Saturday, February 1, 2020

Chic cat style, Ralph Lauren home and a 1980s throwback

Jessica and Nina loving life 😻

I think we could all learn how to live well from cats, don’t you? They please themselves but never worry that they’re being selfish. They know how to relax. They exude insouciance to rival any Parisian girl. And they rock chic colour combos such as black and white, cream and beige, grey and tan - classic neutrals basically.

Oh yes, if anyone could write the book on living a first-class life, cats could. I would buy it! Luckily most of us have our very own mentors to observe at home.

Are the cats stylish and pampered at your place too? 😻

Our hallway at home

I have always loved wide-striped wallpaper in fancy homes and five-star hotels. It just looks so luxe to me. Plus it goes with our 'Ralph Lauren on a budget' home style.

We took the punt and it worked out perfectly for us.

Would you be brave enough to wallpaper your hall like we have??? What is something you’ve done with home decor that you knew was right for you but others might have wondered about? 🙃


Throwback to my friend Cheri and I, with Ned the donkey in the background. I’ve always loved stripes and classic clothing! It's late 1988 my mum thinks.

xx Fiona

PS. For those of you in the thick of winter, I do hope you have read all my tips in How to be Chic in the Winter: Living slim, stylish and happy in the cold season.  You can find a free sample to download from Amazon here. Or use the 'Look Inside' function at the same link to read straight away on your screen.

As for us, it's high summer here in New Zealand and we're having a glorious heatwave - mid-thirties C most days (which is mid-nineties in F).  I love all the seasons!


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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Starting the year, quiet yoga, loving rain, finding love...

Chloe relaxing in comfort :)

Happy January chic friends!

‘It’s never too late to start your day...’ I can’t find who first said this and I don’t even know if I have it right, but I do know that it’s a great comfort when I get myself all wound up into knots. I have a tendency to overthink things and my busy mind says Stop! Too much!

Over the holiday break I have been working on slowing my mind down. Also thinking how I want to shape this year. Definitely writing and sharing my current inspiration but taking time out to ensure I’m heading in the right direction.

It’s exciting that we are in a new decade and I love the thing I’ve been seeing around the place, that this year is 2020 for 2020 vision. So perfect. We are all perfecting our vision of what we want to be.

Does it feel like that for you too?

Each week a garden-fresh arrangement at yoga

I went to my favourite yoga class this week. It’s called yin yoga officially but I refer to it as quiet yoga. The room is dimmed, relaxing spa music is playing and it’s a soothing one-hour-fifteen of long stretches.

There was a cool light misty rain and it just felt so cosy and comforting to be heading to a quiet yoga class. I said as such to the teacher and she said, ‘You’re a pluviophile too!’ Apparently a pluviophile is ‘a lover of rain, someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days’. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

Pictured is the floral arrangement in the changing room that changes each week depending on what’s in the garden. Beautiful.

So, are YOU a pluviophile too?

Three - soon to be four - languages for 'Thirty Chic Days'

This is Thirty Chic Days in English (original cover 💖), Lithuanian and Russian - take your pick! Plus, Vietnamese coming soon 🤩

If you have read Thirty Chic Days, or any other of my books, I would love it if you could leave a review on Amazon.

Not only does it help me know what you would like me to write about, but it helps other readers find my books thanks to Amazon’s algorithm thingie.

Plus, I love reading all your reviews!  You can download and review my books here.

Paul and me

This is the love of my life. I met Paul when I was 32, and he has made my life better for the past 17 years. There’s no special occasion for this post, it’s not our wedding anniversary for another couple of months. I just believe in being in the moment rather than waiting for a specific day to show love and appreciation. Every day is the special occasion!

I am so grateful I bumped into someone so perfect for me one night down at the pub (right down to the same birthday). If I wrote our story into a book you wouldn’t believe me.

Hmmm, now that’s an idea. I always thought I’d write a novel and here I am writing non-fiction. But maybe one day?

Tell me your love story, please! I adore hearing romantic tales. And who knows, you might just give me ideas for my first fiction book :)

xx Fiona

PS. Thirty More Chic Days is my most recent book and, I think, my best book to date.  I've been giving myself fresh ideas for the new year by re-reading chapters. If you already have this book, I invite you to pick a chapter and see what feels crisp and new for you to bring into your life, and if you haven't, why not download the free sample to read the first three chapters. Perfect with a cup of tea.

You can read Thirty More Chic Days here.



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