MY WFH REGIME: RHONA LANGAN

During these uncertain times, Luxe has been checking in at several 'home offices' across the region. This week, we head to Harrogate for a catch-up with personal stylist Rhona Langan...
MY WFH REGIME: RHONA LANGAN

I GET UP ON A MORNING FOR…

During lockdown, I’ve been waking up naturally around 7am without setting an alarm, which I love. My little Cavapoo, Duende, hears me going to the kitchen and we spend an hour or so just me and him, while the rest of the house is asleep. I relish this peaceful time.

BREAKFAST IS…

A nice frothy Nespresso Americano (the first of three!) and Skyr yoghurt with fresh banana, strawberries and blueberries – scattered with granola. My favourite meal of the day.

MY DESK SET-UP INCLUDES…

I settle down to work at my oak arts and crafts desk with a second coffee and a large glass of sparkling water with ice and lemon. The desk is a beautiful golden colour and has green and clear glass cupboard doors. It’s the best place for me to feel calm, centred and creative. 

Before lockdown, my styling business was almost entirely based in client’s houses, out on the high street, or in venues for group talks. Now, I catch up with my ladies via Zoom: it’s fine for assessing body shapes, advising on lifestyle dressing and helping with wardrobe decluttering, but it definitely doesn’t cut the mustard for personal colour analysis. It’s so important to see a client’s skin and eyes at first hand when diagnosing their best neutral and accent colours. This aspect of personal styling has to wait until it’s safe to see my ladies face to face once.

LUNCHTIME BRINGS…

If I have time before lunch I roll out my mat and do a 30 minute pilates routine using my favourite vibrant pink light weights. I play The Beach Boys on Alexa and imagine I’m working out in the Californian sunshine.

Lunch is butternut squash or broccoli and spinach soup with high protein rice-cakes and (current obsession) truffle gouda or goat’s cheese, a nectarine and apple. It’s so lovely to be able to sit down with my 16 and 21-year-old daughters. One of the absolute joys of lockdown for me is to have them both at home.

TO BREAK AWAY FROM MY HOME OFFICE…

Early afternoon is my out and about time: walking Duende in the beautiful countryside around Harrogate, or tending to my patio pots. They are brimming with large white daisies and sunshine yellow gerberas, roses and marigolds. I adore how yellow makes you feel happy, positive and optimistic.

WHEN 5 O’CLOCK HITS…

I catch up with my social media or write follow-up notes for clients before and after dinner. Then I settle down (ideally with a glass of fizz or rose) to watch a film or series with one or both daughters.

I’M WATCHING…

Normal People, Noughts and Crosses and State of Happiness. It’s also been wonderful to re-discover shows such as A Handful of Dust (how exquisite is Kristin Scott Thomas in that shell-pink satin evening dress?), and The Wings of the Dove (those Cerulean blue tiles and sublime Pre-Raphaelite peacock blue, green and lilac velvet dresses!) Amazing. 

I’M READING…

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel. It was wonderful to get lost in Thomas Cromwell’s world during the early stages of lockdown. Another great book I’ve recently enjoyed is American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins – a compelling story of a mother and son fleeing the Cartel on Mexico’s migrant trail. It really put our lockdown sacrifices into perspective.

I’M LISTENING TO…

Happy summer music, always. The Beach Boys, Mamma Mia soundtracks and Camilla Cabello. I’m also loving Rachel Peru’s Out of the Bubble podcast – fantastic, inspiring stories from women of all ages. 

3 TOP TIPS FOR STAYING AT HOME…

1. Create a (flexible) routine so that each day has a purpose and structure that can also be altered to allow time out to adjust to what’s happening in the wider world or for impromptu catch-ups with friends and family. It’s ok if you don’t achieve great things every day. These are tough times and sometimes you just need to step back and reset.

2. Wear your happy colours and do your hair and make-up every day, whether you’re working from home, visiting the supermarket or socially distanced out and about. On the few lockdown days when I have ditched this, I’ve felt sluggish and been way less productive. When I look good, I feel good and I power through the day’s tasks. Hoodies in your best colours are a morale boost whilst still feeling snuggly and relaxed for home working. If you’re on Zoom for work, family quizzes or virtual drinks parties, wear you best colours next to your face and choose jewellery and make-up that enhances your natural skin tone. You’ll energise yourself and everyone who sees you. Spread the positivity!

3. Find joy in the here and now with your lockdown people and celebrate their successes and birthdays in style. For my daughter’s 21st we bought delicious Greek food, dressed up in white summer dresses and heels, posed for photos in front of silver balloons and watched and sang along with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. We all agreed that it was one of the best birthdays ever, with only three guests!

QUOTE OF THE DAY…

Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.” – Wassily Kandinksy


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