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Five Little Things

Five Little Things: Summer Dreaming

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Excuse me while I go on vacation. In my head. Everyone keeps saying that February is a short month. But crikey (said without irony- I am British, we actually say that shit) it still feels so very long from where I'm standing, or, rather, sitting, in frozen Brooklyn, wearing three jumpers and a deeply unappealing wooly hat. So join me, comrades, one and all, in a fantasy vacation. Right now. Ready? Let's go.

 Let's stay at the amazing  Ace Hotel  in Palm Springs, California. We'll sleep soundly in their giant beds, play records (maybe  this one ) and drink a thousand Margaritas   

Let's stay at the amazing Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, California. We'll sleep soundly in their giant beds, play records (maybe this one) and drink a thousand Margaritas

 

 Hungry? Easy. That'll be Fish Tacos for lunch. Obviously. Image via  The Food Ledger

Hungry? Easy. That'll be Fish Tacos for lunch. Obviously. Image via The Food Ledger

 We'll eat pool side, wearing rad granny-kinis like the one above, from cute Etsy store  Bikiniboo  (incidentally I have NEVER found a high waisted swimsuit that looks good on me, though I live in hope. Either way, this is a FANTASY trip remember)

We'll eat pool side, wearing rad granny-kinis like the one above, from cute Etsy store Bikiniboo (incidentally I have NEVER found a high waisted swimsuit that looks good on me, though I live in hope. Either way, this is a FANTASY trip remember)

 Then we'll drive to the desert, stopping to fill up at  this incredible gas station . We'll listen to weird country music, spot dozing desert foxes in the distance and maybe  save a dim-witted tortoise or two  (nerdiest photo ever). Image via  LA Weekly

Then we'll drive to the desert, stopping to fill up at this incredible gas station. We'll listen to weird country music, spot dozing desert foxes in the distance and maybe save a dim-witted tortoise or two (nerdiest photo ever). Image via LA Weekly

 We'll arrive in  Joshua Tree  as the stars start to fall, take a walk in the dusk, then cruise to the legendary  Pappy and Harriets  in  Pioneer Town  where we'll dance to awesome bands with the locals.  Ah...wasn't that nice?

We'll arrive in Joshua Tree as the stars start to fall, take a walk in the dusk, then cruise to the legendary Pappy and Harriets in Pioneer Town where we'll dance to awesome bands with the locals.

Ah...wasn't that nice?

Five Little Things: Snow Day Survival

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On snow day, we resigned ourselves to a day indoors, and nested accordingly. Book collections were arranged, left over boxes from our move sorted through, under bed storage maximised and cocktails poured by 3pm. All in all, a day well spent. Here are five little things that made our snow day that bit more sublime.

1) This may sound  bizarre when it's polar bear weather out there, but staying in all day= stuffy. Crack those windows and let that good fresh air in.

bedroom windows crack

It's good for you. And scientists say a cool room makes for not only a better nights sleep, but could also even boost your metabolism and increase your energy levelsPass the bed socks. Also, as a couple of you have asked, the bed side lamps are bargain finds from Ikea. Still available here

2) Light a scented candle that reminds you of warm places

And warm memories

3) If you can, locate one or two small cuddly creatures to smooch/spoon with

Especially when they are as pleasingly monochrome as these two.

4) Make yourself and your beloved a classic winter warmer of a cocktail.

Manhattans at 3pm? On snow day, anything goes. I used this simple recipe. Three cheers for the world's greatest corner shop for casually stocking maraschino cherries .

5) Take a long bath bath. As hot as you can handle, with epsom salts and something good and herbal for soap.

 

My current favourites for the bath here and here. And for a real home-spa experience, this, though horribly expensive and to be strictly rationed out for emergencies only, smells like a walk through a wet spring garden and, as such, never fails to please. I'm also itching to try these, which sound perfect for those tough winter mornings.