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9
Dec
2017
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A Simple Path: With Jessica Rose Williams

We are so excited to be joined this month by the wondrous Jessica Rose Williams, known as the ‘queen of minimalism’! Jessica is a writer, photographer and lover of a capsule wardrobe. She helps people declutter their clothes and attain more freedom with less stuff.

You may already have signed up to her free Minimalist Challenge, enjoyed her beautiful photos on Instagram or read her thoughtful and insightful blog. Now here’s another treat for you: Jessica Rose’s philosophy on slow living and the courage it takes to say no.

We think you’ll love this one!

Welcome, Jessica. Thanks so much for joining us.

Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?

By day I run a finance business with my husband but I’m really a writer and a photographer. I blog at jessicarosewilliams.com where I write about living a simpler more creative life, and all the benefits that come with that based on my own experiences. I also work with people 1:1 to help them simplify life and build capsule wardrobes.

I’d always wanted to start a blog but I didn’t have the confidence. Two years ago I made a big lifestyle change and started living a more intentional simpler life. I got rid of everything that didn’t add real value and it gave me the nudge I needed to chase my creative dreams. Getting rid of all the distractions in my life made me realise what really mattered to me and what direction I wanted to go in.

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If you had one piece of advice or wisdom to pass on to your younger self, what would it be?

You are good enough just as you are, be kinder to yourself.

What is it about slow living and the simple life that you find appealing?

I love the overall clarity and calm it brings but it’s the little things that make the big differences. I love waking up at the weekends and having no plans instead of a diary full of things I don’t want to do. I can spend the day pottering around to my heart’s content. I love not being overwhelmed by choice too. My capsule wardrobe currently stands at 32 pieces and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

People often think simple is easy. But it’s the opposite most of the time because it requires you to say no to a lot, and that takes courage. There’s a deep sense of fulfilment that comes from that because you’re designing your own life – and it’s worth being brave for.

How can we counter the pulls of content-sharing and curating images of our lives with the need for being in the moment?

I think it’s really important to set boundaries for ourselves, forget what we think we should be doing and try to tune in to our intuition. So many people are too busy trying to capture the moment to share on social media that they’re missing the actual moment. We have to know when to put the camera down and keep some things for ourselves. It’s all about balance.

I love photography but to be a great photographer you have to develop a great eye, and the only way to do that is to take the time to look. A ‘less but better’ approach stops me from being too click-happy. I’d rather have less images but better quality.

jessica rose williams - slow living

Who inspires you?

So many people, but especially brave women who choose to live courageously alongside their vulnerability. I look up to a lot of past female authors like Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, modern writers like Rupi Kaur and Cheryl Strayed and online creatives like Sara Tasker, to name a few.

What are your essential homeware items/ things you couldn’t do without?

Scented candles, blankets and a good quality bed with good quality bedding. Feeling relaxed and cosy at home is everything to me – I’m a real home bird. It’s amazing what a difference a good night’s sleep can make, and I think a lot of us underestimate this. When it comes to scents, a good quality scented candle can make your home feel like a 5* hotel.

What would you like to be doing in 10 years’ time?

I try not to think too far ahead to be honest. It can take my mind away from the here and now so quickly and make me feel really overwhelmed, but I’d love to think I’d written a book by then.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done?

Everything inside me is telling me not to answer this question (insert laughing emoji). Let’s just say I was a very rebellious teenager.

Thank you so much for your time, and sharing your thoughts with us! For more in our A Simple Path interview series go here and here

16
Nov
2017
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A Simple Path: With Leslie Carrington

We are thrilled to be joined by Leslie Carrington this month in our series of interviews exploring slow living and how to live a more simple lifestyle. Leslie is CEO of HolistiCitiLyfe, a company that organises wellness vacations designed to help you feel more balanced, healthy and happy. Leslie and her colleagues create tailor-made itineraries for a client’s trip, with a focus on restoring and rejuvenating both mind and spirit.

And the wellness is not purely intended as a holiday treat. HolistiCitiLyfe offers support for people once they get home and land back in the busyness of their lives, so they can continue to reap the benefits of a holistic approach to life. We think this chimes perfectly with what our A Simple Path series is all about: thinking about how slow living can all help us lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

Here are Leslie’s thoughts on having a ‘non-cookie cutter approach to wellness’, and her advice for her younger self. Think of her interview as a mini-retreat where you can escape out of your day for a few precious minutes.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Leslie Carrington. Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?

My name is Leslie Carrington, and I’m a licensed Social Worker, Life Coach and Founder of HolistiCitiLyfe (HCL).  I created HCL from my passion for wellness and love for curating events and travel retreats. These two ideals collided and are now at the forefront of everything that I do and curate for my very special clients, community and travellers.  

By changing my own life through clean eating, physical activity, meditation and the incorporation of ancient practices, I help others change their lives and enjoy a rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit.

holistic wellness slow living - Leslie Carrington

If you had one piece of advice or wisdom to pass on to your younger self, what would it be?

Looking back to when I was young, trying to invent and simultaneously discover who I was destined to be, I recall trying to keep up with the Joneses, as if I had no mind of my own.

If I had one piece of advice for my younger self, it would be to live life on your own terms.  Go with the burning desire inside to live a more simplified lifestyle. Everything happens for a reason and your life will end up right where it’s supposed to be. Don’t be afraid to be different and affect change in others.

What is it about the simple life and slow living that you find appealing?

Much like my previous answer, we spend a large part of our lives chasing things that we think are going to bring us happiness. Things like careers, money, relationships, and other tangible items. As I have become older AND wiser, I have come to appreciate the simpler things. Natural foods, natural skin and hair care products, nature, a holistic way of living.

Changing my life to fit my goals and the reflection of what I value most is how I’ve always wanted to live. Finding meaning and purpose while living “the simple life” is more appealing to me now more than ever.  Seems that’s why I have made it my mission to help others discover the very same thing – if only for a moment.

How can we counter the pulls of content-sharing and curating images of our lives with the need for being in the moment?

There really is no easy way to answer this question. Nor do I have the “magic” solution, as this is a tug and pull for me on a daily basis. I especially find it difficult to counteract the pull during my wellness events and travel retreats. Capturing the exciting and inspiring moments is important for marketing purposes and such, but being in the moment is the main purpose of my wellness events and occasions. It’s meant to be a time to unplug, detach and communicate with others – the old fashioned way.

Entrepreneurship, however, often leads me to want to capture the moments. Often times, it’s also something that I want to remember and find the need to share with others.  There is intrinsic value in understanding the need and desire for curating images. But so much of my personal and ordinary but beautiful life experiences are “lived” in the moment, where neither my camera nor phone are close enough in proximity or thought to provoke the, “Let’s get this shot”.

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Who inspires you?

My biggest thought influencers are women of color who lead a life of passion. Woman who have found their calling, many of whom are in the healthy lifestyle industry, and who help others to find solutions to living a more fulfilling life of balance.

What are your essential homeware items/ things you couldn’t do without?

Egyptian cotton sheets, a comfy duvet, and a bed full of decorative pillows collected from my travels, books and more books, my yoga mat: Best recipe for a good night’s sleep.

What would you like to be doing in 10 years’ time?

I hope in ten years’ time that I will be providing holistic and wellness experiences to individuals both nationally and internationally. That I would have grown my tribe, network and staff of wellness professionals, living more simply and inspiring a love for learning how to transform life through implementing solutions to mind, body and spirit wellness. That my non-cookie cutter approach to wellness will break holistic barriers.

From a personal perspective I would like to have done much more travel for pleasure and not only business.

slow living travel holistic wellness - Leslie Carrington

What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done?

Lived life on my own terms. It’s pretty exhilarating☺

Thank you so much for your time, and sharing your thoughts with us!

If you’d like to read more about slow living you can download our guide here.

What does living a slower, simpler life mean to you? Drop us a comment, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

1
Nov
2017
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What is Slow Living? Let’s have a conversation

Throughout our A Simple Path series of interviews with creatives, entrepreneurs and influencers, we’ve been exploring the question: what is slow living? What has become clear is that there is no fixed answer to this, although there are some common strands to what people feel constitutes a slow life. We thought we’d gather together the wise words and ideas we’ve collected so far to create our own Linenbeauty guide to slow living.

We will also address some of the hindrances, the impossibilities and falsities of attaining a purely simple, slow life. Yet ultimately we hope to share some useful tips, thoughtful reflections and everyday inspirations.

What does slow living mean to you? How do you try to incorporate elements of this into your life? We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas. So, brew some warming coffee, put your feet up and settle down for a few minutes of peace. And please drop us a comment if you’d like to join the conversation.

Click on the link below and read the guide online, or download it to read at your leisure.

The Linenbeauty Slow Living Guide

Slow living - Linenbeauty

2
Oct
2017
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A Simple Path: with Cindy Luquin of Cultura con Wellness

The slow living movement can seem rather monocultural, and many people are put off sustainable options like ethical clothing or green beauty products due to their price tag. It’s important that the message of living responsibly and minimising our impact on the environment is not just heard within its own echo chamber, or amongst those on higher incomes. Which is why we were delighted to find Cindy Luquin and her blog, Cultura con Wellness, where she talks about her efforts to empower the Latino community and people of colour through her intentionally conscious lifestyle. And we were even more thrilled when Cindy agreed to feature on A Simple Path.

So take a moment to yourself, sit back and enjoy Cindy’s thoughts on wellness, balance and how a major health trauma forced her to reevaluate her life.

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8
Sep
2017
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A Simple Path: with Katherine Heath

What a treat we have in store for you this month! We are picking the brains of the lovely Katherine Heath of Wild Grey Skies for her thoughts on all things sustainable and natural. Katherine is a social media manager and content creator* at (hug) London, who not only takes gorgeous pictures, but also has lots of wisdom to share about ways we can be more ethical in our consumption, and how to attain more balance in our lives.

Welcome, Katherine Heath!

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1. Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?

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17
Aug
2017
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A Simple Path: Decluttering and living intentionally, with Heather Hall

This month we are delighted to be joined by Heather Hall from thesiftedlife.co. Heather has developed a programme to help people ‘sift’ their lives – to get rid of clutter, to find simplicity and create more time for the things they love. She lives, and works, by this mantra: “There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less” (G. K. Chesterton). Her aim is to support and guide people who are feeling overwhelmed by ‘stuff’ and help them live better, with less.

Sit back and enjoy her insightful, thoughtful interview. We think you will love her ideas on carving out a simple path through this crazy world.

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21
Jul
2017
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A Simple Path: with Dorian Bowen of The Welsh House

We are super excited to be joined on A Simple Path this week by Dorian Bowen of The Welsh House. You may already know Dorian from his gorgeous Instagram account, but if not, or if you’ve always wanted to know more about the man behind the pictures, read on.

You won’t feel quite as rested as if you had just woken up to a dewy morning on a Welsh hillside, but his words will bring solace and respite from the busyness of your day. Savour this one.

linen tea towel - Dorian Bowen

1.Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?

I live in rural Carmarthenshire, having returned to Wales in 2010 after a career in London, hoping to slow down and simplify life. For the most part I run a holiday let company called The Welsh House specialising in slow living escapism in unique Welsh cottages.

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22
Jun
2017
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A Simple Path: with Julia Smith from Humphrey & Grace

We are so pleased to be joined for our A Simple Path series by Julia Smith, creator of Humphrey & Grace and taker of stunning photographs over on Instagram as @humphreyandgrace. Julia has an eye for beautiful, natural wildscapes and sumptuous florals, all with a gentle aesthetic and underlying belief in cherishing the simple moments in life. She works with brands to create photographic content and on social media strategies, and is an all-round Instagram superstar, so we are very grateful to her for sharing her wisdom and thoughts here.

Julia has great advice for connecting with each other and disconnecting with our screens, on teaching children to be compassionate and measured about their online time, on how to manage Instagram, and on carving out time for simple pleasures amidst the hurly-burly of everyday life. Her website is a treasure trove of creative inspiration, practical photography and social media advice, and inspiring conversations.

Read on, this is a true treat.

Julia Smith Humphrey & Grace grasses

1. Thanks so much for joining us Julia Smith, we are beyond excited to have you. Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?

I am a photographer and Instagrammer. For the most part I create content for social media both for myself and for brands, sometimes I share this content in my gallery and sometimes it is simply work for my clients. Either way it is a job I adore.

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12
May
2017
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A Simple Path: Asapoth’s Amanda Saurin distils her wisdom in our latest interview

Amanda Saurin has been on our radar for a while now. Not just because her beautiful flagship store is in our hometown, but also because of her joyful and inspirational approach to her business, A.S APOTHECARY – and indeed to life. Infused with Amanda’s love of plants, her organic skincare products are exquisite concoctions aimed at promoting not just beauty but wellbeing. Her range is carefully curated and each plant is hand selected to ensure only the highest quality ingredients find their way into a product. We caught up with Amanda between a trip to Cyprus sourcing plants for her skincare range and installing her new Alembic Still (a mighty-looking copper contraption for distilling), and picked her brains about what she does and why she loves it.

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15
Apr
2017
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A Simple Path Interview No. 3: Jane Day’s sumptuous style

Ah friends, have we got a treat for you. This is the third instalment of our interview series, A Simple Path, in which we talk to inspiring creatives who are doing more with less. This week we are joined by the lovely Jane Day from teawithruby.co.uk. Sometimes you come across a blog that is inspiring yet authentic, beautiful yet simple. Tea with Ruby is just that. Jane is an interiors blogger, stylist, writer and photographer whose gorgeous blog always offers new ways to style your home using simple, sustainable, beautiful things. She is a master of light, taking pictures that have depth, texture and an incredible stillness. There is an authenticity to Jane’s work – you know she really lives what she writes. And she’s a huge fan of linen, which makes us very happy. We love her work and had to find out more about what she does, and why she does it.

Grab yourself a coffee and savour this post – it will inspire you, and get you thinking about small changes you could make to slow your life down and be properly in the moment.

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