|Palm Court at the Langham Hotel in Auckland|
I thought I’d start our week of beauty off by talking about creating your own inspiration. This really is the starting point for anything you want to achieve, and often with inspiration you don’t even need a plan – if you’re inspired enough, everything flows and you end up at your desired destination whether it’s a clean house or an outfit you look and feel good in.
I was watching a movie recently and it had a wedding scene. I thought to myself how romantic the reception room looked, how happy and well-dressed everyone was and that they were all having a great time together. At that moment I admit I wished that my life could be like a wedding (and normally I find wedding talk quite boring).
So I had a thought to brainstorm all the lovely things about weddings and why not use a theme to let my mind wander to beautiful places?
Weddings = romance and beautiful living
Touches of pink/pastels
Fresh flowers smelling divine
Pretty twinkly lights
Centrepieces on tables
Women in dresses, men looking dapper
Pretty hair and makeup
Piano lounge music
People being nice to each other
Connecting with family and friends
Enjoying life, coming alive
Dancing all night long
Outside on the terrace in the moon glow
Making your own special occasions
Ahh, don’t you feel like we’re all at that movie wedding right now? I do!
From this list I now have a starting point to see how I can introduce any of these things into my everyday life to bring about the feeling of beauty and romance (in an easy and inexpensive way of course).
We were at our favourite five-star hotel for a family dinner on the weekend and it is so beautiful there (it would be a fabulous place to hold a wedding – if you had a big budget). The photo on this post is one of the public areas there. I noticed on every table there was a candle and a bud vase holding a single fresh flower. This tableau was a small area of beauty and it shows that someone cared enough to make it so.
I know a lot of restaurants have these but it made me realise that I don’t have a bud vase. I’m going to look out for one I like because then I can cut something small from the garden and have that touch of care available instantly, because while I don’t have a picking garden, there surely must be something, even one tiny little thing I can put into a bud vase.
I’d love to know, what would your inspirational theme be?
And, I will see you tomorrow for Day 2.