Monday, 28 July 2014

The End of an Era


There is a cloud over the Sluttery HQ today. This will be the last week of publishing for Domestic Sluttery, we are closing our doors on August 1st.

We’ve been publishing for five and a half years now. That’s nearly 7000 posts covering amazing recipes, brilliant designers and wonderful things that have made our days brighter and our lives better. I’ve had an absolute blast running the site.

The first printed copy of the Domestic Sluttery book!
So why is the site closing? Because it’s coming close to not being fun any more. As a businesswoman I’m supposed to think of profits and overheads first (we’re doing fine on that front) but this site has always meant more than just being a commercial success. Domestic Sluttery has been the biggest part of my life and I wouldn’t have run the site for so long if it wasn’t fun. But blogging has changed so much, the industry is now very different to when we launched. It’s become about chasing pageviews and shares and fighting Facebook algorithms. I spend my time trying to find the things that will go viral, rather than getting excited about a brilliant new designer, or testing great recipes and really pushing what we write about to make it different from the other great lifestyle blogs out there. This year our editorial is the best it has ever been; I don’t want to measure the value of something by the number of likes a photo gets on a social network.

Since I’m about to become newly unemployed, I should stress that I still love creating exciting editorial and finding the best ways to share that with an audience. I love my job and I’m damn good at it but I think as an industry we’re losing the integrity around what we do. The driving force of Domestic Sluttery, the reason I’m so proud of it, has always been its community. The people who read the site every day, argue with us, tell us stupid stories, recreate our recipes and email us to tell us that we make their days brighter. That’s more important to me than thousands of Facebook shares.

Our readers making gingerbread houses. Big love to the Roudiani sisters.
The other reason I’m so sad to close the site is the amazing team of writers. Let’s talk about them, and publish some brilliant photos.
Gin and chocolate help with cooking.
Gemma was the first person I ever told about the site. It was snowing, we were a little drunk and I told a brilliant fashion editor about my idea for a new website. Sometimes I wonder if the site would have happened without that conversation.

Sara looking very kick ass. With unicorn jewellery.
I hired Laura B because her cover letter read like Sluttery Sales Spy. Sara hadn’t got five sentences into her email to us before mentioning drag queens and glitter. As for Laura H and Alice, I’ve had the pleasure of eating their food and spending time in their company. It’s a treat to be around such lovely and talented people.

Kat on the Orient Express.
I’d invited Kat to an event I was running with the intention of just getting to know her a little better, having a hunch from Twitter that she’d fit in perfectly. After hearing her belt out karaoke numbers with such ferocity, I decided to hire her immediately, cementing the Domestic Sluttery karaoke tradition. I stalked Caleigh and convinced her to join the team as our gluten free columnist and was so thrilled when she said yes. And astonished when she wrote her column right up to the point of going into labour. Katie is our newest team member and I only wish we’d been able to grow Excellent Women further into what we could see it becoming. And Nick? I was on a beach in Croatia when I decided he would make the perfect cocktail writer for the site. I think he’s still a little surprised by the decision, years later. I stand by it.

So long, Old School Yard. Thanks for all the gin.
As for Frances, she waited very patiently until I could afford to take on another writer, many years ago. She’s seen the site – and all of us – grow up. She’s done such a brilliant job as editor over the last year. No words can sum up the high esteem in which she’s regarded by me and the team.

Hire these amazing people to write words for you. They will enrich your lives in ways you couldn’t begin to imagine.

While I’m thanking people, do go and spend some money with our regular sponsors: Hunkydory Home, Shoes International, Quince Living and Flights of Nancy. It’s because of their support and the teams at PavilionGuardian Select and Skimlinks that I’ve been able to pay everybody and keep a roof over my head. And huge thanks to all of the companies, PRs and individuals who’ve supported us over the years. You know who you are. Your support is everything to us.

Best. Night. Ever.
I spend my days with such an incredible team, writing about supremely talented people and that’s what I’m going to miss about running the site each day. But Domestic Sluttery isn’t going anywhere, not really. You can still buy our book and the site will still be live as an archive. There are far too many brilliant recipes and features to dream of taking it down. Domestic Sluttery has always been about women doing things they love. It’s always been about trying something new and not caring about being perfect. It’s always been about making time to enjoy life as you damn well please. That’s not going to change. Our mums and grans were doing it long before us.

Perhaps, in some form, the site will return in the future. I’m open to all commercial offers concerning the site (email me, let’s talk), but for now, this is the right decision. Our main editorial rule has always been to write about what we love and to enjoy doing it. You’d know if we were faking it. The site has always been a joy to create and you, our brilliant readers, don’t deserve anything less than that. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to share ideas and silliness and talk about gin, gingerbread and unicorns with you. Thank you for letting us be a part of your day.

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    1. So are we, Joanne. But I have no doubt that the brilliant team will do amazing things - that's ten awesome projects and adventures you get to see unfold! xx

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  2. Can this be true?! No!! Very sad to hear. Your site is amazing.

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  3. This is very very sad news. So many of my favourite designers were found through these pages and I don't know anywhere else that manages to fit so many of my interests so perfectly (booze! books! shiny! dinosaurs!). On the plus side I'll be saving plenty of money without all the pretty things.
    Good luck Sian and all you other lovely ladies. And Nick.

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    1. And of course Nick! Let's give him credit, it's not easy being the only chap around these parts. Thank you for reading, Emma. xx

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  4. Such a shame, I'll miss this site! Good luck with whatever you go on to do guys.

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  5. lovely written as everything you post... a great shame but I have to say I totally understand!! Facebook is becoming more and more ridiculous.. I wish you and all employees the best of luck for the future! Great people like you won't be unemployed for long! Lots of love from Germany

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    1. Thank you, Anon from Germany. It's always nice to hear from our overseas readers. xxx

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  6. Very sad - but thank you all.

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    1. But we've got a whole week of brilliant reading to keep you going. xx

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  8. This makes me very sad indeed! You have done such an amazing job with the site and Sluttery will be sorely missed. Thank you for leading me to some of my best purchases, bakes and reads, and for inspiring me to be a better writer. Best of luck to you all xx

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    1. Thank you for being so supportive of the site, Rebecca! You're a brilliant writer. xx

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  9. This is sad news indeed!
    I look forward to reading you daily, it is a great break from work, and I have enjoyed many recipees etc.

    Good luck for the future, and a little consolation is that you will keep the site up as an archive :)

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    1. There are nearly 7000 posts there - some of them even I've forgotten about! Enjoy diving in. xx

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  10. CornishCreamTea28 July 2014 at 10:45

    :( so sad, I love your updates brightening my day throughout. I understand all your reasons, but still sad. You are all wonderful writers, I hope you all carry on writing (and maybe use the DS site to publish links to any new ventures?!) Good luck lovelies x

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    1. I'm not sure we'll post new ventures via DS channels, but I've popped links to the personal blogs and Twitter accounts of each writer so you can keep updated on their excellence. xx

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  11. I can't believe this can be true.
    How can a site so unique be driven away?
    This is the ONLY blog saved on my Toolbar - I check it every dang day! That is not a feat easily achieved in an internet full of blogs.
    Someone please rescue this site.
    I NEED GLITTERY UNICORNS, DAMMIT.

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    1. Awww, thanks Anon. We all need sparkly unicorns. xx

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  12. Really sad. Used to check in on you guys every day and felt it was one of the few blogs that was well-written, witty and relatable. Good luck for the future.

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  13. Nooooooo!!! This is terrible news :( Thanks for a brilliant site, it will be missed.

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  14. Such a shame, I've discovered (and cooked/eaten) so many wonderful things over the years because of you all. Thanks for everything you brought us, and good luck!

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    1. If we brightened days over the last five years, that's more than enough for us! xx

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  15. Nooooooooooo :'( Completely devastated - I've read the site every day since I discovered it in 2012 and love it. It's the first place I go for food and design inspiration and have bought countless lovely things through your recommendations. Sales Spy is the highlight of my Friday and I've got a million recipes bookmarked waiting to try.

    Not only does DS inspire me to be a better a woman, it's inspired me to be a better writer and journalist - reading the talented team every day has been an education in writing engaging copy full of laughs.

    Whatever you decide to do next good luck, and drink lots of gin.

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    1. Sales Spy is the highlight of all of our Fridays! We all read the site as though we were readers and we'll miss that each day too. Thank you so much for your kind words. xx

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    2. Ah, thanks Emily - I'm glad you enjoy Sales Spy! It's the highlight of my Friday, too - it's so much fun to write!

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    3. I'll miss Hilary and Derren.

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  16. I am so sorry to see you go - you have been amazing fun and I have found some wonderful things through you. Hope you all find takers for your great talents. Best to you all for you futures. xx

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  17. No no no - so incredibly sad. You have brightened my weekdays and inspired me for years - there will be a great, yawning chasm in my life with you gone. Good luck with whatever you're doing next - I imagine that it will be excellent. x

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    1. We hope so! Holiday plans are afoot, and then who knows what else? That's very exciting. x

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  18. What a sad day. I'm not a regular commenter but an avid reader. I bought the book within minutes of first finding the site.
    You have fuelled many "it's on sale so it's like saving" purchases and talk about many of my favourite things (gin, cake, gin cake, animal dresses, beautiful things for my house and crazy jewellery) and i am very sad to see you go.
    Best of luck in the future gorgeous girls. And Nick :)

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    1. We are good at convincing people that spending is saving (we nearly believed it ourselves). Thanks so much for your kind words. xx

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  19. Please don't go! I love the blog.
    I'm sure you'll be a great success in whatever you do next but I will miss you.

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    1. Oh Tristan we'd love to stay but the worst thing would be doing that and the site going to the dogs. We'd hate it..

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  20. Sad face :(
    I love the variety of content that is so unique to DS, and am thankful for the several designers, companies, magazines and subscriptions that are now in my life thanks to this site :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel! We're so pleased to have shared such wonderful things over the years. x

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  21. Noo! Good luck with your new ventures, Sian and co.

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  22. I'd like to say how sad I am to read this last post but also how grateful I am for all of your fantastic articles over the past few years. As a male reader, Domestic Sluttery gave me a great window into the world of women's lifestyle without the stereotypical pinkness that sometimes accompanies similar websites. The content on your site was also relevant and accessible to wider audiences (in particular Nick's cocktail articles!) and this is what makes it so enjoyable to read.

    Hats off to such a great team of writers and I'm sure I'll be hearing from you all again as an ensemble soon albeit under a different project (here's hoping).

    Despite you saying that blogging is no longer as fun as it used to be, DS has always reflected the fun side of life and as such has entertained and educated many of us regular readers.

    Sian, good luck with whatever you turn your hand to next. I'm certain that you'll move on to even greater things. In the meantime, we're long overdue a cocktail at Soho House!

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    1. Rax, you are such a gent. I've always been so fond of our male readers. We might have been aimed at women but all of our readers mean a lot to us. I've no idea what's next, but it'll be excellent whatever happens!

      Thanks so much for reading for all of these years.

      xx

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  23. Also completely devastated. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your site. And as a newish reader I'm saddened that I won't get to read more.

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    1. Ah, but think of all the posts in the archives awaiting you! We love hearing from our overseas readers - thanks for commenting.

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  24. You will be greatly missed - the site was my (not so) guilty pleasure for an everyday pick-me-up. Best of luck!

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  25. Very sorry to hear this. What am I going to do to get my daily fix of cooking, shopping and quirkiness? I hope you can find some way to continue and wish each and everyone of you the best of luck for whatever you decide to do in the future. x

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  26. So sad! I don't know anyone involved with social media who's happy with where it's going - everyday people, or companies that have to use it. You've all been fab, and I wish you the very best of luck finding something just as good to take up your time. You'll be missed!

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  27. So sad but as someone who has recently started food blogging I understand your reasons and your passion to commitment for the reasons you started your site. Best if luck for whatever your future holds! Glad to hear you will leave the site as I've used many recipes, tips, and if course gin and cocktails from it!:-)

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    1. Gosh, but you have a beautiful blog. Enormous amounts of luck with it, I'm off to add it to my blog reader. Thanks for your thoughtful comment x

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  28. Absolutely gutted, love the site!

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  29. Sorry to see you guys go! Thanks for running such a brilliant site for so long. I know what you mean about the way blogging is going - such a shame. Good luck in whatever you do next!

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  30. I'm so sad to hear this, but you should never do things that are no longer fun. Thank you. I checked DS every day. Through you, I dress better, have amazing stationery and dream of robot wallpaper. Thank you for everything x

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  31. This is so sad. Your site has been a 'go to' place for present ideas and recipe ideas. It will be a huge loss. But I understand why you've made the decision. Good luck to all of you.

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  32. This is so sad, Ive always loved reading your articles, but you are right, since I started blogging 8 years ago it was so different from what it is now. Blogging have become just a money making venture for a lot of people and its hard to find sincere bloggers out there now that write just because its fun!

    Disappointed that you're 'leaving', but good luck! x :)

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  33. Devastating news - so sorry to see this fabulous place closing. Please keep us up to date about your next ventures!

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  34. Very sad to read all this. This has been my go-to recipe website for years.
    Will the site still be up for viewing after August 1st?

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  35. Gutted! But I get it, I totally get it. I am so glad the archives will still be live, that you are taking the right decision for you and that you're leaving a door open to come back because I have the feeling you will!

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  36. I love DS and am devastated that I wont be able to get my daily DS fix. Many thank yous for years of great reading, images, information and links. Enjoy all the new adventures in your future. Good luck

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  37. Such sad news but absolutely understand the decision. I felt the same with my own blog (although not on the same scale/calibre as Domestic Sluttery!). Your great buys, amazing recipes and real, honest commentary will be missed. Good luck with the next adventure!

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  38. Ohhh Sluts - I will miss you so! I've read every post since I found you cos you are 100% my kind of gals. You brighten up my day, inspire me, make me giggle and remind me that life is gorgeous, precious, delicious, auspicious, witty, pretty, gritty and wise. I admire your courageous resolve to hold the line and relish the thought of your future incarnations. Thank you and may the wind set fair.

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  39. Can only echo what everyone else has already said....hugely disappointed to read this,but understand why and wish everyone all the best. I've loved everything about DS since i discovered you. Big love,big thanks.XX

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  40. jeannie frampton28 July 2014 at 11:06

    You suited me...a rare find....from ur name to ur content...ur ethos
    I thank you
    I wish you all the best..success..health..and happiness..... Exciting times ahead for you all x x thank you x

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  41. I'm sad you're closing but glad for you if it was ceasing to be fun. Thank you for all the amazing recipes and gift ideas! Your site has gotten me through many a bad day, and many a gift crisis. Best of luck!

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  42. Oh no! Really sad about this! Your site was one of my first 'on-line' obsessions and it is still one of the best!!

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  43. I'm very sad to see you go, but I completely understand and respect your decision. We'll meet again, old friend x

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  44. I will really miss your site - it's been a lovely diversion each day, and I can't count the number of new favourite designers / perfect birthday presents / great truffle recipes I've found through here. You are all excellent at what you do. Good luck!

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  45. Oh no! So sad to hear you're closing down. I've loved reading all your posts, they're always so much fun and leave me hungry for cake and lusting over products I technically don't need, but would make my life so much better! Wishing you the very best for the future!

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  46. What a sad day for a very beautiful site. Completely understand your reasons, and hope all works out for team X

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  47. I am so sad to hear this, but also proud that you are maintaining your integrity and making a change when you feel it's needed, you have all of our support there!!

    Good luck moving forward ladies. You are amazing, talented people who will continue to do brilliant things! Xxxx

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    1. That's just how the team felt when Sian and Frances gave us the news. We're going out on a high and that feels good, despite the inevitable sadness.

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  48. I agree with all the sentiments above. You made my day and life a bit more tollerable. Thank you and I do hope you and the team find something amazing in the future X

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    1. Thank you so much. All the best for the future, Anon x

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  49. Devastated that DS will no longer be there to turn to. Totally agree re your reasons though - algorithms of one sort or another are changing content for the worst *sad face*.

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    1. Yep. It's such a shame. It feels like there's so much fantastic content out there getting overlooked now.

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  50. Very sad news!

    I've read everything you've published, begged you several times to let me write for you, and I was so proud when eventually you relented and published one of my recipes.

    I've spent far too much money on gorgeous dresses, added so many delicious recipes to my repertoire and found amazing ideas for gifts, days out and gin-fuelled fun on these pages.

    I am fervently hoping that the site will somehow carry on (although I wouldn't want it to become commercial - it's all about uncovering hidden gems, not writing sponsored posts) but if it doesn't, I hope all the Domestic Sluts go on to even greater things.

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    1. Aaah, we've always been commercial and wouldn't ever begrudge anyone of making money from their sites - I wouldn't be able to pay anyone if we weren't commercial. And we've always had sponsored posts as well! I just want the content to come before the rest of it and that's becoming so much more of a struggle. I don't know if that will flip back in the future, I hope so.

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    2. I know, but it always feels like you're writing about things you genuinely love, not filling space with paid reviews and enthusing about products simply because someone's paying you to do it! That's what I was trying to get at - the fact that we all want the content to come before the commercial stuff.

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    3. I think it just comes down to the fact that we'd always, always rather write about dinosaurs and robots than something we were half-arsed about.

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  51. Sad news. I shall miss how you brighten my day wtih all the wonderful posts. Good luck to you and all the writers with whatever you move onto next. Siobhan x

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    1. Thank you. I've been writing for DS for three years and never got tired of seeing what wonderful things everyone else came up with x

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  52. Oh nooooooooooo!! So sad to see this wonderful, sassy, and quirky team leave... Im absolutely sure we'll hear lots of delightful things from you....

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    1. We're going to miss working together too. Thanks for reading x

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  53. Nooooo! My entire diet is based around your recipes. You brought me steak and chirizo chilli, snickers brownies and the most amazing ginger cake and I'll never look back! Your blog was clever, witty and made me feel like it's okay to indulge in a disgusting amount if chocolate and booze and just be perfectly imperfect. Thank you for working so hard, giving me a giggle and an extra few inches around my waist. Good luck with where ever your path leads. I'm having drunken spaghetti for dinner tonight in honour of you and your amazing team! I will truly miss your posts.
    Xxxx

    PS. Because of you, I know that dinosaur serving plates exist. Respect!

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    1. That steak recipe has been a staple in Sluttery HQ for a long time now. It might even get made again this week, since I'm feeling a little nostalgic. Thank you so much for reading, Tracey. xx

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  54. Gosh so sad to read this - echo everything everyone has has said. Best of luck for the future!

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  55. We're very sad to hear the news but wish you all the best of luck with your amazing adventures in the future! Thank you for supporting us over the years! Team Tatty x

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    1. Oh Team Tatty, you're one of our all time favourites. Thank you for glittery support. xx

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  56. I can understand why you're doing this, but I'm gutted! This is one of my favourite sites - consistently entertaining, great writing and loads of brilliant ideas and links to designers and shops I might never otherwise have found. Good luck with whatever you all do in the future xx

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    1. That pretty much sums up everything we tried to do. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the ride as much as us.

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  57. So sorry you're going :(
    I'm a reader, not a commenter but I have used recipes, picked books & found quirky designers & retailers on your recommendations.
    You will be missed.

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    1. So glad to hear you've enjoyed us over the years - thank you.

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  58. Oh no this has made my week sad as well :-( you will all be missed. Best of luck for the future though and please let us know of any future ventures xx

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    1. Thanks Siân - we're all sad about it too. All the kind comments are so lovely to read though x

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  59. I'm so sorry to see this website go. It has given me great present ideas and more than a few hangovers! Thank you so much for all of your articles over the years. They will truly be missed.

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    1. Sorry for the hangovers, but hopefully they were preceded by fabulous nights. Here's to many more of them.

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  60. I refuse, absolutely refuse to delete the Sluttery button on my shortcut bar thingy on my computer. Very sad, but understandable. x

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    1. Yes, you leave that button where it is, you never know when you'll need to check our archives for a gin cocktail or a cake idea!

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  61. It's sad but I kind of agree with you. If you are looking at things that will go viral and get facebook likes then you will not enjoy it and we will know the difference. I just wonder if you had not been concerned with these things and not having them in your head when you post is what would set you apart from the crowd.
    Do what you love and others will love it as you do.

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    1. I hope so, Anon. We tried really hard to create features and posts that we wanted to read. x

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  62. I am so sad to read this, Domestic Sluttery has been a staple read of mine for years. You have enriched so many lives with your blend of great recipes, witty posts, and opened my eyes to so many beautiful and useful things!

    I truly love this site, and you fabulous, glorious writers. Thank you so much for the laughter, the inspiration and the bloody amazing recipes!

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    1. If we've made someone's day a little brighter, that's a pretty great thing, isn't it?

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  63. I am absolutely gutted :( I check your site every day throughout the day and you've been such a source of inspiration and amusement to me over the years. Yours is THE site I go to whenever I have money to spend and an itch to buy something original. I honestly feel like every day is going to be that bit duller now without being able to see what treasures you guys have unearthed or what delicious recipes I can have a go at recreating at home. Being a hardened Northerner I often feel our needs are a bit neglected in terms of shopping, as though living outside of the Capital means you don't care about quirky or cool items, your site has consistently provided a link to that world for me. I really hope this isn't the last I see from you guys :(

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    1. Oh, Northern Magpie! That's exactly what we hoped to do. We've always been UK-centric, rather than London-centric and I'm so pleased you enjoyed our posts. Thanks so much for your support. xx

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  64. Gutted is the word of the day, Siany. Totally get it, just hate it.
    Be happy, all you dear, dear Sluts, and thank you for leaving the site up as an archive. All those recipes!
    Hugs and love and gin and glitter and very nice shoes. xxx

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  65. Noooo! How devastating! You will be sorely, sorely missed.

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  66. *sob* A sad sad day indeed. Wishing you all the very best, Team Sluttery will be sadly missed.

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    1. Thank you - and thanks for all the lovely tweets over the years, they've always been appreciated x

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  67. Absolutely gutted. My wardrobe is full of clothes and my house full of items inspired by the Sluttery team. Thanks for everything and good luck!!

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    1. I quite like that we're living on through people's homewares, clothes and recipe books. Thanks Anon x

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  68. It was so much fun to read, and to contribute. Thanks for the opportunity to get involved, and the book still looks amazing on my bookshelf!! Well done on making something fabulous. xxx

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    1. I loved your pieces, Claire. Wow that was years ago. Thanks so much for all of your support over the years, it really means a lot. xx

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  69. So sad, will miss you guys so much xx

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  70. Sorry to hear it. Your creamy smoked salmon pasta recipe gets cooked about once a week in our house. I wish you all the very best with your next venture.

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    1. That was one of Holly's most amazing recipes. Thanks for the good wishes x

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  71. Oh so sad :( I think I've probably looked in on your site everyday it's been in existence and picked up so much inspiration for clothes, food, presents and books over the years that I'm not sure I can live without you!!
    So thank you, good luck with whatever comes next and I'll be raising a gin to all of you wonderful people xxx

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  72. I'm so, so sad to hear you're closing. I have visited your site almost daily over the past five years. It was my source of inspiration for so many presents for friends and – who am I kidding? – lots of presents for myself too! There are so many things I'll miss... the dresses, the recipes, the books, the dinosaurs... Good luck with everything x

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    1. Haha, yes, I know that - "I'll just buy this incredible Sluttery Spy thingamy as a gift" followed by "oh no, I've accidentally opened it, I'll just have to keep it what a shame". We'll miss all the readers too x

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  73. So sad to hear this, I only found the site recently but it quickly became one of my favorites. It was like you had reached inside my head and created the perfect mix of quirkiness, cats, dresses, books, recipes, and just really really cool stuff. Plus gluten free, and for a coeliac to have that alongside everything else made me feel like I was home.

    I will miss you lots and all the best for the future. X

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    1. Thank you for such kind words. I'm very proud that we were able to take gluten free out of its niche and share recipes with you, and loads of other Coeliacs, every week.

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  74. You will be greatly missed, I wish each and every one of you, all the very best in your future endeavours.

    I now raise a wee gin in your direction (well, it is the holiday's, and it is after 12pm, and I am a domestic slut...) :-D xxx

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    1. We will all, always, be domestic sluts. You can take the girl out of Domestic Sluttery but you can't make her hoover her room.

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  75. Sad news. All the best for the future guys.

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  76. All the best for the future, I've really enjoyed the site and it's always brought a little sparkle to my day. Thank you.

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  77. You will be much missed. I've enjoyed reading your posts and have turned to them pretty much every day for inspiration, education and amusement. You cover such a brilliant range of products, places and ideas - both my daughter (23) and I (58) have been frequent readers. Where shall I find pirate themed tights for her now? Or dinosaur based items for us both? I'm so glad the pages will still be available for us all to refer to and just to read when we need cheering up. Many, many wishes for the very best of luck in all you do in the future. Jenni and I will raise a glass to you (probably filled with one of Nick's cocktails..). xxx

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  78. Echoing what everyone has said above, I'm really sad you're closing. I have bought so many wonderful things because YOU have recommended them and I check your site every single weekday. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have a Oh My Clumsy Heart necklace around my neck, a beautiful Zara bag under my desk, gorgeous prints my The Blackbird Sings on my walls, and dozens of my friends wouldn't have the brilliant gifts they have as a result of your teams hard work. Thank you so much for being a fantastic read and a great resource.

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    1. *searches for all these things on the site immediately*

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    1. U S T O O . Here's to fabulous things in the future x

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  80. This makes me genuinely sad, it's my coffee break read, my go to for a recipe and the torture of my bank balance on a monthly basis! I do hope you all go on to do wonderful things, and I look forward to seeing what comes next.

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    1. Thank you Denise, it's been a hard decision but lovely comments like yours are helping. And hey, get back to your blog! I want to hear more about your crafting!

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  81. So sad by this. I religiously read Shelf Esteem and blame Kat for the size of my Amazon Basket. I also, attended your blogging workshop earlier in the year and you were all so lovely to all of us there. Thank you for that. Domestic Sluttery is a brilliant site and I look forward to seeing what you all do next. I'm positive everyone will have huge adventures.

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    1. That is FABULOUS to hear Alison! There's a bumper edition of Shelf Esteem coming on Thursday xx

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  82. Really really sad about this! This site brightens my lunch hour. Best of luck for all your future endeavors. x

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  83. Sad news. Best of luck with all your amazing future projects!

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  84. The weekly newsletter has marked the beginning of my weekend! And sneaking glances throughout office hours have been a total delight :)
    A massive thanks for all the glorious cocktails, book recommendations, dresses, recipes and general larks that you have whizzed our way!
    Best of luck and I am sure DS will continue to dazzle in its archival manner!
    xxxxxxxxxx

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  85. Very sad news. You've been a source of inspiration and joy. I've especially lovedShelf Esteem, and the Gingerbread Tardis will become a Christmas tradition in my house.

    All the very best of luck in all your new adventures/

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    1. That is really kind Claire - I am thrilled you liked Shelf Esteem. I do particularly because it got me back into a) reading very, very regularly and b) being super excited about books again.And agreed. Laura's Tardis is just...whoah.

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    2. I am SO excited that my gingerbread TARDIS is going to be a Christmas tradition in your house! I'm all puffed up with pride. Thank you! (I'm hoping to sneak another gingerbread recipe onto the site this week!)

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  86. As a past writer I would like to say a huge thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of a brilliant, funny and inspiring group of ladies (and Nick) and for giving me the confidence to pursue something I loved. You've been a huge influence on my blogging career over the past few years and I'm incredibly grateful.

    Good luck to you all and I'm sure you have some exciting projects up your sleeves!

    Elizabeth.
    x

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    1. Oh Elizabeth, thank you so much! Your own blogging career has grown so much since you wrote for Domestic Sluttery, I'm in awe of the the path you've carved for yourself - that's all your hard work sweetheart. Much love. xxx

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  87. Very sorry you're closing. I've loved reading all your articles. I've enjoyed it all so much. ( I may save a lot of money now)
    Good luck in all you do in the future.
    Big love xx

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    1. Thanks so much Jen. We're sad too, but it looks like the nation's bank accounts will never be heathier x

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  88. Oh man, this makes me so sad. Where will I find all my sale-goodess now? And the shoes....oh the shoes. Best of luck to you all for the future. xx

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  89. I don't think For Books' Sake would exist without all the guidance and encouragement I got from Sian, and everything I learnt from the whole team as a contributor and editor for DS.

    Five years is a true feat so I'm going for congratulations rather than commiserations. Thanks for always having the best parties - and I'm sure there'll be more in some incarnation or other. And I know I'm not alone in being excited to see what everyone does next xxx

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    1. Dammit. I had done a really, really good job of not crying for the last couple of hours. I love you and For Books' Sake, Bradley. South London misses you deeply. xx

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  90. Can't say this any other way but blydi gutted! You've been awesome in so many ways. I have loved reading the blog, the book and even delaying the start of a meeting so I could listen to Sian on Radio 4 (live, no podcast sh@t). You taught me how to make pork scratchings, how to cook with gin and that the only thing I ever really needed in life was a dachshund.

    Thanks for the entertainment, for the lessons and for the heads up on where to spend my cash. You will be missed. Massively. Xx
    Belinda

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    1. Gosh, thanks Belinda! I loved being on Women's Hour. Maybe DS needs its own radio show.

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  91. Genuinely sorry to hear this - have been entertained, thrilled, bemused, inspired and occasionally slightly creeped out by what I consider to be the best Compendium of Lavish Exuberance on the interwebz - thank you to all the team, past and present, and I hope to see more of your work in the future.
    Very Best Wishes, Jo :-)

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    1. A Compendium of Lavish Exuberance. That's my next book title. xx

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  92. Hi Sian. Wow. I have read and re-read the post a number of times now and I feel a sharp pain in my heart each time - momentarily I hasten to add, before you go and call an ambulance for me :-)

    Thank you. Thank you for all the years of DS. Thank you for a well written post, which makes it a little easier to cope with this devastating news. Good luck to you all. And... erm... what to do now!?? Where am I going to find those amazing presents for my friends and family? You know, those presents who had them going 'OMG, this is perfect... where did you get this'. 'Oh', I used to reply, 'I have my sources'.

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  93. Woecakes :( so sad to hear this. This is one of my favourite feeds and I'm always happy when new posts pop up in my reader. I've found so many gift ideas here and added tons of books to my To Read list, and always, always enjoyed the writing.

    Oh why is it always the best sites that go? *sob*

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    1. Completely forgot to include: thank you for all of it and best of luck with your next venture.

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    2. What a kind comment - thank you Anonymous. 'Woecakes' is my new favourite word for my feelings.

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  94. Nooo :( Will you do a post linking to any of the writers' personal blogs if they have them?

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    1. All of the links in this post go to personal blogs and Twitter accounts so you can follow everyone!

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  95. As a long time lurker (outting myself at the last moment!) Im sad to read this. As a pro blogger I know exactly where you're coming from and wish you every success in whatever comes next x

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    1. Thanks Claire, and good luck with your gorgeous blog - I'll be adding it to my blog reader.

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  96. So sad to read this! Your blog is one of my most favourite things on the internet and has been the source of much procrastination, online shopping and fairly rubbish attempts at cooking over the past few years. Thanks for all the entertainment, and fingers crossed all of your lovely writers go on to write fabulous things elsewhere.

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    1. As one of the food writers, I'm genuinely delighted to hear you've been attempting our recipes! We'll have plenty of recipe round-ups this week so maybe you'll spot something else to try? Thanks for the good wishes x

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  97. I'm so sad to hear this, your gin, cake, unicorns and squirrel knobs has been the best (and most well written) blog I have ever followed. Good luck in future and thanks for all the posts.

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    1. Love that you name-checked squirrel knobs. I'm not even going to ask in which sense.

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    2. I just giggled at 'squirrel knobs'! I may never grow up.

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  98. Oh no! So gutted, I love this site and visit daily, always brightens my day! Have found so many cool gifts for friends that are perfect for them and great places to stay (malmaison and the fox and anchor to name but two!).

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  99. Thanks for all the amazing posts. Couldn't add that to my last comment for some reason! ;)

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    1. It's been a genuine pleasure to write them, and I think our excitement has always come across. I hope you have lots more DS-recommended holidays.

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  100. So sad to hear this, it was the only blog I read regularly and it contained all the things I love!

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  101. I've read this site for years. I check it every day and it has inspired me to buy so many things as well as try lots of recipes and generally just made me happy. I might be richer after the site closes but my days will be a little emptier. Thank you for everything xxx

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    1. You're very welcome. I hope there are many more recipes in the archives for you to explore x

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  102. I've been an avid reader for years. I check the site daily (the only site that I do!) and have often turned to you when looking for that perfect recipe or when trying to find a new and unusual designer. I think of you in the shower... as I found my favourite shower curtain here! I will be truly sad to open DS to see that the posts are no longer new, one can only re-read posts with a fond familiarity. I can feel the prickle of tears at the thought of it.

    I wish you and the team all the best in the future, and I hope someone steps up to the plate and takes on the role of editor-in-briefs(spotted ones) to keep this magical community alive.

    Jess xxx

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    1. I feel the same, and I've been writing for DS for over three years. It's been such fun and I'm glad you've loved reading it as much as we've loved writing it. We've been just as emotional at the thought of ending but it's the right thing to do. All the best in your fabulous future too x

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  103. I am so gutted to hear you're leaving us! I check your website daily (it is my homepage!) after I get home from work, for inspiration, recipes, cocktails, gift ideas and exciting getaways.

    Although I am not your target demographic (late 20s straight male working in the Scottish forestry industry) I love checking out the site for a touch of class, fun and humour.

    I wish you all the best for the future - I have no doubt you will be going on to something equally epic and exciting. You will be missed!
    Good luck and thanks for everything,
    Gareth xxx

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    1. Gareth, we're always happy to hear that men enjoyed the site just as much as women. Thanks for such a thoughtful comment, it's helped cheer up a hard day. All the best to you and the Scottish forests x

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  104. Shortly after obtaining your book from my local library I began to read this site every weekday and it brightens my mood. I love your non-demanding, open approach to lifestyle and whilst I would have never have dreamed that I could enjoy a blog that regularly features fashion, too much experience of magazines and websites dictating what should be worn instead of viewing it as an expressive choice, I certainly enjoyed yours. Your vegan posts made me feel less odd and more confident about my recent choice to become vegan (a friend of of mine loved referring to me by your expression of V-WOW BAM!) and I often found myself passing links onto friends and family.

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    1. That's so good to hear, what an awesome comment - it's everything we hoped the site would be. I couldn't have written for a site that told women what to do instead of saying "hey, here are some awesome things that we love, you might love them too." And V-WOW BAM! came from my chilli bacon biscuits! I'd completely forgotten about it!

      All the best with the veganism - let us know if you start blogging about it?

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  105. I know you have so many comments on here, but I just wanted to add to the best wishes that you're getting. I adore this site and have found many many other fun things because of it. Thank you so much for all your hard work and in depth Internet trawling :)
    I'll miss you!!

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    1. Every comment is making a tough day a little bit easier, thank you so much. We have been to some very odd internet corners during our adventures. xx

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  106. You are the first thing I turn to after I have checked my emails ... I miss you every weekend ... without sounding to sad you have become a great companion and one I shall miss terribly ... I might have to get the gin out and cry into my tonic ... I will of course sadly raise my glass to wish you all the best in your new ventures .. before cursing you all for abandoning me .. under my breath I promise

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    1. Oh it doesn't sound sad at all, anon. I'm so pleased you felt that way about the site. We've always wanted to write the site that we wanted to read and I think we did a grand job of it. xx

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  107. totally gutted- you were the first blog i ever happened across and one of only 5 i have stayed loyal to. a huge loss to the blogosphere- love that you have always maintained integrity. sigh. what will i read now.

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  108. This is just such bad news, you are one of the few places I check daily (and, uh, currently checking from holiday in San Francisco). You have been responsible for more random purchases than I would admit to. Gutted.

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  109. Disaster! As a harassed mother of two, this is my daily dose of eye candy and funny (and funny eye candy). What am I to do!?!
    DS will be greatly missed (tears in my eyes).
    Good luck to you all.

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  110. It's a shame to see you go and good luck with new ventures. You've brought cool clothes, fab shoes and some brilliant baking.... Oh, did I mention the shoes? :-)

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  111. Having been a devoted slut and avid archive hoker since discovering the DS relam I will be sorry to see you go.

    Your site is so beautifully curated and the passion and individualism of the whole DS team shines through in everything you do.

    Although I will dearly miss my daily fix and especially sales spy and gorgeous things to buy I can wholly appreciate and respect your decision.

    Wishing you all the unicorn sparkliest of luck! I look forward to devouring the final week!

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  112. I am still reeling from this news today. You will be so so missed. And my friends will receive much worse presents.

    Best of luck in your new ventures (and adventures) you glorious women.

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