As we enter the new year, it’s a good time to reflect on past behaviours and set intentions for the year ahead….
New Year’s resolutions are one of life’s great dividers. There are those that ritualistically set an unrealistic handful of resolutions, only to break them by 5 January, and then there are those who dismiss the concept entirely. No matter what camp you fall into, the close of the year is a good time to reflect on any changes you may want to instil for the year ahead. Whilst 2020 may be one you’d rather forget, there are some learnings or habits acquired during this time of slower-paced living we can take into the year ahead…
If the spring lockdown of 2020 taught me anything, it’s that I’d previously spent an inordinate amount of money on takeaway flat whites from charming, but overpriced, artisan coffee shops. If your resolution is to leave this habit behind, a smart Smeg coffee machine is the perfect way to make a pleasingly frothy home brew from the comfort of your kitchen.
Drinking the daily recommended two litres of water should be simple to achieve, but when on the go, or on deadline, it can be easy to forget. A pretty hand-blown jug and glass duo from Summerill & Bishop, quirkily customised to the words of your choice, is the perfect deskmate to stay hydrated.
Health supplements are one of those additions to regimes that sometimes fall by the wayside, alongside body brushing and applying foot cream. This tongue-in-cheek pill box from Jonathan Adler is the perfect handbag accompaniment to stow away your supplements on the go – so there's really no excuses to forget.
Connecting with loved ones in 2020 brought new challenges: there were FaceTimes and Zoom quizzes, until we all got digital fatigue. Nothing beats the joy and nostalgia of snail mail, so opt for the pretty personalised note cards from Memo Press to let loved ones know you are thinking of them.
It looks like it's another few months of home workouts. If you're pining for that trendy East London boxing or spin studio, you can at least look the part with Vaara's super-sculpting and supportive two-pieces. It will also look great on your main feed too.
Nothing makes me feel more organised than a paper diary. This one from Papier is a nifty handbag size, allowing you to keep tabs on your to-dos, shopping lists, and schedules smugly ticking off as you go.
The "great pause" allowed us to look inwardly at our behavioural patterns. If you are looking to make your shopping habits more sustainable and "shop less, buy better" is your 2021 mantra, it's time to meet Sheep Inc. The brand's unisex knitwear comes with a lifelong guarantee and the production is carbon neutral too – if you are vowing to make sustainable purchases this year, start with The Medium Knit.
If you want to get into meditation to escape daily stresses, Goop has the ultimate kit to aid your spiritual practice with a Nepalese sound bowl and uplifting, transporting incense.