|Huge thanks to lovely blog reader Karabella for sending me this divine lavender sachet bought in Versailles|
One of the best ways to make me want to do something is to make it stylish. I can’t intimidate myself into eating better, improving my grooming regime routine or exercising more.
But I can make myself want to eat better by decluttering my kitchen cupboards until there are only my favourite dishes and glasses in it - stylishly organised of course - and most used pots, gadgets and utensils. To further help I can have a clean-out of ingredients and only keeping in my pantry and fridge what I could imagine would be in a tiny chic French kitchen. I also imagine if someone came around, say Ines de la Fressange, what she would say about the type of food I had.
I would feel less embarrassed to show her my fridge full of fruit and vegetables, free-range eggs, and nice cheeses than if I had super-size bottles of Diet Coke and stacks of chocolate. In the same vein, I would happily have Ines browse my pantry of tall jars of staples such as wholemeal pasta, basmati rice, cans of tomatoes and tuna, olive oil and herbs and spices. I would not be happy if she saw family bags of sweets/candy and potato chips.
Coming home from work with a bounty of fresh product to inspire, makes me less likely to call and order takeaway food to pick up. Since I consciously began adding more vegetables, both raw and cooked into my daily diet, I now really miss them if we eat out or get takeaways. And from eating one piece of fruit per week (if that), I now enjoy fresh fruit every day and also miss if it I don’t have it.
I can make myself want to improve my grooming regime by keeping our bathroom tidy and clean, hotel-like almost, with fluffy towels and nice toiletries. Body products sometimes have garishly coloured bottles, so I decant into plain pump or flip-top containers a la Martha Stewart (we already had a label-maker at work so I printed off a few, oh how Martha would be proud).
I imagine I am a well-groomed French woman which would encourage me to create and uphold a self-care regime such as:
- Shave my legs every second day (that gets stretched out in the winter, but never less than once a week).
- Wash my hair every second maybe third day.
- Use facial scrub in the shower 1-2 times per week.
- Body lotion every single morning – legs, arms, bum and tummy.
SPF 15 body lotion on my décolletage and neck every morning, body butter every night.
- Blow-dry and style nicely my hair each time I wash it.
For exercise, if it’s in a gym (so not me) or is something structured, bossy and unpleasant (I never finished that outdoor fitness bootcamp course), please don’t invite me along. I get far more pleasure and enjoyment out of going for a city, country or neighbourhood walk listening to my current inspiration.
I wear nice walking clothes and sunglasses (summer) or a scarf (winter) and stride along tall and lean, feeling my waist whittle as I go; I feel so strong and healthy and yes, chic!
Do you too need enticing into living well? Does ‘making it stylish’ as inspiration work for you? Please share any tips you use too, merci!