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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Review : Zalando Online Shopping

You may have seen various references to "I'm 40 and fabulous" recently.  I have decided that this is the turning point in my life and I'm going to be more positive.  This also includes finding a 'style' that both looks good and is comfortable.  I'd never heard of Zalando online shopping before they contacted me and asked me to try their website out but I immediately fell in love with a number of items.  Narrowing them down was the difficult part, especially as I had been after a 'statement jacket' that would see me through the summer.

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The Review Bit...

Their website is really easy to register with and navigate and I initially ordered a jacket, fitted t-shirt and trousers.  Another t-shirt that I wanted was out of stock but Zalando have an email service that notifies you when your item is back in stock.  My chosen items arrived within about three days by courier service.  Sadly, the trousers didn't fit so I had to send them back.  Although the items were delivered by courier their returns services is one that I'd not encountered before.  I had to search for a local "Collect Plus" agent, repackage the item and drop off the package myself rather than arrange a collection from home.  This service has both pros and cons.  Pro: I could drop off the parcel at my convenience.  Con: There wasn't a collection agent within walking distance from my house.  I received a receipt for my return and, once it was received back at the depot, a credit was applied to my account.  I found some boots in the sale (I could go a bit mad on their shoes, if I'm being totally honest) and, by chance, I received the "back in stock" email for the t-shirt I coveted.  Another order was placed and again, the delivery arrived in approximately three days.


I am loving the jacket and, when I wore it to Blog Camp UK with the navy t-shirt underneath, it received rave reviews, as did the boots when I wore them at Cybher and one friend has threatened to disown me after I raved about the clothes so much she filled her basket on the website and heard her credit card groaning.  

The jacket is really comfy and is going to be great to wear for work or casual with jeans.  That's my sort of style all over!  And the boots?  Well, they've hardly been off my feet since the first time I tried them on - that speaks volumes!  I'm just pleased I made the right choices for ME!

I received a voucher to cover the cost of my order.  
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