Tuesday, 21 June 2016

5 Ways To Brighten Your Morning!

Pretty bowl of yoghurt and fruit So, at this time of year the sun is doing a pretty good job at 'brightening' mornings as it is!  However, I've noticed over recent months that just a little tweaking here and there of a morning routine can make all the difference to the day ahead. Whether it's in what we do or how we think, the first hour or two of the day can have a pretty big impact.  Breakfast in hand and wrapped in this cosy London W11 Cashmere Jumper, I headed out to one of my favourite morning spots to think about 5 shortcuts to starting the day on a (really) good note...
Relaxing morning scene


Blogger setup fruit and yoghurt bowl

List 3 Positives:  As soon as you're consciously awake, force yourself to mentally list three really great things about the day ahead.  It could be the possibility of finally ticking a point off your to-do list, good weather, seeing a friend, or simply even a meal you've got planned for the evening

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Comfort:  Just because the cosiness of bed has come to an end (ugh), that doesn't mean you can't continue immersing yourself in comfort!  So, having long been a fan of luxurious loungewear, my current favourite is this leather-trimmed London W11 Cashmere Jumper* thanks to its stylish, oversized silhouette.

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Music:  If you struggle to feel animated in the morning, play music loud, play it soon, and play whatever strikes your fancy...       

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Technology:  Stay clear of devices for at least ten minutes.  Anything you may not want to see/read will seem far worse before you've had the chance to properly wake up!  

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Breakfast:  There's a reason so many people refer to it as the most important meal of the day; it fuels the brain and body ready for the day ahead.  However, life is way too short for meals you don't like, or to be left with only second-favourites.  Do yourself a favour and stock up on your favourite breakfast options, so that things go 'your way' from the get-go!

Psst!  The colourful bowl shown here is filled with Yeo Valley natural yoghurt and sliced mango and pineapple

London W11 Grey Boyfriend Cashmere Jumper
Summer colourful fruit bowl with yeo valley yoghurt
London W11 cashmere jumper leather trimReturning to the topic of comfort, my love for loungewear is at an all-time high; in fact, at this point it pretty much equals my appreciation of heels!  I'm a fairly cold-skinned person by nature and so unlike the time-consuming summer/winter wardrobe changeover, my collection of loungewear remains close by all year round.  Fleece zip-ups, cashmere jumpers, wool and silk mix vests and a ton of longline cardigans all help me start my days in the best way, or equally end them like a warm hug after a busy day of train-hopping.

Jumper - London W11 Italian Cashmere Sweater c/o

Layered Necklace - H&M

Sandals - Aerin 

Relaxing morning scene featuring good ways to start the day
aerin gold slider sandals
Blogger setup english garden morning sceneNeedless to say, many factors throughout the week are out of our hands.  However, I've found that by having a solid morning routine in place that I know will send me into the day in a good mood, it's much easier to cope with the little things that may otherwise bother me.  Let me know if you have any other morning-brighteners you think I should know about!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. I agree that a good morning routine can really set the tone for the rest of your day. And there's definitely something to breakfast being the most important meal. I tend to feel sluggish if I don't eat breakfast. Lately I've been into smoothies but I also love baked eggs. Your jumper looks super comfy Gabrielle!

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  2. These are all great ways to brighten your morning. A good breakfast always brightens my day!

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  3. Some great tips, I love listening to upbeat music when I brush my teeth!!
    Have a lovely day :)
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  4. Such a great ways to brighten your morning, Yummy breakfast is a must :) you look so comfy and cute girl :) x
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  5. That is too cute Gabrielle. For me I listen to music all the time. Can't get enough of music..

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  6. I love a good morning routine, I find that nothing wakes me up better than some cheerful music and a good breakfast :)

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  7. I used to skip breakfasts but I realised what a big difference a healthy meal makes. Now I can't imagine my day without overnight porridge in the morning.

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  8. This is such fabulous advice! I should totally stay away from my phone on a morning, as I tend to pick it up straight away!! **shame** You are looking super lovely in this cashmere and I'm crushing on those slides too

    Rachel xx
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  9. That jumper looks so cozy!! I'm not a big breakfast person so smoothies are my go to. :)

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  10. A good coffee and some breakfast always starts my day off right. Love your colorful bowl!!
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  11. Music and coffee and I'm okay already. Haha. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Great tips thanks for sharing them Gabrielle, and I love the look of the sweater too. It's a new brand to me so will be checking them out. Gemma x
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  13. How you start your morning will affect your whole day, so like you said it is best to have a good start and feel energised and hope that nothing will go wrong :) A good breakfast always brings up my mood, it is something I look forward to :) x

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  14. These were so helpful, I rarely eat breakfast but I really want to start getting in the habit! x

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  15. These are really helpful! I should start to follow them! Loving the photos, the loungewear looks sooo comfy! x

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  16. When i wake up in the morning, I just love to play some music. It not only helps you start your morning off right but it makes you feel refreshed. :) Breakfast is so important! It gives you the feel of life in you to start the day. Plus, it holds you over until lunch time. I just love your points especially about the comfort. I just love being comfy in the morning and feeling tranquil. http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  17. Anything cashmere or silk brightens my day, haha. Great list of items and tips Gabrielle. As many have noticed, I have recently been taking digital breaks, which have been quite lovely and nice to enjoy my loved ones (sans the incessant scrolling). You look beautiful. Have a great rest of the week. /Madison xx
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  18. Love everything about this post! So cute!
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  19. great idea- OMG you have so so stunning hair :-)

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  20. great tips! I always reach for coffee and a tasty breakfast to save my mornings lol

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  21. Great blog post, I love your morning routine.

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  22. I will be the meanest bitch in town if I don't eat breakfast, it's the Malaysian in me. LOL! We eat rice or noodles for breakfast so I do that until now. Well, these days I eat a toasted cheesy bun at 8am with coffee an then at 10am I'll eat my lunch which is the reason why I can eat lighter breakfast. I don't understand how anyone can survive with a small bowl of cereal from morning till noon, I would have died.

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  23. for me music really works wonders. I always listen to radio on my way to the ferry, not only does it make me feel more awake, it also makes me walk faster and that is good for the cardio....I don't always eat breakfast, often I just skip it...but coffee is a must!!!! always! and sometimes also tea.

    Lovely photos dear! you always look so fresh and pretty.

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  24. Love your photography and this post was also really helpful! Mornings are not really my thing but hopefully I will be more awake from now on :).

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  25. My mornings start with a /to do list/ always.
    I write in the evening what should I do in the morning. Btw love your gold slides!

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  26. I love this post! Comfy lounge wear definitely does it for me! If I'm not comfy, I'm not happy! x

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  27. nice tips!! i really should avoid grabbing my phone right away when i wake up.

    Have a great day!
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  28. Nice, I love this! Thanks for sharing :).
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  29. I love these tips! I agree that starting your day with a positive mindset makes such a difference in how your day goes. I need to start avoiding my phone for a few minutes each morning like you suggested, I have a feeling it would help me start the day in a more peaceful place. I love that jumper, nothing beats wonderful cashmere!

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  30. Gabrielle, all your blog posts are so perfect! I agree, breakfasts are very important. It's always nice to start your day with a nice healthy brekkie! Thanks for sharing another lovely post dear, have a lovely week! :D

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  31. You look so nice & relaxed, my dear! For a moment, I thought you were eating one of Singapore's popular desserts called Bobo Chacha, made up of mainly sweet potatoes! Google & you'll know what I mean. xoxo

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  32. thanks for the advice! I enjoyed reading your post and I agree, breakfast is so importat. When I was a kid I didn't like to eat breakfast but my parents always forced me. Now i can't leave the house without eating my breakfast first.
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  33. Great tips Gabrielle!
    I should take care more of my breakfast :)
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  34. Sounds like an amazing start of the day! Calm and relaxed! I definitely will try these tips. Thanks for the share! I'm in love with your flats Aerin. Amazing brand, I have sneakers and I really adore them! Have a wonderful day gorgeous!
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  35. Great post! And the breakfast looks so yummy! :)

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  36. Great comfy outfit to wear at home. The slippers look cool :)

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  37. I so agree, life is way too short to eat meals that you don't like! I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but personally I just love it because breakfasts foods in general are my favourite- I could eat them for every meal happily.

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  38. great tips !
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  39. Great tips! Thanks for sharing :D

    Have a great day!
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  40. such a cute jumper-- and the mango breakfast has my mouth watering! xx

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  41. Love this post..a great breakfast is everything!
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  42. Good music + yummy breakfast will always be my killer combo. Would love to see a playlist from you!

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  43. You look so beautiful and relaxed, I must follow your tips! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW POST

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  44. Couldn't agree more! The breakfast is so important for good start of the day!

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  45. All great tips. I love listening to music :)

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  46. I love your suggestion of listing 3 positives! It definitely makes such a difference, reminding yourself of the good things. It does outweigh the bad. Music always helps me! If I'm in a bad mood, I just turn on a playlist and maybe I won't be good to go right away, but it certainly helps. :)

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  47. These tips are just perfect !! It's so hard for me to wake up in the morning! Especially I want to try to list 3 positives! ^-^
    Thanks darling! :*

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  48. Breakfast and music are my best friends every morning! They simply make everything brighter. :)

    xoxo,
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  49. This is such a beautiful and positive post.
    Love everything about this post. Beautiful pics are add on.
    Have a nice day !
    xoxo,
    Alisha

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  50. Thank you for share all these amazing tips
    The music is a must have
    xx

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  51. I love breakfast, breakfast is actually my favourite meal, but I'm not a morning person hehe, so i eat my breakfast in between, it's make my brunch. You look so stunning ..^^

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  52. thankyou for sharing this, it was really nice to read :)millieerosee.blogspot.com/

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  53. I didn't know Aerin did sandals haha! Staying away from devices is something I got to work on when I wake up, I don't need to check instagram right away!


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  54. Staying clear of any devices for 10 minutes might be hard but it's a great suggestion!

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  55. I adore this! Though I won't be able to wear a comfy sweater for awhile (I envy you, really), I've got to try these tips out. I'm the worst morning person.

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  56. I agree with you on all your tips! Having a healthy breakfast really sets my day off in the right direction. Super cute sandals, I wanted some similar ones last summer, may just have to snatch some up soon!

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  57. My mornings have definitely needed brightening recently so I love this post hun, so positive and beautiful pictures too! Comfort is always key and nothing beats a bit of cheery music to put a spring in your step <3

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  58. Ah this is absolutely lovely - love your post and positivity!!! Hope you're well and looking forward to the weekend!!! :)

    Layla xx

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  59. Agree to this list. Music especially always brightens my day. No matter how gloomy the weather is. :)

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  60. I have to come up with a better morning routine. I kind of begrudgingly get up and then have to convince myself to not get back in bed. I've never been a morning person and it's not a pretty process. hah Being comfortable, eating, staying positive and listening to music should help ease things.

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  61. I LOVE this post :) I've been trying to start my mornings in a more positive way and I find happy muisc really helps ! Plus I find having a healthy breakfast really sets me up for the day :) I also find it helps to get up ten minutes earlier and quickly tidy everything up before I go out for the day each morning :)

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  62. Very inspiring! It's so important to have a morning routine. I get up a little earlier than I used to, just to ease into waking up and a little more time for coffee! Wonderful images and gorgeous sweater!

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  63. I've got my morning routine down to the minute! Listening to music definitely helps keep me in a better mood for the day. I have a playlist I like to have going in the background when I'm getting ready for the day. I also like to watch some Netflix while enjoying my breakfast haha but sometimes it's hard to stop watching and actually do productive things.

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  64. I think I cannot start a day without a good music at the beginning to motivate my spirit! You look so lovely btw :)

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  65. Wow the cashmere sweater looks super cosy and chic for summer mornings! I always make sure to have breakfast as it gets me ready for the day ahead <3


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  66. Music in the morning is golden to get your day started! Xx

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  67. That colourful bowl is so cute.

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  68. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, it gives you fuel to start your day off with a kick along with a couple of cups of tasty coffee of course.

    your AERIN shoes are gorgeous, when I think of AERIN I think of her makeup range, must explore her accessories!

    Lovely post :)

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    1. Hey Laura! The grey nail polish is by Jessica Nails.

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  69. I love this blog post!!! Gab you're always coming up with the perfect blog posts (I guess indulging into good breakfast has been helping haha) but honestly speaking you've listed some excellent factors like "stating 3 positives" about oneself is definitely a great start to every day. Perhaps if more people did that often; the world would be a better place (who knows haha). I'm literally admiring your pics whilst reading your blog post. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips.

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  70. Lovely post!! I really need to eat breakfast more!! It is such an important part of everyones day!! <3

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  71. I love to blast music on my way driving to work - it definitely wakes me up and is a fun way to start my day! Also loving your loungewear. Looks soooo comfy and I could live in it all day!

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  72. Nice tips! I usually work-out a few minutes after waking up. Have breakfast 30 minutes after then get ready for work!

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  73. Some great ideas for the morning - I am terrible with checking my emails as soon as I get up and this needs to stop now!

    Charlotte xx

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  74. I'm really not a morning person, but breakfast is a must for me too!

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  75. I'm definitely not a morning person, but this sounds very helpful... Especially the breakfast part... I really don't eat breakfast every day and it does me more harm than good... I should stock up on some yummy options :) xx

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  76. As you say, having a good morning routine is key to making your morning better! I love your point about staying away from technology for a while, definitely going to be giving that a go come tomorrow morning (ugh!).

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  77. Nice tips, breakfast is usually the highlight of my day, and look at all that hair #jealous, you look lovely hon hope you're having a great weekend.
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  78. Great tips! You look lovely xx

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  79. This is such a great post and definitely what I need today having returned to work this morning after three weeks off and a holiday to Barbados! I'll be trying your tips out tomorrow morning and hoping for a brighter day :) x

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  80. I love your jumper! It looks so comfy! I washed my favourite cashmere cardigan in the washing machine a few years ago and I had to give it to our family friend's 5 year old daughter.. It still makes me want to cry :') In my defense though I washed it at the recommended temperature :') xx

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  81. Great tips Hun! Such great ways to brighten your morning and the breakfast looks yummy. I love how comfy you look! x

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  82. Love theses tips for a great morning ! :)
    I love to wake up with music, this and my breakfast are making my day !
    xx,
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  83. Great tips Gab! I always listen to music to boost my mood. And I am working on the technology and breakfast. :D The 3 positive list is something I would probably add in my routine. :)

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  84. What a great idea for a post!
    I'm going to try and list 3 positives first thing in the morning, I can see it making a big difference on how I face the day. Thank you!
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  85. Your nails - ah, gorgeous!!!

    Layla xx

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  86. I love the idea of listing positive things when you wake up! Great for mood boosting. If you have good morning, you're more likely to have a good day,
    Thanks for the tips@

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