Jan-xiety

  • How to beat the January Blues
  • Four ways to beat the January Blues
  • Winter Blues? A practical guide to getting more light in your light
  • This is why you feel blue in January and how you can beat it

All of the above are common headlines which pop up year after year post Christmas. The days are dark, the lights have ceased to twinkle, and everyone has surpassed their ideal weight. So January. It’s a joy isn’t is.

More and more people are trivialising the S-A-D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) syndrome which the NHS estimates effects one in 15 people in the UK between September and April. Whilst there are a respectable amount who genuinely suffer from this syndrome the majority of us are actually just a bit sad when January hits.

Not to mention this dry January faff which since 2014 has made us all feel guilty for not staying of the drink for the longest 31 days of the year. As if January isn’t bleak enough now we are all meant to give up alcohol too. Fantastic.

Now I am no doctor or psychologist and my opinion is merely that- an opinion– but I believe that the best way to tackle January is to try and laugh your way through it. Socialise more, not less, and if it means having a beverage then just do it. If you have New Years Resolutions and grand plans for the year ahead then get excited about them, and if you aren’t then scrap them. Sometimes the best way to get through darker months or darker times is with good friends and loved ones (a good ole belly laugh helps also).

On another note, I myself have a few New Years Resolutions:

  • Buy less and buy better. I am determined this year to knock my bad habit of impulse buying cheaper high street items, which I get bored of after two or three wears. I am going to try and save a bit more and invest in more quality pieces that I will have for years and years.
  • Nails. Must always be well manicured. Now I am pretty good at this one already but I want to keep this up. I may not always have make-up on and my hair sitting right but my nails, they will be done.
  • Learn how to look half decent in a photo. Remember that episode of friends with Chandler and the engagement photos. Yep that’s me.
  • Reassess work, play balance. The play part I have perfected over the past few years, but this year I am determined to work my absolute hardest and achieve certain goals which have been in the pipeline for some time.
  • See more of what Ireland has to offer. Do you ever feel like you never fully appreciate the country you live in? There are so many places in Ireland I have never been to and so many things I haven’t done here, so I am going to make better use of my weekends and start exploring some homegrown beauty.
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Ode to Autumn

 

My Mum always says “every season has its beauty” and I am a big advocate of that. As every new season rolls around I always say its my favourite- only to remind myself that I definitely say that about each one.

When you think of Autumn you think of changing colours, fallen leaves, that first morning when the stiff breeze reminds you that its now time for a coat, homemade soups and comfort food and cosy fires. Autumn for me is packing away the summer dresses and sandals and accepting the fact that I no longer even have a smidgen of a tan left anymore ,but it also means cracking out the chunky knits and lusting over all the new winter coats.

Truth be told that before the temperature has even hit single figures that perfect winter coat or ‘to die for’ knit will be sold out and you will be left with that deep feeling of regret in the pit of your stomach (terribly dramatic but if you’ve been there you’ll know what I mean).

I have included a number of my favourite bits of the moment, most of which I have hanging on the back of my door patiently waiting for the temperature to drop.

 

COATS

 

DRESSES

 

KNITWEAR

BOOTS

 

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Are Bricks and Mortar Stores a Thing of the Past?

A common consideration which has emerged in recent years is the effect online shopping has on traditional bricks and mortar retailers. There is no question that online shopping has made buying more convenient for more or less everything. From fashion to furniture to food we have all dabbled with online shopping at some point but how does it really compare to shopping in a store?

Global online sales are growing consistently and are estimated to make up 8.8% of total retail spending in 2018, interestingly the United Kingdom top the list of most E-Comerace sales at 18% nearly 10% more than the global average. Furthermore it is unsurprising that 37% of individuals aged between 30-39 shop online most frequently (at least once a week), as I suppose that these are the individuals who at large are balancing work, family and a social life and therefore seek the most convenient method of shopping.

I speak to people all the time who hate buying online. They complain of not being able to try things on or test the quality or simply because they prefer the thrill of going into a store, picking something up, buying at the till and swinging their shopping bags as they saunter through town.

I must admit I am in the other category of shopper. Whilst I wander in and out of the shops on the high street (what else is there to do on a lunch break?) I predominantly purchase everything at the click of a button. It could be the convenience or the ease or the fact that you don’t have to physically witness the monies dwindling away but really I think its the feeling of sheer excitement I experience when coming home to a stack of deliveries.

Don’t judge me when I say stack but that is no exaggeration let me tell you. I happen to be on first names basis with the Royal Mail delivery guy (Gareth), the MyHermes guy (Ralph) and the DHL guys (note the plural as they tend to vary). Every time I open the door I give them the ‘yes me again, don’t judge me’ look, but I don’t spend beyond my means so its not a problem. Right? View Full Post

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Polka- Dot Galore

Well it has been a while hasn’t it. There is no excuse other than I have been off, being extremely busy and the latter half of 2017 seems to have came and gone in a flash. As we all do I have made a New Years Resolution to be more proactive and consistent,  so here I am, back and ready and very excited for what 2018 will bring.

Over the years our appetites have been fed with many weird and wonderful textures and prints but this winter it is safe to say that it is the unambiguous polka dot that is making a comeback in a very serious way.

Polka dots have been spotted sashaying down the catwalk at Balenciaga and Loewe, lining the rails of our high street favourites such as H&M, Zara and Mango and of course filling our Instagram feed of street style stars who naturally put their own sartorial twist on it.

 

You can keep this print ultra feminine without paying homage to the 1950’s housewife and keep it refined and simple to prevent the ‘Cruella De Vil’ image when you enter a room. Or to give this classical print the va va voom it deserves consider pairing it with another clashing print such a bold stripe- primary colours will work best with these vivid prints.

 

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What Is Wrong With Being Overdressed?

I am a great believer in the saying ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have’. The job of my dreams is in Vogue, in a pristine office, with my favourite iconic magazine covers framed on the wall behind my desk, which houses my Mac, a stack of Vogues and a skinny flat white. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it, well this is a world away from where I am at the moment. 

Regardless of this, every day I wake up and I take time to consider my outfit. I carefully select my shoes and accessories to accompany my outfit with the intention of always looking my best. 

For the past couple of years looking well groomed and ‘properly’ dressed has been one of the biggest faux pas one could make. Suddenly the ‘it’ look was to appear as if you had rolled out of bed and put on whatever garments were scattered on the floor. Dressing up became outdated, uncool and most definitely too much effort. It is as if a refined exterior is a waste of time, and this more relaxed approach suggests “I am far too busy doing things of actual importance to care about what I am wearing”. After all, aren’t we all far too busy trying to climb up the career ladder and make ourselves more interesting on social media?

        

Since starting University four years ago I have constantly noticed that it is now totally looked down upon to be overdressed. However what I do not not understand is why. Personally I stand by Oscar Wilde, in stating that “you can never be overdressed or overeducated” and I display this with pride everyday. 

So where did this ‘care-less’ trend really start? In recent seasons things have gotten particularly messy, starting with the coat-over-shoulder-look (thank you Anna Wintour), things have since progressed to jeans which look like they have scarcely survived a violent encounter with a lawnmower and handbags no longer being carried over the shoulder or on your arm but rather shoved under your armpit making the strap entirely redundant. No matter what any fashionista will claim, trust me it is a lot more effort walking along on a blustery day in winter with your coat fashionably draped over your shoulders, I’ve been there, done it and eventually reached peak frustration and given up. As for sticking your bag under your arm, I am not talking about a tiny clutch bag you save for carrying your lipstick on a Saturday night, I mean your everyday bag, equipped with a makeup bag, laptop, spare pair of shoes (heck throw in the kitchen sink). Yep stick that under your arm and see how far you get. I can personally guarantee that you will not look as slick as Victoria Beckham who has the walk from her lobby to her car out the front. Now are you starting to see my point? Effortless has most definitely become too much effort. 

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