The lake, the fog, and giving presence.


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I was mindlessly browsing YouTube last weekend, when LuluLemon’s ’Give Presence’ Christmas campaign advert popped up on the video I’d just clicked through to. I got ready to hit ‘Skip Ad’, whilst sitting through those obligatory five seconds of viewing time. But when those five seconds were up, I watched five more, and five more after that, and before I knew it the whole advert was up. It was the idea of ‘giving presence’ that really got me. The idea that the most valuable thing we can give is our full attention to the moment we’re in, the people we’re with, the beauty we’re surrounded by. The mantra of ‘give presence, give presence’ has been going over and over in my head ever since I watched the video, and I already feel like it’s helping me to be less distracted and more concentrated on breathing deeply and living in the moment.

These photos were taken during a walk round the lake, when the air was thick with mist and we could barely see from one side to the other. Teddy fished a tennis ball out of the water and carried it like a trophy the whole way round, and we stopped lots of times to breathe and relax and enjoy the amazing crisp air. Turns out, presence is where it’s at…

What I wore :: Faux-fur headband {a gift from last Chrismas, similar here} || Jacket {past season Toast, similar here} || Jeans || Scarf || Boots

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  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    What a beautiful post! I love the dreamy, slightly eerie quality of the photos, and you’re right, it’s so important to remember to be present. Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve found it harder and harder to be present in the moment, without thinking about various forms of social media! It’s a particularly good mantra to bear in mind at this time of year, when life can get so hectic.

  • Giada

    All these pictures are breathtaking, I love the winter fog, it’s beautiful!

  • Ala Skrakowski

    It’s a very relevant notion. I love when something unexpected takes you like that and stays at the forefront of your mind! On another related note, Shay’s brother-in-law is one of Lululemon’s ambassadors – pretty cool! x

  • Maria

    This looks beautiful! I love your scarf. x

  • Chelsea

    Lovely post today…such an important thing to remember.

  • Daisy

    This is lovely! How I wish I was there!

  • arielle

    I couldn’t agree more about being present! I feel like we all get so boggled down by our to-do lists, but it’s true what they said about it being there because we said ‘yes’ to it. thanks for sharing, rosie! and gorgeous pictures. I’ve had a serious hankering for fog lately and this just about did the trick. happy american thanksgiving!

    love, arielle

  • Pili G

    I love your outfit! and the place looks so cute! What breed is your dog? He is adorable! haha
    Great job

  • Bethan

    These photos are beautiful! I love your entire outfit too.

    Bethan || Bethan Lucy

  • Gemma@Little Pieces

    I can so relate to this – I have made it a goal for December to be more present and enjoy the christmas season. I’m far too guilty of being attached to my phone or laptop! PS – love that scarf :) x

  • Anca

    Love the outfit and the pictures, but I like even more what you said about giving presence.


  • Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

    I adore these photos, and your dog is adorable!

  • Dominique

    such beautiful wintery pictures!

  • Connie

    the pictures just look absolutely stunning! Thank you for reminding me about the idea of giving presence…A nice thing to ponder upon.

    Connie from theconbonz

  • Kenzie Smith

    Those photos are all gorgeous — I love the way fog settles in the air, it is both spooky and pretty. I hope you have a wonderful day today!

  • Jessica Edmunds

    Gorgeous shots and I love your outfit, impeccable as always x

  • Carly

    These photos are so gorgeous. I couldn’t agree more about the meaning behind giving presence and trying to adopt the notion into our own lives. It’s something I’ve definitely been striving more and more for lately.

    Also, just wondering, do you take a tripod with you to capture these photos? Or does Jason take them? However you get them, they are so beautiful!

    Carly xo

  • Kirsten Wick

    Those photos are amazing! I love Hunter boots too :) Kirsten xx

  • Sophia

    I need to see this advert! That strikes such a chord with me, we do need to get better at being present fully with people in this world where our brains have ‘too many tabs open’ so so true! Lovely pictures by the way :)

  • Emma

    Beautiful photos! I can almost feel the cold air and mist through them. Love what you’re wearing, the headband is perfect for those kind of chilly walks!!

    Emma x

  • Georgina

    What beautiful pictures :)

  • Tamsin | A Certain Adventure

    Oh myyyy, these photos are just beautiful. Mist really does make everything so romantic! Totally loving your outfit here too – I’m such a city mouse, I always see jackets and wellies as so idyllic and redolent of the country :) Gorgeous girl! xx

  • Flora

    Good message, Rosie – I am most definitely not a ‘present’ person at the moment. It’s a constant wheel of next job, next project, next office visit, next tank of petrol, next weekend, next night out, next morning…know what I mean!? So maybe that will be my New Years Resolution. :)

    By the way, I have this scarf too and it’s by far my favourite, but it is driving me mad too! Do you find it’s an awkward length and shape?I love that it’s long but it’s quite literally a blanket and I’m struggling with tying it in any sensible way… you seem to have cracked it!


  • Kate

    These pictures are so magical! I love them x

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