December can whizz by in a festive frenzy if we’re not careful. That’s why there are some slow Winter rituals that I like to do each year, that help me stay calm. Seasonal things, that I can do mindfully and with intention. Tasks that help me take a breath and slow down.
Just like that, October is gone and November is here with its wintery winds. Soon the trees will be completely bare and all the colour of Autumn will be gone.
It was this time last year that I sat and wrote the very first Monthly Voice. I can’t believe that twelve months have passed, and here I am again thinking about what filled our days during October.
Here’s what we’ve been loving, and where I have found some inspiration this month…
August has been as sweet as peaches. Full of long days, where the sunlight lingers late into the evening and the heat hangs in the air.
I love Autumn, but I always find the summer hard to let go of. If you read my last post, you will know why particularly the start of this September was always going to be tricky. But, before we get lost in this month, here is the ‘Monthly Voice for August’ featuring what we’ve been loving and what has captured my heart this month…
For lots of you reading this ‘slow Fashion’ may be a new concept. Most of the fashion industry is face paced; from the design stage to mass production, garments have a fast turn around so they can be sold at a low cost. This, and trends that come and go with each season encourage buyers to over consume. ‘Slow fashion,’ is a term that was conceived in 2008 by sustainable design consultant Kate Fletcher, she wanted to not just look at how environmentally friendly a single item of clothing is, but she also wanted to address the speed of the whole fashion cycle.
If you follow me over on Instagram you will have already noticed me sharing some big love for the independent label Muny who do ‘slow fashion’ incredibly well. They make beautiful handcrafted clothes for children and women, and also have a range of accessories. Designed in Brooklyn, NY, all the clothes are made from natural fabrics, and are made using wood block printing, handloom weaving, and hand dyeing.
The new blog design is now completely finished. To celebrate, I wanted to hold a competition to say thank you to all of you who stop by for some wholehearted and slow living inspiration. I love to share little snippets of our days with you, things that I am thinking, and how we are managing to live more simply and slowly. I am very thankful that you make the time to read, it really means a lot to me, and I hope this blog always inspires you to find a moment of calm and creativity in your day.
This is doubly exciting because I also get to share with you one of my favourite products. These Bee Eco wraps are handmade on the sunshine coast in Australia, and are a fantastic sustainable food storage. I have had mine for almost a year now, and I absolutely love them. The smaller wraps are great to cover pots to store food in the fridge, and the larger wraps are perfect for sandwiches when we go on picnics. Anything you would use tinfoil, clingfilm or a plastic pot for, you can use these wraps instead, but brilliantly there is no waste.