Now that the festivities are over, it’s time to find something else to celebrate. My suggestion is to spend this month (and hopefully, beyond) celebrating YOU!
January can feel like a tricky month, with long dark days, miserable weather and resolutions to eat more healthily and move more in an attempt to counteract the excesses of December.
Whatever your New Year’s goals are, I’d like you to add in the intention of changing up your usual self-care routine to include a focus on your style.
IS GREAT STYLE A FORM OF SELF-CARE?
You bet it is. My focus on style is so much more than supporting people to look good. What I truly, deeply care about is helping women to feel comfortable and fabulous in their skin. There are so many ways to achieve this and I’ve included three really easy ways for you in this blog.
Great style doesn’t mean following fashion. It doesn’t mean constantly buying new clothes and it certainly doesn’t mean copying what your friends are wearing.
It’s about knowing what makes YOU look and feel YOUR very best. And I don’t just mean for those times when you are all dressed up for an important or exciting event. I mean always. From delicious nightwear and cosy loungewear to sleek work outfits and fun ‘going-out’ looks.
THREE EASY WAYS TO CELEBRATE YOU:
1. Forget your rules
Instead of throwing on the nearest/easiest top and leggings tomorrow, spend a moment or two browsing in your wardrobe – as if you are in a shop. Find something different to wear and don’t let your pre-conceived ideas or self-imposed ‘rules’ about which pieces are for which areas of your life stop you. If something catches your eye and makes you smile, wear it. You deserve to wear nice things and your nice things deserve to be worn more often!
Instead of vegging out with Netflix all evening, do a bit of multi-tasking. Before you settle down, grab a towel and fill a bowl with warm soapy water and soak your feet as you watch. Then give yourself a DIY pedicure. Every time you catch your colourful toes (or if you don’t fancy colour, use a luxurious looking nude), you’ll remember that you did that lovely thing for yourself. Do your fingers too if you have the time, or save them for tomorrow.
3. Embrace your inner Goddess
Even if your outfit of the day is loungewear, spend at least a few moments doing your hair or popping on a touch of make-up. Relaxing and being comfortable does not have to equal looking a complete mess. Celebrate YOU by dressing like the goddess you are, even on a stay-at-home day. Pull out your best cashmere, pop on some earrings and your favourite perfume. Then add your comfy leggings and slippers and enjoy the new sensation of being stylishly cosy and comfy.
What else could you do to celebrate you? Share your ideas with me below.
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I don’t do enough of this Helen, so lovely to be reminder how simple little things can bring me joy!
I add a pop of colour with lipstick or jewellery as this rally lifts my mood and can make a relatively simple outfit look fabulous!
The power of lipstick! And I know you have already have all the fab jewellery – I’m gald you know it doesn’t need to be saved for ‘best’. x
Fab info !!!
Following on from your recent post, I bought myself some lovely velour loungewear to wear today when I’d gifted myself a TV day. I put on a little makeup and my favourite perfume and really enjoyed the day drinking tea and relaxing. Thanks for the tips Helen 🙂
Well done Wendy! I hope your TV day rejuvenated you beautifully. x
Today I wore my crystal encrusted ‘smoking slippers’ to the office. It zhuzhed up a black pants suit and made me smile. Lots of compliments too.
Sounds suitably glam for you Zoe! Comfortable and stylish 🙂
I’ve really struggled with wearing ‘good’ clothes when I work from home and my trips out are either just for supermarket shopping or dog walking. BUT, since I decluttered my wardrobe through you in 2021 and then discovered Kettlewell (also thanks to you Helen!) I’ve started investing in colourful, well designed and made casual pieces. I stick with jeans/jeggings on the bottom half to allow for muddy paws but now wear beautiful earthy (I’m a HOC autumn leaf) toning layering pieces on the top. I also have bright autumnal colours dyed into my hair (think teal/purple/green – my fun/rebel statement but easier to change than a tattoo!). And I’m making the effort most mornings to put on my tinted moisturiser and soft pencil eyeliner (I’ve never been much of a lippy girl, but eyeliner makes me feel ‘dressed to go’.
Wow Mandy, thank you for sharing this. I’m absolutely delighted that you’ve made such great progress since The Wardrobe Reboot Challenge last year. I’m preparing for the next round in February so hopefully this will inspire others to get involved and take control. And your hair sounds fabulous! The perfect way to bring out your personality. x