Bunny love

If you read my animal spirit post, you'll know that I love rabbits.  The only thing which prevents me from filling the flat with rabbity things is my husband.  

I campaigned tirelessly to get this doorstop into our flat and was a change.org petition away before he relented. I think you’ll agree, it’s a fine looking doorstop. 

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Here are the best bunny themed gifts on the market at the moment. 

Alex Monroe Sitting Bunny Ring with Diamond

Like a magpie, my attention was momentarily captured by the Marc Jacobs bunny ring but I wasn't convinced. It wasn’t cute or charming. 

I then discovered this ring by Alex Monroe.  Gold = precious, diamond = precious, bunny= precious.

Alex Monroe produces excellent stacking rings too FYI.

Sergio Rossi leather bunny sandals

Nude barely-there heels have solved many a ‘yes I’ve got the dress but what do I wear on my feet?’ quandary. These Sergio Rossi shoes retain all of the best features of the classic barely-there heel but the bunny ears at the back and bow at the front add some quirky-but-not-comedic interest.

 

Oliver Bonas salt and pepper shakers

There are some dining accessories that can use to express yourself. I can’t believe I’ve just typed that, but I think it’s true: Napkin holders, salt and pepper shakers and coasters. This salt and pepper set from Oliver Bonas are an inexpensive way to liven up a tablescape.

 

Ham Print

Estee Lalonde (the artist formerly known as Essie Button) had a HAM print in the background in one of her videos by this amazing company. My brother is buying me one for Christmas. Not so subtle hint: the  button lift print is my favourite. 

London Bird necklace

I tried to get into statement necklaces but I just didn’t carry it off with panache. I much prefer delicate pieces, like this bunny necklace with a pearl tummy.

 

Flopsy Bunnies print

My friend Amy is having a baby and wants the nursery to be this pink colour so I bought her this print. It's more of a pinky red.

Three words

In Parks and Recreation (the best sitcom ever created) the characters Donna and Tom spend one day of each year treating themselves to gifts. It’s the best day of the year.

I thought I'd write about the importance of giving yourself gifts every now and then.

Treating yourself is good for your self-esteem, health and confidence. It’s an assertion of independence. Plus waiting for other people to treat you is supremely inefficient.

If you treat yourself well, other people will treat you well too. Weird science, but it’s true.
 

 Treating yo self

a beginner's guide

Words

Don’t say negative things about yourself to yourself or to other people. If you say something unkind about yourself it gives other people permission to say or think it too.

Thoughts

Pay yourself a compliment every day. Even when you’re feeling truly wretched and bedraggled, say one nice thing about yourself in your head.

Deeds

Treating yourself can be free: clearing an hour to read a book, having a bath, going for a run. Going to the doctors to check out a mole.

Treating yourself might involve spending cash. If it does, then save a little first. This is a treat in itself. You'll thank yourself later. After you’ve squirrelled some money away, be honest with yourself about what you can afford. If you can’t afford something then buying it with credit or getting into debt to fund it is not a treat.

As Warren Buffett says ‘Don’t risk what you have and need for something you don’t have and don’t need’. Or, as my great-grandpa said, 'If you don't have the cash to pay for it up front, then you don't have the cash to pay for it'
 

Here’s how I treated myself this month:
 

SILVER VANS

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It’s hard to express my love for these shoes. They are ideal shoes for shopping, flights, city walks and because they are metallic they go with everything (I hope) I saw them full price, hesitated and then they totally sold out. I was prepared to get them on eBay and saw them on the TKMaxx website for better than half price. Shopping in that store is a nightmarish jumble sale but online was a dream. A beautiful, cost-effective dream.

CHOPPING BOARD

 

 

Not especially glamorous but this chopping board makes kitchen-life easier. I bought my first one about two years ago but it started to show signs that it might be on the way out, so I bought a new one.

MAC LIPSTICK

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My usual lipstick shade is ‘Bare Again’ by MAC but I wanted something a bit more vivid. The shade is called ‘See Sheer’ and I’ve worn it every day.

Medicine cupboard:

I cleaned out the medicine cupboard. I avoided going near it for months because it was such a mess. But on Sunday evening I threw out one Zara carrier bag full of dusty bandages, congealed nail varnishes, orphaned cotton wool balls and out of date multi-vitamins.