Holiday Gifting

Holiday Gifting.JPGSomehow, it is almost December, which means I’m about to enter fully-fledged holiday mode. I love the act of gift-giving; hunting down the perfect gifts for my favourite people and lovingly wrapping them, ready to tuck under the tree on Christmas Eve.

If you’re anything like me (almost zero free time coupled with a complete disdain of crowded stores), then the key is to do everything online from the comfort of your home. Just add cosy pyjamas, a mug of hot chocolate and your favourite holiday movie and it becomes a joyous -rather than stressful – task.

In the spirit of sharing (for my fellow time-poor readers), here is my annual roundup of the 50 best gifts and stocking fillers for everyone on your list (yourself included!), along with a few cracking Cyber Monday sale codes to boot.

If all else fails, you can’t got wrong with a beautiful book (for the jet-setter), a luxe scented candle (for the homebody), some gilded serveware or a foodie gift (for the hostess), a monogrammed coffee mug + a tin of tea (for your colleagues), the perfume you know they’ve been coveting (for your mum), a dapper bow tie (for him), and a gorgeous beauty buy or a little sparkly something (for your best friend).

Shop my favourite Cyber Monday sales here:

SHOPBOP: Up to 25% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November) with code ‘GOBIG15′
J.CREW (UK): 20% off all full-priced + extra 30% off all sale items (until midnight Monday 30th November) with code ‘GETSHOPPING’
J.CREW (US): 40% off + extra 50% off sale items (until midnight Monday 30th November) with code ‘MONDAY’
ANTHROPOLOGIE (UK): 20% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November)
ANTHROPOLOGIE (US): 25% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November) with code ‘XTRAGOOD’
BAUBLEBAR: 35% off when you buy 2+ items (until midnight Tuesday 1st December) with code ‘GOGIFT35′
LULU FROST: 25% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November) with code ‘SHOPLULU25′
WHISTLES: 20% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November)
HARVEY NICHOLS: 25% off all fashion and accessories + 10% off beauty (until midnight Monday 30th November)
URBAN OUTFITTERS: Up to 50% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November)
NET-A-PORTER (US): Up to 50% off in site-wide sale

Happy shopping!

Love, Miss B xx

Image via Pinterest

7 Things for the Weekend

A Girl, A Style _ Farmers Market

Hi lovelies! What are you all up to this weekend? I’ve been working all hours on a big project at work, so this week absolutely flew by with little time for play. This weekend I’m happily skipping Fashion Week (honestly, I just don’t enjoy the hectic schedule, the politics of attending shows and filling people’s Instagram feeds with blurry runway pictures…) in favour of catching up with friends and indulging in a few Autumnal traditions.

1. Autumn is officially here! Mark the start of the season with a trip to the farmers market to stock up on new season dahlias, berries, figs and apples and the last of the summer peaches.

2. The mornings are suddenly a whole lot chillier here in Cambridge. I just ordered this cute duffle coat to team with breton strips and ankle boots (though it seems to work with seemingly everything) on off-duty days.

3. I just ordered this for my entryway (because who doesn’t love a brass pineapple?).

4. This Upper East Side New York apartment on my friend Katy’s blog is the stuff of real estate dreams.

5. The NARS x Christopher Kane collection is all pretty great, but this perfect pale pink gloss in ‘Nucleus’ is my favourite (I’ve been wearing it nearly every day this week).

6. I loved this post: “I look like an Engineer”My fiancé is a scientist at Cambridge, and I’m always struck by how few women are in his courses at Cambridge (although it goes without saying that those who are there are brilliant). Like politics (remember my post here?), I’d love to see more women in STEM subjects, and this hashtag is a pretty great start at highlighting the pool of female talent that already exists.

7. Oh good, Mercury is in retrograde again. As usual, Gala Darling has the best guide to getting through it (which honestly is really great advice even if you’re a complete skeptic).

Love, Miss B xx

P.S. In case you missed my latest posts: Back to School (for grownups) + The Perfect Pair

Back to School (for Grownups)

A Girl, A Style _ Back to SchoolClockwise from top: Apple laptop (I just this week replaced my last iPad and MacBook Pro after 5 years of faithful service) // Anthropologie stapler (sold out, but identical version available here) // Kate Spade coaster c/- Magpie Decor // Kate Spade pencil case (also comes in a notebook version) // Rifle Paper Co. notebook + to-do list + notecards // Parker pen // Kate Spade 2015-16 agenda // Teapot c/- Magpie Decor.

Alright, let’s be frank: I’m hardly going anywhere near a school gate this year (I graduated high school – insert scream face emoji here – over fifteen years ago). But regardless of the fact I’m a grown woman in my 30s, I still derive as much pleasure from a few back-to-school rituals and a new set of stationery as I always did.

Although thankfully these days the stationery is from Kate Spade, the new school shoes are replaced by Ferragamo’s and the knee-high socks by Wolford opaque stockings, some things stay the same: I always start each season with a big organising and de-cluttering session (spring cleaning the entire house, making a list of what needs updating, and going through my wardrobe to remove anything worn out, the wrong size or no longer loved), re-stocking the basics and moving the out-of-season supplies to storage.

So whether you’re 15 or 35, the start of new term is always the perfect time to take stock of your progress during the year, set new goals, have an almighty organise + de-clutter session at home, and re-stock your supplies with a few lovely things for the new season. And there’s always room for excellent new stationery. 

A roundup of my favourite back-to-school supplies (for grownups):

I’d love to know: do you still start the new season with a few old back-to-school rituals? What are your favourite things to do + re-stock this time of year? 

Have a great term!

Love, Miss B xx

 

7 Things for the Weekend

A Girl, A Style _ 7 Things for the Weekend

Hello lovelies! Although most of you follow my everyday adventures over on Instagram, I thought I’d start a new regular series on here where I can share the things I’m reading, buying and enjoying each week. I never want this blog to be just about fashion, so this is hopefully a new way to share some things that don’t warrant an entire post (whilst also allowing me to post more frequently, too). As always, I’m so grateful for your feedback and advice on what you want to see more (or less) of around here, so please do let me know in the comments!

This week we have family visiting from Australia (hurrah for deliveries of Haighs chocolate and dried peaches to cure expat cravings), so evenings have mostly been spent exploring Cambridge, picnicking in the botanical gardens and working our way through our neighbourhood restaurants.

1. Even though I’m still trying to stay in summer mode (I don’t want to let the last of the season pass me by), I definitely have that ‘back to school’ feeling that always seems to arrive towards the end of August. Although I now add all my appointments to my iPhone calendar the moment I confirm them (otherwise: goldfish memory), I still love a hardback planner for all my daily ‘to do’ lists and things I need to remember. I just bought this perfect Kate Spade 17-month agenda (I buy one every year and I love that they start in August and run to the following December) and am spending this weekend getting myself organised.

2. I loved seeing this lookbook my BFF Nicolette shot around LA for Target’s AVA&VIV collection (proving that style is never defined by a shape and size).

3. Although I’m trying to read more novels (any suggestions? I’d love to hear what you’ve enjoyed recently), I always favour interesting biographies and non-fiction books. I’m fascinated by the tech industry, and have just devoured ‘How Google Works’; it’s a fascinating insight into this game-changing company and why they’re so successful (confession: I dream of working there one day).

4. It is a sad day when peony season comes to an end (I bought the very last bunch from the market last weekend and felt smugly victorious). Head to the market this weekend and treat yourself to a giant bunch of hydrangeas or dahlias instead.

5. Did you spy my pictures over on the Coach Instagram account? I’m obsessed with their entire blush pink collection (and this one is similar to my favourite Mulberry Lily bag, minus the price tag).

6. I’m usually sleep-deprived, and this guide to getting a better night’s sleep is an excellent reminder (note to self: stop staring at my iPhone in the dark at midnight!)

7. I loved this post by Garance on how women’s careers and lifestyle influences their style. It’s something I think about often; my day job in politics requires me to be fairly corporate when I’m in the office (you’ll usually find me in a tuxedo blazer and heels during the day, but always with a little sparkle and my own feminine spin), so I love letting loose and being extra feminine or playful with my style when I’m off-duty. I’d love to know how your lifestyle influences your own style?

As always, you can find me over on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for more day-to-day updates in between posts.

Happy weekend, lovelies!

B xx