Our bedroom is our place for rest and recuperation after a long and stressful day, and a good bedside table is as important as a comfortable bed in order to help us relax. I'm not talking about the make and design of the table, but more what it has on it. It has to have everything on it, within arms reach of your bed, that will help you unwind and chill out after a long day.
Want to see what mine looks like?
There you go! All my necessities and things I need to relax on one table.
First off, a good book. What better way to relax then immersing yourself in another world, completely different from the one where all your worries and stress live. I'm reading Persuasion by Jane Austen at the moment. Its taking a while for me to get into it, but its still a good way to unwind at night. After going through my usual Facebook, DailyMail, Bloglovin' and Tumblr ritual at night, I need to turn off all my electronics and just read for a bit to be able to get to sleep. The longer I read, the easier it is for me to fall asleep.
Also a necessity to be able to read at night, a bedside lamp. Mine is just a £5 simple black one from Tesco. Cheap and cheerful.
And just a necessity for everyday life really - a bottle of water. Its a well known fact that its good to stay hydrated and there's no better way to accomplish that than to have a bottle of water sitting right beside you to remind you that you have to drink. I should really invest in a proper water bottle instead of relying on filling up my old Strawberry Flavoured Volvic water bottle... maybe I'll ask for one for Christmas!
Three new additions to my bedside table, and two of them are from my November wishlist post! These are actually my Christmas presents from my sister and her husband! A bit early, I know, but I was down there a few days ago and it seemed pointless for them to wrap up my presents and send them to me when I could just take them back myself. Also, I wanted to see her open her present from me, and so it was only fair that I got to open mine at the same time...
First off, a really pretty silver photoframe with my favourite picture of myself and Faith and John from her wedding day. I just adore that picture and it makes me happy and smile when I look at it. I think you need something in your room that cheers you up just by looking at it, and that picture right next to my bed does that job.
Second, my personalised strawberry and prosecco candle from Kisses and Creation [http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/kissesandcreations/product/personalised-candle]. I cannot explain how amazing this candle smells. I haven't even lit it yet, and yet my entire room smells amazing and sweet as soon as I walk into it. I'm waiting until after Christmas to actually light it, just so it makes it feel like it is an actual Christmas present. But to be honest, you don't even need to light it to be able to benefit from the smell. Seriously, you need to buy this candle. It smells so good that you just want to eat it. Also, light and fragrance are the most effective and easiest way to improve your rooms mood and ambiance and so a candle is the best way to combine both of these things, to make your bedroom the most relaxing place possible.
And third, my new strawberry and prosecco lipbalm. [http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/hearthandheritage/product/prosecco-and-strawberry-lip-balm-gift] I did not stick to my rule of waiting until after Christmas to use this present... As I've probably said before, I am completely addicted to lipbalm of any form and so I can't really relax unless I have one within reach which is why I always have lipbalm on my bedside table. Again, this lipbalm smells so amazing that you'll want to eat it straight out of the tin. It also makes your lips feel so silky and smooth.
Another necessity for me, are hairties. Because I have such long hair, I am constantly putting my hair up to get it off my face and to help cool me down. Anyone who uses hairties know that they are constantly going missing. You need a box or something to keep them all together and contained in one place. A couples of years ago, my friend James made this oragami box for me for Christmas, and filled it with chocolates. I've obviously eaten the chocolates since then and I now use the box to put all my hairties in. Its so handy to have them within reach when I'm lying in or on my bed and to have them in such a compact and pretty little box is an added bonus.
And lastly, my ring stand. I have two rings that I wear every single day and I don't like sleeping with them on because my fingers swell during the night and they just don't feel comfortable and I feel odd with them on at night. So what better place to put them, than on my 'rockstar' ring stand from Urban Outfitters? They don't sell this particular one anymore, but they do have a really nice marble jewellery hand for £15, http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5559382160101&category=JEWELLERY-STORAGE-EU
And just behind the ring stand, is a picture of me and my mum at Colleen's wedding in a really pretty pink picture frame. What better place to have pictures of your family, than right next to your bed?
So there is my bedside table!
What are the necessities that you have to have next to your bed? What do you have on your bedside table that makes your room your centre of relaxation?
Let me know!