Shopping with Chantal Column: 6 post Christmas pick-me-ups to help beat the January blues

centre:mk’s PR & Digital Marketing Manager Chantal-Lawren Welch offers some tips to bring you new year cheer this month…

The month of January often gets a pretty bad rap – the thought of a few more months of cold, dark days without the buzz of sparkly festive lights is enough to fill even the most optimistic among us with dread.

But fear not as I’ve got 6 sure-fire pick-me-ups to banish those January blues…

1) Book a beauty treat

Whilst jetting off to a spa retreat in some far flung destination may be out of reach just now, there are a couple of hidden gems right here in centre:mk that often have some great offers.

Try Champneys Day Spa (above Boots) or the Beauty Retreat with Clarins spa (above John Lewis); you’ll be surprised how even a mini-manicure can lift your spirits!

2) Sale shopping

If you’re in the mood for a wardrobe revamp, my advice is simple – know what you need and check against what you have already.

Before you head out to the shops, make a list – maybe those work trousers need replacing or you could really do with some new boots?

Then, have a look at what you already own (even take some quick pics of your favourite pieces to reference back to) – this really helps you narrow down your sale buys so you’ll actually get items you’re bound to love and use again and again.

3) Count your steps

Did you know a lap of centre:mk is roughly a mile’s walk? That’s a lot of steps… so if you can’t quite motivate yourself to head to the gym just yet, a bit of retail therapy might be the perfect excuse to get some form of fitness in.

4) Try something different

Whether it’s a new drink from the Starbucks menu or popping into a store you’d never normally shop in, why not try something different this year.

Have you visited our latest store opening – Oliver Bonas? Their quirky-yet-chic fashion and accessories offering is a firm favourite amongst fashion bloggers the world over.

5) Get a new fragrance

An evocative fragrance can do wonders for your mood. Try heading to Beauty Base (which is particularly good for hard to-come-by fragrances) or visit the Jo Malone counter in John Lewis & Partners for their luxurious scent experience.

6) Fill up your diary

centre:mk is more than just a shopping destination; we put on some of the best free to attend events in the area every weekend.

Don’t miss our fantastic fashion festival – Style Fest, pop-up beauty events throughout the year and VIP shopping evenings as well as arts, vintage, wedding and jobs shows to name but a few.

Visit and follow @centremk on Instagram for all of the latest information.

This feature was published in the January 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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