I love reading a good Chrimbo Gift Guide, even when it gets to the ridiculous ‘gifts for your eco-friendly cousin’ heights. I haven’t gone quite that far, this is more of a list of things that have caught my eye recently as well as favourite products I want to share. I’m quite picky when it comes to gifts and like most people I pretty much have all the material goods I want so I don’t ever have a huge wishlist. Perishables make a great present as they definitely wont end up in a pile on my bedroom floor, I also recommend anything customisable, jewellery, stationery, ceramics, if you can put someone’s name on it it makes a good gift.
Sonia Rykiel platform heels, £165, Office. Patricia Blanchett lace ups, £107.90, Sarenza. Hyperreal nail varnish, £6, Topshop. Joseph navy reefer, £495, My Wardrobe. Lambskin gloves in brick, £145, Margaret Howell.
I never ask for clothes for Christmas as it can be a bit of a minefield but shoes, that’s fine! Love these frivolous party shoes from Sonia Rykiel and the Patricia Blanchett lace-ups remind me of *that* OPI nail varnish everyone is raving about. Topshop nail varnish is a lovely stocking filler, I was obsessed with their gold metallic polish over the summer and this coppery colour is a nice switch for winter.
Despite owning about 15 coats I still have a jacket-shaped hole in my wardrobe and Joseph’s classic navy reefer fits the bill perfectly, the navy is rich a luminous. Leather gloves work on a smartphone just as well as their hi-tech so my money’s on these lovely russet sheepskin gloves from Margaret Howell.
Vegas leather cuff, £20, Monsoon. Japanese titanium knife, £45, John Lewis. Never Never Never Give Up print, £80 (framed) Clerk Ink Well. Marimekko Pieni Unikko tea towel, £11.50, Skandium. Amber Noir, £45, Angela Flanders. Intense hydrating serum, £75, Eve Lom. Eliza lace ups, £170, Grenson.
Everyone needs a good knife, so trust good ol’ Jean Louis to come good with an all-round knife at a decent price. Monsoon‘s stone cuff is perfect, I like really bold and simple jewellery that you can just chuck on, just the thing to jazz up up a breton shirt and jeans.
This year has been amazing in lots of ways, visiting the US and Mexico, going freelance and moving house but it has also at times really fucking sucked. Clerk Ink Well‘s poster would be a great reminder that no matter how bad things get you just have to keep keeping on.
Angela Flanders‘ Amber Noir is a must for any musky scent fans, it’s a dead ringer for heady smells like Le Labo’s Santal but at a quarter of the price. Hydrating serums are a total skinsaver in winter, giving a much-needed mpoisture boost. Eve Lom‘s luxurious intense hydrating serum makes a brilliant gift. More shoes! Two-tone shoes from Grenson are a brilliant mix of practical and desirable.