10 Winter Pastimes


Pink champagne truffles, jewelled shoes c/o Boden and a Christmas Bambi
Hot porridge, frozen puddles, twinkly dew, misty mornings and the comforting smell of a coal fire are just a few things I associate with winter. Although I'm more of a summer girl I always find myself falling in love with this time of year. After all what is there not to love about Christmas and the relaxation and indulgence that come with it? My sheepskin mittens are out of hibernation and here are a few things I'll be doing to celebrate the season.

A Christmassy day with family and friends in Henley-on-Thames
1. Spending time with family

Although I'm a firm believer in giving thanks, hugs and kisses all year round I think Christmas is a good time to squeeze a little tighter.

2. Traditional winter pursuits

Drinking mulled wine, ice skating outdoors, creating a festive wreath, visiting a Christmas market, eating mince pies, attending a carol service, making an orange clove pomander, kissing under the mistletoe and filling your home with pretty poinsettias and fairy lights. Now is the time to indulge in all those wintery delights!

I'd love a Babycham!
3. A retro cocktail party 

I need no excuse to dust off my pineapple ice bucket and Cherry B glasses. So if you fancy a retro inspired evening with friends simply grab some cocktail ingredients, plenty of cheesy tunes and a few paper cocktail parasols. Abigail's Party has a lot to answer for - anyone for some Demis Roussos?

4. An evening of live entertainment 

I've a passion for live music and so every year I book a special Christmas concert. This year I saw Peter Gabriel at Wembley Arena. Whether you prefer the delights of a musical, an evening of laughter with a stand-up comedian or even a Christmas pantomime I think the chilly months are a great time to snuggle up with a live performance. "He's behind you!" 

Candy Pop
My Sunday best: Beatrice dress c/o Boden
5. Wear your Sunday best 

Getting dressed up for a date with my man or cocktails with the girls is fun, but regardless of the event I don't see why everyday shouldn't be treated as a special occasion.

6. A weekend road trip with friends

I enjoy catching up with friends and so I occasionally plan mini road trips out of Oxford. A change in scenery, combined with some quality time, is definitely good for the soul. I can thoroughly recommend it!

Walking in a winter wonderland
7. The great outdoors

I love the peacefulness of the English countryside when it's covered in a sprinkling of frost. I'm certainly looking forward to walking in a winter wonderland this season (weather permitting!).

8. The great indoors

With a full-time job and an ever busy diary I look forward to spending time at home. Simple things like a hot chocolate, a good book and a cashmere blanket are enough to help me unwind. So when it's cold outside why not spend an entire weekend hibernating with some old films and tasty treats.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
9. Learn something new

Learning a new skill is always a good idea and the New Year is a perfect time to book. So if you fancy learning to ballroom dance or to speak another language then wander over to Google and see what courses you can find.

10. A New Year is for new adventures 

If like me you find January tough why not book a weekend away or organise a few dates with friends. It's nice to start the New Year with things to look forward to, and before you know it the snowdrops will be popping up to say hello!

Vicki and I attended a Christmas wreath making workshop run by my friend Ally
Mulled wine at the Oxford Christmas Market
Candy Pop
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
I hope your Christmas is full of cheer and I look forward to seeing you on the other side! x

Inspiration on Pinterest || Minimalism


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I think about minimalism a lot and so I enjoy pinning inspiring minimalist images on Pinterest. I love the aesthetics of minimalist interiors as much as I love the concept of minimalist living. The modest sophistication is certainly something I aspire to.

I've wanted to live a simpler life for many years but my passion for collecting prevented it, having the courage to finally let go took a lot of discipline but it was well worth it. Living with less stuff and abandoning the pursuit of belongings has changed me in more ways than I'd ever imagined. It's the best lifestyle choice I've ever made and when I miss collecting I can indulge via Pinterest without cluttering my home!

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For more beautifully calming interiors do pop over to my Minimalism board on Pinterest.

Collecting Joyful Moments #3



All That Glitters

I thought I'd share a few photographs from the 'Laura Ashley Christmas Craft Event' I attended a few weeks ago. It was an inspiring evening and I came away with a handmade Christmas card, a Christmassy floral crown and a handful of new friends. Not bad for a Wednesday!

I hope the Christmas build up is being kind to you. I've bought and wrapped all my gifts, and after shopping for my little niece and nephews I've a new found respect for my Mum. Talk about hard work!

There's been a lot of fun stuff happening and here are a few joyful moments.

1. Seeing a vintage red Mini, with a giant Christmas tree strapped to the roof, bombing down an Oxfordshire country lane.

2. Attending a private tour and reception at Christie's, Bond Street. 

3. Having our Peter Gabriel tickets upgraded at Wembley Arena. The first time I've ever been in the right place at the right time!

4. Sampling almost every item on the menu at The Chocolate Cafe, Henley-on-Thames with family and friends.

5. Celebrating Oxmas (early Christmas festivities at the University of Oxford), receiving my first Christmas cards and putting up my fairy lights. I adore fairy lights!

6. A good book, a hot chocolate, my sofa and a cashmere blanket. 

7. Attending the Modern Art Oxford private view and catching up with my former colleagues. So many hugs and kisses. 

8. My first mulled wine of the year at the Oxford Christmas Market.

9. Seeing beautiful images of Twiggy and Audrey Hepburn in Women Fashion Power at the Design Museum, London.

10. Loving the London Christmas lights.