It’s all about a New You

Posted on: 18th January, 2016

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

Is it any wonder that bears hibernate during the winter months? Everybody I meet is dragging themselves around at the moment, which reinforces the fact that we need a hell of a lot more sleep this time of the year. So, before you go signing up to all sorts of ‘New Year’s resolutions’, how about you treat yourself to a few more hours sleep during the week…better than any tonic, vitamin or even a good book! It will actually put the bounce back in your step and ‘sleeping doesn’t cost you any money’!

You all know very well that I believe in ‘healthy mind for a healthy body and vice versa but can I just say that it is ‘ok’ not to be on a diet after Christmas; I’m getting a little tired of listening to people moaning about ‘needing to shift a few pounds’ — it seems to be all some people want to talk about. Not everybody is in the ‘right headspace’ to get cracking on it, so all of this ‘diet and fitness’ talk can make some people feel that there is something wrong with them if they are not calorie counting. THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU. Don’t allow anyone to get inside your head and make you think otherwise. You are beautiful, just feel it and know it.

This can be a funny time of the year, we are all desperately looking forward to more daylight, wishing January away and looking back over the year that we have just said ‘goodbye’ to. Some of us might want to change things about our lives, some of us might be patting ourselves on the back for a job well done (I sincerely hope that this sums up most of you) and some of us are full of motivation and energy, tapping into what a ‘New Year, New Start’ is all about.

When it comes to a ‘New Start’, this is the time of the year that you should inspect your wardrobe with a ‘fine tooth comb’. Why you might ask? Seems to be a strange time of the year to be doing that — it’s mid-season after all! Well, it’s ‘Sale’ time and based on the fact that 75 per cent of people buy ‘rubbish’ in the sales (a documented fact) there is no better time to pull out all of your clothes and have a look at what you have, ‘the mistakes you made in the past’ and be very clear about what you do actually ‘need’ to complete your wardrobe. It all begins with preparation so create a list of what you wear most often, in other words, your favourite ‘look’, and in big bold letters write down what you definitely do not need another version of — this can be your biggest downfall, buying more of the same so that you always ‘look the same’.

Sale shopping can drive your mind into a complete frenzy, so that is why your list is invaluable. Concentrate on ‘wardrobe staples’ that need replacing, some of the good quality pieces that you have had for a long time might need to retire, so put your focus on replacing them. Tailored trousers, beautifully cut dresses, figure enhancing jackets and feminine blouses can be cleverly layered to take you from one season to the next and look fabulous every time. Following fashion is great, but if you have a wardrobe full of ‘fashionable’ pieces rather than ‘classic’ pieces, you will find it difficult to transition from one season to the next and your pocket will feel how often you need to go shopping. Classic clothes are always the best sales buys — they are investment pieces that will last and because classic never includes loud patterns and big bold colours but rather subtlety, you can lovingly wear them time and time again, without it being obvious at all. If you think that sticking to ‘classics’ is a tad ‘sensible’, then it is a great idea to update existing outfits with bits of ‘in fashion’ pieces.

The clever ones among you will almost always buy a winter coat in the sales, a buy like this will see you through more than the next few months, buy a flattering cut, nothing too outrageous or recognisable and you can snuggle in it for the next few years too! Classic handbags rarely get reduced but if they do — ‘go for it’.

Looking forward — my favourite pastime — the colours for the coming season are glorious, so google them before you go ‘sale shopping’ because some sale items might be included in the mix. Happy colours are just around the corner, the shade of blue is being called ‘serenity’, warm peach has been given the title of ‘peach echo’ and the familiar nautical navy has been giddily re-named snorkel blue’. Yellow is ‘still in town’, but now it is called ‘buttercup’ — a more favourable shade for our skin tone! Last, but by no means least, my two most preferred colours are ‘iced coffee’ and ‘green flash’, together they scream luxury and energy, separately they stand strong and elegant and are ‘oh so easy’ to wear.

Be creative, be clever, be confident, be realistic and be kind to yourself, especially when it comes to ‘sale shopping’ and enjoy every single minute of it. Learn as you go along and always remember that local boutiques will always have amazing bargains on quality items — so support your own.

Happy Fabulous New Year. You can follow my daily blog on immaterialgirls. OR send me a facebook friend request to access the link for fashion tips, inspirational ‘real women’ stories, cheap tricks and a sneak peak into some of your local shops.

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