Cheer Up Buys for January

By Jennifer Trak

On the first day of going back to work, it’s not easy to keep the spirits up. After a week of lying around and scoffing everything in the fridge while leaving a trail of Quality Street wrappers in my wake, reality is difficult to face. I will miss waking up at 11am on a weekday, my most pressing concern getting through the third season of my box set of The Sopranos with the cat at my side. 

With this in mind, there are ways to make January less painful and add a bit of cheer to what feels like the longest month of the year.

Red Lipstick

I love red lipstick. It’s flattering, bold and elegant. I spent most of my life wearing neutral lip glosses and sheer pinks but after initially feeling self-conscious the first few times I wore red on my lips, I’m a convert. If you want to ease yourself in, try a sheer formula like Lipstick Queen in Medieval, £20 at It’s the one beauty product that makes an immediate impact. (For bolder reds try MAC Ruby Woo, £13.50 or NARS Jungle Red, £17.50- pictured below).

New Fragrance

Take advantage of January sales and treat yourself to a new fragrance. Go for something a bit off the beaten path and try to steer clear of easily recognisable mass-produced fragrances. Try it on at the store and wear it all day to make sure it doesn’t turn and is long lasting (eau de parfum rather than eau de toilette). Try something like Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien £54 (50ml) at, a gorgeous blend of citrus fruits or Tocca Bianca £54 (50ml) pictured below.

An Etsy Treat

I have to tear myself away from browsing on for hours. It’s just like going to a craft or vintage market without leaving your couch. Affordable and original prints, handmade jewelry and cushions and unique vintage pieces - a tiny treat from will brighten up your home like this adorable Jungle Cat print from Wendy Presseisen, £12.

Fun and Comfy Shoes

A new pair of flat or low-heeled shoes is an affordable way to add a bit of punch to your wardrobe. Go for a bold colour or unique details like studs or gold detail like this Orange Panther Court Shoe from, £35.

Try a New Fringe

A faux fringe is a great way to change up your look for one day without committing. I was skeptical at first but after testing it, I have to say that I’m a convert to the “Winge” from, £30. You can go for the blunt wig-fringe or the “rock chick” shaggy style.

Main image print by Majalin on, £13.25

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 10:41 (GMT+00)
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