Lately I've been overcoming my aversion to skirts. I'm still not a fan of the full, flippy kind, or anything that says "girly". But made in a non-girly material - leather or scuba, say - and kept slim-cut rather than princess-worthy, then they're definitely winning me over. My latest obsession is this Whistles grey knitted beauty. It's kind of the ultimate loungewear made outdoor-appropriate. The figure-hugging wool means it's simultaneously comfortable yet flattering: surely the holy grail of any skirt. I love the idea of teaming it with a matching grey jumper and scarf for a monotone look that's super warm yet utterly chic (balanced out with a fierce black ankle boot). The downside? £95 isn't cheap, and my bank balance is trying desperately to hold out for the post-Christmas sales. Fingers crossed Whistles reduces this beauty so it can become a much needed addition to my skirt arsenal.
Sometimes it's the little things that can really perk up your wardrobe when it starts to feel like you're wearing the same thing day after day. Right now I'm reaching for this lovely navy bobble hat more often than not to add a little extra something to my outfits. It has the added bonus of being super soft and super warm, too.
Whistles shearling leather jacket / this year's version here
If any of you have been reading my blog for a few years you might be getting a sense of déjà vu from this post. In fact I bought a pair of Acne Pistol boots back in March 2012. I loved them from day one and wore them to death with anything and everything. Unfortunately, however, in January 2013 I managed to ruin them by putting shiny polish on them and then having to use washing up liquid to get it off. Since then they've been looking pretty sorry for themselves, battered and scratched and very much grey rather than black. It kind of broke my heart, if I'm honest. So much so that I've barely been able to look at them since, let alone wear them. It's taken me nearly two years but I finally decided to replace them when I saw that my-wardrobe was offering 30% off Acne last weekend, taking them down from £380 to £250. Now at last I can start wearing my beloved Pistols again, and finally stop feeling so sad about them (melodramatic, yes, but damn I love my shoes). On the plus side, I managed to get the right size this time after my previous pair were too big (they run very large so size down!) Every cloud and all that…
On Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited by Molton Brown and rewardStyle to Molton Brown's Splendid Christmas party, held in their flagship store on Regent Street. We had champagne and canapés while perusing the lovely selection of Christmas gifts on offer from the brand and were very kindly treated to a selection to take home. I've always been a fan of the brand and the lovely girls who organise their press events certainly know how to put on a fun evening. I even sipped champagne with the advert campaign models in the display window and waved to the confused-looking tourists passing by (in fact, I'd worked with one of the models on my first ever shoot back in Christmas 2010, so very appropriate!) Molton Brown's Christmas selection perfectly suits my number one gift giving criterion: must be something a little bit decadent that they wouldn't normally buy themselves. Boxed up with ribbons and smelling absolutely divine, surely nobody could complain about finding one of these beauties under their tree. No prizes for guessing which was my favourite: the trio of festive candles. They smell rich and decadent, perfect for winter, but not so specifically Christmassy that they'll be out of place come January. I'm actually going to wrap these babies up and give them to myself. Because sometimes the best gifts are too good to give away… Thanks to rewardStyle and Molton Brown for a lovely Christmassy evening.
I almost think it doesn't matter what you wear with this coat. It is the whole outfit on its own. But that's why I love it so much. I think it's actually best to totally play it down with nothing more exciting than a simple white tee and blue jeans and let it do all the talking (well, aside from the knockout bag, of course).
Even if you've only visited my blog once or twice, you probably know that I'm a little bit obsessed with scented candles. Someone asked me the other day how much I spend per year on them and quite honestly it doesn't bear thinking about. But I don't care: they make me happy. And none more than a scented candle that also features one of my other favourite things in the world: Christmas. Seriously, I am all about the festive cheer. Mince pies, John Lewis adverts, twinkly lights on Oxford Street, ice skating, Michael Bublé songs: the whole shebang. So when I received an email about Jo Malone's special Christmas candle scented with pine and eucalyptus, there was no way I wasn't ordering it. It arrived today and is currently scenting my home with the most divine smell: like the most beautifully fragrant Christmas tree, only more luxurious. It's usurped my previous Christmas candle of choice, but I still burn that at this time of year as well: Lily Flame's Ho Ho Ho, which smells quite manly, but in a Christmassy way (hard to describe but it's a lovely scent). Below I've selected a few more festive candles to help light your way to a deliciously aromatic Christmas.