Styling the Seasons | June

MBM_STYLING THE SEASON_JUNE16_MAINEhhhh…yes, it’s been a while! A year, to be precise, since my last ‘Styling the Seasons‘ post, which is just insane when I come to think of it but then, I guess it’s just one of those things right? Life and work ends up taking over and suddenly you’re sitting here in 2016….six months in! Is it just me or does time suddenly propel on a lot quicker as you get older? Or is it just London doing that to you?!

Anyway, while there’s no guarantee that this is the start of a regular thing, I suppose it’s good to partake in these collaborative projects as and when you can, and summer is probably a good enough reason to do so!  Getting any personal time these days is a challenge and if I do, I desperately try to make up for lost times, on things like reading, cooking, socialising, or just hanging out with the hubby which, believe you me, can be rare when you’re both self-employed! Basically, any excuse to get away from computer screen as much as I can. A shame really, because I do enjoy blogging so much and is in fact one of my favourite past times, but the thought of returning back to the screen or sitting at a desk after hours spent working away at one, is annoyingly off-putting and why the blogging days has kind gone off the radar. Go figure eh!

Well, with that in mind, I thought I’d base this month’s styling on my new little reading corner Ive introduced in our bedroom. I’ve been trying to get back into reading this year, in the hope of encouraging a slower pace of life, and simply finding some downtime to unwind. While, I haven’t been doing as well as I hoped, it’s definitely made some difference taking the time to sit back and read (if and when I get those!) and I always end up surprising myself at how much I’ve miss it! Something about summertime too, that makes me want to sit back and enjoy those longer evenings at home, right?

MBM_STYLING THE SEASON_JUNE16_08Usually, most of the ‘unwinding’ takes place in the living room – Wether we’re reading or watching tele, the couch and the dining chairs become our main go-to ‘chill out’ areas, so, I wanted to create an alternative ‘reading’ zone in our bedroom….especially when it gets all the best light in there!

I’m not a huge fan of sitting or lying in bed reading in the day (it’s a night-time thing for me) so knew it needed a chair of some kind to create a little snug. Sadly, the bedroom isn’t that big to accommodate nice comfy armchairs so I decided to bring in our Eames-style chair from the living room and place it in the corner, by the window. It gives me just enough space to manoeuvre between the chair and the bed, and I have to admit, I do love how the bed lends itself as a footstool because of its proximity! ;) To make things more comfortable and calming, I added my favourite Donna Wilson cushion on the chair and some scented Muji candles on the window sill. It’s amazing how much little changes can make. Complete serenity, I tell you! :) so great to have that additional place you can retreat to.

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By the way, if you haven’t already come across this book, I can’t recommend it enough to you!! It’s called the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, and if you’re anything like me, constantly seeking for clean and uncluttered spaces (be it at work or at home) then this is a game-changer!

I’ve always considered myself to be super organised and tidy, with a firm belief that an uncluttered space is not only calming but actually inspires and motivates you. I used to find it so baffling seeing people live/work in overly crowded and cluttered spaces…how was it not suffocating and claustrophobic!? But hey, each to their own I guess, and ironically, I still have many days of constant tidying up, decluttering and reorganising! So yea, reading this book has totally helped me reassess things more (even for the likes of neat freaks!); for instance, Marie explains how it isn’t always about finding storage solutions, but getting rid of the crap we tend to hoard so we’re not constantly figuring out/adding storage solutions for it! The art of tidying is in fact all about letting go and knowing how to keep only the things actually important to you. She talks about how your space is a reflection of your inner self or the underlying issues within you, so by transforming it into an uncluttered space can in fact help you unclutter your life, unraveling and identifying issues you probably didn’t even know were there!

So yea, if you like the sound of that….go get yourself a copy! It :)

Well then, there you have it folks…..not the most summery of posts but it’s our most recent new styled area in our flat, created in the hope for a better healthy work-life balance. Hope you like it!

If you’d like to partake on the styling fun (maybe you can be more regular than me!) all you have to do is style a surface area in your home or workplace and post a photo or two on any social media or blogging platform you’re on. Simply add the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons (preferably even tag Katy and Charlotte) with your entries so that it’s easily found. It’s just a great way to get you motivated, inspired and embrace each month!

Happy styling folks  xx

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[Book of the Month] Hyperbole and a Half

MbM_Loves-Books_Jan-1One of my resolutions this year was to read more; actually I do read a lot but since taking on the PhD three years ago, 90% of my reading list is work-related and anything outside that would be accounted for only during holidays or while commuting – even that is limited! It’s the one thing I do love and have loved. It’s the one time I can completely loose myself into the depths of enthralling pieces of story-telling; the one time I can be transported from reality into another world (it always helps having an imaginative mind!). Quite sad really, that reading anything other than research material has to be ‘squeezed in’ which is why I’ve got to find a way to set aside time and read more. I did in fact sign up to a bloggers Book Club last autumn and failed miserably to attend the first few meet ups due to work commitments (and being away too!) so this year is a new start and my target is one book per month – it sounds pathetic I know but that’s what happens when you’re overworked with very little spare time to read!

So anyway, this month’s book is Hyperbole And a Half by Allie Brosh which was in fact selected as the book to read for the next Book Club meet-up. You may have already heard of it as it has taken by storm across the US and made its way over here, but if you haven’t I can honestly say it’s been a refreshingly good read. It’s witty, whimsical, satirical, and as the title in itself suggests, outrageously imaginative and delusional too! The book is a compilation of Allie’s popular webcomics you find on her blog (also titled the same) where she narrates the various events in her life through images she drew in paintbrush…..yep, Paintbrush! I have to hand it to her, although intentionally crude and child-like, her cartoons are pure genius and definitely adds to the hilarity of the stories.

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What I love most about the book, or her style of writing, is that it’s brutally honest (okay, it’s somewhat exaggerated in places but that’s just down to her wildly imaginative mind) and straightforwardness about her encounters, experiences and challenges in life, not to mention the way she over analyses and battles with her every thought that results in further mayhem……..something I can totally relate to! ;) The best rib-tickling stories for me were ‘God of Cake’, the introduction of the ‘Simple Dog’, ‘The Hot Sauce Debacle’ and ‘This is why I’ll never be an Adult’…..whether it’s because I’m able to share in most of her far-fetched ideologies, thoughts and insanity, I’m not sure but it definitely got me cracking up. So, while it may be more for the nerdy, creative and ludicrously imaginative type I would still urge you all to give her work a go as there’s bound to be something that will hit your funny bone! If you’re not sure about buying the book then definitely start by reading the stories over on her blog.

I probably would not have come across Allie Brosh’s work myself so I’m delighted that it was recommended by the bookclubbers…..can’t wait to catch up with them this weekend and hear everyone else’s thoughts on it. Happy Reading! xx

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PS. If you are a blogger in London or Edinburgh and fancy joining the Bloggers Book Club, you can find out all the details needed to sign up here.