6 posts Christmas pick-me-ups to help beat the January blues The month of January often gets a pretty bad rap - the thought of a few more months of cold, dark days without the buzz of sparkly festive lights is enough to fill the most optimistic among us with dread - but fear not! I’ve got 6 sure-fire, pick-me-ups you need to banish those January blues. Book a beauty treat Whilst jetting off to a spa retreat in some far flung destination may be out of reach just now, there’s a couple of hidden gems right here in centre:mk that often have some great offers. Try Champneys Day Spa (above Boots, pictured below) or the Beauty Retreat with Clarins spa (above John Lewis); you’ll be surprised how even a mini-manicure can lift your spirits! Sale Shopping If you’re in the mood for a wardrobe revamp, my advice is simple – know what you need and check against what you have already. Before you head out to the shops, make a list – maybe those work trousers need replacing or you could really do with some new boots? Then, have a look at what you already own (even take some quick pics of your favourite pieces to reference back to) – this really helps you narrow down your sale buys so you’ll actually get items you’re bound to love and use again and again. Count your steps Did you know a lap of centre:mk is roughly a miles walk? That’s a lot of steps… so if you can’t quite motivate yourself to head to the gym just yet, a bit of retail therapy might be the perfect excuse to get some form of fitness in. Try something different Whether it’s a new drink from the Starbucks menu or popping into a store you’d never normally shop in, why not try something different this year. Have you visited our latest store opening - Oliver Bonas? Their quirky-yet-chic fashion and accessories offering is a firm favourite amongst fashion bloggers the world over. Get a new fragrance An evocative fragrance can do wonders for your mood. Try heading to Beauty Base (which is particularly good for hard-to-come-by fragrances) or visit the Jo Malone counter in John Lewis & Partners for their luxurious scent experience. Fill up your diary centre:mk is more than just a shopping destination; we put on some of the best free to attend events in the area every weekend. Don’t miss our fantastic fashion festival – Style Fest, pop-up beauty events throughout the year and VIP shopping evenings as well as arts, vintage, wedding and jobs shows to name but a few. See www.centremk.com/whats-on for all the latest information.