Good afternoon lovelies ♥ I had planned to make a post about my Christmas gifts weeks ago, but life happened and it moved to the back of my to-do list, but better late than never right? I know it might seem a bit superficial and materialistic to show of gifts, but I personally love these kind of posts, I think they are a fun and cosy way to get to know one another a little bit better + I love to find inspiration in them as well ♥
I photographed some of my Christmas gifts the other day while re-arranging my livings room a little (it is really starting to come together), but I didn’t manage to photograph everything, so let me just go through the ones I didn’t photograph first.
Some of my favorite gifts were Broste Copenhagen plates in Nordic Sand that I have been dreaming about for ages! I got these and these and they are just perfect! Very Scandinavian and minimalistic, but with a rustic touch and since they are handmade not two are exactly the same. I need to buy some more if I want a full set for when I have guests over (I have so many different plates because of what I do, but never more than 4 of the same kind), but it is a great start. I also got this lovely salad bowl that matches the plates ♥
My uncle got me quite an unexpected gift that wasn’t on my wish list, but it is one of my absolutely favorite gifts – he got me this beyond beautiful blue bowl. I am going to use it for serving salads and such when I have guests over, but it is too pretty to hide away in a cupboard, so when I don’t have guests over I use it as a fruit bowl – it completely brightens up my dining room! I love to receive unexpected heartfelt gifts like these, I am so thankful ♥
Another of my absolute favorite Christmas gifts are this cute and retro light pink record player that I got from my parents. I have been wanting record player for years, so I was beyond thrilled when I found this beauty underneath the tree ♥
It probably seems a bit silly to some to get a record player in this day and age with pretty much all music being easily available and often free online, but I just think there is something very special about collecting records. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love services like Spotify and I use them everyday, but I feel like these kind of services has made music less special. You have access to everything at all times without any or much cost, which for me personally have meant that I don’t really appreciate or enjoy music the same way that I used to.
It used to be so special when one of your favorite artist released a new album and you had to save up to buy the CD (I was a teenager the last time I actually bought CD’s) and then you would listen to it non-stop for days, weeks, months and you would listen to the entire CD, not just the singles. Buying a new vinyl for my record player makes me feel feel the same way about music as I did when I was a teenager. It is special again. Buying a vinyl can cost the same as three months Spotify membership, so I don’t just buy at random. I carefully select records that are special to me, albums from some of my favorite artists, old classics that will never go out of style or those new classics that I have been listening to on repeat for months on end.
It probably all sounds a bit geeky, I know, but for a music lover this pink beauty is really something special ♥
I also got my two very first records for Christmas. My parents got me Amy Winehouse Back to Black and my sister got me The Weeknd House of Balloons – both have been played non-stop ever since I got back from my Christmas holiday ♥
My new afternoon ritual is to put on a record and then take half an hour to just relax with a cup of matcha tea, a piece of organic dark chocolate (hah sounds a bit pretentious I know, but I am sticking to the healthier treats after Christmas and too much indulging) along with either a bit of writing (the non-workrelated kind) or some light reading. It is the perfect little time out and an important part of me working on being more relaxed, present and mindful instead of just going through my busy (work)days on autopilot.
One of the things I have on my bucket list for 2018 (will share it soon) is to read at least 12 books. I know it does not sound like much, but ever since I went to law school and had to read large amounts of law literature and legislation, then I completely lost my love of reading. I know it is still there and I am slowly finding it again, so to help me really get back into reading I have decided that I will need to read at least a book a month this year. Before law school I would read a good book in just a day, so it should be manageable to get through one a month – at least I hope so! ;)
To be able to check this goal off my bucket list, then I will of course need books to read, so I had put a couple on my wish list and I was lucky enough to get this beautiful book Note to self by Connor Franta. It has been recommended by several of my favorite influencers and it has gotten a lot of hype lately, so I am excited to see if it can live up to my expectations.
I also got this super fun book that I am so excited to start using!
Let me know if you want me to share the books I plan on reading this year and please share your favorite books as well, I could really use some inspiration ♥
I am starting to notice a bit of a pink theme in Christmas gifts – next up we have this (affiliate link) amazing new fragrance Bloom by Gucci. I am completely obsessed with this flowery scent that works perfectly both in the daytime and at night – it is always a big plus my book when a perfume possess that quality!
Other than the scent, I really love the packaging, it is a bit silly, but I just love perfumes and beauty products that much more when they come in pretty packaging ♥
Some of you already know that I collect cute/silly mugs (see my unicorn mug here and elephant mug here), so I was thrilled to find this adorable sloth mug under the tree – I mean how cute is this?! It actually goes perfectly with my new plates, so I a bit sad that I didn’t manage to get my hands on some more of these mugs before they sold out. Definitely a new favorite of mine ♥
And that was the last one I think, my family definitely spoiled me this year! I hope they love the gifts that I got them just as much as I love the ones they got me ♥