|It’s a widely recognised fact that, in the Northern Hemisphere, January is the most dreary of all the months in the calendar. And since it seems that most of us are on some kind of self-imposed post-overindulgence ban/detox/set of austerity measure (spend less, eat less...) for the month, here is my guide to the best deliciously decadent small luxuries that will brighten even the greyest January without upsetting the austerity measures.|
1. There is nothing more gratifying when on a spending diet than an inexpensive, yet instantly gratifying new beauty treat. Even the economists know that the purchase of a red lipstick will boost the spirits of a woman on a budget. Get thee to the House of Fraser beauty hall for happiness under £20.
2. We may yearn for spring the moment New Year’s Day strikes, but there are still two solid months of cold, wintery nights remaining. Make your home a cosy haven for the most blissful hibernation with a gorgeous scented candle or luscious bath oil from Jo Malone.
3. You’re trying to eat less junk, so you’d better make sure the treats you do have are superb. Buy yourself a box of the most gorgeous truffles at La Maison du Chocolat as a small, yet no less divine, indulgence.
4. Get yourself a new accessory or two to perk up the last days of winter. Kurt Geiger has some ridiculously good bargains in their sale at the moment where you can find a snuggly new scarf, a lolly-pink purse or a golden cuff for the price of your lunch. I love this pink perspex pouch to organise the coins, business cards and miscellany at the bottom of my handbag.
5. Take advantage of the sales to get something you wouldn’t normally be able to buy (or finally take home those things you’d been coveting for months). Personally, I headed straight for the sales at Whistles (silk blouses and work-friendly skirts), Red Valentino (gorgeous, flirty dresses & fun accessories), House of Fraser (decadent lingerie on sale for high street prices) and Mulberry (50% investment bags you’ve been dreaming about all year).