Every morning I venture downstairs – dressing gown and slippers on, my cat at my feet and turn the kettle on. As I stand waiting for it to boil, it’s my favourite time to look out on the garden. It’s the place where the trees sway and you can watch the light change as the world wakes up. It’s also the place I love to stand and see the season unfold before my eyes. From turning leaves to frosty mornings. But now, it’s never been so alive. Spring and autumn have always been my favourite seasons. They’re the seasons of change and with it brings a new mood and a new excitement of what’s to come.
Overnight flowers bloom, buds burst and there’s an air of fresh new beginnings. With the tease of summer on the horizon, it’s a season that breeds hope and we all feel a little lighter in our mood after a long, dark winter. While everyone has their varying opinions on autumn and winter, I’m yet to meet a single person who doesn’t love spring. And these are just a few reasons why..
Overnight flowers bloom, buds burst and there’s an air of fresh new beginnings.
Of all the beauty sectors (is that the right word?!), I have to admit that fragrances isn’t one I’m all too fussed about. I find it overwhelming finding a new perfume and after copious samples up my nose, I often leave with nothing but a headache! But for some reason, spring is the season where I actively seek out a new scent. Maybe it’s because there are so many gorgeous fragrances going on in nature with blooming flowers and fresh grass, but it really gets me ready for the new season having a new perfume to spritz.
This year I’ve opted for Givenchy’s Eau De Givenchy Rose (out in May). Not only did I fall in love with its minimal design and classically elegant shape, it’s beautiful orange blossom undertones make it the perfect scent for spring. Light, zesty, with a hint of florals, it’s fresh and subtle without the over-powering nose of flowers. I’m in love!
Over the last couple of years, I’ve found that my style has completely changed. I’m buying thoughtfully and with purpose. Gone are the days where I have a wardrobe full and nothing to wear as I’m trying to snap up more neutral tones that go with everything and stand the test of time. Spring and summer is definitely my favourite time for this as we gravitate towards lighter colours and breathable fabrics making it perfect for my new style preferences.
But this year, I’m introducing a little more colour into my wardrobe with sage green, blush pink and sandy tones. I’m also paying more attention to fabrics – silk, satin and pure cotton that hang well, are more sustainable and give the impression of a more luxury piece than they actually are!
Spring always brings the promise of summer soon after and with that comes thoughts of faraway escapes and new adventures. We’ve been talking about travel plans almost on the daily recently and have been a little on the fence about where and when to go. With house renovations very much in full swing, we’re struggling to find the right time, but we’re aiming for a late summer trip. But if the UK has a summer like last year, I think we all might opt for home soil!
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Growing up in the countryside is something I never take for granted. A country girl at heart, I feel very present in everything we are lucky enough to have around us. While I love days in London for meetings and work, I most look forward to seeing those rolling fields come into view and know that I’m home. This time of year is my absolute favourite. I’ve been trying to go for a walk every day and I love seeing and hearing how busy nature is at this time. Birds are singing, lambs are skipping and there’s a subtle smell of mown grass in the air.
As the weather warms up and we can finally leave our winter coats at home, a quick bite or a Friday night tipple are suddenly taken out into the open air and we all feel freed from the working day. Car windows come down, sunsets cast a golden light on little corners of the house and we all just slow down a little more.
Which brings me on to probably the best thing about spring – the clocks going back. I find it really difficult to adjust to the whole clock situation and my body feels tired for days to come. But when we’re still wearing sunglasses at 7pm, it’s a small price to pay. Suddenly we all feel more productive and happier that we get to enjoy some of the day outside the confines of our office and it’s glorious!
Apart from Christmas (obvs), Easter is my favourite time of year. It’s either boiling hot or in the clasp of an arctic storm but it always feels like a time to regroup, take stock of the year so far and make a few new goals. I always take the long weekend to spend with family – we do an Easter egg hunt every year in the garden followed by a roast lunch and the world stops just for a moment.
It’s a time to catch up, get stuff done and re-organise your life a little To rest. Catch up on TV shows and have the time to think, read a book or just sleep! We will be redecorating our living room, painting windows and do all the things we never have time to do during the working week – but with the doors open, just so we can hear that birdsong again….
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