current observations / three

Monday, 9 February 2015

i am...

making / list after list
cooking / crêpes not pancakes
drinking / a nice cold beer after work
reading / cereal vol.8, which features st ives in this issue
wanting / a patagonia torrent shell because jack won't shut up about his
looking / at the frost outside my window
playing / at hide and seek with jack
wishing / to see my family more this year
enjoying / the warmth of our house
waiting / to go travelling with jack
liking / loud conversations at the dinner table
wondering / about what we'll see on our travels

loving / oana befort's monthly desktop wallpaper
hoping / to get the job i was interviewed for a few days ago
marvelling / at the prospect of adventures together
needing / new basic tops 
smelling / the oriental fragrance from zara jack's mum got me for christmas
wearing / my pjs at 5 o'clock
noticing / birds
thinking / about opening a shop...
bookmarking / too many blog posts and struggling to keep up
opening / a new box of green tea
feeling / vulnerable in the winter months

book nook / three

Thursday, 5 February 2015

this month's book nook is inspired by a mixture of what's been on my mind lately, from following my goal of opening an etsy shop this year to pursuing a healthy lifestyle through yoga and surfing, and food, because let's be honest, food is one of the greatest joy in my life.

one / a change of appetite: where delicious meets healthy by diana henry
two / crafts wisdom and know-how by the editors of lark books
three / make your own luck by kate moross

four / 180° south: conquerors of the useless by yvon chouinard
five / let me people go surfing by yvon chouinard
six / great retreats yoga by kristin rubesamen and angelika taschen

seven / handmade marketplace by kari chapin
eight / the responsible company by yvon chouinard
nine / grow your handmade business by kari chapin

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surviving winter

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

with january over, we are a third of the way through winter. winter is always a challenging time for me and i get down easily when the days are darker, shorter and greyer. this year has been no exception, although i have noticed a slight difference: with st ives being exposed on three sides to the sea, the reflected light is multiplied three times, influencing all the colours around us as well as my mood, and i find myself refreshed every time i take a step outside. here are a few tips that work for me to get through those gloomy winter days:

a. brave the weather  there is nothing better than a walk on the beach on a sunny winter day, the fresh air battering your cheeks, even the rain brings pockets of beautiful moments. check my instagram if you don't believe me and this post about gearing up for the outdoors.

b. get a selection of tea — for when you come back from a walk and your hands are freezing or spend the day working at home, break up the routine and try new flavours or if you'd like a detox, give green tea a chance.

c. set yourself positive goals  small and achievable.

d. practice gratitude  take a few minute to reflect and write down what you're thankful for every night before you fall asleep, you will feel more satisfied about your life, noticing tiny moments.

e. find some indoor distractions — take on something new and challenging that you can do when it's too wild outside and you'd rather stay in. why not learn a new skill? i bought a knitting kit of wool and the gang at etsy house for days just like this.

what are your tricks to survive winter?


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