Preheat to 220°C…

Everyone knows the weather has been full on freeeeeeeeeeeezing here in London! I am not built for this type of punishment. We currently have snow on top of ice on top of snow and it makes for tricky business in trying to get around.

View from my window.

I do my very best to stay warm but these things are a god send!! HOKAIRO, stick on patches from Japan that warm up and keep you toasty. I stick one on my vest near the base of my back and it stays warm and gives a boost of warm every time I lean back. The best thing is that they last about 10 hours!!
They come in various sizes and not all are sticky backed so you can stick ’em in your boots or pockets!

Another winter warming thing for me is hearty food!! And mabodofu is one of my very favourites. Everyone does theirs differently! I put shiitake, niira, harusame and I used pork mince and lashings of ginger.

The piercing winter winds are playing havoc with my skin so I have switched my night cream to Taer Icelandic’s Restore & Replenish moisturiser.

I opted for this above other night creams because it seems to have a heap of natural ingredients that I am sure would be kinder to my sensitive dry patchy skin.

I am happy to report that it works a treat for me. A little goes a long way and I have been using it every night for the past month and slowly my skin is finding its balance again. I wake up with replenished skin! It does have a medicinal herby type scent that may put alot of people off. I can just about tolerate it! But it works soooooo very well for me that I am letting my qualms pass.

Here is what the website says:

A luxurious, firming and rejuvenating moisturizer, containing super-potent botanical antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Includes the exclusive Taer calming complex and organic Icelandic yarrow, horsetail and lady’s mantle. Particularly recommended for treating mature, sensitive, allergy-prone or sun damaged skin, lacking tone and vitality. Algae extracts, olive leaf and high levels of stable vitamin C protect against premature ageing, whilst borage, rosehip and rice bran oils nourish the skin with essential fatty acids, enhancing repair and hydration.



Yes I took advantage of the January sales by getting some new eye glasses. I was sooo waaay out on my prescription that it is a wonder that I wasn’t bumping into lam posts and such.

It is always a trouble to seek out new frames for me because I have pin-head! So most specs are far too wide and I find this quite disheartening when I have to wander from shop to shop with little luck.

This year I went to “Washin”. A Japanese opticians in Mistukoshi (Piccadilly). And they have the most spectacular (ahem) range of frames for pin-heads like me and everyone else for that matter. They also have the most helpful and charming staff and I just cannot say enough things about them.

So anyway, I settled on a pretty pair of Chanel frames and I am delighted with them. I am considering getting a red version of these made up later in the year….I love ’em that much!

I can see clearly now, so it is high time I made more…..


Been working on thise piece that I plan to call “plunder”. It shall be ready next week so please drop me a line if you are interested in a preview.