Posts tagged simple living
My Insta Faves (part 6)

Yay! I am so excited to share my first insta faves for 2016 and carry on my little series (see links at the bottom of the post to view previous ones). I really love all the accounts that I am sharing today. I have made a little collection of people on Instagram who's feeds I find really calming and relaxing. I guess I am kind of swept up in the whole idea of simplifying life, living at a slower pace and all of these accounts really inspire me in that. There is such a peaceful beauty in all of the photographs that they share. Anyway dive right in and check them out! 

@byhermirror  - Anna's photos are consistently really good. I really love the little glimpses into her every day life and little corners of calm. 

@byhermirror - Anna's photos are consistently really good. I really love the little glimpses into her every day life and little corners of calm. 

@siobhanwatts  - Ahhh I love Siobhan and her whole outlook on life. Her feed is full of peaceful moments, thoughtful words and lots of creativity. 

@siobhanwatts - Ahhh I love Siobhan and her whole outlook on life. Her feed is full of peaceful moments, thoughtful words and lots of creativity. 


@FfionMckeown  - Cosy is the word I would use to describe Ffion's feed. It makes me want to curl up under a blanket and read a good book by a fire. Check it out!

@FfionMckeown - Cosy is the word I would use to describe Ffion's feed. It makes me want to curl up under a blanket and read a good book by a fire. Check it out!

@Lobsterandswan  - Jeska is a stylist and blogger and oh boy does she have mega styling skills. Her feed is full of lovely nooks and rustic surfaces! So inspiring.

@Lobsterandswan - Jeska is a stylist and blogger and oh boy does she have mega styling skills. Her feed is full of lovely nooks and rustic surfaces! So inspiring.


@finelittleday  - A beautiful shop from Elisabeth Dunker based in Sweden. On the website it talks about finding the magic in everyday life and their feed definitely reflects that. 

@finelittleday - A beautiful shop from Elisabeth Dunker based in Sweden. On the website it talks about finding the magic in everyday life and their feed definitely reflects that. 

@annararo  - A graphic designer based in Barcelona this feed from Anna Salvador is full of quiet and peaceful corners and moments. There is a real stillness and peace captured that is very appealing.

@annararo - A graphic designer based in Barcelona this feed from Anna Salvador is full of quiet and peaceful corners and moments. There is a real stillness and peace captured that is very appealing.


@Freyadowson  - I really enjoy seeing the world through Freya's eyes. She is thoughtful in what she says and has a lovely mix of travel and homely moments to share.

@Freyadowson - I really enjoy seeing the world through Freya's eyes. She is thoughtful in what she says and has a lovely mix of travel and homely moments to share.

@watersounds  - Illustrator Sarah Abbot has amazing work and I love how she shares it in this feed. Little corners of her home combined with her illustrations make this feed look beautiful!

@watersounds - Illustrator Sarah Abbot has amazing work and I love how she shares it in this feed. Little corners of her home combined with her illustrations make this feed look beautiful!


So there we have it. I hope you have enjoyed this collection of people to follow. If you have any others you think I should check out feel free to share them. I am going to go and chill out on Instagram getting inspired. I really love Instagram as a community more and more! See my other Instagram faves here: onetwothreefour, five

Happy Wednesday!

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Learning to Live with Less

 

I am not a minimalist. My natural state is that of a hoarder. I guess this is a bit of a generalisation but I think a lot of designers and creative's are. It seems that a lot of designers are 'collectors' by nature. I have a few collections - nothing I have been very committed to, some that I have inherited and some that I have started myself. 

Now I don't want to become a minimalist in the sense of living in an empty white box with only the bare essentials and with a very clean and empty aesthetic - but I do want to learn to be more of a minimalist than I am now, and to learn to be content with less, to buy quality rather than quantity and to be far more thoughtful and less compulsive with my purchases. 

It seems that more and more people are talking about simplifying their lives and being content with less and maybe it makes sense that people are really focusing on this now. For the last however many years our western culture has been all about consumerism, owning more, owning the latest thing and our lives have got cluttered, busy and its almost too much to handle. Owning lots of things actually requires work...finding places to store everything, organising your possessions so that you can find them and then don't even get me started on the cleaning involved! 

None of this is going to come naturally as a compulsive hoarder, collector type but change is good and I like a challenge, so I thought I would do some regular (ish) posts on the blog just documenting some of the things that I learn and try, in case any others are interested in doing the same! 

I am going start off by sharing a few blogs that I have found and have been reading that have given me a glimpse into the fact that simplifying your life really can be a beautiful thing. They have inspired me and made me want to change and have lots of tips and ideas, so get stuck in and have a read.

Reading my tea leaves - This blog is all about a little family who live in a pretty tiny apartment in New York and has lots of ideas for keeping things simple and living in a small space. Erin who runs this blog writes in a really lovely and natural way and her posts are always partnered with simple and beautiful photography.

The private life of a girl - Sophie did a whole series on managing your wardrobe using the five piece French wardrobe technique. I really enjoyed reading through her process, seeing what she purchased and reading her tips for making it work, this is definitely something I am interested in trying.

Into Mind - This blog was such a great find and is about all things minimalism and living a slower and simpler life. There are so many great posts and tips and it always helps when the website is beautiful, simple and well organised so it is easy to find info depending on what you are interested in. I found this site through the 30 day minimalism challenge. Maybe I need to give it a go!

The Minimalists - This website is all about living a meaningful life with less. So many interesting articles on this site, it is full of inspiration. I particularly like this quote in one of the articles I read recently: Imagine all the possibilities we will unveil as we shift from a culture of ownership – a culture obsessed with personally owning every object we can get our hands on – to a culture of access, in which every citizen has unlimited access to virtually everything virtually.

I would love to hear what you guys think - is think something you struggle with, are you trying to live with less? Is this a blog series that you will be interested in? Also if you have any other website or blogs that you think I would enjoy reading on this topic, please share them in the comments!

Hope you all have a great Wednesday! 

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My goals for 2015
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To be totally honest I am not into New Year's resolutions at all. I always choose things that are just way too ambitious and not really achievable and then it doesn't last very long. I do like to set myself some goals though, things that I can get my teeth into and that I have the whole year to work on. I guess its normal to have a think about these when there is a New Year but sometimes I like to set myself some goals in the summer too to give me some added motivation and drive. Looking back on last year I feel really pleased with how I did with some of my goals. I really wanted to lose some weight, and although it wasn't as much as I hoped, I lost a stone and it felt great. I really noticed a difference. I also (re)launched my etsy shop and really pushed things forward, which was something I had been wanting to do for ages. I also took on some new freelance clients which has been really rewarding and a great experience. 

This year I think my goals are probably fairly similar to last year's (not sure I published last year's on the blog though) but just pushing things along slightly. So here we go. 

1. Keep trying to be healthier. I know this is going to be on my list of goals probably for ever but I think it's something that I am always happy to be working on. I want to be much better at looking after my body and being a bit more mindful about what I am putting into it. I love food so much and so I want to find a way of not denying myself everything to the point I don't enjoy it anymore, but to be more creative with healthy lunches and little treats. On the exercise front I would really like to get into running again. A couple of years ago I did really well and built up to running a half marathon, but it's amazing how easy it is to slip out of it. Ideally I would like to get into the habit of running home from work as often as I can fit it in to my schedule. 

2. Blog more regularly. Over the Christmas break I have tried to put together a bit of a blogging schedule so that I can be more organised and plan in advance for some of my posts. I am hoping I will be able to keep this up. I am aiming to post 3 times a week for now (I'm not going to give myself a hard time if it's only 1 or 2 on the odd occasion though). Anyway you will probably be able to see how this is going. I am really hoping that over the year my writing, photography and the quality of my content is going to improve. 

3. Grow my Etsy shop. I want to carve out time to create more products for my shop this year. I feel like I am developing a style that I am happy with and so I need to make time to create regularly. I also want to work on my wholesale catalogue. Before Christmas my cards were stocked in the Turpentine (Brixton) and Bias (Peckham) - which are both shops that I love and I would love to get my cards stocked in more independent shops in London and the UK. 

4. Live more simply. I know this is all the rage at the moment and there are lots of blogs dedicated to living a simple life - but it is something I want to take seriously in 2015. It really is crazy the amount that we consume, and I know I could be a lot happier with less possessions and a less cluttered life in general. This won't be easy as I do love to shop but I am going to work on it. I guess this all links in to saving money too. I would really like to do a big trip to the US this year but to make it happen it will involve cutting back and saving the pennies for sure. 

The postcard in the picture above is by the very talented Jen Collins. I got a little set of them before she closed her etsy shop. I love them - they totally motivate me. This one will be going on the wall to keep me motivated in 2015. 

Hope you all have a great week!