Happy FRIDAY to you all. And what better day for an inspirational collection of images for your beautiful faces. If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have witnessed my SLIGHT obsession for all things dip-dyed and NEON of late. I am sorry. I have somehow gone from somebody who 'can't really get into Pinterest' to someone who spends every waking hour on there! Well that may be a slight exaggeration. If you don't follow me and like the look of my little collage posts, you can find me HERE .
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I have really been feeling inspired by little flashes of neon and dip-dyes in fluro anything and everything. Whilst i am a serious print lover and worshipper, i am not as colour confident so this sudden burst of brights and saturation is rare for me. Infact the last time i even went near NEON was sometime in the 90's. And quite frankly the less said about me and my LIME green cycling shorts the better. I am so tempted to inject a little NEON into my life right now. I am not sure if it was the sudden (and fleeting) burst of sunshine we had at the start of the week, but it has left dreaming only in NEON. So far on my NEON to-do list are:
* Turn my whole hair pale pink. And then i rather fancy chalking the ends fluorescent pink. Just for extra BRIGHT. Too much? I feel like this needs to be done when it is less of the winter hat weather though. Although i am now beginning to think how fabulous pink hair would look with my angora pale grey slouchy beanie hat...
* To dip-dye some older printed items. I love the idea of dip-dying something that is already quite complexly printed. I tried this on an old Accessorize silk scarf last summer and it looked beautiful. I am thinking of trying it on some cushions for the bedroom or a couple of old printed smocks, maybe even some paisley pyjama bottoms. What do you reckon? I think a super duper bright ORANGE or PINK would really pop.
* To get creative with fabric paint and wooden stamps. I think i am going to up-cycle some old white tees and shirts with some NEON fabric paint. I am conjuring up ideas of spots, stripes or beautifully written words.
* Lastly i really would love to dip-dye some bedding. Since most of our bedding was rather expensive and is a bit too beautifully printed to DIP-DYE, i am hoping to stock up on a basic white cotton set and get dip-dying my little heart out. I imagine it to look LOVELY with our current prettier, even floral or paisley printed bedding. I am excited to mix them in with what we already have.
This whole post has got me excited and inspired beyond belief. I almost feel like i am fizzingNEON! What do you think? Have i gone mad? What is your favourite idea or should i just go for the whole lot?!
Hello and a happy mid-week to all your beautiful faces - i can hardly believe i am here again already with my words of wisdom cheer and SUNBEAMS! I hope i find you all well? And that this week has been treating you well. And if not, well maybe reading a little list of what has been making my week a little brighter might just make you think of the good things in your little world, wherever you are!
* Heading right to the very TOP of this little list without a shadow of a doubt is daylight! How lovely is it to wake up to daylight?! And even better, to go home on an evening with the day still hanging on in there, even if it is just for a few minutes. I have spent a large proportion of this week running around thinking that i am late, late LATE, purely because it has been so much lighter and brighter! I have even been stirring before my alarm and feeling ready to face the world.
* A Sunday and Monday off. Two days in a row in my profession are like GOLD dust. It actually feels like you have had a little rest when you have two days off. And there is something ever so indulgent about having a Monday off work. It is officially the worst day of the week and the hardest to get motivated for and so spending an hour with nothing but a toasted teacake, lady grey and a very soft blanket curled up on the sofa with aaall of the cushions; felt a little like a lot of a TREAT.
* Making TIME for each other. Sunday is the first actual whole day off i have had with the Mr in weeks. Despite living together and being ever so thankful to have his face there to witter away to and to rest my head against before i fall asleep, its rare we actually make time to spend together. Unless you count our brilliant thai green curry team-work. We didn't do anything extraordinary except watch a film until late on saturday, sleep until we woke up sunday and tootle into the Lakes to a sweet little art gallery. Then we filled our tummy's with a late pizza Express lunch. It was a jolly good day.
* Baby lotion. It is hands down the best all over body MOISTURISER before bed and you can't beat a hot shower, a good slug of baby lotion and clean pyjamas. Then clean sheet-sundays. It is the stuff all of the dreams are made of my friend let me tell you.
* Walnut WHIPS with mini-eggs on top. Do i even need to explain why this is so good and great and basically my dream come true?! M&S have pulled it out the bag again!
* Fluorescent all kinds of THINGS. Okay so i am bit late to this party but i am really loving little flashes of fluorescent anythings of everythings. I bought the prettiest bright pink tape for my mood-boards at the weekend and i have all kinds of ideas for some bright orange fabric paint and some old white tshirts. I am also severely tempted to dip-dye some bed-linen in bright pink too. Not altogether sure quite how the Mr would feel about that one though…
* Anthropologie and more specifically, Anthropologie home-ware. I am lucky enough to not live near a store. I say this because if i did i would most likely be bankrupt and survive on only porridge. As it is i spent a little more than i probably should have. I treated myself to some beautiful bowls at the start of the week and i am BEYOND excited to receive them. Who am i?!
What has been filling your world with smiles this week so far LOVELY faces?! I would love for you all to leave me at least one thing that has made you face beam as bright as the sun and blown those nasty rain clouds away!!
I am a big advocate of the SIMPLE. That said, if i am feeling a little less 'me' than i usually feel, i can be very easily swayed by the more materialistic things among our little world. If i have had a bad day i am far more likely to buy a complexly flavoured body 'souffle' over my usual baby lotion. I can quickly convince myself that i require a Lush face mask if i am tired and haven't slept well, despite knowingly being able to whip up my own with a few cupboard staples. And i've been known to often buy something on a whim in a bid to turn my frown upside down. To say my second wardrobe is bulging at its doors would be an under-statement. Infact the door wont actually close anymore. It's easy to forget THE POWER. The power that the very small things can have without you even realising and that sometimes it really is all you need. And in most cases it doesn't have to cost the earth, if anything at all. I am writing this when i am having a 'GOOD' day.
The power of PLANTS, FLOWERS and all that is green. I bought these little Anemones reduced in the supermarket for a few pence over a pound at the end of a very wet day. Since its been pretty grey most days, albeit peppered with the odd ray of sunshine, i have yearned for green and colour and at such a bargain of a price, these devils cheered up my day no end.
The power of CLEANSHEETS after a hot afternoon shower. I love wandering into the bedroom and the air smelling so gently of soap powder and incense. After my afternoon shower (which also felt like a bit of a luxury), curling up in here listening to London Grammar in the softest jumper and slouchiest jeans i could dig out was pretty much heaven.
The power of COLOUR. The greyer the days get, the brighter the colours and the crazier the prints are that i am drawn to. If that is even possible. I am still pairing most outfits with black tights, slim leg black jeans and layering my heart out with cotton vests and soft woollen scarfs, but i am just making sure that i am pulling out those brighter bits. It's amazing how much use you can get out of slightly lighter pieces just by some clever layering. I am also finding that i am drawn to much brighter foods aswell. I'll get my vitamin D somewhere just you wait! We have been crunching and munching our way through finely sliced beetroots, the most orange sweet potato wedges you have ever seen and bright rosey red and crimson apples are a regular in the veg box lately. I am feeling better already.
Which brings me nicely onto my next power-fetcher: The power of DOING IT YOURSELF. I have been lucky to have a few days off recently and it is much much easier and more enjoyable when you have got time to think and prepare and potter on with creating bright and cheerful things to eat. I have really been trying to MAKE much more from scratch. When the nights are dark early and the weather grey and grizzly, its easy to fire a pizza in the oven. But if you can spare an extra half hour, most things (with the exception of say, a chinese banquet for five) can be made from scratch in not much more time or money. Pizza dough is easy peasy lemon squeezy to make. I spent an afternoon making rhubarb and rosewater compote, poaching mixed apples and finding bits and bobs to make a thai green curry and peshwari naan breads for tea last night. Next on my list is sourdough bread, brown soda bread, lemon and ricotta filled pancakes and a little twist on banana bread for a breakfast treat.
The power of the SUN. This ones a no brainer. Because it has been so horrid and nasty mostly always of late, whenever the sun has come out, no matter what i have been doing, i have tried my best to get out and about in the fresh air. Within reason obviously. Spending even ten minutes in its pretty golden rays and any bad feelings can be quickly forgotten. You almost forget how much more beautiful the world looks in the sun.
The power of PUDDING. I am not advocating we all sit home each night and pile puddings into our cheeks. You wont be thanking me then! I try to be good and eat a little bit of everything as that is always my mother Tangle's philosophy: 'A little bit of what you fancy does you good.' So if i really want pudding, i have pudding, once or twice a week. I savour every last mouthful and for once in our little somewhere and to the Mr's relief: there is silence. This pear and almond tart with madagascan vanilla double cream was BLISS. Well you can't always make everything…not when M&S do a pretty good job for a quick fix…
The power of THESEASONS. I am trying to be much more mindful of the seasons. To appreciate how our world changes and what those changes are. This was a pretty spectacular (and rare) example of a Spring day. But i have been trying to keep my head up in the rain and marvel at those snowdrops; notice the extra moments of light on an evening even if my face is buried in a heavy scarf because it's blowing a fifty-squillion mile per hour gale and take note of the sound of bird song on those lighter mornings.
The power of PORRIDGE. Now i know not everyone in the world celebrates oats and milk as enthusiastically as me (hey i love toast JUST as much) but there is something so delicious, comforting and fuelling about this simple combination of milk and oats. Whether you adore toast, croissants, fruit and yoghurt or a big fat bacon sandwich, make tiiiime to sit and eat breakfast and to enjoy it. I adore my duvet and could quite happily hibernate if i could get the time off work, but i make a conscious effor to get up fifteen minutes earlier just so i can make a good breakfast. If i sleep in and have to eat a peanut butter and banana sandwich whilst running to work my day just goes downhill from there. and i just don't quite feel right.
The power of PANCAKES. This is sometimes our weekend breakfast. Last weekend the Mr worked all weekend when i was off. So I ate his too. I like to make a different, more special breakfast on the rare occasion i am off of a weekend. And pancakes well they don't need much more of an explanation. Who doesn't like pancakes?!
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Sometimes you just need to enjoy what you have already got and realise the POWER in all the little things that make you happy, whatever they may be.