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The Summer Book Pile

 

“A reader lives a thousand lives before-2

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.”

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

There is something alluringly promising about Summer's longer days that makes my reading pile grow well beyond anything realistically achievable.

My Summer book pile is comprised of a mix of tomes, fiction & non, new releases & classics, books of faith, of fashion and everything in between. Here is a list of what I am currently reading, have just read, am about to read (and, lets be honest, a few books that may not be read until next Summer..)

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Daring and Disruptive by Lisa Messenger

Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Undaunted by Christine Caine

Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret & Sophie Mas

 

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Candle love

Nourish&Nest-46 There is nothing like a candle to create atmosphere and turn any space into a haven. Lighting a candle can be a celebration, a way to bring beauty into the everyday or a simple, solitary luxury.

Nourish and Nest candles are handcrafted with love and attention to detail. We have created our own custom blend of natural coconut and soy wax and premium aromas and use only lead-free cotton wicks. Our luxuriously creamy, clean-burning wax is hand-poured into elegant double-walled glass tumblers that can be repurposed once you have finished enjoying your candle. Our gorgeous candle boxes include a few little extras - our signature copper-dipped feather and a copy of the Nourish and Nest philosophy.

So, if you have treated yourself to one our lovingly-made candles, it makes sense to get the most out of your candle by showing it a little love!

1. Before every burn, trim the wick to 5mm.

2. Ensure that the candle burns all the way to the sides of the glass on the first burn. This will result in a an even-burning candle.

3. For optimum results, give your candle a break after it has been burning for 4 hours (for our medium candle) and 6 hours (for our large candle).

Simple tips, but they make a big difference! To purchase, visit our online store 

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Summer dreaming

IMG_7618 There is a sense of freedom and an optimism to be found in Summer's longer days and bluer skies that lends itself perfectly to dreaming. To considering the possibilities and letting your mind run a little wild.

For me, Autumn has always been a rather productive time, the season to really get things done, to translate those dreams into intentions and daily actions.

But while we linger here in Summer, I find myself sitting with dreams and ideas that excite me and fill me with passion and purpose.

Long live the dreamers! I hope Summer is treating you well and that you find small moments in your days to allow your mind to wander and embrace the possibilities. Life is good.

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January 21, 2015 Add a comment

2015

“For what it’s worth_ it’s never too

I love the start of a New Year and the symbolism of a blank slate that comes with it. It is an opportunity to release the negative, embrace the positive, re-focus on what is important and shake off what isn't. Here are a few questions I like to ask myself at the start of  a New Year:  

What are my main focuses/passions for this year?

What do I want to embrace this year?

What do I want to let go of this year?

How am I going to nourish my body?

My soul?

Who would I like to connect with?

What do I want to create?

How can I love more extravagantly?

I hope the New Year holds exciting promise for you and hope this little blog can be a nourishing place of inspiration and everyday beauty for whoever stumbles across it.

If you are still getting yourself organised for 2015, you might love (as I am) the stylish calendar that the talented Cristina Martinez has made available (free) for download. Happy New Year everyone!

P.S. I am currently soaking up the sun and enjoying a little holiday but the Nourish and Nest online store is still open 24/7 and orders will be despatched on Monday 19th January xxx

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The December List

IMG_7030 IMG_6066 Currently I am:

Stopping to breathe after a rather full month

Looking forward to the space to think and dream that January allows

Thinking I may have found my perfect diary for 2015

Indulging my love of rituals as I follow this fabulous interview project 

Adoring this online space

Harvesting tomatoes. Kilo after kilo of tomatoes! And not doing much else in my vegetable patch...

Realising that I need to rectify that if I want to be harvesting next month!

Planning meals based around tomatoes and other Summer goodness, such as this

Reading this book

Curating inspiration on the Nourish and Nest Pinterest boards

Looking forward to a Summer road trip and some beachside camping next month

And how about you? Please feel free to share that which is inspiring you in the comments.

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Mi Familia

We had a visit recently from our friend, and crazy-talented photographer, Joe of Hindsight Images.
The days may be long sometimes, but the years sure are short and so I am really happy that he caught this moment in time with my three little loves.
My beau was working that day so it was a bit of a girl-fest (as it is even when he's around of course). I didn't realise until afterwards that all three girls were wearing denim, I am sure their future teenage selves will roll their eyes at my triple denim faux pas!
Whilst we are somewhat in holiday mode around these parts, we still have a special little sale happening in-store, we have restocked said store with beautiful Turkish towels and have some gorgeous new products arriving in the weeks and months to come.
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Take the time to take time

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a sweet little coffee break at Folk on a recent road trip
 
When choosing to live passionately, to do our good, to dream big and commit to the hard work that those dreams require, it can happen that in amongst well-intentioned plans, we fall into the trap of being busy for the sake of being busy. We can allow 'I don't have time' to become our mantra and the pace of our lives to become unnecessarily hectic without necessarily being any more fruitful. I want life to the full, not just a full diary. I want to work towards the future whilst paying homage to the beautiful wonder of the ordinary present. I want to live purposefully and to take responsibility for taking the time to take time, which is why this little passage spoke to me:

Take the time to talk to the elderly lady next door, to read a book, to walk to work instead of riding the subway when it's a beautiful day. Take the time to escape for a weekend with friends.

Take the time to listen and to get to know yourself. Take the time to change, to grow, to rest. Take the time to say yes, take the time to say no. Take the time to be quiet. Take the time to look after your body, to eat well. Take the time to ask yourself who you are and what you want.

Call your grandmother on her birthday and rinse your hair with cold water just like she taught you, listen to your children, breathe deeply, take the time to make fresh-squeezed orange juice for breakfast, to go to a museum, to go for a stroll in the woods and listen to the sounds of tiny creatures in the grass. In summer, take the time to compile a scrapbook of pressed flowers with a child, to read him a story.

Take the time to take time because nobody else will do it for you.

from 'How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are' by Anne Berest , Caroline de Maigret , Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas
 

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What is your ritual?

“The human soul can always use a new tradition. Sometimes we require them.”

Pat Conroy

A candle-lit bath, an early morning cup of tea when all is quiet, an end-of-the-week glass of bubbles, a stolen moment in your lunch break to sit on the grass with the sun on your face.. the possibilities are boundless. So what is your ritual?

It is a simple but profound luxury to have a few uncomplicated pleasures in life that nourish and allow you to create your own personal sanctuary, even if it is just for a moment.

I will be sharing a few of my current small rituals on Nourish and Nest's instagram account with the hashtag #itsmyritual over the coming weeks. Please feel free to join in the fun.

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A life well-curated

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curated (verb): to take charge of or organise; to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation

For me, curation conjures up notions of intention, care, respect for beauty and function as well as elegant simplicity.
A life well-curated could be seen as one that intentionally embraces simplicity. That is, simplicity as the guide by which we curate the many physical objects that are part of our life (so much has been penned on the virtues of owning less, valuing quality over quantity and the clarity that come from ridding ourselves of clutter that I won't repeat it here).

But beyond the material, it is a concept that also spans to include our commitments  and schedule as well. There is much that is realistically unavoidable (hello washing dishes) but we can spend the hours that we have left in ways that mirror what we are passionate about, what we cherish and what we would ultimately like to be part of the footprint of our lives. There is room for anything, but not everything. And so the importance of a life well-curated.

'Embrace Simplicity' is part of the philosophy of Nourish and Nest and something I am trying (sometimes successfully, sometimes dismally) to live out in the long days/short years of life.
As a couple of people asked on Instagram, the baby swing was sourced from The Bowerbird Store

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Enjoy small rituals

blooms candles tea The simple acts of lighting a candle, pouring tea, running a bath or gathering around a meal have the ability to calm, nourish, inspire and foster gratitude. Such small rituals are ordinarily, elegantly beautiful. They are ancient and yet they are ours.

Often we look for happiness, inspiration and sustenance only in the big moments, in the occasional, in the grand. But the very premise of Nourish and Nest is that joy is to be found in the small rituals, in the everyday. It is a simple philosophy that looks upon life with wonder, believing that there is beauty to be found.

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