Our Self-Care Product Picks This January | Clozette

Starting the year on the right note is always a big deal for everyone. Some indulge in a makeover, others do a major home decluttering, and then there are those who arm themselves with self-care products for the new year. In this case, count as in on the last category. From diffusers with a heavenly scent to an inspiring book, here are our self-care picks product picks for this month. 


Deputy Editor


"I never thought I'd be the type of person who'd get excited about candles, diffusers, vases... basically anything and everything I remember my mum was giddy about when I was younger. But it turns out, age does that to you. I've come to appreciate the serenity a clean, well-decorated and well-scented house brings. So as part of my goal to become more in tune with my mind this year, I'm setting aside time for meditation and you bet I'm hoping to inhale air that will transport me to a more relaxed state. The Anya Hindmarch This Is Not A Pencil Pot Diffuser in Pencil Shavings has notes of mandarin, pink pepper, cedar, cypress, cedarwood, patchouli, amber and cardamom — just perfect for a quiet time of thinking and reflection."


Features Writer and Campaign Executive


"There was once a time when I thought that my skincare routine sans sunscreen was enough. But it was until I got a skin checkup that I found out that most of my efforts have gone in vain because I skipped on sun protection. Not wanting to make that rookie mistake again, I began obsessing over SPF and began adding a wide array of sunscreens into my vanity. So when I saw Sigi Skin’s Morning Glow Sunscreen and its multipurpose promise of acting like a moisturiser and a makeup primer on top of the sun protection benefits, I knew I needed this in my self-care arsenal. Infused with avocado extract for a dose of vitamin E, acai extract for keeping the skin soft and supple, and 4% niacinamide for brightening and moisture retention, there's no doubt this will make it to my shopping cart once I do my shopping this month."


Features Writer and Community Specialist


"Taking luxurious baths and showers are one of my favourite ways to unwind. There's just something so relaxing about soaking yourself in bubbles and just taking your sweet time. It's also a perfect opportunity for me to catch up on my favourite podcasts like The Second Life, which feature interviews with successful personalities and their work journeys. To enhance my bath experience, I'm always on the lookout for awesome products and the latest set that I've been eyeing is the LES EAUX DE CHANEL bath range in PARIS-VENISE, which has a fresh oriental fragrance that's very rejuvenating. A perfect pick for when you need a quick pick-me-up after a long day."


Community Executive


"What better way to start the new year than with a fresh set of gym gear? I’ve been eyeing the sleek activewear in Net-a-Porter's Sporter 2019 collection featuring pieces from emerging sportswear brands like Year of Ours, Alo Yoga, Tory Sport, Vaara and Koral. The superior built and snug fit will surely provide me with extra comfort while doing my daily reps. I can’t wait to flaunt these bold designs on my next gym sesh."


Features Writer and Community Executive

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"We’ve all heard the saying, 'Stop and smell the roses,' but does anyone really have the time for that these days? With diptyque's new focus on the scents of Centifolia and Damask roses, you can create opportunities to do so in your own home. As part of my new self-care routine, I'll be taking a few precious moments to light them and surround myself with their lovely scent in pursuit of a more relaxed lifestyle."


Creative Lead

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"It's not obvious, but I am secretly a hopeless romantic. To get in touch with my inner sensitivity, I'd like to read more books that explore emotional contexts. One particular topic that piques my curiosity is the 'what might have been' scenarios. I spotted a book called The Versions of Us, which talks about chances and circles around three different outcomes of a couple. It appeals to me because I am always wondering about the what ifs in life, be it good or bad; life works in ways that all of us take forever to comprehend."



If you feel like your photos are missing that extra 'oomph', adding a hint of greenery will definitely give you the edge you're looking for. Not convinced? Our Clozetters capturing their 'one with nature' moments will surely change your mind. 

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We can all admit that when it comes to elegance and chicness, we look to French women for inspiration. They have this certain je ne sais quoi that compels people to pay attention — but with minimal to no effort at all. And so when we had the chance to get tips from French creative consultant Julia Restoin Roitfeld, who is the new face of APM Monaco, we grabbed it — along with the many style nuggets we'll make sure to use for navigating our lives this year.

Julia wearing some pieces from APM Monaco

What were the highlights of your 2018?

I felt that 2018 was a great transition year in many aspects for me, both personally and professionally. Firstly I moved again, which is always an exciting thing for me, and I have also started to work on my own brand hoping to launch it in 2019. Going to Australia on a road trip to celebrate the New Year was also a great way to end 2018.

How do you best describe your job to someone?

I like to describe it as a Fashion Creative Consultant. I think because I also do modelling jobs, people often forget that I am also a creative person. I studied at the Parsons School of Design and my very first job was in an Advertising Agency before even modelling and working as a freelance consultant.

What's a typical day like for you? What areas would you like to change this year?

I wake up pretty early to get my daughter ready for school and drive her there in the morning before I can start anything else. Then it depends on my schedule. I try to start with going to the gym right after to get some endorphins to get the day started. I usually work from home until she gets back from school. Travelling so much for work, I like to stay home and be with my daughter as much as possible when back in New York. I actually don’t go out that much and try to keep my night outs for quality [time] out with friends, which is hard. I am still trying to find the perfect way to be as efficient as possible with work while being present as much as possible for my daughter, which is not always easy as a single mother but I think there is no perfect way!

What's your theme/biggest goal for this year?

I am really hoping to launch my new brand before next Fall.

What inspirations are you looking at when it comes to style for the upcoming year?

To be honest I think my style remains the same years after years. I never look at what's trendy or what we are “meant to wear” for the next season really. I like to stay true to myself.

When you look at photos of me from 10 or 20 years ago, my style really hasn’t changed much — a lot of black, navy and leopard print, simple denim and army coats, little black dress and stilettos. I think my style will now remain the same. I know it's what people expect but I think after a while you start to know what looks good or not on you and what fits you! So [it's] easier to keep the same! [In] the end, it becomes your own signature or uniform.

What is your biggest advice for refreshing your style for the new year?

In the end, I always end up buying the same, hahaha, just different versions. A new pair of stilettos, a new black coat, a new leather skirt… just to refresh a bit. I think [for] me, to refresh the look is more in feeling good [on] the inside. Refreshing my appearance with a new work out routine or new healthy diet, etc.

If there's one fashion item you'll wear to death this year, what is it and why?

I've been wearing my Max Mara Leopard Print Teddy Coat quite a LOT so far this winter and will probably [wear it] till the end. It's warm enough for New York winters and goes with everything. And [it's] just so comfortable and snuggly. 

What trends from 2018 are you bringing to 2019? What trends do you think will emerge?

As I said, I don’t follow trends. I have absolutely no idea what trends are. It's not really a world part of my vocabulary.

What's your accessorising philosophy for this year (and beyond)?

Less is more. Always. The less I own, the most simpler I am dressed, the happier I am.

What can we expect from you this year?

I am planning to develop more my current website www.romyandthebunnies.com, as well as a new website and brand.