Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so I thought I’d put together some ideas for treats – whether you’re buying for yourself or a partner, I hope you find some inspiration!
Last week I was in London for work at the same time as the Beulah London sample sale started! I’d never been to the Beulah store so I decided to take an hour out for lunch to pop along to visit. Here’s a spoiler:
If there’s one thing that every fashion expert will tell you, it’s that you should invest in classic pieces – those fashion staples you can use year on year…
After seeing how versatile my Valentine’s Bayswater clutch is – and how often Kate Middleton uses hers in black suede – I couldn’t resist picking up a black leather version!
This is the glossy goat leather – Mulberry have just changed to a different leather called small classic grain, which has a slightly different finish. Getting hold of this clutch was a mission in itself, but I tracked down one of the last four in the country in Birmingham’s branch of Harvey Nichols!
The great thing about this clutch is that it’s just about big enough to use as a bag if you’re only carrying a few cards, your phone and a lippy – but it’s also stylish and small enough to use as an evening bag. The chain is detachable but I like to use it as a shoulder bag, because the chain is just beautiful!
Check out the clutch online in a variety of colours here: http://www.mulberry.com/shop/women/bags/shoulder-bags/bayswater-clutch-wallet-black-small-classic-grain. (And, if you hurry, there are still some colours on sale including peony pink, poppy red and mandarin!)
Late last month, we were invited along to one of my favourite cafes, Boulangerie Victor Hugo, for their special French evening to celebrate the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau! The event took on a new meaning following the awful terrorist attacks in Paris, which happened just a few days before the evening. It was a fantastic chance to show our solidarity with our French brothers and sisters by doing what they do best – sharing good times and enjoying great food and drink!
If you want to pick up some classic pieces that will serve you well year after year, then you should look no further for inspiration than the wardrobe of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. If you follow me you know I’m a big fan, and I love picking up pieces the duchess has worn, because I know that they’re always great quality and will last for seasons.
With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite items that Kate has been seen in, that are still available now. Each one of these has been tried and tested by me, and I’ve worn them time and again!
As a rule, I’m not a huge wine drinker. In fact, I’d go so far as to say, I don’t really drink wine at all, unless it’s fizzy and celebrating something fun. However, I couldn’t help but lust after this beauty of a bottle now available at Selfridge’s: the world’s smallest bottle of wine!
I’m not going to lie. From November until January, I wear as many Christmas jumpers as I possibly can. December is obviously reserved for the most Christmassy of my collection, but there’s nothing wrong with wearing a nice Fair Isle inspired sweater, or a cute reindeer print in the dark days of January (and beyond…?)
With that in mind, I’ve scoured some of my favourite retailers to bring you my best of the festive selection!
Here’s where to get your hands on these beauties, starting from the top left, then moving left to right, row by row:
- Star jumper, Hush, £85.00
- Navy dog festive Christmas intarsia jumper, Joules, £49.95
- Navy stripe festive Christmas intarsia jumper, Joules, £49.95
- Chrissie Knit Jumper, Joules, £79.95
- 25th December Sparkle Jumper, Boden, £89.00
- Patterned Crew Sweater in Red, Abercrombie and Fitch, £64.00
- Save The Children Fairytale of New York sweater, Bella Freud x Kate Moss, £365
- Let It Snow sweat top, Marks & Spencer, £19.50
- Monochrome Reindeer Jumper, Marks & Spencer, £32.50
- Sequin Embellished Robin Jumper, Marks & Spencer, £28.00
- Patterned Crew Sweater in Grey Penguin, Abercrombie & Fitch, £58
- Intarsia Crew Pullover in Red Merry & Bright, Hollister, £29.00
- Candy Cane Sweater, Next, £26.00
Which is your favourite? I have to say, it’s hard for me to pick, but the Joules navy stripe with stag print might just be my favourite – I’ve purchase one, and it’s so soft I don’t want to take it off! And, as a bonus, the stag head is knitted with gold sparkly wool, too! Heaven!
October is my favourite month of the year – the start of autumn, time for cosy coats, toffee apples, crunchy leaves, Halloween, and, of course, my birthday! This year, I’ve been looking at loads of cool items on the market for celebrating Halloween (as it’s on a Saturday again, whoooooo). I found two gorgeous pairs of spider-inspired shoes – can you guess which ones cost £575 and which cost £45?
The fabulously quirky and playful British company Joules has launched a new competition where you can design your own wellies! If you don’t know already, Joules do some fantastic wellies in some really cool and cute designs – I absolutely love these ones in dog print!
Joules are so creative with their Wellington designs – and now they’re inviting you to do the same thing! All you have to do is pop to their competition page at http://getcreative.joules.com/ and submit your design. The prizes are incredible – you’ll win a luxury break worth £5000 (with three nights in a golden oak treehouse cabin!), or a £250 gift voucher for Joules for 10 runners up. Your winning design will be on sale as a limited edition item at joules.com. Even better, all proceeds from the sale of the winning welly will be donated to charity partners via CHARITABLY JOULES!
What do you think? Are you going to enter? I love the idea of sending in a cool print – they do them so well!