Lauren’s Lists – February

Welcome to what I hope is the first post of many in this series of ‘Lauren’s Lists‘!

When browsing other blogs I love reading what other people are liking at that moment. Whether it’s a new activity in their routine, ideas that made them think or music they’re listening to, it can be a great way to find out about useful resources and fun things to do when you’re lacking inspiration yourself.

I therefore want to introduce this new series of monthly (ish) lists. I plan to include four or five things on each that I’ve found particularly interesting or used frequently that month, from books to activities, beauty products to current news issues, and everything in between. I hope you find them useful – let me know what you’ve been loving this month in the comments below too!

Book – ‘My Life on the Road’ by Gloria Steinem

Last month Emma Watson started a feminist book club online (join it here), and this was the first month’s chosen read. I devoured it in a few days and thoroughly recommend it – Gloria has led an incredible life of activism and organising for both gender and racial equality, and her book is an inspiring collection of anecdotes from her travels.

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 Article – ‘How to talk to your daughter about her body’

With January came the annual onslaught of “New Year, New Me” diets and deprivation, and as someone with a past of disordered eating I still find this difficult to deal with. I first read this refreshing article (link below) last year, but I continue to turn to it when I’m feeling particularly vulnerable and affected by society’s body-shaming standards. I hope some of you find it helpful too.

 Film – Inside Out

I am and always will be a Disney lover, but if you’re not a fan of animated films just stick with me for a minute. Kids may love this film for its cute characters, but the clever storyline and little touches make it equally interesting for those of us who aren’t really kids anymore. It teaches us that we don’t need to feel guilty if we’re not happy all the time: not only is feeling sad normal, but it’s actually necessary. What I love most is that this film is already being used in schools to help children understand and talk about emotions – mental health is so important, and to see it being addressed in popular media is such a heartening thing.
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 Coconut oil

My skin really doesn’t like the cold weather, and lately it’s been playing up in the form of dry, sensitive patches and far-too-frequent breakouts. I’ve therefore tried taking things back to basics with my skin routine, swapping make up wipes and cleansers for coconut oil and water – I’ll see how it goes! I also love using coconut oil as an all-over body moisturiser, and it’s reassuring knowing that it’s just one ingredient being absorbed into your skin.

Sending letters and washi tape

With my sister away from home and friends who live far and wide, I’m turning to handwritten notes and postcards more frequently than ever as a cute and personal way to keep in touch. One of my favourite discoveries has been washi tape – this decorative masking tape originates in Japan and comes in a huge variety of patterns and colours, plus its stronger than you think. I love using it to seal envelopes for a fun, handmade look that is a joy to open.

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What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below!

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