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This Month In Style: January 2024

Dec 29, 2023 05:18PM ● By Style

Style Magazine – January 2024

Those who know me well, know I’m the queen of quotes. Maybe it’s my inner philosopher or because I’m a word nerd, but I love their power to provide comfort, clarity, and comedic relief. My current coffee table book is even called Quotable; and, yes, it’s filled with—you guessed it(!)—smart sayings and wise, witty words from poignant people like the Buddha and Benjamin Franklin.

The quote I’m currently crushing on, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing,” comes from British author Alfred Wainright. In a month like January—often the wettest, coldest one of the year—it’s a favorable way of reacting to unfavorable temps. But the quote goes beyond encouraging people to bundle up. Alfred is essentially saying that being positive (and prepared!) results in optimistic outcomes.

And he’s onto something. A pessimist might look at January and see barren trees, bleak bank accounts, and runny noses, while someone with a sunnier disposition sees it as a new beginning—a month when the sun starts to set a little later, citrus is in season, and there’s a calming sense of stillness in the air. With a simple flip of the mindset switch, the month becomes more cheery than weary.

And in the glossy print pages ahead, we have plenty of pieces to keep you happy, healthy, and having fun—starting with our feature, “Winter Wellness.” Flip to page 66 for super salads, must-try mocktails, winterized workouts, alternative immune-boosting tips, and other ways to survive and thrive until sunshine, once again, is on our side.

With fewer calendar commitments (December is always a doozy) comes more free time for me time, like signing up for creative classes. In “Get Crafty!” (page 24), we share a lengthy list of wonderful workshops where you’ll build confidence and social connections while learning new skills, from wreath making and watercolor painting to cake decorating. Do you prefer purchasing locally made products rather than making them? Check out “Editor’s Picks” (page 50) for 10 locally crafted goods that are too good to pass up!

There’s much more in store, too: a travel piece to Oregon’s Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge (page 62), a region rich in agricultural abundance and natural beauty; four super—and super easy to make—soup recipes (page 86) you’ll want to savor all season long; and a “Day in the Life” of local resident and NBC Sports’ studio host Rebecca Lowe (page 16), whose glass-half-full attitude is likely why she’s such a success.

Cheers to a new issue—and a new year filled with light, love, and looking on the bright side. Happy 2024!  
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