I know the *insert R word here* is the biggest thing to happen to the western world since global warming but having to read references to it in every newspaper and magazine article I pick up is starting to grate. It’s boring! Inconspicuous consumption may be the new black but it will take me longer than a few months to shake myself out of the ‘I want that’ mindset that’s been ingrained in me ever since, well, birth. So even though I was fortunate enough to be gifted a new LG Netbook for Christmas, it’s not enough, I now need something for the poor darling to wear! I like a shopping challenge so the good thing is this will be something of a project, not simply a matter of walking into Selfridges and slapping down my Mastercard. What I don’t want is a bog standard laptop case. Ew no. I want something chic and sexy and possibly not even designed for the job. (E.G. my Panasonic Lumix lives in a Comme zippy purse not a camera case, it looks better and is a good disguise in places where Cameras Are Not Allowed.)
Enter the Goyard St Marie MM Pouchette ($830 in this month’s US Vogue). I slightly went off Goyard when Vicky Beckham discovered it but the good thing about this is it has double usage – computer case for work, clutch for play. How chiconomic!
I know it’s naughty to gloat but I couldn’t resist sharing… I felt like the luckiest girl in the world on Christmas day. Truth be told I would have been more than happy with just books and chocolates and books and chocolates I certainly did get. D and I decided to give each other stockings and the funniest thing is we bought each other practically identical stocking-fillers – bath/shower smellies, posh chocs, sweeties, books/cds and an interiors mag (World of Interiors for me, French Elle Deco for him). I also unwrapped the Unseen Vogue book (I recommend it!), a second-hand Fawlty Towers book (genius!) and an amazing Peter Blake alphabet book that I didn’t even know existed. I’m a glutton for art and photography books, however many I have I still want more. Having missed the Elizabeth Peyton Live Forever exhibition in New York by a whisker I was chuffed to receive the accompanying book which I’d hoped for but not expected. Her sensitive portraits of misunderstood neurotic boy outsiders are really beautiful and the book itself is so nicely designed and printed.
Another book I hadn’t expected at all was the whopping great two-volume Peter Beard collection of photos, diaries and collages – utterly mind-boggling – how does someone have the time to create all this stuff? Madly inspiring.
One of my most exciting surprise gifts was a Chanel No 5 factice. I’m obsessed with factices (fake perfume bottles) , in fact it’s one of the first things I ever blogged about. Only problem is that now I’ve got my first one I fear I will want more…
More natty he-she hybrids are on the horizon. This time from old-school footwear brand Grenson, who have hooked up with Kurt Geiger to create these Fondant-Fancy coloured brogues. Whether they are for men or women I have no clue but I would certainly wear them. I’m loving the fact that heritage footwear brands are getting more adventurous with their styling. Prada bought Church’s shoes in 1999 and we’ve recently seen a snazzing-up on the design front from them as I mentioned in my post about these fabulously comfortable Church’s silver/black brogues. I don’t mind spending silly money on a pair of shoes if they’re made to last and the good thing about these old English companies is you can bank on the quality. The Grensons will be available from mid-January at Kurtgeiger.com.
There was I feeling all poorly and glum and sorry for myself and certainly not in any kind of festive spirit when bam, a bolt from the blue changed all that. Lovely Helen at LG Blog, a long-time commenter on here decided to gift me a spanking new LG netbook! Now as you know, I am really not computer-savvy at all – my first reaction was ‘what’s a ‘netbook?’ – but all she had to say was ‘it’s a lovely little thing – 9 inch screen, weighs about a kilo, very easy to travel with…’ and I turned my frown upside down faster than you can say ‘done deal’. As much as I love my MacBook, it’s bloody impractical as anything other than a stay-at-home computer. The MacBook weighs in at 2 kilos which is like carrying the September issue of US Vogue around with you. Not fun. The LG Netbook on the other hand is so feather-light it’s like carrying a copy of Grazia!*
When it arrived by special delivery a day later after much gushing and thanking and ‘are you sure?’ I was properly in jolly festive mode and super-excited. Dear D got it charging up while we went into town for the last day of Shop At Maison Bertaux’s closing down sale and when I returned it was all ready to play with. Despite D washing his hands of it proclaiming ‘You’re on your own now, I don’t know anything about PCs’, I got it working in a trice (who knew I had it in me?) and spent the evening blogging and emailing to my heart’s content. I’m really looking forward to putting this to the test properly when I get back into work mode in the new year – it will be perfect for London Fashion Week on-the-spot reporting/blogging.