Every year starts with a bang and 2019 has been no different. If you’re normally up-to-date with all things trending – including Lady Gaga’s blue-hued Golden Globes hairdo – but feel like you lost a few weeks holidaying, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a list of the top 5 lifestyle trends everyone should be aware of in 2019…
1. Long live the light-hearted
This trend is all about looking on the brighter side of life. In today’s complicated, confusing and at times downright confounding world, we all need some cheering up once in a while. The powers at be have caught on and are offering loads of ways for you to lighten up. Think quirky décor items like flamingo lamps and linen embroidered with ‘five more minutes’ on the pillow. Then there are the feel-good TV shows about to hit screens, like SA’s The Bachelor, and M-Net’s The Kids Are Alright, plus another season of Grace and Frankie on Netflix. Follow those quirky Instagram accounts and pet-centric YouTube channels, guilt-free!
2. Stretch my money
We’re tightening the purse strings and trying to get more bang for our bucks – to use two clichés in a row. Say what you will, this trend is influencing almost every area of life. At-home exercise routines are all the rage – no pricey gym contracts needed – so look out for rebounders and Pilates DVDs. Then, there are the multi-tasking beauty products like foundations with skin-firming properties and palettes that act as blushers, bronzers and primers. In the kitchen, the root-to-leaf trend is growing, so you’ll be using every inch of whatever ingredients you’re cooking with – carrot tops make a great green pesto. And cheaper cuts of meat can be tenderised and crumbed into a delicious Katsu dish. Get creative – save is a 2019 slogan.
3. Add some colour
It’s the easiest way to brighten anything from your home to your wardrobe this year and the best news is that there are no rules. Green is a strong shade for autumn, but then so is red. Berry is the go-to colour for colour-blocked walls at home and you can liven up a dull wardrobe with spring dresses in shades of bright marigold. If you own anything coral-coloured, from coffee mugs to carpets or lipsticks, now is the time to show them off – Living Coral is Pantone’s colour of the year. It’s going to be bright and bold.
4. Nothing beats natural
From raw diets and organic make-up ranges, to linen and hemp garments floating down the runway, everything is going back to basics. If you’re not using cruelty-free or organic beauty products from brands like Esse, Dr Hauschka or Lula Fox, you may well be going totally make-up free. If these trends seem a bit far-out, incorporate earthy tones into your life with things like cotton clothing or natural soft-finishes at home.
5. Online all the time
Let’s face it, that’s where things are heading. We’re already streaming most of what we watch, with services like Netflix, Showmax and DStv Now, and online shopping has just about become the norm. This year, look out for more food delivery services, whether you want a mid-week takeaway or full grocery cart delivered to your door. We’ll also start getting comfortable with virtual reality – there’s already a VR dating show on Facebook. Your smart phone will become even more of an extension of yourself so be sure to manage your screen-time.