As summer turns gently into fall we’re thinking about different ways to mark the changing season in our homes. Fall brings with it spectacular displays of fiery red leaves, delicious autumnal vegetables, dew-spun cobwebs and hedgerows bursting with berries. Here’s 7 easy things you can do to bring some of this sense of bounty and colour into your home.
1.Invest in new linen bedlinen
Why linen? Well, because it’s perfect for transitional seasons, regulating your body temperature so you always stay comfortable. Ideal for fall, when one minute the sun is shining and the next there’s a distinct chill in the air. Whilst in summer we’re all about whites and cool neutrals, fall brings a chance to add some warmth and texture to your home. A great way of doing this without the hassle of redecorating is simply to use some new bedlinen in earthy browns, jewel tones or rich greens to give a seasonal feel to your bedroom.
The menopause is still something of a taboo subject for many people. Shrouded in mysterious language like, ‘The Change’, there are misconceptions and misunderstandings about just how this life event could affect us. Some women sail through with very few difficulties, but for others it can be a very challenging time. Menopause can cause changes in your body shape, mood swings, hot flashes, skin breakouts, aches and pains, ‘brain fog’ and tiredness. Pile these on top of your normal everyday tasks and worries, and this can be a stressful and painful time for many of us. The more we talk about it, the more we can help others understand what’s going on for their friends, their mothers, their sisters and their colleagues.
We thought we’d apply our slow living philosophy to thinking about the menopause, and offer simple suggestions that might help relieve some of the symptoms. Obviously, we aren’t offering medical advice, but there are lifestyle changes you can make to ease the transition and to support any other treatments you choose to have.
With summer fast approaching it can be tempting to wish away the time between now and your vacation or the start of the school holidays. When you work hard and have a busy life it’s natural to yearn for a chance to slow down and take a proper break. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You can take advantage of the warmer weather and longer days, building in moments of calm and restorative peace wherever you are. Here are 6 tips for a slow living summer that will ensure you are ready to catch any chance to switch off and unwind, even in the midst of the hurly burly of everyday life.
At work or play, these are 6 simple ways to boost your wellbeing and start enjoying the whole of the summer, instead of counting down the days until your vacation.
Are there certain things in your wardrobe that you find yourself reaching for over again? Clothes that either look great or make you feel great, or if you are lucky, both? We’ve written before about cultivating a capsule wardrobe, getting rid of things that you never wear and instead creating a small collection of pieces that work well together for work and for play. But even with a pared-back amount of clothes there are still some trusty everyday clothes (and accessories) that we just keep coming back to.
Here’s what we love wearing, on rotation, pretty much most of the time:
Inspired by this Twitter conversation with renowned Irish author Marian Keyes (a fan of LinenMe’s linen dresses), we got thinking about why women’s clothes need pockets. It seems obvious, but so few garments (particularly dresses and skirts) are made with useful-sized pockets that we thought we’d investigate further.
Why do women need pockets? Well sometimes we don’t want to lug a bag around. It is liberating to not have a bag hanging round your neck all the time. Sometimes you don’t want to think about accessories and sizes, you just want somewhere to stash your phone and purse or wallet. There are those who think pockets spoil the silhouette or cut of a dress, and of course, a slinky body-con number is probably not going to be enhanced by some pockets. But for clothes that are designed for everyday there’s always a place for a pocket. We love having somewhere to put our hands when we are standing. We love the comfy feel pockets bring to a pair of trousers or a dress. We like the way the fabric moves and hangs around them. And pockets are super practical too, offering an easy place to stash essential items or things we are using temporarily.
There is a perception that women’s clothes should be all about beauty, whereas men’s clothing is about utility. We disagree. There’s no reason we can’t have both. If you want your clothes to be comfortable yet stylish and well cut then a simple linen shift dress with pockets is just the thing. Or a boxy cardigan with pockets large enough to carry your notebook. Or a pair of loose, flowing culottes with handy pockets that give the fabric some extra flip.
At this time of year our thoughts inevitably turn to the year that is ending. We think back to the events – good and bad – that stand out, and also remember the quieter moments that make up the everyday. This year has seen some troubling political developments and horrific events across the world, but there has also been much to be thankful for. On a smaller scale, we thought we would give you a round up of Linenbeauty’s 2017, and some ideas on how to make 2018 a great year.
So what happened at Linenbeauty in 2017?
A Simple Path launch
This year saw the launch of our new interview series, A Simple Path, in which we speak to creatives, entrepreneurs and social media influencers about what makes them tick. We are honoured to have featured some fantastic guests and learned so much about what inspires them, what slow living means to them, and how we can all strive to make our world a better place. If you missed any of the interviews, go here, here, or here for a taste of our slow living journey.
Slow Living Guide
Inspired by these interviews, and by the issues around authenticity and social media bubbles, we collected together the wisdom we have gleaned over the course of 2017 and created our own guide to slow living. In it we address ideas like: what is slow living, how realistic is it to try to live a simple life and how can we balance the practical requirements of everyday life with a need for something fulfilling and nurturing? If you haven’t read it already, you can find it here.
If you are looking for some new rituals to share with your loved ones over the holiday season, look no further. We’ve hunted around for some lovely holiday traditions that all foster a spirit of togetherness, thoughtfulness and comfort. Whether you adapt these to suit your personal preferences, or wholeheartedly embrace an established ritual, we hope these ideas will bring a fresh energy and joyful time for you and your family and friends.
Jolabokaflod (Iceland) – Holiday Traditions
Do you ever have that thing when, as the season changes, you look into your clothes drawers or closet and realise you have NOTHING to wear? The weather here changed so dramatically in the space of just a few days taking us from shorts to woolly socks seemingly overnight. And there seems to be very little in the closet that will actually work for right now. If you are organised, your fall/winter wardrobe will be stored safely awaiting this change in temperature and you can just switch them around. But if, like us, you just seem to have no appropriate clothes, here’s how to clear out your closet and make your wardrobe work for you this season.
To get started, empty all your clothes onto the bed. Hold each item in turn and ask yourself these questions:
In the summer you want easy-to-wear, comfortable linen clothes that work with lots of things in your wardrobe and that don’t need lots of special care. Simple, unfussy, hard-wearing items that you can throw on for a trip to the beach or a picnic, or just for pottering around the house. Linen really comes into its own in the warmer summer months. It’s lightweight, cool (it regulates your body temperature so you stay comfortable all day), easy to pack for vacations, easy to care for and looks great on its own or layered on chilly evenings.
If you are looking to add some linen garments to your capsule wardrobe, or need some beautiful linen clothes, linen dresses or linen tunics for an upcoming holiday, here’s our edit of essential things you will love this summer.
If you’ve been gripped by the energy of renewal that Spring brings, you may be turning to your home and tackling those areas that are in need of some TLC. Brighter, sunnier days can show up smeary windows that have been curtained off throughout the Winter. Bulky woollies might need to be stored away, leaving space for fresh, lighter clothes. Now that you can throw open the windows those tired corners can get a lick of paint, and heavy drapes can be replaced by lightweight linen curtains. Spring cleaning needed be a massive task – just focussing for 15 minutes on each room can bring some Springtime sparkle into your house, and even the busiest of us can find this small amount of time for some sprucing. To get you inspired, here are 5 Spring cleaning essentials to put the fun back into housework and the beauty back into your cleaning cupboard.