Girly one, this. So boys you can go and do something manly for a minute. What is it with us girls and our hair? Why do we always want the hair we can’t have? Every curly girly I know wants dead straight hair, and us straight haired girls probably own every curling device known to man. I recently met a natural blonde who dies her hair black (I thought it was natural). It’s a dilemma.
Firstly, and slightly off topic – a word about M&S. Sali Hughes recently wrote an article about them in The Pool, and it’s spot on. What a shame, shame, shame. So much potential, but our local ones (Hemel Hempstead and Aylesbury) are packed with that awful, gaudy Per Una stuff, terrible polyester trousers and dreadful old lady shoes. Do give it a read. I bet you’ll be nodding along just like I was. Anyhoo, off to Boden… I love the sales. I really, really love the sales, and I’ve spent far too much money on little basics and a few nice things for summer. But when all the lovely new spring stuff starts to come in, it’s just so exciting! I thought I’d share with you the bits and bobs that got the corners of the pages turned down. You know, just in case…
January sucks, doesn’t it? One thing guaranteed to make it better, though, is to land yourself a steal in one of the sales, many of which start today. Regular readers will know that I’m obsessed with hush, and the hush sale is always one of the best. Here are my top picks for things you should grab before they’re gone!
If you’re a ‘last minute Larry’ like me, there are still plenty of wonderful things to buy, and often, if you hang around for a bit before ordering, you’ll find there are quite a few deals to be had. First things first, though, you need a mince pie and a glass of fizz….
I’m not a huge fan of the Christmas jumper. Not in a ‘bah humbug’ way, really, but there’s just something about a bulky, colourful jumper that doesn’t really suit me. Every year, though, I see everyone else wearing them and want to join in. So is there such a thing as a stylish Christmas jumper? I went on a little hunt, and I found some proper Christmas crackers!
I’m off to Universal Studios in Orlando tomorrow to experience their incredible holiday celebrations, including Grinchmas, which I’m especially excited about (I’m going to interview the Grinch!). Unlike most regular travellers, I actually don’t really mind flying, especially when it’s Virgin Atlantic, and as a tireless plotter and planner, I adore packing and getting ready to fly. Read more
The best thing about winter when you work from home is being able to snuggle up in a lovely warm jumper, light a candle that smells of Christmas pudding, make yourself a hot chocolate with extra marshmallows and sit in front of the fire all day, with a warm whippet for company. Unfortunately the aforementioned whippet also needs to stretch her legs, so my day is broken up with a couple of frosty walks, which actually I don’t mind, as long as I’m well wrapped up.
The Christmas shopping has begun in earnest, so I was delighted to discover a gorgeous new website that’s going to be verrrry handy indeed. Join up and tell Lyst your favourite shops and brands, and you can see them all in one place. Once you’re logged in, you choose which brands and shops you want to follow, save items to buy later and even flag items so Lyst will let you know when they’re on sale – genius! There are items from designer brands like JBrand, Gucci and Michael Kors and retailers like Zara, Selfridges, Asos, Topshop, John Lewis and The Outnet. The lovely people at Lyst asked me to choose a few of my faves, so I’ve chosen carefully, just in case Mr E is reading…
If you’re heading off on a winter holiday (lucky you!), it can often be difficult to track down everything you need. Bizarrely, swimwear only seems to be in the shops around May and then if you don’t grab the nice stuff it’s all gone again by summer, so if you’re going in November you’ve got no chance! Happily, the interwebs are here to soothe your woes, and if you hunt around you can get a bargain too!
We were talking at the weekend, over our long, leisurely Sunday lunch of slow roasted lamb (with all the trimmings) about how much we all love winter. We’re all agreed in this family that there’s nothing nicer than cosy evenings snuggled up at home with lots of soft throws, fluffy socks, scented candles, delicious food and a glass or two of something special. Well, it seems there’s a word for this! It’s called hygge (pronounced hoo-ga), and it’s a Danish concept meaning exactly that: cosiness, warmth and a sense of wellbeing.
I’ve been reading loads about Charlotte Tilbury‘s make up range, so I was delighted to receive an email from John Lewis to say that they’re now stocking the range. I was straight over to my terribly tempting mega-store in High Wycome to have a good old nose, and I’m glad to report that it’s all gloriously gorgeous.
As I mentioned recently, Boden are ON FIRE at the moment (not literally, I just mean their stuff is fantastic). If you haven’t experienced their fab new autumn/winter range, I’ve got the perfect excuse to order a few bits: a fabulous 20% off plus free delivery + free returns (excluding Boden Icons range) from today just until Sunday! *Update – there’s now a new 25% off code from now until Tuesday 29th!)
So yesterday I got dressed up and headed to London for the Cruise International Cruise Awards 2015. It’s one of the highlights of the year for the cruise industry and all the big players turn up to find out if they’ve won a gong! I wore my hush stripy Jessica dress with a denim jacket and a Zara scarf, and made myself laugh by sticking my heels in my handbag and putting on my trainers for the commute:
Ahhh I love September! As much as I love the sunshine, I think there’s something really special about the promise of frosty mornings, cuddly jumpers, scented candles, red wine and crunchy leaves, plus there’s so much lovely stuff about in the shops with all the new autumn/winter 2015 collections.
I’m SO impressed with this season’s Boden collection. I think Boden has really turned a corner, from the domain of the yummy mummy to a brave new British classic. I love the eclectic styles and the sixties touches and there are so many things I want, it’s going to be difficult to keep it to a sensible amount to show you.
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