|New book out now on Amazon|
My newest book has just been released on Kindle and in paperback! It is called 'How to be Chic in the Winter: Living slim, happy and stylish during the cold season'.
I wrote this book for myself initially, because I found I kept doing the same unhelpful things over and over each year to cope with the cold weather - eating sweet and stodgy fattening foods, feeling lazy and unmotivated, being grumpy and generally an unfun person. I started gathering all my thoughts on living an ideal chic winter at the beginning of our New Zealand winter earlier this year. I then lived all my principles and ideas throughout our winter and have been finishing the book up in our spring, which is now.
I am happy to say that they work (or else it wouldn't make a very good book would it!) and I almost feel like I have cheated, having experienced a very easy and pleasurable winter and now it is spring already. Yay for that.
Included are my favourite winter recipes, because that was my biggest hurdle - coming up with meals that felt comforting and hearty, but which were also healthy. They are all very simple to make, but also very importantly they don't take too long to put together. I like to keep prep time to a minimum because I would rather go for a walk or read a book than spend too long fussing around in the kitchen.
Below is a description and list of all the chapters and recipes so you can get an idea of what's inside. You probably already know this, but you can preview the book on Amazon by clicking on the cover image, and read the first few pages there (I think they show you approximately 10% of the book).
I really hope you enjoy 'How to be Chic in the Winter', and would love to hear your thoughts!
'How to be Chic in the Winter: Living slim, happy and stylish during the cold season '
Late summer heading into early autumn/fall is a such beautiful time of the year. You can feel everything growing still and soft; nature is slowing down and people are getting cozy. The most stunning colours can be found outdoors at this time.
Despite the natural beauty, despite your looking forward to the coziness of winter, you find that a few short months later yes, again, things have gone awry. You have ploughed headlong into winter without design or plan; you are wearing the same clothes as last year because you have not put thought into your wardrobe; you have put on weight from indiscriminate eating and you are complaining in your head, or worse, out loud that ‘it’s cold today’. This was me!
Many warm-blooded creatures hibernate when it is cold out and go with their natural instincts by doing so. They do not enter the spring season stressed out; rather, animals waking up from hibernation are coming to sleepily, well rested and ready for the warmer season; so, why don’t we?
We would not go to sleep for months on end, but perhaps we can take a leaf out of their book and make each winter a mental spa time of rejuvenation, beauty and pleasure.
I decided to write this book as a kind of insurance, to remind me of my exciting winter plans. It is easy to be enthusiastic about the winter season when the leaves are turning. Fall fashions are always fun to look forward to, even for a non-fashionista like me – the September issue of Vogue! I can rekindle my love for the colours of plum, navy and camel at this time of year. But a few months later the novelty has already worn off.
This book is also a toolkit of all the ideas that have worked so well in previous winters, as well as new ideas I want to capture. I started this book in autumn, and am now finishing it up in spring. I am so pleased to have tried all my ideas out in a ‘test’ environment!
Read ‘How to be Chic in the Winter’ to discover my strategy for not just surviving, but thriving this winter; on how to have a chic and beautiful winter season and emerge, like a butterfly ready for a gorgeous spring and summer.
Chapter 1. Know that winter is a different season
Start winter with a goal
Be ahead of the game
Look forward to winter
Chapter 2. Create a winter menu plan
Breakfasts that are warming, filling and healthy
Lunches for work and home
Dinners – tweak the winter classics
Fiona’s favourite winter recipes
Red Lentil and Tomato soup
‘Bangers’ (sausages) and mash
Apple and Boysenberry Crumble
Chapter 3. Break up the long winter
Learn something or have a project to complete
Chapter 4. Work on feeling good
Home as your winter sanctuary
Dress in clothes that make you feel good
Be cozy when you are at home
Take care of your grooming
Chapter 5. Keep your motivation up
Do things quickly
If you are a summer person
Make plans for the next six to twelve months
Chapter 6. Create your ideal chic winter season
Bonus journal questions
About the author
You can order 'How to be Chic in the Winter' here on Amazon. Thank you for reading down this far!