Friday Favourites

Favourite Video:

This TED talk was a serious wake up call for me. I saw it for the first time towards the end of last year, and I watched it again yesterday. It’s really worth a watch!

Favourite Poem:

My cousin Shaun recited this beautiful poem at our Christmas Eve celebration last week, and it has stayed with me since. The way he recited the words was magical, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed hearing it.

When I heard at the Close of the Day – Walt Whitman

“When I heard at the close of the day how my name had been receiv’d with plaudits in the capitol, still it was not a happy night for me that follow’d,
And else when I carous’d, or when my plans were accomplish’d, still I was not happy,
But the day when I rose at dawn from the bed of perfect health, refresh’d, singing, inhaling the ripe breath of autumn,
When I saw the full moon in the west grow pale and disappear in the morning light,
When I wander’d alone over the beach, and undressing bathed, laughing with the cool waters, and saw the sun rise,
And when I thought how my dear friend my lover was on his way coming, O then I was happy,
O then each breath tasted sweeter, and all that day my food nourish’d me more, and the beautiful day pass’d well,
And the next came with equal joy, and with the next at evening came my friend,
And that night while all was still I heard the waters roll slowly continually up the shores,
I heard the hissing rustle of the liquid and sands as directed to me whispering to congratulate me,
For the one I love most lay sleeping by me under the same cover in the cool night,
In the stillness in the autumn moonbeams his face was inclined toward me,
And his arm lay lightly around my breast – and that night I was happy.”

Favourite Song:

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Everyone needs a little spark of happiness in their day. I’ve found that this song has the power to instantly take my mood from foul to fabulous.

Favourite Product:

SLIP Pure Silk Pillowcases. I got two of these from Mum and Dad for Christmas, and they’re ah-mazing. I feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud, not to mention they are doing amazing things for my hair and skin! Well worth the investment, in my opinion.

Favourite Outfit:

Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage looks effortlessly chic in this laser skater number from ASOS. Paired with a Chanel clutch and some striking sandals, Jess has given me a serious case of wardrobe envy (as well as leg envy. Damn girl!).