Blue Monday - New Years resolutions not to give up on
Don't give into Blue Monday. Today is meant to be the bluest Monday of the year. One of the main reasons being that people start giving up on their New Years Resolutions. Closely followed by the weather, I imagine.
Here's a few ways we're thinking to beat the blues this winter...
A great time to search the web for your travel in 2016. Collectively, at Roo's Beach, we're travelling to Sri Lanka, The Caribbean, Costa Rica and Indonesia. With city trips planned to Copenhagen, Dublin and Berlin. Just to name a few of the places we'll be discovering.
Where are you heading? Read our travel blogs on Amsterdam and Antigua.
For more inspiration, we go to The Style Traveller.
We always have a list of what to read next. Advice from friends, our favourite bloggers and there are a few classics that we have not yet gotten round to.
It's good to be inspired by other women - these books are on that list:
• Lean in, by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook.
• #GirlBoss by Sophia Amaruso, founder and CEO of NastyGal.
• I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones. What could be more fabulous? ‘Hectic, bonkers, funny and smart’ in the words of Mark Ellen.
• Becoming Westerley by Jamie Brisick, ex-pro surfer and writer, the extraordinary and moving story of Australian super-surfer Peter Drouyn’s transgender transformation into Westerly Windina. Get it on Amazon.
Spend some time in the kitchen, it's good for the soul. We're all about being healthy, yet eating like queens. Some of our favourite winter recipes:
• Bill Granger's Puy Lentil Soup with Parmesan Toast - this is our go-to food. Super simple recipe, great results. It's veggie and gluten-free (if you don't have the toast). Roo likes to add bacon for extra flavour.
• Deliciously Ella's Banana Bread - gluten-free, sugar-free, guilt-free. This is hearty and delicious and even good for you.
• Stuffed Portobello with Melting Taleggio: From Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi - One of Ottolenghi's simpler recipes, and a real hearty winner.
Dry January, not for us. It's usually not a month that we over-indulge in the boozy-substances anyways, but we don't see the need to not have a bit of fun and enjoyment.
• Water - It's all about the glass bottle. We have all started using our Bkr bottles and our hydration levels have gone through the roof. They're just the perfect bottle to carry along everywhere.
• Wine - It's a lovely time to spend evenings sipping on a delicious glass of vino. We're getting the Sommelier Selection of 6 wines by Chateau Civrac. Chateau Civrac is a winery in Bordeaux where Cornishman Mark Hellyar spends a large portion of his year making a range of modern and innovative natural wines. We were lucky enough to try his headache-free wines at the Wild Wine Club events and at the Laid-Back Coffee wine tasting, just next door.
• Coffee - Said by some to be good for you. Yes, really, not making it up. We try to keep it to one cup a day. It may as well be amazing. We love our neighbours, The Laid-Back Coffee Company, who use Origin Coffee. Why not try swapping cow's milk for almond milk?
• 5 TED talks, chosen by Diane von Furstenberg. Sometimes you just need a little motivation to remember how to keep dreaming.
• Trust Pinterest to give you inspiration. Here's a Pinterest board by Mashable full of inspirational stories.
• If it's fashion inspiration you're after, hit Instagram. we love to follow Flossie Saunders, Fashion Editor of The Sunday Times Style.
• TED talk on How to use paper-towel by Joe Smith. You're never going to waste paper after washing your hands again with this technique.
• Nailed it... some serious fails. This is just a waste of time, but we're pretty simple and made us laugh out loud.
• JOY the movie - Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.
• War & Peace - We love a good period drama to follow. This BBC series is a six-part adaptation of War and Peace by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, the series follows five aristocratic Russian families through the Napoleonic invasion.
• Zoolander 2 is coming out soon. A good time to revisit Zoolander and get ready for some brand new laughs.
• Girls season 5 is out in April. We'll be binge-watching the previous seasons.
• Give back. We're all so lucky, let's help others. Clear out your house and donate goods that you don't use. There is a collection point next door at The Laid Back Coffee Company. Here's a list of 5 practical ways you can get involved too.
• Do Pilates. or Yoga. In fact, figure out which one is for you, in this article. Then go out, and get some! We're working with Amy, from Swandive Pilates and Yoga, just upstairs from Roo's Beach, to bring you some pilates goodness soon.
• Beach Walks - Cornwall is just wonderful for walking. It's good for the soul. We love the Mawgan Porth to Newquay walk. Here are some walks local to Newquay.
• Buy keepers - We're going to be more conscious about buying stuff for ourselves. With all the environmental debate going on, it's time for everyone to do something. We plan to buy less but buy better quality. Own things that last, are beautiful and will bring joy. Hopefully, you'll find all that loveliness at Roo's Beach.