Sunday, 30 November 2014

Stocking Fillers: Christmas 2014

How far have you got ticking of your list of presents to buy for people by now? I've tried to think of a few more unusual presents this year, to give you a few new ideas from the lists in 2013 and 2012, although there's always the usual pampering gifts and outfit accessories that made the grade every year. I hope this gives you some good ideas of what to buy for friends and family. And I've tried to get in there just in time for you to take advantage of some of the Black Friday discount codes too. Good luck!

{stocking fillers: Christmas 2014}

Top row, left to right
+ Carnaby tray in yellow, £7 Wilko's - always useful, and a nice bold splash of colour
+ Pony effect leather clutch, £30 ASOS (20% off with code CYBERWKND20) - a classic shape and great colour
+ Organic jojoba oil, £10 Fushi (free delivery until Monday) - because of its molecular structure, this oil mimics skin sebum and is a good alternative to eye cream, and highly moisturising
+ Sheepskin insoles, £10 Celtic & Co  (use code RW14RF for free delivery) - to winter-proof your trusty converse
+ Soft amaretti biscuits, £8 John Lewis - a perfect bite-sized treat with a cup of tea

Middle row, left to right
+ Remodelista interiors book, £22.09 Waterstones - I flicked through this book in an art gallery shop and have been hankering after it ever since
+ Kneipp Juniper Mineral Bath Salts, £8.95 Bath & Unwind - I've bought these for all my friends this year, they make a great present
+ Blood orange liqueur, £18.99 The Wiltshire Liqueur Company - easy peasy cocktails: perfect with prosecco, and you can create your own bespoke label
+ Bobble water bottle, £9.99 John Lewis - because we all need to get in the habit of drinking more water
+ Leather camping slippers, £29.99 Zara Home - I have these and love them - easy to slip on and off
Porter magazine, £5 Unique Magazines - I like to keep up our family tradition of getting a magazine in your Christmas stocking

Bottom row, left to right
Copper utensils, £10 (offer price) M&S - I'm really on board the copper trend that's around at the moment, and love the whole range of these utensils
+ Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, £19 Space NK (currently valid for free delivery) - my all time favourite hand cream
+ L'Oreal Extraordinary Facial Oil, £13.31 Feel Unique - I tried a sachet of this and really saw an improvement in my skin
+ Living The Good Long Life by Martha Stewart, £18 Waterstones - I read an article about Martha Stewart and the interviewer billed this book as "essential reading for anyone over 21"
+ Sachajuan hair repair, £22 Net-a-Porter - I found this hair range on holiday in Sweden about 5 years ago, and am delighted that it's now available in the UK (albeit at more than twice the price)
+ Neroli Lime & Basil Pineapple Scented Filled Candle, £15.60 M&S - possibly the most glamorous candle I've ever seen

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Probably the best advent calendar in the world...

From who other than Liberty - it's now sold out online but I'm told there are still some available in store. Top treats include a voucher for a Sisley facial, and mini Diptyque candle. And although it's expensive at £149, there are £420 worth of products inside those beautifully decorated, Liberty print drawers.

{Liberty's 2014 beauty advent calendar}

For more info on the best of the rest of beauty advent calendars available this year, check out this article, but be quick, these Christmassy treats are selling like hot mince pies.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Lately

The reason I have abandoned this blog of late and haven't been posting, is because I have been spending all of my time looking for the perfect winter boot. This is almost not a joke. This year it has been a mission, and, one which I haven't cracked yet, so I have put it on hold for the time being. I have hauled myself out of the boot abyss. If any of you have had some better success than I then please do show and tell.

In the meantime, there has been some time for vintage shopping, and here are some of my finds.

{new glass-stand fruit bowl}
{strained - a new Norwegian tea strainer, found for just 75p}

{tricky to totter in, but the colour combination makes these a winner}
{a vintage Debenhams sun dress - this is sitting it out until next year…}
{this coat was donation to me by Bob, and is my new favourite thing}

This coat is a winner - and very of the moment, with its lack of any sort of fastening, which seems to be the thing going on for coats at the moment. Something of an oxymoron. Its's 100% wool and made by Hammels, and the black detailing on the shoulders and pockets is just brilliant.

The picture below documents my ongoing obsession with stripes, which is not only limited to my wardrobe but also to home furnishings. The stripe on the left my become a window blind at some point. The stripe in the middle has already been made into cushions, and the stripe on the right is my new duvet and pillowcase set. 

{all kinds of stripes}

A couple of weeks ago saw Popeye and I head out for a day trip down to Bruton in Somerset, for two reasons: to visit At The Chapel and also Hauser & Wirth. I'd read about Bruton and how it's earned its current moniker of "the new Notting Hill" and fortune in Vogue magazine, which reeled a long list of the great and the good who have moved to the area. And so we weren't surprised when we found ourselves jostling up against Rhys Ifans when we were waiting for our lunch table.

Hauser & Wirth is an amazing set-up of an art gallery in Somerset, located in an old farm setting, and now buzzing with cool-looking people and art which I have no idea what it's meant to be about. Amazing cafe though. And shop. And let's be honest, they're always the best bits anyway. My favourite part was the light installation below by Martin Creed, which was displayed alongside of the farmhouse, which I bought many, many postcards of.

{farmhouse, art by Martin Creed - pic via The Telegraph)
{the bar - pic via here}
{garden: pic via The Guardian}
{At The Chapel exterior}
{At The Chapel interior - pic via The Telegraph}
{lunch}
And the pizza - it was so VERY good I forgot to take a photo of it until I'd troughed half of it. Best pizza I've had in a long old time.