Busting the January blues

Busting the January blues

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So Monday the 16th of January came and went. To most people this is another normals day but apparently over recent years it has been coined as the most depressing day of the year. With the all the fun and festivities behind us and just enough time to let some of those new years resolutions starting to slip away, it can be all to easy for mid January to turn into a bit of a downer. However, having spent one to many evenings alone in the flat nursing a one too many bowls of weetabix and nearly resorting to watching everything in my subscription box a second time round, i’ve finally unearthed myself from under the duvet to get out and get proactive and try to set an example to myself for the rest of the year. Only time will tell if this works out or not! So here is a list of my best ways of trying to bust the new year blues this January! 

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Taking up a new hobby 

Be it tap dancing or tiddlywinks there is never a better time than any than at the beginning of a new year to pick a new hobby. After all the socialising of the party season I will be the first one wanting to turn into a bit of a recluse and spend the best part of the month hiding under a pile of pillows. However taking up a new hobby will not only get you your creative juices flowing and your brain back into gear but it could also give you the opportunity to socialise more and meet more like minded people. And who knows what might happen, you find that you rather quickly become the best miniature model cake crochet-er in the country! (Genuine failed hobby of mine #807) 

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Get out and get active! 

Now hear comes the old cliche of starting off a new year by getting fit and healthy. By this I really don’t mean you have to go out and sign your life away to a new gym that you will use once, get intimidated by the large muscly men and continue to spend your evenings at home binge watching Lost with a large bowl of trifle (got to put the weetabix down on some occasions). Getting the so good old fresh air pumping through your lungs from a simple walk around the park or leisurely bike ride can do you the world of good after being cooped up inside all day. After all, it will give you an excuse to try out that new pedometer that you were so lovingly given by your mum for christmas, not as a hint or anything! 

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Go to the cinema 

With Brent and Bridget making their returns to our screens last year, cinema has definitely been on good form recently. But with awards seasons now well underway the beginning of a new year is always brimming with brand new brilliant films to take a good gander at. Whether it be action or animation that tickles your fancy, I find its a great way to pass the time in the cold winter night. 

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Having a “spring” clean and getting rid of all the crap 

Lambs may not have started leaping, daffodils may not have started growing and spring may not have sprung quite yet however spring doesn’t have to be here quite yet to have a good old clear out. I always find having a good old cleanse of your surroundings at the beginning of a new year will make for a much happier and healthier you. All the stuff which we have manage to accumulate over the year that we have desperately convinced ourselves that we need can either be chucked out or given a brand new how for someone to love more than you. And besides, you need to make some room for all those brand new christmas presents anyway. 

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Find some new meals. 

I know its a pain but with most of the tins of biscuits laying bare and selection of various cheeses all finished off, its time to put down the tin of quality street and find actual proper meals made with actual proper healthy things and stuff. I’m not saying go on some crazy celery juicing health kick (if celery juice is even a thing) however after having one to many batch cooked, reheated bolognese’s at the end of last year I definitely think it is time to broaden my culinary horizons and try something which isn’t 90% pasta! 

Now I just have to go and put all these into practise!

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Photos | Tom Flathers

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Isle of Arran | Part 1

Isle of Arran | Part 1

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As you may remember (don’t worry I know you don’t) that A while ago I mentioned on my Instagram that me and my pal Tom took a wee trip over the the Isle of Arran. As someone who rarely goes on holiday a weekend away in the same country I live in for me is probably the everyday persons equivalent to 2 weeks in the Maldives. You may be thinking how nice is was to get away to a far flung island for a couple of days to relax and chill out without any thoughts of work. Well, it would have been stupid to go somewhere so unique and beautiful and not do some blog photos right? lots of photos in fact. 

So for the next few weeks through the power of the photograph be guiding you through my wee little trip to Arran.

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With leaving all the booking up to Tom and had done little research into the isle myself, I really didn’t know what to expect when I was getting there, well less know what to expect more than I expected it to be a tiny little island with a population of about 5 people and a dog (and many many sheep) and being so tiny a little fishing boat would be in order to get to it. When the large ferry pulled up into the port it new my expectations were a little wrong.

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With this being the morning that we arrived I kept the look very casual and simple with these grey mom jeans and oversized shirt and jumper. I love the mixture of textures and prints within the combination of the striped shirt, the knitted jumper and woven scarf. Keeping them all within the same colour pallet they all work together well, despite all being thrown on in a hurry to be warm and cosy from the February chill. 

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(i’m such a cool fashion model ;) )

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Style File – The favourite statement scarf

Style File – The favourite statement scarf

Now with the winter nights drawing in and the weather up here in Glasgow taking the turn, it is defiantly time to crack out the winter warming scarfs. (As if I am someone who doesn’t wear a scarf the whole yeah round.) So taking the opportunity when the weather wasn’t blowing a gail or raining horizontally to go out and take a couple of pics of probably my favorite scarf (big claim for me!) 

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To make it on the podium of favourite this has been a long suffering scarf of mine being one of the ones which started the whole obsession off all those years ago. Many a day has this warmed, tended to my neck and completed an outfit in one fail swoop. The 2 main things which made me fall in love with this one is the pattern and the size of it. Being a lover of a simple black and white pattern this was defiantly the first thing that caught my eye with this one. I also simply love the zig zag effect pattern which it is made up from. The uncomplicated repeat makes it worked wrapped around the neck or just hung around to flow downwards. I love how this scarf can instantly lived up a plain outfit just with monochrome without having to try and work with colour which as you know for me can be a struggle. Also with being a rather simple regular pattern it is easy to wear with other patterns, colours (and especially lipstick). Sometimes a simple black and white can be more eye catching and striking than colour. This one has also been my most commented scarf on over the years which has got to mean something right?  

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With now starting uni and finding out a lot more about weave, the process and the result you can get, I have a new appreciation of the designing and effort which went in to making this scarf (thank you Mr H&M). 

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Now to everyone who say ‘wow its so big, its like a blanket’ yes I do realise it is rather big but to all those short haired girls out there who feel the cold, sometimes we need a little bit more insulation around the old neck area (and with the fact it plainly looks cool, but thats always the excuse that we give ;) ). Too many times over my life I have looked at a picnic blanket or rug and wondered how good it would look as a scarf, but don’t worry, I haven’t started disturbing happy picnicking families in order to steal me a brand new fashion accessory. To be honest, this was one which I actually owned for quite sometime before I got the balls to wear it due to it being so big. At one point I was even going to make an effort to somehow cut it in half and sew it smaller (??) but thank god I changed my mind from that idea. Now just look how times have changed.

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It disappoints me that it is starting to wear out a bit, getting bobbley and a bit scruffy round the edges that it has got to the stage where I have been tempted to upgrade to a new model (the shock and horror) with there being so many black and white scarfs around in the shops at the moment, however I do think it should have plenty of life in it yet! 

So combining the pattern, the warmth and the general loveliness of it, this is what has got it to the place of my favourite.  

Simular to mine: 

With mine having gone out of the shops years ago I managed to find 2 very similar ones currently available both from mango. Mango at the moment have currently got a brilliant collection of scarfs out with me being far too temped to buy so many of them but did restrain myself (well…ish) Both of these are a lovely black and white woven effect with a simular zig zag pattern, with the second being surprisingly similar to my own.  If your looking for a new scarf this winter i’d defiantly give mango a good browse. 

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Also wearing: 

Dark navy coat – Zara (actually a charity shop) 

Black ripped jeans – Topshop 

Floral orange cami top -Urban Outfitters 

Black long sleeved top – Primark 

Lipstick –  Mac – Retro matte All fired up

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