The concept of Blue Monday was first introduced in 2005 and today is meant to be the "most depressing day of the year". Blue Monday usually falls on the second or third Monday of January, whereas calculations for the happiest day of the year fall between 21-24th June. Depressing or not, it is still Monday and if you're like me mourning the end of the weekend and are in need for some motivation for the week then you should read on.
Monday, 16 January 2017
Sunday, 8 January 2017
Heya, how’s 2017 been treating you so far? Did you have a great start to the New Year? Mine started quietly as I didn’t go to any New Year’s Eve parties. Going into central wasn’t really an option for me either as I didn’t see the point of commuting 1h to Westminster, then having to wait a few hours in the cold for a 15 minute firework. So yeah, sat at home in the warmth, watched some telly, called my friends and family to wish them a Happy New Year at midnight and then went to bed. My next New Year’s will be more adventurous though as I’m currently planning my trip to Australia.
Monday, 2 January 2017
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
December is a bit of a weird month, don’t you think? The first half is dominated by hustle and bustle: you have to finish your projects, keep deadlines and seal this important deal all before Christmas. Then follows the complete opposite – in the second half work usually slows down (because you know it’s Christmas), people become suddenly unavailable and anything urgent has to wait till the New Year.
Especially in the second half of December people love to eat, exchange presents, come together and socialise (even more than they already do in the rest of the year). Suddenly there are work breakfast invites popping up by the minute, Christmas cards circulate the office and the big highlight, the Christmas Party, is highly anticipated and THE topic of the office.
Thursday, 15 December 2016
Long have I struggled with myself, if I should buy myself a case for my iPad. Given the fact that I barely use it and I'm generally very careful with my belongings, there wasn't really "the" need to have one. Plus, most of the models available have all been rather underwhelming and expensive if you ask me.
However, when Paperblanks released the eXchange series in autumn 2015, it was VERY hard to resist. The unique composition of an everyday item such as the case and Paperblanks' unmistakably signature print inspired by old manuscripts and world literature, remains a beloved all-time classic to me that not many stationery brands have achieved.
eXchange launched and I saw myself drooling over those tablet jackets but the heavy price tag of £50 kept me from buying. What do they say about the things we don't buy? Those will hunt us the most for the rest of our lives. An end had to be put to the misery this year, so my time came around when the Black Friday sale arrived. Hello 20% off! Not much, but still a nice touch to get a few £££ off the purchase. Fast forward two days and the eXchange Shiraz iPad Air tablet jacket together with an Edgar Allan Poe 2017 diary arrived fresh from Germany.
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
I'm not a fan of Christmas jumpers - there I said it.
Often, I find their colours too loud, their motives too cheesy or simply just plain tacky. "But they are fun!" I can hear you say. No, they aren't. They are neither classy, nor stylish - but I'm trying - like giving my best efforts here - to blend into the British tradition: I've bought a jumper that I'm comfortable wearing in public for Christmas Jumper Day which will be on Friday, 16th.
Thursday, 8 December 2016
The end of 2016 is here and everyone is excited for Christmas by now. With friends, colleagues and family to sort out with presents, the budget can very easily explode and before you know it, you've spent a little fortune during the pre-Christmas period. I've been on top of my gifting list for my friends and family and organised a few cute Secret Santa gifts and stocking fillers to give away. Inexpensive Christmas gifts can be found this year mainly in John Lewis. From small Christmas gifts to stocking fillers, there are some pretty items available in the current festive collection. I've bought a few things which are perfect to give away on their own or will apply that special finish for your wrapped presents. Furthermore I've also discovered a tech brand at this year's Bloggers Festival that I'd like to introduce to you for today's post as they do the most stylish power packs for your smartphone and therefore would make a great gift.
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