2021, what a year.

Each month this 2021, we will be highlighting a particular theme in our content, be it the appropriate staycation etiquette in the summer, or how to adequately put together a cheeseboard during the festive season. For the first month of the year, our theme may push a few of your buttons.

For January 2021, our theme is entitled ‘The Grand Restart Button.’

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Whilst we can acknowledge that the pandemic did not disappear into thin air come 1 January, we can acknowledge that a new year always has something symbolically refreshing about it. We’re taking our 2021 theme with a grain of salt, but also treating it as a bit of a Swiss shower. We want to flush away bad habits, start afresh, and learn from our mistakes (and accomplishments!) in 2020.

Perhaps the past year taught us more than we realise.

Whether it’s how to be a more eco-conscious tourist, or how to take more mindful care of your skin and diet, stories this month will be themed around fostering good intentions for the coming year. How do I eat more clean food without compromising on flavour? How do I shop more sustainable fashion? And what are some local hidden gems I had not previously known about?

We’re not saying you have to be a new you in 2021, but if you want to gently pat the Restart Button and find content for your clean slate, we’re here to guide you. Find our stories throughout January linked below.

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4 ways to shop more responsibly for food in 2021

The eating habits of consumers, which have recently come under scrutiny, show an increase on the awareness of the impact of one’s over-industrialized consumption on the environment, as well as on one’s health. As a result, French people began to pay more attention to the contents of their plates during the several lockdowns this year. They consumed more organic, fair-trade and local products: a return to the essential, familiar and reassuring, in a world where nothing is familiar anymore.

What is skinimalism, the skincare trend set to take 2021 by storm?

If you’re looking for that natural, easy and effortless glow – it’s time to go minimal and more conscious with your skincare regime. They call it the new “glow-up” and we’re seriously intrigued now. With no-makeup as the theme, skincare is already thriving but this year, it’s about recognising what suits your skin, trimming the excess and staying true to your skin type to achieve real results. So say goodbye to OTT makeup trends, pore-clogging ingredients and fancy packaging because we’re going simple and effective in 2021.

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What did 2020 teach us about becoming ‘better’ tourists?

All of a sudden the skies were emptied of airplanes, trains were running nearly empty, and everyone found themselves confined to their homes. The tourism industry essentially ground to a halt, and our own identity as travelers or tourists was transformed, shaken. Under house arrest, we rediscovered the nature around us and the wonders of proximity. And these long months should profoundly change how we travel in 2021 and beyond.

The 5 biggest fitness trends we’re expecting in the new year

Brands have been forced to rethink their business models in order to reach out to more people, especially at home. Features like social sharing components and on-demand workouts hit peak popularity, but many have gone the extra mile to also incorporate personalisation. After all, we’re so different in so many ways.

This idea of personalisation manifests itself in many ways as you’ll see below, but they all point to one thing: The fact that people are getting less caught up in cookie-cutter ideals and more in tuned with their own specific needs. After all, wellness boils down to feeling good, and we’ll need all the endorphin boost we can get to take on the brand new year.

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5 wellness podcasts to start the year calm, cool, and collected

If there is anything to be learned from the trials and tribulations of last year, it’s that we should be kinder. To those you love. To those you don’t. To strangers, lost amidst the battles in their own lives. To yourself. Instead of New Year resolutions that dilute notions of ‘wellness‘ into trite fitness challenges that set up poor habits, think bigger. Think better.

3 kitchen staples to make Vegan January a lot more breezy

With benefits for health, the environment and animal well-being, the vegan diet has plenty of plus points and doesn’t involve as many sacrifices as you might think. So if your new year’s resolution is to switch to a plant-based diet in 2021, or to try out the vegan lifestyle for a month with “Veganuary,” here are a few alternatives to help you make the switch.

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5 new year’s resolution every watch lover should keep

This year, we want to do better by the visionary geniuses who have constantly churned out spectacular and collectible timepieces. It is, after all, so easy to take for granted the weeks and months required to piece together the mechanical wonders that adorn wrists around the world. On this note, we’ve come up with a few resolutions that we hope will shine a new light on your relationship with watches, collecting, and the passion that lies beneath. Who knows, you might just learn a few new things along the way.

What love and dating will look like in 2021

Remember when we were in lockdown and we couldn’t go out and just the mere thought of a hug or a handshake felt romantic? From the way we experience touch, to how we meet people, date and love, 2020 has been a strange kind of year for our private lives. But what can we take away, what will remain as we head into 2021?

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15 cool nail art ideas for the new year and new you

For this month’s #nailinspo ideas, we’ve curated a slew of cool-chic patterns fit for both girls and boys alike, because really, nail art has no gender. Both female and male nail artists have created countless of wow-worthy and instagrammable nail trends that will make you go ooh and ahh in awe. These nail styles and designs will also keep you in the loop for what’s cute and what’s hot in the nail world. Let’s get to it.

12 ways your beauty routine will change in 2021

And yet, simultaneously, it was a year where beauty routines in general took a bit of a strange turn. Beauty trends now have come full circle with 2021 lighting up the path to give us newer insights into how one can plan one’s beauty business. Find below the upcoming beauty trends for 2021, and how this will affect your routine.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.