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WEEKEND RITUALS

22/01/2016
I think it’s probably quite clear from myself – and many other full time bloggers – that weekends don’t really exist. With a creative mind that never stops bloody whirling with ideas, to-do lists that never end because once one thing’s ticked off, another is added… and social media being a huge part of our jobs which means weekends are still filled with latte art Insta snaps and shameless blog post/youtube video promotions; a weekend more often than not, isn’t really a thing.

One thing that I am attempting to incorporate into 2016 however is a little time off. Even if it’s half a day over the weekend or a few hours here or there, I realised that as much as I adore my job, we work to live, not live to work. So with the help of the most stunning package from Rituals consisting of their gorgeous Ayuveda range alongside some beautiful stationery pieces, I’ve finally found some little routines or “Rituals” shall we say – brands that make puns easy… [insert thumbs up emoji here] – that I can incorporate into my routine to make sure that my life is a little balanced, there’s a little more downtime and ultimately, more time for living than working.

No weekend starts without some form of tea – let’s be real, coffee comes immediately after, but we start with tea… – and I have been absolutely obsessed with Rituals Rose Wisdom tea. “Fruity teas” aren’t usually my thing – English breakfast FTW because I’m common, please? – but ever since discovering the Wisdom tea, I am a total convert. There’s something about it being so fruity but also a little herby that makes it feel a bit virtuous – just what you need after your saturday night chinese takeaway – but generally it just tastes so delicious. The perfect start to a fruity weekend*.

*Can we take a moment for potentially the worst line that I have ever used on this blog? [insert deeply ashamed emoji here].

Now, despite being a Candle fangirl, I usually just save them for in the evening, surrounding my relaxing bath and encompassing my entire bedroom. But on the weekends? Oh we crack out the candles from the moment we wake up and leave them killing the universe/annoying the green people on all day everyday. And when I say “we”, I mean “I”… alongside a fiance that gives absolutely no shits whether I light candles or not!
On this weekends candle menu – totally a thing just so you know – is Rituals Indian Rose candle. I will try to keep this concise because I have a real, fangirl kinda love for Rituals candles, but Indian rose is just a stunning candle scented with almond oil and Indian rose. A really gorgeous uplifting scent that also looks perfect too. I mean, just check out the inspirational quote on the back #candlegoals.

Once you’ve slumped in bed with your tea, candle and current favourite series – Luther for me – for long enough, it’s time for a nice energising bath or shower – baths please because they are generally just #lifegoals – and to pamper yourself with some beautiful products. I have been the biggest fan of Rituals shower gel ever since discovering the Happy Buddha scent – I still have one in my new house and the last remnants lying around in my family home’s bathroom because they’re that good – and the Yogi Flow scent is absolutely no different. A gorgeous gel that turns into a foam and just feels so moisturising and luxurious. A little goes such a long way and the scent really lingers on the the skin too. My absolute favourite.

Then I move onto the scrub which is just 50 shades of gorgeous. Not too oily, not too abrasive, just the perfect amount to sloth away dead skin – sexy times world, sexy times… – and leave your skin feeling silky soft and smooth. The Rituals Himalaya scrub is a winner for sure.

Washed and exfoliated, it’s then time to moisturise the body. I am a self-confessed lazy oaf when it comes to moisturising my body – I mean, who even has time for that morning and night? – but the Rituals Honey touch moisturiser actually makes me look forward to moisturising (I know, what is this miracle?) It really is just a gorgeously luxurious, thick and creamy body cream that’s so intensely moisturising but isn’t sticky at all. It doesn’t absorb extremely quickly but then I don’t think you can expect a product so nourishing to do so, anyway. With the same stunning scent as the other products, it’s the perfect way to finish off your bath routine and leaves you smelling and feeling so uplifted and ready for the day.

Finishing off my little bath routine with a spritz of the Chakra water – which is a beautiful bed and body mist – and I think this might be one of my absolute favourite products from the bunch. Not only does it smell so beautiful; extremely spa like and luxurious, for a very tiny moment I almost felt like I was back in the Dubai spa of dreams. But it’s also really refreshing and perfect for spritzing over tired legs (and let’s be honest, arms, back, entire body etc. etc.) I love spraying this over my bed at night too so I fall asleep dreaming of spa’s (rather than murders and psychopaths courtesy of said Luther binges).
Another perfect touch to my little package was these lovely prints. I am such a sucker for a quote and I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t actually squeal when I saw these – sorry not sorry – because we had literally just hung our new photo frames in our bedroom and need to fill them with all sorts of cheesiness of prints so these were perfect!

I had no idea that Rituals make notebooks but oh my goodness was I so bloomin pleasantly surprised when I found out that they did. Can we please just take a moment for how absolutely beautiful this is? This luxury satin and gold thread notebook was such a stand out piece for me and I couldn’t love it anymore. Every notebook from Rituals contains an inspiring quote on the inside too and really just cheers me up/motivates me whenever I open it to write in it.

As a major planner – and someone who fails to switch off at the weekends #FullTimeBloggerProblems – one of my favourite weekend rituals is to sit and write a plan for the weekend ahead which is exactly what I do in the luxurious notebook; cup of tea and smooth legs in tow.

Netflix, candles, tea drinking and Chill….

So that brings my “Hey guys, I’ve decided to give myself a little break and pamper myself with all of these god damn beautiful products that you need in your life” post, to an end. I have to say, I am so enjoying working my butt off in the week just to experience a few hours off on the weekend. It is so incredibly needed and something that I’ll definitely be making sure happens from now on.
What are your favourite Weekend Rituals/Traditions? I’d love to hear from you 🙂
As always, thanks so much for reading!
xx

71 responses to “WEEKEND RITUALS”

  1. Oh wow so many great products I like the scrub!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. Jodie V says:

    You definitely deserve a break, I felt a little tired reading all the things you have to do on the weekend in the first paragraph! Give me that candle and tea any day and I'm sure I could 'force' myself to relax and watch a bit of Netflix! x

    Jodie | Jodie Loue

  3. Majean G says:

    Amazing! I haven't tried any of their products but it all sounds decadent. Hope you schedule more 'me' time for yourself now x

    http://www.majeang.com

  4. Your photos are always fabulous! I haven't heard of this brand before but you've made me really want to try now! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  5. Sophie Blunt says:

    Weekend rituals include: baths, dog walks, hot choclates with all the cream and marshmallows, Friday night pizza night, face masks and a good flat tidy session. Please do continue to give yourself time off. It is so important!

    Sophie xx
    http://www.sophieblunt.com

  6. Adria says:

    Great relaxing weekend rituals! Nothing compares to a cup of warm tea and a scented candle on a winter day!
    Fashion Soup

  7. Meg Siobhan says:

    Well all of this just looks absolutely divine! My weekend ritual is just doing as little as humanly possible. Who am I kidding? That's what I attempt to do when I'm not having to do anything!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  8. Karen says:

    I think weekends off are SO important. Then you can come back to Monday all recharged and inspired 🙂
    Have a great weekend x
    Much Love Karen

  9. I had no idea Rituals made tea! The packaging looks so dreamy! Loving your nail polish too my dear. x

    http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk

  10. I honestly loved reading this post, it made me feel all relaxed haha ♥

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

  11. Ah! The photos are absolutely beautiful! I loved reading this so much, and the candle sounds amazing!
    WritingMonique

  12. I like how you pamper yourself. We all need this sometimes
    wendeeisaacs.com

  13. Eden Mint says:

    I love enjoying a cup of herbal tea and having some me time on the weekends or during the evening. It's a great way to unwind. I really love all the packaging of these products, they sound so nice, especially that body moisturizer! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    http://www.mintnotion.com

  14. I had no idea Rituals did teas! Oh my goodness, this is a lovely post, and I've got a warm fuzzy feeling now! Ready for the weekend x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  15. Beautylymin says:

    I can almost smell the candle from here! The body cream looks so indulgent! xx

    Beautylymin

  16. Sophie says:

    Your photo taking just goes from strength to strength girl. Love these snaps so much. Can't wait to catch up with you soon. xxxx http://www.fashionnomads.com

  17. Lauren S says:

    Girl you deserve all the relaxation in the worrrrrrlld, you work so hard! Let's make a date soon please (heads to whatsapp to stalk ya)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  18. Melissa says:

    This blog makes me wish London would just adopt me already. 🙂

    Candles, inspiring quotes, and stationery – three of my guilty pleasures (I swear, nothing smells like a new notebook…I get high off the smell).

  19. All of these products look amazing! I want that tea
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  20. Honest mum says:

    One of my all-time favourite brands, a friend who lives in Amsterdam actually first introduced me to them years ago and I love that they are so easy to find in the UK now. I literally just bought a package for a friend last week from the St Pancras store-they make the perfect gifts. Adore your pictures as always and I LOVE how strong your personality shines through in every post. Always a joy reading your blog, mwah (PS I hear you about switching off, can be so hard when we work online but so important too) x

  21. Alice Grace says:

    What a gorgeous package to receive! I've tried a couple of Rituals products and loved them, so I'll have to stock up on some more! The candle in particular, sounds divine!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

    x

  22. Call Me Amy says:

    I didn't know rituals made tea and rose sounds like it would be so yummy! I hardly ever give myself a break and these pictures have got me craving a pamper real bad!
    Amy xx Call Me Amy

  23. Like you, I have trouble switching off at the weekend and Rituals sounds like the perfect way to do so. I like the fact that they have a rose candle and a rose tea, one of my fave flavours

  24. LBG says:

    Fantastic relaxation items! I hope you can take time to chill this weekend! The tea sounds delicious and the gel looks luxurious. The quotes were a nice touch! Have a great weekend!

    http://Leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

  25. You really deserve a relaxing, stress free weekend. This Rituals package is a great way of starting it. I am sure after all these Ritual products, your skin feels so soft:) I should have one of these weekends too! xx

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

  26. Gemma Magpie says:

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful! I'd love to know which camera and lens you use? I love the sound of the Rituals candle, and how cute is the box?! xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  27. Art Adorned says:

    Nice post dear, The products seems very good, I love a good cup of tea every morning and sometimes before bed.
    http://artadorned.com/

  28. Anonymous says:

    I love Rituals. This scrub is amazing, also love the scent of that foam. I didn't know that they've a candle in that range as well (;
    Nati xx
    http://www.simplyartdicted.com

  29. Adaleta says:

    I honestly feel like all the lovely London ladies love their rituals, but I haven't seen this brand anymore here in the states. I may have to snoop around a few stores when I go to Norway & Germany in a few weeks! xx adaatude.com

  30. I love to start my day with a tea.
    The scented candle would follow when im on bed.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  31. Rosy Flynn says:

    I love your photography in this post, I actually feel more relaxed just looking at these pictures!
    I've never tried anything from Rituals but I keep meaning to.
    My favourite chill out activity has to be reading, no one can come into my world when I have my head stuck in a good book

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  32. This looks like the perfect relaxing weekend! I need to check out this brand!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  33. Erica Wells says:

    Great post! Its very important we take time to relax and it sure looks like you have some wonderful goodies to help you recharge.

    Erica
    http://www.pumpsandpushups.com

  34. I think you've spent your weekend really nice! This is the first time I ran into your blog and to tell the truth, I love love it!
    Kisses,xx
    Nazlıgül | on my own way

  35. Diana Maria says:

    That notebook is so lovely! This looks like such a cozy way to spend the weekend, I'm sure you felt amazing after this!

    My Lovelier Days

  36. I love the shade on your nails. My morning can't start without a cup of tea, and then I have the coffee 😉

    Loren | http://www.minkys.co.za

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