I am adrift at the moment. My children have gone back to school, which is fabulous for absolutely everyone concerned, but having hollowed out my life completely in order to accommodate them, it’s hard to fill that vacuum with things again. Especially as they will be bounding back any minute now for the summer holidays.
But the fact remains, I am unfettered and purposeless, which I suppose is quite nice, really. Like being on valium. And this post doesn’t have terribly much of a direction, but I thought I would share with you a few things I have come across recently that are worth sharing.
First of all, we have had a massive clear-out. Like massive. Boxes and boxes and boxes of crap. I searched around for a long time to find a company who made it a mission to responsibly take boxes of random clutter and would separate and dispose of it, sending as little to landfill as possible. I have pinned all my hopes on EnviroWaste, which is run by the nephew of a reader and they are coming to collect a front-garden-sized load of junk for under £200. I’m pretty happy with their promise to sort of dispose of in an ethical way, short of getting in my car and following the van to the processing plant to watch them at it.
This amount of rubbish is 9 years of accumulated crap, by the way. Not a usual amount. My Landfill Guilt is so huge that I would happily just keep all the stuff in my house, pressed into various corners, rather than see it go to landfill. But it is now bunging up two entire rooms of my house and really has to go and I’m glad I’ve found the right people for the job. They arrived this morning, smiling and helpful and in all respects cheerful and wonderful. They were as pleased to see my junk as I was to see the back of it.
I had an email the other day from the skincare brand Rodial, welcoming me to their affiliate programme, which was a surprise as I didn’t think I had joined it. But this sometimes happens if you use a linking programme, it automatically joins you to things. Most of the time I am auto-joined to not very impressive programmes like for liver-spot creams or piles cushions, so I am very flattered by the association with Rodial, which is in fact very good. Not cheap, mind.
I can especially personally recommend the Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic mask. This is a super-duper plumping, moisturising, anti-reddening serum you smooth on before bed and wake up looking, I swear to god, about 10 – 15% better. If you click through the link on this blog and buy a tube then I will get a small percentage of your basket. But I will probably only spend it on Rodial.
Also a recommendation for Balance Me’s new Clarifying Mist. Not an affiliate link this one, I don’t think, but they sent me a sample to try. If you have slightly congested skin this is great at keeping it all basically calm. It smells reassuringly natural and the packaging is recyclable.
A second shout-out to Me + Em’s camouflage jacket, which I self-gifted at the start of lockdown. I have worn it all the time and absolutely love it. At the moment it is £265 but it will go into the sale probably August so hang on until then if that feels a bit steep now. Or if you hate it, don’t buy it at all.
In other news, why do I persist in buying jumpsuits or playsuits when I know full well they don’t suit me? The most recent one I tried from H&M – a safari playsuit! What was I thinking? – made me look like my dad. I mean, I am turning into my dad one facial-tic at a time as it is, but from June to September Dad wears these huuuuge baggy chino shorts that you could properly run up a mast and set sail to Newfoundland with and his legs poke out at the bottom, looking like he is part-seagull. That. I looked like that.
I also admitted defeat and ordered a pair of Mott + Bow jeans because Instagram made me. I will report back on how they are.
How about you? Any recent random purchases you feel are worth sharing?