How to unwind when you’re on vacation (and you don’t really know how to relax!)

how to relax
how to relax
how to relax
how to relax
how to relax

Grana white linen shirt (10% off with JAMIExGRANA – I also like this option), Wrangler denim mini skirt (I also love this one), Sportscraft straw hat (old but this is a lovely alternative, as is this option)

I’m what I would call an ‘active relaxer’; my idea of unwinding usually involves editing photos, fussing about the house, or whipping up some little jobs to do. Basically, I don’t know how to sit still. My mind is always buzzing, thinking of the next project that I can work on, whether it’s something personal, something work-related, or an idea I’ve come up with for my blog or YouTube channel. Even as a kid, I used to spend a lot of my free time drawing comics or making pet care guides, helping my grandparents out in their veggie patch, or attempting to sew outfits for my Barbie dolls. So when it comes to holidays, this same kind of mindset usually seems to prevail.

Most of the holidays that I’ve taken with Luke have usually been to places like Europe or the USA, where a jam-packed itinerary (that I’ve planned out months in advance), has dictated our daily schedules – like that saying goes, there’s no rest for the wicked. The Maldives however, was a location that we not only picked as our honeymoon destination for its serene beauty, but also as it was a place where we would have nothing on the agenda to do other than to essentially relax.

But even the anticipation of a trip to the Maldives can’t get the cogs in my brain to slow down and shift gears, so I wanted to share four tips that I have to get myself into ‘relaxation mode’…

1. Block out some time to get it off your mind
We might have been in the Maldives – or as I referred to it during our entire trip, ‘paradise’ – but I still found it really difficult to switch off. In the back of my head, I’d be thinking about emails I needed to respond to, photos I wanted to get edited, video descriptions which needed writing, blog posts I’d been planning and upcoming campaigns I’m working on. I’m the kind of person that tends to run things over and over in their mind – I’ll replay a scenario multiple times and fuss over minute detail – which is a habit I can’t seem to shake no matter how hard I try (if you have any secrets, please do share!). I tend to be a little bit hard on myself (perhaps this comes with working essentially two full-time jobs), so rather than drive myself – and Luke – crazy, I set aside a couple of 15-20 minutes pockets each day to run through some of the things I wanted to get done. While admittedly you could argue that these things weren’t ‘essential’, it kept me from thinking about a growing to-do list I’d otherwise be flying home to.

2. Live in the moment
Perhaps the most cliche suggestion, but live in the moment. Take in the scenery, absorb the atmosphere, and enjoy being somewhere new (or even somewhere familiar). This is the way that you’ll make memories that you’ll treasure for years to come; whether it’s something as simple as enjoying a beautiful red wine on the beach while listening to the waves lap up against the sand, or in my case, the joy from spotting the hundreds of fish and baby reef sharks that would swim around our over water villa, it’s these small experiences that can make somewhere special seem even more magical. And remember, you’re on holiday.

3. Try something new
I’m definitely a summer baby at heart, but I’ve never been the type who could spend an entire afternoon lying in the sun. As I’ve alluded, I have a relatively active mind, so while I can relax to a degree, I never switch off entirely. I certainly lapped up as much sunshine as I could while we were in the Maldives, however I found that it really helped to break up our day with new experiences. While I’m planning to talk through our entire trip in further detail in an upcoming blog post (which will accompany a Maldives vlog!), two of the really unique experiences we had during our trip included cocktails at the world’s first underwater sea restaurant, Ithaa, and a snorkelling trip where we saw not one, but two(!!), whale sharks. Not only did I find myself looking forward to these activities, but I found myself reflecting on the magical nature of these incredible experiences, both of which I know I’ll be talking about for years to come.

4. Indulge in a spa treatment
Finally, if those tips don’t help you to unwind, indulging in a spa treatment or two is always a fail safe road to relaxation. I booked in a couple of spa treatments while we were staying at the Conrad Rangali Island, including an Indigenous Maldivian Massage and a Tri-Enzyme Elemis Facial at their Spa Retreat. I don’t tend to visit the spa much at all at home in Sydney, so for me, this is a bit of a luxury, and one that had me leaving feeling very zen.

What do you to do to relax when you’re taking a holiday? x

A Family Villa in Hellerup

camilla allen hellerup home decor
camilla allen hellerup home decor
camilla allen hellerup home decor
camilla allen hellerup home decor
camilla allen hellerup home decor

How incredibly dreamy is this beautiful villa in Hellerup, Denmark? The nordic style abode is home to fashion sales assistant Camilla Allen, and her family, and I don’t think it could be any more perfect. Perhaps one of my favourite features of this home is the parquet wooden flooring in the dining room, and the contrast of natural earthy tones with eccentric pops of colour (the pastel blue cushions in the bedroom are a fave!). The other thing that I really love are the Hans Wegner wishbone chairs – I’ve been eying up a pair of these to replace the Phillipe Starck-style ghost chairs that we currently have heading up our dining table. The final thing that really draws me to this beautiful space is the sun room, completely light-filled with bench seating right up at the window – the perfect spot to curl up and watch the sun set!

image source; bolig magasinet

A welcoming home with green accents

scandi decor green couch

While I usually find myself drawn to those very stereotypical examples of minimal Scandinavian decor, there’s something so warm and inviting about this lush living space filled with green accents, from the plush velvet sofa to the abundance of plants sitting near the window. It’s the mismatched combination of earthy tones that make this space seem so homely. A couple things it has got me thinking about is mixing up textures within our home; while the focal point of this space is clearly the apple green velvet sofa (I feel like this is a stunning option if you’re after one!), the woven chair in a more muted hue, and the leather seat hiding just out of frame add elements of intrigue and interest – perhaps one of the things that I like most about this space!

image source: Elle Decoration

An unconventional Swedish home

unconventional swedish home minimal lake house
unconventional swedish home minimal lake house
unconventional swedish home minimal lake house
unconventional swedish home minimal lake house
unconventional swedish home minimal lake house

If there’s one word that comes to mind when I think about this beautiful Swedish lake side home, it’s unconventional. With a glass exterior and exposed beams and piping throughout, it has a beautifully raw and industrial feel. While I’m sure this isn’t the architect’s original intention, to me there’s an aura of nostalgia of the veggie-packed greenhouse at my grandparents house.

On the ground level, the interiors are bright and white with natural finishings, which makes this space with that stunning lake view incredibly welcoming. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure that I could sit on that little nook by the window all day…

images via ESNY

Interior Inspiration: Stockholm style

Minimal Scandinavian Interiors Home Decor
Minimal Scandinavian Interiors Home Decor
Minimal Scandinavian Interiors Home Decor
Minimal Scandinavian Interiors Home Decor
Minimal Scandinavian Interiors Home Decor
Minimal Scandinavian Interiors Home Decor

Today I’m sharing a little bit of interior inspiration by way of Stockholm; this light-filled and airy two bedroom house is a little bit of a dream.

I’m not sure what it is about Swedish interiors, but even after all the hours I’ve spent trawling Pinterest, I’m still yet to find a Scandi-style home that I haven’t fallen utterly in love with.

From the white subway tiles in the kitchen, to the relaxed and easy living room – free from clutter – as cliche as it is, this is the kind of place which has me wondering… when can I move in?

image source; ESNY