Cosy Christmas Wish List

I’m really looking forward to a winter Christmas in London this year, the house is going to be filled with family AND a new baby. You can’t get more exciting than that as far as Christmas gifts go.

However as always a few cosy comforts to warm up your home and style never go amiss.  I have put together a few little bits and bobs I wouldnt mind finding under my Christmas tree, or even on my tree for that matter.  There are some beautiful Christmas Tree decorations around, I could spend a small fortune just on my tree which we went to choose yesterday.  It was such fun trying to choose the best tree suited to our lounge, whilst Oliver ran amongst the trees playing hide and seek with another little girl.  I am secretly pleased that we didn’t have enough decorations to properly fill up this year’s bigger than usual tree, so I need to purchase more :-)

A Wide brim felt hat from Topshop to keep that head not only stylish but warm too. A Fine Cashmere scarf from Hush wich can be used under your coat or as a shawl when out at a more formal occasion that will keep the bare shoulders super toasty. This Metallic make up bag from Jigsaw is a perfect bit of glamour for housing all your important touch ups bits for many festive nights out, always important for the things you pull out of your bag to look as good as your bag.  There is nothing better than getting really cosy on the couch with a luxurious Wool Mix throw and cushions like this The White Company one, a warm mug of hot chocolate and a great Christmas movie (thinking National Lampoons Christmas vacation, never gets old). These glamorous little Hanging Paper Houses from The White Company will perfect any tree.  Your home won’t be cosy and complete without some gorgeously smelling aroma’s (other than food aroma’s) and also help to get rid of oily cooking smells that may be lingering from many a roast dinner, the heavenly scent of these Ormonde Jayne candles are seriously divine.  This is a gift that will be on every one of my lists every year.  A calf hair Leopard print clutch like this gem from Question-air fits in perfectly with a winter themed outfit, wearing a slightly furry bag does make you feel warmer somehow…And lastly but not at all least I have chosen a cool winter grey colour pair of sunnies to ward off the snowy glares on those crisp winter walks, Cutler and Gross Sunglasses from J Crew


Junior Carloni is due to make an arrival pretty soon (I hope) so if you don’t hear from me again before Christmas, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Festive Season, a prosperous New Year and if you are travelling stay safe!


Does your watch define your style (the men’s edit)

I think subconsciously the watch a man choose’s to wear defines his style, not just the design but the brand too. A leather strap Omega is classic and subtle, a gold Rolex or Cartier watch is more formal and flashy which probably means if the man isn’t dressed in a suit most of the time he’s sporting a smart casual vibe on the weekend. The sporty Casio Rubber Chronograph style most probably means he spends most of his life in outdoor gear.  Or a Nixon or Marc Jacobs depicts a fashion forward trendsetter. I have picked three watches from the premier auction site, Invaluable and styled an outfit around each watch to show you just what I am talking about. Slide2

Watch: Girard Perregaux (1960) Invaluable // Grandad Pullover Scotch & Soda // Jeans D Squared at Selfridges // Converse ASOS // Esprit Ribbed Slouchy Beanie  at ASOS


Watch: IWC Men’s Gold and Leather watch Invaluable // Blue Suit Hugo Boss at Selfridges // Classic White Twill shirt by Duchamp at Selfridges // Elliot Rhodes Classic brown belt at Selfridges // Classic Footwear at Church’s

Slide3Watch: Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 watch Invaluable // Mid Length Army Jacket Scotch & Soda // Faded colour Grey, Navy and Burgundy Scarf Missoni at Selfridges // T-Shirts ASOS // Slim fit Chino’s Scotch & Soda // Boots ASOS

Faux Fur

Faux Fur is a key trend for Autum/Winter ’14. Choosing the right jacket or coat that doesn’t looks too shaggy or cheap is a difficult task, there are so many to choose from and I do believe that in this case paying slightly more for better quality is essential. These gilets and coats are perfect for layering over dresses and tops.  Some of my picks below.

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ASOS Mongolian Fur

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Faux Fur Odyssey Coat by Supertrash

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Reversible Gilet by Unreal

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Gilet by Velvet

The Gilet is perfect for in-between weather or for wearing in-doors and keeps your outfit looking chic! Layer up underneath, wear a longer layer hanging out the bottom, skinny trousers or a leather pencil skirt and finish off your outfit with a felt fedora for extra style creds ;-)

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River Island Felt Fedora

Click on pics to shop.

Have a wonderful week! xx

Wednesday Wisdom

I love reading bits of advice, inspirational quotes and quirky poetry, or anything actually that makes me think hard, reminds me to work harder, to be happier or makes me laugh!

I find so often so many of us, in fact I am sure all of us are guilty of it, waiting for the next thing to happen.  Waiting for Friday, waiting for our next holiday or waiting for a lucky break in our career’s or whatever it may be.  We are so busy concentrating on the future that we are not focusing enough on what we should be doing right now.  I was watching my son this evening and simply could not believe how tall and grown up he has gotten.  He is suddenly speaking properly and helping me unpack the dish washer!!!! I had piled the plates up on the bench to put away (perfect height for him) and I turned around to see that he was picking up a plate at a time and putting them away in the cupboard (which is also low down so perfect height for him) AND putting them in their correct places, so carefully as not to drop any.  I was amazed.  I do not know where the last two years have gone but it’s a reminder to me to slow down and enjoy him now as a little boy and focus on each day and not next week or next month.

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This saying above is so true, I was having an average day getting on with stuff.  I was painting a wall (well a sample patch) at the apartments I am decorating and suddenly had a panic about some tiles I had chosen. I was chatting to one of the guys and burst out laughing about my choice, that good laugh (which was probably a bit of nervous hysteria more than anything else) made my day, I felt so good afterwards and suddenly I had forgotten about my panic or just realised it will be ok!

Hope you can all find a little bit of inspiration to get you to the weekend without wishing the next few days away.


Quotes: Pinterest

Currently coveting…and can’t wait to get back into

I cannot wait to get back into normal clothes again. I am so tired of wearing comfy pants and baggy tops and flat shoes and not buying anything because it’s a total waste! All I can do now is dream about what I want to wear when I hopefully get back to my old size (it could be a while still)

A beautiful skirt into the waist! I love this pleated leather skirt worn with a sexy pair of heels is a seriously covetable look this winter.

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Topshop Pleated Skirt

Being able to just throw on a little cami for the evening

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I really want a camel coat this winter but no point in getting it just yet!

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Getting back into my skinny’s, and I think a new pair of J Brands is definitely on the cards ;-)

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A gorgeous chunky jumper without looking like a beached whale.

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Being able to wear a slightly shorter top that doesn’t end up above my belly button!

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Boyfriend jeans always look better with a top tucked in slightly or something a little shorter, not very flattering with a preggie belly! Love the relaxed look.

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For me a simple silk shirt and jeans was always a go to outfit that always looks smart without much effort, wearing these blouses again without looking like Im smuggling pillows would be great

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A gorgeous pair of heels without teetering about looking incredibly uncomfortable and completely top heavy…

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Kurt Geiger Heeled Sandals

This is the easiest outfit ever! Throw it on, pair with heels and clutch or flats for a more relaxed look and voila. Ultra chic!

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Club Monaco Jumpsuit

But in the mean time I will have to stick to my black leggings, oversized shapeless tops, and slip on sneakers (which I do love I should add) I posted them a few weeks ag0 and after much interest on where I got them, they are Carvela (see below)

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Carvela by Kurt Geiger Slip on sneakers