Xmas Day 6 201417233 copy

Festive greetings!

8

Hope you are having a lovely week – busy no doubt! It’s a bit colder and it was dark the other day at 3:46pm, but that’s okay as there’s lots going on this winter to make you happy.

For one, the wedding season has extended to all-year-round and winter weddings seem to have become super cool (excuse the pun). Sadly I missed a good friends wedding a few weeks ago but I’ve got two weddings in winter 2015 to look forward to and one in the summer. I think I prefer dressing for winter weddings; the only decision I struggle with is tights or no tights? Maybe a decision that should be made on the day depending if I feel the legs are in an aesthetic mood or not!

Lots of us plan great things in the winter – ski trips, winter sun holidays, festive celebrations even a winter city break. No longer should we just endure winter and long for the lighter nights but instead embrace winter to the max. Besides, if your mentality is anything like my brother then there’s not long to go until spring’s here anyway. His birthday is at the end of February and he says it marks the official end of winter – optimistic!

I’d like to achieve things this winter – I’m going to try to become a better cook. It’s not that I’m bad at cooking, it’s just that I would like to expand my horizons a little more. I watch lots of the cooking programmes on TV and love doing food shows at QVC, but I may even take the next step and attend some cooking classes to get extra advice and inspiration.

kitchenaid 1

Having all the right kitchen equipment like KitchenAid and Bamix, both of which are on my wish list, is important. When I was in Thailand travelling a few years back I did a week-long Thai cooking course in Chang Mai, an amazing place which is considered the city of the north. It’s a very beautiful ancient city built in city walls, very rich in diversity and cuisine. The course was all-embracing, from the buying of the produce to the preparation and the cooking. Each morning we’d go to the local market to source the freshest native produce for the dishes we would prepare that day.

If you have ever visited a real locals restaurant in Northern Thailand, you will know that the food is so much more authentic than the restaurant copies over here; it’s all down to the freshness of the ingredients. Naturally I’ve forgotten everything I’ve learned, but it was a great experience. I’d like to generally make an effort to change my diet too, nothing crazy or hard to manage, but just good fresh home-cooked food, and steering clear of packaged and processed food.

In addition it would be good to adopt a holistic approach to health and well being. It’s not just about exercising, training hard or counting calories; it’s important to factor in some relaxation and calming elements to your life. I have a Pilates reformer at home so I’m going use it more often, and I’m also going to incorporate some yoga and meditation.

image

I used to think that was all quite hippy-ish but I’ve realised that life can be fast paced and stressful, that’s when we forget to take moments to be mindful. So my New Years Resolution is ‘more balanced’, two words, simple. I read this little passage the other day that I loved and it helped everything to sink in, so I have shared it with you. Let’s achieve something this winter – what’s your NY resolution and why?

Chloe x

 

8 Comments

  1. Mo December 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Really miss your wonderful personality on QVC. Please return soon

  2. Melissa Lane December 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Merry Christmas, Chloe.

    Great to see a blog from you. I am also looking at those kind of philosophies next year. I have a number of chronic illnesses and whilst I intend to get better at some point, I realise that life must be lived in the meantime. So for me, it’s going to be continuing my management of symptoms, both physical and mental. I intend to work to a balance in life. Healthy food with the odd treat, mental activities, physical activities and rest and relaxation. Last year was about enjoying the little things in life, smells, tastes, views, moments. I achieved this. So next, I want to find ways to include my beloved creative hobbies into my life whilst managing my symptoms and being the best mum I can to my son. . I also feel as if I should like to help people more in some way next year. I am thinking about ways to do this. I also want to find ways to make trips I want to make and have new experiences. It’s a challenge for me, but what is life without a challenge or two? I look forward to seeing you back on the telly, I have missed seeing you there. All the very best for the new year to you and Teddy,

    Love Melissa xxx

  3. marie December 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Chloe
    lovely to read you blog. We’ve missed you and news of Teddy.
    hopefully you will be back on our screens soon its not the same without you. Have a great christmas and a happy and healthy 2015.
    Marie x

  4. Helen December 24, 2014 at 3:27 am -  Reply

    Merry Christmas Chloe.

    Really miss you on QVC. I’m sure that Teddy is looking after you and helping you to recover. I know how much my dogs helped me get over major illness. Take care of yourself and hope to see you back soon.

  5. Norma December 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe,

    Good to hear from you. I hope all is well and you are on the road to recovery. I’ve missed you on QVC.

    Have a lovely Christmas and a happy and healthy 2015 to you and Teddy.

    Take care,
    Norma x

  6. Debbie December 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe really lovely to see your inspirational blog again really sorry that you have been poorly oh my what a miss you are cant wait for you to be back on screen as you are a joy to have on in the living room but only you will know when the time is right hope you&lovely teddy have a fabulous christmas really wish you all things good happy &healthy for 2015 take good care lovely lady lots of christmas love & sparkle Debbie x

  7. Val January 2, 2015 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    I was wondering why I had not seen you as I missed you. I wrote to qvc and asked about you and they said you had been ill. Hope you are recovering well.
    I send you my very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015. I look forward to seeing you soon back on our screens.

  8. Cheryl January 2, 2015 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe Happy New Year to you and Teddy. Looking forward to you being back to full health and back on our screens very soon – the Elemis Christmas TSV wasn’t quite the same without you and Keeley together. Best wishes. Cheryl xx

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Facebook

Recent poll

Never miss a post!

Sign up to our QGossip feed to get the latest posts in your mailbox.