January Lull

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I always struggle to stay happy in January. When the magic and excitement of Christmas is gone but the nights are still long and cold, it can be hard to find something to look forward to everyday. We experienced quite the cold snap here recently, which brought with it several days without a second of sunshine. It was so cold, we had to take the puppy for her evening walks indoors at the dog-friendly pet store because we couldn’t safely be outside long enough to tire her out. I could feel the seasonal sadness building so I complied a list of all the things that make me happy in the winter – as well as some new things I would like to try.

Here’s what I came up with:

  • bright stars on long, clear nights
  • cuddle puddle movie nights
  • lazy weekends indoors because there’s no pressure to be outdoors
  • comfort food
  • tobogganing
  • ice skating
  • winter hiking & snowshoeing
  • tea & hot chocolate
  • cozy Scandinavian style
  • the quiet and calm that follows a fresh snowfall
  • snow days
  • thick wool socks
  • sweaters that are too warm to wear the rest of the year
  • spending time inside with friends
  • board games
  • sunny pub afternoons, because it’s too cold to walk home at night
  • dark beer
  • fireplaces
  • planning summer gardens and landscaping
  • snuggling under blankets on the couch
  • slow, soft sunrises
  • no mosquitoes!
  • tropical fruit is technically in season
  • getting familiar with local and seasonal foods and traditional preservation methods
  • playing with Pepper in the snow


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Coat Old Navy
Pants ModCloth
Boots old
Sweater Gap
Hat ModCloth
Mittens Roots
Scarf thrift shop
Pepper’s Bandana Sophster-Toaster

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All photos by Matt.

January Favourites

The lights have come down, the tree’s been taken to be composted and all the Christmas magic is gone. It’s January and time to embrace the real winter. Here are my favourite things for the month where we try to stay positive.

1. A pretty place to get dressed in the morning.

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Urban Outfitters’ Aimee Jewelry Storage Hanging Mirror

2. Vintage-inspired Underwear

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What Katie Did’s Bullet Bra Harlow Nouveau

3. Beautifully Packaged Cosmetics

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Sephora’s Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Setting Face Powder

4. Winter Brights
Styled at Heart Tights

ModCloth’s Styled at Heart Tights

5. Botanical Jewellery

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Kate’s Little Store’s Jungle Green House Necklace

All photos courtesy of retailers.

January Obsessions

January’s almost over. I’m wearing the same boots, same hat and mittens, and one of two winter coats outside everyday. Winter can get pretty boring and repetitive. That’s why I like to fill the apartment with colour and always have a little something special peeking out from under my coat. Here are all the winter brights and pastels I can’t get enough of this month:

1. Pretty Pastel Stripe Skirt

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ModCloth’s Aspiration Creation Skirt

2. Pink Toaster

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Smeg 2 Slice Toaster via Amazon

3. Rainbow Confetti Tee

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Two String Jane’s Colourful Confetti Tee

4. Pink Polka Dot Table Cloth

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IKEA’s Vinter 2015 Tablecloth in Light Pink

5. Colourful Pom Pom Branch DIY 

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Pom Pom Branch DIY from Wayaiulandia Blog