I hope you had a rejuvenating weekend, or if you are less of an old soul like me, partied hard and are over your hangover by now. I know I’m not. A friend of ours visited for the weekend and boy, do I have a sore head. I was feeling a bit ropey anyway (our house has been infected by winter lurgies) but I figured a few mulled wines at the Southampton Christmas Market might have the potential to heal me. (At least that’s the yarn I spun for myself.)
Turns out, I can’t drink anymore, I have no stamina! And drinking when sick, yeah probably won’t do that again for a while. I have to say though, it was so much fun and worth hanging like a basket. Yes to Christmas shindigs with fabulous friends!
So, I’m a fair few cups of honey and lemon in since then, and having spent all of Sunday in my onesie, I’m just about returning to normal! Hoorah.
Anyway, enough of my life story, let’s get back to the point of today’s Monday Edit.
Well, my little elves, we are well into December, five chocolates to be exact. And with all the sparkly lights and festive cheer, it’s probably one of the easiest times to remain chipper. Different to my usual posts, I have put together a round up of some of the things that have given me positive vibes this week:
Is oh-so beautiful. If you get the chance to visit, you must — I’m pretty sure it’s one of the best around. It’s got the Christmas- Market-vibe down. It has a quaint, oldy-wordly feel with period-style stalls selling roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. Wandering around, I genuinely felt the Christmas magic. Plus, it’s in the grounds of the breathtaking Winchester Cathedral, has a delish choice of festive eats, and has an ice skating rink. So many wins.
I have to admit that perhaps I’m slightly biased towards Winchester; I’ve spent a generous amount of time in the city over the years. I studied at the Uni, landed my first job there, and living in the New Forest, it’s only just up the road. So yeah, get to the market, it’s so pretty!
Winter skin care
I am not about to profess that I’m a skincare guru; infact most of the time I don’t have a clue and figure out my favourites through trial and error. But, after finding a little treasure this week (that I was sure I’d lost) I thought I’d share the love with you. Enter facial godsend, rosehip oil. I was gifted this from a dear friend, and I haven’t looked back since. Mine’s from gorgeous skincare brand Pai, which you can check out here, but it’s available all over the show.
You only need a couple of tiny drops, so it will last you ages. The instructions are to dab onto your skin, post cleanse, but I like to mix it in with my night cream and put it on before bed.
If like me, your skin tends to dry out from all this brisk winter air, give it try. It’s the best and deals with all manner of skin complaints. It’s full of vitamins and antioxidants that correct dark spots, rehydrate, and reduces scarring and fine lines. If you need more persuasion see this convincing post from beauty site xovain.com. Plus, Miranda Kerr swears by it, so anything girlfriend recommends is cool with me.
I read somewhere that the hours you get in before midnight are worth twice any hours after, and I truly believe this. My usual vibe is to run on empty, so I thought I would treat myself to a couple of early bed times this week. And I’ve felt loads better for it.
I have been trying to switch off and put everything down by nine; which has meant no phone, no laptop, no iPad, just a good book. Lately I have been reading tons (I have a book review post coming your way shortly) and I find it the perfect way to send me to sleep.
Here’s why being ‘less digital’ before bed is a good idea and something we can all benefit from doing.
image via Modern Hepburn
Lazy Sundays at The Lime Wood Hotel
Living in the Forest we aren’t short of cosy venues to rest our muddy boots in. There’s always a roaring fire beckoning and a roast dinner around every corner. It must be a fact that you can’t be more than a five minute walk from a pub/hotel at any one point (foresters have got it so-right).
We have been making it our mission to explore all our local eateries, and last weekend we popped into the extremely beautiful Lime Wood Hotel. (Which fyi, has both open fires and roast dinners, but I probably wouldn’t wear my muddy boots, lols.)
Its location is on the border of Lyndhurst and Beaulieu, and is often frequented by the rich and famous. (And also us who are neither of the above.) It’s home to a spa, restaurant, smoke house, wine cellar, hosts festivals, events, and has its own cookery school.
The interiors are divine, and now with the Christmas decs in full festive swing, it really is a dreamy place to be. We nipped in for a coffee (Joel) and hot chocolate with baileys (me), and were given a host of freebies to nibble alongside. If you are passing, pop your head in and have a nose. The food looks spectacular too!
Thanks for reading guys, that’s my rambling done for the day!
I hope you are batting away those winter bugs and enjoying all the festive fun,