Musings and Snapshots

Musings and Snapshots of November 2016

7th December 2016

Musings and Snapshots of November 2016 candypop.uk.com

1. Double blue in Notting Hill 2. Hanging beauties from Etsy 3. Pink hydrangeas on a grey day 4. Getting organised 5. Pretty pastels 6. Issue three of Breathe magazine 7. Liberty flowers 8. My new Ercol table 8. A pink door in Holland Park

Musings and Snapshots of November 2016 candypop.uk.com

1. Cakes and glass domes 2. The Emma Bridgewater retro radio 3. Oxford wears autumn beautifully 4. Pampering myself with Elemis 5. Orange and red in Westonbirt Arboretum 6. Inspiring magazines 7. Beautiful blooms 8. A calligraphy class 9. I have this thing with glasshouses

Musings and Snapshots of November 2016 candypop.uk.com

GETTING STUFF DONE

November was a month of hustle. Knuckling down and ticking stuff off. It was satisfying to juggle a number of projects and fully immerse myself in my work. It seemed to generate a lot of ideas and inspiration. As Maya Angelou rightly pointed out, ‘you can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.’

In recent months, I’ve focussed less on building my online audiences and more on the people who are already here. A principle I like to place on everyday life by being grateful for what I have. I’ve been carving out what being a writer, stylist, photographer and blogger looks like to me. I think it’s easy to get swept away chasing what everyone else wants. The hardest part is cutting out the noise and following your dreams rather than those of others.

I attended the Boden spring / summer 2017 press day – beautiful new collection – and a blogger event organised by Independent Oxford. Which involved an Annie Sloan paint class, a calligraphy workshop with Merrie and Bright and a delicious lunch at Pint Shop. It’s always a joy to catch up with my online colleagues and talk shop!

And finally, I have three features (how to simplify your wardrobe, the ingredients for a calm morning and answer in the affirmative) in issue three of Breathe magazine. It’s such a delightful publication and I’m honoured to be a part of it.

I hope November was kind and December is as twinkly as a string of pretty fairy lights!

Musings and Snapshots of November 2016 candypop.uk.com

NOVEMBER ON CANDY POP

5 inspiring podcasts for creatives + the Emma Bridgewater radio
Simple ways to make your home feel festive
5 easy decluttering tips for your living room
£100 Houseology giveaway
4 delightful books for you and your coffee table

NOVEMBER ELSEWHERE

Switching off for Christmas
10 mindfulness lessons from a retreat with Eckhart Tolle
12 ways minimalism heals the soul
5 pieces of encouragement for big-hearted creatives

DECEMBER GOALS

Plan my goals for the next quarter
Catch up with family and friends
Relax, unwind and embrace the holidays
Read books and visit forests

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10 Comments

  • Reply Sue 7th December 2016 at 8:29 am

    I love these snapshot post. You’ve worked so hard this year- I hope you have a wonderful festive time and plenty of chance to recharge XX

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th December 2016 at 8:49 am

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. I hope you have a fabulous Christmas!

  • Reply freshdesignblog 7th December 2016 at 11:19 am

    What a lovely snapshot of November. Those pastel tiles attract my attention every time I see them. I’m off to check out Breathe, as it sounds intriguing. Enjoy your forests!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th December 2016 at 11:21 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Molly 7th December 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Gorgeous post Natasha. I love the idea of staying true to what you want and not getting swept up in other people’s goals. xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th December 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks, Molly. I hope you’re having a lovely day!

  • Reply Eva 8th December 2016 at 5:34 pm

    November it was great for you. I hope you will have a lovely december! xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th December 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Eva. I hope you have a great weekend!

  • Reply Julia Williams 9th December 2016 at 11:26 pm

    What an inspiring post Natasha. Your point about not chasing followings and concentrating on the people already there really resonated with me – I’m going to not this down and strive to do more of this myself – I think it will be good for my head space and good for my soul! That Johann quote at the end caught me off guard too!! What words. So true. Made me feel a bit sad and not sure why. Too much chasing the next and not enough living in the moment maybe. Thanks for the food for thought lady xx

  • Reply Julia Williams 9th December 2016 at 11:27 pm

    ps. Congrats on your published articles – the title of that magazine alone makes me want to buy it pronto! x

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