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Christmas list

It’s all about me, this list. I have a children’s list too, but this one is pure indulgence (and fantasy sadly!)

I’m a great believer in everyday luxury, I would rather have a beautiful keyring that I use everyday than an amazing party dress which I rarely wear. So the first two items on my Christmas list are very practical!

Valentino lace effect sunglasses I just love these, the combination of the cats eye shape and the lace print is so glamorous

Prada pink wallet I have had my eye on this for a while, the colour is so beautiful, and really is there an item you use more often than your wallet?

You just can’t have a Christmas list without some sparkle and I certainly don’t need the festive season as an excuse to wear glitter or sequins.

I got a great Lancome gold glitter varnish last Christmas, but it’s empty now, so this Butter London  looks like a good replacement

J Crew Flower lattice necklace  I have been pining for this necklace for a while now, I absolutely love it

These Maison Martin Margiela boots are the ultimate ankle boots and the great thing about metallics is they go with everything.


Like Eve, I have been a fan of By Terry’s lip balm for a while now, but the packaging of this Dior balm has turned my head, it is just so pretty!  Dior  rose lip balm

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is the ultimate body lotion for me, it smells delicious and has such a lovely sheen

Diptyque Baies is the only scented candle I like, a beautiful fragrance the lasts for ages. I had the tragedy of getting the Baies room spray last year, and promptly smashing it on the ceramic tiles. I still wince when I remember it!


Now, you have to have something snuggly on your Christmas list, don’t you? I dream about lounging around all day in these Liberty print pajamas and sheepskin slippers, watching Grace Kelly movies and reading old magazines. As if that’s going to happen.

J Crew Liberty print pyjamas

Toast sheepskin babouche


And no Christmas list from me is complete without some cashmere

I have been lusting after this jumper for a while now and finally nabbed it yesterday (Yes all my best Christmas presents usually come from myself) Get it now from Whistles or House of Fraser with 20% off  Whistles Audrey cashmere jumper

And this is a gorgeous snuggly treat from Eilis Boyle cashmere hat scarf . And look, with all this snow and ice we are forecast, it is an absolute winter essential, no?

And finally, I need a bag on my list. I have been hankering after a red bag for a while. After coming across this vintage Birkin, nothing else will do now. I think I will need a lottery win for this one somehow




The old ones are the best

I haven’t worn a breton in ages, but Rachel inspired me the other day, you can’t beat a stripy top! This is an old Topshop one, very soft and comfortable.  I think I’m really pushing my luck in sandals today, but Thursdays are swimming and ballet days here so I spend most of the day indoors or in the car, so I hope I’ll get away with it!

The jacket was a great find at the end of the Zara sale, great shoulders for me! Trousers are my favorite Whistles Justine, Nicole Farhi sandals and J Crew necklace.

Right, first position and backstroke beckon!

1,2,3 magic

It was a bank holiday weekend here, and we went on a family day out. As much as I would like to have thrown on a pretty dress, flip flops and sunhat, I would have come home with pneumonia. Sigh. So, I had to take the layered approach.

I started off with pretty dull basics, Oasis Cherry jeans, grey marl Zara T and my staple at this time of year, Massimo Dutti navy coat. Then added my J Crew necklace, See by Chloe shoes.

Next Marc by Marc Jacobs birdy scarf.

and finally my gold Mulberry.

All rounded off with a seaside walk and a chocolate eclair. A perfect day!

Back in the blues

I’m amazed that I have never worn cobalt blue before, I only got a taste for it very recently and love it. I managed to finish my Gracie/Celine hybrid bag today and I’m really chuffed with it. The leather was surprisingly easy to sew (thanks to the lovely Munsnet poster who gave me lots of tips!) on my fairly basic sewing machine. I bought the hide from Etsy, dismantled an old bracelet to attach the handle onto and have managed to engineer 2 different straps, a leather and a chain one I procured from an old bag. There’s up cycling for you!

As I was on a roll I chopped the bottom of a Whistles dress that didn’t suit me (empire line does nothing for me but the print is lovely) and turned it into a blouse. The remains of the skirt makes a good scarf. I’m off to polish my halo now 😉

Also wearing Oasis Cherry cobalt jeans, Topshop Ponte blazer, J crew pewter moccasins and J Crew bracelet.

Roman holiday (I wish)

My daughter and I have been working our way through an Audrey Hepburn box set on these rainy school holidays, so being easily influenced, today’s outfit has a bit of a Roman Holiday vibe. Must get my husband dressed up in a sharp suit and we’ll hop on the back of his Vespa!

The top is from Massimo Dutti, bought partly in celebration of the fact that my children are past the sticky fingers stage, the trousers are from Maje, last years  sandals from Topshop – I love the metallic heel- my J Crew necklace and Hermes Cape Cod watch.

Come back next week when I will be channeling Grace Kelly in High Society!