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12
Oct
2018

A Simple Path: with A Girl Named Leney

Fancy a footloose road trip but life keeps getting in the way? No problem, you can live vicariously through the adventures of this month’s A Simple Path guest, Leney Breeden. A photographer, artist and writer Leney is a free spirit and has lots to teach us about resisting the urge to over-plan or keep a tight grip on life. You may have come across Leney’s stunning images on Instagram, or read her gorgeous slow living blog A Girl Named Leney. Now’s your chance to learn more about what drives her, what she would say to her younger self, and much, much more.

slow living leney breeden

Read on for some much-needed inspiration on going with life’s flow. Thanks so much for joining us, Leney!

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31
Aug
2018

Why We’re Talking about the Menopause

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.

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17
Aug
2018

A Simple Path: with writer and artist Tanya Shadrick

We are beyond delighted to be joined for A Simple Path this month by writer and outdoor artist (more on that in a mo) Tanya Shadrick.

Tanya is someone whose life and work embody the values of simplicity and slow living. She is both a writer and an artist, finding ways to connect with people in new and meaningful ways through words and her physical presence. We think you’re going to love this interview: read on to hear about how a vandalised tree changed Tanya’s life and career, the lessons she learnt from her frugal, resourceful grandmother, and for her incredibly inspiring outlook on how we can live more connectedly and happily.

Put the kettle on, pull up a blanket – or better still, in the spirit of Tanya, take this outdoors to read under a big sky – and dive into Tanya’s thoughts on slow living, art and family.

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2
Aug
2018

How to Make Your Own Refreshing Botanical Spritz

It’s hard to stay cool at this time of year. Whether on a long journey or the daily commute a refreshing facial spritz, or mist, can be the perfect way to lower your body temperature and keep your skin feeling clean. To give your laundry and house that fresh-from-the-fields feeling you can also use scented waters. Spray onto linens before ironing to release their delicious fragrances, or spritz around the house.

Herbs and botanical scents can also help you relax. If you’re finding it hard to sleep, spray some lavender water on your pillow or eye mask for a soothing aroma that will help you drift off.

We’ve got a simple DIY for you, with step-by-step instructions, so you can make your own. Just throw a bottle into your bag, suitcase or purse and you’re good to go – wherever your summer adventures take you.

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8
Jul
2018

A Simple Path: with food stylist and writer Frankie Unsworth

We are super-thrilled to be joined this month by food stylist and cookery writer Frankie Unsworth. Frankie has worked with many cooks, photographers and writers at the top of their game, styling photographs to create a story around each object or dish that’s being photographed. She has just launched her own cook book, complete with stunning images and brilliantly useful tips for making your meals look as good as they taste.

She has kindly taken time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions. This is a real treat: read on for inspiration about choosing to follow your passion in life, the joys of owning a dog, the love of good linen and being held at gunpoint at the age of 17.

slow living food styling - Frankie Unsworth

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

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2
Jul
2018

Let’s Get Organised for Summer!

Isn’t this time of year crazy busy? There’s all the end-of-term stuff if you have children: sports days, moving on workshops, visits to colleges, exams, revision, sports team parties. If you work you can feel like you have to get everything in order before people disappear for the summer, of before you take a vacation. And if, like us, you are experiencing soaring temperatures it’s hard to get much done without wilting. Not that we’re complaining. Summer is grand and the long days mean there’s more time for being outside. It’s just that July seems frantic. So, we thought we’d look up some of the best personal organisers and diaries to help stay on top of things.

Getting organised needn’t be boring or rigid. In fact, like Mrs Miniver standing in front of a shelf of diaries, prepare to enjoy yourself. There’s something very reassuring about opening up the clean, blank pages of a diary or planner. It feels like things can be rationalised and clear, rather than just stumbling from one event to the next. As well as the inside pages, the cover and look of your organiser is important. It will be in your purse, on your kitchen table or by your side on your desk most of the time, so choose something you love to look at too. Chose carefully so that you really use it.

slow living journal

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22
Jun
2018

A Simple Path with Jen from Little Birdie

We are thrilled that the wonderful Jen from Little Birdie is joining us this month for our A Simple Path interview series. Jen is a freelance writer and photographer, originally from Scotland but now living in Yorkshire with her husband and son. Her work encapsulates all we are trying to do on this blog: celebrate a slower, more mindful way to live, whilst acknowledging the realities of everyday life.

Jen’s work is honest, beautiful and authentic. She understands the pressure we can all feel to have the ‘perfect’ life and tries to support and encourage rather than portray an unrealistic version of her world. She loves to write about, and photograph, nature, food, her gorgeous home and the simple, slow moments in life. Reading her posts is like being surrounded by a waft of fresh air. We think you’re going to love this interview.

Welcome, Jen. Thanks so much for being here.

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5
Jun
2018

How to Have a Slow Living Summer

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.

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22
May
2018

A Simple Path: with Emma Lavelle of Field+Nest

We are thrilled to be joined this month by the lovely Emma Lavelle of Field+Nest. Emma is a writer and content manager who, like many of us, has a ‘portfolio’ working life where she combines working for herself with working for others. As well as treating us to her stunning photographs with their trademark elements of nature, exquisite detailing and her gorgeous auburn tresses, Emma writes on interiors, travel and slow living. But her life hasn’t always been like this. Emma experienced the burnout that many people feel when they are pushing themselves too much at work. What’s so inspiring about her story is how she turned this around, from being a stressed-out, under-appreciated employee to being an empowered, creative woman who has managed to construct a life that provides balance and pleasure as well as job satisfaction. She may very well, in fact, be living the dream.

Want to know how she did it, and her thoughts on who inspires her and how she finds time for the small stuff? Read on.

slow living nature - Emma Lavelle

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

I have many hats. Some days I’m the Creative Content & Partnerships Manager at Rose & Grey, styling shoots, buying collections, posting on social media & writing content. Other days, I work for myself, writing content for websites and stories for independent magazines. In the evenings, I’m a blogger, working on my own site, Field + Nest. The long story of how I ended up where I am can be read here but the short version is that I used to work in the fashion industry and became very disillusioned with how disposable everything was in fast fashion – both the garments themselves and the attitude towards the staff from those managing the businesses. I decided to try pursuing my first love of writing and found myself in a position where I only had to work part-time. Falling into interiors was a happy accident that I haven’t looked back from.

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

You love to write, so be a writer. It isn’t just a hobby, your blog isn’t just a frivolous pastime. Your primary school teachers said you should be a writer, so don’t quit English at college – study hard and continue to pursue creative writing.

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

Back when I worked in fashion, everything was so fast-paced and I barely had any time for myself. I was working late, working through my lunch hour, commuting for hours each day – eventually I crashed and burned. Taking a step back from the rat race and deciding to only work for someone else part-time has vastly improved my quality of life. I take pleasure in the little moments, things that I didn’t even used to notice. Everything from food to travel to style can be slowed down, made more sustainable and enjoyed more.

slow living inspiration - Emma Lavelle

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

We need to take breaks and occasionally step back from Instagram and other forms of online content sharing. What is the point in presenting a picture-perfect life if you aren’t getting the chance to actually live it? Limit your online time each day and don’t forget to put down your phone and camera and actually live in the moment.

5. Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by the wonderful women I have met through Instagram. Women who have their own creative businesses, who have raised wonderful families, who take beautiful photographs, who juggle many creative pursuits and who have shunned the idea of a ‘normal’ life to do what truly makes them happy. Lou Archell, Sara Tasker, Abi Dare, Kym Grimshaw, Siobhan Watts, Freya Dowson and Elizabeth Curtis all immediately spring to mind.

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

It’s funny, I’m currently in between houses as we renovate our new home in the countryside and most of my belongings are in storage. It’s made me realise what I really ‘need’. The things that I find myself carting around between the homes of friends and family that we are currently staying with are: a notebook, my laptop, my camera, a comfortable linen jumpsuit, my MOA green balm and facial oil, and my dog, Evie.

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

Sitting in my garden, surrounded by flowers and vegetables that I have grown, writing my second novel.

slow living blogging - Emma Lavelle

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

Wild camping in Scotland. On the second night, we pitched our tent in the middle of nowhere beside a small stream. As we huddled around a camp fire, two otters swam past just a few feet away. In the night, I woke up to the sound of something large shuffling around outside our tent – we woke in the morning to find hoof prints circling around us.

Thanks so much for joining us Emma, it has been a delight!

For more in our A Simple Path slow living interview series go here and here.

4
May
2018

6 Everyday Clothes We Can’t Live Without

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:

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