5 Ways To Make Today Lovely

Monday’s (and even the other days of the week) can be dull, sad, lonely, uneventful, and rather unglamorous. But any day, especially Monday, can be made more lovely.

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There are so many ways to make any day brighter, more glamorous, and lovelier. All you have to do is set your mind to it. All it takes is that positivity – that desire to be creative. Take some time to yourself, and surround yourself with all the little luxuries life has to offer.

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A Bouquet of Lovely

One of my favorite ways to make any day lovely is to have a fresh flower arrangement in the home, delivered to a friend or family member, or just simply bought for yourself. Take a bouquet to the office, to the park, or straight into your bedroom. This simple act can bring marvelous colors and scents into your space. The delicate nature of flowers reminds us to enjoy the little things, as we should. My cutest vase is this one from Anthropologie. I put all my floral arrangements in this beautiful vase. It really stands out in your home!

And if you don’t want to bring in real flowers, you can definitely decorate your home with faux flowers as decor. I really love this rose and hydrangea set.

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Get A Sweet Treat

While you’re at it, indulge yourself. Pick up a sweet treat you haven’t had in a while. Did you know Godiva has a free chocolate every month program? All you have to do is spend a certain amount each year. From what I recall, it isn’t much – I think at least $25. Any with birthday’s, anniversaries, or just because moments, chocolate can definitely be bought. Or maybe you just want a cup of coffee in the middle of the day. Whatever your treat may be – have it. And that’s a great way to make your day a little more lovely.

My favorite sweet treat probably has to be these Frango Chocolate Mints that I always pick up at Macy’s. The ones here still have the Marshall Field’s logo on them! These chocolate mints are absolutely delicious.

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Light Some Candles

Pick up your favorite scent and light candles when you come home from work. It’s such a lovely way to de-stress and set a new mood in the space. Some amazing relaxing scents are lavender, vanilla, and eucalyptus. Put them in your bedroom as you cuddle with your special someone. Put them in the living room as you sit down with your favorite book. Or put them in the bathroom as you soak in an equally relaxing bath. Wherever you are – surround yourself with relaxation, and of course, love.

This vanilla scented candle is literally the best! I always light it up when I get home and relax. This candle company has some other great scents too. I personally don’t like too many of the floral scents however.That’s why I find vanilla so very relaxing!

 

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Write A Letter

Or a text, email, on a sticky note. Write a lovely note to yourself. List out what you are grateful for and stick it on the wall in your office. Look back on it throughout the day and remember how lucky you are to have those things. This journal from Kate Spade is chic and a great way to carry around your happy thoughts. Write a lovely note to the person that makes your heart sing – leave it in their bed, their purse, anywhere they will see it. Hand deliver it, perhaps with that lovely box of chocolates you just bought. Send a text to your friend, wish them a lovely day. Not only will your day get lovelier, but it also will for someone else.

I have a thousand images of you in an hour; all different and all coming back to the same. I think of you once against a sky line: and on the hill that Sunday morning. The light and the shadow and quietness and the rain and the wood. And you. Your arms and lips and hair and shoulders and voice – you. – Rupert Brooke

 

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Make Your Bed

I know this might seem like a silly way to make your day lovely – but trust me, it’s not. Making your bed first thing when you get up each morning helps set the tone for the rest of the day: neat, orderly, and waiting for you to cuddle with it when you get back. One of the most refreshing things is getting into a perfectly made bed. Make it a habit and add your own twist. Leave some rose petals, your favorite book, or sprigs of lavender to make it cozy and relaxing when you come back later that day.

If you’re looking for an extra cozy blanket, I highly recommend this one! I use this when I’m snuggled up on the couch reading.

 

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What are some ways you make your day lovely? What are the little jewels in life you appreciate everyday? If you enjoyed this post, don’t leave without checking out my post on this amazing DIY Fall Room Spray using essential oils. This craft is easy and cheap to make and it takes lovely day to a whole new level!

xoxo,

Mariam

 

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Comments

  1. Such lovely photos to set the tone for a beautiful weekend in Chicago. So nice meeting you last night!

    Posted 10.16.15 Reply
  2. Cassi wrote:

    I love this post. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xo
    Cass

    classybycasss.com

    Posted 10.15.15 Reply
  3. Krista wrote:

    I am now doing the make your bed thing, and I seriously believe it. It’s so odd but it really makes such a difference in your day and a shift in how you approach your day! Love this post.

    xo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  4. I love this! Candles, notes and chocolate definitely make EVERY day a better one!

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  5. Candles and flowers! Those two things always brighten up my day. Great ideas!

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    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
    • Thank you so much! I adore flowers and candles too! Going to get some more today! Have a lovely day!

      Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  6. Faith wrote:

    Such great advice!! Love it!

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  7. Kim Lorang wrote:

    This is such a great post! I love all of your ideas, and all your beautiful images!

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  8. Katherine Murray wrote:

    What great advice! <3 And beautiful visuals.

    Posted 10.14.15 Reply
  9. danielle wrote:

    cute post idea, definitely agree with these!

    http://www.avecdanielle.com

    Posted 10.13.15 Reply
  10. Erin wrote:

    I love love love the make the bed comment, great bedding that I love is also a key factor for me, Does not have to be expensive, just needs to feel nice and make me feel happy. Great list http://findingmarilyn.wix.com/thebodyproject#!readus/chq7

    Posted 10.13.15 Reply
    • I definitely agree! Ours is just old flannel but i love it regardless! Making the bed just feels so right.

      Posted 10.13.15 Reply
  11. Flowers are an amazing way to make any space looks and smell good

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    Posted 10.13.15 Reply
  12. Andrea wrote:

    These are so good. I totally agree with the fresh flowers. I bought some this weekend and it seriously makes everything better every time I see them

    Posted 10.12.15 Reply
  13. chika patel wrote:

    what a sweet simply way to make any day special. I completely agree about with lighting a candle. the smell and the glow are enough to make the roughest of day seem less so. I am also trying to get back into writing letters; there is something so satisfying and permanent about it!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Chika
    TheAntibland.com

    Posted 10.12.15 Reply
    • Hello! I am so glad you like candles as well! I think they really make a difference! Thank you for stopping by!

      Posted 10.13.15 Reply
  14. Haleigh wrote:

    I love this! Thanks for the tips! xo

    Posted 10.12.15 Reply
  15. Kelly wrote:

    I try to do almost all of these every day (minus writing the letter!) and it makes the day run so much more smoothly and it helps me relax at night 🙂

    Posted 10.12.15 Reply
    • I am so glad to hear that! I considering even just sending a text works just as well! Postage is expensive lol.

      Have a great day!

      Posted 10.13.15 Reply
  16. Annie wrote:

    You can also go to a Lindt Chocolate Shop and get a free truffle (no spend required!)
    Love this post – great reminder that we all need to slow down a little bit
    xo Annie
    http://collectivepassions.com

    Posted 10.12.15 Reply
    • Really? I had no idea!! How amazing. I don’t think we have a shop around us – but thats really cool! Thank you for sharing and stopping by!

      Posted 10.13.15 Reply
      • Annie wrote:

        We have a few in Chicago 🙂 I mean, Lindt does. Is it obvious that I work there? oops

        Posted 10.14.15 Reply
        • What???? I’ve never seen one in Chicago 🙁 I have to look this up! lol

          Posted 10.14.15 Reply
          • Annie wrote:

            So there’s Rosemont, which I believe is the airport, and then there is Fashion Outlets – which is like 45 mins outside of Chicago? So I think you’re right, technically not IN Chicago lol

            Posted 10.14.15
          • Yeah…definitely not in Chicago lol. We use public transport everywhere we go and we live in the heart of downtown. Oh well 🙁

            Posted 10.15.15
          • Annie wrote:

            Oh rats 🙁 I’ve never been to Chicago! I am dying to get out that way!!

            Posted 10.15.15
  17. Bri DePauw wrote:

    I love this post! It’s so true, Mondays can be lovely too! All of your images are beautiful BTW!

    Posted 10.12.15 Reply
    • Mariam wrote:

      Hello Bri! Thank you so much! I love Mondays!

      Posted 10.12.15 Reply
    • Mariam wrote:

      Hello Joy! Thank you so much!!

      Posted 10.12.15 Reply
  18. Lisa Favre wrote:

    I can never leave my house without making the bed. I should show my husband the “getting a bouquet” part – we’ve needed a few flowers to spruce up the living room lately.

    Stay fab,
    Lisa Favre
    fabuloushabits.com

    Posted 10.12.15 Reply
    • Mariam wrote:

      Hello Lisa,

      Thank you for stopping by! I always love seeing your comments! I agree, making the bed makes such a difference. It’s a habit I just started and it’s made my day so much more relaxing. I would definitely send this post to the hubby! Lol. If he doesn’t get you flowers, just goon to the market and indulge yourself 🙂 Hope you have a lovely – and hopefully, flower filled day!

      Posted 10.12.15 Reply

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