Sunday, 21 October 2018

Twelve princessy things you can do

Modern day princess things, self care beauty rituals
In your pyjamas! As weird as it sounds, honestly there are so many little rituals that I love doing and give me princessy vibes. It means I have some control over my life even though I cannot control the
tiredness, I can still live in a beautiful way. There are limits but I am in control. One of my favourite parts of having Oscar has been being able to discover being a child again with him, making forts or castles out of cardboard boxes. I feel like we can strip back our adult persona and we are still children underneath, fashioned from those same basic emotions. I feel like we can connect with that side of us still, a side that is pleased by glitter and ice cream and the bones of skeleton leaves...

1. For a lovely bedtime ritual - purchase a sleep mask or a night cream for supple, soft skin, the Lush Sleepy body lotion is so lovely to apply before bed! Maybe try some fluffy, fleecy socks or a silk pillowcase and an extra poofy pillow my dream bedtime routine: face planting a cloud of loveliness

2. Organise, organise - arranging and sorting and storing all your favourite things can be therapeutic and so much fun. I really love giving everything its own little space and arranging everything to look all pretty together haha, I have a draw purely for pretty packaging that I couldn't throw away! It's so nice going to reach for something and having everything all neat and nice, dusted and organised haha

3. Feed animals - put a little food out for the birds or any night time visitors like hedgehogs or badgers. Unlike the Disney princesses, it's sad that we cannot invite our favourite neighbourhood creatures in to our homes but maybe we can pamper them as much as we can. Building little refuges is such a fun and satisfying idea, a pile of logs, a birdbox for our pretty feathered friends, or a hog home for a hedgehog.
Modern day princess things, self care beauty rituals
4. Pop a little donation in to charity - knowing that I have made even a small difference to important issues in the world is important to me. I try to make donations to PETA to support the fight against animal testing. Having the internet means it is easy to donate even just £1 or £2 to an amazing cause, especially if everyone did that, the results would be life changing and every little thing always counts!

5. Create a special space in your bathroom or bedroom that can be used as your vanity - even a small table with a chair or a little shelf on the wall, or a little chest of drawers. See if you can find or decorate an old mirror to hang above it, then festoon it with your favourite things, even some fresh flowers!

6. Matchy matchy - accord your socks with your underwear, match your pyjamas or even your outfit to feel cute and tie your whole look together! I like having a ton of cute socks that all look the same, so they will all match together... instead of a pair it is more like an extensive sock family haha!

7. Eat beautiful desserts - inspired by Clara in 'Ice Cream', where the platter of sweetness and ice is all she can think about, centre yourself in the moment and take time to savour and think about every bite, notice all of the flavours. Take time choosing delicate, darling and aesthetically beautiful desserts to delight the senses. Maybe dainty pastries or french fancies, eating cake with a fork, a hot cocoa with melting marshmallows. Visiting cosy cafes - especially places like Hotel Chocolat and M&S cafe where everything is sparkly and serene and the air filled with chatter and the clatter of teaspoons, is one of my favourite experiences in autumn and the winter, it makes me feel all cosy, warm and content.
Modern day princess things, self care beauty rituals
8. Declutter, declutter - keep a few precious things that mean so much, your most treasured possessions, or those that you find yourself reaching for the most. This will lead to appreciating and noticing your possessions even more, surrounding yourself with your favourite things. I always end up discovering well loved things I had completely forgotten about haha, I love rediscovering old favourites.

9. Be mindful, make a plan of what you intend to purchase - or set out a little budget for yourself for the day. This can help you stay on track and not spend too much or end up hoarding things you never use me. A really good trick is to limit your spending to things that you cannot stop thinking about. I always end up falling for a sale and having many clothing pieces I do not wear. By buying only what I truly love, I know I will love every outfit and feel comfortable in it. Fast fashion is so dangerous, especially to the planet, I am trying to make much more sensible decisions, for my wardrobe and the environment.

10. Wear a body butter, choose your signature scent - I've been besotted with Philosophy's Fresh Cream range and The Body Shop's Vanilla Marshmallow body butter from their winter range, they smell like pure cosiness and Christmas morning. I love having my autumn winter fragrances sorted!
Modern day princess things, self care beauty rituals
11. Make a profile silhouette - find a photo of you where you are facing sideways and trace the outline, you can even do this very gently on a laptop or computer screen. This will make a shadow like outline of your face and shoulders. Cut that out and then draw around the shape on black card. Then cut that out and paste it on some white paper or card, and place it in an oval frame to decorate.

12. Dressing up - try out your favourite outfits, watch youtube videos and tutorials. I like to try something small and subtle like a new eyeshadow shade or applying a nail laquer, and I love to pop on a bit of concealer for confidence. If I can't manage to dress, I choose the cutest maybe matching pyjamas!
Modern day princess things, self care beauty rituals
People might call it 'lolita lifestyle' in the adopted and subculture sense. We are made from the silk sweet innocence of 99p ice cream, the sleek soapy skin of foam from a bubble bath, the smell and fizz of snapped open lemonade, the names of nail lacquer, the velvet dress we loved so much, the lovely plastic smell of a product we spent hours choosing, the things that we always funnily remember 

22 comments:

  1. I love the thought of putting out food for animals as well as creating a profile of one's self! These are lovely ideas, all of them x

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    1. Aw thank you so much!! That is so kind :D ♡

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  2. When I think of princessy things to do, the first thing my mind goes to is indulgent things, so I really love how you included acts of kindness and genuine acts of self-care (that aren't just indulging yourself!) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Thank you so much Audrey, that is so kind! :D ♡

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  3. Amazing product! We'll have a try at it :D

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  4. Love this! I want to live like a princess every day :)

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  5. Awwww I absolutely adore this post :)
    I think it's also really important to take a little bit of time to put some food out for birds and animals at this time of year so they can get ready for winter, especially since it's been such a rough year this year. And it definitely makes me feel a bit like Snow White or Cinderella.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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    1. That is so kind, thank you so much Cora! Haha yes, those princess vibes xD ♡

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  6. I love this!! Anything that feels a little more indulgent and luxury is a good thing to me; I'm especially a fan of matching everything I wear and giving to others where possible xx

    heart-autumn.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Emma, I'm so glad you liked it! :D ♡

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  7. I love this so much! I tend to spend a lot of time organising and decluttering, as there's nothing worse than having a cluttered space that's bursting with things that don't get used xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Thanks so much Hannah! Ahhh the feeling of decluttering and having all your favourite things all lovely and sorted :D ♡

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  8. This is such a sweet and thoughtful idea!

    Rebecca | www.peppermintdolly.com

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  9. They're all good ideas!!

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  10. I loved reading this blog post, so many great ideas!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  11. This was such a lovely post to read! I loved all your ideas ๐Ÿ’ก especially making a profile silhouette! I’m defimitely giving this ago! I also love my body butters! Atm the pumpkin range is my go to from The Body Shop ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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  12. Great idea for a post! :) I especiallt love No. 7. Eat beautiful desserts! I do enjoy browing the M&S foodhall, and just Marks in general. I was just in there this afternoon, looking at the Christmas decorations and trying on perfumes. lol. I can't afford to shop there that often but I enjoy looking round.

    I like No 9 too, about being mindful of what you purchase. :)

    Zania
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    https://livingseasonal.blogspot.com

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