Hello January you funny month, I must admit I find you rather perplexing if I’m quite honest. I never want the sparkle of Christmas joy to leave so I find leaving one year and stepping into the next a little strange, especially with the noise I seem to have noticed more from social media this week about goals, year planning, resolutions, self promotion and so on. I am a gentle person, not one to rush or shout about myself very much. I like writing my blog for myself and hopefully a few of you like it too. I am lucky to get to work with some amazing folk along the way too, considered brands that I whole heartedly support in every way.
So no resolutions coming your way from me, I’m happy as I am most of the time, of course I have those days where you want to change the world and everything in it including yourself but who doesn’t. I have a lovely home, a loving family and things around me that make my little space a happy one. I find that January is a month to hibernate a little, do those things in the short light hours that we have to rejuvenate a little, read, sleep, relax, take walks outside in the cold, swim, have warm baths, look after your skin, eat hearty well cooked food and cuddle lots.
I wrote a similar post last year here, nothing has changed much but the sentiments still stand. So 2019 is a blank canvas in front of me, who knows which colours and brush strokes I will make, who I will work and connect with. Maybe I should shout a little louder about my talents and what I can do but for now I’m going to let January just be simple, what will be will be, tomorrow’s another day.
Well here we are January and I’m sat typing this still in holiday mode watching the rain pouring down outside and I have the lights on in the middle of the morning! That said I quite like the feeling of hunkering down, laying low for a while gathering my thoughts not running head long into the year at a fast pace with a list as long as my arm of things I know I couldn’t possibly achieve. I am a go slow kind of person, always have been but I get there in the end. So no resolutions for me just keeping up with what I have been doing and improving on that. Now that the Christmas decorations are packed away for another year I like the feeling of space and will take the time to stop and look around to fully appreciate all the wonderful things I have in my life and have achieved over the last year.
I find this month one of true reflection and self care. I have planned to get outside more than ever this year, it truly helps clear ones head along with my morning swim. I do pretty well on looking after myself, I make time on an evening to have a soak in the bath but this year I am definitely going to invest more in invigorating potions to add to the water, one of my favourite places to go is Magic Organic Apothecary, these guys really know how to self care the natural way. Once out of the steamy bath I like nothing more than to wrap myself up in a luxurious gown and Toast do the best ones around, one of my gifts this year was a Kimono style gown that I could honestly live in! I adore anything from Aesop and have gradually over time added most of their products to my bathroom cabinet, a soothing face mask rejuvenates the skin especially at this time of year when you can feel a little sluggish.
Another great thing about the darker days is being able to curl up with a good book, wrapped up in blankets to lose yourself for a while. Take the time to enjoy that pot of tea rather than drinking it on the go, things can wait. Nothing is more important than looking after yourself and one of the most beneficial things we can do is sleep, so after lingering over that cup of tea, taking a soak in the tub and wrapping yourself up in your linen gown, climb under the duvet and let your body rest, no phone, no laptop just pure sleep. What are these darker days for if we can’t take time out to properly look after ourselves when the sun goes down.
I do hope that you are taking time out too to slow down and enjoy these winter days, simple and still is most certainly the way to do it.
I’m having a little break of sorts as it’s the Easter holidays and everyone needs a bit of down time right?
I love creating colour inspired mood boards, you really see the seasons in the them as I put together one every Friday, my musings as I like to call them. Inspirational pieces from flowers, interiors, furniture, fashion all in a similar hue. Going back through the archive makes me smile and also gives me the belief that I am good at what I do on those days when self doubt decides to hang around.
So I hope you enjoy these pastel inspired collages as much as I did putting them together.
Since my February post the weeks have flown, it was the school holidays when I posted my last Style The Seasons and today it will be the holidays again!
As I type this it doesn’t feel very Spring like all a bit cold and grey which is a tad disappointing as I so want the sun to be shining for the Easter break. We have enjoyed some warmer days over the last few weeks, ones that make you feel bright and able to tackle those jobs around the house and garden that you’ve put off over the Winter months. I did make a start on clearing the debris from our flower beds, mulching the borders and getting excited about the new shoots appearing from their slumber. Colour is starting to appear in the form of the hellebores, tête à têtes, comfrey and tiny flowers starting to attract the bees to the rosemary so all is as it should be.
I went out and snipped a few stems, I wanted to make a delicate Spring display to celebrate Easter and with today being Good Friday it will make a wonderful table centre piece for our celebratory lunch. Placing each stem in different height bottles stood in an enamel tray makes it a simple versatile display that can be moved around for maximum impact.
I do love Spring and especially the Easter break, we always go foraging for branches of blossom to hang blown glass eggs from, it takes centre stage in our living room and will soon be joined by many a chocolate egg to savour.
I hope the sun decides to put on a splendid show over the next few weeks and that you all have a wonderful Easter.
To take part in Styling the Seasons all you need to do is style a space, shelf, table the list is endless showing what the current month means to you and tag Katie from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts and Lots.