What a dreary day it has been! The sun has been hiding behind the tall buildings of Oxford Street and I’m tucked away from it all with nothing but my thoughts.

I’m missing my boyfriend today, due to work commitments we are currently only seeing each other for a few hours over the weekends.

This has got me thinking about couples that are in long distant relationships. Being miles away from one another can put stress on your relationship because it requires an extraordinary amount of trust and dedication.

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A long distance relationship may be tough but it has its own surprises too. To keep your love alive and strong, here are the 4 tips to make your long distance relationship work.

1. Send good morning text messages.

It sounds soppy, but me and my boyfriend always text each other good morning and good night. It is good to let your partner know that you are thinking about them when you wake up and when you are going to sleep.

2. Send an email/love letter.

Texting is great, but you can only say so much. A phone conversation is lovely, but you might not be able to articulate what you are feeling on the spot. Take time to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) to express exactly what you love about one another.

3. Make sure to laugh together.

Send a joke or a funny memory. There is an emotional connection formed when you laugh together, so keep that connection alive.

4. Always have the next visit planned.

Make sure you know when you will see one another next. It gives both of you something to look forward to and you can count down the days until you see your loved one next.

‘The simple lack of him is more to me than others presence.’

Lidia

After a long soak in a lavender smelling bubble bath, I’m enjoying a cup of camomile tea while reading the last few chapters from my current read The Little Clock House on the Green. Perfection!

Eve Devon has become my go-to author when I want to read some heartfelt, feel-good romance.

The book is about Kate Somersby who has returned home after years of running away. She’s heard that Old Man Isaac is selling the clock house on the green and she’s determined to make him an offer – the very bricks that make up the little clock house hold precious memories for her. Only gorgeous entrepreneur Daniel Westlake is standing in her way.

I am absolutely loving this delightful story. I love every single character in this book and I know it will be hard to leave them behind after I reach the end of the story.

“To tell a women everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do.”

– Proverb

Lidia

I’m snuggled up with a cappuccino and my laptop away from the grey skies and busy streets of Oxford Street.

Feeling uninspired by the dull and dreary weather I’m turning to Pinterest for inspiration. I’ve spent the last few hours researching photos of Old Hollywood and it’s definitely brightened my day.

When researching I’ve come across film stills from the 1959 American mystery film Suddenly, Last Summer. The thing that caught my attention the most was the costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor who plays the films leading lady Catherine Holly.

Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer.

The film’s costume designer Oliver Messel achieves simple and enduring looks throughout the film, from the classic little black dress to simple white blouses and pleated skirts

However, it’s the summer outfits that stand out the most for me. The famous one piece swimsuit is a highlight for me. The contrast between her tanned skin and the white swimming costume is striking.

The clothes Catherine wore at the seaside pretty much sum up what summer beauty should be. Is there anything more you need then great swimsuits and a gorgeous sun dress?

Lidia

“You all right? his eyes asked.
I’m all right, hers answered.”

– LaVyrle Spencer, Morning Glory

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On a recent weekend away to Bath me and my boyfriend popped into a second-hand bookshop, a small shop with shelves stacked high with hundreds of different genres of books.

My favourite types of books are romance novels, so it will come as no surprise that my boyfriend ended up buying me Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer.

The book is about ex-con Will Parker who answers the ad of Elly, a pregnant widow looking for a husband. As Will helps Elly work on her homestead and care for her young children, they develop mutual respect and love.

This is what I call historical romance. It’s realistic, down to earth and absolutely beautiful. It’s a definite must read!

Lidia

I am absolutely loving Enhancing Your Mind, Body, Spirt a new weekly magazine by De Agostini. It gives weekly tips and tricks on health, herbal remedies, stress relief and spiritual experiences.

The thing I enjoyed reading about this week has been ways to create an ideal sleeping area. Simple changes to the way we use our bedrooms will help us into the habit of drifting off to sleep easily. E.g. the room temperature to the right mattress.

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The use of a dream catcher can have a positive effect on the way we dream. Dream catchers protect us from harm while we rest, catching good dreams as they pass by and getting rid of any bad dreams as they drop through the hole in the middle.

I’ve also enjoyed learning about dream pillows. A dream pillow is a herbal sachet filled with aromatic herbs. When squeezed, the dream pillow emits the fragrances of the herbs within to help you drift into a restful sleep.

I have just purchased a herbal sachet that I will be using as a dream pillow from Lu’s Hands.

Lu’s Hands make hand crafted herbal beauty goods. You should check out Lu’s shop, there are so many wonderful handmade products to pick from!

‘Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.’

Sweet dreams,

Lidia