hump day
noun informal
Wednesday, regarded as the midpoint of a typical working week.
"it's hump day and perhaps the toughest day of the week for you"

With Google confirming all of my suspicions about the true meaning of 'hump day' (I definitely need to update myself on modern phrases)- it feels more than appropriate to celebrate the middle of the week (after a long weekend) with a post all about pampering. Lately I've learnt the charm of switching off early- and with a little chat to some lovely people across Twitter and Instagram, learnt about the ways you all love switching off too (in case I've missed anything here)! So, trust me when I say that running a bath, keeping laptop time to daylight hours, treating yourself to something delicious and unwinding at the end of the day can make a world of difference.

So, slippers on and hair up- here is my rundown of the perfect hump-day pamper evening!



Step 1: Ambience
I like to think of solo pamper evenings as a 'date to myself'- dedicated me time that's a little bit self indulgent, makes me feel good and without having to foot the bill either. Pick out your favourite candle (this one from SOH Melbourne is currently number one), let it fill the room and dim the lights (or keen 'em on if you want to paint your nails). Whenever I've had a stressful day Joe will run a bath, switch off the lights and pop a few candles on- it's simple, but effective and is almost a guaranteed way of switching on the zen.



Step 2: Gather your materials!
It's not for everyone, but my goodness does getting in to a book chill me out. I've recently acquired a few favourites, which don't require an age to get stuck in to- and make for a perfect late afternoon pick me up, or early evening wind down treat. Plus, after checking phone apps like Moment (which track how long I spend on my phone daily)- I've realised how many pages I could truly tackle if I didn't have the spontaneous Instagram scrolls- and these are a handful of the reads I've been loving...

Inside Vogue, How To Be A Grown Up, Ctrl Alt Del, Bloom, Ice Cream For Breakfast, Sweetbitter, The Curated Closet, Violet Magazine, Sunday Girl Magazine

Note: Switching off is great (and largely necessary) but for a lot of people some deserved scroll-time is a way of unwinding- so if you fancy a blog read, Insta-Story viewing session or a check up of ASOS new in, don't deny yourself and feel guilty!



Step 3: Treat yourself...
What's a pamper evening without something deliciously indulgent to eat? I am a serious ice cream fiend (give me desert over starters any day of the week), so hearing about Magnum Tubs was incredibly exciting for yours truly. Acting like a giant Magnum in a tub (i.e a thick chocolate shell and lashings of creamy vanilla ice cream with more chocolate shards inside through the ice cream)- it's a total dream to get stuck in to and the perfect partner for your favourite box set. Coming in three delicious flavours (that's almond, white and classic)- it certainly makes solo Bridget Jones moments feel all the more glamorous too. One spoon only, please!

Step 4: Make it a movie
Ice cream in hand, candles lit- it's time to pick some viewing! Whether you get lost on YouTube, start a new series or turn to an oldie (but goodie)- I've listed a few of my favourite go-to picks for an evening in that fit my easy-watching criteria no matter what (and the things I could watch again and again and again).

The must-watch series...
Line of Duty, Stranger Things, LOVE, Peter Kay's Car Share, Gilmore Girls (always), The Crown, Parks & Rec, Friends

Undisturbed film time...
Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, Angus Thongs & Perfect Snogging, Dirty Dancing (you see a theme here?), Bridget Jones' Baby (how could I not?), Me Before You (if you don't mind the tears), Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Knocked Up



Step 5: You, You, You
One of the best parts of any pamper evening is running a big ol' bubble bath (or warm steamy shower)- hopping in, having a soak and using your favourite face mask. Prep some clean PJs, line up some nail polish for afterwards and dive in. At the moment I've been loving anything charcoal, clay or mud based (anything that deep cleans and offers tingles gets a thumbs up from me)- so taking ten minutes to really pamper is wonderful, and trust me when I say long showers and baths are the home of great ideas too!

x

Post in collaboration with Magnum, but love of ice cream, treating myself and relaxing all my own- trust me.

hump day
noun informal
Wednesday, regarded as the midpoint of a typical working week.
"it's hump day and perhaps the toughest day of the week for you"

With Google confirming all of my suspicions about the true meaning of 'hump day' (I definitely need to update myself on modern phrases)- it feels more than appropriate to celebrate the middle of the week (after a long weekend) with a post all about pampering. Lately I've learnt the charm of switching off early- and with a little chat to some lovely people across Twitter and Instagram, learnt about the ways you all love switching off too (in case I've missed anything here)! So, trust me when I say that running a bath, keeping laptop time to daylight hours, treating yourself to something delicious and unwinding at the end of the day can make a world of difference.

So, slippers on and hair up- here is my rundown of the perfect hump-day pamper evening!



Step 1: Ambience
I like to think of solo pamper evenings as a 'date to myself'- dedicated me time that's a little bit self indulgent, makes me feel good and without having to foot the bill either. Pick out your favourite candle (this one from SOH Melbourne is currently number one), let it fill the room and dim the lights (or keen 'em on if you want to paint your nails). Whenever I've had a stressful day Joe will run a bath, switch off the lights and pop a few candles on- it's simple, but effective and is almost a guaranteed way of switching on the zen.



Step 2: Gather your materials!
It's not for everyone, but my goodness does getting in to a book chill me out. I've recently acquired a few favourites, which don't require an age to get stuck in to- and make for a perfect late afternoon pick me up, or early evening wind down treat. Plus, after checking phone apps like Moment (which track how long I spend on my phone daily)- I've realised how many pages I could truly tackle if I didn't have the spontaneous Instagram scrolls- and these are a handful of the reads I've been loving...

Inside Vogue, How To Be A Grown Up, Ctrl Alt Del, Bloom, Ice Cream For Breakfast, Sweetbitter, The Curated Closet, Violet Magazine, Sunday Girl Magazine

Note: Switching off is great (and largely necessary) but for a lot of people some deserved scroll-time is a way of unwinding- so if you fancy a blog read, Insta-Story viewing session or a check up of ASOS new in, don't deny yourself and feel guilty!



Step 3: Treat yourself...
What's a pamper evening without something deliciously indulgent to eat? I am a serious ice cream fiend (give me desert over starters any day of the week), so hearing about Magnum Tubs was incredibly exciting for yours truly. Acting like a giant Magnum in a tub (i.e a thick chocolate shell and lashings of creamy vanilla ice cream with more chocolate shards inside through the ice cream)- it's a total dream to get stuck in to and the perfect partner for your favourite box set. Coming in three delicious flavours (that's almond, white and classic)- it certainly makes solo Bridget Jones moments feel all the more glamorous too. One spoon only, please!

Step 4: Make it a movie
Ice cream in hand, candles lit- it's time to pick some viewing! Whether you get lost on YouTube, start a new series or turn to an oldie (but goodie)- I've listed a few of my favourite go-to picks for an evening in that fit my easy-watching criteria no matter what (and the things I could watch again and again and again).

The must-watch series...
Line of Duty, Stranger Things, LOVE, Peter Kay's Car Share, Gilmore Girls (always), The Crown, Parks & Rec, Friends

Undisturbed film time...
Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, Angus Thongs & Perfect Snogging, Dirty Dancing (you see a theme here?), Bridget Jones' Baby (how could I not?), Me Before You (if you don't mind the tears), Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Knocked Up



Step 5: You, You, You
One of the best parts of any pamper evening is running a big ol' bubble bath (or warm steamy shower)- hopping in, having a soak and using your favourite face mask. Prep some clean PJs, line up some nail polish for afterwards and dive in. At the moment I've been loving anything charcoal, clay or mud based (anything that deep cleans and offers tingles gets a thumbs up from me)- so taking ten minutes to really pamper is wonderful, and trust me when I say long showers and baths are the home of great ideas too!

x

Post in collaboration with Magnum, but love of ice cream, treating myself and relaxing all my own- trust me.

20 comments:

  1. Love this post! I might just start a tradition of Wednesday Pampering!

    Briana | youngsophisticate.com

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  2. This sounds like the perfect pamper evenings! I've been wanting to try those Magnum tubs for aaages now - the idea of cracking the chocolate sounds ridiculously fun! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  3. These are such lovely ways o switch off and have some down time to relax! Sometimes I get so caught up with working or always being too attached to my phone that I don't give myself some time to properly relax. I love watching tv series, reading books and listening to some chilled music. Ice cream is definitely needed though! :)

    Kayleigh | www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

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  4. great post! I love this kind of evenings when it's just me and I can relax.. I've crossed so many films off my watchlist this way ahah x

    CLUB AVENUE / http://club-avenue.blogspot.com / instagram

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  5. Loved this! Great post, Olivia!

    XX

    Love, http://herrendezvous.com/

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  6. A good pamper on hump day is THE best way to survive the week. I love a good bubble bath (bath bomb essential), catching up with my favourite magazines and blogs and painting my nails. I've been forcing myself to switch my phone to aeroplane mode at 10PM every night recently too and it's amazing how refreshed I feel. I usually put it on silent but still pick it up for a late night scroll of Instagram or twitter - and I've managed to read a full book in the time I've saved!

    Kara
    www.spreadthesparkle.co.uk
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  7. You need to get on the magnesium bath salts, they are incredibly relaxing (you'll have the best sleep ever afterwards)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  8. As always nice post and photos :)

    www.evdaily.blogspot.com

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  9. omg that ice cream looks amazinggggg xx


    cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Yes Liv! Hump day pampers are the best. We had one yesterday with tea and doughnuts in bed, it was perf. I actually tried the white Magnum tub last week and it was DELISH, especially how the chocolate runs all the way through as well, ooft! Here's to ice cream and pampers erry day of the week. >:) Immy x

    www.immymay.com

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  11. Lovely post!! That ice cream looks amazing! x

    Millie | www.bymillie.co.uk

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  12. Ah the ice cream looks so good! I adore this post. X
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

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  13. This is a amazing and lovely post the ice cream looks so yummy!

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  14. What a perfect evening! I'm definitely planning this for next week after my exams! I absolutely adore Magnum ice-cream and that coupled with a face mask a good film (OMG Bridget Jones Baby is probs my new favourite ever!) followed by a bath and book = perfection!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

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  15. Such a lovely post, great photos.

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  16. Great post
    xx
    The Pink Pineapple
    new post:
    http://thepinkpineappleblog.blogspot.com/

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  17. Lovely post indeed. Btw, I also have Stephanie Dannier's "Sweetbitter" on my night stand. :)

    Domestic cleaning London expert

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  18. Great tips for relaxing...Everyone needs this.Love it xox

    Scarlett//http://fulhamcarpetcleaners.org.uk/

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  19. Still working on the keeping laptop to daylight hours thing (easier at this time of year!) but agree makes a world of difference X

    www.HattieWest.com

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  20. Wednesdays are usually great for me because it's my day off, so that's the perfect time for me to have a little pamper session! Even though I'm often too busy for that. However I do like to treat myself with food, and ice cream is just great for that! Magnum is one of my favourite ice cream brands, especially their almond ones!

    Julia x
    Last Post: A Holiday in Rome, Italy | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/roman-holiday-pt1.html

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