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Small changes, big impressions!
I probably say this every year, but I really couldn’t be more thrilled that Spring has finally made an appearance. It feels like turning over a new leaf, I always get this rush of creativity and drive at this time of year, I guess it’s the lighter mornings and brighter days… whatever it is, I feel like I really flourish as soon as the sun finally makes an appearance.
A new seasons brings about new rituals for me; I’m waking earlier, I’m moving more and I’m feeling so much more positive and cheerful too. I’ve shaken up my routines and I’m breathing life in to all areas of my life, so of course I had to share the changes with you too…
Starting The Day Right
I always say I’m a morning person, I wake early and I’m pretty perky first thing (meanwhile Jordan requires two double espressos to function, so we’re like a comedy duo at 7am!), but I’m guilty of taking a while to get in to the swing of things, so I wouldn’t exactly say I’m always productive early on in the day! I’ll often sit in my dressing gown and sip tea until it’s time to leave the house at 9.30, which means (if I don’t have the gym first thing) I faff about for two and a half hours… why am I like this?!
I started reading The Miracle Morning after hearing rave reviews, and I’m really trying to put the habits in to practice and make my mornings as productive as possible. I now get up and showered as soon as wake, and then make a start on my breakfast and packed lunch before sitting with a tea and planning my day – I use this time to clear my head a little and put my tasks down on paper so I can organise my thoughts better.
Taking an hour in the morning to think about where I’m at that day has really helped this chaotic girl get her act together!
A Spring Clean
My favourite thing to do on a sunny Saturday morning is pop on a face mask (Origins Drink Up 10 Min Mask, FYI), open the windows in every room in our flat, press play on a happy Spotify playlist and spring clean the place!
I’ll tidy up my floordrobe (heh), clean my makeup brushes, do a load of washing, change the bedsheets and do a food shop – it works WONDERS for my mood, I’m telling you!
I also make sure I have fresh flowers in my home at all time, it’s one of those little rituals that makes me feel so much happier at home. If I don’t have a MUD bouquet that week, I like to buy cheap bunches of blooms from the supermarket or the florist and create my own bouquets in colourful vases and set them in my favourite spots – on our kitchen table, the living room mantlepiece, by my bedside. Such a mood-lifter!
Introducing The New Origins Blooming Lip Colours…
I’ve secretly been making my way through an assortment of these newly released lips shades since October, a perk of my Origins Ambassador status! The two formulas use elements of twelve different flowers to create rich and colourful lip products; the waxes within come from mimosa and tuberose, while geranium and rose oils provide the subtle floral scent. Whole crushed flowers of lavender, jasmine and hibiscus are blended in to each and every lipstick, so you really will be blooming with each wear!
The Blooming Bold Lipsticks are the more vibrant offerings of the two; the satin-finish looks so natural and the creamy texture applies like a dream. I always get compliments whenever I wear these shades.
My favourite shades are Bold Bouquet, a rich rosy pink, Coral Blossom, a deep bold pink, Nectar-Licious, my most worn hue as it’s the most perfect everyday pink, and Tiger Lily, the ultimate red that brightens your smile and works for every occasion.
The Blooming Sheer Lip Balms are my favourite lip launch in a long time; the low-maintenance formula ticks all my boxes – I find every shade is so flattering, but I have two that I wear endlessly – Pink Blossom is the perfect match for my skin tone, a perky pink that gives lips a bit of colour and a lot of nourishment. At the opposite end of the spectrum there’s Sweet Iris, a deep berry that adds a hint of colour and tons of shine – an unexpected favourite of mine.
Feeling Happier In Myself
I said recently that I had hit a bit of a slump in terms of my wardrobe and my appearance in general; winter trends weren’t doing it for me anymore and I’d been dreaming of midi dresses and basket bags!
Now that the days are a bit brighter, I’ve been making an effort to feel more like me – even if I’m just going to be at my desk that day, I still try to sweep on some lipstick and wear an outfit that isn’t jeans. It’s these little rituals that have me feeling so much more positive!
Working In Colour
If you know me, you’ll know I’m not one to shy away from colour, but come spring I feel like I embrace the bright hues so much more. My wardrobe gets a rainbow overhaul around this time of year – from pastel blouses and printed midis and patterned dresses, and I always try to slick on a lip shade to match my outfit. It’s amazing how much something so small can make a big impact on my mood!
Despite seeming like just a few small changes, it’s these little rituals that have the biggest impact on my mood at this time of year! I hope you’re all as excited about lighter, brighter days as I am! What are some of your spring rituals?