January again already and it’s time for those fresh starts and new ideas we keep hearing all about. Start 2017 with what’s on our style agenda.
January is a tough month lets face it but we’re here to help, whether that’s trying to convince you to add new colours into your wardrobe or download a new app to turn your phone into something even more addictive these are our fail-safes for what to do in January.
In With the New
Gone a bit OTT in the sales? It happens! If you need to make a bit more room in the wardrobe (just like Kim, above) then January is the perfect time to de-clutter and make way for all things fresh and new. We’re prescribing a wardrobe detox… much better than the dieting kind! Check out our post How to Clear Your Wardrobe for the New Season to start editing down that jam-packed closet.
If you’re feeling the January blues and the clutter extends far beyond your wardrobe then give Marie Kondo’s book ‘Spark Joy’ a go. It’s all about going through your things one-by-one and assessing each item to see whether it brings you happiness… if not, then it could be time to say goodbye.
Live Life Nordic Style
The trend for everything Nordic has been growing, and shows zero sign of slowing. This month London’s Southbank Centre launches a year-long festival celebrating Scandinavian culture, while the art of hygge (the Danish philosophy of comfort, joy and cosiness – pronounced ‘hue-ugh’) is the buzzword that just won’t quit. We’re predicting more Scandi-inspired decor, food and fashion will be hitting the mainstream in 2017.
But Elle Magazine is pitching ‘Lagom’ as the new Nordic ethos to follow, meaning ‘just the right amount’ and summed up as being frugal, fair and balanced. Don’t worry if your experience of Scandi-style starts and ends with IKEA though… just use hygge as your excuse for hibernating all January long. Sofa, cosy knit, blankets… sorted!
App-y New Year
Find a better use for your phone than cat videos this January. We get bored of our new year resolutions by day 7, so if (like us) you need a little help staying on track then there are a whole load of apps that will keep you motivated.
Elevate: Trouble staying focussed or want to be better at maths and grammar? These daily challenges are a great way to exercise your brain.
The Walk, £2.29: Developed in collaboration with the NHS and Department of Health, this game turns your daily step target into a story. Keep walking to see how it unravels.
Stylebook, £2.99: Keep track of your clothes, plan outfits or packing lists and work out your cost-per-wear with this super-organised app.
Myfitnesspal: It’s not new but it does have one of the best food databases around to help track your meals and activity.
Calm: A top-rated meditation and mindfulness app to help achieve inner zen.
Acorns: Make great use of spare pennies with this clever app that invests as you spend.
Book a Trip
With a fair few cold and dark days ahead before spring returns, we’re daydreaming about booking a holiday and getting away from it all. The perfect antidote to all that healthy-eating talk, the Lonely Planet Food Trails book is the perfect inspiration with weekend getaway ideas for foodies. Discover where to stay, what to do and most importantly, what to eat! The perfect treat to look forward to once we’ve made it through January’s spending, eating and drinking cut-backs. If all else fails, choose sunshine. Nothing makes grey days go quicker than guaranteed sun rays.
Left: Max Mara. Right: Gucci
Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 is ‘Greenery’, a vibrant yellow-green hued shade with statement appeal. Spotted on the catwalk, in interiors and coming to the high street for spring, it’s definitely worth getting on board with this striking shade. Not sure if you can wear it? You can.
Still not sure what to do in January?
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