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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Afternoon Tea on the Bridge ~ and a little mindfulness

Long time readers of High Heeled Life already know I'm all about a good cup of tea in the afternoon. Making time in your afternoon for tea not only provides the opportunity to indulge in a small treat - to carry you through to dinner or the drive home after work; it also gives you a few moments to pause in your day - practice a little mindfulness and recharge the mind.
With the great autumn afternoons we have been blessed with  my afternoon cup of tea at the country home can still be enjoyed outside. this particular afternoon I set up myself up down on the small bridge.
 My Lady Carlyle tea cup and side plate  by Royal Albert -  some tasty macarons my friend spoiled me with, from Trader Joe's ... I kid you not they are tres yummy!!
a pillow and blanket ... some leisure reading magazines ... the sun shining it's warm rays and I settled in for some time away from computer, phones, and distractions.

The only sounds ... were chirping birds, the gurgling of the stream beneath the bridge ...
After a little leisure reading  ... I practiced a little mindfulness ... below are some steps I 've shared before to help you practice mindfulness... 
noun: mindfulness
  1. 1.
    the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
    "their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition"
  2. 2.
    a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

With today's demands for us to always be connected it has become more important than ever to unplug, stop doing things on auto pilot and experience being in the moment. Try these simple steps the next time you brew a cup of tea: 

1. Take notice of your environment, the sound of the water as you fill the kettle. Smile at the thought of fresh water and give thanks for having it.

2. Take note of how your feet feel as you make your way across the room, how the floor feels below your feet.

3. Notice the various shades and textures of the dry tea leaves. If you use tea bags still touch the leaves and breathe in the fragrant scent.

4. Listen to the sound of the water as you pour it into the teapot see how the leaves begin to transform as the hot water envelopes them.

5. As the tea steeps try to quieten your mind focus on your breath - inhaling and exhaling through the nose.

6. Holding teacup with both hands raise teacup to your nose. Take three deep breaths inhaling the warmth and fragrant scent of your tea.

7. Take note of the flavours as the tea rolls over your tongue - see if you can identify their origins.

8. As the tea makes its way past your tongue invite it into your body to nourish and heal.

9. Repeat  steps 6-8 until you finish your cup of tea.

You will be surprised at how much more creative and productive you will feel and be when you take the time to recharge your mind.

If tea is not your thing ... no worries ... have a cup of coffee, or smoothie or a glass of water (we can all drink more water - I'm certain). Get outside - stroll to a near by park, and just sit. Be present in the moment. Allow your mind to take a break from the work day. If mid afternoon doesn't permit getting outside - do it during your lunch hour, or find a spot in the office that you can sit looking out a window ...and take in the nature beyond it.

How do you recharge in your day?

You are the curator of your life so make it luxurious,

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fun in the Kitchen ... with Dolce & Gabbana

country home kitchen
While spending more time at my city home, during the summer, with all the fabulous restaurants and take out options within reach, - made it really easy to get away from home cooked. If you follow along on Instagram, you already know that I'm making an effort to make more home cooked meals.
When I'm in the kitchen an apron is always within reach to protect my clothing. 
This one I picked up at a tourist market, on one of my trips to Paris.

 Dolce and Gabbana love hanging out with me in the kitchen ... 
and patiently (ok .. not always so patient .. lol) wait for the apron to come off. 
They see it as a cue for playtime... before the table is set.

Pink Sweater: Gap - Pants: Gap
Bracelets: bottom - Pandora ; 

Top - The "Deusa"(Goddess) Wrist Mala - c/o Healing Glamour:

Silver Hematite and Larimar Guru Bead and a Lotus Charm Wrist Mala. Larimar aka: Blue Pectolite is a powerful stone for women especially and is believed to awaken great feminine energies. * A stone of forgiveness, it aids in depression and in releasing deep seeded emotional pain, attachments, resentment and fear. * Great for clearing negative energies and blockages. * Known as the Dolphin Stone and the Stone of the Sea it was created by fire and volcanic activity. Therefore, said to balance fire and water energies.

Autumn is the perfect time to get back in the kitchen ... stews, soups, pies, chili, roasts, slow cookers, 
did I mention pies... lol... and cakes and soon holiday cookies.

The heart of the home is the kitchen, after all.

You can check out the recipe for the soup I made HERE.

Do you find yourself cooking and baking more as the weather begins to cool?

You are the curator of your life so make it luxurious,

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