Happy first day of the British Summer Time! And what a way we’ve marked it, with such glorious weather here in the North East… I hope you’re feeling the benefits of the longer daylight hours and the sunshine?
Tonight I watched the sun go down at about 7.15pm and it felt like such a milestone in managing my Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD. Finally, I reckon I can stop using my light each day (although it will be on when it’s particularly dull).
I wanted to do a lighter post today (‘scuse the pun!), since my last one was rather serious. So, I thought I’d share my top five spring/summer essentials with you…
1) A camera
I rewarded myself for my efforts at the gym today by sitting outside with a cuppa, a biscuit and a book, in the company of these little guys… honestly, they were everywhere! I finished a beginners’ digital photography course this week, so I’m looking forward to practising my new-found skills this summer. I only had my compact camera today; the SLR I borrowed from work for the class would have been great to use for this macro shot, but my trusty compact didn’t do too bad!
2) Innovative clothing solutions
Ladies, I bought some of these recently and they are just brilliant! Thanks to my lovely colleague Sarah, for spotting these in the Avon catalogue, and remembering that I’d been after a solution like this! They’re perfect for wearing with blouses, wrap dresses/tops and v-neck tops. It means that you don’t have to overheat in two layers, just to avoid giving people an eye full!
3) Handbag organiser
I’m sure these have probably always been around in some form, but I’ve been late to cotton on! I bought one recently and can now find my office key/pass, my name badge, hair brush, lip balm, painkillers and all those other bits and bobs that normally hide at the bottom of my bag. It also appeals to my ‘lazy mare’ instinct, making it easy for me to change handbags quickly, without having to pull everything out and swap over. I’ve also found a large beach bag version, which I might consider investing in, too… just need to get my holiday sorted now!
4) Sanctuary salt scrub
I just love this stuff. It’s wildly indulgent (for me, anyway!), so I usually buy it with gift vouchers I’m given, or Boots points. It’s one of those luxuries that makes me feel really pampered and leaves my skin so soft. It’s great for this time of year when you want your skin to glow, and when you’re using lots of sun cream that can clog your pores.
5) Long-lasting sun cream
Speaking of sun cream, I use a long-lasting sun protection cream or spray most days in summer. I burn really easily, but I love sitting out at lunchtime reading a good book. There’s many times in the past when I’ve been caught out and have burned, so now I try to be more careful and apply in the morning, so I can be protected on the way to work and at lunchtime, without having to worry about re-applying.
So, there you have it… my spring/summer essentials. I wish I’d heard about some of these earlier, so I hope you will find them as ‘essential’ if you decide to give them a try! What would be your top five essentials? How are you feeling now the clocks have gone forward?
On another note, I may not post so often during spring and summer, as hopefully everyone will be feeling happy and healthy during these months. I will do a post about Summer SAD, though, and if you ever need to chat, do feel free to get in touch, as I will be monitoring the site and still posting occasionally. Maybe you can post some suggestions for other topics you’d like me to cover?
- Neens -