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Ways to Survive the Darker Months + Styling the Seasons

27th October 2015

Ways to Survive the Darker Months |


Although I love an extra hour in bed I’m not a fan of the clocks going back. I’m a spring/summer girl at heart, and the thought of closed windows, static winter woollies and cold fingers are enough to have me booking a holiday somewhere hot. That said I love change and each month brings with it a different kind of beauty, so it’s not all bad. Here are a few things I do to survive the darker months.



I try to make my rooms as light as possible by having very little hung at the windows. I have white minimal blinds like those in Scandinavian homes to take advantage of the light. When I’m home I often sit near a window and if the sun is out I imagine it’s a hot summer’s day. It’s good to daydream!


When it’s cold outside most of us keep our windows closed. Central heating and a lack of fresh air can make us feel tired and sluggish, not to mention dry our skin. It’s, therefore, important to get outside. I make sure I go for a walk every morning to get my fresh air and daylight fix.


I crave comfort foods when it’s cold which often means I don’t eat as much fruit and veg. Writing this post is a reminder to make sure I get my vitamins as well as drinking plenty of water. Both help to lift my spirits and ward off the winter bugs. Note to self: less pizza and more grapes.


Physical exercise eases stress, helps fight illness, boosts energy levels and makes us feel good. During the darker months, motivation can seem hard and so I focus on how fabulous I’ll feel once it’s done!


I try to stick to a regular sleep pattern. Even at the weekend, I set my alarm clock because I find having too much sleep can make me feel lethargic. Regular sleeping hours support the internal body clock and make getting to sleep and waking up easier.


I celebrate the darker evenings by getting cosy with candles, blankets and fairy lights. I love the Danish term hygge which means cosiness, particularly when relaxing and enjoying good food with family or friends. What a lovely winter pastime, I plan to indulge in some hygge during the coming months!


I thought I’d share a corner of my office for this month’s Styling the Seasons, run by Katy and Charlotte. Styling the Seasons involves taking a surface in your home and dressing it to represent the month and what it means to you. For me, October is all about warm oranges, yellows, browns and terracottas. And, of course, a pumpkin or two.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a gorgeous day!

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  • Reply Alison 27th October 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Oh I’m so with you on trying to eat more fruit/veg and getting outdoors more. It’s too easy to hunker down with carbs in the autumn and winter, isn’t it? Love how you’ve styled your shelving – I have my eye on that Orla Kiely pot!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 27th October 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks Alison. I could spend the entire winter eating bangers and mash, but I don’t think my body would thank me. I’ve just spotted a new Orla Kiely pot, must resist…..

  • Reply Katy 28th October 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Gorgeous styling; I’m still hankering after that terracotta pot with the cactus in it. I might have to treat myself! Thanks for the reminders, too – less pizza, more grapes 😉 xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th October 2015 at 10:03 am

      Thank you Katy. It’s a beauty, I think you should treat yourself! 😉

  • Reply Eva 30th October 2015 at 9:58 am

    Light is so important to me! I need light and I like as you breathing fresh air. Have a warm capuccino is always a good idea for me. Like your interior, simple and ligtness! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th October 2015 at 10:04 am

      Thank you Eva. Yes, fresh air and light make such a difference. Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Adele 3rd November 2015 at 11:02 pm

    These are all ideas that I’m holding on to. I really hate how dark our house is at this time of year. Committing to get outdoors more and I’m gonna revisit green smoothies for breakfast too.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th November 2015 at 11:47 am

      Thanks Adele, smoothies for breakfast sounds like a great idea.

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