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the stylist’s notebook | beating the sunday blues

1 February 2009

This is just for you, SEAH! 🙂

A greater majority of society can agree that Mondays are perhaps the worst day of the week. Or, rather, the day they dread the most, wishing instead to sleep right through that horrid day and wake up with a fresh start into Tuesday. The reasons, are well, scientifically unknown (but then again I did no research on this), though it can be assumed that the human species, as a whole, simply dreads the repetitive cycle of their life: waking up to go to work/school to start yet another week. There’s nothing too excited about it; it all seems to be the same.

So whomever finds a cure for the Monday Blues, as they are so rightfully named, will probably be mankind’s greatest hero, and will mostly likely have more than a couple buildings of commemoration erected in his/her honor. Like the next John D. Rockefeller (of the U.S.), only this miracle worker’s name would be renown internationally.

But for now, we must rely on the fact that Monday will in fact be over in a matter of 24 hours, a quarter/third of which is spent sleeping. Though there are a few number of things that can be done to make your Monday just that much better, compiled in a list that hopefully will help you; these are a few things that I personally do to make my Mondays less painful. Perhaps read here for starters?

if only i could wake up and look this good.

if only i could wake up this morning and look this good.

{step one: waking up.}

Give yourself a manicure and pedicure Sunday evening. It is indeed such a little thing, but waking up knowing you have fabulously colored and done nails can make you a tiny bit more excited to wake up. After all, a self-mani should not be wasted – you must show it off, whether it be writing away on a desktop or typing away in an office.

Listen to some good music. The evening before that dreaded Monday, make a playlist of your favorite songs, or songs that get you pumped! Then fall asleep listening to that, iPod or whatever MP3 of choice, by your side. You are guaranteed to wake up with higher spirits! Not to mention, music can indeed influence and inspire you to dress up nicely (at least for me, darlings!) Whenever I listen to Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, I have this inexplicable urge to want to look absolutely fabulous on a Monday. Inspired by the singers themselves, I feel like donning my favorite cocktail ring, wearing red lipstick/gloss, and looking absolutely sophisticated.

Make sure you’re nice & toasty in bed! One of the worst feelings to wake up to is feeling absolutely cold – that is no good start to any morning, particularly Mondays! So do be sure you are dressed warmly and comfortably; perhaps wearing fuzzy socks can help!

Plan your outfit the night before. That way, it (a) removes the temptation of reaching for sweatpants or the next most comfortable thing in your closet; (b) makes getting ready in the morning less stressful and more time efficient; (c) so you are guaranteed to look fabulous; (d) to prevent any outfit nightmares that may incur in morning I’m-not-really-awake-yet-but-sleepwalking-kinda haze (a.k.a. when you are not in your normal state of mind!)

{step two: now that you’re awake…}


the perfume i swear by. get it here!

Spritz a bit of perfume! Right on your wrists, so you can smell it as your brush your teeth, and a bit in the air so you can walk through a cloud of wonderful aroma. Perfume is the ultimate icing on the cake for feeling fabulous, and it can also act like a pick-me-up on those Monday mornings.

Play a bit of music. Loud, obnoxious hip-hop may not be the greatest choice for morning music; but Michael Buble, Leona Lewis, or a softer pop artist will make you feel calm, cool, and relaxed.

Establish some sort of a beauty regimen. Another way to feel absolutely fabulous. It can be as simple as mine (straightening/leaving my hair be depending on its state in the morning, a bit of chapstick, and a coat of gloss), or as extensive as a 10 step regimen that requires dipping into adorable pots of lotions and whatnot.

Wear something new; or a favorite top/bottom/accessory! Wear that new dress you bought a while back but forgot about; or that new ring your friend just bought you. It’s guaranteed to make you feel renewed and feel like you’re starting the week off with a fresh, new start, as opposed to a continuance of a nuisance of  a cycle. It’s all psychological, really.

Eat a good breakfast. Yes, you’ve heard that from your mother and health teacher more than a few times way back then that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It indeed is! Not only does it get those barely-awake brain cells a-moving, but it jump starts your metabolism and curbs your hunger (no more unnecessary snacks!). Eat a portion of a baguette or toast and an omelette with everything. It’s healthy & delicious!

{step three: the little things that count.}

Treat yourself to a cup of good coffee. Or latte, something of the sort. No, not for the effects of caffeine. But just because it’s goooood. I’m personally a coffee lover (not an addict, I swear… although I do swear by Starbucks).

Wake up earlier (as much as it is a pain to!). I guarantee you it is worth it in the end. When I do, I must admit I stumble out of bed rather unwillingly. But when that first splash of cool water hits my face and I am up and ready, I feel ridiculously refreshed and energized! Take advantage of this time to spend an extra ten minutes in your morning routine beautifying your already gorgeous self. Sit on your bed with a cup of coffee and flip through a magazine. Feel inspired! And, most importantly, you’ll feel like you have all the time in the world.

Wear a scarf. For some reason, I always feel a bit more sophisticated when I wear one. Think European women walking around in their coats and fabulous bags, or conjure up the image of the ever-elegant ballet teacher in a Michael-Kors-Spring-07-esque outfit. Whether the scarf is silk, satin, wool, cashmere, tie one in a simple knot or wrap around your neck. It is guaranteed to add interest and detail to any outfit! And provide warmth for colder days, of course. Practicality in a fashion accessory is simply the greatest.

Dresses and skirts do help! In making you feel a tad more feminine and sophisticated. Just be sure to shave the evening before, darlings!

Slip into a pair of heels. Completely self-explanatory.

Text someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Guaranteed, you’ll make their morning, & their reply will make your Monday blues go away!

So hopefully this compiled list of how to beat the Monday blues will help somewhat. Not exactly the most original of ideas, but these are each suggestions practiced religiously by yours truly on a weekly basis. So good luck, my loves!


La C.

P.S.: What do you do to get by Mondays? Leave it in the comments, I’m curious! 🙂


Also: Thank you, Girl Next Blog, for awarding me with the “Your Blog is Fabulous” award! The rules say to pass it on to ten others, and so i shall break it! 🙂 Oh, the rebel I am. But I truly think you all deserve it; thank you for making blogging such a great experience for me – each and every one of you are the sweetest!

73 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 February 2009 1:21 pm

    I actually don’t find mondays that bad, I’m just always tired thats all!
    but as always, very inspiring post! you are amazing!


  2. 1 February 2009 1:26 pm

    i am on a sickholiday now so every day seems the same i guess..

  3. 1 February 2009 1:29 pm

    Start off the day by thinking about the simple pleasures you get to have that week – for example, watching Gossip Girl on Monday night, meeting friends for coffee on Thursday, your spa appointment on Saturday afternoon, etc. It makes you excited for your week to begin, rather than tired and bored. 🙂

  4. 1 February 2009 1:29 pm

    lovely post and some really good ideas how to improve your attitude towards the dreaded mondays.

    something that always make my mondays less dreadful: have something exciting up your sleeve for monday evening: some nice movie or series to watch, a good book, dinner with your boyfriend or best friends, met with your friends at the gym…
    I’m sure everyone will come up with at least one thing he or she will be looking forward to do on monday evening

    hope you’ll have a nice monday tomorrow, love! 🙂

  5. 1 February 2009 1:38 pm

    hi! funny, but i truly do #s 1, 4 and 5 and they truly drive manic Mondays away. hope yours will be a fulfilling one, darling! =)

  6. 1 February 2009 2:06 pm

    I never thought of giving myself/getting a mani/pedi on a Sunday! What a fun way to wake up and kind of look forward to showing off something a bit new.
    I also swear by caramel macchiatos at Starbucks… they’re just so delicious (though the caffeine is a welcomed treat to me), and it gives me just the right pick me up.
    On Monday mornings I usually do a quick 15 minutes of yoga, just to get the blood flowing and help me feel a bit more fit and fantastic 🙂
    Great post, as always, darling La C.

  7. alina permalink
    1 February 2009 2:29 pm

    I think I’ll try and get up earlier tomorrow morning…as weird as it sounds. But normally, I get up at 6:30 and do some yoga or pilates. Exercise always makes me feel happier I find.

    But as always, you are indeed Fabulous, I love your blog 🙂

  8. 1 February 2009 2:48 pm

    Mondays are really horrible and that is just because you so enjoy teh weekend, and you really don’t want to go to school and weak up early the next day. But now i can’t wait to get up early and to snack me up some breakfest and to wear my beloved clothes.
    I forgot that mornings can be too fun…thanks for realiseing that l.c.!


  9. 1 February 2009 3:12 pm

    Amazing tips! Monday mornings are horrible and the idea of planing your outfit the night before is perfect for me!

  10. thebaglady permalink
    1 February 2009 3:22 pm

    once again, you give such perfect tips, period. 🙂

    i say you write your own fashion/advice column in a mag! as much as i love “Dear E. Jean” in Elle, i think you should replace her. she’s funny, but too sarcastic – a bit cold at times. & the advice she offers is entertaining to read, but not at all helpful! yours, one the other hand, are well written, witty, and totally constructive!

    hope you had a great weekend!

  11. 1 February 2009 3:34 pm

    this is great! thanks for the reminder that Monday doesn’t have to be dreadful!!
    p.s. I really love your blog and I’m linking you on mine

  12. 1 February 2009 4:27 pm

    i think i’ll hire you to be my personal life assistant! always so positive and what you write is actually helpful. keep up the fantastic blogging 🙂

    love x

  13. 1 February 2009 4:34 pm

    This really is a lovely list, and I completely agree about getting up earlier, I always feel so much more relaxed and ready for the day when I have at least an hour to get ready.

    I also like to drink a nice big cup of tea and burn some incense before I head out.

  14. 1 February 2009 4:40 pm

    Congrats on the award.
    Thanks for your great tips! I always set out everything I need to bring with me the night before, and write down a list of things I need to do that day. It helps in the morning when I’m in a rush and don’t have time to think!

  15. 1 February 2009 4:56 pm

    Wow, it´s like you read my mind. I´m sitting here feeling blue because I have to go to work tomorrow, and you just gave me some nice tips how to feel better 🙂

  16. 1 February 2009 5:09 pm

    Actually, I’m powerless against Mondays, I just wish they’d be over very quickly.
    I like the music tips; if I wanted to be inspired by the style of the performer of the song, I’d seriously need a solo album of Chuck Bass:)
    However, I can’t agree with both of the music tips. I have a hip-hop track that keeps me going on the harder days, it gives me a huge amount of power in the morning: I know I’d be successful that day.

  17. 1 February 2009 5:11 pm

    I’m always in awe of your fabulous posts… so a big congratulations on your (well-deserved) Fabulous Award.

    And sometimes, the only cure-all to muddling my way through Monday is… to think about Tuesday.


  18. 1 February 2009 5:49 pm

    dexter: oh wow! which track? 🙂 it actually depends on my mood. i have to ease into hiphop; first start off with one of those r&b/hip hop songs and than go into legit hiphop :). that way i don’t end up waking up to anything too hardcore! haha

  19. 1 February 2009 6:11 pm

    since having a baby, i don’t have to wake up that early anymore. but this is really nice. i love the idea of putting on perfume so you feel fresh while brushing your teeth. so unique.

    p.s. oh my god, i did not mean to imply “send me toblerones”. but very nice of you. if i find something here (which is close to never, haha) i promise to send some your way!

  20. 1 February 2009 6:16 pm

    I love monday mornings! I don’t have class on mondays, so I wake up and treat myself to a good breakfast and tea and watch all of my podcast updates, then I get super productive. On Sunday nights I definitely pamper myself a little more to make mondays a little easier!

  21. 1 February 2009 6:28 pm

    I used to hate Sundays more than Mondays because of the dreadful anticipation. Now that I work for myself, I dread all days equally. I kid! Maybe.

  22. kristine permalink
    1 February 2009 6:30 pm

    oo what a fabulous list! i’ll be sure to try these out! 🙂

  23. 1 February 2009 6:34 pm

    BTW, I’ve put you on my blog roll. 🙂
    have a good monday tomorrow!

  24. 1 February 2009 6:51 pm

    Thanks for the comment!
    I find your webpage “fashion fierce”, it has very good advices and a lot of fashion taste 🙂
    BJS *keep it stylish*

  25. 1 February 2009 7:08 pm

    Oh, and darling La C, I forgot to tell you that I changed my blog URL to:

    Enjoy the last day of your weekend!

  26. 1 February 2009 7:39 pm

    That is a very well thought out and complete list, thank you for the tips.
    Nothing to add, really, except my morning music choice; which is old Van Morrison/Cat Stevens (so mellow, yet uplifting).


  27. 1 February 2009 8:15 pm

    darling i adore Dream angels heavenly by VS!thank you for this post as like most I dread mondays too :o) so thank you for all the amazing tips.
    muah x

  28. 1 February 2009 8:39 pm

    I love your post especially right now (Sunday evening). I feel exactly the same 🙂
    Thank you for sharing these tips with us and thank you for your comment on my blog (that’s fine you can write in English !). xx

  29. 1 February 2009 8:40 pm

    I LOVE this post. Thank you for making the anxiety of an approaching Monday a bit more manageable.

  30. 1 February 2009 8:43 pm

    Mondays are definitely my worst day of the week at work, as it’s always the busiest. I do the perfume trick you mentioned, as it usually lifts my spirits. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who dreads mondays.

  31. 1 February 2009 8:45 pm

    What a great post! I hate Mondays as well, and I loved your tips on preparation, waking up, and just misc. tidbits :] So creative & thoughtful!
    As for me, I like to wash my face with clear, cold water, play some good music, and wear a cheerful outfit to brighten my day.


  32. 1 February 2009 9:04 pm

    thank you so much (L)


  33. 1 February 2009 9:10 pm

    great post! hopefully, i can use it as motivation tomorrow!!

    I always plan a cute outfit for monday, and try to meet someone for lunch..if I can’t, I go to Nordies!

  34. 1 February 2009 9:26 pm

    I don’t find Mondays too unbearable. I try to pace myself at work and not get too stressed out, leave at a reasonable hour, and get home in time to watch The City and Gossip Girl. 🙂

  35. 1 February 2009 9:29 pm

    you give really good advice.
    to get past the monday blues i try to go to sleep early on sunday…keyword: try. i wake up early anyway because i have to take two trains to get to school and it takes me a long time to get ready wherever i’m going. i wash my face, brush my teeth, put on a lot of moisturizer and sometimes i’ll have an outfit planned out, but usually my outfits consist of jeans. i throw some stuff in my backpack and ALWAYS eat breakfast, and i spritz on some light perfume. the thing is i can never smell my perfume. the first few times i wear it i can smell it for the whoel day and then after that it’s like i’m not wearing anything at all. :/ but i try not to dwell on monday blues, i just charge into the week!

  36. 1 February 2009 10:03 pm

    Oh, oh, oh thank you La Lovely! 🙂

    I feel so much better just reading through all your suggestions! Although there were ones that stood out for me like the spritz of perfume just when you wake, and also the wearing of scarves. I think those are marvellous ideas – I think I’m going to implement them for all my mornings. Whee ♥

    Hmm, maybe I’ll do a post soon about my dance background (or my tragic ballet-that-never-was story haha). It’s not much of a dance background, but hopefully you’ll see that it’s one of the things I love most in life. 🙂 I’m sure that love is the same for you.

    As always, my dear, thank you for stopping by the blog. Rachel’s been doing okay but she’s not had time to post, what with school and all. But I’ve been meeting up with her pretty often, and she’s doing great. In fact, we’re going to catch Prodigy – this crazy UK music act – tomorrow! It’s gonna be a raaaave party. 😀

    Love & perfume,
    SEAH :p

  37. 1 February 2009 10:14 pm

    what a lovely post sweets.
    such great inspiration & motivation.
    will definitely view mondays differently from now on.

    have the best week!

  38. 1 February 2009 10:58 pm

    Fab post. =]

    My daily essentials? Dewy makeup. Angels Heavenly perfume!!!! Coffee while browsing through fun blogs, like yours….


  39. 1 February 2009 11:02 pm

    oh mondays.. tomorrow is monday.. i will be dreading it but i`m gonna try to wake up a little earlier like you suggest.. the hardest part is just waking up.. and like you said, once you`re up you feel so much better! great tips 🙂 and you should seriously write for a magazine or something!

  40. 1 February 2009 11:14 pm

    Another awesome list. I do find picking out what to wear the night before saves me loads of time and stress, otherwise I end up panicing with the majority of my wardrobe scattered across a once tidy bedroom floor and an outfit that is less than desirable. xx

  41. 1 February 2009 11:35 pm

    Oohh Miss La C. thank you so much for stopping by my page and leaving a comment <33 =]]

    I love this entryy, i dread every single monday…starting from sunday night =[. The only cure…well thing I look forward to is def. the Hills or the City (as of now) so my day would pass by a little less painful! you know what, im gonna do everything in this entry, starting right now! wish me luckk.


  42. Allordrien permalink
    1 February 2009 11:41 pm

    The thought of the disgusting traffic if I leave late is enough to have me flying out the door…

    But I like to wake myself up half an hour early, and then have the luxury of hitting snooze for half an hour until I can drag myself out of bed.

    Keeping hydrated throughout the day also makes you feel much perkier in the morning. And if nothing else, water before bed will make you leap out of bed to go to the bathroom!

  43. 1 February 2009 11:51 pm

    Monday blues cures? I swear by planning out a fabulous outfit the night before. Go all out, allotting time for hair and beauty regime. Nothing starts of the week like a perfect outfit!

  44. 2 February 2009 12:07 am

    …a great outfit and my playlist on my ipod that i named “give me a reason to smile” plus my favorite bowl of cereal with fresh strawberries and nutella or hero marmalade on toast… that’s what i need to start my monday morning with a happy mood:) i enjoyed this post… perhaps i should add: a quick dose of La C’s posts to cure my monday morning blues:)

  45. 2 February 2009 2:23 am

    I love dream angels by Victoria’s Secret too! I remember perusing through a Sex and the City companion book and being surprised to see it sitting on Samantha’s vanity table top!

  46. 2 February 2009 4:24 am

    Hi there!! This is the best Monday ever!!! We are all snowed in, so no school or work, yay!!!

  47. 2 February 2009 5:19 am

    Your blog makes me so happy.
    The way you write each post is so beautiful.
    I have linked you in my favourites list on my blog.

    Looking forward to your next post 🙂

    Have a fabulous day

  48. 2 February 2009 5:44 am

    I love your tips! My mondays aren’t that bad, apart from the getting-out-of-bed bit, I’m usually excited about the week ahead as I haven’t messed it up yet! lol

    I am definately going to do a few things you suggested though, like planning what to wear and the pedicure. Thanks!

  49. 2 February 2009 6:09 am

    Ahhh love this post, I really enjoy how you write, makes me feel like I can get up early and find cupcakes on my table and perfect manicures on my fingers…unfortunately the reality isn’t so much like that, but still – no doubt your blog makes the reader feel fabulous. 😀 ❤

  50. 2 February 2009 6:14 am

    I find Sunday, when you’re anticipating going back to school/work, more difficult to deal with than actually getting up on the Monday morning. Weird, huh? Outfit planning definitely helps though! x

  51. 2 February 2009 7:15 am

    Oh these tips are fabulous! I can’t wait until high school (uniforms..) is over so I can actually were whatever I want instead of the dreaded uniform which is quite unconfortable.

    I think I’ll ‘favourite’ this so next time I can come back and have a look!

    Great post! Loved reading it 🙂

  52. 2 February 2009 8:31 am

    Lovely list here! I’m happy to say I can co-sign with a lot of things you mentioned 🙂

    I love wearing skirts and heels to work (although sometimes I carry an extra pair of flats to walk to work in because the city streets can be brutal lol). It’s also nice when you dress up to anticipate seeing that certain crush you pass by everday on your way to work or the crush you may have at work.

    And my iTunes stays on all day 🙂

  53. 2 February 2009 8:43 am

    This is a lovely and inspiring post. You really do give the greatest tips…love it!

  54. 2 February 2009 9:37 am

    The only thing I look forward to on monday morning is a tall cup of starbuck’s green tea latte 🙂

  55. 2 February 2009 10:09 am

    Great ideas for how to make Monday better, however right now, I’m unemployed (so Monday’s are no different) and even with my previous job, it was retail, meaning I had no weekend, and Monday wasn’t always the beginning (often I had Monday off actually), but back in my school days… yes, Monday was the devil! haha.

    Thanks for your sweet comment! ❤


  56. 2 February 2009 11:23 am

    I totally looove starbucks 🙂

  57. 2 February 2009 12:24 pm

    Positively adoooooore this post – excellent tips; love the mani/pedi idea.

    I get by on Mondays by adding some cocoa to my second cup of coffee 🙂


  58. 2 February 2009 1:20 pm

    Suberb post! 🙂


    Tagged you, darling! Haha!
    Enjoy it!

    xoxo: Janet

  59. 2 February 2009 2:13 pm

    i love getting mani’s and pedi’s sunday’s so relaxing!

  60. 2 February 2009 3:32 pm

    This is such a cute post – and lovely ideas. It’s nice having reasons to look forward to Mondays. Another one I might add is checking all my fashion blogs and having new ideas to look forward to 🙂

  61. 2 February 2009 3:39 pm

    Had a wonderful Monday, as it’s the first time I see so much snow I’m my life!!!
    So, I was pretty excited and pictures followed!
    See you soon.
    PS: Wish you a good Tuesday.LOL

  62. 2 February 2009 4:52 pm


  63. 2 February 2009 4:56 pm

    Oh how much I love it when you post tips! I will follow each and every one of those tips next week to avoid, ahem, a Monday like today ever again. I’m sure when I follow them I will feel much more fabulous than today xD

    What I do in the morning? On Mondays? Well, it starts off with me usually waking up 30 mins later than I want. I want to wake up at 06.00 but I always wake up at 06.30-06.45. I have to leave about 07.20 so it’s too late! Then I dress, first thing I find which is wearable (and sometimes not even that xD) and then I do my makeup. Then there is usually no time for breakfast and after yelling at everybody in my family I run out of the house looking like a maniac. Not a good start for the week xD

  64. 2 February 2009 5:17 pm

    i wish my linens looked as good as hers do.
    lovely list, thanks! i’m going home and turning up the stereo.

  65. 2 February 2009 5:45 pm

    Music is soooo important in my life. As for tonight I will put on my socks and get toasty the morning after – I hope this all makes sense in English -.

  66. 2 February 2009 5:46 pm

    oh this is lovely 🙂
    i shall try all of these (and hopefully one of them will work, im terrible at mornings!)
    luckily i had the day off school today asit was a snow day, so the morning wasnt unbearable- infact i had a lie in!

    oh, its no problem.
    we can have small wrists together!

  67. 2 February 2009 7:40 pm

    i really don’t mind monday very much b/c have very flexible hours. but great suggestion for those blue days.

  68. 2 February 2009 8:02 pm

    i hearted ur monday blues cure list!
    that idea of giving myself a pedi and mani is pretty smart and waking up extra early, altho it’s super hard to do, is a good idea too since i get to enjoy my coffee and the quiet morning….

    hope u have an awesome week hun!

  69. 2 February 2009 8:03 pm

    Don’t give us too many more super tips or else we will start to look forward to Mondays! 😛

    For me, I always send a bunch of emails on Sunday night so I know I will come home with lots of news and messages!

  70. 2 February 2009 9:02 pm

    Love your tips! I’m too lazy to plan an outfit on sunday nights, hence black mondays, monotonizing my outfit for that day makes it much, much easier for me to get dressed in the morning 🙂

  71. 2 February 2009 9:34 pm

    I woke up and sprayed myself with a touch of my VS peach body spritzer.

    Totally made a difference! It saved me from having the “Tuesday Terribles”. Haha. :p

    Thank you for always saving the day, La C!

    SEAH :p

  72. 14 February 2009 3:45 pm – great domain name for blog like this)))

  73. ::: pia ::: permalink
    16 February 2009 1:45 am

    owh… this is nice…. it gives a bit excitement for my monday (n__n)

    thanks you for encourage us to love monday…!!


    ::: pia :::

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