Spring Clean Mindfully with Attic! Photo by Daniel von Appen on Unsplash.

The Mindful Spring Clean!

Spring cleaning is a terrifying concept for many of us, including the concept of going through your entire home, top to bottom and clearing out. Adding in a little mindfulness can help this task go by much quicker and you might even find you enjoy it.

 

Clearing out

Spring clean with Attic - clear out old things to create breathing room. Photo by Sven Brandsma on Unsplash

This is possibly the most daunting task of the Spring Clean, but it doesn't have to be so difficult. Empty your belongings into a box then take them out one by one. As you hold them, examine your emotions regarding the object from an observer's point of view - acknowledging them and understanding them but knowing that they don't represent you at this moment in time. Place any non-essential items that present negative emotions to you in a box for the charity - there is no need for you to keep them and you will be doing good by donating them. Take a break and appreciate your de-cluttered home, noticing how much more space there is to breathe.

 

Cleaning

Spring Cleaning with Mindfulness. Photo by Volha Flaxeco on Unsplash.

Before you tidy all of the items away, clean every surface of the house. Notice the scents of the cleaning items, the sounds the duster makes as it glides over surfaces and how fluffy and clean the carpet looks just after you've hoovered. Embrace the moment and be unconcerned of time, working your way from room to room. Appreciate positive emotions as they come to you and your freshly cleansed home. Light candles or incense to celebrate.

 

Tidying

Spring Clean with Happiness! How to make cleaning fun. Photo by Yasmine Boheas on Unsplash

Place each item in it's home, noticing again the weight and feel of it. Put items that make you happy in clear view so you can experience that happiness more often in the future. Clean each one with a duster before setting it back, then step away and notice how they occupy the space. Stand at a distance and admire the new space you have created. Know that you are aware of everything you own and that you take nothing for granted. Allow yourself to feel proud and accomplished. Take a deep breath and spend a few moments just relaxing, gently aware of everything around you in the knowledge that everything is in its rightful place.

 

Best of luck and lots of love from Team Attic xx

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January Mindfulness with Attic. Photo by Mario Dobelmann on Unsplash

Things to keep us Mindful in January

January can be bleak at the best of times. For this article, we are going to call upon the five senses with a few Mindful exercises to help us through midwinter.

1. Sights

January mindfulness with Attic - Sights. Photo by Anubhav Saxena on Unsplash

Close your eyes for a few moments, breathing deeply in and out three times. Empty your mind and open your eyes. Look at your surroundings without acknowledging labeling them, drawing your awareness instead to the colours, forms and light around you. What do you see? Which combinations are pleasing to you? How different do distant objects look compared to those up close? Accept your current place in the world and relax into it.

 

2. Scents

Incense for Mindfulness with Attic. Photo by Match Sùmàyà on Unsplash

Close your eyes and breathe in deeply. What can you smell? It might help to guide your nose with incense and candles, maybe even spare the time to bake something. Sit and simply enjoy the scent for a while, noticing thoughts or emotions it might evoke, emptying your mind and allowing your senses to take over. Relax into the moment.

 

3. Tastes

Treat youself for Mindfulness with Attic. Photo by Egor Lyfar on Unsplash

Take a favourite treat and pretend you have never experienced it before. Pay close attention to how it looks, how it smells and how it feels in your mouth. Allow yourself to enjoy the treat as if you were eating it for the first time. How does it change as you eat it? How do you feel when it is gone? Savour every mouthful and recognise that you are allowed to unwind and simply enjoy the moment.

 

4. Sounds

Listen to the sounds around you for Mindfulness with Attic. Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

Sit back and take in the sounds around you with your eyes closed. Break apart the hubbub until you can recognise which sounds are close and which are far away. See how far away you can listen, ignoring the louder sounds and picking out the distant rumbles of traffic or weather. Bring your attention closer and listen to the shapes of the sounds nearest you. Do footsteps echo? How would you describe the sound of crinkling paper? What else can you notice?

 

5. Textures

Sense of touch Mindfulness with Attic. Photo by Ivo Raeber on Unsplash

Take up a favourite item in your hands and close your eyes. Feel the weight of it pressing against your palms, noticing how it manipulates the skin and the shape of your hands. How does it feel to touch? Try running your thumbs over the surface in time with your breaths, gradually taking in the shape and form. Understand the object on a deeper level and allow yourself some time to unwind.

 

We hope this has helped you to relax and enjoy winter as it draws to an end.

Love from Team Attic xx

 

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Happy New Year from Attic! Photo by Trent Szmolnik on Unsplash.

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2020!

Yet another year begins for us all. From us here at Attic, we wish you all happiness in the coming months - you deserve it. As we think on our new beginnings and fresh starts, here are a few of our own New Years Resolutions.

 

Sarah

Get up earlier so that I have a more relaxing morning before I go to work.

New Year - Have a more relaxing morning with Attic. Photo by Sage Friedman on Unsplash

 Having more time in the morning can significantly reduce the stress you feel all day. Wake up early and have a decent breakfast to prepare yourself, practice a little mindfulness and you'll find your other aspirations are within reach. Try giving yourself something to do in the mornings that you really enjoy to get yourself out of bed.

 

Mariya

Using more homegrown produce in my cooking rather than buying takeaways.

More home cooking with fresh produce. Attic resolutions. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

There's nothing quite like a home cooked meal, and why not make it even better with home grown veg? Even with limited space there are things you can grow, saving some spare change and bringing brilliant flavours to your table.

 

Georgie

Read more of the books I love by finishing one book a month.

Read more books this year with Attic. Photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash

Reading brings with it an underestimated sense of calm and enjoyment. It is the perfect way to unwind after a long day and reset for another one tomorrow, whilst expanding your own understanding of the world for self betterment.

 

Celebrating the New Year with the Attic Store. Photo by Simon Migaj on Unsplash

Remember, don't try and do everything at once! Take your resolutions one step at a time, gently introducing the benefits into your every day routine. Good luck and a Happy New Year!

 

With love from Team Attic xx

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Live up to your New Years resolutions with Attic's simple style tips

Styles for that New Year Glow

As a country, we love a good New Years party! Nothing is quite like welcoming a fresh start surrounded by your closest friends and family.

Here's our top tips for dressing like a superstar for your New Years party.

 

Sparkle

Sparkle with tips from Attic. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Those fireworks don't have nothing on you! Let sequins steal the show or choose a garment with glittery embellishments to catch the eyes of your fellow party goers. Keep the silhouettes minimalist and classic to avoid overpowering your look. Alternatively, top off your favourite party pieces with some statement jewellery.

 

Wear Red

Style tips with Attic. Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash

Take the plunge for this controversial classic! There's a shade of red out there for everyone and a timeless red dress will bring excitement and glamour to your wardrobe. It's the perfect shade for welcoming in the New Year and fantastically versatile. If red's not really your thing, however, try another statement colour such as teal and gold for a show stopping combination, or limit it to only a few accessories.

 

Find your perfect pair

Statement shoes with Attic. Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash

Throw in a statement pair of shoes for dramatic affect or use them to effortlessly complement your look. They don't have to be heels - throw away convention and wear whatever is comfortable! Invest in the best pair of shoes you can afford and support sustainability via buying the classics that you can wear again and again and again. Remember to break in new shoes in advance of the event and party past midnight!

 

Happy New Year from Attic. Photo by Matt Popovich on Unsplash

Most of all, remember to be yourself! Do what makes you happy and enjoy time spent with good friends.

With love from Team Attic xx

 

 

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Happy Christmas from the Attic Family! Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash

Merry Christmas!

We hope you're all settled down in your happy place, possibly enjoying a little sherry or hot chocolate with everyone you love all around. Take a moment to notice the lights surrounding you, that fuzzy feeling in the air and the happiness on the faces of your loved ones.

 

Merry Christmas from Attic!

 

Here at Attic everything is quiet for the first time in months - we're all at home as well, enjoying the Christmas cheer. We'll be back again soon, so don't worry! Until then we'll be topping up the mulled cider and laying back after a very busy Christmas season.

 

The meaning of Christmas with Attic. Photo by Walter Chávez on Unsplash

 

We want to thank you all, for your custom and for your happiness lighting up our shops during the cold months. We've loved seeing you and hearing your stories about your loved ones and what you'll be up to this Christmas!

 

With love,

Team Attic xx

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Last Minute Gifts

The Attic Store comes to the rescue with some last minute gift ideas that can be made from your home supplies.
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Keep warm this Christmas with Attic

Have a cosy Christmas

Products especially made to keep you warm and looking fab!
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Gifts for Him by Attic. Photo by Paola Chaaya on Unsplash

Treat your man this Christmas

It's true - they're hard to buy for! The men in our lives deserve gifts as wonderful as they are, but how on Earth do you find that one special thing? Let us put your mind at ease with a few of our mens' Christmas gifts.

 

Personalised Mahogany Cufflinks

Cufflinks from the Attic Store

These classically elegant cufflinks make a stylish addition to their smartest outfit. Beautifully engraved with their initials they are also the perfect personalised gift to show them how much they mean to you. They come in a suave presentation box with a metal plate to have your own personal message engraved upon.

 

Black Labrador Mug

Attic dog mugs for Him

Warm his heart with this collection of illustrated mugs featuring man's best friend, the noble black labrador. Charming and full of character these mugs work well individually or as a set. They are packaged in a printed kraft box to make for easy wrapping this Christmas!

 

Football Cufflinks

Attic Football cufflinks

An ode to their life and joy, why not buy them these fantastic enameled football cufflinks? Spice up their work attire and allow them to share their love of the sport with these high quality pieces.

Your man not a football fan? We also sell cricket, rugby and Formula 1 inspired cufflinks, so there's a fit for almost everyone.

Cufflinks from Attic

Cufflinks from Attic

 

Find more ideas on our website. Love, Team Attic xx

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Attic store family discuss sustainable wrapping options. Photo by Denise Johnson on Unsplash

Wrap Responsibly this Christmas!

Here at Attic we share a few ideas for how to wrap your gifts sustainably this Christmas and avoid all the wastage!
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Our favourite gifts for all the family

Our favourite gifts for all the family

We all want to get everyone the perfect Christmas gift. It's a feeling built upon years of giving and receiving, love and laughter. Here's a few of our favourite picks for each member of the family to inspire you this Christmas season.

 

Mum

Zodiac necklace from the Attic Store

This gorgeous zodiac necklace makes the perfect personal gift for your wonderful mum. Luxurious in 18ct gold plating and fabulously detailed, these stunning pieces make the perfect accent for every day wear and a personal good luck talisman.

 

Dad

Snippers, sold at Attic

 

A fantastically unique new product in the market, Snippers (the Dutch word for 'chips') uses wooden chips from distillery barrels to flavour other spirits. Available in whiskey, rum and gin, the possibilities are endless with this awesome and quirky present. Refills also available in store.

 

Grandma

Photo box gift from the Attic Store

This is a wonderfully nostalgic gift for your lovely grandmother - each page has space for a passport-sized photograph of their grandchildren! Matchbox-sized and easy to slip into a purse or handbag, this present will let them carry images of their loved ones wherever they go. Follow the suggestion of the brand - a page for every school photo - or curate your own collection!

 See more of this gorgeous product on our Instagram (click the image above!)

 

Grandpa

Bottle opener golf club from the Attic Store

Indulge in this beautifully detailed bottle opener for your grandad this Christmas. Not only will his golf buddies find this piece entertaining but the bottle opener has been made with excellent craftsmanship and the finest materials. This gift is sure to steal the show come Christmas morning.

Available in store.

 

Brother
Leather bracelets from the Attic Store

We have a large selection of leather bracelets available, the perfect sophisticated gift for your brother. A few options can also be engraved with their initials or a certain date for a personalised touch. They are comfortable to wear and very classy. Available in black and blue variations.

 

Sister

Water bottles sold by Attic. Available in store

Remind your sister to take care of herself by giving her one of these delightfully colourful reusable water bottles. She'll never want to put them down with their gorgeous finishes and snappy slogans. We also have reusable travel mugs in the same gist, if hot drinks are more her style.

 

Dog

Dog tag keyrings from Attic

Let's not forget the most important member of the family - the dog! We love those adorable pooches more than we would care to say and what better gift to give than a new tag on Christmas morning? With in-store engraving, these gorgeous tags will belong to your pupper for years to come, or keep them for yourself as a stylish keyring! A range of breeds is available in-store.

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Christmas Jewellery by NuNu

NuNu love placing their jewellery on personalised cards, just to make your gift a little bit special. Here are our favourite Christmas gift boxes, each with their own sparkling individuality.

 

Believe in magic

NuNu Christmas at Attic

This adorable unicorn necklace and gift box set is absolutely perfect for Christmas. The unicorn is gorgeously minimalist and a statement to their love for magic. Buy for the one with endless imagination.

 

Three Magical Snowflakes

Attic NuNu snowflakes

This wonderfully Christmasy bracelet sparkles with diamantes and features a silver, gold and rose gold snowflake. They swing from a silver circle with a beautiful sense of movement and glisten like real snowflakes. This bracelet could represent a daughter, mother and grandmother or three friends, or simply the spirit of Christmas.

 

Star light, Star bright

NuNu x Attic xmas star

Our classic mini star necklace on a Christmas card. Make it extra special, perfect for more conservative recipients, to show them they are your favourite star.

 

Christmas Snowflakes

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Golden snowflakes are a fantastic way to celebrate Christmas. Buy them for the one you love and make sure their Christmas is bright and full of sparkle.

 

The most wonderful time of the year

NuNu x Attic Christmas Reindeer and Snowflake

Aren't these cute?! An asymmetric snowflake and reindeer for each ear, in gold plate sterling silver to let them show the world how much they love Christmas. This is the ideal gift for your friends or sisters.

Check out the rest of the range here.

Love from the Attic Family xx

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The Attic Store talk sustainable gift-giving. Photo by Jay Mantri on Unsplash.

Our favourite ethical gifts

As you know we have some very clear morals in the Attic Store. Sustainability and ethical sourcing are two of these and we always strive to find the best quality products from local, eco-friendly suppliers wherever possible. We would love to share with you some of our best ethical and sustainable products, perfect for gift giving as the Christmas season begins.

 

Bamboo toys

Attic Store and Attic Textiles toys bamboo handmade local

Ideal for you little ones these adorable toys are made from ecofriendly bamboo yarn and hand knitted by our select team of local knitters. Each one has it's own completely lovable personality and they come in a huge range of colours and characters - you are guaranteed to find the perfect fit.


Leather washbag

Attic Store washbag ethical leather

This is an example of exceptional craftsmanship and ethical fashion. Perfect for a loved one who travels often and likes to keep their belongings organised as there are many pockets and compartments. This is the ideal high-quality gift for the man in your life. The leather also feels lovely and soft to the touch.


Soaps

Attic Store own brand soaps eco friendly local produce

Our Attic Scent soaps are made locally and with ecofriendly and natural ingredients. They come in a variety of unusual scents such as black pomegranate and orange and jasmine. Sold in our recycled packaging they also have a low impact on the environment and would be the perfect substitute for your plastic soap bottle.

 

Door mats

Natural fibre mats with slogans welcome from the Attic Store

We have a range of these fantastic natural coconut fibre door mats with various designs and witty slogans, such as 'come in if you have prosecco'! They would make a fantastic home warming gift or you may find one that just embodies your friend through and through. They are also incredibly durable and long lasting so they may enjoy your gift for years to come.

 

All of these items are available in our Broadstone and Westbourne stores.

Love Team Attic xx

 

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