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Blue Monday Busters

Got the January blues? Turn that hue into something altogether more happy with these five fab gifts that'll cheer you right up.

One of my highlights of 2019 was seeing New Order perform Blue Monday live at Victorious Festival. However, 30-odd years after the song was released, the phrase has taken on a far less fun meaning – it’s the third Monday in January when everyone reaches peak skintness, miserableness, boredom and sunlight-starvation, post Christmas. Yuck. But instead of wallowing this year how about embracing the blues? In particular Classic Blue, the Pantone Color Institute’s colour of the year for 2020, a a shade which is apparently calming and cheering. We have sniffed out five fittingly coloured Muddy treats, *Jason Donovan voice* especially for youuu. Then you just need to whack Madonna’s True Blue on the SONOS (speaking of bangers) and you can’t fail to have a good one.

Nailing it

A fresh, spring-like blue nail polish is a proper palette cleanser after all the reds and sparkles of the festive season. This & Other Stories one looks chic with classic blue denim.
£6

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Cheery Toes

Socks are a necessity and a quick glance at these from Selected Femme will put a smile on any face. With jewel tone blues and a hint of the impending Spring, they're also an absolute bargain.
£5

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Mugging off

There's no problem in the world a nice cup of tea can't solve (sorry, the self-help industry). This cheery new Oliver Bonas mug comes with your initial on it so none of your thieving colleagues can steal it. Er, not that such things happen at Muddy of course.
£10

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Snuggle Up

January is the time for hunkering down and snuggling up, so how about cosying up with this glorious Kingfisher Blue throw from Orchid Furniture? Its bright blue hue to add a cheery pop of colour to that hygge vibe.
£29

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Bag Lady

OK, admittedly this isn't a little treat and may not help on the January bank account blues front. But, my, isn't she pretty? Hill & Friends is a cult brand, adored by fashion editors and run by an ex Mulberry bag genius, Emma Hill. This blue beauty is currently massively reduced in the sale so technically it's a bargain, isn't it?
£250

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