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From candles to art, sweary homeware is here to sum up our January mood

The weather, the cost of just about everything and the distinct lack of chocolate for breakfast – you're not alone if you're over the Januaryness of it all right now. And if you're looking for something small to lift your spirits and update your space in one fell swoop, a wave of tongue-in-cheek profanity-riddled homeware is here to sum up the current mood, while offering a small respite from the onslaught of depressing headlines.

Cold winter evenings in front of Kaleidoscope call for candles, but instead of a pre-payday Jo Malone dupe from a certain supermarket, reach for Flamingo Candles' 'Fresh out of fucks' jar design (£13), sculptural pieces such as Gemz Melts' 3D 'Fuck it' pillars (£14) or Wavey Casa's 'Shit' happy face globe (£28) to add an edge to your cosy ambiance. More into plastering your walls with subversive slogans? Those with a penchant for the F-word will be drawn to prints by Lucy Maggie Designs (£19) and The Hidden Shed (£6.95) – while The Pillow Drop's 'Home sweet f*cking home' cushion (£60) and The Sweary Card Co's 'Clean this shit up' tea towel (£8.99) will impart a touch of wry humour to your lounge and kitchen – with the same said for the risqué mugs by Bella Freud (£35), Rockett St George (£20) and Black & Beech (£15). Your nan's crockery this is not. 


If Hailey Bieber is on board with puffer boots (albeit Loewe's version), we're on board with puffer boots
The North Face / £97.75
Famous for its jackets, The North Face's insulated boots will also keep toes snug – with bonus points for the use of recycled materials
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Mango / £59.99
Still undecided whether the trend is actually wearable? Prepare to be convinced, thanks to this understated, go-with-everything black pair #socomfy
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Ugg / £121.99
Move over Ultra Minis, those who know are swapping the Y2K style for the brand's padded booties, available in black and bright coral
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& Other Stories / £75
Team this season's quilted puffer coat with these chic brown boots and you'll be ready for whatever the January weather gods have in store
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H&M / £20
Struggling to get out of bed at the moment? Feel like you're wearing actual duvets on your feet with a little help from this cosy beige design
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Marks & Spencer / £45
Channel Loewe's lambskin style at a fraction of the price with this water-repellent design from everyone's favourite high street stalwart
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In partnership with ATOPIA
Bring some joy to Dry January with these premium non-alcoholic spirits

January is here and with it brings well-meaning pledges to cut out booze for the month ahead. But if you think that Dry Jan means that your most exciting beverage choices will be limited to fizzy drinks and hot chocolates, then think again. Atopia's award-winning range of non-alcoholic spirits is here to ensure your glass stays half full, while keeping you on track to see out the month with moderation in mind.

Got a taste for zest in your drinks? Atopia's Spiced Citrus marries zesty flavours and spice for a refreshing and rounded finish. Partial to a berry-based serve with a twist? The Hedgerow Berry is a gorgeous balance of berries, rosehip and spice. And if you love to sip something that is decadent with a difference, the Rhubarb and Ginger is just the thing to warm your cockles. Drinking mindfully shouldn't have to mean compromising on quality or taste, and with the three core flavours Atopia have on offer, you're bound to find something that floats your boat.

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3 stir fry recipes that take less than 15 minutes, for when you're not in the mood to cook
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This highly-anticipated debut novel picks apart the unique pain of grief and family secrets

When digital marketer Jyoti Patel started writing her debut novel back in 2018, she would have had little clue that grief, and how it insidiously affects families, would be a hot topic thanks to the royals when its publication date arrived this month. Nor would she have known that The Things That We Lost would go on to win Stormzy's 2021 #Merky Books New Writers' prize based solely on its first chapter, or that she'd make the coveted list of The Observer's 10 best new novelists for 2023.

"In less than 400 pages, Patel covers heavy-hitting topics such as the aforementioned grief, plus racism, identity, family tension, mental health, coming of age and more, with a deceivingly light touch," says Stylist Loves editor Gemma Crisp. "Told from the perspective of 18-year-old Nik and his British Gujarati mother Avani, the novel skips between decades as it delves into Nik's longing to know more about his white father who died before he was born and Avani's refusal to comply due to her guilt surrounding his death. When Avani's beloved father dies and Nik leaves London for university, his determination to find out more about his dad – triggered by a secret key given to him by grandfather – intensifies, just as his mental health starts to unravel and his previously close relationship with Avani disintegrates. Poignant yet fast-paced, Patel has mastered a gripping family saga on her first go." £16.99, Bookshop.org


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