New Year, New You – Try Something New in 2016

As part of my ‘New Year, New You’ series this month I’m asking bloggers to share their plans, tips and resolutions for 2016! 
My final post in January comes from Charlotte Corner, a lifestyle blogger at www.crunchcorner.co.uk who is sharing her ideas for trying something new in 2016. Let us know if you have tried something new in 2016 by sharing in the comments!

The start of any New Year is always far too chaotic: back to work, everyone’s feeling the need to set New Year resolutions (most of them often fade come March), and you have to pull yourself out of that cosy Christmas slumber where it was acceptable to have a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie every night.

One of my favourite things about the start of a new year is the fact you’re just motivated and willing to make an effort with everyone and everything. One promise I made to myself a few years back was to always try something new and be the happiest I can be. So if that’s something you’re wanting to promise yourself too, here’s my super easy five top tips anyone can stick to.

Venture out somewhere local – You might be surprised what lovely little spots you will find close to home. Here in Leeds, there are tonnes of things to do and places to see, but try and dig a little deeper and see what unusual activities may lurk below the surface. Some of my latest blog posts have featured nearby walks such as Ripley Castle Gardens which was absolutely stunning, with so much to take in; we also had the cutest of cats follow us around until the very end when tea and scones were calling my name!

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Surprise your friends – After all, they’re the ones that put up with you regardless how awful your mood may be, they will make you laugh when you’re feeling down, and listen to your rants about pretty pointless irritations and still take them seriously. Therefore my friends, just take them out, wine and dine them for no reason other than they’re bloody brilliant, and show your lovelies just how much they mean to you. Food is good for the soul and friendship; but what nourishes the soul more is knowing you’ve made someone else happy. Cheesy I know, but it’s so true!

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Redecorate a room – whether that’s a complete makeover, jazzing up your layout or treating yourself to some new accessories to glam up your décor; shifting a room around can be so refreshing. We’ve recently moved home and kitted our bedroom out in white, meaning our old pine pictures frames had to undergo a little makeover.

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Bring the outside in – Everyone needs a little nature in their home, whether it’s plants, pine cones, dried berries or herbs growing for your cooking. For me, this makes a house homely and checking in on the tiny seeds you planted which is now growing is so exciting. Lavender is also a scrumptious plant to pick, bundle together and place in a room- it smells divine.

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Practice yoga – As bizarre as it sounds, I have never attended a yoga class until last year. I was invited to a blogger session focused all around the Ashtanga and learnt fantastic positions to help find your inner peace, release tensions and just feel more relaxed as a whole. Whether you join a class, or check out some online tutorials, learn and practice yoga!

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13. Alex Monroe

My featured business is… Alex Monroe!

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This week I am featuring jewellery designer, Alex Monroe. I first came across Alex Monroe on Facebook as another small business had shared their post on their newsfeed. The post caught my eye featuring their stunning new ‘Beyond the Sea’ collection which has recently been launched in store, online and also in Liberty.

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London based Alex Monroe has been designing jewellery for over 25 years and is inspired by natural world creating all of his original designs by hand. I think it is fair to say that I absolutely love every single item on this website! From floral rings to honeybee earrings and bicycle necklaces in gold, rose gold and silver. There is something to go with every outfit. I absolutely love watches by Olivia Burton and these natural world inspired pieces definitely compliment them!

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Beyond the Sea is their most recent collection. A collection inspired by sea creatures, boats and all things nautical! I love the statement octopus necklace below and the cute intricate detail of the crab ring.

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As I love so many bits and bobs on their website I’ve had to start making a wishlist! Here are a few of my absolute faves. I’d love to hear what your favourite pieces from the website – let me know in the comments below!

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Make sure you check out their website by clicking here as I’m sure you will love the collections as much as I do!

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Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from the Alex Monroe website.

1. Hugo’s Workshop

This week our featured business of the week is..Hugo’s Workshop!

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These bespoke, handmade, wooden frames are perfect for any occasion but are especially wonderful given as a wedding gift on anniversary present.

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These frames are offered in a variety of sizes in a range of finishes. The frames include optional text and there are a range of fonts to choose from.

Sizes include:

  • 5×5 Inch Frames
  • 5×7 Inch Frames
  • 6×4 Inch Frames
  • 8×6 Inch Frames
  • Double Frames
  • Triple Frames

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I ordered a couple of these frames a while ago and thought they were stunning with a truly professional finish! I particularly liked the handmade nature of them, knowing that each frame was made specifically to my order. My favourite frame has the cute addition of paw prints in the top left hand corner. Perfect for pet lovers!

These frames are very reasonable in price and postage is quick and FREE! Don’t just take my word for it though, there are some fantastic testimonials on their website.

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So if you’re struggling for ideas for a wedding present this is ideal! A perfect way to display their favourite photos from their special day. Click here to visit their website!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from the Hugos Workshop website.