Create An Atmosphere

I absolutely love candles. They can create a warm, cozy and romantic atmosphere and can really help to set the tone at parties or a simple relaxing few hours on your own! Candles also make great gifts, perfect for this time of the years, when we’re going to parties, visiting friends or just wanting to make someone feel special!

 

Here are some of my favs:

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Springs Eden Candle Tin

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Voluspa Cut Glass Candle

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Diptyque Candle

Jonathon-Adles-CandleJonathon Adler Candle

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Royal Apothic Conservatory Collection Candle

Good Objects

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Uruguayan artist Valeria Rienzi uses watercolor as medium to highlight fashion trends and her most coveted items. I love her stuff and how her illustrations just jump of the page and make you want to keep looking at them. Here details are so good and yet again shows how fashion adn creativity can go hand in hand! You can buy some of her items at a newly launched art gallery called Buddy Editions.

 

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Xmas Gift Guide – $25 or under

With gift giving time upon us I thought i’d compile a list of some gift ideas $25 or less. These would make great stocking fillers, secret santa presents or some inspiration for what others can gift you!

 

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Rifle Paper Co Desk Calendar

Ceremic-Jewellery-Box-J-CrewCeramic Jewelry Box

Deborah-Lippmann-Dance-Music-Polish-SetDeborah Lippmann Polish set

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Laura Mercier Hand Creme

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Monogram Mug from Anthropologie

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Pink Marshmallow Set from Philosophy

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Voluspa Mini Candle Set

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Bronze Star – Perfect Coffee Table Decoration

Tips For Finding Some Zen…

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Sometimes life is super busy or stressful or both and it’s hard to find a moment to find your ‘centre’ or feel a few moments of peace. We get caught up in the ‘race’ of life and don’t take time out to just be, to care for our inner well being and to ‘breath’.

Here are a few tips I try to use to help me find my ‘center’ when I’m spiraling or am having an anxious or crazy busy day:

Take one minute to breath - we all have 1 minute, no one can argue this! So I try to practice this whenever I feel overwhelmed:

•Breathe in for five seconds.

•Hold your breath for five seconds.

•Release for five seconds.

•Hold for five seconds.

•Repeat this pattern for one minute.

 

Take a 5 minute tech break - sometimes it can be refreshing and decompressing to simply stand up and walk away from all those tech devices we have become so attached to. Maybe sit quietly for a few minutes, drink a glass of water or go for a quick walk to stretch your legs.

 

Fall in love with your exercise routine – Make exercise your friend and choose something you actually look forward to doing (well most days anyway!) Exercise has so many benefits but it is most definitely one of the few times in a day that someone devotes to themselves and their own wellbeing. This in itself is powerful!

 

Remember to give love and be able to receive it as well – this is a good one for me as I’m able to give love but find it hard to believe people when they show love back. Weather it’s a compliment or a big ol’ bear hug, remember that being able to receive love is just as important as giving it!

 

 Spend some time focusing on what makes you feel good – throughout the day we often fill our own heads with negative banter, try switching this up with some positive self talk. Take some time in your day or week to focus on something you enjoy: read a book, take a walk, cuddle with your dog – simple things that bring you joy and make you feel good!

 

And if nothing else, knowing there’s a cup or tea, glass of wine or some chocolate at the end of your day, can help to get you through! Having a little something to look forward to at the end of a tough or busy day, can help you plow through the ‘crazy’ just that bit longer!

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For The Love Of Water

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As a kid the only thing I would drink was water. Not to say that I never had a soft drink, but at home all I ever drink and what I pretty much asked for was water. While I still drink a decent amount of water now, I know I need to step up my game and drink more of it throughout the day.

I don’t need to tell anyone how important water is for us (but in case I do, here are 10 reasons to drink more of it!). Though with most basic things in life, we can sometimes take it for granted, both in our easy access to clean water and how much we are actually consuming a day.

I’m going to try a glass of water with lemon first thing of a morning before breakfast and as I’m a creature of habit, I hope to make this part of my daily routine. I mightn’t have the water as hot as some people do (I absolutely love cold water) but may go with a more room temp version.

I’m also going to go back to my old habit of carrying around my water bottle. I find this is a visual reminder to drink more water and I always find that I’m actually more thirsty than I first thought anyway!

One habit I’m good at and definitely want to continue, is having a glass of water or two with each meal. This is much better then soft drink or fruit juice etc and it’s a great way to help you get in your 8 glasses!

Books On My Radar

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The Valley of Amazement – I have liked Amy Tan ever since The Joy Luck Club, so am keen to read her new one! About two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the mountains of a remote Chinese village.

Gone-Girl-Gillian-Flynn

I seriously loved this book! In the book, on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy disappears. There are signs of struggle in the house and Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect. Told through alternating view points, as each new revelation unfolds, it becomes clear that the truth does not exist in the middle of Nick and Amy’s points of view; in fact, the truth is far more dark, more twisted then you can imagine. The movie based on this book is coming out soon and although most book adaptations aren’t as good as the book, I still can’t wait to watch it!

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Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they make their way through the twentieth century. This is the last book in the trilogy and I may have to re familiarize myself with the 2nd book, as I read it back in 2012 when it was released! I have loved the series so far, so in-depth and you really learn about the different era’s. This book taking you from the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll.

Hard Times – One Thing I’ve Learnt

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Having gone through a hard time recently, I realized that I may not have been so sympathetic to others who had gone through what I have, in the past. With some things, we only gain a true understanding and a deep compassion, when we have gone through a similar situation ourselves. I started to feel bad for my past lack of true sympathy and care but realised that at the time, I didn’t know how much that person really could have been hurting, how deep the pain could go. I guess sometimes you don’t know until you know.

One thing I want to take away from this situation I’ve been forced to deal with, is that I hope I can truly stop and listen when people are telling ‘their stories’. I think we can get so caught up in our own lives or tune out halfway through someone’s ‘sad’ story, that we take away an opportunity to connect with someone else on a level that could really make a difference. No, I mightn’t have been through what they have or would believe my reaction/level of grief would be the same as theirs, but here’s the zinger – it’s their pain, their story.

So even though I find it hard to find a positive in my current situation, I hope that I can be more ‘present’ the next time someone opens up and allows me to see their grief. We mightn’t know till we know, but that shouldn’t stop us from giving someone our time and support.