My perfect August moment

The Ordinary Lovely: Styling the seasons

Despite it being one of the lightest and brightest months of the year and despite my preference for photographs and interiors that are also light and bright, August just doesn't feel that way for me. Don't get me wrong, it's not an unhappy month and I have no tales of woe to share. My optimistic nature hasn't failed me and while I adore autumn, I'm in no great rush to see the leaves fall from the trees and September arrive. But it's probably my most reflective time of the year. Contemplative, really. A time to reminisce, lay my head on a pillowy cloud of nostalgia, and indulge a cup of tea or two of daydreaming.

If you haven't already guessed, yes, August is my birth month. The 6th, my actual birth day. And while I love a good celebration and am the first to blow up the balloons for anyone else's birthday, I'm not all that fond of my own 'special' day. It's not really an age thing. The countdown is now on to my 40th and while I'd like to spend a few more years being 39, I'm 90 percent comfortable with turning middle-ish age. And it's not that I have regrets either; a list of things that I haven't done that creeps up on me as the years tick by. Je ne regrette rien, apart from no longer finding the time to listen to Edith Piaf as often as I'd like.

Maybe it's because I still see September as the start of a new year, a feeling that hasn't left me even though my schooldays are some twenty years behind me. And so, August is my month to potter, plan, make lists, buy new stationery and think about all the things that I've done in the year, and years, past and what I'd like to achieve in the twelve months to come. It's a month to hibernate somewhat (as much as two cheeky boys will allow) ready for the fun times ahead (I'm not going to lie, I'm partially referring to the start of Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor). I feel like I want to slow things down a touch and not rush head first in to my beloved autumn without having given myself enough time to reflect, refocus and also relax.

So in 'styling the seasons' this month, I've chosen my perfect August moment. A cosy scene, a quiet style, a cup of tea, memories past, plans noted. 

The Ordinary Lovely: Styling the seasons
The Ordinary Lovely: Styling the seasons
The Ordinary Lovely: Styling the seasons
The Ordinary Lovely: Styling the seasons
The Ordinary Lovely: Styling the seasons