Beauty, Lifestyle and Style

Tuesday, 13 September 2016



Living a working life in London can take it out of you, and the Cotswolds provide a perfect surrounding for letting off some steam, breathing in that country air & taking some time to think. Often we get all too caught up in the business and stress of life, and forget to take time out for ourselves. 'That deadline is due', 'My boss needs me to do this task before I go home, I know its already 7pm..', 'I still haven't finished that blog post', a million things running round your head. 

Everyone needs to take time out, even if it just one evening a week where you switch off and do something for yourself, like a bath & pamper evening. Or to dedicate a day in your weekend to a long walk, take a trip somewhere, even a holiday. The speed we're all working at is unsustainable and we need to start looking after ourselves.

I'm currently reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington, which I would highly recommend, it is a true 're-think your life' book and makes so much sense, particularly now when I'm feeling overwhelmed with work. If you're in need of a change, you can pick the book up in Kikki. K as part of their new collection.

What to change to take better care of yourself

We all know exercise is good for our mental health as well as our physical health, with help from all the endorphins, but when you're stuck in a rut it sometimes seems like the last thing that will help. It isn't, you'll feel so much better & know you are treating your body to what you deserve.

Even 1 minute a day can change your outlook. I have an app called Headspace that guides you through 10 minutes of mindfulness a day, honestly I don't often get time or remember to do it, but I do notice a difference in my mood. Its handy to use when you really are stressed and just need someone to help calm you down & sort out the ideas rushing through your head.

Eat Well
I notice a big difference when I haven't eaten anything processed & bad for you. I'm in a better mood, which may be something to do with having better skin & feeling healthier but I'm not complaining!

Do something you love each day
This can be little or big, mundane or exciting, strange or normal but one thing that you love doing will do wonders to your mood. For me it's sitting down to write a post or think up ideas, or painting my nails, or doing a face mask. Anything really, as long as it makes you feel happy.

Inspired by Josie from Fashion Mumblr, and Charlie from Man About Town, my boyfriend and I chose the bank holiday Monday to explore the Cotswolds. Only a 30-60minute drive from our house (depending where you aim for), or around 1 hr 30 minutes from London, it's so easy and SO worth it.

We live in a rural town, so fields, cows and tractors are all common place for me, but there is something about the quaint and idilic villages of the Cotswolds that makes it just so much more special. They are quintessentially English. 

Our usual places to visit are Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water & Stow on the Wold, but we decided that it was time for something new. Upper Slaughter & Lower Slaughter were truly beautiful places. At the time they had a village fete on (so cute) so we spent the morning watching boat races & they even  had a dog show! In the afternoon we visited Daylesford Organic farm which you can read about here.

We will certainly be making many trips back to the Cotswolds. Will you?

Lil’ Black Boots

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