January…the month when you’re torn between hibernating and keeping your New Year’s Resolutions (gym goals, volunteer, learn something new, take up yoga, wake up earlier, etc.) When half of the United States has temperatures 30 degrees and below, here are some things to get you through, and help you stay on track to make 2017 your best year yet.
Bella Freud Parfum Candle, $70. In the cold months of January a lot of New Yorkers long for a vacation to somewhere sunny, I on the other hand love New York in the blistering cold (maybe because I don’t actually live there). This candle makes me feel like I’m in the city surrounded by snow-covered streets.
Smythson of Bond Street Thank You Cards, $45. I’m a huge fan of Smythson and I always have a box of their thank you cards on hand because you never know when you’ll need to send one. After the holidays I make a point of sending them to friends and family for the Christmas and Birthday gifts I received.
St. Tropez Self Tan Express Starter Kit, $27. Just because it’s winter, dreary and cold doesn’t mean your skin has to show it. This St. Tropez starter set will have you looking like you’ve just gotten back from a tropical island, because tanning beds are a big NO.
Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You: A Journal, $8.90. This journal is perfect for starting the New Year and stepping out of your comfort zone.
A year’s worth of fear-facing prompts and mottoes of encouragement will motivate you to jot down one thing a day and make a daily habit of thinking courageously. Each day is an opportunity to perform one small act of bravery; singing out loud, asking for help, admitting a mistake, pitching an idea, accepting a compliment, changing your hair, going for the prize, failing spectacularly and trying agin. This journal contains a year’s worth of fear-facing prompts and mottoes of encouragement. It provides space to jot down daily examples of your own courage–the small steps that culminate in one bold year. Jotting down one thing a day, especially on fortifying subjects like gratitude and happiness, is an enormously popular journaling practice (one that is recommended by nearly every best-selling self-help author). Bravery is another key ingredient of self-actualization, so why not make a daily habit of thinking courageously? This journal is perfect for recent graduates, milestone birthdays, or as a year-end holiday gift to kick off “New Year, New You” projects. —Amazon
Johnstons of Elgin Fringed Cashmere Scarf $190, and gloves, $60. Even in Los Angeles it gets chilly.
Thug Kitchen The Official Cookbook Eat Like You Give a F*ck, $12.01. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to try to eat healthier and I love this cookbook; I never knew that eating vegan could be so delicious.
Wildfox Essentials Charmed Hoodie, $158. This oversized hoodie is great for lounging around by the fire and binge watching Netflix.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Violet Hand Cream, $12. I’ve tried so many hand creams from cheap drugstore finds to the over priced and high end. L’Occitane is my favorite. I kept this in my handbag while I was back east and put it on every night before bed, and I couldn’t believe the difference it made. This is now my go to for dry cracked winter hands.
Smythson of Bond Street, Panama Make it Happen textured-leather notebook, $75. I love starting the New Year with a new journal. I find this one to be inspiring with ‘Make It Happen’ embossed on the front, which is perfect for writing down your goals for 2017.
Project E Beauty LED 3 Colors Photo-Rejuvenation Kit Facial Beauty Care Massager + 30ml Duplex E Collagen Ion Gel, $53.99. I’m obsessed with this little gadget. I bought it this past summer and while I was on vacation in December, I slacked on my skincare and noticed a big difference. As soon as I got home, I did a 10-minute treatment and noticed my skin was back on track. I use this a few times a week. The LED lights and vibrations help with clearing up acne, improving elasticity, minimizing pores, clearing and lighting skin texture, decreasing wrinkles, tightening and firming, deep cleaning, moisturizing, and enhancing blood circulation.
The blue light penetrating about 0.5mm has the function of calming against skin rashes; suitable for the skin, which is sensitive, oily, and with skin rashes. It can adjust skin sebum secretion; effectively get rid of acne and whelk to reach the aim of beautification. Besides, the blue light can astringe and tighten loosened skin.
The red light penetrating 8-10mm is suitable for any type of skin; it can reach derma to stimulate fibre cells. Heating can improve blood circulation and collagen albumen hyperplasia to reduce wrinkles and make skin more elastic and smooth. The mild wave length is suitable for surrounding eyes and forehead.
The green light between red light and blue light is suitable for mixed skin. It can improve the function of alternating use of cells and oxygen and activate the microcirculation function of body surface. Meanwhile, calming the skin can make both body and skin relax, and reduce the pain of skin. Project E Beauty
Hot Stuff Mug, $11.99. A daily affirmation combined with coffee to start your morning.
LUXE City Guides – United States, $35. These pocket sized city guides will have you dreaming of your next vacation, or give you some ideas of undiscovered places near where you live.
Domino, Your Guide To A Stylish Home, $34.68. In January I plan the changes I want to make to my apartment during the upcoming year. What I need, what I want to toss, what furniture would look good, what art I’d like to buy and what I’d like to splurge on. This book has some awesome decorating ideas and inspiration.
Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home will help readers to:
- Identify your personal decorating style
- Find inspiration from hundreds of beautiful, inspiring photos of real homes
- Style the major and minor components of your home—from textiles to table settings to art
- Shop for quality pieces that will stand the test of time
- Learn from domino editors and tastemakers about how to style magazine-quality looks in their own spaces
Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home takes a detailed approach to the specifics of making a space your own—the key pieces, accessories, colors, patterns, objects, decorative treatments, lighting, and art that personalize a space and truly make it a unique and stylish home. It aims to help readers achieve domino’s number one goal: creating a space you love. —Indigo Books & Music
Pressed Juicery Cleanse. The holidays were a time for splurging on unhealthy foods but now it’s time to get your body back into shape, and there’s no better way to do that than by doing a juice cleanse. Over the years I’ve tried many, and most have tasted disgusting, however Pressed Juicery is different—it’s delicious. Pressed Juicery is located in most major cities, but they deliver overnight for those who don’t live near one of their locations. They even have a quiz to take so you can find out which cleanse is best for you. Choose between a 1-day, 3 day or 5 day cleanse, or just pick up a juice for it’s amazing taste and health benefits.
Time Out LA- 40 Amazing Things Happening in L.A. This January 2017. This is a great list of things to do this month, everything from food and drinks, music and nightlife, theater, shopping, and arts and culture. I’m interested in checking out Night on Broadway, and Museums free-for-all Saturday.
CNN: Nutrition, Fitness Experts Share Their Own New Year’s Resolutions. This is a great read for anyone looking for New Year’s resolution ideas and inspiration.
New York Times: The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Hulu and More. Here’s a list of what’s new on Netflix, Hulu and more. Everything from new TV shows, your favorite old movies, and everything in between.
Here are my favorites:
- Netflix- “Boogie, Nights,” “The Parent Trap” (1961), “It Follows”
- Hulu- “Cruel Intentions,” “Annie Hall,” “Footloose”
- Amazon Prime- “American History X”
- HBO- “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Visit,” “The Big Lebowski”
- New HBO Originals- “Beware the Slenderman” (Jan. 23), “Becoming Warren Buffett” (Jan. 30)
- Starz- “Grindhouse,” “Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Pineapple Express”
- Sundance- “Los Angeles Plays Itself,” “The Professional,” “Synecdoche, New York”
Nike Flyknit Air Max Women’s Running Shoe, $225. Sometimes going to the gym, or running is a chore for me. I find that buying new workout sneakers and gym gear helps to keep me motivated.
Don’t forget to check out my list of New Year’s Resolution ideas.