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Notes from January 2020

I meant to do a December round up, but then it got further and further away from December and it just didn't happen. Lucky really as all I basically did was eat. Here is January's instead.


  • How to draw a Horse (spoiler alert - it's not really about how to draw a horse)
  • The best skincare trick? Be Rich - I love this article because I am so sick of seeing videos like 'Rosie Huntington Whiteley's Guide to Perfect Baby Skin' as if having her skin can be obtained by simply drinking more water and purchasing Creme de la Mer for hundreds of pounds, and isn't the result of a) great genes and b) being able to live an expensive lifestyle. 
  • I love the way Gretchen Rubin's mind works, and how she makes everyday things into exciting projects. Here she talks about her 2020 goal to visit the Met museum in New York every day it is open.
  • I've never wanted to go to a bar more.
  • These life lessons from older women are lovely.
  • Photos from NY fashion week 'street style' in the 1990s - I love these photos and the blurb behind how they were taken. 
Books I have read in January include:
  • My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. I read this over the course of about two days because the chapters are real short and it sucks you in to reading more. It was an unusual story with some dark humour, and I liked it. 
  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong was recommended by Dolly Alderton on the High Low podcast The author is a poet so the writing is very flowery and expressive which I liked 65% of the time. The other 35% of the time I found it a bit much. The story was still very powerful and evocative though so I would recommend it. 


  • I finished watching Orange Is the New Black, which I think at 7 series did somewhat outstay its welcome but I thought the finale was very fitting and obviously I still cried. 
  • Netflix FINALLY added Drag Race All Stars (albeit only the most recent series) which as always was an utter delight, but SPOILER ALERT I'm not sure how I feel about the double crowning. Also it's weird that they film them all getting crowned and then only show the audience the actual winner. Very underwhelming.
  • Speaking of Netflix, I have started watching Rhythm and Flow, which is basically X Factor for rapping, and like X Factor, is mindless entertainment, but with Cardi B who is infinitely better than Simon Cowell.  
  • A absolute gem I watched this month (or maybe December, who even knows) is This Country on BBC Three. It's not new but I haven't heard a lot of hype about it but I was cracking up at every episode. It's a mockumetntary about two cousins living in a bit of a forgotten village in the Cotswolds so it can be bleak at times but it's so so watchable and I can't wait for the final series in March. 
  • Film wise, I watched Little Women which I knew would be wonderful seeing as it's directed by my love Greta Gerwig and starring my love Saorsie Ronan. I have also now added Florence Pugh to this list of loves. 
  • I have also been watching this video on repeat, and cackling with laughter every single time. Just trust me.  


The How Do You Cope podcast with Sally Phillips, who has a son with Down's Syndrome, was an entertaining and interesting listen. You so rarely hear stories about disabled people, particularly stories that aren't all doom and gloom. This chat was definitely sad at times but it was also uplifting and funny. 


I have decided to get a weekly organic veg box, so I have mostly been overwhelmed with the amount of veg I now have in my fridge and desperately searching for recipes to use it all. Seriously though, it is a great way to base your meals around vegetables. Yesterday we had this and tonight we had this. I feel virtuous. 


I have basically been doing shit all to be honest. I haven't posted on Instagram since the beginning of the month and I so badly want it to be Spring so I can at least get up in the AM to lightness outside. I was ill for about a week, which I blame on the following: a) stuffing my face with chocolate for two solid weeks. At one point I was spreading Ferrero Rocher on toast like it was Nutella (side note, would wholeheartedly recommend this) and b) the boiler breaking and leaking all over the cupboard which meant the flat was freezing and, as I kept telling my husband, I caught a chill like a sickly Victorian. 

Oh I did actually go to London with my friend Rosie which was fun - we had school puddings from Caramel Tart and went to various exhibitions. Small rant coming up too - we stayed at a hotel in Canary Wharf (most confusing area of London to navigate IN THE WORLD by the way) and on Saturday night we thought we'd go to Pizza Pilgrims nearby for dinner. We got there and it was tres busy but they said they had space on a communal table downstairs, which was fine. We went downstairs and it was a foosball table with stools. The foosball table still had the lever things sticking out and the stools were the same height as the table meaning we would have had to hunch over to eat our food. I'm all for a spot of retro fun in a restaurant and all that but I draw the line at eating a pizza like a hunchback with long poles digging into my leg. We left and got room service. 

Enjoying on Instagram

I've barely been on Instagram this month so I don't have anything to report. 


A New Direction

Hello friends.

I have had this blog for a long ass time. Since 2009 in fact. I often don't like to tell people that, because I feel like it makes me sound like a bit of a failure. I haven't got a million followers, I'm not a #influencer. I mean, I've never been super consistent, which probably plays a part, but who knows why I'm not raking in the followers and all the sweet blogging dollar.

It is not, and never has been, my intention for this to be a full time gig. It's always been a hobby, something I've enjoyed planning and writing. I feel, however, that in the past couple of years I've neglected it, and it's been a bit of a hot mess. Mainly due to some personal stuff I've had (and still have) going on, which I might discuss one day, but also due to the demise of blogging in general I think. The blogs on my InoReader (RSS reader of choice since the sad sad closure of Google Reader - 6 years on and I'm still not over it) has diminished, due to people closing their blogs or never posting or me just outgrowing the content. Also, the tide towards blogging and long form content has completely turned - fast, Instagram #CoTeNt is now king. I put my hands up, I am guilty of starting to read some blog posts and giving up half way through, of favouring short snappy blogs over longer ones. But, but, in a way this is a good thing. I have honed my favourites; I still love a long, juicy read if it resonates with me. My favourite blogs, Man Repeller, The Little Plum, Wit & Delight still fill me with happiness and provide me with posts which I devour on my lunch break. I never want blogging to go away completely.

With that being said, I've joined Vix Meldrew's Glow and Grow blogging community and I am officially using this post as a way to be accountable to myself and start putting blogging high up on my agenda again.

Vix's number one advice is that every blog needs a niche. I've always described my blog as fashion, beauty and lifestyle, but I think it's time for a new direction. I still love fashion just as much as I did, but I see it in a completely new light these days - the sustainability conversation cannot be ignored and I don't want to be a big part of the fast fashion movement anymore. That's not to say I will never buy anything from the high street, but I want those things to be pieces I buy if there is a gap in my wardrobe, stuff that I will have for a long time, not just one season or event. 

To that end, this blog is going to focus on figuring out life as a 30 something year old - enjoying life in flux and navigating the ups and downs this brings. I want to talk about fun stuff - things and tips I have discovered which make life easier. Everyday insights into everyday things, as I find how different people do every day tasks endlessly fascinating. Sharing the best things, places and food in Bristol and beyond. Sporadic thoughts about a new jumper I love or charity shop tips I can't wait to pass on. Is that enough of a niche? I don't know. But let's just see how it goes shall we? If I have learned anything from the multitude of podcasts I now listen to, failure is no bad thing - in fact it is essential in life. 

I hope that you will continue to read this blog and enjoy the slightly different direction I will be taking. And I still can't wink.


12 Habits - 30 Days of De-cluttering

Thoughts about this habit:

  • The 30 day de-cluttering list I picked I did not read through before selecting, as I liked the idea of not knowing until the day of what I would be decluttering. I read the first few and thought they sounded good but in hindsight, deffo should have read it all through first. Some of the prompts did not apply to me, or I had already done (I'm so organised you see). I wish I had used Pinterest to compile my own list so I knew to put bigger tasks when I had more time (e.g. the weekend), and smaller quicker activities when I only had 15 minutes to spare (e.g. on days I do Brownies and Guides and basically want to fall straight into bed when I get home) 

  • As a result, I tended to group activities together on one day, which wasn't really in the spirit of doing a daily habit! 

  • As mentioned above, some of the tasks just didn't relate to me at all. For example, turning VHS tapes into DVDs, re-selling high end handbags, taking old pens to restaurants for waiters (random!)

  • As also mentioned above, a lot of the things I had already done or do tend to keep on top of, like de-cluttering my beauty products, recycling old magazines/greetings cards and unsubscribing to unnecessary marketing emails. So whilst these are all good ideas, had I read through the list to begin with I would have seen these and been more likely to create my own list, replacing these with more relevant tasks. 

  • Despite all these negative points, I still managed to de-clutter many areas of my life so all in all, I am going to hail this habit a success. My food cupboards are organised and easy to navigate. I have a list of pantry staples to use up which helps with meal planning. I have re-purposed my old, posh candles to use as trinket boxes for my hair clips and hair bands. My Tupperware cupboard looks wonderfully in order.  

For December, I'm giving myself a break because it's Christmas and I have written a lovely list of festive things to do in my bullet journal so I am going to prioritize fun!  


Notes from November

It's November and I'm already over the dark mornings. And the rain. At least my cat is extra chunky at this time of year. She gets so fluffy round her neck that it makes lines in her fur. The best. P.S This picture of her makes me want to cry it's so precious and I can't stop looking at it.


A bumper list of links this month!

This isn't a link, but a recommendation for a newsletter - The Collected Ahp is written by Anne Helen Petersen and her topics are also engaging and interesting, and things I have thought about often, put so eloquently.

Books I have read this month, reviewed in 3 words each
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez - confusing, magical, bizarre
  •  I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder- honest, raw, melancholy
  • The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel- intriguing, satisfying, good
  • Lullaby by Leïla Slimani - creepy, compelling, unnerving


Some excellent podcast episodes this month:

  • Let's Discuss 'You're not broke, you're pre-rich' with Emilie Bellet, who has the best french accent, seeing as she's french, and gives some excellent practical advice
  •  Isabella Tree on Desert Island Discs. This woman runs Knepp Castle Estate, a farm that her and her husband left to 're-wild', with amazing results. They have rare species like turtle doves and nightingales as well as deer, hogs and all manner of creatures. You can stay at the farm and I am desperate to.
  •  Nigel Slater How to Fail. I love Nigel and his way with words is *chef kisses fingers* 


I watched House share on BBC3, about a group of strangers who moved to a houseshare in London and have to share a budget. It was suitably trashy and watchable, would recommend. Rich and I looked after our nephews and watched Spiderman into the Spider-verse, which was surprisingly fresh and funny with a banging soundtrack. I had to keep getting out the Shazam so I did.


My legend of a sister in law found me Orange Twirls and sent them in the post. I know the hype is just big brand advertising and I could easily just get some other orange chocolate but I like the chase, like a little spy mission.

We went to Dangun, which describes itself as 'Modern casual Asian dining'  and I can confirm it was both modern and casual with tip top ramen, and big old portions for the price as well.

I took my mum to the Free From Festival where we enjoyed copious samples and I purchased some finger licking good fudge from Enjoy


Went to Stylist Live for the fourth time in as many years. I have to say, I don't know if it's just because it's no longer a novelty but I don't find there is anywhere near as much to do there as there used to be. The talks didn't really appeal and the interesting stalls were few and far between. Nevertheless, I will still probably go again next year.


Bought me some pleather trousers from Fox & Feather, an independent shop on Gloucester Road (it has the longest row of independent shops in Europe, fact fans) and I am wearing them as I write this very sentence. Pleather trews have been on my wishlist for ages, since my H&M pair sadly gave up the ghost and they are the perfect blend of slouchy and smart. I also purchased the blouse of dreams from Zara (picture), which makes all of my living in the Victorian era wishes come true.

Enjoying on Instagram

- This is both a purple dream and a fluffy dream 
- Depop Drama is in general, an excellent Instagram account. This tickled me. 
- I have - or had :( - a nail polish just like this and my love for it has now been ignited. 
- I love all the cute and whimsical pics on this lady's account