Need a little pick-me-up? We’ve rounded up the best mood-boosting fashion, homeware and beauty items to raise your spirits.
Coronavirus is affecting us all in very individual ways, but the one common thread we have throughout all of this is that we are spending much more time at home. Whatever your circumstances, the news detailing unprecedented actions can feel a little overwhelming and while we are all trying to stay as positive and upbeat as possible, sometimes we need a little helping hand.
For a quick serotonin hit, we would ordinarily pop into our favourite high street store and browse their ‘new in’ dresses, find our pick and swing the bag giddily out of the shop. We would browse the beauty offerings at our chosen department store, sampling the lotions and potions before settling on that all-important moisturiser. Or we would finally hit ‘add to basket’ on that homeware piece we spied in Liberty that has been at the top of our virtual wish-list for months. It’s called retail therapy for a reason, right?
Of course, given the current climate, the only going out we are doing is our government-mandated walk, or a supermarket shop, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your sartorial fix online. We’ve rounded up the best high street and high end finds for fashion, homeware and beauty under £50 to bring a little joy to your day.
Get your hit of happy fashion here.
Few things hold such mood-boosting qualities as a new dress. Topshop’s puff-sleeve, gingham, tie-back dress is jam-packed with joy. Even if you only wear it to the supermarket.
Lockdown or no lockdown, hydration is key and we think this pretty marble water bottle from S’well might just encourage us to get our daily fix.
Edition 94’s rainbow candles are an insider favourite and a surefire way to elevate any meal into an occasion.
Zara’s high-waisted true blue jeans are a welcome break from our continued loungewear efforts. And bonus, they still look great with slippers.
Not only will Aesop’s resurrection hand balm restore your skin after strenuous hand washing, it will also look very pleasing on your make-shift desk.
Don’t let all your baking efforts go to waste. Proudly display your latest banana bread in H&M’s glass dome with wooden tray.
Brighten up any room in your house with Zara Home’s bold blue vase. We’ll be filling ours with some seasonal single stem flowers.
Aromatherapy Associates have put together the ultimate de-stress package featuring a mind rollerball, bath and shower oils and de-stress muscle gel. The perfect relaxing pick-me-ups.
Oliver BonasSometimes it’s the simplest additions to your outfits that make you the happiest. These pearl embellished hair clips are sure to help you get your glow back, and will get those compliments rolling in on your next Zoom meeting.
LaviandbelleMade and designed in Notting Hill, these chic gold hoops are the luxurious piece you can wear everyday. Studded with sparkling stars that will shimmer in the light, wearing these earrings is an effortless way to instantly lift your spirits.
Given our inside hours now far out match our outside hours, socks have replaced shoes as our statement accessory.
With ‘lion’ emblazoned on one side and ‘solidarity’ on the next, these Bella Freud socks will give you the boost of positivity you need to take on the day’s challenges with a renewed level of fierceness.
Start your day with a joyful stretch on Nike’s bright yoga mat. Easy to carry and easy to store, this mat will be a welcome flash of colour in your home.
Let’s face, we have all got the messy bun on heavy hair rotation right now. Spice your hair up with Ganni’s signature leopard print fabric, it’s satin fabric wraps around your hair with zero snag making it the perfect lazy hair accessory.
H&M’s latest Conscious Exclusive is the high street hero’ most joyful yet. A collection of cool contemporary pieces that immediately transport you to summer glamour. We’ve got our eye on this silk scarf to be fashioned in our hair, around our necks and on our basket bags.
Set with blazing yellow crystals, Pandora’s little lightening bolts are the earring joy that we need right now.
Browns x Sara Shakeel
Fashion retailer Browns and digital artist Sara Shakeel have joined forces to bring joy to your walls as well as your wardrobes.
Shakeel’s easily-recognisable style of injecting crystals and colour into everyday scenes is beautifully presented in this ocean print.
Elevate your loungewear look with a simple addition of Daphine’s staple hoops. A firm favourite amongst industry insiders, these earrings are the most versatile you’ll own.
& Other Stories
The sun might not be shining yet, but if we manifest it hard enough it might just come out. When that time comes, we will be armed with these & Other Stories beauties.
If, like us, your skin regime has doubled during lockdown add this to your morning routine. FaceGym’ Spirulina training stick restores radiance, texture and firmness and the algae-based protein helps strength your skin.
Adorn your hair with an ethereal-like bow from Arket. The chicest finishing touch to your leggings and oversized jumper combo.
Bjorg’s cosmic leggings will be the welcome rest bite you need from your usual plain black pair.
When life gives you lemons, wear them on your pyjamas.
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