10 cheery ideas for 2017

This may not be known as the most exciting time of the year, but don't succomb to the new year blues - be inspired by our 10 bright ideas for making you feel chipper... 

Spruce up your living spaces 


The Christmas decorations are packed away and your living spaces may be looking a bit bare and lacklustre. Hit refresh on your interiors by adding some new furnishings - we love this natty wall art from Oliver Bonas, £65 

Enjoy an afternoon tea


Afternoon tea is all about taking the time to relax and spend some quality time in the company of good friends, and we don't think there's a better setting than Bea's. Besides, it's impossible to feel miserable when you're eating a pastel-shaded macaroon. Fact.

Experiment with accessories


Brighten up a dull day with one of these incredibly eye-catching beanies from Topshop. It'll keep you cosy and cheery until the spring arrives. Team with a chic coat in navy, grey or black to avoid colour overload!

Get active


Endorphins are not a myth. One of the easiest ways to boost your mood is to move your body. Why not take part in one of Sweaty Betty's running or yoga sessions? (Buying chic new sportswear from the store will also make you feel good.) 

Book a hair appointment


Whether it's a wash and blowdry or a complete hair transformation, there's nothing quite like the salon experience. Rush and Hershesons will both make you feel fabulous. 

Looking for a trend to try? Harpers Bazaar says 'Golden Bronde' is set to be big news. In some lights it's blonde, in others it's golden brown. It can be made to work on all skin tones, so if you've never considered going blonde before, 2017 may be your year.

Tuck into a burger


Sometimes all you need to buck yourself up is a hearty lunch. Head to Byron, where their proper burgers will leave you feeling 100% satisfied. 

PS: The new special on the menu right now is the Cluckosaurus Rex - fried chicken breast, onion ring, bacon, jalapenos and more. You HAVE to try it.

See an exhibition


Escape the real world and visit The Barbican to see their latest exhibition 'The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined'. Showcasing the likes of Christian Dior, Moschino and Vivienne Westwood, this exhibition explores the inherently challenging but utterly compelling territory of taste in fashion. 

Pamper yourself


Whether it's a wax, eyebrow thread or spray tan you want, Strip and Malika are here to help you feel and look your best. 

Buy new shoes


Is there a better pick-me-up than a brand new pair of shoes? Dune, Kurt Geiger and Office have some on-trend new styles in for the new year. Pictured: Daenerys heels, £90, Dune 

Visit our weekly food market


From Argentinean empanadas to English fudge, our Friday Food Markets have something for everyone to savour. This is good mood food at its finest! Find out more here.