9 Very Lovely Things To Do This Week

9 Very Lovely Things To Do This Week
Carly Jacobs

any moons ago I had a segment on Smaggle where I wrote little lists of lovely things to do to brighten your week. It was a tribute to the late great Diana Vreeland who had a column in Harper’s Bazaar called ‘Why don’t you…?’ where she’d write a decadent and beautiful list of life suggestions for her readers. I stopped doing them because no one seemed to read them but they remain my most requested posts to this day so I thought I’d give them another crack…

lovely things to do this week

Why don’t you…?

1. Keep a dish of old fashioned-cellophane wrapped candies on your coffee table?

2. Wear a sophisticated nude lip? With a subtle smokey eye?

3. Dab a little vanilla essence on a clean cloth and dust your shelves with it? Leave your home smelling like cake?

4. Dunk something in something else? A chocolate biscuit in your tea? A chunk of bread in your soup? A cracker into sour cream dip?

5. Eat kids food? Chicken nuggets? Cocktail frankfurts? Pop rocks?

6. Wear feathers? In your hair? As earrings? Hanging from a chain around your neck?

7. Have an in-between appointments visit with your hairdresser? Just for a deep conditioning treatment and a professional blow dry?

8. Make a spring wish list of things to do when the weather gets warmer? Have a night time picnic? Play football in the park? Go bike riding?

9. Plant herbs in anything but pot plants? Old shoes? Milk cartons? Vases? Tea cups?

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What lovely things are you getting up to this week? Any dinner parties? Tea dates?


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  1. Yay! Love these posts. I did number 9 in the weekend. Teacups in my garden. I also popped a succulent cutoff into a vase for some photos a few weeks ago – and its growing like a boss. Hence why my whole garden is packed with succulents! I think I can garden. Really it’s the succulents doing it for me! ?

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Oh lovely! I adore little tea cup gardens. I only have a balcony at the moment but my wish when I won my own house is to fill it with gorgeous plants so it’s like I’m living in an indoor rainforrest!

  2. Emily 3 years ago

    Love this list

  3. Kate, Wondrous 3 years ago

    Hi Carly, number 7 is my favourite on the list because I often neglect the hairdressers and I always regret it. It’s so relaxing and refreshing when someone else does your hair! This week I’m headed out for a drink with a company that I currently admire to discuss guest posting and although that is business i’m considering it a lovely thing because I am really looking forward to it. Second lovely thing is I have scheduled in is an adventure date with a new found friend tomorrow. We are going (rookie) skateboarding so it should be a good laugh! Kate, Wondrous x

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Oh that sounds so lovely! I hope it went well. Making friends as an adult is super special. x

  4. Jess Carey 3 years ago

    LOVE idea #3 – that’s brilliant!

  5. clairebonello 3 years ago


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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Ha! I think they just needed a re-brand and a shake up! x

  6. sassydrcil 3 years ago

    I missed these lists!
    I am doing no. 10, my tax return, tomorrow.
    Might need to have a calming beverage after. Maybe in a fancy teacup rather than a vino glass.

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Oh tea is perfect. I adore a calming cup of tea.

  7. Fantastic Chaos 3 years ago

    I’ve ticked off number 4 already. Indian for lunch today meant dunking delicious cheese naan bread into an even better chicken korma. Going to give number 3 a try the next time I dust as well. I love the smell of vanilla.

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Dunking food is the bomb. I dunked a cracker in pate dip on the weekend. It was rad.

  8. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid 3 years ago

    Yay for these posts! Number five is my favourite!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      That just reminded of this time I ate pop rock chocolate and didn’t know it was pop rock chocolate and it scared the shit out of me. 🙂

  9. Sarah @She Writes 3 years ago

    Oh I love the vanilla essence tip. Definitely going to try that one. Thanks!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      It just makes everything clean smell so much cleaner!

  10. Maxabella 3 years ago

    I like this very much. Some cute ideas and now you have me craving those old nanna boiled lollies!!! x

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      I love nanna style boiled sweets! Like the ones you get from old fashioned lolly shops.

  11. Kate 3 years ago

    Love this post! Please, please, please have this as a regular again 🙂 I love #5 can’t go past cocktail franks or pop rocks.

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      It’s so funny because I try to bring them back, every loves the first few but then people get bored with them and stop reading/commenting on them. I’ll give it a red hot got to keep them alive!

  12. Dawn 3 years ago

    Popping candy, nom nom 😀 I’ll be having some tomorrow when dear daughter is back at school and I get my mid week day off back to myself…bad parenting 101

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Oh not at all! It’s always relief to get your life back when your kid goes back to school!

  13. I love No. 8! When we finally find ourselves with ‘spare time’, we never know what to do with it. No more glorious carefree days being wasted here!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      I can’t wait for spring! It’s my favourite season. I love drinking beer in the park and playing cards! 🙂

  14. Sue 3 years ago

    I LOVE this post…I hope you don’t mind that I shared it on my blog…(as I started writing a little post about the winter Blah’s then saw this)…you also reminded me that my shelves need dusting :0

  15. Julie 3 years ago

    I must try making my house smell like cake! Genius! And I love so many things on this list! I need to bookmark it and then post to IG when I do them!

  16. Wendy 3 years ago

    Love! Although being in Texas, it’s Summer, so I think I’ll make a wish list of things to do before winter comes!


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