Hibernating for the Winter
As much as I love summer, this winter, I've found myself appreciating the season a little more as there's something quite comforting about the colder months. Perhaps living in Australia where, let's be real, I've never experienced a real winter before, it's not quite as depressing for me, so I've learnt to appreciate the sound of the rain whilst I'm all snuggled up in bed, and I recently just bought myself a dressing gown, which has been one of the best life decisions I've ever made. As much as I hate the darkness in winter and getting caught in the rain, when I'm in the comfort of my home and chilling out, the colder months aren't so bad.
Baths aren't really my thing during the summertime, but come winter, there's nothing quite like pampering your body with a hot, soothing bath and some moisturising skincare products. I've used up my current Lush stash, so at the moment, I'm using the Elemis Quiet Mind Relaxing Bath Elixir* for my baths. A bath just isn't a bath without bubbles and I find this lathers up really nicely in the water. The hot water really lifts the aroma and it's wonderfully relaxing and comforting. I don't exfoliate in the bath, but when I'm in the shower, I use Soap & Glory's The Breakfast Scrub to slough away at the dry winter skin. As the hot water runs over me, I'll just stand there in the shower smelling this stuff because it's absolutely amazing. I particularly love it for wintertime because of the warm, sweet scent that reminds me of porridge. When my fingers have turned into prunes and I'm out of the bath or shower, The Body Shop Body Butter in Brazil Nut is my seasonal moisturiser of choice. Super rich and intensely thick, there's nothing quite like this old favourite of mine. I chose this particular scent as it's super sweet, whereas in the warmer months, I'll go for something fresh and fruity. Of course, for the lips, I rely on my trusty Nuxe Rêve de Miel to deeply nourish them and rid them of dryness. I have a million other lip balms, but this is definitely my go-to for the wintertime.
Winter is the perfect time to consume copious amounts of tea. This time last year, I discovered the amazingness that is the chai tea latte through my best friend, but there really isn't a tea I do not like. Earl Grey, rose, peppermint, chamomile, Chinese, green - you name it, I love it. I'll usually drink my tea as I'm reading blogs or scrolling through my Twitter feed when I get home from work, though I've recently found the joy in immersing myself in a book. Now, I'm definitely no book worm and I only read two last year, which was an improvement from reading nothing the years prior, but I am getting a little bit better at making the time to read before bed. I'm currently reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov as I've seen both the Stanley Kubrick and Adrian Lyne versions of the film and thoroughly enjoyed them. Obviously, I don't drink tea with any caffeine at night as I have enough trouble sleeping as it is, so I usually go for a rose or chamomile, which usually helps put me into a peaceful slumber.
During the colder months, it's easy to let your social calendar go to the wayside, but I've always enjoyed my alone time and have seem to become a little bit of a homebody as I've gotten older. It's cold and rainy though, so if you're the same, you have an excuse! I am forever discovering new things to watch and as I just love marathoning TV shows and watching countless films, the colder months are the perfect time to play catch ups. At the moment, I'm watching Full House, which may seem a little silly, but I've basically been on a '90s television binge this year and haven't watched anything new, nor caught up with my current TV shows. I keep a list of what I watch (as well as listen to and read) on my Listography account, if you'd like to see, which if you're nosey and an obsessive list maker like I am, you will.
When I'm all toasty warm in bed with my hot water bottle and either my laptop or a book, I'll usually light a candle for some added warmth and comfort. I don't burn candles every single night as I like to savour my Diptyque candles since they're so expensive, but to me, they're worth it. There's nothing like relaxing at home and filling the room with the warm aroma and glow of a candle, and when it starts raining and you're all cosy inside the house? That is what I call perfection.
How have you Southern Hemisphere peeps been surviving the winter?