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Shop the post: A calm, collected (last minute) gift guide



Toast Xmas gift

When it comes to gift guides, I always think about the things I’d like to receive. I’m actually very easy to buy for as I’m content with socks, books and edibles. Posh edibles are my top choice as a gift as you can just buy the person the elevated version of whatever their favourite thing is. (Pierre Marcolini chocs are my faves if anyone’s wondering, with Alain Ducasse chocolate and hazelnut spread a very close second.) Tea and biscuits are a particular no-brainer. Fortnums, Liberty and Harrods are especially good for these as the packaging is just sublime and the tins are obviously reusable. Plus, a stroll through the Harrods Food Hall or Fortnum’s biscuit room is surely an essential part of the Christmas experience, right? (more…)



On my radar: Studio Nicholson X Sunspel



“This isn’t loungewear. They’re definitely not made for ‘slobbing about’ in.”

Eyes are peeled for this Studio Nicholson X Sunspel* collaboration from the unimpeachable Nick Wakeman.

Known for her ‘modular’ approach to fashion and frankly obsessive yen for superior fabrications, these cotton jersey and loop back fleeces are perfect for those who maybe got a bit too comfy during you-know-what and need help transitioning back into polite society without leaving their comfort zone. (more…)



Suddenly I want to smell like a coconut again



 Maya Njie Tropica fragrance

Well this is awkward. After a lifetime a year in relative isolation during which my longest journey away from home has been the decidedly unexotic Hastings pier, I find myself craving tropical coconut-laced smells.

That’s maybe not so surprising though. As with the power of touch and what’s known as ‘skin hunger’, the pandemic has not only literally stolen the sense of smell from some unlucky individuals, it has also heightened the link between scent and nostalgia.

“Fragrance can control your mood,” says perfumer and founder of her eponymous brand, Maya Njie. “If you’re feeling low and you need a boost, put fragrance on and it will elevate you.” (more…)



Don’t snooze on these ultra-classic Sunspel knitwear deals



Sunspel grey lambswool crew neck

I’m not really into Black Friday hysteria but these Sunspel knitwear deals (up to 30% off) are worth checking out. It’s a good British-based brand to support with great products.

I recommend their most classic pieces – merino silk crew necks* and roll necks*, lambswool crew necks* and this nutmeg cable knit*, all worthwhile investment pieces that you’ll wear beyond a few seasons. I particularly like the depth of the ribbing on the neckline, cuffs and waistband of the crew necks (all too often, brands mess about with these – please don’t!) and the colour palette. Buy the women’s Black Friday knits here*. (more…)