Christmas in Cambridge

a-girl-a-style-_-christmas-bowsa-girl-a-style-_-christmas-bows-3Happy Christmas week! Wherever you are and however you celebrate, I hope you’re all starting to wind down for the year and enjoy some festive merriment. In all honesty I’m still in the midst of my usual pre-Christmas frenzy at work* (desperately trying to get everything on my to-do list sorted before all the government departments shut down for the break), but I’ve been determinedly filling my weekend and evenings with all the Christmas. 

Since moving to Cambridge from Australia (almost 8 years ago to the day!), I’ve taken Christmas to a whole new level. December heatwaves and garden parties have been replaced by the kind of festive pursuits I used to dream about growing up. I treasure my Christmas traditions – both old and new. Each year I love going to see a performance of the Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker, attempting to ice skate (terribly), meeting a girlfriend for afternoon tea somewhere fabulous, throwing our yearly holiday movie night where our neighbours all turn up in their pyjamas (we’re lucky enough to have a real-life ‘Friends’ scenario in our building and are close friends with many of our neighbours), and probably the grandest Cambridge tradition of them all – attending the annual Carols from King’s service at the King’s College Chapel (perks of having a clever Fiancé who happens to be a King’s Fellow).

a-girl-a-style-_-topshop-pink-fur-coata-girl-a-style-_-christmas-in-cambridgea-girl-a-style-_-christmas-in-cambridge-2With my calendar so full of parties in December – from decadent college supper parties in the grand dining halls to more relaxed candlelit parties at friends’ houses – I take this as the perfect excuse to dress up (you don’t have to tell me twice). In December, I really only have two sartorial modes: cosy (cute pyjamas for an evening spent snuggled indoors), or festive (because if you can’t get away with being a little bit theatrical with your outfits in December, then really, when can you?). Basically if it’s shiny, sparkly, or has a bow on it, I want to be wearing it right now.

To take the drama out of getting ready when I’m rushing from work to a party, I always rely on one of my favourite party dresses, knockout shoes, and a small but chic bag that can fit all the essentials. So when my favourite Cambridge brand – the Cambridge Satchel Company – asked me to pick out a new bag for the holiday season, I knew this gorgeous red patent version was the one straight away.

Although I don’t tend to wear red when it comes to clothes, I adore it as an accent in the form of party shoes or a swipe of lipstick (I’m never without my red lipstick in winter). I’m not really sure why I didn’t own a red bag before, but now it’s one of my favourite things and seems to work with everything I’m wearing right now (bonus points: its smart enough to be party-appropriate, but still fits all the essentials I need to tote around during the day).

a-girl-a-style-_-cambridge-satchel-saddle-baga-girl-a-style-_-christian-louboutin-bow-heelsWearing: Cambridge Satchel Co saddle bag c/- // Sister Jane dress // Topshop coat // Topshop brooches (on coat) // Christian Louboutin shoes also seen in this post (past season but similar style here).
Beauty: Bourjois ‘It’s Redding Men’ liquid lipstick c/- // Marc Jacobs ‘Kink & Kisses’ blush.

However you’re celebrating this week, I wish you all the happiness and cheer of the season!

Love, Miss B xx

* This explains the fact that I am both obviously sleep-deprived and in need of a haircut in these pictures (aka the never-ending battle that is deadlines vs beauty sleep…)

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This post is in partnership with The Cambridge Satchel Company. Photographs by Joe Galvin.

The fashion pack & their fabulous shoes

Kate Lanphear (US Elle) and her Christian Louboutins

I’m not sure what it is exactly, but it turns out I become a shoe paparazzi come Fashion Week. When street style photographers were madly snapping away at Vogue editors and posing bloggers, I was instead mostly distracted by the amazing footwear on parade (usually the first thing I notice about someone’s ensemble).

Beautiful Margielas at Erdem

Olivia Palermo’s Charlotte Olympias

While I usually felt too impolite to blatantly snap photos with/of my favourite editors and front-rowers, it somehow seemed entirely acceptable to photograph someone’s accessories. Indeed I can’t bear posing for photographs myself, but my feet on the other hand are always happy to oblige.

Chanel booties on the front row

Kurt Geiger ponyskin leopard pumps

It is also worth noting that people outfits are often more restrained and classic that one might imagine (with the obvious exception of the always fabulous Anna Dello Russo, et. al.). While the chic fashion pack could commonly be found in a restrained palette of slim black trousers, silk blouses and camel coats, they always go all out with the footwear.

Olivia Palermo again in Charlotte Olympia

Classic brogues by Church’s

The key footwear trends of the week included: socks with heels (this serves a double purpose: 1) makes any pair of shoes instantly more comfortable, 2) lends a cute nonchalance to an otherwise OTT pair); fabulous heels by Charlotte Olympia and Nicholas Kirkwood (on more front row feet and in more shows than I could count); ladylike pumps with pointy toes and low heels by Isabel Marant and Prada; and for when feet need a break, classic flat Church’s brogues and studded slippers by Louboutin.

My own!

Which is your favourite pair?

Love, Miss B xx