And just like that, we are in 2017. It always takes a few days - maybe even a week - to let the dust settle on Christmas and New Year and to really get stuck into the month and with people generally in a low-key, low-alcohol, low-fun mood, poor January gets a bit of a rough deal. But if you are willing to brave the cold and get out of the house there is a lot going on to get you on the right track for the year - start as you mean to go on!
What To Do:
Celebrate Chinese New Year
Celebrate The Year of the Rooster with a visit to the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House. With an amazing installation of illuminated lanterns and floats, the festival's theme this year is "Explore the Silk Road" and promises to be an atmospheric and magical event. As well as the beautiful lanterns you can enjoy an ice rink and mini fair ground. Great for kiddies!
From Thursday January 19th at Chiswick House
Raise a Toast to Robert Burn's
Warm your cockles with a dram of whisky in celebration of the famous Scottish poet's birthday. Whilst haggis won't be to everyone's liking, a Scottish inspired supper and recitals of Burn's poetry is a wintry recipe for fun. Kilts and bagpipes optional. If you aren't up to doing it yourselves and are in London then head to the brilliant Mac & Wild - they will be holding a host of events throughout the week - including Burns menus, music and a whisky and beer pairing event. Get booked in quickly http://www.macandwild.com/burns.html.
Burn's Night - Wednesday January 25th - Mac & Wild has events going on for the entire week from Monday January 23rd.
What to Watch:
Minamilism: A Documentary About Important Things, Netflix
How might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less. Our fast fashion additction is covered and it makes for some truly inspiring watching - ideal for a touch of January lifestyle inspiration.
Where to Go:
Skiing Off Piste
Nothing beats a good week on the slopes - fresh air, sunshine, a bit of exercise and a lot of apres ski, what's not to love? Well one we can think of is certainly the price - you might need to re-mortgage your house if you want to ski in the resorts you might have visited as a child these days! So think outside the box and visit one of the lesser known resorts in Europe. Bulgaria has been up and coming for a while but our tip is Baqeira-Beret in the Pyrenees. Amazing skiing, good weather and Spanish tapas, at half the price of the Alps - it's a no brainer! Be sure to cosy up in some of our gorgeous knits for the perfect ski bunny look.
What to Eat:
Nourish, nourish, nourish...
So we know January is all about detoxing and healthy living but in this dark, cold month we think nourishment is just as important and sometimes nourishment comes in the form of a good glass of red wine! The point is to eat well - organic, healthy but also not depriving yourself of what you crave to make you feel good. We will be cooking up a load of warming curries with extra seasonal veg added at every turn. Soups will be another mainstay a our purse-strings are a little stretched. For a little sweetnes that we all need at this time of year we'll be making the most of seasonal oranges with an orange and polenta cake. Mmmmm.
What to Wear:
Best of the Sale
Our January Sale is here and it is full of beautiful pieces to love for many seasons to come. Sustainably produced alpaca knits from Ally Bee and Osei Duro are as warm and soft and cashmere but at far better value. Kowtow's organic cotton culottes will take you through the rest of winter into spring and summer - just add or remove tights depending on the temperature. Meanwhile we have some amazing offers on accessories like Matt&Nat's ever popular vegan bags and A Peace Treaty's beautiful scarves.