We couldn’t be any more ready for this weekend! Bring on time spent with family, friends and sharing a whole lotta love, I say! We have every intention of giving the entire weekend that chilled Sunday vibe: no rushing, no big agenda, just bathing in that laid-back goodness.

So, with that in mind, today we’re bringing you our low-key favourites for the next two weeks:

This season’s hottest (and trés affordable!) sunglasses

The tune that inspired this post (I’ve had it on repeat all week!)

An email subscription from the Universe

Insight into how your cycle affects your skin

And why we love chocolate as much as we do…

To mention but a few of course! Keep scrolling for your Friday dose of sheer loveliness…

One: Feeling Feline

The only sunglasses you need to know about for 2018, the skinny cat eye. To put it frankly, if Gigi Hadid is wearing it, we want it.

Appearing in the classic shades of tortoise shell (always my fave), black and white, you’ll also see some very Lolita-esq pops of bright red around.

These are our affordable faves from Zara.

Two: Now Listening

This song stopped me in my tracks, and honestly? I haven’t put it down since and I’ve sent it to a plethora of friends who, in a united chorus, all replied with ‘YAAAASSS’.

Smooth vocals and perfectly pared back soulful electronic vibe.

Hit play and enjoy for the remainder of today’s post.

 

Three: Cool Cane

Cancel that trip to IKEA and start scouting your local antiques shop or the world of ebay, because vintage cane furniture is the only thing you should be buying for your home this year.

From those seriously instagramable sunburst mirrors, to stunning day beds, and every 70s style chair you could possibly imagine, cane is kinda a big deal right now, and can be surprisingly affordable!

Four: Subscribe to the Universe

It’s nice to know the Universe has got your back, right? Wouldn’t it be great to receive an email from it every morning, just reminding you it’s there, and it’s working to help you?

Wait, that’s exactly what TUT emails offer! We love their light-hearted, personalised subscription, it’s been putting a smile on our face since the start of 2018 with emails like…

No matter what you want, Clare, you have what it takes.

Not to mention me, 

The Universe


Fact of the matter is, Clare, everything is a non-issue, until someone decides otherwise.

Which means you can now officially chill.

Blue,

The Universe

Five: Skin Cycles

So, my very handy Natural Cycles app (I talked about it in this 10 Ways post) tipped me off with a great little blog post about how our menstrual cycle affects our skin earlier this week…

Why had I never made that link fully before?! I mean, I knew I felt a little puffier just before my period, but the rest of it was brand new information! To summarise:

Period: skin is dry In the beginning of your cycle your levels of both progesterone and estrogen are quite low. This can cause skin to feel drier and wrinkles might become more obvious. Tip: Pamper your skin, use gently cleansers and products designed to plump and hydrate your skin.

Follicular phase: skin is stronger Your ovaries resume the production of estrogen as your period ends, which plumps the skin and encourages collagen production. This gives your skin strength and it will look very plump and healthy. In fact, your skin is not as sensitive to pain during this time. Tip: Carry out hair removal or skin peelings for dry skin patches during this time.

Ovulation: skin is healthy and plump This is often the time of the month where you are at your best. You feel great and your skin is healthy and plump. Increased estrogen means collagen is high but it can also lead to some pimples for some women as spots in your skin can get oilier. Tip: If your gonna get some passport photos taken, do it now!

Luteal Phase: skin is oily and prone to break out Once you ovulate, your body starts producing the hormone progesterone. Which we know to cause the temperature rise and also stimulates the production of sebum, which is a thick, oily substance that acts a natural skin lubricant. Increased sebum can ultimately also cause pores to clog up and be the cause of breakouts. Tip: Soak up excess oil on the skin surface with a purifying and detoxifying mask.

PMS: skin is puffy Some women tend to retain water during this time and skin looks puffier. Also, because you tend to crave junk food and sugary treats, your skin might suffer. Tip: Do your best to stick to healthy foods and keep water intake high.

Six: Straw Slippers

Now, while I’m an advocate for all things comfy when in your own home, I couldn’t resist the aesthetic of these straw house shoes.

Fancier than slippers (like you’d happily pop round to your neighbour wearing them) with a distinctly summery, Cali vibe, these simple slip-ons are most definitely on our ‘to buy’ list for Spring/Summer 2018. We love the selection from Canadian shop Folk Fortune, or we also found this UK Etsy supplier.

Seven: An Ancient Art

We humans have been adorning our bodies for thousands of years, and for women especially, if we pause to take stock, there is a real sense of ceremony as we choose how to adorn our bodies (according to our purpose, mind frame and emotions) each day.

Mindful adornment. Caring for those specifically chosen pieces you own. Delicately adding them to your person with intention and joy each day. It’s an art form as old as time, and one we’ve been enjoying slowing down to really revel in.

Eight: Now Watching

I know a lot of our free-spirited readers are yogis, so if you haven’t already seen it, the 2017 ‘On Yoga’ documentary that recently landed on Netflix is a must-see.

The documentary follows photographer Michael O’Neill as he talks to the great Yoga masters in India, Tibet and New York. It’s visually stunning, and a beautiful exploration of the practice and how it changes our lives.

ON YOGA: The Architecture of Peace – Trailer from ParanoidBR on Vimeo

Nine: Sacred Sips

Chocolate. It’s good stuff, am I right?! But the history and symbolism of this bean reveals so much more…

Have you heard of Cacao ceremonies? No, neither had I until I listed to this podcast by Rising Women Leaders.

Cacao is considered a plant medicine. It’s believed cacao was first used as a health elixir and ceremonial medicine as far back as 1900 BC by the ancestors of Central America, the Olmec people, before becoming a ritualistic medicine used by the Aztec and Mayan cultures.

Due to certain active ingredients that help release ‘feel good’ emotions, cacao is considered a heart opener. Creating feelings of emotional intimacy and pleasure, it has long been considered a luxurious delicacy, especially with the addition of sugar and spices to suit modern palates.

So in a year where universal love is needed greatly, and self love is being promoted more fully than ever, it’s no surprise that cacao ceremonies (a meditative, intention group practice, involving drinking a cup of warm cacao!) are becoming more popular than ever.

Read more about this fascinating ingredient at the Numinous and find yourself a local cacao ceremony, to experience this delicious heart-opening goodness.

Ten: Feb 13th

And finally, just a little reminder that Galentine’s (or Palentine’s) day is just around the corner! We love the idea of this celebration of our fellow friends and women!

Take time to acknowledge, thank and spend time with all the people who love you. Don’t get us wrong, Valentine’s day is a beautiful holiday, but we like to celebrate love in all its fullness – so get ready for a 2 part love fest next week!

Enjoy yourself a weekend of Sundays, my loves. All the chill. All the good vibes and, if your beau is anything like mine, all the rugby!

We’ll see you on the flip side!

 

Peace + Love

 

Clare XO

 

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