What are you celebrating today? I am celebrating the start of my annual summer wardrobe sorting session which commenced today. I always forget a few pieces of clothing, and seeing them once more makes me excited for summer. We’ve had the most glorious spring this year with sunny days every day since lockdown. This week it’s been wet and rainy which has been a bit of a shock after all the lovely warm weather. So it’s ‘goodbye’ to perfect lighting and blue skies and ‘hello again’ to cloudy days and the joy of muddy boots and wet socks.
What is your favourite colour? I love yellow, pink and navy blue but there aren’t any colours I avoid wearing except brown. I know lots of women have a colour palette they stick to, but I am very random in my colour and clothing selection as I buy whatever makes me feel happy. I avoided black for a long time when I had blonde hair but I have a new found affection for black and white since ditching the dye.
Rummaging through my summer clothes last week I found this gorgeous white blouson jacket from Zara. I don’t normally wear a lot of white, but I think thats about to change. Which colour makes you happy and lifts your mood? For me, it’s hot pink or a lovely lemon yellow as a second choice.
Sunshine always makes my photos look so much better – it’s a game changer. Without it I struggle to take a good photo (I’m not a photographer, just a snap happy enthusiastic amateur) The sunlight bounces off the skylight below my office window to light up my face. I put my camera directly in front of the window and use a ring light to help illuminate my face with warmer tones. Who else loves their ring light? I use this one from Neewer: https://amzn.to/3e5liXn
Without the light I am sure I would look ten years older! It was certainly a good investment. TOP TIP: I also use it for video conference calls! Lighting is everything. Just editing a realtime video of my makeup for this shot as I’ve had so many requests over the past few days following my before and after photo. The transformation blew so many women’s minds! Anyone can look glowing and a little more vibrant after a few minutes with some makeup and a magic wand… I mean brush ?
I feel like the whole world has turned upside down.
This vicious minuscule invisible enemy which jumped on a plane, enjoyed a cruise and rode a train is causing the ultimate havoc and affecting everyone on this planet. I can’t help but marvel at the speed of its travel, the breadth of attack and the level of destruction it has left in its wake.
I now live in my shorts and wander around the house in underwear all day. I don’t really see the point in wearing clothes, other than to create more laundry to keep me entertained. I’ve run out of chores, other than the ones I don’t want to do and never will. Such as sorting out paperwork and doing some filing. Turns out I’m behind with paperwork because I hate doing it, not because I don’t have the time. My husband and I fight over who is going to do the laundry. It’s whoever can reach the laundry basket first in the morning wins the race and gets something to do for a few minutes! Whoever thought we would be fighting over wanting to do laundry?! I haven’t driven for 5 weeks, so my car must think I’ve died. I really miss driving to Totnes to visit the produce market on Friday, browsing the little boutiques, visiting food stalls – especially eating the best freshly made Indian dosa in Devon.
I’m feeling very positive and happy today as I know lockdown will not last forever. I am just reminiscing about market day and looking forward my next visit whenever that may be. Life is just on pause. Which weekly visit do you miss the most?
I think I may be the only person who has lost weight during lockdown! No access to vegan ice cream or donuts is the secret. I LOVE donuts!
I feel like I have been prepared for this isolation for a long time. I have silver hair so no worries about colouring and a cupboard filled with nuts, seeds and pulses. Yesterday I made some coconut pancakes and shared this on my story. So many people asked for the recipe again that I will make a short IGTV with the process again soon. I get asked many times what I eat to have so much energy for my long walks. I only eat plants and follow a whole food plant based diet. I shared a few vegan swaps for dairy on my story the other day. If you are thinking about switching to a high energy, cruelty free, vitamin packed diet, maybe start with swapping out dairy and butter. Check out a few films to get you motivated:
Forks Over Knives What The Health? The Game Changers
None of these films involve animal cruelty so don’t be scared to start watching. It shows how animal products can affect your health and how to improve your health by removing these products from your diet.