November, the month of sparkle, magic and mystery. The last of the autumn leaves cling to the trees, like natures fairy lights in the grey misty gloom. When I think of the month November, I see images of dark velvety blues, deep magenta and sparkly gold.
Many years ago I travelled to India in November and experienced first hand the stunning Hindu festival of Diwali. Those images of colour, fireworks and celebration will always remain. Children dressed as a black feathered crow, dancing a whirling jig. Large fires, tandoori bbq’s and fireworks on the beach. It truly was a fantastic time to visit Goa.
To me, November is a month of transition, from autumn to winter. Most signs of Autumn have slowly disappeared, leaves finally leaving the trees. November can also be the forgotten month on it’s lead up to Christmas. All those parties being arranged, presents being bought, & the madness of the school Christmas schedule.
In the whirlwind of busy, I actively try to make a deliberate effort in making November a month of me, and not to ‘burn out’.
Some of things I love to do during November are:
1. Read. Switch off all devices. Reach for a proper book, be it a gripping novel, a biography, a beautiful independent magazine or a recipe book. Immerse yourself for a few hours, turn the pages slowly and soak up the words.
2. Make something. Bake a cake, bread, draw a picture. Paint something from nature, a pretty leaf. Whittle your own spoon. Just start a small creative project – something for yourself. You can always hide it if you don’t like the results!
3. Go outside! On a wintery cold day sometimes the last thing you feel like is being whipped by the wind. But actually going out and getting active will make you feel so much more alive. Blow away those cobwebs.
4. Light a cosy fire. If you are unable to light one, light candles instead. And lots of them. This is the reason why Divali and Guy Fawkes are celebrated this time of year. To be light and sparkle to our darkest days. String up fairy lights, don’t leave them until Christmas, you will need them now.
5. Soak. Pamper yourself. Bathe in scented oils. Relax.
6. Nourish. Eat well, heartily. Leave convenience foods at the door. This month make rich stews and soups. Feed your soul. My favourite cook book at the moment is ‘A modern way to eat’ by Anna Jones. Everything I have cooked and eaten from this book has wowed me.
I would like to take a moment to welcome my sponsors for November:
Mon Pote home – Anna is a local mum, who has a brilliant eye for interiors. I particular love these copper candle holders.
Jane Kenney – also local to me, I first ‘met’ Jane’s beautiful work many years ago at a Christmas craft fair. Falling in love with this necklace. It is still my favourite.
Bibico – ethical clothing company from Bath. Love this dress. Use the code: Littlegreen10 for 10% off your order.
Wanderlust Wares – Wendy’s bohemian collection is a joy. Sourced from all corners of the globe, How cute are these baskets?
Lu West – I’ve known of Lu’s prints for a long time and I’m delighted to have her on my sidebar. I can’t wait to get my hands on this print, coffee anyone?
Eco Outfitters – My kids have gone back to school this morning after a week off with Half Term. Could I find any jumpers? Where do they leave them. I’ll be ordering some more organic cotton ones from here.
Atelier Purple – Yasmina’s collection is all you need in pretty, minimal jewellery, with a touch of the exotic. I wear my Ana necklace non stop. It never comes off.
Soma Gallery – Bristol based art gallery and gift shop. Where I go to pick up Frankie magazine and get my fill of Donna Wilson.
Bird on a wire Vintage – beautiful vintage clothing, from all the eras. Sourced and perfectly styled so you don’t have to trawl the shops. I want these so badly!
_&Hobbs – Libby’s collection of artisan products and vintage finds makes this the shop of my dreams. If I was to open a shop, it would be like this. I’ve just bought one of these. Use the code LGS15 for 15% off your order.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.