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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

The classic coat

The classic coat

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Every year winter rumbles on around (funny that) and it was finally time to tear myself away from my beloved leather jacket and into something a little bit more practical for the season. Despite last years orange number still being very much in my good books, Zara has pulled it out the bag again this year with this beautiful double breasted grey number which I have had glued to my shoulders.

Not to diminish my love for a good jumper but probably my favourite things about winter dressing is being able to crack out a good old coat and wrap up all warm and cosy. This look really encapsulates all of my favourite styles at the moment of with the ever so practical for the ankles culottes, a good knitted jumper and obviously a good old cosy coat. With the simple accessories of a chunky black belt and small and simple bag, they nicely finish this simple yet stylish look and keep everything very comfy with my Adidas Gazelles .

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PHOTOS : TOM FLATHERS 

COAT | CULOTTES | JUMPER | SHOES | BAG 

Style File – A Day in the Snow (again) + VLOG!

Style File – A Day in the Snow (again) + VLOG!

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The snow may be long gone now here in Glasgow (yet it still decided to leave the cold weather behind) but I couldn’t help having a little reminisce about the beautiful fluffy stuff, and not just with a blog post, oh no no, with a video as well! I finally bit the bullet and decided to stray into the realms of what my mother like to call ”the youtube’’ and start vlogging. So if you would like to see me frolicking around in the snow, click the link below! 

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So with the snow crunching under our feet we headed off to Kelvingrove park in the lovely west end of Glasgow to get some fun little shots. It was so nice to see so many family’s and groups of friends out enjoying the snow (and for once we didn’t look odd taking loads of photos with everyone joining on the band wagon). It was nice to let out my inner 5 year old again if not for very long throwing around some snowballs and couldn’t I resist joining this funny line up of snowmen 

As much I wanted to put on the biggest puffa jacket with many many layers of thermals underneath, I braved the cold to with one of my new favourite looks with really wanting to show it to you (don’t worry, not frost bite was caught in the making of this blog, my jacket was surprisingly warm). As ever it centres rather solely around black but I added a touch of pattern with, you guessed it, a scarf. (more about this in my statement scarf post here) 

I have to give a moment of appreciation for my favourite part of this outfit which has to be this skirt. Nowadays I far prefer long skirts over mini skirts finding them more comfortable, not worrying about putting them down all the time, more stylish and more age appropriate (god I sound about 50!) Its made of such lovely silky fabric which doesn’t cling to you, resulting in it’s meters of fabric flowing from places I didn’t know they could flow from.  With it being a dark plain colour it is very versatile meaning you could be a lot more adventurous than me with just a plain black jumper. 

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Style File – A day in the snow!

Style File – A day  in the snow!

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Finally the Scottish weather played up to its reputation. We may have had to wait until January but eventually it snowed! From growing up in the countryside the snow was always rather bitter sweet to me. It will look lovely for about 10 minuets but probably end up leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere for days on end with just the sheep for company. So controversial statement alert but I don’t really like the snow. But since moving into a city centre, being able to walk through the beautiful Glasgow Westend with the snow falling all around you and crunching under you Doc Martens, you can’t help but like it a teeny tiny bit. 

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Obviously with it snowing warm clothes were a must, being the best excuse to wear my biggest scarf and bobble hat! Now I may be known for wearing a large scarf from time to time however I think this one must be the most blanket-esk one yet. I love this bright orange and blue tartan scarf from Zara and it was the perfect way to stay cosy and keep the snow at bay. It also brilliantly brightened up the rest of my all black along with my snuggly bobble hat. 

Outerwear wise there was no big puffa jacket in sight just this simple black cord jacket. Cord isn’t usually a fabric I would go for with it just reminded me of my Granddad’s trousers, however in this jet black colour with the lovely soft sheep skin esk lining (making it surprisingly warm) it has made it to one of favourite items in my wardrobe . 

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As someone who has already become a victim to the snow with my bum knowing a certain path far too well, Doc Martens may not have proved my perfect Scottish weather shoes in terms of grippy-ness but they did keep the frostbite at bay. 

I know you can barely see it but I do have a give a mention to this black denim shirt dress ( I know, another) with it being the one item I can’t stop wearing right now. Ever since buying it I have had to ration myself wearing it otherwise it would be on my person at all times. 

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Photos – Tom Flathers 

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Festive Favourite 2 – The bright red lip

Festive Favourite 2 –  The bright red lip

When you think of typically christmassy colours, red is definatly for me the one which springs to mind first and If there is ever an excuse to wear bright red lip, then christmas time it the time to do it. Bold lip colours are always something I would associate more with the winter months with being surrounded by the darker autumnal colours and darker winter clothing. It was always one of those things that I looked at the other people wearing and dreamed of being able to confidently pull it off. Now I’m not claiming that now a days I can effortlessly pull it off but I now managed have the confidence to wear it on a every day basis

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My favourite red lipstick and the one I’m wearing in this post would have to be this classic from Mac ruby woo.This one is very much the classic bright red in my eyes with being light enough and dark enough at the same time. This is part of their retro matte collection. For me I would never go for anything other than matte. With the colour its self being so bold you don’t want to overdo it with piling shimmer or gloss onto that as well. Also, obviously you cant dispute mac’s staying power with their matte lipsticks. With this one being their retro matte formulas it is more drying than their others so by the end of the day can be a bit uncomfortable on the lips but if you keep them well moisturised before and after its perfectly fine.  

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A couple of my other lip favourites:

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Mac’s Russian Red – another Mac lippy, this one is slightly darker and more of the classic ‘movie star red’ and is very comfortable on the lips. If you find ruby woo a bit to drying then this is a great alternative.  

The Bourjois rouge edition velvet liquid lipstick in 04 peach club – So this one isn’t strictly a red and more on the side of an orangey red is on that I still wear a lot. This one tends to be my more red alternative in the summer months with it not being quite as brightly pigmented and lighter in colour. With it being a liquid lipstick it is very weightless on the lips. 

The Rimmle Kate Moss lipstick in 107. In terms of lipsticks from the drug store Rimmle would tend to be the brand I would go to with having such good formulas and colour ranges. The Kate Moss range has to be my favourite one of theirs. Again this one isn’t really a red more of a dark pinky plumy colour and overall a lovely berry colour for the winter.  

The rest of the products I used for this look I have all detailed in my everyday makeup routine post here. 

Products: 

Mac Ruby Woo

Mac Russian Red

Bourjois rouge edition velvet liquid lipstick – peach club

Rimmle Kate Moss lipstick 107

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Photographs taken by Tom Flathers at St Fagins Castle in Cardiff 

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