Digital Editor's Picks | New Year, New You

Digital Editor's Picks | New Year, New You

Nothing helps you keep resolutions better than shiny new stuff.

By Elizabeth Best | 7th January 2016

Editor's Picks new years

Keeping goals in the new year is HARD but it’s nothing a little retail therapy can’t sort out. No really, hear me out! Having the tools to achieve your resolutions is like giving yourself that extra bit of support. Or a guilty reminder that you haven’t done that thing yet. Either way, these great finds will help you on the rocky road to success for all the most popular New Year’s resolutions.

1. You want to get fitter
: abi and joseph Under The Sea 7/8 Tight, $89

It’s a scientific fact that you can’t start a new fitness regimen without super-chic new activewear. I’m a big fan of abi & joseph’s range, which is so bright and colourful it’s impossible for it not to be motivational. Plus it's really comfy, which is ever important when you're about to sweat bullets and push your body through the pain of hauling ass down a running track.

2. You want to be more appreciative: Kikki.K Thankful journal, $16.95

Any good shrink will tell you “what you focus on, you amplify” so why not make it the good stuff? You got to accentuate the positive, eeeeeliminate the negative. The song is true, people.

3. You want to be more organised: Kate Spade Pencil Cup, $32 and Letter Tray, $60

I don’t even want to tell you how messy my desk is, so any organisational journey would start here for me. You’d be surprised how much more productive you can be when your workspace is in order. And these are so darn cute I would be motivated to keep everything looking nice and orderly.

4. You want better sleep: The Goodnight Co. Silk Pillowcase, $69.95

OK so this won’t necessarily give you better sleep, but sleeping on silk is said to fight premature aging and facial wrinkles, as well as keep your hair silky smooth (see what I did there?) and tangle-free. I sleep on one and I SWEAR by it.

5. You want to be less stressed: The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons, $9

The colouring craze took over in 2015 but don’t write it off as just some fad. Psychologists recommend activities such as colouring for mindfulness, i.e. being in the present moment and not dwelling on scary future issues or worrying past regrets. Plus the actual motion of moving the pencil to fill in the colour is relaxing and soothing in itself.

6. You want to procrastinate less: Kikki.K Tiered To-Do List, $9.95

You want it done in the new year, put it on the list. On top of being an excellent way to keep tabs on activities, to-do lists are fab for making you feel like crap if you haven’t managed to get stuff done, thus motivating you to JUST DO IT, as Shia LaBeouf would say. And it’s not all negative reinforcement because DAMN it feels good to cross off that list.

7. You want better skin: Kate Somerville Nourish Hydragel Mask, $99

Face masks are an excellent way to start a new skincare regimen and this one is a personal fave. It makes my skin all plump and dewy and has soothing ingredients that get rid of any redness or irritation.

8. You want to travel: American Tourister Cube Pop Suitcase, $159

Who DOESN’T want to travel? Inspire a bit of wanderlust with a really expensive but oh-so-pretty piece of luggage. Because nothing says travel like an Insta of your feet and your passport on a shiny new piece of bag swag.

9. You want to eat healthier: Avanti Mason Jars, $19.95,

I plan on drinking a whole lot of green smoothies this year to atone for my Christmas pud (and I’m talking about my belly, not my festive season dessert choices). These little jars will look super cute (and a little smug) sitting on my desk full of their health-giving elixir.

10. You want to save more money: John Lewis Silver-Plated Piggy Bank, $33

You gotta start somewhere! Saving pennies (or cents, in the land of Aus) is a great way to start funding that trip and the new year is the perfect time to begin. I’ve made a vow to put all my leftover change at the end of every day in a piggy bank and see how much I have at the end of the year. A million dollars, hopefully.


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Article by Elizabeth Best

Elizabeth is the former Digital Editor of Style Magazines. She knew she wanted to be a journalist from the age of six and has spent the past decade working for some of Australia's top publications. She also thinks mint chocolate is a gift straight from the heavens.


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