lipstick looks with a lip pencil, and will probably never buy a lipstick again without a pencil to accompany it.

This probably isn't as exciting for the American's reading this, but I picked up a bag of Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups the other day, which is kind of a big deal as they're not that readily available in Australia, and cost quite a bit more than a regular chocolate bar. Needless to say, I'm exercising absolutely no restraint and have almost finished the bag.

Finally, I was gifted a beautiful Diptyque candle in Mimosa by my colleagues when I left my job a couple of weeks ago. It was such a thoughtful gift, as they knew how much I love the brand, and I'm pleased to report that it is absolutely divine. It's a fresh and flowery scent, and I completely agree with the review I read that said it "recalls the scent of fresh linen". As with all Diptyque candles, the scent flows throughout the house, and leaving the candle burning for hours on end barely seems to make the wax disappear. Perfect!

Haruki Murakami, The Strange Library, Mimosa, Diptyque, Mac Lip Pencil, Redd, Beauty, Bramble and Thorn

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