January round-up

Welcome to my January round-up! I’m going to do a round-up post at the end of each month, talking about all the bits and pieces I’ve been up to, things I’ve bought, cooked, new discoveries I’ve made or little triumphs I’ve had that month.

January round-up

I got the idea of doing a monthly round-up during our new year break in Somerset. We were away with a group of friends and found ourselves talking about 2016 – things we’d done and what we’d achieved. When you really think about it, there’s a lot worth remembering! It’s really satisfying thinking back about what you’ve done (big or small), so I thought I’d do it monthly.

It was like fate when I came across this little book when I was in Joy in Clapham:

One line a day

This book – One line a day – is a five-year memory book. It starts on 1 January and has a space every day to write a few words or a sentence about that day. I bought myself a copy and a spare copy to giveaway to someone who’d like to do the same thing. I’m going to run the competition on my Twitter from today until Tuesday, so make sure you find me (@charlie_bloggs) to enter!

So what’s made it into my January round-up?

Brunch at Juliet’s

My triumph this month was discovering Juliet’s in Tunbridge Wells. Juliet’s is a cute independent café that serves a serious brunch. I had smashed avocado on toasted pumpernickel bread with feta and bacon, sprinkled with alfalfa shoots and a green juice. This photo doesn’t do it justice.

Brunch at Juliets

Bare Minerals

I treated myself to a new blusher from Bare Minerals. I haven’t bought a new blusher for ages, I don’t really know why. I’m so happy with what I got – The Aphrodisiac – a peachy colour with a really good highlight pigment. My other blushers from Bare Minerals are all the loose powder ones, but this is from the Ready range, which is pressed. I hope it lasts as long as the loose ones.

Bare Minerals blush

Living room décor

After finishing all our decorating before Christmas, we’re at a stage where we can start buying more decorative (fun) stuff for our house. We chose this selection of grey, cream and yellow cushions from Next and they make me feel happy whenever I walk into our living room.



January is usually a quiet month for everyone, but I somehow managed to pack loads in! I went to see Sister Act, which was one of my Christmas presents, I had a lovely day out in Brighton to celebrate a birthday and caught up with a friend over cake at the Tea House in Reigate. I went to Clapham for drinks and nibbles and went out for dinner with the girls from work before one of them went on maternity leave. I’ll also be celebrating the 30th birthday of a very special friend before the month is over.

Charlie in Brighton

Who says January has to be dull?

Let me know what you’ve been up to this month and don’t forget to enter on Twitter to win a One line a day memory book to keep track of those memories.


  1. 29th January 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I keep meaning to start a five-year memory book and never getting round to it! I was actually just admiring this yellow bedding set in Next today <3

    Gisforgingers xx

    • charlie bloggs
      29th January 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Make sure you enter the competition to win Claire! 🙂

  2. kirsty broadhead
    29th January 2017 / 9:32 pm

    I’ve seen the 5 year book on Amazing and honestly, it seems like such an amazing idea.
    Although it is so scary to think about the fact that 5 years will have gone by and you can just read all about it… maybe that’s just me lol!

    Kirsty xo

    • charlie bloggs
      29th January 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Good point Kirsty, I hadn’t thought of that! 🙂

  3. Joanna Simpson
    5th February 2017 / 10:01 am

    I love your cushions too! They are so warm and welcoming xxx

    • charlie bloggs
      5th February 2017 / 12:36 pm

      I’m so happy with them!

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