When I Met The Minimalists

24/10/2014

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#FawnFriday

At the beginning of the year when I decided to embrace a minimalist lifestyle I found myself searching for reassurance. I was pretty sure simplifying my life was the right thing to do, I just wanted to hear from the people who were already there and living it.

I began by Googling 'minimalism' and 'living with less' and I quickly came across Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists. Their blog and books are about living a meaningful life with less and their inspirational words were just what I was looking for.

Last Friday I travelled to Birmingham to meet Joshua and Ryan at a book reading. I told them I'd parted with the majority of my clutter except my beloved deer collection and they were amused to hear my friends had expressed concerns about the welfare of my herd.

I think you would all agree that deer add value to my life, so for now they'll be staying. I wish you all a very Happy Fawn Friday!  

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Further reading: My Decluttering Tips and Decluttering My Home

Everything That Remains a Memoir by The Minimalists 

What Sundays Are Made Of

17/10/2014

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What Sundays are made of...

Road trips in the countryside. Fresh air. Romantic walks along sleepy country lanes. White picket fences. Sweet treats in pretty tea rooms. Idyllic honey-coloured cottages and flower filled window boxes. Not making plans. Laughter. Delightful floral dresses. Rolling hills and breathtaking views. Tea from teapots. Friends. Putting the internet on silent. Stunning classic cars and old bicycles. Browsing in antique shops. Traditional roast lunches in country pubs. Exploring new places. Peace and quiet. Getting lost. Adventures. Inspiration. 

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Amelia coat, Selina dress and Boho boots c/o Boden
Mini Pashli satchel by Phillip Lim

10 Autumn Pastimes

10/10/2014

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Collecting conkers and horse-chestnuts, carving out pumpkins, kicking fallen leaves and writing my name with a sparkler are some of the pastimes I associate with autumn. There is something quite magical about the anticipation of change and here are a few more things I'll be doing to celebrate the season.

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Autumn colour at Batsford Arboretum
1. The great outdoors

A walk in the countryside is nothing short of invigorating, especially when the leaves are looking so delectably golden. The crisper air helps to blow away the cobwebs and the distant horizon generates feelings of calmness and peace. Most definitely my favourite autumn pursuit.

2. Hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows or [insert favourite beverage / tipple here]

After a date with the great outdoors it's nice to seek refuge in a coffee shop. My drink of choice is a large hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows - don't tell anyone - and I especially enjoy grabbing an armchair by the window and watching the world go by.

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Home sweet home
3. Cosy evenings in

Scented candles, fairy lights, warm popcorn, a large woollen blanket and an old film or two, after all why shouldn't every evening feel like Christmas?

4. A new season treat or two

Autumn is all about cashmere scarves, snuggly jumpers and luxurious coats so when the weather changes I like to treat myself to a little something from the new season collections. It only takes a couple of classic new pieces and my entire wardrobe feels fresh and updated. I'd take quality over quantity any day!

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Catching up with Jeska of Lobster & Swan at Laduree, Covent Garden
5. Afternoon tea with friends

Indulging in afternoon tea is a glorious occasion and it's a fabulous way to catch up with friends when it's cold outside. I especially love anywhere with an open fire and throw in a live pianist (hence the Oxford Randolph being a favourite) and I'm more than content. More tea anyone?  

6. Autumnal creativity

Darker evenings and more time indoors provides the perfect opportunity to get creative, whether it's finally learning to crochet or sewing a tapestry, there's no better time to learn. And who knows you might even make a few unique Christmas gifts in the process.

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Greenwich Village, New York City
7. Flowers, leaves and berries

I love a vase of fresh flowers on my dining room table and at this time of year I enjoy picking seasonal blooms, especially in warm autumnal colours. This year I am hoping to create a reef like the beautiful ones I saw in Greenwich Village.

8. Explore

You don't need to travel too far for a new adventure and I like to pop into the local art galleries, museums or historic houses when the temperature drops. Inspiration followed by tea and cake is the perfect way to spend a chilly afternoon.

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Exploring the exquisite rooms of Waddesdon Manor
9. Switch off and recharge 

I've spent the last few weeks cutting back on my internet time, and I survived! Take an afternoon - or an entire day - to unplug, you'll be amazed at the difference it makes, trust me!

10. A weekend away

I love autumnal weekends away and this season I'm planning two mini breaks: one to Sussex and another to a spa. Breaking up the season with little adventures helps me through the dark mornings and the change in scenery is good for the soul.

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Window shopping in London
I'm looking forward to spending my afternoon with friends, pretty cakes and a large pot of Earl Grey tea. I hope your autumn is packed full of all the things you love.