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

 

August in Pictures

Weekend Notting Hill dates with Dearne, my favourite Australian girl in London (before she moved back to Melbourne). Twirling on the pastel streets and dreaming of a coloured townhouse of my own. The best brunch in London at Granger & Co on Westbourne. Watermelon gelato. Wearing ladylike skirts and pretending I’m Audrey in Roman Holiday (if only I could find Gregory Peck on a Vespa…!). Beautifully-scented new additions to my fragrance wardrobe from Jo Malone. These powder pink Ferragamo bow flats and other gorgeous new treasures. Lilac hydrangeas from the garden. Vintage jewels treasure-hunted on Portobello Road. Girl dates at Lauduree and having dessert in lieu of dinner. Soaking up the last of the summer sunshine (and then promptly losing my beloved Stella McCartney sunglasses after taking this picture). Pink peonies and this darling beaded butterfly necklace from Clara Francis via Belle & Bunty.

Strolls around Mayfair. Long lunches atop the OXO Tower with magnificent open-air views over the River Thames. Dressing rather like a 60s French schoolgirl in my favourite Carven pinafore and blush silk blouses. Miu Miu’s fabulous spectator heels to perk up Monday mornings in the office. Reaching 25,000 of you on Instagram (thank you!). Mid-week movie flashbacks to my schooldays (Clueless is still the best). Weekend trips to Columbia Road Flower Market. Iced tea and cake at Lily Vanilli. Buying giant bunches of pink peonies and hydrangeas from the charmingly cockney flower stalls.

Weekend pitstops at the farmer’s markets. Lazy afternoon picnics on the banks of the River Cam as the punts float by. Making daisy chains. Sunny weekends at grand countryside estates. Jazz bands in the garden. Games of croquet. The air filled with the smell of roses, English lavender and Annick Goutal Petite Cherie. Fond memories of my time in Washington D.C. in honour of the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech on the mall. Roadtrips to Brighton. Exploring Brixton Village Markets. Taking a food tour of the Markets with my friend Charlotte of Betty Magazine and finding the best burgers in London at Honest Burger. Metallic Jimmy Choos fit for a modern-day Marie Antoinette. Making the most of the last days of summer.

I hope you all had a wonderful August! Don’t forget that you can follow me on Instagram for more of my daily adventures.

Love, Miss B xx

 

September in Pictures

Putting on my favourite Mulberry and pearls for a fabulously decadent brunch at Bob Bob Ricard (‘Press for champagne!’) with girlfriends. Playing tourist in London never gets old. Putting on my new pink Prada heels to make household chores a little bit wonderful. Frequent trips to Chinatown for custard buns and watermelon bubble tea. A surprise delivery from Lulu Guinness (a new pink lips clutch that made me squeal with delight). Pretty pink cocktail earrings from ASOS to brighten up a day. Stopping to smell the roses on the way to the Parliament office. Adding a little extra sparkle at my desk with my favourite Chanel ring.

A serious ‘pinch me!’ moment in my blogging career: joining forces with Jimmy Choo for a fabulous Fashion Night Out party in London: shoes, cocktails and wonderful party-goers (thank you so much to everyone who came to say hello! I’m still grinning at the memory). Packing all my favourite clothes for London Fashion Week. My two favourite Fashion Week accessories: glittery and cake. Garden gnomes in a fantasy garden at the Mulberry show. Soaking up all the action backstage, on the runway and everywhere in between. Beautiful dresses that wardrobe dreams are made of at Erdem and Temperley. Getting to attend the shows of all my favourite designers (and not being able to wipe the smile off my face the entire week).

Making the most of the last of the Cambridge summertime. Evening bicycle rides are more fun when there is a baguette, a bunch of flowers and a Mulberry bag in my basket. The last of my summer days smelt of garden roses, Annick Goutal’s Petite Cherie perfume and Diptyque’s Mimosa candles. Sunny weekends spent lazing on the banks of the River Cam with picnics, good books, my sweetheart and picture-perfect views. Pastel dresses and girl dates at the ice cream parlour. Pretending I go to Hogwarts with Sunday lunches in the Kings College great hall (with a suitably bookish and witty Lulu Guinness clutch bag).

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful September! What are you most looking forward to in October?

Love, Miss B xx

 

Pearls, Champagne & Saturday Brunch

If there’s one after-work and weekend ritual I treasure, it’s fabulous dates with my girlfriends. I’m forever bemoaning the British lack of enthusiasm for weekend brunch (is it only Australians and Americans who embrace this weekend act?), so last weekend Dearne (my fellow Antipodean-in-England friend) and I gathered up our fellow blog friends, Anna and Sarah, and took our collective selves off to Bob Bob Ricard to try and stoke the brunch trend in this country.

Given the venue for our brunch date was Bob Bob Ricard, a moody den of 1920s glamour so evocative of the Orient Express (think metallic booths divided by heavy navy curtains, pink bowtied bellboys, and ‘press for champagne’ buttons at each table), it seemed only appropriate to put on a pair of heels and a sprinkling of pearls for the morning.

Shirt dresses are one of my favourite wardrobe pieces (for their knack of making the wearer look instantly chic + pulled together), and this cream silk version, with it’s sprinkling of tiny daisies and pearls, is proving perfect for brunch dates, cocktails, the office and everything in between when paired with a pair of equally wonderful heels, and I’ll be taking it through winter with a pair of opaque tights, a chic coat and a black bow tied around the waist. Instant outfit in one easy step!

Wearing: ASOS silk shirt dress (sold out, but similar style here), Mulberry heels and bag (similar styles here), Jimmy Choo sunglasses, Marc Jacobs belt (actually the chain strap from my Stam bag), Michael Kors (similar styles here), Mimco bangle, bracelet c/- Jersey Pearl

Do you love getting dressed up for your girl dates too? And I would love to know your favourite brunch spots (wherever in the world you may be).

Love, Miss B xx

Thank you Dearne and Anna for helping with these photos