Unboxing #2

Hello there!

First of all I am so sorry I haven’t posted much lately. Work has been so demanding that when I am out I don’t want to do anything that requires much brainpower, and therefore so much for reading and posting. Ever felt that way? I end up just playing silly games on my phone. *sigh* How time flies if you’re not careful with that stuff.

Anyway, last Wednesday the 21st of June was my birthday and on that same day I got my second Bookishly box. How awesome is that??

Onto the unboxing then!


Dun dun dun…

As usual, all items are of great quality.

And of course the wrapping paper… Gosh. I am still gushing about it. I am so happy they used the same one.

I cannot begin to tell you how delicious that tea is but then again I am partial to all things minty.


The little notebook and bookmark are just lovely and much too pretty to use.

Is it just me or did you also get a sort of Dorian Gray vibe from this description? I am actually curious to read this one!


Have you bought a box from Bookishly UK? If not, what are you waiting for??

My First Unboxing!

For months I have been searching for a box that has a content that appeals to me and ships to Portugal at a manageable rate. I have to tell you, it has not been an easy feat! Most don’t deliver and those that do charge an insane amount for shipping.

Well, after much browsing I found this Tea and Book Club Subscription Box on Bookishly. To be honest I didn’t really want more books – I will never go through my TBR pile in my lifetime – but I loved the idea of tea and a vintage book and stationery, which was what I really was aiming for. I just love pretty notebooks and bookmarks and whatnot.
I have to tell you, even though the box cost me more than I had wanted to spend, I couldn’t be happier.

Let the unboxing begin and prepare for some proper gushing!


Okay so I open my mailbox and ‘lo and behold, a pretty envelope sits there:

I was not expecting it to arrive this soon so I was honestly surprised.
I had no idea what the envelope would look like either, so I found all the pretty stamps adorable.
I may or may not have done a happy dance holding said pretty envelope.

Okay so I open it and inside…

I find a blue envelope with yet another pretty bookishly icon, in this case a sticker, and a gorgeous card. I mean, who even bothers with cards anymore? And I simply adored the font and colour scheme. It just made me feel happy.

Yep, I signed up for three months and so far I do not regret it.
So, what was inside the pretty blue envelope, you say?

And here is where the gushing properly began. I could not decide whether to gawk at the amazing wrap paper or the gorgeous little notebook with the clouds made of writing and the raindrops featuring music notes – sorry you can’t tell by these pictures, I shall be taking more for sure, so keep an eye on my Instagram account. It’s so pretty I am not sure I will be using it…

And what about that beautiful bookmark! I have such a thing for bookmarks and that one is just gorgeous. Again, I loved the font and the colours, it’s all just perfect. And of course, the tea. I am looking forward to trying it, hopefully tomorrow.

And, of course, the vintage book:

(Needless to say I will be keeping this wrapping paper nice and safe)

I actually didn’t know this one!

Another cute note. It’s an old one indeed!


Ok, so that’s it! Please let me know how I fared, as I am unsure how these unboxings usually go. I would appreciate any tips.

Also, if you know any other subscription boxes, mainly with cool book related stationery, please share.

Hope you have a lovely week, folks!

My Instagram Experience

So I started my Instagram account roughly a month and a half ago and figured I would reflect on my experience so far.

I started my account very timidly because I knew I would like to post pictures, as I love taking them, but I was also aware that I don’t have any proper skills at it and there is so much beautiful stuff out there. I came to a point where I figured I was either going to try and go pro, and shortly after most likely quit, or try and learn a few tips, taking it easy and doing it for fun. I chose the latter.

Since then I finally bought a better phone – a Huawei P10, which Leica camera is pretty neat. I wonder if I will ever learn to play with all its features but so far I am happy with it.

Contentwise, I would have to say I am still trying to find my voice but I am finding it difficult to stick to fully book related topics. It all started when I began browsing through Bookstagram and found so many neat decorative items that I would love to have.

I have to tell you, I have never shopped so much in decoration stores as I have lately. I am enamoured with all the scented candles and baggies and whatnot and I find myself thinking ‘ooh that would look lovely in a picture’ over the most random items.

The next step is to actually dare to light a candle so I can fully experience the relaxing atmosphere reading with a scented candle must provide.

So in my Instagram account you will find several pictures of my Kindle, since that is how I usually read:

I am trying not to post much food or beverage but I did post this:

Then I also posted a couple of nature stuff:

Here's to new beginnings. #changeisgood #newoffice #naturelovers

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And art stuff:

I guess this would be my most elaborate attempt at a proper picture, I do love the colours:

And of course, my reading nook:

 

I have truly enjoyed browsing through Instagram, especially meeting you folks out there. I have also found some pretty nifty stuff just browsing a couple of hashtags of stuff that I love.

So this is it. My Instagram turned out to be more personal than I thought, I guess it gives a more complete picture of me because it is just much quicker to take a picture than write a blog post, at least for me.

I would love to know how your Instagram experience has been.
Also, do you have any tips to find more people, like popular hashtags of stuff we bookworms usually love, as well as to gain more followers?

Looking forward to your comments!

My Reading Nook

I have never felt like a proper bookworm given that I did not have a proper reading nook. I mostly read in bed but now I am proud to say I finally have my own extremely cosy and comfortable reading nook!

I ordered this beanbag which is actually also a mattress so if someone wants to sleep over now they can! Don’t you just love 2 in 1 stuff? So practical.

I can see myself spending a lot of time here.

What do you think?
And do you have a reading nook? I would love to see it!

Getting Artsy

If you follow my Instagram account you will have noticed a few days ago I went to a Tiger shop and got some art supplies:

Watercolour paper and crayons – oh, the possibilities!

I don’t know how to draw or paint but I still love this kind of stuff – there is just something about a blank sheet of paper and colours and just the potential for something beautiful.
I am not really drawn to colouring books and I had lost hope of finding something to fulfil this yearning but then I came across these and was so excited.

I was not 100% sure what I was going to do with them but when I got home an idea started forming. I would start with random abstract stuff, yes, that is really the only thing I can do eheh, but I would combine it with something I have been meaning to try for a while now, ever since I came across the work of so many talented people out there: making my own bookmarks!

Somehow the ones I get or come across otherwise are too small and I figured hey, this could be a good way to combine this desire to get artsy within my very limited capabilities and making something useful. So I present to you my first experiment:

I am not sure if it is because of the crayon’s quality not being too good but I did not get an effect using a brush, only my finger, and still it doesn’t look too good but I am pretty happy with the result considering it was my first attempt, and encouraged to keep going!

I am curious, have you ever tried this? Do you have any tips regarding materials, techniques or anything really?