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Spark Joy

I know a grand total of zip about Marie Kondo and the Japanese art of sparking joy – but I do know how to buy stuff off the internet which makes me happy. 

I woke up this morning feeling a bit meh. A series of events last night left me puzzled and my fitful 5 hours sleep did nothing to lighten my mood. To add to the meh-ness (fully aware that’s not actually a word), my phone charger is goosed and my peonie roses have died. Oh, the injustice.

Shopping makes me happy. The physical art of shopping. I miss going for a mooch around TK Maxx and Size? in particular. Shopping online is a poor substitute. However, it does at least give me access to items that will bring me some joy. I’m soon to be the proud of owner of not one, but two gloriously green, leafy house plants – and a new Apple lightning cable.

The balance hasn’t quite been restored. We’ve been spoiled with lots of blue skies recently and I’m feeling the weight of the thick blanket of cloud this morning. I’m determined to have a clean slate kind of day. All the laundry away, beds made, throw the Dyson around, prep something delicious for dinner and set up some fun science experiments for the kids (cloud in a jar here).

Maybe then, there’s an element of authenticity in the art of sparking joy. For me, a clean and tidy house, everything in order and a productive day has the potential to feel as good as wandering into town to try on and buy a brand new pair of kicks. Maybe.

We’re going to be continuing lockdown for a while yet. The Coronavirus R value keeps fluctuating in our area and after 12 weeks of keeping the kids safe at home (with the odd little bike ride and family walk), I’m not about to stand in a queue to get into Primark. Hell no.

I’m sticking with plants, paints and science. How are you getting by? How are you sparking joy at home during lockdown?

 

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Operation Silver Fox

I met a lady in the food court at Marks & Spencer yesterday morning. I stopped to speak to her because she had the most awesome hair I’ve ever seen. I stalked her for a few minutes down the cooked meats aisle and was tempted to try a sneaky iphone pic but it was fairly quiet at that time of the morning, and being frog marched out of M&S for stalking would have a serious affect on my Percy Pig habit.

I said hello instead and was greeted with a wide smile as I explained my fascination with her wild, curly mane of darkest brown and silver curls. The woman, in her 40’s was quite taken aback and explained that over the years she’d simply grown tired of having her roots done so frequently and decided to embrace her inner Caron Franklin and become a fully fledged silver fox. I too suffer from premature greying, I have to dye my brunette roots every two weeks which is a huge pain. Recently I’ve succumbed to ombre in the hope that the lighter ends will detract from the nuisance white curly terrors invading my fringe. I’m not fooling anyone.

pic: intothegloss.com

Linda Rodin: intothegloss.com


I’ve toyed with going full silver. I adore Linda Rodin and her effortless style, she rocks braided hair better than my 9 year old, and she’s 65. The lady I met this morning might have just tipped me over the edge into a radical change. Her 100% natural, glossy dark locks were just past shoulder-length, a mass of tight curls and loose beach-type waves with a real flash of silver at her crown. She totally nailed it, dressed conservatively in palazzo pants and boucle biker jacket, perfect for a Friday morning stroll around the city shops, this confident, stylish woman pulled off a 2015 hair fad in a way a twenty something just cant. That’s because she’s not following the trend, she created it.

In hindsight I should have asked to take her pic to share with you, lesson learned.

Percy Pig anyone?

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