Monday, 24 November 2014

Living Simply


Morning - hope you had a great weekend. It was a busy time for the whole family here. I finally did my wonderful relaxation evening at the yoga studio for 17 chilled out people. It was so much fun giving people the time and space to really nurture themselves and let go. We're already planning our next one! Then yesterday was a full day of winter fun; ice skating, fair rides and a theatre visit topped off with the Christmas lights switch on in town. Fun!

A little personal perspective today on the blog. 

For the last 2 weeks we've been living out of a suitcase at my parent's house while work has been going on at home. We have another few days left before we can officially move back in and try to create order where there is currently chaos. It reminded me of a short, but inspiring, TED talk I watched just the other day by Graham Hill. I'm a little obsessive about the TED talks, it seems I start every conversation with 'have you seen the TED talk about'… They open your eyes to a different way of thinking or being. I'll link a few of my absolute favourites below. 

The talk is titled 'Less Stuff, more happiness' and touches on the idea of living in smaller more compact spaces with less 'stuff'. Certainly after spending a few weeks without all my 'stuff' to hand I would agree that there is something liberating about simply having less, although I still manage to create piles of paperwork wherever I spend more than 24 hours. Piles of banking notes as I change bank accounts -eurgh! Piles of yoga notes for lesson ideas, anatomy study, and admin. The paper never seems to dwindle. But I have resolved over the next few weeks to let go of a little more of the unnecessary stuff. I don't need it. It's that simple. 

How do you create order and live a little simpler? I'd love to hear. And if you have 10 minutes - here are some of my favourite TED talks to feed your mind. x


Friday, 21 November 2014

Simple Inspiration: Rumi

Friday afternoon and a little soulful inspiration for the weekend. I hope you have a lovely restful and restorative weekend whatever you're up to and I'll see you next week. x

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Simple Inspiration: Pretty in Pink

Wednesday morning and I hope you're having a lovely week. Today on the blog a little feminine girliness. 

Now let me be frank here, 90% of the time I'm not a very girly girl. I spend most of my days in jeans, over sized jumpers and comfortable shoes, something my husband I'm sure wishes were different, but occasionally when the urge takes me I'll put on some heels, shave my legs and even maybe throw on a slinky dress. Now don't get carried away, these urges over take me as often as the urge to see what Kim Kardashian is up to, but sometimes you have to indulge in a little frivolous flirtiness. 

I think my aversion to pink came from being 13 and being forced to go on my first independent skiing trip with school adorned in a marshmallow-coloured all-in-one that made look the wrong side of 10. Faced with a handsome skiing instructor and emerging hormones my ski attire was like a nail in the coffin of my already stunted womanhood, and ever since, the colour has slightly set my teeth on edge like the sweets of the same hue. But more recently I've warmed to the subtle tones of blush and rose. Antique shades that are like baby's cheeks and vintage blushes. So here I am embracing my feminine side. Of course that lace skirt would look awesome with a leather jacket over the top, and the Reiss cardigan would be perfect with a deep blue pair of high waisted flares, so perhaps the key is to balance the masculine and the feminine for the perfect style harmony.

What do you think? See you Friday. x


1. Mave textured cardigan, Reiss | SHOP NOW |
2. Moroccan rose bath oil, Space NK | SHOP NOW |
3.  Stephanie suede clutch, Atterley Road | SHOP NOW |
4.  Eve table ware mug, Toast | SHOP NOW |
5. Butterfly bracelet, Hipanema | SHOP NOW |
6.  Eat Pretty book, Anthropologie | SHOP NOW |
7.  Bohemia rose scarf, Lily and Lionel | SHOP NOW |
8.  Lace pencil skirt, Top Shop | SHOP NOW |

Monday, 17 November 2014

THE FUTURE OF STYLE

Monday evening here and a busy week ahead for me organising a really fun charity event at the weekend. It's in aid of our local cancer charity and will be an opportunity for friends and colleagues in the yoga community to really chill out for an evening, so lots of fun things to prepare ahead. 

In the meantime I spotted this on Twitter today and wanted to share it as it throws up lots of things I've been addressing recently in my blog. Style and how we live today. It's a new device by Intel called MICA that is both a fashion accessory and offers wearers an integrated device for all their hectic social and business media. 

Now in principle this seems like a brilliant idea. After all who doesn't want something that looks great and serves a brilliant function so you don't have a phone / laptop / tablet to carry around the whole time.  But there is a part of me that thinks, hold on a minute, if you don't have the time to properly sit down and schedule your life and you have to be doing everything simultaneously surely there's something wrong? Our addiction to being busy and multi-tasking is in danger of becoming endemic in certain circles.

This may be the future of wearable technology but I can also see a backlash that might emerge. A new-found joy in paper and pen, a notebook and possibly even talking face to face. Who knows? It might catch on.

I'd love to know what you think. x


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

5 OFF-DUTY COATS FOR WINTER

Wednesday evening here and I'm late posting today as I've been in the studio since early this morning after an arduous journey into work, in the rain, in line after line of standing traffic. Yes, one of those days. 

Today's post is for those of us in the chilly North. Here are my five favourite styles of winter coats. Coats, much like scarves, are one of the things I'm naturally drawn to when out shopping. I have far too many that take up far too much room in our house, most of which I never wear. But with the worst circulation of anyone in our family, a warm coat is essential for me when the weather gets cold, along with gloves, and scarf, hat and boots, just to be extra insulated! Most important, it needs to cover my bum, don't ask me why, perhaps I feel the cold in my rear end like some arthritic octogenarian? 

What is your favourite style? Do you feel the cold or are you made of hardier stuff? Have a great week and see you Friday. x


1. Short hooded coat, Zara | SHOP NOW |
2. Checked blanket coat, Next | SHOP NOW |
3. Parka, Hush | SHOP NOW |
4. Jordanston Car Coat, Baukjen | SHOP NOW |
5. Orange boyfriend pea coat, River Island | SHOP NOW |

Monday, 10 November 2014

DAY TO EVENING BLACK INSPIRATION

Monday morning and I hope you had a lovely relaxing weekend. There is a little upheaval in our house at the moment as we begin the second phase of large-scale work on our house. It is exciting if a little daunting as to what is ahead over the next few weeks, but also reassuring and settling to know we are setting down roots in a place we love. 

For today's post, what can be simpler than black. Here are a few favourite pieces that would work as easily for day as for night. I would love the sparkle skirt from Whistles and the Global Magpie scarf would be the perfect addition to my expanding collection [although I think my other half would kill me after all the scarves we packed away this weekend into storage!].

Have a brilliant week, whatever you're up to. x


1. Cecil sparkle skirt, Whistles | SHOP NOW |
2. Embroidered velvet kimono, Top Shop | SHOP NOW |
3. Classic wallet, & Other Stories | SHOP NOW |
4. Fine wool wrap, Global Magpie | SHOP NOW |
5. Black textured Tee, Miss Selfridge | SHOP NOW |
6. Hobbs, Betty Court, House of Fraser | SHOP NOW |