Musings and Snapshots

Musings and Snapshots of December 2016

6th January 2017

Musings and Snapshots of December 2016 |

1. A Notting Hill mews house 2. Getting festive 3. Throwback Thursday 4. A Christmas gift from Fashion for Lunch and Aspinal of London 5. Succulents in Herefordshire 6. A festive flat lay 7. Pealing turquoise paint in London. 8. I have this thing with deer 9. Lilac and mint

Musings and Snapshots of December 2016 |

1. A festive photowalk 2. Poinsettia colour 3. Throwback Thursday 4. My Eames rocker 5. Decluttering the kitchen for Christmas 6. Slowing down at home 7. Farm Girl, Notting Hill 8. Cute alpine biscuits by Biscuiteers 9. A secret garden

Musings and Snapshots of December 2016 |


With a shiny new year embracing us, it already feels like 2016 is a distant memory. The older I get the less I want to look back and reminisce. I’m always eager to make plans and enjoy the now.

I took half of December as holiday and a quarter completely offline. No social media. No internet. Nothing. It was blissful and since being back I’ve stopped the mindless scrolling. In fact, I’ve even bought an alarm clock to stop my phone joining me in the bedroom. Liberating and very retro!

In mid-December, I attended a wonderfully stylish festive workshop at the Republic of Fritz Hansen run by MK Design (see more here). We created table centrepieces with Tom of Agent F and were shown styling techniques to charm our dinner guests. Including folding a napkin into the shape of a Christmas tree. Following this, my sister and I treated one another to a spa day. The ultimate in clutter-free gifts!

I have so many dreams and goals for the coming year. I’m never usually this motivated in January, so I’m putting it down to taking some much needed time out. Silencing the internet for a few days really enabled me to listen to my heart.

I hope you had a wonderful December and 2017 has got off to a fabulous start.

'Slow down and listen to your heart' quote |


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  • Reply Sue 6th January 2017 at 7:51 am

    Excited for what 2017 brings you! Hopefully I’ll get to see you soon too!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 6th January 2017 at 7:54 am

      Thanks, Sue. I hope you’re having a great week. See you soon!

  • Reply Lucy 6th January 2017 at 9:10 am

    Great photos as ever! So exciting to see what 2017 brings X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 6th January 2017 at 9:21 am

      Thanks, Lucy. Have a great day!

  • Reply fashionforlunch 6th January 2017 at 1:12 pm

    One of my favourite shots is the one in East London by the best building ever!!!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 6th January 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Victoria Eales 9th January 2017 at 2:30 am

    Happy New Year! Whilst I didn’t cut myself off from the internet it was more mindless scrolling from the sofa and less posting and tweeting which was somewhat liberating.

    Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings to Candy Pop!

    Victoria x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th January 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks, Victoria. I’m pleased to hear you had a relaxing Christmas. Happy New Year!

  • Reply Miranda's Notebook 9th January 2017 at 7:25 am

    Love the sound of your goals for January, and all these images are adorable! Happy New Year 🙂 xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th January 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks so much! Happy New Year.

  • Reply Lazy Daisy Jones 9th January 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I very much enjoy your monthly musings.I am also taking inspiration from you this year, and having regular offline breaks too
    best wishes and happy 2017
    Ashley x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 9th January 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Ashley. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!

  • Reply Jo 10th January 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Happy new year, Natasha! Love your January goals. I also want to try pilates this year 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th January 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thanks, Jo. Happy New Year! I’ve tried pilates and I can confirm it hurts the next day!

  • Reply didieryhc 11th January 2017 at 3:47 am

    Great 2016 and I bet you’ll have an even better 2017!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th January 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thank you, that’s very kind!

  • Reply kathryn 12th January 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I felt good for a bit of an offline break too. Things really do reach a fever pitch in the online world in the run up to Christmas! Looking forward to seeing more of you in 2017 I hope xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th January 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks, Kat. The Christmas break was so good, wasn’t it? Yes I’d love to catch up soon, let’s set a date!

  • Reply Fritha 27th January 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I felt like this year I did this better than I’ve done in previous years.. but I still would have liked to have silenced the online world a bit more! Very inspired by you xx

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