You’re laying in a silky bath, the water is like a warm hug, next to you is a cup of tea, calm music is playing in the background and you’re free of all worries. A good bath can be so relaxing, calming and a good way to destress.

There’s a few things you can do and products you can use to take your bath from oh so ordinary to oh so lush so I put together a few things I know that can help you have an amazing one too.

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Your body is nothing more than a home for your soul but it is important to look after yourself and treat it right. The appearance of it is not terribly important but it does feel good to give your body some love and care.

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You don’t have to know a lot about art, be an art fanatic or artist yourself to admire and appreciate art. It can be a source of inspiration to you and a way to escape reality in a sense and no matter how you interpret it, the fact that art makes you think and feel is important.

Would personally love to pursue illustration more even though I’m a Graphic Design major it’s just so fun creating and expressing yourself (it’s actually fun in any form of art whether it be writing/ photography/ whatever.)

I have so many favourites as any aspiring Illustrator would agree so only picked a few and this could possibly become a regular installment on my blog where I’ll feature my favourite illustrators of the moment depending on how this one goes.

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Music is such an amazing form of art and it’s incredible to think that a combination of sounds can lift your mood, fuel creativity and make even the most mundane of tasks more exciting.

My taste in music ranges from catchy pop to classic rock, jazz, classical music, folk and all kinds of music but I tend to gravitate towards chill alternative indie kinda music like the indie trash I am deep down.

Here’s a few of the songs I’ve been listening to mostly while drawing & painting and they don’t really work together as a cohesive unit or a themed playlist but just a few tunes from my recently played list.

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There’s just something about buying a new notebook and flipping through the blank pages that excites me and makes me feel filled with potential.

The new year is a great excuse buy notebooks, pens, washi tape and all kinds of stationery and even if you’re not a stationery heaux like I am, you can make your life so much more organized with a diary and a few other bits and bobs.

There’s also a small printable freebie gift for all of you to say thanks for more than 200 views and celebrate my small blog turning one week old.

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Hello and welcome to my blog!!

Usually I’m that quiet mysterious girl that mainly listens and observes but behind that introverted exterior I have so much to say when it comes to things I’m passionate about so I thought I’d express that side of me more and I hope that this will be the start of great things to come.

I want artily to be a hub of creativity and helpful source for various aspects of life so my blog posts are going to include categories like Art (arty-crafty how to’s, featured artists and behind the scene glimpses of my attempts at creating art), reviews and posts on Beauty and Body products, Recipes & quick and easy snack ideas, Printables and also all kinds of lifestyle bits and bobs.

Might have accidentally done that thing again where I got straight down to business and didn’t talk about myself but anyway just to introduce myself I’m Niela, I’m 21 years old, South African and an Art and Design student with big dreams of being an Illustrator/ Graphic Designer. I love art, fruit, flowers and plants, space, books, baking and naps.

I’m quite excited to get properly started and I really hope you’ll enjoy this creative exploration with me //

**also ps I’m gonna try to post twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays so subscribe and keep an eye out on my Twitter for more news and info (peachyniela/nielabun)

creatively yours,