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Fuzzy feet from Avec Modération



Avec Moderation sandals

Oh Gucci, what have you started? Latest to the frouffy, camp, furry footwear party is Avec Modération, a Florence-based brand whose furry and shearling slippers and slides (around £200-£235) have just landed in store. Following on from Celine’s fur-kenstocks and Gucci’s kangaroo fur lined snaffle slides, these are a fun, between-season shoe option, for loafing around at home or at the most louche of late summer cocktail parties.

Buy Avec Modération fur, shearling and faux fur sandals from Net-a-Porter, Harvey Nichols and Avenue32 or click below to shop the post …

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Avec Modération
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Quote of the day: Trey Laird



Kendall Jenner Vogue cover

“I think just step up and do something exciting and idea-driven. Get back to a time when you drove the news, when you created the news rather than, ‘This celebrity is coming out with a project and we shot her in a Dior dress so Dior gets a credit.’ It’s kind of like perpetuating the problem. I don’t think it’s making the industry or a magazine more relevant or more exciting.”

Trey Laird, Laird + Partners on the role of magazine covers in a digital landscape, WWD

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Farewell, Sonia Rykiel



What sad news about designer Sonia Rykiel, who passed away yesterday at the age of 86 after a long illness with Parkinson’s disease. It’s well known that she was no longer at the creative helm of her brand, but it was such a strong brand that it retained her striking identity throughout the numerous successive creative directors.

To me Sonia Rykiel will always be about chic girls in oversized knits, wearing boyish berets and long scarves. And the cheery, graphic stripes. And that copper-coloured triangle coif. Stylish, intellectual, independent…who wouldn’t want to be a Rykiel girl?

Sonia Rykiel by Dominique Issermann

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Dominique Issermann
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Christmas in July: Jo Malone Christmas 2016



Jo Malone Christmas 2016 collection jumbo cracker with bespoke contents

Christmas in July has got to be the most mind-boggling concept if you don’t work in this industry. Traditionally it’s the time when brands and stores show their Christmas wares to long lead press, giving them ample notice to plan their pages (shoots are done up to five months in advance). But even bloggers get invited to Christmas in July events because they’ve become perfect photo-opps for feeding the social media beast.

I’ve found that my Christmas in July posts are among my most popular blog content. In particular, I’m talking about the Jo Malone London Christmas in July press day. A Jo Malone press day is a major happening, beautifully themed and styled with fantastic attention to detail. It’s unashamedly styled for social media, with calligraphed hashtags everywhere, fancy table settings and always a surprise experience begging to be tweeted, Instagrammed and Snapchatted.

All that aside though, what we really care about is the products. So here’s what Jo Malone Christmas 2016 has in store for us…

The candle and cologne There’s a delicious new candle launching for Christmas called Orange Bitters (below, £90 for 100ml) which you’ll love if you’re drawn to grown up citrus scents. It’s very sophisticated, so not a sweet, cloying citrus, just crisp and fresh (and apparently great combined with Pomegranate Noir).

To accompany that is the beautiful Orange Bitters candle (below, £120 for 420g), which this time is a ceramic-lidded candle. For the gift market this is killer. It’s Jo Malone, it’s a candle, it’s a new scent and it’s in a decorative, reusable vessel. That’s got to be a total sell-out!
Jo Malone Christmas 2016 collection ceramic candle and cologne in Orange Bitters
Jo Malone Christmas 2016 collection ceramic candle in Orange Bitters

The advent calendars Correct me if I’m wrong, but beauty advent calendars don’t seem to be on the wane yet. Jo Malone’s gigantic Advent Calendar (below) is exclusive to Harrods for the month of October, before rolling out everywhere else. Each day has a different mini product, from a cologne to a scatter candle. On a smaller scale is the House of Jo Malone London box (£130), consisting of six minis; a 30ml cologne, travel candle, lotion, body crème, hand wash and glass bottle of bath oil.

Jo Malone Christmas Calendar 2016

The crackers These really are the gift that keeps on giving, they make such no-brainer ‘cupboard gifts’ for those unexpected emergency gift situations. For £33 you’re getting a mini body crème, cologne and body & hand wash.

And then there’s the biggie, the supersized ‘bespoke’ cracker (below) containing a home candle, body & hand wash, body crème and 100ml cologne. You get to choose which scent you want in each of these products so this has to be the ultimate personalised beauty gift.
Jo Malone Christmas 2016 collection jumbo cracker contents

The gift sets There are tons of different gift sets from Jo Malone London every year, from cologne collections to bathtime coffrets (are we allowed to call them coffrets?). For a hardcore Jo Malone aficionado, I like the new miniature candle collection; five different scented 35g candles for £66 (below).

And I would certainly not object to the Bathtime Collection (£48, below) of bath oil, bubble bath and shower oil in three different fragrances, each one 100ml.

Jo Malone Christmas 2016 collection candle set
Jo Malone Christmas 2016 collection gift set of shower oil, bubble bath and bath oil

The novelties If you just want something small and fun, go for the Jo Malone Christmas ornament (£22), this time in a magical harlequin print containing a Peony & Blush Suede 9ml cologne and a mini Grapefuit Body Crème.

Come December you can also pick up a personalized hand stamped bauble in certain boutiques when you buy two items.
Jo Malone Christmas 2016 collection personalised baubles with hand stamped initials
Jo Malone Christmas 2016 collection baubles

And if you can’t wait til Christmas and want to self gift now, I can recommend the Jo Malone London Cologne Intense Body Crèmes. Cologne Intense is my favourite type of Jo Malone fragrance and I’ve been using Oud & Bergamot Body Crème (£60) all month. Buy it at Jo Malone London and Selfridges.

WORDS AND IMAGES: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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