However, style matters. Whenever I feel a depressive episode coming up, I murmur to myself something like "Front gardens are the carte de visite of your house", and already feel better. For the records, I own neither a house nor a front garden, but it´s the thought that counts. Then I start imagining the house, doing planting plans and designing the evening dress I will wear when I´m watering said front garden on a balmy summer evening. Watering a garden is immeasurable therapeutic.
So, here are some of my Mantras.. Feel free to make them your own..
- Front gardens are the carte de visite of your house.
- If champagne can´t make you feel better, it´s probably serious.
- Radishes with salted butter go well with the champagne and feel more modern when served on an excessively elegant plate than strawberries.
- Cutting your hair after a break-up might not be a good idea. Going out and buying the new issue of Vogue is more recommendable. Read it sprawled out on the couch (it´s yours now), wearing an evening dress or your oldest underwear, whatever tickles your fancy most.
- Always surround yourself with flowers.
- No money? Buy flowers for three bucks and feel rich.
- A quarrel with your other half? Buy a huge bunch of flowers and put them on the table between you so you don´t have to see him/her.
(Do I sense a theme here?)
- No money to buy new clothes? Practice wearing your handbag in different ways to make your old rags seem new. Crumpled under your arm is particularly chic right now. Repeat "The allure is not in the bag but in the way to hold it" over and over again.
- When your life feels like the Titanic minutes after she encountered an iceberg, adopt John Jacob Astor as your sartorial style icon, and order another drink to make all the ice worthwhile. Remember, nonchalant quips are your friends.
- Painting the walls is the cheapest and quickest way to make your flat feel fresh again? That´s a lie. Still, do it. Someone here should have the Calamine-coloured walls that I so long for.
- Feel generally down? Read my blog. Still feeling down? Read my Facebook page and be grateful you don´t have four kids.