My Sunday routine
I’m a big fan of rituals and my days are usually peppered with them. Most are seemingly insignificant, but personal and therapeutic nonetheless.
I remember a Nescafé ad on the television when I was young, where a woman, after vacuuming (no gender stereotypes here!), takes one sip of coffee and zones out to the tropics. After having kids, I totally relate to these moments and now make rituals out of nothing – a walk to the dairy, a cup of coffee etc. Suffice to say, I don’t think my daily rituals will make for exciting reading, but they work for me.
Sundays have changed for me in the last few years as I don’t have my sons on the weekend – a difficult adjustment to begin with.
I always wake early on Sundays, so my initial focus is coffee. Coffee on this day is different because I don’t have to kick into gear.
As the caffeine hit comes on, I start thinking about what I want to cook later that night and what I might need supplies-wise. This usually involves a mission to Asian grocers and specialty food stores.
As hard as I try, I just can’t get excited about the gym so, as far as exercise goes, I really love walking. I find it hugely therapeutic as it helps to clear my head. I usually head to Auckland’s west coast or North Head on the North Shore.
Every new year I pledge to start yoga again. I did it for years and absolutely loved it, but things got hectic. I will get back there one day.
Usually at about 4pm, I’ll start preparing dinner, pour myself a wine and start cooking with some good music on in the background. I’ve been listening to Harumi lately – it’s crazy good.
To really check out, a bath and glass of wine is top on the list for me. I’m not a big fan of complicated beauty regimes and like to keep it minimal. I use two products for everything, which means I use them up quickly so they are always fresh.
I use Sans [ceuticals] Goji Body + Face Cleansing Oil for body and face, and Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil on my face and body (as it is high in vitamin A), to shave my legs, take off my make-up and as a quick-solution hair serum.
The last thing on my Sunday agenda is to settle in and watch something from Netflix. At the moment I’m watching series three of Chef’s Table.
My ideal Sunday No plans. My typical Sunday As above. Ideal Sunday soundtrack
Karen Dalton, In My Own Time.
Fave Sunday café
Bolaven on Mt Eden Rd. Its Asian-style breakfasts are number one.
If you can stomach it, a litre of green smoothie that’s not sweet. Evidently your liver craves fat when you are hung over, hence the greasy food craving. So the best way to stop this is eating good fats like avocado on toast. Then about 5pm, have a glass of wine.
Best tip for Sunday night blues
Spend 10 minutes planning, and look forward to/get excited about all the good parts of your week. Then watch a good film.
Lucy Vincent is a top hair stylist turned beauty brand creator.