Emily Johnston on the Joy of Missing Out

emily_fashion_foie_grasWe asked blogger Emily Johnston aka Fashion Foie Gras to tell us why staying in is as good as (or even better than) going out...

'Everyone is going on about FOMO (the fear of missing out), and I have to be honest and say this has to be the most anxiety producing phenomenon to hit our world since the invention of the mobile phone. Of course there is great satisfaction in taking part in the great big world that exists outside the safety of our own homes, but this year I'm taking a step back and embracing the idea of JOMO (the joy of missing out).'

'As my family and friends post endless selfies online from Christmas parties, festive foodie outings and holiday group hugs, I'll be sitting at home, in my freshly laundered silk pajamas, with a hot chocolate in one hand and a good book in the other. There will be no thoughts of "I wish I were there," or "oh look how much fun they're having." In fact, I may just sit back with a smug smirk on my face and think about the fact that I'm not having to wriggle into Spanx, deal with blistered heels at the end of a long night or think about the idea of wearing the same dress to two parties in one week. All I have to consider is what movie to put on later, what toppings to order on my pizza and whether or not it's absolutely unacceptable to answer the door to deliver men with a full face mask on working its magic.

Here's how I see my days before Christmas progressing. I've splurged on a brand new fuzzy blanket, pulled out the sheepskin slides and invested in some good old fashioned cashmere clothing to keep my warm and cozy. I've downloaded The Holiday, Love Actually, The Family Stone and Sleepless in Seattle to keep me company on the cold nights ahead. And I've made sure I have uberEats and Deliveroo on standby for collecting copious amounts of food on my behalf. In addition to consuming hundreds of thousands of calories, I'll also be spending some much needed time feeding my addiction for indulgent skincare products. I have a daily facial lined up, a weekly mani/pedi and even a full body massage days before the main event of Christmas. Who doesn't love mobile beauty treatments these days? Honestly, a lady of 2018 never need leave the house.

So, If you find yourself out and about in London Town this Christmas, don't expect me to be stretching out at the bar beside you. No way, no how. I'm enjoying the peace and quiet London has to offer during the holiday, and I've found that peace and quiet on my giant sofa.'

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