Following on from BlondeKatie’s post, I decided to put together my own christmas wish list. Predictably, this soon turned into some full-on fantasy shopping online – either because the item was a tad too expensive or temporarily out of stock.
But I refuse to admit defeat. Christmas is about miracles and magic and all that – so if the consignment boys at Selfridges want to help a girl out, here’s what I’m asking for:
1. This gorgeous Hummingbird Tray from Pedlars comes in at a rather pricey £95 – but the nostalgic feel of the trim and hilarious print makes it perfect for sprucing up my drab little kitchen.
2. As her British Fashion Award win a couple of weeks ago reflects, Charlotte Olympia’s quirky designs are probably the most exciting when it comes to fantasy footwear. I loved that these Kitty shoes look like a demure pair of flats from one angle and a completely bonkers pair from another. Clever sausage.
3. If I were to have one meal before I died, it would be, without a shadow of a doubt, the humble Steak Frites. Unfortunately, I’m a bit of a shoddy cook and can never hope to duplicate the dishes I sampled at The Hawksmoor in Covent Garden. Luckily, the team behind the restaurants released Hawksmoor at Home in October this year, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a fool-proof way to cook the perfect steak.4. I hate how monochrome outfits seem to become my uniform at this time of year. Yet, with a panache that only Marc Jacobs can achieve, this Havana print iPad case is the perfect tonic to those dreary wintery mornings (and at £60 squid, quite reasonably priced)
5. After a years worth of T.O.W.I.E, Made in Chelsea and, most recently, Desperate Scousewives, fake eyelashes have never been more popular. I love these Paper Eyelashes, made by Paperself, designed to imitate french lace. Yes, they may be a tad theatrical, but they promise to be the perfect talking point when at an awkward crimbo party. Handy.
6. I have loved the smell of the Moroccan Rose range by REN for years now, but this special Christmas edition of the rose otto bath oil at Liberty is almost too beautiful to use. Hey – who said there was anything wrong with accessorizing your bathroom? I have no shame.
7. These plastic thermos flask’s by Nettlegreen are available in three candy-coloured shades and have a capacity of 1 litre. That’s alot of coffee.
8. Underwear shopping is still as confusing for me as it was when I went for my first fitting at M&S with my mum. Sometimes, though, I come across a piece or two that I soon become obsessive about. This week it’s Stella McCartney’s Irene Gardening briefs and bustier. That springtime print, classic bra shape and the fact that the pants don’t resemble dental floss are but a few of the highlights of this set.
9. Topshop always pulls out the best transitional winter coats and the mod-ish number above is no exception. The contrast sleeves are a nice way to work in some winter leather and I’m a big fan of the pepper-effect on the wool.
10. The above photo may not make very much sense so allow me explain. A month ago I stumbled upon a delicious recipe for a hydrangea cake (pictured) on the iambaker blog. Despite my best efforts, the flower frosting never looked quite right and it turned out I needed to buy some specialist kit – namely a Wilton’s 2D tip. At £5, it’s a little steal for something that can produce some beautiful (and edible) hydrangea bouquets – perfect.