Musings and Snapshots

Musings and Snapshots of September 2016

7th October 2016

Musings and Snapshots of September 2016

1. Simplicity in Oxford 2. Try new things 3. The Living etc. Home Tours 4. Issue 2 of Breathe magazine 5. Colour love in London 6. A new bag for September from The Cambridge Satchel Company 7. Beautiful blooms 8. Baskets from The Basket Room 9. Getting organised with Boden

Musings and Snapshots of September 2016

1. A Mykonos throwback 2. Enjoying my cross stitch cactus 3. Turl Street, Oxford 4. Switching up my shelf for September 5. Warren Mews, London 6. My dressing table 7. A cosy corner of my living room 8. New office supplies from Etsy 9. London hydrangeas

Musings and Snapshots of September 2016


Having spent 23 years in education – sixteen as a pupil / student and seven as an educational fundraiser – it’s almost impossible not to view September as the start of a new year. It makes me feel a little older, wiser and excited for the challenges ahead. There’s also no denying there’s something magical about the gradual shift in temperature and colours. Not to mention conkers. I love collecting conkers!

Despite this, I struggled a little. I felt overwhelmed with work and all of the things I could be doing. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling this way. After all, there’s always something we could be doing, pinning, tweeting, posting, reading and so on. I recall asking my man if I should be documenting my life on Instagram stories. To which he replied, ‘no because you don’t need to.’ I guess sometimes you just need someone to confirm what you already know!

Life right now seems to be about careful editing. Saying no, limiting my time online and decluttering. Otherwise, everything seems to swallow me whole. I’m looking forward to enjoying a weekend of no plans and I’ve coloured the days in my diary to avoid booking anything in! Bring on brisk walks in the countryside and cosy back to back Gilmore Girls.

That said I’ve recently attended some wonderful events. There was Ruth Garner’s Gathered Cheer Social which I hosted in Oxford, the Thirty Plus Blog Awards winners’ day at the gorgeous Charlotte Street Hotel, Emma Bridgewater’s Oxfordshire Open Garden, The Living etc. House Tours and a business planning day at The Photographer’s Gallery with Lucy of Lucy Loves Ya and Sue of Old Fashioned Susie. I can wholeheartedly recommend meeting your peers for a day of mutual mentoring. I came away full of ideas and confident I was on the right track. Albeit a little too busy!

Candy Pop reached the shortlist in the colour inspiration category at the Amara Interior Blog Awards. I can’t quite believe I’ve made the shortlist for the second year running. Thank you to everyone who voted. And finally, I have two features – The Ultimate Goal and How to Clear Your Inbox – in issue two of Breathe magazine.

I hope you had a wonderful month and October is treating you kindly. I’ll leave you with a mantra I created during a recent Blogtacular chat on Twitter. I’ve pinned it to my desktop!

The winner of The Basket Room voucher giveaway was Joe Westhead – congratulations!

Musings and Snapshots of September 2016


5 everyday rituals for a calm and mindful day
6 items to cheer up your office from Etsy
The Basket Room £100 voucher giveaway
Simple white living: 3 tips for creating a white home


Be kind: a letter to my younger self
The mindfulness of social photo sharing
Self-care: why it isn’t just a trend
Minimalism: a documentary about the important things
The quiet network


Get into the countryside
Respect the weekend and keep it clear of work!
Organise a few dates with friends

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  • Reply Lucy 7th October 2016 at 8:59 am

    Great mantra. I agree – you don’t need to document your life if it’s not for you. Your instagram feed is beautiful enough as it is! X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th October 2016 at 9:01 am

      Thanks Lucy, that’s very kind. I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

  • Reply Kim Young 7th October 2016 at 11:45 am

    Love your mantra! A beautiful, productive month for you – I always look forward to your blog posts xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th October 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment. Have a lovely day.

  • Reply Sue 7th October 2016 at 2:06 pm

    You are so wise Natasha! Our meet up feels like so long ago now! Have a great weekend xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th October 2016 at 2:20 pm

      I’m not so sure about the wise… maybe I’m just old! It was great to meet up. Have a fabulous weekend!

  • Reply Molly 7th October 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Really good advice, it can be so overwhelming working online can’t it?!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th October 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Molly. It certainly can! Have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply Adele 7th October 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Yes to limiting and de cluttering. I’m doing that too.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th October 2016 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Adele for stopping by!

  • Reply Slummy Single Mummy (@mummyblogger) 8th October 2016 at 9:23 am

    Such good advice! And beautiful pictures too 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th October 2016 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Jo. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Jules 8th October 2016 at 11:17 am

    Beautiful pics! I like your blog very much, would you like to follow each other?:)

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th October 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you Jules!

  • Reply Lazy Daisy Jones 9th October 2016 at 6:20 pm

    N I love your level headedness and I am so enjoying your monthly musings posts too. I also read and thoroughly enjoyed the post you linked to about being kind ‘a letter to my younger self’. The bit about courage resonated with me… xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th October 2016 at 10:59 am

      Thanks so much Ashley, I’m pleased to hear you’re enjoying the posts! A letter to my younger self was great wasn’t it?

  • Reply ilaria 10th October 2016 at 10:59 am

    I love your blog and your delicate style!!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th October 2016 at 10:59 am

      Thank you very much!

  • Reply jennifergracecreates 10th October 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Beautiful photos as always. I love autumn usually but so far I’ve just had a stinking cold since Autumn began! But I am already enjoying casseroles and crumbles, and am looking forward to Gilmore Girls! Nothing better than snuggling under a blanket with a good book or tv show!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th October 2016 at 11:01 am

      Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell, I hope you feel better soon. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply laurasidestreet 17th October 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I absolutely love these roundup type monthly posts you do Natasha, always so visually beautiful and inspiring. I love all the flowers and small details.

    Laura x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 20th October 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks so much Laura!

  • Reply Enchanted Pixie 17th October 2016 at 3:25 pm

    great advice! Some gorgeous photos x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 20th October 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Lottie | Oyster & Pearl 17th October 2016 at 3:45 pm

    That first montage! Beautiful.

    Love this post, and yes to Gilmore Girls – my new guilty pleasure.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 20th October 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks Lottie. Gilmore Girls.. I’m on two episodes a night. I find it uplifting!

  • Reply Katie Albury 19th October 2016 at 8:30 am

    Lots of exciting things happening lovely, such a great outlook on everything too. You make me want to take more photos! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 20th October 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks so much Katie. I hope you’re having a great day!

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