Festive Sparkle

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The past two weeks have been a hectic whirlwind at work, leaving me so busy there was (almost) no time left for festive celebration. But even when I’m working the longest days, it’s important to me to make a little time to enjoy this wonderful season; the Christmas lights making all of London twinkle on my way home, watching the skaters twirl around the ice rink on the weekend, the sound of carollers at Parliament as I work, homemade mince pies and eggnog after supper, house parties with friends, wrapping presents with the Clever Boyfriend at home while watching our favourite holiday movies and a magical evening at the Nutcracker with my family (it wouldn’t be Christmas to me without a night at the ballet).

Here, a few of my favourite things that feel perfectly appropriate for the holiday season: a pair of fabulous Christian Louboutin red silk bow heels (treasure-hunted at the Louboutin sample sale) for cocktail hour with a Kate Spade purse to match, glittery manicures and twinkly jewels, a few sparkly accessories that make me feel like I’m unwrapping presents every time I put them on, and holiday candles that make my house smell like a festive cocktail of Christmas trees and wood fires and cranberries and loveliness.

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Pictured (top-bottom): Christian Louboutin bow heels (sold out but similar style available at Saks) // Paperchase tree and decorations // Kate Spade bow wallet c/o Selfridges (also available here) // Estée Lauder ‘zodiac’ compact c/o (also available at Debenhams) // Deborah Lippmann glitter nail polish // Estée Lauder lip lacquer in // vintage earrings (similar styles available here and here) // Jo Malone rose water and vanilla perfume c/o // vintage champagne coupes (similar style available at BHLDN) // Kate Spade crystal ring // gold horseshoe necklace c/o Katie Mullally // ASOS earrings (similar style here) // Jimmy Choo clutch (also available on MyTheresa and Farfetch) // vintage necklace (similar style available here) // Anya Hindmarch lucky sixpence coin purse (now on sale at TheOutnet) // Anthropologie owl candle // J. Crew sequinned ‘Etta’ heels (now on sale and in other colours and also available on Net-a-Porter) // Diptyque candle // Lulu Frost earrings // J. Crew necklace.

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I hope you’re having a wonderfully festive season so far!

Love, Miss B xx

 

October Loves

1. Play: I am super excited to be making my first trip to New Orleans at the end of this month (before a week in New York). I am looking forward to Halloween adventures, Southern food and exploring a new corner of America with my BFF Nicolette and her significant other (see my adventures from last Halloween in New York here).

2. Listening to: In preparation for New Orleans, I’m listening to Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jnr. and all the NOLA jazz legends (the perfect accompaniment to grey, autumnal evenings). In my imagination, Bourbon Street still bursts with smoky jazz bars and blues bands around every corner…

3. On my wish list: Those who know me know that I’m never seen without a necklace (or three), and a knockout crystal statement piece is my weakness. This collar by Shourouk is wildly extravagant, but oh so desirable!

4. Wearing: October has ushered in its chilly mornings and dark evenings and it is officially sweater weather! But as I can’t quite bear to unpack my industrial-strength coats from storage just yet, I’ve been stockpiling cashmere and wearing my favourite sweaters everyday. I like witty knits teamed with Oxford shirts and preppy blazers, or the softest cashmere jumpers worn with girlish dresses and feminine silk blouses. (My favourites are J. Crew‘s cashmere ‘Tippi’ style in ice blue or blush pink, Iris & Ink‘s fluffy angora knits in the palest marshmallow pink or cream, or Chinti & Parker‘s fun jumpers)

5. Sparkling: Part jewellery, part beauty product; this golden fox ring from ASOS (I also got the owl brooch because I have a thing for woodland animal motifs) is darling as a cocktail ring in its own right, but also opens to reveal a tiny pot of lip balm. Adorable!

6. Beauty note: Jo Malone‘s Rosewater & Vanilla Intense parfum is my new fragrance obsession. I’ve been wearing it daily and it feels so perfect for dark, cosy autumn days. It smells of the finest turkish delight and rose petals and champagne cocktails and is on the right side of luxurious gourmand sweetness( rather than the sickly saccharine scents of your youth).

7. For the home: In my book, it isn’t a good evening at home without the glow of a beautifully-scented candle. This new Noisetier scent from Diptyque smells of hazelnuts and autumn leaves and everything cosy.

8. Buying: After months and months on my wishlist and a fully-fledged addiction to the brand, I finally bought this gorgeous RED Valentino dress (also available here, and as a top here). The dark floral print will be so perfect dressed up or down all autumn and winter long.

9. Watching: Rainy evenings call for box sets of my favourite tv shows. My current guilty pleasure is watching back-to-back episodes of Scandal and fondly reminiscing over my time in Washington (in my next life, I want to come back as Olivia Pope).

10. Small luxuries: Blackberry picking, jumping in piles of golden leaves, mugs of steaming hot chocolate, and indulging in all my favourite autumn pursuits.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful month!

Love, Miss B xx

 

Recent Treasures

I’m not ready to say farewell to summer just yet, so I’ve been filling my days with sunshine, bike rides and an abundance of colour and sparkle; whether in the form of a pop of bright pink lipstick against tanned skin, boxes of juicy Cambridge strawberries or cherries from the market for picnics by the river, a spritz of a favourite summery scent, or big bunches of flowers from the garden or flower stall.

Here are a few of my favourite summertime treasures of late: floral-scented Diptyque candles and bunches of pink roses, peonies and hydrangeas in every room; favourite new blush pink Ferragamo flats (that have walked all over London, Cambridge and Oxford with me all summer long); vintage jewels treasure-hunted in tiny antique shops and on Portobello Road; a favourite new perfume from Jo Malone; sparkly Miu Miu heels (that magically seem to work with almost every outfit I own); a sweet Anya Hindmarch makeup purse; nail polishes in every shade of petal pink from Chanel and Estée Lauder; this wildly impractical yet entirely fabulous lips clutch from Lulu Guinness.




What are some of your current favourite pastimes and treasures?

Love, Miss B xx

 

July in Pictures

Sunny days and golden evenings all month long. Indulging in all my favourite summertime pursuits. Picnics in the park. Escaping the heat of London with weekends at grand country estates with my family. Lazing on the lawns with views over the rolling English countryside as a live jazz band plays. Bumblebees and English gardens. Games of croquet. Buying the last peonies of the season and picking the first roses from the garden. Orange blossom macarons and rose milkshakes in the sunshine at Laduree. Playing tourist in London. Lunchtime bike rides from Parliament through the leafy streets of Mayfair. After-work strolls through Soho.

Throwing open all the windows and summer-fying my home. Floral-scented Diptyque candles in every room. Pink hydrangeas and sweetly-scented roses fresh from the garden brightening up every available surface. Adding this fantastical Graham & Green (one of my go-to sites for gorgeous statement homewares) ‘B’ light to my bedroom. Relaxing brunch dates at home. Pink Chanel manicures. Adding a dash of fun to otherwise casual outfits with this Lulu Guinness lips clutch. The smell of my favourite Jo Malone perfume on sunkissed skin. Pink sunglasses and vintage brooches. Ice cream dates with my friend Charlotte (who happens to be Editor of the excellent and darling Betty Magazine). Stocking up on decadent snacks before movie night (Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire is currently making me smile) at my favourite Cambridge chocolate shop.

Window shopping on Bond Street. Summertime fashion soirees. Playing dressup at TheOutnet with Natalie. People watching in Berkeley Square. Sun-ripened English strawberries fresh from the market. Summer staycations. Roadtripping to Oxford with my bestie. Dreaming spires, preppy graduates and midnight strolls through the cobbled streets of the ‘Other Place’ (as Cambridge and Oxford affectionately refer to each other). Shoe-lust in Liberty and Selfridges. Shakespeare in the college gardens in Cambridge. Lazing on the banks of the River Cam and watching the punts drift by.

I hope you all had a wonderful July!

Love, Miss B xx