Monday, 3 January 2011

Lifestyle Notes: January 2011

A New Year means new beginnings. New jobs, new starts, and though it doesn't mean new schools those who have applied to university will be hearing from the institutions who have yet to get back to them about their application. I've given up on making New Year's resolutions because I never keep them, but recently I've been thinking of the little things you could do to make your New Year just the little bit more sparkly!
Plan a journey to somewhere you've always wanted to visit.
Travel broadens the mind and is excellent fun to boot. Why not give yourself something to look forward to this year by planing a trip to somewhere you've always wanted to visit. I've actually been to Paris before, but it was only a day trip around some of the more prominent art galleries, so this July I'm planing to head off to the city of lights with my dear friend and former Lipstick Royalty staffer Eileen for a couple of days. We're going to celebrate finishing school forever - what a perfect way to start the rest of our lives!
Send some hand written letters.
In a world where we are all are glued to our laptops, iPads, Blackberrys and iPhones I think we have all forgotten what it is to receive a lovely hand written note in the post. So, write someone a letter and hope someone writes you one back!  
Learn to bake.
If you don't already know how to, knowing how to bake is one of life's most essential skills, even if you don't think it's important. Imagine being able to give homemade and beautifully decorated cupcakes as gifts?
Throw an old fashioned tea party.
Actually, I don't think I've ever been to one of these. That's the problem. A very big problem. Which is why people need to throw more tea parties, with the cakes you're learning to bake. Hopefully enough people will throw them that I'll manage to get invited to one. That, or maybe I'll throw my own...
Start a Moleskine notebook.
I love my Moleskine half to death and I don't know where I'd be without it. We come across so many different things in our lives we wish we could have written down but we didn't have a pen or paper, leaflets we wished we'd picked up... that's why I always try and carry mine with me so I never forget a thing! 
Read the classics.
In case my starting an online vintage bookstore wasn't enough of an indication, I absolutely love old books. This does not just extend to the book being old, I absolutely love old stories; classic literature. Stories like Oliver Twist, Alice In Wonderland and Pride and Prejudice are tales that everyone should read at least once in your life. Just because a book isn't in the top twenty or it doesn't jump out at you from the 3 for 2 when you walk into Waterstones, doesn't mean it won't be a really, really, great story.
Call instead of texting.
When was the last time you heard someone's voice instead of just seen the words they typed on the screen of your phone, Blackberry or iPhone? I can't actually remember when I last did, with the exception of elderly family members. So, for 2011 for once in a while try calling, instead of texting or bbm-ing someone.

Not exactly New Years resolutions, but what are you going to try and do this month to start your year off on a high?


  1. This is such a lovely inspiring post, much better than new year resolutions! xxx

  2. Happy New Year! :)

    I wrote a posts about the things I'm going to be trying to do, so I thought I'd share it, as you asked :)


  3. Brilliant brilliant plans for the new year! I love them all :) Can I come to your tea party? hehe. x

  4. thank you for your comment on blog, yes im from canterbury! are you living in this wonderful city too? yay to local produce ha;) xxx

  5. These are great ideas for the new year. I have decided to make 2011 my year, so I'll look into all these ideas.
    I prefer reading the classics over bestsellers. They're all so wonderful.

  6. Beautiful photos!

    Greetings from Poland !

  7. I like your ideas, definitely agree with a lot of them :) plus the pictures are very pretty, they give me a cozy feeling :)

  8. I like all of these ideas. I'm not much for resolutions either, but I'm always looking for different ways to better myself.

    I'll be in Paris in July as well! I'm quite excited as it will be my first sojourn to Europe.

    Wishing you a wonderful start to the year :)

  9. handwritten letters & call instead of text are two resolutions i may take from your blog. they sound exactly like what i should be doing !

  10. Those are such super ideas accompanied by beaaaaautiful photos! x

  11. happy new year!
    i LOVE handwritten letters, i'm so going to write some as soon as possible...

  12. Happy new year, Rachel. We hope you have a wonderful 2011!

    We're loving your blog more than ever.
    Lots of love
    Sarah (Temporary:Secretary) x

  13. I love all of these, especially hand written letters, they really are the best! xoxo

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  15. Blargh! Deleted my last post by mistake. What I had said was..I love everything about this post :)

  16. This is such a great post, I think I would try and make an effort to do all of these!

  17. Creative idea's for 2011 :) Don't worry baking is supppper easy!
    I also love the pictures!


  18. Tea party sounds lovely especially in these horrid winter evenings! I love the idea of spending more time with vintage books - when I visited Prague in the summer I came across the most wonderful quaint book shop and picked up a couple of things which are so beautiful! Lovely post x

  19. Learn to bake is on my agenda for this month and this year :)
    Following x