Sunday, July 5, 2020

Scenting the air with beauty

My sister thought this was a stock image of an incense store. Nope, just my stash ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š What can I say, we just like incense around here ☺️

Satya is my favourite brand and I was so excited to see new flavours earlier this year that I bought one of everything!

I used to burn incense in my room as a teenager in the 1980s and my dad would always be telling me to put it out because he hated it ๐Ÿ˜† So of course I’d just burn it when he wasn’t home ✨ Yes, I was a delight to live with ๐Ÿ˜‡

Are you a fan? I know it’s probably as hazardous to your health as smoking, but I limit myself to one, maybe two sticks a day ๐Ÿ˜

xx Fiona


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Saturday, July 4, 2020

New paperback book out!

Well, I've done something that I didn't think could happen.  '30 Chic Days at Home' is now available in paperback, yay!  Please don't be expecting a big thick door to turn up on your doorstep though.  At just over 100 pages long, it is a dainty and petite book.

If you have any of Anne Barone's 'Chic & Slim' paperback books you will know the size I'm talking about.  I have all her books on my Kindle, and most of them in paperback too, and I love how slender they are.  It's easy to slip one from my bookshelf for a quick boost of inspiration (I often used to take one in my bag to read on the bus going to work too).  And so I hope this is how my latest paperback book will be for you - a pretty and dainty piece of inspiration to dip into.  And it's a petite price as well :)

You can order it here on Amazon. It shows as not being able to be delivered to me in New Zealand currently, but I think this is a lockdown thing.  When I ordered copies of all my books a few weeks ago, I couldn't order my Spanish book, then a couple of days later I could.  If it's like that for you, just try back again.  The Amazon rep I spoke with at the time said some services were limited for a short while due to Covid.

And, I'm almost finished my next little book - 'The Chic Closet', or, should I call it 'The Chic Wardrobe'? What would you choose?

Before I go, can I show you a few pictures of Daphne is?  I came out of my lovely hot shower to find this:

The snow plough dog...

Life is never dull with pets :)

Happy weekend to you!

xx Fiona

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Hygge Comfort

My cozy fire - click on the image to see it crackling on Instagram!

In case you need a little Hygge in your life right now. I feel you, Southern Hemisphere chic friends - it’s only 7 deg C (44 F) here at morning tea time. Brrr!

I think I need to make a steaming hot cup of tea - my current favourite is Twinings Lemon Scented black tea with trim milk. This is not an advert! But I should be paid :) It’s a hard one to find. Earl Grey and English Breakfast are a dime a dozen, but they sure do hide the Lemon Scented away.

A friend living in England who stayed the night just before lockdown, saw my stash and couldn’t believe he’d met another person who loved Twinings Lemon Scented as much as he did. So much so that he had boxes of it in his suitcase to take back to England. And it’s made in England. But he can’t find it there at all!

The lengths some people will go to for their favourite drink.

Tell me yours!

xx Fiona

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Magical July
Ritz Paris, Place Vendome

Oh I do love a new start with the first of the month! I have been enjoying doing petite goal lists with regards to my writing for the past three months, and they are working out well.  This month I want to:

- Publish 'The Chic Closet' eBook
- Finish 'Thirty Chic Days Vol. 3' manuscript
- Post daily on my social media accounts and blog  - a photo, post or video

That's it.

A nice simple list to keep me focused.  My June list had a few too many things on it and I didn't get them completed.  Not one thing!  But I got partial things done.  It was annoying not to be able to tick anything off though :)

I also feel buoyed by a new month.  It's exciting to think what you can achieve in the next 31 days!

Something I've found that is good for me is that I try to do things as fast as possible, whether it's prepping dinner, hanging washing out, making the bed or writing a chapter.  It moves me in more ways than just physical.  I do a better job, there is a higher energy, and I don't bog myself down in details, or starting a job within a job :)

Can you relate???

So let's all get our July off to an amazing start.  Please tell me your top three goals!  They could be in one specific area, or general.  I know it might still be June where you are, so just pretend it's July!

xx Fiona


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