And just like that, November arrived.
I know I say it every month but these passing months seem to be going by ever so fast. But thanks to the gorgeous Styling the Seasons project, I relish the chance to celebrate each month and its season, rather than feeling bewildered by how year is flying by. Styling around my home means so much to me, and helps me feel grounded in whatever time of year it is. November is no exception, and this month the project has an extra special element - a collaboration with Emily Quinton over at Makelight! I'm lucky enough to assist Emily in her beautiful Makelight studio and by golly, it's fun. Watching students come in, be inspired and leave feeling more confident in taking beautiful images is wonderful. Plus, I get to play with all the pretty props! So, this month, Katy and Charlotte have teamed up with Emily to launch the special #STSxMakelight month. They're inviting everyone to join in, sharing your own seasonally styled flat lay (or styled surface if you prefer). The flat lay inspiration of course comes from Emily who daily makes the most gorgeous flat lay images, using her favourite flowers and props. The chosen winner this month will be given a place at one of Emily's upcoming workshops either in her London studio or online.
My November flat lay is a celebration of everything that the month means to me. I have to confess I was rather terrified at the prospect of styling it, as flat lays are not my strong suit. But, sticking to the style that works most for me (keeping things neat and orderly) I went for it, making tweaks as I went along. I was aiming for a sort of 'November essentials' story.
When gathering together my bits and bobs, I tried to stick to the tones I love - autumnal colours aren't really my favourite - and this softly hued hydrangea was the perfect alternative. Freshly picked from the garden, it brought the flat lay to life. All the other items are some of my most used daily pieces anyway - I usually veer towards anything gold, rosy or grey.
November for me is all about looking after myself and getting organised for the frantic advent to come. (Shh... don't tell anyone, it's nearly Christmas!) So, to represent the importance of taking time to relax and be mindful, I included my favourite hand cream and the amazing green balm. Perfect for wintery chapped skin! I added in my watch, because without it I'm pretty sure I'd constantly lose track of time. The rest of the items are a few of my favourite stationery pieces - all indicating my month of trying to get organised - making lists, wrapping gifts, writing notes to friends and keeping my diary up to date.
My final flat lay item is my 'let's stay in' tile, which I made a while back. Admittedly I'm a homebody at any time of year, but in the winter especially. The colder months are the perfect time to stay in and hunker down under a blanket and a hot drink.
So there you have it, my seasonally styled flat lay. I hope you like it! If you want to take part this month, to have the chance at winning the spot on one of Emily's Makelight workshops, then simply share your own image by 29th November, either on your own blog or on Instagram - just be sure to tag it with #STSxMakelight) so we can all see it!
Styling the seasons is a lovely project run by Katy and Charlotte. If you fancy joining in just blog, tweet or 'gram a pic of your styled surface and tag in @apartmentapothecary and @lottsandlots, using #stylingtheseasons.
All photos styled and shot by Ruth Garner for Gathered Cheer