9 March 2016

February Favourites | 2016

February has flown by so fast like it never happened. Can't say I want to complain about that. For a while I've just been too excited about March. Even though the spring officially begins on the 20th, in my books it has already started. Last month was quite challenging and tough. At the same time it was good and full of great experiences. Hubby and I got a chance to take a long weekend away and now I can officially tick off a few more places in the UK I've visited for the first time - Windsor, Eton and Reading. Here's the hoping that March and onward will be a hospital-free time and that everyone who needs healing will be brought to their full health and strength. Hoping the spring will be filled with sunshine, laughter, fun and blessings. Ok, now who's up for a little time travel? ;)



As we all know February comes in the form of a heart-shaped avalanche of chocolates, teddies, flowers and other bits and bobs. It's lovely, don't get me wrong. But why not do it as well on any other day. Couples who are affectionate and caring to each other daily wouldn't even be able to tell the difference between a regular Tuesday and a Valentine's Day :) Same rule should apply when you're single. Who said Valentine's Day must be observed - it's a personal choice. So on Valentine's Day my hubby and I did what we love to do every weekend - relax and enjoy some quality time together. We did exchange cards and he got me the most gorgeous bouquet of red roses. He's the best! :) A week after that we both felt like we needed a little getaway together so we booked a long weekend off and visited Windsor and London. Windsor absolutely blew my mind. When I used to be a little girl I'd read about the United Kingdom, the royal family and castles. There's just something special and magical about castles, isn't there? Windsor Castle was one of those I've always wanted to see. I was super thankful when my hubby made that little dream of mine come true. He even suffered through a guided tour (#thingswedoforlove). That was our Friday. Then on Saturday we made our way to one of the cities I love oh-so-much  London. It was a perfect day and the city was as welcoming as ever. London, you are beautiful.
London - Westmister - Big Ben

A lot of commitments, family, work, blog, gym, friends, endless lists of things to do... Sometimes our minds can get cluttered and overwhelmed. Very often you might realize that life does need some organisation. To say that I love planning is an understatement. Making a to-do list is my kind of a good time! :) I admit, occasionally I do get carried away and put down like 35 things to do in a day. Not that it's impossible because tasks are too complex. Nope. I simply try to squeeze in too much that it's physically unreal to complete in the frame of 16 hours (let's say, from 7am to 11pm). That's when I stop myself and plan better. In February I decided to organise many things and wrote down a number of goals I have for my blog, my health, career, home, vacations, personal goals and other  little miscellaneous to-dos. I love my Excel files and Pages documents but nothing beats good ol' paper. More detailed blog posts on goals as well as blogging advice are coming shortly. Are you a planner person?
Flatlay Planning, planner, agenda, master plan

You know how in this category I normally include a brand new release hubby and I might have enjoyed. Well, for my February Faves this is not going to be the case because homegirl here missed Jurassic World at the cinema back in May last year. So we watched it only a few weeks ago at home after renting it on Amazon. Yes, it was predictable. Yes, it was somewhat tacky in a number of scenes. But it was still a great Jurassic-World-themed action film with wizard-like visual digital effects, and what made it navigate to my monthly favourites was Chris Pratt and the raptors :) Chris' character was this tough invincible Indiana-Jones'y guy who saved the day and got the girl. I love his acting and his fun personality shines through no matter what part he takes on. Short summary of the movie: there is a ginormous island where the scientists started to create and grow real dinosaurs; fast forward and the island is this massive theme park where families travel for entertainment with a pinch of adrenaline. As people always want more and bigger, a new species has been created. Then, of course, this monster of a dinosaur gets out and "terrorizes the village". You get the idea. The raptors were absolutely the cutest haha - and Chris Pratt nailed it. 

When it comes to Instagram I am always on the hunt for new accounts to follow. As much as I enjoy beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogging profiles (I so do!), I love me a fun and a different kind of a post making appearance on my feed. Either it's an animal account (think I need more of those) or a great celebrity one (btw, Chris Pratt has the funniest IG acc!), I can't say no to sweet and childlike pick-me-up pics. That's when @snoopygrams comes in. Who doesn't love this innocent little boy called Charlie Brown and his dog Snoopy. Not only I have seen all the cartoons but also I can't skip a funny sketch with cute Snoopy writing a "love letter" or a reference to Beyonce's Flawless. The profile has 1.4 mln followers and I'm sure most of them are grown ups who remember what's it like to be a child :)
Snoopy, Charlie Brown Instagram

There are so many quotes we come across daily (oh Pinterest, how much I love you!) and I can never get enough of them. Give me a good motivational quote any day and every day! :) I thought February one just kind of must be about love. It resonates with the joy one I shared in my January Favourites. Real love goes beyond a phrase "I love you". Real love is sacrificial, devoted and limitless. Real love is also shown in a selfless act. That is why these words involve an action - let all that you DO be DONE in love. Helping our family and friends, helping those in need and helping a stranger - it all has to be done not because we were pressured or forced into that. "Because I have to" is a selfish thing. It would be amazing if all that we do would be done with love and in love. And not just in February ;)
let all that you do be done in love, 1 Cor. 16:18

Eyeliner is often that one product I sometimes skip when I am in a hurry. All the girls can relate - there is nothing worse than trying to achieve a perfect wing when you know you have to be out of the house in 5 minutes. Too. Much. Pressure. That is genuinely one of the reasons I might be late as well. If you see me rocking a flawless cat eye don't be surprised I am 20 minutes behind the schedule. On a serious note, I always do my best not to be late (never to work that's for sure). Even though the eyeliner is a lot of work I sort of learnt a few tricks along the way which save me time and effort. In February I have been very much into getting that on fleek look and this super affordable and lovely Revlon Colorstay Skinny liquid liner in the shade Black Out came in handy. Next one I really would love to try is Mahogany Flame. It looks divine. Also, a detailed post on my fave eye makeup is coming soon.

In my October Favourites I shared my favourite home decor piece which is this print that says: "Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favourite". I had to include it in the background because it's still ranking high for me. However, the focus (metaphorically and literally) is on the flowers. Namely, these stunning pink tulips which my hubby got for me. I absolutely adore having flowers at home. They make the most perfect "decor/interior" piece and just make me happy every time I look at them. Tulips are extra special as they are my favourite and bring back the most amazing memories from my childhood, mainly connected with my mum and dad. I always got freshly picked tulips from our own garden from both of my parents. As I have shared on my Instagram here one of the bouquets I got from my Valentine, I though this beautiful pink bunch was definitely worth including into my monthly favourites. I got a keeper. Those "just because" gestures are the sweetest and mean the world to me. 
Pink tulips
How was your winter, loves?
Are you excited for springtime? (Sorry, Australia & NZ)
Hope you enjoyed my February Favourites.
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Leave a comment and let me know what you enjoyed the most in February.
How did you spend the leap day aka the "extra day"? 
Do you like planning?
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Hope you don't mind my avalanche of questions ;)
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  1. Great post!! I also posted my feb. favs today! But I am definitely a planner person. I need to get back into the swing of writing things down and planning blog posts ahead of time. I've definitely gotten bogged down with responsibilities the past few weeks but hopefully I'll start managing it better!

    Lee - leethrifts.com

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    1. I completely understand that, Lee. Snowed under with other commitments but planning definitely helps. Getting a bit done here & there also makes such a difference rather than having things "pile up", isn't that right? :)
      Will go and check out your Feb Faves now <3
      xox

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  2. February did go by way too quickly! I really like the idea of writing down all your goals, plans, or to do list too; it makes organizing thoughts and ideas easier

    Vicky
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    1. I am definitely the kind of person who feels at easy once that thought is on the page - that way I know for sure I won't forget it :) Thanks for stopping by, Vic <3
      xox

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  3. I've sadly never watched the new Jurassic Park movie but I hear so many good things about it. And snoopy has an instagram? Too cute!

    www.deasynoel.com

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    1. Jurassic Park is such a classic and I really loved Jurassic World's modern take on it. Chris Pratt killed it! Also, you will love Snoopy's IG if you're a fan :)
      xox

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  4. Hope you had fun on your trip Nadia :) A long weekend trip sounds like the perfect way to recharge! And oh my gosh, yes! I'm a total planner person as well! I love writing down little things that I need to do because it feels so empowering to cross it off once it's done <3 And Jurassic Park was such a great movie, wasn't it? Wishing you a great March ahead!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

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    1. Crossing things off is just so amazing, isn't it? haha I love doing that :) The trip was so great, it was exactly what we needed. London definitely never disappoints and I also LOVED visiting new places I've never been to. It's one of the best experiences :)
      Hope your March is going super great, lovely!
      <3
      xox

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  5. So many favourites the eyeliner looks really cool

    Beauty Candy Loves

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    1. Thanks, Candice! It's such a basic one and it's super affordable but it's ahhmazing :)
      xox

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  6. I loved Jurassic World when it came out and I still love it now! Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Wasn't it just amazing? :D I love me a good action movie with a great leading character! :)
      xox

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  7. I hope that you had a wonderful time in London, it's a favourite city of mine :). I really do love everything about it! From the tubes to the shops and sightseeing spots, I love it all and can't wait to go back again already :).
    The Revlon Colorstay liquid liner sounds great! I love wearing eyeliner and I'll so have to check this version out!
    Lovely post :).

    El xxxx

    www.elsfashionfix.co.uk

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    1. London is special :) Every time I got to visit it was absolutely amazing. In so many ways, of course, it depended on who I was with ;) I definitely understand what you mean, El - I would go back tomorrow haha.
      You will love that eyeliner, hon! Maybe the wear isn't the best of the best but it helps you achieve that perfect wing without a hitch.
      Glad you enjoyed my faves :)
      xox

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  8. Yes! Jurassic World was AMAZING. I didn't know what to expect when I saw it, but it was really really good. Anyway, glad you got to see more of the UK- even if February was a bit of an up and down month for you.
    I hope March is filled with more happy things :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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    1. Thanks so much, lovely. It's just a normal thing I guess. Life has to have its ups and downs. That teaches us many lessons :)
      Jurassic World was SOOO good, wasn't it? lol.
      Hope your March is going great, sweetie!
      xox

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  9. Love your phone cover and the eyeliner looks so cute. Have a lovely day.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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    1. Thanks, Nina. Chevron print is always one of my faves ;) The eyeliner is a must-have, isn't it? Hope you are having a great day!
      xox

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  10. I actually liked that movie too! My hubby made me watch it but it was pretty darn good. I love that eyeliner, I have the pencil liquid one.

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

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    1. That's great, Chelsea. It really was a fun movie to watch :)
      That liquid eyeliner is a little perfection!
      xox

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  11. Loving the Feb. favourites, Nadia dear. Flowers are so refreshing! I have watched Jurrasic World and I say, it's entertaining. Unfortunately I'm not a fan on London, -too crowded for me. Ha! I like planning. Helps me remember what I've to do. :)
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, sweets! Flowers are an amazing addition to the interior - nothing brights up the room better :)
      As for London, it definitely has tourist-flooded areas (like any other city) but it also has those hidden gems of streets that are not people-packed. Best experience is to discover them ;)
      xox

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  12. Lovely post Nadia. Glad you had a great time on your trips. I love the tulip picture at the end I feel like going to get some for my home now! Gemma x
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    1. Having a little getaway is always a good idea ;) Oh Gemma, you would understand my love to flowers like no one else!
      xox

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  13. I love that you included a little bit of everything in your favourite post instead of just beauty related. I love Jurassic World, we watched it in the cinema and it was brilliant!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thanks Shireen, I love to mix it up when I post my monthly faves. I just thought I wouldn't want to limit myself to beauty-related products only even though I LOVE posts like that :) Glad you enjoyed the movie as much as we did!
      xox

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  14. I'm right there with you on so many of your favourites! Windsor is one of the most wonderful places, I'm so glad you loved your trip! Also a big fan of new Jurassic Park film and thought Chris Pratt nailed it! It does exactly what it says on the tin, very entertaining!!

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

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    1. Glad you liked my Feb faves, girlie! I would definitely visit Windsor again, maybe when it's warmer. It's such a cozy town! Chris Pratt just makes me laugh every time - his interviews are a blast to watch :D
      xox

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  15. Such a lovely post, I love how you've put it together & you're photos are beautiful. So nice that you got to explore London & Windsor for a weekend. I really need to explore the country a bit more in the future, so many places I would like to visit. I completely agree about planning but being sensible about what you can achieve at the same time, as it can definitely feel disheartening when you don't complete what you had planned even if it wasn't realistic to begin with x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Aww thanks so much, Alina! Since I moved to the UK we've been really good at exploring new places around the country. My hubby has been to all of them, obvi. And I am excited like a little kid absorbing all the beauty, history & culture the country has to offer :)
      Being realistic when setting goals is definitely the key. Whenever I have an urge to make a mile-long to-do list, I always ask myself if it's really doable in one day.
      Thanks for a sweet comment, hon. Will make sure to visit your blog as soon as I can <3
      xox

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  16. I've had my eye on that Revlon liner, I'll definitely have to check it out now!


    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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    1. You absolutely must, hon! There are a few types depending on the effect you want to achieve. I always go for a precise winged eyeliner - gives me more room for "creativity" and precision when I use it.
      xox

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  17. February disappeared into thin air didn't it! So is March, so scary! That liner was one of my all time favourites, I should get it out again! Also I've been loving Westminster to, been around there a lot recently :)

    Megan X

    www.lifewithmcm.com

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    1. I know, right? If you asked what I did in February I couldn't remember - that's why monthly favourites come in handy. Great little keepsake in a post :)
      Westminster is one of my favourite areas of London <3
      xox

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  18. Lovely post :) February zoomed by! I was actually ill for a lot of the month with a rather nasty flu, so it wasn't really a great month for me however I did celebrate my belated Birthday at the beginning of the month with friends in London which was lovely.

    Wishing you a happy March-what's left of it anyway! Time is going too quickly!!

    Laura xo

    www.shehearts.net

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    1. As trivial and granny-like as it's going to sound - it's flying quicker with every coming year :) Aww hope you are feeling 100% now Laura. Flu is not a nice thing at all. Bday fun with friends in London sounds like a great way to spend your birthday! Happy belated one btw ;)
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  19. I love reading through your long, detailed posts. Always puts me in a happy place hun :) my boyfriend and I don't really celebrate V.Day either. I have nothing against those who do, it's just another commercial day to make some money from people I think? Although we do make sure to get one another a card. I'm a sentimental girl and love keeping all my cards from him and he keeps mine too <3
    Windsor is a lovely little town, as is Eaton. My sister lives nearby and when I visit if I have time I try to pop into the town. My boyfriend and I hired out a boat one afternoon in the summer along the river, was a lovely way to see the surroundings.
    Wasn't a fan of the latest Jurassic Park, too predictable and kind of silly I thought? Before I go, just want to add that I love the tulips. Definitely one of my favourite flowers!

    Love Hannah xx

    HannahHawes.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Hannah :)
      Oh, we go big with our cards! lol A card is a must, isn't it?
      My hubby also got me flowers (but then again it also happens not only on Valentine's Day so that's amazing <3
      Eton is so lovely, such a cute quaint town/village! So nice you get to visit quite a lot :)
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  20. This is such a great post, beautiful! Like you, I try to do way too much than I physically can and because of that I eventually become so overwhelmed that I just want to pack up and go seek out my own private island, never to be found again, lol! I've tried to do better at this by planning, but only focusing on one thing at a time and not scan the whole page at once at everything that needs to get done, as well as being realistic in what I actually can do. I also love your quote, too! Passages from the Bible keep me in check and grounded. It reminds me of why I do things and if at all I have the wrong intention or my heart is not fully in it, I don't pursue it. I definitely helps to strengthen my character and walk :) Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Haha, if you ever have a private island, can my hubby & I please come there to escape everything at least once a year? :D
      I think it's such a wise approach to focus on one thing at a time. Rather than being multitaskers, we should concentrate better. As for the Scriptures, they speak so much louder (yet more gentle) than any noise in the world and always get our minds back to where they should be, don't they? You are incredible, that is such a great approach, Jalisa! I definitely look up to you, girlie. Hope your week is going great - yay for Friday tomorrow!
      xox

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  21. I also looove planning! There's certain excitement everytime I have to make a list and organize my activites for the day/week/month. That customized planner looks awesome!
    It sounds like you had a lovely February, dear. The getaway to Windsor, Eton and reading must have been such a beuatiful getaway! Hope March is going well, too. <3
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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    1. Huge fan of planning here too, hon. Wouldn't go a day without writing a little to-do list haha. Thanks for stopping by with a sweet comment. The weekend away was super exciting. I will make sure to post pictures and share more stuff from little trips we take :) Hope you are having a lovely March so far.
      xox

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  22. That verse is a lovely quote to share :) It sounds like there was a lot of great things in your month, even if it was a bit busy and flew by too quickly for you!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks Mica :) It was a good month despite the challenges. That verse is such a strong reminder in my everyday activities <3 Thanks for stopping by, hope you're enjoying March!
      xox

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  23. I enjoyed the film, and how sweet this post was to read. I really loved that IG account, it's my first time seeing that one, and what a hilarious one it is .... "Snoopygrams", who knew? :) Thanks, lovely! /Madison
    Paris Street Style

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    1. I know, right? I LOVE Snoopygrams so much :) It's the profiles like this one that remind you about that inner child. Glad you liked the post, hon <3 Hope you are doing great!
      Will make sure to pop over & say hi.
      xox

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  24. I saw Jurassic World when it came out in theaters and loved it! Sometimes new movies in an old series don't quite cut it but I think they did a great job! This is also my first time reading one of your "favorites" post and I loved it! Now I want to catch up on your favorites of months past! Hope you have a fab March!

    http://imperfectlyrachel.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aww thanks girlie. Glad you enjoyed my Feb faves and hope you like other monthly favourites ;) I couldn't agree more about new movies & old series but this one did work!
      Hope you are having a great March so far <3
      xox

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  25. February did fly by so fast! I also love to make to do lists and i pile on things to do everyday but there is never enough hours in a day to get everything done. great post!

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

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    1. I am kinda glad so many can relate to over-planning sometimes lol. To-do lists are amazing but need to be done realistically.
      Glad you enjoyed the post :)
      xox

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  26. Jurassic world - it's amazing! Love your favorites!
    Hugs,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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    1. Thanks, girl! Glad you liked the post & thank you for popping over!
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  27. I am so jealous and happy to see your pics from your London adventures! i would love to visit there one day! I am definitely a planner person as you already know! I have to write everything down and check it off! I love your beautiful quote from Corinthians, it is a beautiful reminder. Love those tulips; they are my favorite spring flowers! Hope you have a blessed day my friend!

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  28. Such a cute post, thanks for sharing! I think your blog is lovely, let me know if you would like to follow each other!

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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  29. Love reading favourites posts! Ahhh I miss Winter already x
    Morgan x
    check out my blog if you have time www.justmorgs.com

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  30. You managed to visit a lot of places during the month, hope you had fun! I think I spent the extra day working and I think roses would have to be my favourites as they're timeless. Enjoy your weekend :)

    Velvet Blush

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  31. Wow, I really love how you've broken down your favorites into different categories! I especially love that Snoopy instagram. I can't believe it took me this long to hear about it. I've clearly been deprived.

    Via Sora

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  32. i love the quote, i love snoopygram, and i love the UK (or i think i will love it, i've never been there!)! what a great, positive post to welcome Friday with. thanks for the good vibe!

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  33. Haha I loved Jurrasic world, but dang I hated how she ran in heels at the end, no girl would do that! lol Love planner though, so good :)

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  34. Great post, Nadia! I'm so jealous that you got to visit London. I've always wanted to go there! One day, hopefully... And I'm a planner addict too, so I can totally relate. ;) I've also wanted to watch Jurassic World, but haven't gotten around to do it yet.
    Amelie
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  35. Awwww Lonndddoon <3 Love love love reading about it. I'm so glad I get to go back soon! <3 I've visited Windsor when I was little with my family and I have some very blurry memories of the castle, so I would love to go back someday :)
    And oh yes, I'm so excited for spring! It's my absolute fave time of the year and it makes me just so super happy and cheerful. It's like I've been hibernating through winter and now I'm waking up :D
    Loved reading about your faves babe <3
    Emma xxx

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  36. Loving the tulips, they are definitely my favourite!! I'm running out of eyeliner so I think I'll try that one because I do love my eyeliner!!XX

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