The 10 items that have changed my life during lockdown
We’re all learning to find new comforts without the closeness of family and friends, all within the confines of home. I’ve been using the time to start projects that I never finished (like this website!) and focus my energy on positive changes. These are a few of the mood-lifting products that have helped me lean into new rituals. Food for thought Meera Sodha - East 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing £14.99 With all this time at home, I’ve really been enjoying Meera Sodha’s latest book East. She makes it so simple for me to recreate my favourite restaurant meals at home. All vegetarian and/or vegan, it’s filled with 120 recipes including Japanese katsu curry, Beijing sichuan noodles and Malaysian serunding. Anthropologie colour-dipped chopsticks £16.00, HK Living Kyoto ceramics: Japanese ceramic bowl £21.00 Serve your home cooked meal in one these restaurant-worthy bowls and you won’t even notice you haven’t dined out in Soho in months. Sounds Sensible Jabra Move Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones from £52.17 Anyone else struggling to concentrate while their housemate or partner chats away on their 15th zoom conference of the day? Working from home with others is a struggle but these headphones have solved all my problems. With their soft leather ear muffs and long-battery life, I can keep them on all day and not even notice how hard I’ve been working. They stay in place when I’m out for a run too, which is a rare find for on-ear headphones! Sleeping Beauty John Lewis & Partners The Ultimate Collection Silk Standard Pillowcase, Gold £45.00
I am by no means a beauty guru but I do care about my skin. To accompany my simple routine of a nightly wash and moisturise, I bought this silk pillowcase and it’s just a dream. It’s so gentle on my skin and makes bedtime a luxury. What’s not to love? On your mat Lululemon - The Reversible Mat 5mm £58.00 My 5mm Lululemon mat has come into its own over the last couple of months. With the perfect amount of padding to protect my joints and an extremely grippy surface, it’s perfect for my daily HIIT and yoga workouts on IG live and Alo Yoga’s channel on YouTube. Bath-times essentials Cowshed Cosy Bath & Body Oil, 100ml £25.00 There has never been a better time to indulge in a long hot bath. The Cowshed’s Cosy bath and body oil is the best accompaniment with its floral, spicy fragrance that will sooth your mind and leave your skin feeling nourished. Bake-time Bake-O-Glide Baking/Cook Set, 6-Piece £11.95, Opinel Parallèle n°116 - Bread Knife - Wood Handle £27.40 I know I’m not the only one baking non-stop during lockdown but have you invested in reusable baking sheets yet? If you’re looking to up your game, these Bake-O-Glide sheets are essentials. They act just like normal paper but come pre-cut to standard sizes and you can clean them with hot soapy water when you’re done. You’ll probably also need a serrated bread knife to slice through that perfect crust on your sourdough, right? This Opinel knife is a game changer and looks extra chic with a beech wood handle.