Oh January, you are so cold and bitter, you make us yearn for the summertime. But that doesn’t mean we don’t fully delight in your silent nights, glittering constellations and occasional smatterings of beautiful snow. Yes, January is frosty and marks our return to hours at the grindstone, but don’t wish it away too soon. It’s the perfect time to snuggle up and make grand plans for the year ahead. We’re filling our diaries with hopes, wishes and dreams, spending long nights in our pyjamas and taking time to appreciate the winter sky in all its glory. Don’t let the January blues get you down, make your month a little more special with these picks from our favourite, brands, makers, indie shops and designers.
1. We’ve long been fans of Laura Gravestock‘s handmade jewellery, especially those precious bits and pieces depicting classic symbols. From lightning bolts to peace signs, every item is beautifully finished in gold or silver. We love this silver moon and star pendant strung on a delicate chain. Whether you fancy it as a special gift for somebody you love or a present for yourself to ring in the new year, this lovely little accessory is a thing of beauty indeed.
2. Possibly the best album of 2016, well, in our opinion anyway, Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool is a work of art. A sublime series of new and reworked tracks from the UK band, this, their latest album is presented in a mesmerising sleeve designed by long-time collaborator and artist Stanley Donwood. Perfect listening for an evening of stargazing and a fantastic excuse to add something special created by Donwood to your vinyl collection, desk space or personal display of artworks.
3. If you know anything at all about YOUNG GOLD TEETH, you’ll know that we really dig the Rifle Paper Company. The US stationery brand’s latest offering is this gorgeous Constellations Calendar. Crafted from heavy navy-blue paper with rose-gold foiled illustrations on each page, this beauteous thing is a celebration of the star signs of the Zodiac. Now, it can be bit of a challenge to find lovely bits and pieces from Rifle here in the UK, so we head to the likes of Papermash for ours, to avoid those hefty shipping costs. You might want to note that because Rifle’s an American company, this calendar won’t include UK bank holidays, but then again, you’d probably be buying it to complement your home’s interiors or revitalise a sad desk space, rather than to remember when you’ve got a day off coming up – we have phones and laptops for that shit. This item is beauty for beauty’s sake.
4. Christmas may be long gone, but there are plenty of other excuses to adorn your home with beautiful things. We’re so into these paper stars courtesy of the wonderful Origami Est Whether atop your tree, hanging in your window or decking out your workspace, these handmade pastel creations are finished with contrasting ribbon. Not only does Esther of Origami Est craft unique paper decorations, she also hosts inspiring workshops in creative cafes and cute stationery shops all over the UK in which you can learn the time-honoured art of origami for yourself, with a few modern twists. These come highly recommended so if paper constellations and pretty things are up your street, be sure to book onto one as spaces go fast.
5. Few things make us happier than getting into our pyjamas at the end of a long day, especially if they’re a particularly comfortable, good-looking and rather special pair. Enter The Reach and their small yet impeccable range of loungewear. Not only are they adorned with the most beautiful prints, these pyjama sets are tailored to a relaxed fit and made from super-soft 100% cotton. Finished with mother of pearl buttons and traditional piped trim, we wouldn’t blame you for getting excited at the thought of a few hours of downtime before bed in these paisley babies.
6. Our favourite luxury tea company Newby Teas have done it again. Mixing delicious quality blends with award-winning design, they’ve created a range of mini tea caddies inspired by the night sky. This Zodiac Tea Caddy is part of a range of twelve 25g tins of premium loose leaf tea. Each tin contains a different blend and depicts a different constellation, which is showcased in sparkling Swarovski crystals; pretty fancy, no? These caddies are the luxe accessories of the tea world and we especially love the Taurus design which is filled with a classic English Breakfast. Tea fanatics among you might be interested to know that we’re currently running an exciting competition with Newby, in which you can win two VIP tickets to Collect art fair, a five-day event hosted by Crafts Council and the ever-swish Saatchi Gallery. Enter the competition here.
7. If you’ve not yet bought a notebook in which to jot ideas, record your dreams or scribble down your hopes, wishes and goals for 2017, the Reflex pocketbook by UK design duo Tom Pigeon is a great pick. Inspired by reflections on still water and finished in a deep blue the colour of the night sky, this gold foil-blocked book features a great geometric motif, just like a star’s edge. At A6, it’s just the right size for your pocket, your bag or your desk, which means you’ll never be left high and dry when inspiration strikes.
8. Hopscotch is ever our go-to for conscientiously-crafted candles and natural beauty picks. From petal-peppered bath salts to signature vegan nail polishes, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the online emporium. We always seem to be crushing on the various products by minimalist US beauty brand Herbivore that Hopscotch so expertly selects, and this Blue Tansy mask is no exception. A gentle resurfacing and clarifying mask of white willow bark, fruit enzymes and blue tansy oil, this delicious cruelty-free potion exfoliates, soothes and clears for an all-round rejuvenating experience. The ideal treat for a cosy night in at home, we recommend a nice hot bath followed by a generous slathering of this small-batch mask paired with a hot cup of a tea and a slab of dark chocolate. That’s how we’ll be enjoying ours anyway.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth