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Arts & Culture / Claire Blackmore

It’s A Monthly Thing: 10 Reasons We Love January

From hot TV picks and holiday inspo to the latest instalment of Fifty Shades, here are 10 things sure to cure those January blues!

1. Be A Book Worm

Curl up with Sophie Kinsella’s new chick-lit novel, ‘My Not So Perfect Life’. The best-selling author’s latest book follows the story of Katie Brenner, a girl whose glamorous Instagram feed doesn’t quite match up to her reality. We feel you, K.

2. Watch The Steamy Sequel

Is Christian Grey your celebrity bae? Then pre-book your tickets to Fifty Shades Darker, which hits cinemas on February 10th. A box of popcorn and Jamie Dornan naked – what more do you and your girls need this Saturday night?

3. #SmearForSmear

It’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Week from 22nd – 28th January, so make sure you’re up to date with your smear test and spread the word. It could save your life. Find out more at jostrust.org.uk/smearforsmear.

4. For Your Inner Drama Queen

Remember how gripping and amazing Broadchurch was? Well, good news for the detectives in us all as David Tennant and Olivia Colman are back for a third series starting this January! #KillOurBroadchurchWithdrawal

5. Say I Do

Bride-to-be, maid of honour or just want to try on wedding dresses for lolz? Pop the 14th & 15th January in your diary for The London ExCel Wedding Show. It’s the perfect place to start planning your big day, even if you’re still looking for a groom…

6. Snuggle Up In Style

If it was acceptable to dress like an actual duvet, we’d take it, but cosying up in bobble hats, knitted mittens, faux fur scarves and fluffy ear muffs now it’s F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G is the next best thing!

7. Your Sunday Soundtrack

Warm up your weekend with a beautiful dose of The XX. The British indie band are releasing their third album, I See You, on 13th January and it sounds like sunshine!

8. Oh, Danny Boy(le)

If 90s cult movies are your thang or you just have a major crush on Ewan McGregor, you’ll want to make a movie date for T2: Trainspotting, out on 27th January. The sequel features the original cast who are back for another bonkers ride.

9. Got Wanderlust?

The Adventure Travel Show at London Olympia will help you pick and plan your next big adventure! With tourism reps from all over the world and more than 100 free talks, we’re betting you’ll book more than one (and that is totally fine).

10. Pamper Time

January is the ideal time to open up all those fancy moisturisers, aromatherapy oils and mud masks you got from Santa. Cold weekends were made for ‘me time’ (aka two-hour bubble baths surrounded by scented candles).

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