LITTLE LUXURIES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE
FRESH PYJAMAS & FRESH BEDDING
Nothing feels better after a lovely bubble bath than putting on fresh pyjamas & getting into a freshly made bed. When we moved into our house I treat myself to one of Kylie’s bedding collections which looks fabulous and helps make our bedroom a relaxing haven. In the winter months I love cosy pyjamas usually a short sleeved top & long bottoms from Boux Avenue or Next that I can put on straight after my bath & instantly feel relaxed and comfortable.
‘Always wear fabulous underwear, even if you’re the only one who’s going to see it’
When my underwear matches I just feel more put together somehow. Matching underwear is beautiful although not always practical depending on what I’m wearing but beautiful knickers & well fitting bras are imperative to making the line of my clothes look good.
A GOOD SKINCARE ROUTINE
My Nanny always took good care of her skin & had a beautiful complexion right up to the day she passed away aged 80. She didn’t have the expensive products we do today but swore by Oil of Olay! I’ve always cleansed & moisturised my face, neck & décolleté area but since turning 40 I’ve been much more careful with my skin. I always wear SPF 50 in the sun & use foundation with an SPF in it. I now use a Micellar water to remove my eye make up then I swear by Elemis cleansing balm & Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream which also has SPF 30. My skin always feels thoroughly clean and fresh after the cleansing balm & the moisturiser makes my skin feel hydrated. A Clinique eye cream finishes my routine.
One of my biggest obsessions is good candles lit all around my home. It gives the house a cosy feel & nothing can beat the smell of a luxury candle. Yankee candles for every day life are perfect and have quite a long burn time. My favourite is Pink Sands with Summer Peach being a close second. For a more luxurious smell I love Neom candles. These make the house smell fabulous although they do burn out quite quickly. The white company’s Seychelles is another beautiful candle and any of the amazing Jo Malone Candles are pure luxury.
A lovely ambience in my surroundings makes a huge difference to my well being so having good lighting in our house it’s very important. I love lamps to put on in an evening giving the house a cosy feel, especially in Autumn & Winter. For my kitchen & bathrooms I love spotlights giving off lots of light and a modern feel to these rooms. I love the summer & find my mood is not quite as upbeat in the darker months so good lighting in the home is very important to me.
A GOOD ROSE WINE
There’s nothing I like better than a cold crisp glass of rose wine when I’ve got a rare night in. I work most evenings so when I have a night off a delicious glass of wine relaxes me and I enjoy the taste. My current favourite is Echo Falls Summer Berries. It’s quite sweet and is a bit too easy to drink but the fruity crisp taste is divine.
NEOM BATH PRODUCTS
My new favourite products for my bath are Neom Sleep bath foam & Neom de stress bath oil. The scent of all Neom products is luxurious with a spa like smell to them making me instantly relaxed the minute I get in my bath. My skin feels silky soft after a Neom bath & when complimented by burning a Neom candle it’s pure heaven!
TAKING A DAY AT HOME FOR MY FAMILY & ME
As a working mum I constantly live with the guilt of not being a stay-at-home mum and then when I occasionally do have a bit of ‘me time’ I feel guilty as I’ve usually got a pile of work that needs doing. Unfortunately my job requires me to work every Saturday and quite a few Sundays too, so as often as I possibly can I try & keep Sunday’s free and this is our day as a family. I love to have the morning in to potter about & enjoy my morning cup of fresh coffee and read the Sunday newspapers. I like to let the kids have time completely to themselves to relax as they lead very busy lives. Now we have our puppy Dora I’m looking forward to her final injections so we can all take her on a lovely Sunday walk then come home, light my candles and make a Sunday roast for my family.
On a rare night in I enjoy a bit of ‘me time’ by having a lovely bath with my luxury products and a pamper night. I put my candles on and watch what I want on TV as I pamper in the bedroom. Bliss!
However you choose to spend it, time for yourself is a gift & so important to your health and well being. All work and no rest results in ‘burn out’ so its vital to find something that you enjoy to take you to your ‘Happy Place’! I really do need to listen to my own advice when it comes to relaxing and ‘switching off’ from work!!!