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.
Fashion-wise I was given a Margaret Howell striped blouse/shirt, my Church’s shoes which I have gone on about enough already, two stripy knitted scarves and gloves and some Rykiel stripy socks to add to my collection.
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…
29 December, 2008 @ 8:45 pm
Oooh great gifts!!! Hope you had a great Christmas!
Make Do Style
29 December, 2008 @ 8:59 pm
Lucky indeed. I love the Margaret Howell shirt amongst the rest of your gorgeous things.
29 December, 2008 @ 9:30 pm
Lucky, lucky you. Looks like you had a truly fabulous Xmas.
29 December, 2008 @ 9:54 pm
if you liked unseen vogue, i would also reccomend people in vogue, its one of my personal faves!
29 December, 2008 @ 10:12 pm
LOKK THE OXFORD!!
30 December, 2008 @ 12:25 am
The Elizabeth Peyton and Peter Beard books are great.
30 December, 2008 @ 5:58 am
A wonderful pile of christmas booty! I got books, too, but I didn’t get any Church’s shoes, dammit.
30 December, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
That is such a perfect array of gifts….
31 December, 2008 @ 4:50 pm
I love hearing about other peoples gifts, and yours were especially fun to look at! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous…
So can you actually put perfume into the factices or are they just for display? I have a mini perfume bottle which I suspect may be just that because I cannot for hte life of me figure out how to get perfume inside.
31 December, 2008 @ 4:57 pm
Hi Pretty Face, the liquid in the factice is fake as well – an alcohol or formaldehyde mixture is usually used…according to this site:
1 January, 2009 @ 8:24 pm
i love the shoes
the book is really cool too
1 January, 2009 @ 8:41 pm
Oh wow, I didn’t realise! Must be looking very chic ;) xxx
1 January, 2009 @ 9:14 pm
Loved your gifts!! Hope you have a wonderful year
2 January, 2009 @ 12:20 am
happy new year dear..
xx-LJ from SOS!
2 January, 2009 @ 10:13 pm
I love the fact you gave each other stockings full of little goodies, like mags, socks and chocs. So sweet. I got a box of Charbonnel et Walker chocs, too.
Also loving the Margaret Howell shirt and all those wonderful books. Lucky you.
Hope you’re feeling better. xx
A La Mode
2 January, 2009 @ 11:05 pm
I lOVE Peter Beard! I wish my sketchbooks were as jam-packed as his. So inspiring. Great blog! x
3 January, 2009 @ 12:25 am
Great gifts, i really want unseen vogue!!
Are all those pictures of pages of a book from there?! If so, it looks great!! If not… what is that ( sorry if i didn’t read it thoroughly enough!! )
I still love your blog
5 January, 2009 @ 1:14 pm
oh my those shoes are beautiful.
22 July, 2009 @ 5:21 pm
i know your post is really old, but i just found it, searching for pictures of peter beards book, because i wasn't quite sure if i should buy it, didn'T knwo exactly what was inside. so thank you so much for posting it!!
sorry for my poor english, and thanks a lot!!