It’s been nearly a month since I took off to spend a week in Hong Kong, and I am still having some pretty major holiday blues around being back. I wasn’t really ready to love it as much as I did, or be completely sucked in by the rhythm of the city. I don’t know if it’s possible to truly get a feel for the vibe of a place until you’re there, and I don’t imagine my words will really be able to encapsulate the experience I had, but I wanted to do a roundup of what we got up to nonetheless. If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong, why not add these into your plans?
There’s something about the transition from spring/summer to autumn/winter that makes me crave warmth and comfort through cosy clothes and seasonal touches around the home. While September is usually a very inspiring and creatively energetic time for me, I also tend to spend more time indoors when I can, curled up on the sofa or pottering about. What better time, then, to put together a little wish list of autumnal pieces!
I’ve always felt strangely towards March. It seems to lie on the cusp of two emotional states: despair, as the winter drags on, and hope, as Spring starts to pop up here and there. These dreary, cold days are really draining me now; I can’t wait til it’s warmer and sunnier. There are small signs that the seasons are shifting, though – it’s no longer fully dark when I leave in the morning and get home from work. For those little changes, I am grateful.
After a couple of flat months, I feel like I’m back on track with my lunar intentions. With the solar eclipse and New Moon in Pisces, I feel ready to seek out and embrace positive changes. So, here I go!
Does anyone else sort of flop into the new year, having lazed around forgetting their place in the world on those weird in-between days at the end of December? Well, that’s kind of how it usually goes for me, and this New Year’s Eve was no exception. I’ve left the house a handful of times since Christmas, and have mostly been taking it (very) easy on the sofa, which has been both nice and necessary. Now that 2017 has begun in earnest, I’m starting to feel more motivated, and have put together my New Moon Intentions for the year, which I’m sharing with you today.
There’s no doubt about it: Christmas can be a time of great waste. From making way too much food to giving unsuitable or unnecessary gifts, we can end up creating a lot of waste over the festive period, and it’s a crying shame. However, it doesn’t need to be this way, and in today’s post I’m going to go over some of the ways you can minimise your contribution to waste this year.
I can’t quite believe I’m sitting down to write my final Intentions post of 2016. I probably won’t do a full retrospective post about what the year was like for me but, to refer to it briefly, it’s been a mixed bags. Personally, I feel I have grown a lot and achieved several of my goals (especially regarding this blog!). However, on a larger scale, I have felt increasingly upset and hopeless about the state of the world, and that has been hard to shrug off.
Winter might not officially start until December, but once mid-November has rolled around, it feels more like it than not. The crisp but relatively mild days of Autumn, with its rust-coloured leaves and collectable conkers, have made way for a biting chill and a grey breeze on the air. And, as gloomy as that might sound in comparison, I’m welcoming the change.
And, just like that, we’ve reached that weird, in-between phase after Halloween but before Christmas, where Autumn starts to wither and (if you’re in England, at least) the odd, half-hearted winter starts to lay down roots. Where did September and October even go?
Festive periods can be times of great waste; from non-recyclable wrapping paper on birthdays and Christmas, to novelty gifts traded and forgotten on special occasions, we consume a hell of a lot of stuff, which means we are wasting a lot, too. Halloween is no exception – it’s easy and fun to get wrapped up in seasonal activities like pumpkin carving, dressing up and decorating your home, without thinking too much about the waste these things can lead to.
A few days ago, I shared some ideas for Halloween beauty looks along with an inspiring mood board. My suggestions included a creepy doll, harlequin or alien. In preparation for the celebration on the 31st, I thought I’d have a go at creating my own Halloween makeup look, and have shared the results below.