In the grand ‘staying in’ versus ‘going out’ debate, I am always surprised by the lack of compromise between the two types of New Year’s Eve celebrations. As a woman who likes to have my cake and eat it, when Anthropologie asked me what kind of NYE I’d be having, a quick browse of their cosy accessories did all the work for me: I’ll be staying in, but forgoing the cliched habit of falling asleep in front of the television after one too many glasses of sparkles for something a little more special.
Dear readers, this is the year to stay in and throw yourself a New Year’s Party (no skyscraper heels or overpriced cocktails allowed). Instead of the ‘night out’ norm, invite a few of your nearest and dearest for a luxury night in and cater your space with simple, beautiful decorations; throws, balloons, candles, slippers, robes and champagne, natch.
In my opinion, no party or New Year’s event can hold a candle to an intimate celebration away from pre-booked taxi chaos and a sea of sloshed strangers.
If you’re on the same wavelength, you’ll be happy to hear that – in collaboration with this post – Anthropologie have provided me with a £50 gift card to give away to one lucky reader!
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Mohair Fringe Throw
Second Female Dipty Dress
Embroidered Soft Robe
Lilka Beaded Moccasin Slides
Wishbone Bottle Opener
Mercury Moonglow Candle
The act of getting dressed in the morning turns into quite a ‘battle of the brains’ on days I don’t have to leave the home office. While I am a big believer in one’s outer layers contributing to their state of mind, the temptation to spend a day in a onesie (with a blazer for Skype calls, obviously) is undeniable.
The compromise? Shiny, slick pieces with just enough structure to send your Boss Brain into overdrive.
What I Wore:
Oversized blazer from Clements Ribeiro (similar here)
Necklace from QVC (similar here)
Black silk dress (similar here)
Silver ballerinas from Fitflop
We know – biologically – that we are creates of habit but it is easy to forget to what degree this is true. Over the holiday season, many of us have habitual routines or traditions that provide us emotional security blankets.
It wasn’t until one of my closest friends decided to embark on an ‘Amazon-free Christmas’ that I realised these habits could be as much a hindrance as they are a help.
With that in mind, I thought I would create a few One Stop Christmas Shop gift guides for you, dear reader. The aim of these guides will be to inspire and excite your Christmas purchases, all while making sure you check off everyone on your list – mother, brother, father, lover and beyond – as conveniently as possible.
First up? Etsy.
Vintage Steamer trunk
Cloud pendant necklace
Whatever, I’m Late Anyway watch
Bow and owl dog sweater
Wooden easel dock for an iPhone 5
Rose gold wishbone necklace
Ombre measuring cups (the ‘new home’ gift of dreams!)
Should I Wash My Hair Today? Flowchart
Retro Star Wars art
I’m not sure what kind of images you associate with the brand Timberland, but my very hypervisual brain sees everything from 90s rappers to hard-working Midwesterners. Not me. Not my own shoe closet.
Here I am, eating my own brain juice. Pray tell: when exactly did Timberland boots get so attractive?
What I Wore:
Pink collared shirt (similar here)
Second Female coat
Autumnal floral scarf (similar here)
Timberland Rangeley boots from Get The Label
Zara leggings (similar here)
My adolescent discovery of red lipstick was something of a game changer. Like celebrating ten Christmases at once…on the mouth.
Boy, do I excel at awkward wording.
Lipstick aside, red has never really been a colour of choice. I have spent a ruling number of years with rosy cheeks and ginger curls, meaning red often felt like overkill.
This season? With this blonde? And this satchel? I can’t be kept away.
What I Wore:
The 15-inch satchel from Cut Make Trim
This little number from Get The Label (belt removed, white belt added)
The trusty ol’ Loubous (similar here)
Vintage red jacket (similar here)