THE ART OF SLOW LIVING + 5 WAYS TO INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR LIFE.

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R E C O N N E C T ,   R E F L E C T ,   R E I N S P I R E

If there's one overriding attitude I've become passionate about in recent years, it's wellness and wellbeing, and taking more of a 'holistic' approach to bettering my life and mood.

Adopting more of a 'slow living' mindset has easily been my most inspired and favourite change. I've found it incredibly uplifting to reconnect with aspects of life that are most often trampled upon by adult things like 'responsibilities' and 'deadlines' (yawnyawnborebore).

As it's birthday month for me, the perfect time to reconvene and reflect, I wanted to have a little chat with you about some of my slow living habits, including five ways you can incorporate a little slow living wellness into your life this autumn. Read on and enjoy!

BLUSH ORANGE WAFFLES
(gluten free + no waffle maker needed)

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I woke up last Sunday morning, with an itching for waffles.

If every alternate (alternate to accommodate pancakes of course) weekend could include waffles for breakfast, then I would be a very happy camper. I mean, is there much better than dousing, what is essentially already dessert, in a gravy boat of syrup?

We've had a bag of coconut flour tucked away at the back of the kitchen worktop, lonely and unused, and it's happily a tasty way to turn ordinary waffles, gluten-free - which, for me, means all the taste and less of the bloat. And best of all, these particular waffles are baked in the oven, so no waffle-maker needed.

I also happened across these beautiful blush oranges whilst meandering around Waitrose, their segments speckled with cardinal ruby. There's a little twang of berry in their taste too which makes them deliciously interesting. Pair them with an orange blossom syrup and full-fat, creamy bio yoghurt, best enjoyed in bed with a newspaper. Well enough waffle-ing (hoho) - let me share the recipe with you ;)

5 STYLE STAPLES TO GRACE MY AUTUMN WARDROBE.

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WELL. Today, I've gone shopping, for both myself and you!

I've had a hankering to update my wardrobe for the increasingly chilly weather, and, effectively, revel in an excuse to buy myself a little hoard of new items. I mean, it is birthday month after all, and if a girl can't treat herself then, when can she? (let's all be honest with ourselves and mention that I've already started the treating process, and several of the items in today's post have already been purchased ;)

As I realised my shopping list is incredibly themed and autumnal, I thought I'd use it in a bid to inspire your wardrobe this October, so read on for my 5 staples to grace my autumn wardrobe this year - hope you enjoy!

BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HOUSEPLANTS.

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H O U S E   O F   G R E E N

We've always had plenty of greenery in our house, for as long as I can remember mum has lined the hallway and windowsills with potted plants. I love the sense of calm they seem to bring to a room, but I in no way inherited her deftness for looking after them..

I have, however, managed to raise a little family of fauna, which I've now kept alive and thriving for a couple of years. So today I'm bringing to you, the Beginner's Guide To Houseplants - attractive planting that's hard to kill, small in size and easy to manage.

HONEY SEASALT CUPCAKES.

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S W E E T ,   A U T U M N A L   F A R E

I'm a fiend for just about any sweet and salty combination, and today's roundabout take on salted caramel is a new winner in our abode - F loves them!

I've been opting to bake cupcakes recently, as they're quicker to make, and something about their handheld convenience means they're also a lot quicker to eat ;) Today's post is a little play I had with this recipe I found on Pinterest and the finished morsels are so tasty - a sweet richness of honey, a little dash of salt, the tang of yoghurt and the childhood glee of crunchy honeycomb.

Read on for the recipe and I do hope you enjoy!

WISHLISTING // AUTUMN.

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S U M M E R   W A R D R O B E   O U T ,   C O S Y   C L O T H I N G   I N

I don't often share wishlists here on my blog, but there's something about the change in seasons that gives me very itchy fingers to go shopping.. (and I rather enjoyed putting together this collage!) Even more so when I'm able to sit with laptop somewhat precariously balanced on knee, and cup of tea (currently Clipper Flower Power) at hand, able to peruse my favourite online stores at leisure.

As is entirely predictable, my current wishlist-come-shopping list is made up of Hygge-style home-comforts, cosy layering items and a few new books to inspire in the kitchen. As far as clothing goes, two pieces of particular mention are this perfectly proportioned coat, and the closest way to socially acceptably wear a blanket out and about ;)

In the kitchen, I'm on yet another of my 'cookbook kicks' and truth be told, I've already picked up The Wholefood Pantry, and it's currently making for a lovely bedtime read - I've definitely become accustomed to forgoing fiction and thumbing through recipe or wellness books at night. The autumn equinox also signals the green light for evenings of hot cocoa in Casa BTB, so how can I resist adding a few more mugs to my collection? I shared my Gingerbread Nutella hot chocolate last year (still a favourite), and I'm looking forward to play about with more flavours now that the weather is cooling off.

What's on your wishlist this autumn?



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GENTLE SKINCARE + WHY I'M PRIORITISING IT.

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G E N T L E ,   N U R T U R I N G ,   R E S T O R A T I V E

I've been out in the glorious sunshine today (a rare few rays amidst the rain and cloud we've had lately in Surrey), and even though I tried to slather my face in sunscreen, the tops of my cheeks are feeling just a little bit warm.. It's pretty apt, therefore, that this post should go up today, as I wanted to sit down and have a big 'skin chat' with you, specifically on my ethos of skincare that's gentle on the skin, and how 'sensitive skincare' shouldn't just be reserved for the reactive, or the particularly troublesome.

I've had several requests to share my current routine and product rotations too, so I've tried to be indepth and share with you some products that I'm using and loving right now. Hope you enjoy!

10 THINGS THAT'VE MADE ME HAPPY #6

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G O O D B Y E   S U M M E R

I have procrastinated all day today (the day before this goes up). I ran a few errands and made lunch and the like, but the goal was to get an upcoming post done and edited, and it just became one of those days where things don't happen. The kind where writers block kicks in, your mind is elsewhere and all the distractions want your attention at once - please tell me I am not alone in this?!

I did however, manage to put together the finishing touches for today's 10 Things post so I hope you enjoy today's edition of positivity. As always, do let me know what's been making you happy recently as I love to share in this good-mood inducement :)

FIG + HONEYCOMB PORRIDGE //
AUTUMNAL BREAKFASTS.

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S T I C K Y   F I G S   +   R U N N Y   H O N E Y

We ventured out for a sushi dinner yesterday and it was the first time this year I wished my khaki coverup was more of a snuggly, sheepskin parka - it was really nippy!

Part of me is by no means disappointed though. Despite it's pitfalls, like the inevitability of me picking up some kind of bug, and the fact that I look forward to each new season as the last comes to an end, Autumn is my favourite. I find that my tastes in food really start to change too, away from fresh salads, and towards comforting and restorative - in fact, salads and raw veg become the last thing I want ;)

Today's non-recipe is something I've been craving most mornings - it's just the very perfect combination of toppings to adorn an otherwise, plain and ordinary bowl of oats.

P.S if you'd like to take a preliminary guess at how many times I say 'sticky' in this post. I'll tell you at the end ;)

TIME-SAVING BEAUTY TIPS.

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S H A V E   O F F   T H E   H O U R S

I think it's apt that I'm currently sitting here, writing this, on the floor, surrounded by shelf upon shelf, drawer upon drawer of beauty products and gizmos..

I was having a think about the unnecessary length of our beauty routines, and ways in which I could shave off some time, to put towards some arguably more meaningful or productive activities. I'm sharing a few ideas today, so I hope you enjoy!

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