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Shop the post: The late, late gift guide



Hermes Vinyl boombox in swift calfskin and streaming canvas

I don’t think I’ve ever been able to get a gift guide up in time so maybe don’t consider this a gift guide. Maybe it’s more of a self-gifting guide. Or a ‘what to spend your Christmas money on in January’ guide.

Anyhoo, here’s a collection of things that have caught my eye that are useful, beautiful, or somewhere in between. I like supporting new and indie businesses, traditional heritage companies and projects by friends. And obviously I can never resist a book or two… (more…)



High Street fragrance update: Zara X Jo Malone, Urban Outfitters, M&S, Glossier



Glossier You EDP

I just noticed that the Urban Outfitters Gourmand fragrances* that I raved about a couple of years ago (below) are back in stock. I assumed they had been discontinued. I get a lot of traffic from searches on this fragrance line, which isn’t that surprising; it’s £14 and very good. Sweet and marzipan-y if you like that ‘brunch-at-the-patisserie’ kind of smell, and the bottles are good looking too. (more…)



Positive beauty: the perfect mouth (updated)



La Bouche Parfait by La Bouche Rouge

It’s good to see how La Bouche Rouge is rounding out its offer of highly desirable sustainable lipsticks. The brand began with its distinctive leather-cased refillable lipsticks in every shade of red. It’s recently gone into Harrods* and this autumn it arrived in Dover Street Parfums Market, the new beauty concept store based in Paris. (more…)



AW19 trend report: Notes on knits



 Tiina The Store cashmere by Kurt Markus

A heads up on knitwear as just like jeans, I’m always searching for the one find that will change my life. And no surprises that the first gem comes from Tiina The Store.

Tiina Laakonen’s blissful emporium sells the perfect mix of exacting luxury staples and niche curiosities. So alongside the Chimala jeans and Zanini dresses, you can now buy her very own sweaters (more…)