The week before last I wrote about how I have given up alcohol for good, I had a lot of lovely and supportive messages and I appreciated all of them. Thank you to everyone who got in touch.

January was a tough month, what with one thing and another. I always find the cold and oppressive darkness difficult, but this year it was particularly tricky for a myriad of reasons. I won’t go into it now because I’m still figuring it out. I sometimes think that I should only write worthy content around mental health and the challenges of staying well in this unbalanced world. However, I think it’s good to sometimes punctuate the mental health content with a touch of levity.

I have frequently written about how clothes effect my mood and after the bleakness of January, I’m drawn to springy, uplifting colours. In the past, when I was young and foolish, I would have started wearing spring/summer clothes in February, regardless of the sleet and snow. I imagined myself to be some kind of Carrie Bradshaw fashionista, when in reality I was just an idiot in a chiffon dress, shivering at the bus stop. I’ve since developed an intolerance for discomfort and I never wear anything that makes me feel too cold, too hot, or irritated in any way. I’ve layered this green jumper from And Other Stories¬†over a dress from Stine Goya’s SS18 collection, the combination is really cosy. This dress is quite formal without the jumper; it’s perfect for a spring wedding. But with jumper and the belt I’d wear it anywhere. I love the colour of this coat from Topshop: it makes me feel optimistic. I’ve been wearing these boots from Kurt Geiger constantly, they go with everything I have. I like to get as much use out of my clothes as possible and layering a couple of new pieces over older stuff ensures maximum wear.

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