This week has been crazy. Good crazy, but serious micro-nap snatching stuff. From The Brits (GRWM coming your way), to putting the finishing touches on a very special trip that I’m heading out on next week that lead to me having to be pierced with a needle for the first time in 11 years for vaccinations. Heck, I even had a driving lesson for the first time since being a teen (by the end of two hours my sweat patches had reached my waistband). But I ain’t complaining I’m just looking forward to a long and lengthy wind down today. Aren’t they just the best? A chance to organise your thoughts – and you know I love my organising – reminisce, relax and get down in those comfies. Here are some suggestions to take on board if you’re in chillax mode today:

No tech. Simples. Switch it off, or at least on silent. Close laptops, turn off the TV and ignore all social media urges (no matter how much you want to share with the world that kick-ass dinner you just ate). We can wait to salivate.

An Internet-free hobby. At the beginning of the year when I was putting my resolutions together I realised I didn’t really have a hobby. Buying and hoarding ridiculous amounts of makeup isn’t really something you could put on a CV, so I set about finding something new to turn my attention to that didn’t involve tap or scrolling away on my laptop. What I came up with? Album-ising and printing off pictures that would have been long forgotten on in the depths of my iPhone, along with the promise to take more pictures on my Fujifilm Instax – I’m going to go though a lot of photo paper this year.

TUNES. I must preface this section by saying that I have an awful, awful taste in music so whenever the question of what bands I’m feeling at the moment comes up I’m always a little lost for words (my phone holds a range of tunes from Blue to Arctic Monkeys). But when I’m in the mood for relaxing there are a few options. Firstly, whatever the latest BBC Live Lounge volume is. You can’t really go wrong with it. The Lorde album is a good one too, but I love the Lana Del Rey Born to Die album. I know it’s an oldie, but it’s a goodie. I know all the words and it reminds me of when my sister and I used to both live at home. She used to sing her heart out to this in the shower and it always made me laugh. Hello, hello – can, can you hear me?

Set the mood. Ah common’ you surely knew that candles would get a mention in here somewhere, right? At the moment I’m a huge fan of Jo Malone’s Lavender and Lovage scent; fresh and herby, I can’t get enough of it and store it on my bedside table with the lid off so I pick up the odd waft of it while I sleep. Their Red Roses one is lush too if you fancy something more feminine. I also like to get my This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray out and spritz it all over myself – stuff the pillow getting all the special treatment, eh. We’re trying to create an ambience here.

PJ’s Rock. I’m one of those people who the minute I get through the door have already unbuttoned my jeans and are primed to whip them off. Normal clothes be gone and PJ’s go on. In fact my pyjama drawer is the one that most often needs re-organising for the simple fact that I’ve got so many sleepwear options. Personally I’m a fan of H&M when it comes to the comfies. It’s cheap, washes well and is super soft across the jersey board. My most recent additions are these mint green comfies from them and a ridiculously cliché French Connection #Selfie T-shirt which I loathe myself for buying (but I secretly love – shhhh).

Check, check, check? Now it’s time to chill.

  • Chloe and her notes

    Having a lazy day once in a while is so important… Wonder how long you’ll last without the tech? :)

    Chloe x
    http://www.chloeandhernotes.com

  • http://girllovesgloss.com/ GirlLovesGloss

    Lana Del Rey Born to Die will forever be one of my fave albums. It’s just that good. Good on you for the vaccinations too, I wont even admit how long it’s been since I had any, I am terrified of needles!

  • Emma Charlotte

    If you feel like splurging on a candle the diptyque ones are just so delicious, last forever too!

    Emma x
    http://www.missemmacharlotte.blogspot.co.uk

  • Anna Blush

    I love a Sunday morning wind down. Excited to hear more about your trip x

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • http://www.brodiejay.com/ Brodie Curnow

    Well, there aint nuthin wrong with Blue ;)

    BrodieJay.com

  • http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/ Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    Sounds like the perfect day, I really need to have a day like this at the moment! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  • http://www.beautylish-life.com Hajy Al

    This post made me feel relax for some reason..!<3 loved it <3

    http://www.beautylish-life.com/

  • http://charlottehavs.blogspot.co.uk/ Sharlotte

    That’s so nice that you’ve found a hobby that you super enjoy Anna- printing off pictures is so satisfying! xx

    Sharlotte | UK Beauty Blog

  • Bella

    Lovely post, enjoy chilling, hope you have the same sunshine in London today as we have in the Netherlands!

  • Ellen P-H

    I am just like you – I always get into my pyjamas straight away too!

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

  • Abi Thrasher
  • http://www.zensophie.co.uk Sophie Zen

    Ah what a beautiful post… I have several of the things you mention already, e.g. camera, Live Lounge and the candle but definitely going to check out the Jo Malone candle… sounds bliss! Sophie x

  • Aimee Flanigan

    Lovely post! I do find it so hard to get off the laptop!

    Aimee – AroundTwenty xx

  • http://pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com/ kirsty thompson

    Great post! x

    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

  • Holly Cooke

    That tshirt is just awesome! Such a great post Anna! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

  • Rachael

    Ha exactly the same with me about the music…I hate that question. My iTunes seems to consist of music from when I was a teenager, then stops and just consists of live lounge albums and the odd new album ..currently loving a bit of Bastille.

    Rachael | Rachael Lucy Blog

  • Emma and Emily

    I agree with the internet free zones. I try and turn off my computer half an hour before I sleep so I have enough time to wind down.
    I really want to spend more time away from my laptop, but 4th year isn’t letting me at the moment! I am dreaming of summer days with my friends at the moment..
    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • Lauren S

    I am trying to end my computer time earlier so i can relax and switch off for bed :) and lorde’s album is fantatsic, have to agree with you, as i do with the pjs – if im not going out, i’m staying in my pjs !

    Lauren x

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  • Karen (lovelygirliebits)

    I love the idea of having an internet free hobby. I used to read so much but find myself arsing about on the internet and wasting time, so my mission is to make a big New York photo collage to go in a massive frame I bought in Ikea last year! Am also a fellow put jammies on as soon as I’m in the door person! Great post lady x

  • Lauren Percival

    Great post! Love the idea of having a tech free hobby! Love the Instax camera, I’ve wanted one for ages! :)

    Lauren xx

    http://keepcalmitsonlyablog.blogspot.co.uk/

  • hnnmr

    I love the scent of the deep sleep pillow spray – i have the small tester size and really thinking about buying the full size…I wonder if there’s a candle out there, that smells like that ?

  • http://custardandcream.blogspot.co.uk/ Sadia Karim

    Everybody loves abit of Lana Del Rey <3

    custardandcream.blogspot.co.uk

  • Phoebe

    I’m exactly the same with PJs! Make up off, PJs on as soon as I get in the door!

    North of London Beauty Blog

  • Natalie Mearns

    I with you on the PJs situation. As soon as i am home the jeans are off!
    That T-Shirt! I need it!!

    xx
    http://www.nataliejayne.blogspot.com

  • Ellie

    Looking back over old photos is one of my favourite things to do! :D
    I also LIVE in my PJ’s! Who wants to wear real clothing when they get home?! Not me! haha

    Great post! :)

    Ellie,xx

    Elephant stories and more

  • Rachel

    have you seen the miss selfridge version of the selfie top which says stylist? i feel your drift with the whole wanting to buy but hating myself for it haha x

    closetduchess.blogspot.com

  • http://thefashionistabubble.blogspot.ca/ Naghmeh

    This all sounds perfect. I do this as well just take a day (almost off) tech and my favourite thing is to have cups of tea and read good books :)

    album-ising is something I enjoy as well. totally making that word happen haha

    xo

    http://thefashionistabubble.blogspot.ca

  • Sage

    H&M has the best lounge clothes – they’re super cheap, but cotton and they’re always incredibly comfy. I’m one of those people who changes when I get in the door too :p

    http://gypsy-luna.blogspot.com

  • http://www.tazminzara.blogspot.co.uk/ Tazmin

    Love that t-shirt! haha, brilliant. Hope you’re having a lovely wind-down day. xxx

  • http://mysticthorn.blogspot.com/ LizzieBee

    I absolutely adore that t-shirt, I really need to get one of those!
    Really nice list of what you do on a wind-down day! I totally agree with the no-internet-hobby one… I don’t really have a hobby that doesn’t really involve the internet and it’s quite scary

  • Emily Jane
  • http://www.lavandlight.com/ Kristan @ Lavender&Light

    Heck yeah to all of these!

  • Natalie

    Love all of these haha! Spotify is an amazing way of finding new music if you ever get stuck, their reccomendations are second to none and their radio stations are aweosme. I had awful taste in music (I mean, like 80s power ballads) before I invested in this badboy!
    Stuck in the library doing an assignment due in tomorrow right now but when I’m done and I get home I will be following all of these haha! Thank you!
    - Natalie
    http://www.couttipie.blogspot.com [A Fashion and Lifestyle Blog]

  • Pippi Bartlett

    I need that tshirt in my life!

    pippibee.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • http://emmihearts.blogspot.co.uk/ Emily Allen

    I really want to start printing and sorting my pictures as well :) I never realised we had such similar taste in music, Lana Del Rey is my fave singer, she is amazing :p I’m the same with jeans, as soon as I get through the door they’re off and on go my comfy pjs :) x

    EmmiHearts

  • Amber Hunter

    Oh that Selfie tee is just too cute. Reading is normally the way I like to wind down and keep away from the computer screen. Although I can’t say I don’t spend a lot of time on the internet though I suppose I should take a break just like this post suggests!

    Amber

    Lovely Notions

  • Tarte Tanya

    I love PJ’s!
    When I wind down I like to light a candle, paint my nails and watch some brainless TV.
    To avoid constantly checking my phone I usually leave it in my purse and just forget about it.
    Lovely post! Cute shirt too!
    TarteTanya

  • Iso Bean

    I’m the same with my PJ’s! I spend the majority of my life in PJ’s and I wouldn’t have it any other way :)
    http://beautyandthebaking.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.smazsays.com/ Sarah

    I want that tshirt!!

    I love the deep pillow spray and Lana Del Rey album – so your wind down day sounds heavenly :-)

    Smaz Says

    Sarah x

  • Eleri Roberts

    PJs are what wind downs are all about xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • http://almeidas.se/ AlmsBeauty

    Nothing beats being comfy at home! :)

  • Tereza

    Love the Lorde album, perfect music to relax to

    http://lifeandcity.tumblr.com

  • Brittany Messner

    I’m with you on Lana, that album is b-e-a-utiful! I listen to it all the time ;)

    xx -b.

  • Ellen Findley

    I’m utterly addicted to that Lorde album. I love listening to instrumental versions of my favorite songs when unwinding. The Frozen score is a regular pick on my Spotify. ^_^ I’ve smelled and fallen in love with that Jo Malone candle, too. Your taste is on point.

  • http://sailor-speak.blogspot.co.uk/ Lucy

    lets just say your pyjamas are a lot cooler than mine! the printing out pictures thing is such a good idea, its always so nice to have something physical to look back on :)
    Lucy xx
    Sailor Speak

  • Emily Hewitt

    I love getting into my PJ’s after a long day. No judging here. :D x

  • Beth

    I’m the same with my pyjamas. Such a lovely idea that you’re arranging your photographs,it can be so easy to take them for granted when they’re all digitised.

    Beth

    Beth Young Makeup

  • Samantha Mariko

    everything on your list I agree with! I’m always on the computer at work, so it’s nice to do things at home that don’t require the internet or anything tech. I recently started yoga which is a great way to unwind. and candles are awesome too :) I really like your blog and I’m looking forward to your future posts! Following you on bloglovin!
    http://www.lettersimpromptu.blogspot.com

  • Zazie Bibi

    Such a pretty shirt! Love these posts x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

  • Mari x

    This all looks SO amazing. I get where you’re coming from re: loving organising as I used to be a scatterbrain but am on a “gap yahhh” and when I have time on my hands all I do is try to organise anything that hasn’t been organised!! I’m also a Virgo so that would make sense haha. You’ve inspired me to finally start printing pictures off. Might do this today. Thanks for this post Anna!

    http://thesimplewishlist.blogspot.com x

  • Jasmine

    haha that selfie top is great! xx

    jasminecara.blogspot.com.au

  • Lara Proud

    this is a beautiful post x
    ourwhitechristmas.wordpress.com

  • Sophie K

    Love this post Anna! cant beat a chill out day :) x