In case you’re still hibernating and winter-tired, a quick reminder that you don’t have to have strenuous resolutions just because it’s January.

two-toed sloth by Hilary Stebbing



In the grand scheme of things, you really shouldn’t choose your job based on what you get to wear to it, and having a job that is interesting, set in a good work culture and that pays the bills I’m not looking for a change anyway.


But I do have a tiny pang when I see Charlotte Jacklin’s excellent nail art that I’m not in a job that will ever allow these to be an option, unless it’s a paint it on on Thursday and a take it off on Sunday thing, & that would be a shame…



Photo by @jlinford as part of her foodie Advent calendar for this year. These splendid gingerbread boats are from Bageriet, a little Swedish shop just off Covent Garden that does sinfully-good hot chocolate too.

Hitting the shops

Gingerbread PJs from ASOS, knitted hot water bottle cover and candles from Aerende (a shop that supports the underprivileged and struggling in society – the hot water bottle covers are knitted by a breast cancer survivor)


initial mugs from Anthropologie and Christmas biscuits from Ashton Belle, cups from Rita Konig

Asma’s Indian Kitchen and Polska by Zuza Zak

Donations, eg to Refuaid which gives refugees important language training and interest free loans to retrain in their new home to carry on with their previous careers, donations to Shelter or women’s refuges; SheSaysIndia


Coffee spoons and concrete origami paperweights from Havelock studios


A bit of comfort reading

Cakes and cool things

So it turns out that as well as a long and few fraught history, a strong food scene and beautiful scenery Charleston also has quite a few good shops.


Yes, big preppy chains (J Crew, Williams Sonoma) are there; yes, there a lot of one off art shops offering scented oils, pottery and paintings of sea scenes and oyster shells.


But there’s also a bookshop and bow-tie store, there’s many, many antiques shops, and there’s a string of bakeries and stationery shops on Cannon Street.


And food, obviously. All hail Hominy Grill and the Savannah Bee Company.


Lattice work


A french wired silk bonnet from circa 1812. Bringing back ALL the memories of Georgette Heyer’s epic shopping scenes (Frederica and Charis in the millinery shop in particular, to be honest.)