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est. 2007

Archive: Nov 2010

  1. Wee Christmas finds: Gifts for romantics


    My top picks of the best wee pretties around, starting at £10.

    1. Charbonnel et Walker pink Marc De Champagne truffles (oh dear god, my favourites), £11.50, from Liberty (ships internationally).

    2. D.L. & Co Le Pomme rose mini candle, £30, from Liberty (ships internationally).

    3. Stella McCartney Knickers of the Week camisole, £65, from Net-a-Porter (this links to the UK store, so be sure to select your own country before purchasing).

    4. Bourjois limited edition Paris-themed blush pots, AU$20, for Australian stockists call 1800 181 040 (available from Boots in the UK).

    5. Guerlain Or Impérial Sublime Radiant Powder Face & Body, US$85, from Sephora.

    6. Pink Rob Ryan journal, £12, from John Lewis (only ships within the UK).

    7. MOR Lychee Flower Lip Delight, AU$14.95, from MOR. (UK readers can purchase MOR products from Space NK).

    8. Strange Invisible Perfumes in Prima Ballerina, £120, from Content (ships internationally).

    9. Day Birger et Mikkelsen pearly knitted open-ended necklace, £60, from Net-a-Porter (this links to the UK store, so be sure to select your own country before purchasing).

  2. Wee Christmas finds: Custom illustrated Xmas cards


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    Are the days of the dodgy family photo card behind us now? I certainly hope so, and these exceptionally charming cards from the Rifle Paper Co prove that you can still go to town with your annual family portrait Christmas card – just with a lot less cheese. Featuring hand-painted portraits in your likeness and lettering by Anna Bond, you can expect a one to two week turnaround for your card.

    Thanks to India Knight for her tip about Rifle Paper Co and their genius customised business cards.

  3. Wee Christmas finds: Gifts for him



    Some of my favourite wee finds for blokes, including some good blokey present cliches, like socks (but look, they're Happy Socks!), chocolate (but look, it's shaped like a penknife!) and shaving stuff (but look, it's beautiful old school English stuff!). How did I do?

    1. Chocolate Swiss Army Knife, £2.75 each, from Pedlars (ships internationally).

    2. Taylor of Old Bond Street Manicure set in leather case, £49.95, from Selfridges (ships within UK only).

    3. Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids by Todd Davis, £11.89, from Wee Birdy’s Amazon book store (ships internationally).

    4. Hand-crafted wooden micro radio, £150, from the V&A shop (ships internationally).

    5. Music Balloon speaker for MP3 players and phones, £35, from Pedlars (ships internationally).

    6. Hand-crafted wooden desk set, £75, from the V&A shop (ships internationally).

    7. Taylor of Bond Street Sandalwood shaving soap with wooden bowl, £16.95, from Selfridges (ships within UK only).

    8. Lazy Oaf for Selfridges Fats Dom T-Shirt. £28, from Lazy Oaf (ships internationally).

    9. Five-piece chocolate bar library, £27.50, from Fortnum & Mason (ships internationally).

    10. Mustache on a stick, US$36, from Something’s Hiding Here’s Etsy store (ships internationally).

    11. Five Colour 01 socks, US$10, by Happy Socks (ships to selected countries. Sydney readers can find Happy Socks at Incu).

  4. Wee Christmas finds: Fortnum’s Advent Calendar


    I can't help missing London right now, with all the sparkling Christmas lights, glowing department store windows, mulled wine in little shops, and a sprinkling of snow. I'll especially miss the little traditions I started over three years, like my annual Christmas shop at Fortnum & Mason, where I stocked up on pretty tins of biscuits, Fortnum's potted stilton and special Christmas tea.

    So my Advent Calendar pick this year is a very special Fortnum's one, depicting the beautiful facade complete with festive windows and the famous Christmas trees lining the awning. An unfilled calendar is £95, but you can refill it every year with your own treats, like homemade sweets and chocolates. The filled calendar is £125, and is filled with Fortnum's treats including sugar mice, chocolate coins, jelly beans, truffles and Fortnum's chocolates. Pricey for an advent calendar (and I still have a soft spot for the humble cardboard nativity version) but it's a lovely keepsake and souvenir of London.

    Fortnum's Advent Calendar, from £95, from Fortnum & Mason.