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Printemps Christmas window 2011

27 Dec

Christmas may technically be over, but we can still enjoy all things festive, right? I’m still making the most of the awesome telly and the festive overindulgence pass as well as smiling at the twinkling Christmas lights and decorations. I’ve already posted about the Selfridges Christmas window which was slightly disappointing, especially compared to the Printemps flagship in Paris. The French department store may have an unfair advantage though, like Harrods a couple of months ago, they’ve had a Chanel take over meaning that the windows were curated by Karl Lagerfeld resulting in very chic and very cool windows. My favourite is the one with the mini Karls. What do you think of the windows? 

Merry Christmas

25 Dec

Christmas Gift Guide – blow the budget

8 Dec

If you want to blow the budget, make sure you go for something beautiful to cherish. It can be something practical like a Bobbi Brown brush set or classic tweed iPad case or something fun like a kitsch lips clutch or street style worthy printed piece. Either way, it must be something that the lucky recipient will treasure for years to come. 

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Christmas Gift Guide – Under £100

7 Dec

The under £100 budget is perfect for spoiling someone special. I think the key is to either go for something luxe like a fabulous statement necklace or some sumptuous silk lingerie or treat them to something they may have had their eye on for a while but couldn’t quite justify like the fabulous Louboutin retrospective book or a snuggley Ralph Lauren scarf. 

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Christmas Gift Guide – under £50

6 Dec
The under £50 budget is a lot more flexible, allowing you to pick some really nice high street pieces like a statement bag in suede or diffusion line pieces and mid-range jewels. The Designers at Debenhams homeware ranges are really quirky and look a lot more expensive than they are and I’m sure a nice piece of jewellery would be gratefully received. 
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Christmas Gift Guide – Under £20

5 Dec
These days, a £20 budget can take you a long way! I think the key is to think about the person you’re buying a gift for and get something a little bit quirky and different. Slippers and smellies are usually a safe bet, but the adorable fleece-lined cat slippers are a nice touch for a cat lover and Benefit’s Ticket to Glossytown set is perfect for lipgloss addicts. If all else fails, Lush will never let you down they have a massive range of gift sets which are all beautifully wrapped – bonus. 
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Moomin flask – £12

Selfridges Winter White Christmas Windows

24 Nov

On Sunday, I strolled past Selfridges and the corner window caught my eye – it was snowing! The snow machine was incredible, totally mesmerising. My picture really doesn’t do it justice, you really must see it for yourself and also wind up the musical wind up window, which really worked much to my surprise.

The theme for this year is winter white; not only are the windows white, every product is a crisp, pristine shade of ivory white. The Roksanda Illincic dress was my favourite piece and the paper bells were my favourite window adornment. To be honest, it wasn’t my favourite window Christmas window at Selfridges but it still bought a smile to my face. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….