18/05/2020

THE LOCKDOWN EDITION: AT HOME RITUALS

Since being in lockdown and confined to home life (all whilst trying to separate that space with the working day) I have developed some new lockdown rituals. Just a few things that I enjoy doing at home, things that give me a bit of comfort, even some escapism.

I recently posted my reading round-up so you’ll know that I have been tied to books throughout the past seven or eight weeks. For me, there is no true escapism than getting lost in a good book. When the weather has been particularly nice I’ve been reading outside, book in one hand and a glass of wine in the other (more on that later). I sort of feel like I can transport myself somewhere else when I’m reading a book, like I’m not in my own thoughts, I’m somewhere else living another persons story. It’s a nice way to wind down when it’s needed. To get away from the media when it’s needed. To channel up or down feelings when needed.

We haven’t been taking ourselves anywhere special or fancy but I have committed to a weekly tip to toe body scrub. Every Thursday I give my body a good ol’ exfoliate and pop some fake tan on. It’s needed for me, it isn’t for anyone else but it does give me a boost. I recently bought a new body scrub for the occasion. It’s from & Other Stories, they refer to it as a rather fancy Body Soufflé which just adds to the extra extravagance if you ask me. They do a lot of scents and the one I picked was Fleur De Mimosa and it’s honestly so refreshing, not too sweet but just enough. Fills the entire bathroom with gorgeous floral scents. Love, love, love!

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Something else I’ve been doing with the safety net of not really leaving the house is a Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel. Sounds scary, it’s not! It’s an at-home facial skin peel. The formula uses a combination of AHA extracts, (gentle) acids and enzymes to gently exfoliate the skin surface, buffing away dead cells to reveal the newer, healthier skin underneath. I was lucky enough to have a sample set of this gifted to me and what better time to try it whilst staying home. Not that I needed to have worried, it doesn’t leave my skin red at all, just the opposite, it leaves it feeling glowy and youthful, which is exactly what I need now that I have entered my 30’s… gulp!

There’s a little hint in that corner there to show what else I’ve been reaching for during lockdown. Can you guess it? Where there’s a cork, there’s of course wine! This is not new information because I have always loved a drop or two of the good stuff. Recently, I signed up to Naked Wines and it’s the best thing I have done. I am now a fully fledged ‘angel’, or so they refer to me within their emails (their marketing is great). It’s basically a pot for wine, a direct debit comes out each month building up your wine funds and whenever you fancy it, you just order yourself some of the slosh. Amazing! You can learn more about the wines I have been loving on my Instagram as I have been rating them, letting you know what I paired each wine with food wise and then of course my ‘drunk rating’ which I’m not sure Naked Wines fully approve of but my followers seem to think it’s a bit of  laugh… which it is!

So there you have it, just a few lockdown rituals I’ve been enjoying. I hope you are all keeping safe and staying home where and when you can.

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It's Emma over email but Ems face-to-face. By title, I'm a writer, photographer, creative, social media co-ordinator and more importantly rosé drinker. I'm also a daughter, sister, auntie, girlfriend and friend. I overshare and I swear. I have been dedicating my time to this space for four years. Lifestyle topics are my specialty, with a dose of daily fashion thrown in for good measure.

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