Hello, happy end of September and another quarter! Only three more months to go and year 2014 is through. Sounds unbelievable? Well, better believe it and get used to the harsh fact (okay, I admit in my head 2014 just started...). But want to know what's already over?
That has to be our week-long September vacation, unfortunately. It ticked away without any warning while we were relaxing in a spa, renewing our old and overtired sauna, visiting E's grandparents and aunt who live 200 km away, kicking off the reorganization of our office/gym and (once again) the wardrobe, working in the garden, producing some tasty tomato and onion preserves for winter... yeah, we actually did a lot during that ephemeral week! And I of course have photos, heaps of photos. But those must wait because right now I want to share three other things with you: an ancient outfit from August 24, my even more ancient Crete haul and the teeny-tiny Riga haul I also promised to showcase.
So, for starters this simple early-autumn outfit from the end of August. I remember it was a mildly chilly Sunday with a deceptively warm evening. We drove to Tartu, purchased a new sauna stove and later on I suddenly caught a nasty cold. Oh the memories!
By the way, the dress from River Flower is new too, it's Polish and I actually bought it from a thrift store but with tags still on. And the white leather bracelet embellished with tiny studs is from Guess. You will see it again below among my teeny-tiny Riga haul. Which is seriously modest: only those adorable heart sponges and a brilliant vintage camera shape photo album from Tiger (find your nearest Tiger store here), the above mentioned bracelet and classically a few cute souvenirs, mostly from the zoo. And that's that. Two topics down, only one to go.
thrifted sunnies | (thrifted) River Flower dress | Reflex cardigan | Jeffrey Campbell Bad Alice flats | Guess leather bracelet.
More than four long months ago (May 10-18) took place our wonderful trip to the largest Greek island Crete and today you can finally peek what we brought home with us when we left that beautiful place. So, collage number 1 presents the sweets, including cinnamon caramels, traditional Hershey's and local classics like baklava and kataifi which were oh so delicious.
But it also presents three herbal teas, spices and herbs like cinnamon, oregano, burger mix, potato mix and tzatziki mix. We just really love those proper Cretan flavours! Oh and did I already tell you how much I miss Crete? No? Well, the correct answer would be - like crazy! And luckily E wants to go back to Ag Nik in 2016 so the situation is not that hopeless actually.
Anyway, collage number 2 shows the liquid stuff like red and white wine and olive oil, two saporous cookbooks, cute Cretan blue souvenirs and the succulents. And for your information we actually bought the layered one in front, those other figures were like weed in its pot. They were almost atomic back then but you should see them today! The photo in my collage was taken on July 13 and today they have multiplied in both, height and abundance! I will show you an update if you're interested in it. Are you? :)
And last but certainly not least - collage number 3 which again uncovers the beautiful authentic souvenirs and a decent bunch of beauty products in addition. Most of the beauty goodies are from Bodyfarm, a Greek brand I first discovered in 2011 (see the blog post and my first Bodyfarm product here).
A travel kit consisting of mango shower gel, sandalwood body milk, chamomile shampoo and vanilla milk conditioner and an olive oil gift set containing a shampoo, a conditioner and a soap are still untouched, ready for trying out. And you should definitely check out Bodyfarm's website here in order to discover their sweet and wide product range. I myself love their simple and sleek packages, natural scents and of course the fact they're free of parabens, mineral oil, colorants and other trouble.
But so is the hair mask from a Cretan natural cosmetics' brand Olivaloe (see their website here). It contains organic olive oil, organic aloe vera, provitamin B5, ginseng extract, keratin derivatives and wheat protein. Only I'm yet too stingy to open it but maybe when our sauna renovation ends and I can make steam again I will do it together with Bodyfarm and Olivaloe. At least it sounds like a plan.
Oh, and a product I am using right now is Maybelline's Baby Lips lip balm in shade peach kiss. I love that thingy. It's decently moisturizing and enough smoothing, smells pleasantly, looks natural on my lips, cute in my bag and on my desk.
Anyhow, if you happen to have any questions about some of those products (or actually about anything), go ahead and shoot. I sure hope you enjoyed this miscellaneous post and mixed photographs. Oh and I wanted to say thank you to the ones who noticed (and of course liked, haha) the changes and modifications here in my blog. It's not finished yet, for example I have a plan to create a blog roll or reading list, change the header and more. But still, thank you for the feedback, I appreciate it a lot! And see you in the next post!
ps. If some of you have missed the stories about our recent trip to Crete you can catch up through the six links below or by using the Crete 2014 label.