Monthly Roundup – June Favourites

June was a busy month for me, full of fundraising events and family outings.However I still found time for plenty of lovely books, blooms and pretty things throughout the month. 

So here are some of my favourite things from the month of June.


Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

So first we have Lord of Shadows, and before you point it out… I know this was released at the end May. However, I did not pick this up until June so therefore it definitely belongs in my June Favourites! This one was my most anticipated release of the year for sure. I had been counting down to its release from the moment I finished Lady Midnight for the first time last year!

After the absolute beauty that was Lady Midnight, I was so excited and nervous for this next installment. And oh my goodness it did not disappoint! It totally surpassed my expectations and I honestly can’t wait to read it again! And again, and probably again!

There were some absolutely beautiful moments in this book, and also some devastating ones too. We learnt so much more about the characters and the relationship dynamics have really grown, and that ending… OMG!

Also there was so much Mark Blackthorn goodness, that honestly, the rest of it could have been pretty terrible and I still would have loved it because… well… MY BEAUTIFUL HALF FAERIE BOY!


Magnolia Kitchen

We are so lucky to have this adorable little Sweet Cafe just down the road from us here in Auckland. The best coffee in town, and so many delicious baked goods to choose from! Not to mention, it is so damn pretty.

Every Saturday, after our morning walk and trip to the flower stall at the markets, we head to Magnolia Kitchen for a coffee and a doughnut! It really is the best way to start your weekend after a busy week.

If you ever make it into Magnolia Kitchen I definitely recommend the Salted Caramel Doughnut. Oh my goodness, it is absolutely divine. Every Saturday I go in with the best intentions of ordering something new, but I always end up with that doughnut. Delicious. They also have the best coffee in town!

Now if you don’t live in Auckland, don’t fret! You can order some amazing Magnolia Kitchen goodies on their website HERE. Things like the best fudge in the world, amazing salted caramel sauce, adorable little smores packs for two, and super yummy marshmallows.

Photo is not mine (because every time I go in I am too preoccupied with stuffing doughnut in my face to take a good picture), it is from the Magnolia Kitchen Instagram which you can find HERE.


After Laughter – Paramore

Okay, so something else that was technically released in May! However, this is definitely a June favourite for me. I have been playing this album over and over all month!

I am a long time Paramore fan, so a new album was exciting news! But it was also kind of scary. There is always that chance that you won’t love the new stuff as much as you did the old… but not in this case!

This is a super fast and catchy album, with a lot of songs that were ridiculously easy to relate too. As I am going through hard times of my own right now (the hardest I have ever been through, and will ever go through), being able to blast songs like ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Rose-Colored Boy’ have been really therapeutic for me. Even though they are about something completely different, music is amazing in the way that it is heard differently by each listener, and it has a way to help people in all kinds of situations.


Pepper & Me

pepper and me

Okay so I had been seeing Pepper & Me absolutely EVERYWHERE! It seemed like 90% of the people I follow on Snapchat were raving about these products and using them every single day. And as I am a shameless consumer and easily swayed by other peoples influence I simply had to try it for myself… and boy am I glad I did.

I just started off with an order of the Man Grind and the Man Rub, the two products I was hearing about the most. I have been using the Man Grind in absolutely everything I cook and it honestly improves it all.

The plan for tonight is BBQ & Man Rub Pulled Pork and my entire house smells incredible. I can’t wait for dinner! If you are serious about your food then you really need to try these products! I am so excited to order more from Pepper & Me and bring our dinner game up a few more levels! .


Flower of the Month: Carnations

So one of the flowers we picked up for our home this month were Carnations. They come in so many beautiful colours and each colour has it’s own meaning. We chose this gorgeous plum purple bunch, and Purple Carnations mean Capriciousness. These lasted for so long in a vase on our table keeping our home looking bright on these gloomy and some what ‘Capricious‘ winter days.

Ha, see what I did there…

Carnations are also often referred to as ‘Dianthus‘. This name comes from two Greek Words… ‘dios‘, which is referring to the god Zeus, and “anthos“, which means flower. This is why Carnations are known as ‘The Flowers of God‘.

Definitely a gorgeous choice if you are looking for a bunch of flowers to brighten up your home, or to give as a gift (however check the meaning of the colours first… you wouldn’t want to give a friend a bunch that meant regret or disappointment).


So that was my round up of my very favourite items from June 2017.
What were some of your favourite things from the month of June?
I would love to hear all about your discoveries and loves!


You can check out my May Favourites HERE.



  1. booksandmunches

    July 4, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Pretty sure I’m one of few who still has to even start reading Lord of Shadows. This book is a matter of “I don’t care that my followers didn’t put it on my Summer TBR for me; I’ll read it anyway.” Haha.
    Glad you enjoyed it so much!

    1. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

      July 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Oooh I hope you enjoy it. I am always so jealous when someone tells me they are reading a book I loved for the first time because I wish I could read it again for the first time too!

      1. booksandmunches

        July 5, 2017 at 5:44 pm

        I totally get what you mean! Sometimes a book was that good you just want to read it like you haven’t read it before!
        On the other side, rereading it does remind you why you loved it in the first place, haha.

        1. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

          July 6, 2017 at 8:19 am

          Yes, I definitely enjoy a good reread too. There are certain books that I enjoy more the more times I read them!

  2. Kim's Slice of Life

    July 6, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I’m in the same boat as BOOKSANDMUNCHES in which I also have not read Lord of Shadows. Do I plan on reading it? Of course!. Glad you enjoyed it, you inspired me to pick it up sooner than later.

    1. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

      July 6, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Oooh yay, I’m glad I’ve inspired you to pick it up 🙂

  3. Holly

    July 7, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    That little cafe is adorable!! Also, have you ever read The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh?? It’s a novel about a girl growing up in foster care but a major theme running through it is flowers and their different meanings. It seems like something you might enjoy! 🙂

    1. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

      July 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      I have, and I adore it. I’m on the lookout for a nicer copy to display 🙂

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