Tuesday, 1 November 2016

5 Self-Care Tips To See You Through November

Emerging Leaves silver ring by Designed by NatureIt's become pretty much an unspoken understanding that to some extent we rely on a new month to give us a boost and general kick in the right direction.  With this in mind, very few of us will be without lists filled with goals and aspirations now that November has arrived.  However, with the busy festive season just around the corner, it wouldn't be the worst idea in the world to throw a little self-care into the mix as well...

1 - Get the job done.  Tick something off your to-do list that has been playing on your mind.  It may not seem like self-care at the time, but it'll certainly feel like it afterwards - as though a weight has been lifted off your shoulders!


2 - Treat your body.  Massage, full body scrub, haircut and blow-dry, facial, pedicure.  Alternatively, treat your wardrobe to a little something-something that enhances your down-time, eg. cashmere jumpsuit, new dressing gown...


3 - Edit your social circle.  By this, I don't mean leaving yourself with nothing but a box-set for company.  I mean taking note of which friendships are one-sided and leave you feeling taken for granted, or too often the recipient of someone's bad mood.  Take a step back for a while to focus on yourself and then if you still really want them in your life, maybe (subtly) introduce them to the concept of self-care?!


4 - Focus on your qualities.  Apply the part of you that loves complimenting and boosting other people to yourself.  When you wake up, think of a few things you love about yourself, or that you know people appreciate.  Before falling asleep, list 3 good things that have happened that day    


5 - Be Mindful.  There's a very good reason practicing mindfulness is so popular; being grateful, focusing on the present and being aware can do wonders for your sense of calm.  Anything that tears us away from negativity, feeling overwhelmed and drawing comparisons can only be a good thing, right?

''Don't look back, you're not going that way''

Close up chunky knit pink jumper by GAP
5 Self Care practices to see you through November
Pale hands with nude nails

Sometimes, very few things are needed to help you feel cared for and rested - this moment of calm required just three elements; a chunky-knit jumper, large mug of hot chocolate and the gift of beautiful jewellery.  A quick boost to help you get started with your new approach to self-care could be as simple as replacing the trio with whatever takes your fancy!  So, by all means write your lists of goals and ambitions, just make sure you're doing it in comfort.
Gold monogram mug letter G by Anthropologie
2016 winter self care tips from bloggerSelf-care may not be a five minute job, but it's a practice that once formed can go a long way in helping restore balance.  If nothing else, I find the act alone of taking care of yourself can change habits and the way in which you see situations.  Anyway, I hope this month has started really well for you; I'd love to hear about your favourite forms of self-care; tweet me or drop a comment below!

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. Great post. You looks gorgeous Gabrielle! Love the rings! Self care is so important.

  2. I love these Gabrielle! They're really helpful for the mind, body and soul. I've edited the people I have in my life. Some were not making me feel good (always negative or truly didn't care). I feel much better without them. It also makes me feel better when I take time and pamper myself. You just don't feel the same, when you let yourself go. I'm also loving quiet time. I make lists everyday. If I only achieve one thing off my list, I still feel great.

  3. I love your insight on self-care, Gabrielle! I think we need to take inventory of our life, to reflect on what's going on around us...and clear the air of negativity and start fresh. Life is good, thanks for such an inspirational post! xo

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  4. One of the best pieces of advice I've had is to be kind to yourself. I agree that a quick boost like some chocolate or a new item of clothing is a great pick me up! As always, your photos are lovely 😊 Angharad x


  5. I love your tips, Gabrielle. I completely agree with you that with the festive period just around the corner, we can't forget about being nice to ourselves. I started practising mindfulness a few weeks ago and have noticed a difference it makes it my attitude towards life and everything that happens to me.


  6. These were some great tips, the one that I agree with most is that you should get some job done - it not only keeps you motivated but it also keeps you in a good mood about yourself!
    P.S. your sweater is gorgeous!

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  7. This post is so lovely babe- I really need to take your advice and practice mindfulness, as I find myself often been caught up too much in my own worries. I love how snug and pretty the photos are too- you rock this sweater and that pretty ring was made for the Autumnal leaf-filled landscape

    Rachel xx


  8. This is definitely something I needed to read today xx

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  9. This post is so beautiful! Sometimes I am waaay to hard on myself, so reading this gives some perspective on how to take better care of myself!
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  10. A new month is always great for a reset! Self care is something that I'm very big on so this post really resonates with me. I agree with all your tips especially practicing mindfulness. Even a little can go a long way.

  11. This is a really lovely list Gabrielle. It's perfect for the beginning of a super busy holiday season. That sweater looks so cozy as well!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  12. Great tips beauty!
    The ring is lovely :)

  13. What a beautiful post Gabrielle and perfect way to start November. I hadn't started it on a high note but I'm determined to make the most of it and keep positive, even if things appear to not be going as planned! I love number 4. I'm my worst critic at times and I think I should start a practice of reminding myself about the good within.


  14. Great tips, love the idea of thinking of three good things that have happened during the day, will definitely be giving it a go!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  15. I really love your tips, especially about doing them in comfort, especially with a cup of tea :) Mindfulness is something I am focusing on at the moment, so I really need to work on that! Love the jumper, and the ring :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  16. I always find organising my to do list into manageble chunks helps. Just listing "do enormous task" will mean it will never get done, but if I list the multiple little things that go into that enormous task it slowly gets eaten away at x

  17. These are such lovely tips, I def needed them. My tip for this month is to stop stressing about stuff when I got to bed and deal with them in the morning when I have clear mind. Thanks for sharing this!


  18. This is great! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  19. Love these tips, dear! No wonder you're so well-maintained....... xoxo

  20. Definitely needed to read this :)
    I have quite a few things planned this month so with some self-care, this should be the best month this year for me!

  21. This is really something that I totally agree with. So young and so mature. Well done Gaby :)
    By the way, the sun is shining here and I took a day off.... yuppie

  22. You look stunning and I've enjoyed reading this! So uplifting and positive and I love this quote "Don't look back,you're not going that way" so true xx


  23. Such a inspiring post and I totally agree with you! Lovely pictures too :D


  24. You are the cutest and so wise! Love this post <3

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  25. I couldn't agree more, beautiful, when I get all my to-dos done or I plan ahead for the work week, dinner, etc. it really does help to alleviate any stress and in some cases, completely diminishes it. I also love the suggestion for taking care of ourselves. It can become so easy to let ourselves go in the midst of getting stuff done, but when we do and take a look at our current negative physical and mental state, it can really make things worse. Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, I love that ring and sweater by the way! I hope you're having the best week so far!



  26. Definitely needed this yesterday. I was soo exhausted I think I slept the whole day. I really love this post Gabrielle...especially #4. Peeps should do that more often. :)

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  27. I have a never ending to do list, but I've read recently that it's good to just put a few items on there so you are more likely to tick them off and will give that a try!

  28. These are such great tips! I definitely agree that it is important to be more mindful! Thanks for sharing! :)


  29. Great tips and your jumper looks so cozy!

  30. You look beautiful in these photos hun and I love reading your post!




  31. Don't look back your not going that way is a lovely statement. I love that jumper so much it looks so warm and soft, perfect for the winter season. :) These are some lovely tips I always feel people tend to overlook or don't do enough for themselves ;) I really like that ring and your style. http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/11/d-redifined.html

  32. Those tips are great! You look so beautiful btw, Gabrielle! Happy November to you :D


  33. so awesome post dear- I like so much your ring

  34. Really great tips, thanks for sharing dear.


  35. I've been getting more and more into self-care and mindfullness recently, it seems to bring so much positivity into one's life that we should definitely try and get more into it to feel better. However this month, I would say getting things done is the number one advice I need to follow - so much work, so little time before we all get into the whirlwind of Christmas! :D

    Julia x

  36. Beautiful as ever! Self care is so important and it can be hard to remember to care for yourself! I agree with all of your points so much! Editing your social circle is extremely important to help from spreading yourself too thin. My favorite self care is just taking 'me' time: bubble baths, a good book, netflix, pampering nights, etc. I want to try to get into meditating a bit more! xx

  37. what a lovely post my dear
    your style is so amazing and inspiring
    simply love it!

    with love your AMELY ROSE

  38. Great post Gabrielle. I agree these are all really important. I love that ring it's so pretty and also your sweater is such a pretty colour. Gemma x

  39. So awesome post!


  40. Love all of these tips! Your sweater is so gorgeous!!

    Bella x

  41. These are lovely pictures and what a great post - I felt calm just reading it! I love to use a new month to set goals and self care is such an important one we often neglect!
    Amy xx

  42. i love this post

  43. You look beautiful! These are really lovely tips! :) xx

  44. I really love this post Gab. Ive been planning to geet#2 but have always set aside. Thanks for reminding on #3 I have lots of them to clean. ^_^

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  45. November is definitely a time when you easily forget to start taking care of yourself. I love all your tips and agree 100%! Also, I'm obsessed with your cozy sweater and your perfect manicure!

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  46. Very cool tips! Self care for me is saying No to things I truly don't want to do, or have time to squeeze in to my already filled schedule just to please someone. It really is not beneficial to try to please others while making yourself unhappy. Don't get me wrong I love helping others, but sometimes it's a must that I take time to reflect and do things that I love. That makes me happy. :))


  47. Love your tips!! This definitely convinces me more that I should go get a pedicure, as I am itching for one! I love how soft and serene your expressions are, you look so relaxed!

    Macarons and Mischief

  48. I feel like massage is such a great way to help relaxing my mind. After all the work and tension, spa day is what I need the most :)


  49. What a lovely post! Love to read these kinds of posts, they're so empowering! And love the idea of focusing on your qualities and boost the confidence!

    Have a lovely day gorgeous! Xx

  50. I agree - especially regarding mindfulness :) It's so important in our busy lives!

  51. This is such a lovely post! Self care is so important and I guess we are all guilty of being too busy and forgetting about looking after ourselves! Very inspirational!


  52. Totally agree with you hun, gorgeous pics too :) xx


  53. This is such a refreshing and positive post. :) These are very helpful, and I must say that you've got such beautiful thoughts toward life. Also, what's your nail color? Love it! Hope to hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance

    1. Hey! The nail shade is Cookies & Cream by Ciate.

      Gabrielle x

  54. YES, loving this! It's so true that in the beginning of each month we need a little boost, but during the change in seasons - especially for those of us that love warmer weather, cold weather months can be tough. You are so gorgeous and thoughtful!

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  55. Get the job done is what I've tried to adopt, I can be the ultimate procrastinator but just getting it done gets it off my mind asap! Have a lovely weekend :)


  56. LOVED this post lady! I always create a to-do list every morning and feel so satisfied being able to tick jobs off and being productive!! I also surround myself with my best friends if things are ever getting a bit 'too much' - nothing cures your worries like laughter!

    Hayley xo

  57. So many great tips, lady- love the idea of editing one's social circle. :)

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  58. I love ticking off things on my to do list. Such a satisfying feeling! Also love your chunky knit jumper!

    Ash | Liakada

  59. I love the quote you included and I think self love and self care is really important, even though they're probably two of the most difficult things to put into practice.


  60. Such nice quotes !
    THanks to share, I love the 2 last ones.

  61. This is such a great post and I'm definitely going to be putting your tips into practice. It is so easy to get caught up in hectic day to day routines so taking some time out for yourself is so important. One thing I am guilty of is saying yes to every invite, even if it's not something I really want to do. Your suggestion to edit your social circle is one that really resonated with me and something I should really think about :) Thank you for sharing and hope you're having a great weekend x

  62. 2 and 3 are the main ones I am working on this month, I guess 1 too since I have been slacking a bit uni-wise this last month!

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  63. Self care is important! Editing our social circle is something we should do at least once in a while. We always should be on a lookout for toxic relationships and toxic friendships can really bring us down.

    You look adorable on these shots...your hair is so pretty....

  64. Love this look as well! Your style posts are so chic xx http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/11/the-evolution-of-cashmere.html

  65. I've recently just done a similar post to this! After coming across your blog today, safe to say we agree on some of the same points. :)
    By the way, you're incredibly pretty!


  66. Great tips especially the last one in being mindful and grateful because I noticed that a lot of people need some reminder.


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