Sometimes something new and amazing appears in my life, and then I wonder how on earth I ever lived without it before – recently I’ve fallen in love with the ancient practice of Yoga. It’s something I’ve always looked on with deep admiration for others who practice every day and can bend in all sorts of positions, but it never really appealed to me. I love the freedom of running or the exhausting but exhilarating feeling after a good gym session. It kind of crept up on me, and before I knew it – BAM, I’m addicted and am starting to plan all sorts of retreats.
I think I can blame my friend Mel, a total yogi and wouldn’t be without her Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday sessions – she invites me with her, luring me into blissful classes, connecting me to some incredible teachers, (in Marlow we have two amazing girls, Sarah Carter and Joelle Pettitt) – I dabbled years ago in my 20’s, but never really connected with anyone, they all seemed so serious…and I’m so not – I realise now it’s important to be able to connect. Now after each session, I’m either in fits of giggles or an emotional blubbing mess…again, I can’t explain this…it may be due to the fact I’m a little strange!
It’s such a peaceful experience, especially after organising two small people, (or at least trying to), working and endless crazy weekends – my sanctuary is the mat now and I can’t recommend it highly enough – even my girls do it after school and they love it. I heard it can sometimes open you up spiritually – I really didn’t believe it before, but I absolutely do now…I’d love to hear about other experiences…
A life full of work, London meetings, school pick-ups, after school activities and racing up to Staffordshire from Bucks and back for my father recently, has taken its toll on the old social life – I literally hadn’t seen any of my friends for ages, so what better excuse for a coffee morning than a Stella & Dot coffee morning…no seriously…how could it be more perfect….cakes, friends and jewellery – need I say more?
We all need to make time for our friends, they’re so important and I love mine to pieces. Which is why I was so pleased we had our little jewellery gathering at a friend’s house the other day. I walked away from this little party with a few fab Christmas gifts for my family and a smile…happy festive days…
It’s been a funny old time of late what with the dark weather and all that, so thought I’d throw a little Autumn fashion out there to uplift otherwise slightly damp spirits. What better to lift the mood than a pair of gorgeous sparkly shoes teamed with a few amazing pieces by some of my favourite labels, clearly from the ultimate boutique outside the M25 – Plume…
I’ve had a chat about Plume before, owned by Gemma Fox (who weirdly used to work at the same non pc advertising agency that I did way back in 1998…random) and who owns Blankit Knitwear which she will be selling at the Living North Fair, well anyway, she went onto much greater things, eventually styling for fabulous magazines such as Easy Living and Marks & Spencer. She now offers her own Personal Styling service – she’s good at this, because I thought I could do it myself, but she just goes and throws a belt in the mix or something you’d think would look awful…then all of a sudden…tadaaa…something not as awful as originally thought…in fact rather lovely!
So to illustrate her powers of the style, I’ve included myself as the model here…I know I don’t look like Kate, and without sounding too narcissistic (says the ‘me’ blogger!), you can see that what she chose for me were pretty on the fashion mark…
Hoss Intropia Water mark glitter dress black £289, By Malene Birger Oreck Earrings £29, shoes as before
Modelling really isn’t my thing…at all…but hope you can see how lovely some of Gemma’s pieces are on me…there…I feel much better already!!
Yes…you read right…I’m ACTUALLY gardening and everything, (no really!) I have Hunter Wellies, a parka and a new found enthusiasm to get my fingernails dirty…normally I have a real dislike for dirty fingernails and find it a sign of lack of hygiene, or maybe it’s because I did one day of potatoe picking for my father on the farm way back in 1987, (ugh, I shudder at that thought of one day of hell) – but this silly fear was thrown beyond my laurel bushes today, for I…Lizzie Owen…buried my hands in mud to create the garden of my dreams, with a little help from my gardening pal and Garden Designer Linda Wadley.
Last year I designed and had built a garden room – I love this room, it’s incredibly peaceful and I’m starting to fill the space with lots of quirky bits and pieces, (I’ll save this for a later post once it’s finished), but the actual building was kind of floating and needed something to bring it together. Enter Linda – a fairly new friend of 3 years via a playgroup called Cheeky Monkeys…I know…random. But she wasn’t a Garden Designer then, which is why I was happily surprised to learn so much from her – she really knows her stuff, and now the space around the building looks complete…well almost – it just needs to grow.
She advised which plants to bring in for shade that would work with the contemporary style of the garden room, et voila: what do you think?
OK…I KNOW you can’t see some of the plants too well just yet, but apparently they’ll look AMAZING by Spring next year, hence the title! You’ll be calling me Green Fingers Owen before you know it…actually…no, please don’t – that doesn’t sound too nice!!