Sunday, September 25, 2011

25th Day in a Chic September

For the month of September I plan to document daily steps I have taken towards a chic, elegant and healthy life. My goal is to keep uppermost in my mind the kind of life I want to live. I will be focusing on all the small things I do each day that lead me towards my goal, rather than away from it.

Here are today’s mini-chic accomplishments:

Made pizza dough from scratch for a lazy Sunday evening meal. We had salami, mushrooms, fresh tomato, capsicum, onion, garlic and mozzarella for toppings with dried oregano and basil. I divided the pizza dough up to make four really thin pizzas and made different combos with the ingredients.

I also thought it might be a fun idea to have a carpet picnic. We pushed the coffee table aside and laid down a blanket. Sitting on this, leaning against the sofa, pizza on a big chopping board and a glass of wine each whilst watching Love and Other Drugs = bliss.


Exfoliated my face and hands, and wore a five minute mud mask before my shower this morning. Applied my thick and creamy olive oil body lotion afterwards. It was like a day spa in thirty minutes.


Washed my hair and let it dry naturally. This is a rare and luxurious occurrence.

I have discovered an ‘enzyme repair treatment’ product I have been using is meant to be washed out as it exfoliates the hair and you brush the flakes out then rewash. I only discovered this by Googling the product this morning, because I didn’t quite understand the instructions.

I’ve had it for months and obviously walked around shedding everywhere. I would put it on damp hair, dry and style and then go out. Oops.


Tidied and picked up the house and thoroughly vacuumed. Tweaked little areas around the place so they looked neater and more stylish. The corners you notice and that irk you the most are the ones that need your attention!


Did a bit more work on my Style Statement ‘studies’. This is the second time I have borrowed this book from the library. The first time I didn’t realise the work involved, read it, did a few of the exercises and then returned it. I am ready to put in the effort this time as I can see it will be worthwhile.

Already the questions posed and answers I have given are quite illuminating. And freeing too, because no-one else sees the answers so I don’t have to self-censor. I can even shred the notes afterwards if I want.

Not that I'm paranoid or anything.


If you feel like you want to make September a chic month for you as well, please join me. You are welcome to share your mini-chic accomplishments for the day (or the previous day if you read in the morning) in the comments section. It would be lovely to have you along for the ride!


  1. Wow! your carpet picnic sounds wonderfully romantic. It would be lovely to hear at the end of September, how you really feel having conducted this little exercise; have you changed, is life easier etc
    Congrats though on managing to maintain your momentum throughout the month (it's usually where I fail ;-) xx

  2. It sounds like a perfect Sunday! I have to track down this Style Statement book, I hadn't heard of it before your post but now I am intrigued.


  3. I started my own 10 Pan Project about a week ago, inspired by your mention of using up stuff. I plan to use 10 samples and 10 full sizes before buying anything new. So far, I've used four of each.

  4. I almost made homemade pizza last night, but by the time I got around to it I was too tired and it was too late to get the dough made at a reasonable hour. It's been rescheduled for tonight. Your combination sounds tasty!

    I like to let my hair dry naturally too - except for my long bangs that must be blown dry or they go haywire.

    I will have to look for that book you mention....sounds interesting.

    Have a lovely and chic day! xo, A

  5. I love giving myself a little bit of pampering before I start my day... It sets me up for a happy and soothing day!
    XO Lucy

  6. Vanessa, they are so much fun. I will definitely recap on my September this week. I can't believe I've lasted this long myself.

    Cindy, I'm really enjoying doing the exercises but cannot wait until I string it all together. There's a lot of questions.

    Marsi, good for you. I think I need to start using up almost empty makeup items to give myself some momentum. Using up samples is just as satisfying.

    Adrienne, homemade pizza takes way longer than other more impressive looking meals, but it's still fun. I have a lot of respect for pizza-makers.

    Lucy, me too, it's a great way to start the way.

  7. I am in love with your picnic on the carpet! shaking things up :)

  8. Lenna, I read about it somewhere ages ago, and it's actually really fun. I'd definitely recommend trying it!

  9. When we travel (before we got the motorhome) and stay in hotels/B&Bs, we alternate going out for dinner with having 'room picnics'. We don't necessarily sit on the floor, but bread, cheese, salami, and wine make an excellent meal and if we have a computer we sometimes watch a video, or just talk - which is even better!

  10. Shelley, that meal and evening sounds just perfect!


Merci for your comment. Wishing you a chic day!

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