I thought rather than me ramble on this week I shall just let you see why I adore the Lake District so very much. I think I have said a million times that I leave a little part of my soul there when I leave and this time was no different.
I had time to stop and breathe in the cool air and mind blowing vistas, spent precious hours with my family enjoying each others company without laptops or mobile phones. I indulged in books when it got too dark outside to see the view of the lake. We huddled in coffee shops out of the rain, ran along windswept beaches, got wet under waterfalls, kicked autumn leaves in the forest and didn’t want to come home.
What are half term holidays for but a bit of down time away from what you are used to, I have a few more days to hold onto this magic.
Sometimes I feel a little lost, this is when I try very hard to not feel guilty for stopping for a while. Putting the phone down and turning it off, not going near the laptop and to tell myself it doesn’t matter that I’ve stepped away from the technology for a moment. I get a bit frustrated with myself that I can’t muster good ideas or create good images for instagram but I also get a bit scared that what if it never comes back; what if I’ve peaked.
I do try very hard to be mindful, working through some of the knots I’ve got my head into, I spend a lot of time reading indulging in my favourite magazines and interior books hoping that a spark will appear. Taking time away from the screens is good but I do let myself browse through Pinterest, a happy place where colour and images bring moments of joy. Putting together mood boards that reflect what I’m seeing and feeling helps too.
So today this post features some of these boards; calming images in colour palettes that I find inspiring at the moment helping me to work through my anxieties a little and hopefully a little spark will be reignited once more.
I have long been a huge admirer of the lifestyle brand TOAST, their clothes are modern and functional but thoughtful pieces for women and are always a part of my capsule wardrobe. Their ability to promote a more mindful way of living is expressed through their beautifully curated clothing and home wares, all with a considered stillness of style that I adore.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Harrogate store to take photographs of the art installation Circular Openings, 2016. Emulsion paint on canvas by Nic Pehkonen, that featured in the shop window throughout February. Each store had a different piece displayed for The Work of the Heart project, 11 artists were chosen to feature their work in each of the 11 stores across the country. It was wonderful seeing Nic’s piece so close, the detail and markings were remarkable and to have my images featured on TOAST Travels was equally as thrilling.
I couldn’t leave the store without having a good browse of the new SS17 Early Spring collection, so many versatile items to choose from all complimenting each other perfectly. This collection has “easy drawstring shapes and textural volume in yarn-dyed linens, ticking stripes and quiet checks. Slate blues, grey chambrays and parchment” a statement summing up my style, so of course I came away with a new dress that will take me through the season. A timeless stripe linen shirt dress that is now a firm favourite, comfortable yet versatile just the way I like to dress.
As I don’t get to visit the TOAST stores that often it’s always a ‘YAY’ kind of day when one of their delicious brochures arrives. I always make time to sit with a coffee and slowly go through them to read the thoughtful articles and look at the pared back styled images. It’s such a treat knowing that there is a brand out there that speaks for so many of us, bringing us that sense of belonging and style. Simple moments of thoughtfulness and a reflection of how we want to live our lives.
I applaud you TOAST.
- with thanks to TOAST for providing some of the images for use in this post