Decking the halls for the holidays + filling my home with festive sparkle. My new Louboutin heels that look like presents for my feet. Pink champagne and cocktail hour by the tree. The sounds of the Rat Pack Christmas album. Kate Spade cocktail rings + J. Crew crystal earrings. Curling up with tea and Gatsby on rainy evenings. Fairy lights + golden owl candles from Anthropologie. Wrapping presents. Wearing these sequinned heels to holiday parties. A shiny new bow purse from Kate Spade. Gingerbread men. Christmas movie marathons.
London all dressed up for the season. Festive sparkle and department store Christmas windows on Oxford Street. Sale shopping at Selfridges. Mulberry’s fairy tale pop-up at Harrods. Wandering through Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery after work. An evening at The Nutcracker (my favourite annual Christmas tradition). Old London glamour and the best lobster rolls in town at The Delaunay. Stella McCartney‘s Christmas lights (and this pink silk dress of dreams). Cristmas loveliness with family. Wintery walks around Mayfair. The glow of The Ritz at sundown.
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.
Playing tourist in on the pastel streets in New Orleans. Flying back to New York and seeing an autumnal East Coast stretched out beneath me. Strolling the leafy streets of the Upper East Side. Afternoon walks in Central Park. Roasted chestnuts and rowing on the lake. Dreaming of a townhouse near the Park. Rainbows of roses on every corner. Pretending to be Eloise at the Plaza Hotel. Rainy days at the Met with Monet, Van Gough and Renoir. Dessert dates with new friends at Sant Ambroeus. Hanging with Katie Armour (the ultimate Matchbook girl) and Alfred the Pug in her UES apartment. Shopping on Madison Avenue (and buying half of J. Crew and Kate Spade). Brunch at Maison Kayser with Carly and Mackenzie.
Weekend treasure-hunting at the Brooklyn Flea Market with my BFF Nicolette. Sunday Lunch at the Wythe Hotel and lanes at Brooklyn Bowl. East River ferry rides. S’mores, grilled cheese and spiced chai at Smorgasburg. Autumnal walks around Nicolette’s beautiful Williamsburg neighbourhood. Rides on the carousel at Dumbo. Hot apple cider. Walking the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. Chinatown dim sum and karaoke. Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Centre. Passing through Grand Central. Girl talk with Grace and Katie. A trip to the Coach archives and lunch with Keiko and Eliot at Rosemary’s. Shake Shack beneath the twinkling lights of Madison Garden. The Flatiron Building and all of New York’s beautiful architechture. The city all dressed up for the holidays. Teary farewells.
Back to England. Cosy weekends with my family in London. Longs walks through Chiswick Park. Jumping in autumn leaves. Pit stops at the Chanel beauty boutique in Covent Garden. Patent Miu Miu flats perfect for the office and brunch and walks in the park and everything in between. Burning this Diptyque Noisetier (hazlenut tree) candle every evening. Wearing vintage jewels from New Orleans. Talking about Christmas in the December issue of Red Magazine. Glittery nail polish. Hot chocolate at charming Cambridge cafes. Afternoons at the V&A. Buying myself big bunches of roses at the end of a long week. Feeling festive.