I found this article inspiring, as we enter into Spring in the North hemisphere,
and I am sharing it with you.
|Image: The one and only Kate Moss, growing into a sophisticated and well lived woman, |
on the cover of next month's Vogue UK
The mornings are suddenly lighter and the evenings brighter, which means two things - that spring is in the air, and that the new year's resolutions are likely long gone. Whether you are still sticking to yours or gave them the boot by January 2, a new season is a time for a fresh approach and we're endeavouring to spend a little less time on the sofa now that the freezing weather is, hopefully, behind us. If we're going to tear ourselves away from the television set, we need some enticing alternatives - here are Vogue's nine ways to put a spring in your step this year.
Whatever the weather, taking a day trip is a lovely way to spend a spring day. Come rain or shine, Kent's Sissinghurst - a beautiful National Trust house with hundreds of acres of pretty gardens - is a firm Vogue favourite.
'Tis the season to get sorted (it's called a spring clean for a reason, after all). Pick the most cluttered part of your house and play a game that we like to call Keep, Bin Or Charity Shop. The rules are self-explanatory (although you should impose a brief time limit to make each cull concise) and out-with-the-old/unworn/unused is the goal.
Forget the mantra that you're too busy to relax and schedule in some much-needed me time. Hotpod Yoga has several pop-up inflatable studios around London - and even more across the UK - offering not only an intense physical workout (in 37 degree heat) but also mind-calming techniques. If less exertion is what you require, then The Berkeley 's rooftop pool is the serenest oasis for a swim.
Ok, so this might not quite count as getting off the sofa (it could actually be an opportunity to stay on it) but it certainly does expand horizons - visit one of Vogue's best bookshops to select a new read for the season ahead, or get hooked on one of our favourite podcasts and use it as motivation to stick in your headphones and put on your walking shoes.
Ditch the old exercise regime, it's time for a spring shake-up. KOBOX - the first boutique boxing gym - has just opened its second London location, where Fight Club meets nightclub and the fun, fast-paced workout combines boxing technique with strength training.
Struggling to wait until summer for a getaway? Treat yourself to a spontaneous holiday - here are the nine destinations that the Vogue editors are eyeing up to tick off our travel bucket lists this year. If you're wanting something super short-haul, these are our favourite places for a weekend break in the UK.
Bored of the same old weekend plans? Try something new this spring. Whether it's an exhibition (David Hockney at the Tate is a must-see) or going to see a show (the new season on London's theatre calendar sees big names like David Tennant, Daniel Radcliffe and Imelda Staunton take the stage) there's never been a better time to broaden your cultural horizon.
If anything will get us out of the house, it's the promise of a pamper - be it a blow dry (Duck and Dry's new West End opening will leave you with a spring in your step and a bounce in your perfectly coiffed hair) or an all-indulgent spa treatment (add a little invigoration with a Cowshed full-body blitz).
Why not hone a new talent in time for summer? Regular creative hobbies, such as ceramics, are a great way to get creative and make something special for your home. Be adventurous and opt for something niche, like tapestry - needlework classes are available at Tapisserie in South Kensington.