Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Two great apps for my morning mind and body start-up routine.

This post was originally published on Under The Umbrella, the new blog-project that me, my mum, and my sister are hoping to set up as a joint venture and way of keeping up with each other. It's still under construction but go on over and have a look if you're interested.

With my second to last exam on Tuesday, subletting my room and finding somewhere to live in Somerset before the big move, I've been trying to find little bits of time for myself to cool off and concentrate on not concentrating on anything for a few minutes. It seems to me that this is something that we all might benefit from at this stage in our lives so I thought I'd share. The two apps that I have been using are Headspace and Johnson & Johnson's 7 Minute Workout app.

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Johnson & Johnson's 7 Minute Workout app
This 7 Minute Workout app is one that I've been using for a while and my favourite out of a bunch that I've tried. I do the workouts to get me going in the morning and so that even if I've spent all day in the library I know that I've at least got a few of my muscles working even for a bit.
What do I like about it?
1. The workouts are as long or as short as you want, and do-able, with a video guy announcing the move and showing you how to do it.
2. Pips counting down the last few seconds of the move.
3. Customisable workouts - you choose from a list of exercises for each muscle group, how long you want the pauses, how many circuits.

I originally started these exercises after climbing in Croatia and wanting to improve my strength and fitness, but I'm not really dedicated enough for that, I just need to climb more. Instead, this little workout has proved a good start-up mechanism, especially when coupled with the Headspace app discussed below.

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Headspace is a meditation app that starts you off with a free ten day program and then, if you like it, invites you to subscribe to daily meditations for a small monthly fee. The meditations are ten minutes long and, although you are guided through them as if you are sat on a chair, I quite enjoy just lying flat on the floor and taking ten minutes out to give my mind and body a break from the hustle and bustle. The past few days I've found it enjoyable to do a short workout in the morning using Johnson & Johnson's 7 Minute Workout app, take a shower, and then use the ten minutes of meditation to ready myself for the day.

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Monday, 19 May 2014

SET OF 3: Pink in my garden

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This weekends sun made everything growing in the garden pop with colour. All around me I was seeing pink so here's a SET OF 3 dedicated to it.

From left to right: Flowering chives; Granny bonnets; Aliums and fennel.

Monday, 12 May 2014

SET OF 3: Indian Saptamtrka carvings (from my dissertation)

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Another week, another SET OF 3. Second week on the trot and enjoying my little feature so fun. It's allowing me to speedily share with you a theme for my day or week in a neat little format. I like it! I hope you do too - feel free to drop me a comment at the bottom to tell me what you think.
Anyway, this week I have my first exam and I intended to share with you three of the beautiful Indian paintings that I've been studying. However, plans change and instead this post features three images from my dissertation - two different Saptamtrka reliefs (seven mothers) from Ellora in Maharashtra, a part of my trip last summer that I never got round to writing about. Below is a fuzzy picture of a very happy me perched with the seven formidable ladies pictured above. Many of you have asked what my dissertation was about and I often replied with something evasive along the lines of "seventh/eighth century hindu sculpture in central India" but this is a much better explanation!
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Monday, 5 May 2014

SET OF 3: Trays

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Here is a set of three trays that I've been lusting after. Hopefully SET OF 3 might become a new little Monday feature - what do you think chappies?

From left to right: Marimekko Pieni Unikko Tray (£44.50); HAY Kaleido Tray, Medium, Red (£27.00); Orla Kiely Wallflower Melamine Tray, Peppermint (£28.00).
All available at http://www.johnlewis.com/

Friday, 2 May 2014

A move to Somerset celebrated At The Chapel

It's been a while since I've felt like, or been in a position to put together any new bits for this little page. Dissertation is out of the way and with it one of the most stressful parts of my life so far. With it comes a new chapter and, I'm happy and excited to announce, a new six month relocation to Somerset where I'll be working as part of the new team for international art dealers Hauser & Wirth's new venture, Hauser & Wirth Somerset! Woot woot! This news comes hot off the press, as I was down in Bruton yesterday for my interview. Obviously, I couldn't resist stopping off at the ever pleasing At The Chapel, a place that I discovered when I was house-sitting in the village for two weeks (see this post for details). This time, I had a light lunch of local, pan-fried sardines with a salad of fennel, tender leaves, pine nuts, sultanas and what looked like nasturtium petals. Very pretty. Very tasty. Surprisingly filling.
Look out for the bright blue flash of welsh woollen skirt in the top photo!

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On another exciting note, I've been working on a project with my lovely mum and sister. Watch this space for more info!