I’m starting this year’s Christmas gift guides with a nod towards the DIY savvy amongst you. I never seem to find time any more to make my own gifts, probably because I prioritise eating Bourbon biscuits whilst watching Gilmore Girls on an evening. How do you eat yours by the way? Anyhoo. I’d like to make a little something this year, perhaps small stocking fillers that might be appreciated amongst some of my friends.
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1| We all need a place to write shiny happy things and not just our to-do lists, right? Write yours in the Bright Thoughts Notebook (£15) from FY.
2| Add a little classic Hollywood glamour to your outfits with these striking and bold Back to the Fuchsia earrings (£20) from Toolally. Pair with a polo neck and wide leg trousers for a fail-safe evening outfit.
I’m dipping in today to share some European L-O-V-E because I need a break from the news, and quite frankly our French/Spanish/Danish (and all the rest) neighbours are a talented bunch and there are some fantastic brands and shops out there, a few of which I spotted when I was last in Paris.
Check out the lovely links below to some of my favourite European brands, that ship to the UK too. Chic, stylish and all-round scrummy…
Diary from Happy Home|Leopoldine Scarf from Sézane |Sweater from Merci | Foldable Geometric Clutch from COS | Shelves from Le Repère des Belettes | Olympe Sandals from Sessùn | Atlas Pants from Codigo Basico | Fabric Sneakers from Uterque| Star Rings from Bimba Y Lola | Hakobo Top from Des Petits Hauts | Taina Red Cardigan from Des Petits Hauts
What are your favourite European brands?
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The Acrylic Yay Sign (£25) from Southwood Stores would look grand as part of a gallery wall teamed with photographs and prints. It would make a great gift too.
And because I’ve not featured a Tote of the Week for a while, how about this Chroma Tote via Marmalade Pie. It’s bold, fun and only £10.
On the hunt for a whimsical Father’s Day card? How about this Fab Dad card (£3.35) from Papier. It’s got the thumbs up from me.
Let’s all just pretend that we’re prancing in a summer meadow in the sunshine whilst wearing the Sian Stripe Swing Dress (£40) from Fat Face, shall we? Too pretty.
I love the organic feel of this matt black stoneware clay Hex-O Bracelet (£19) made by A Alicia. When summer arrives (hurrah for short sleeves!) why not treat your wrist to something new, and handmade.
In the meantime, and because right now I’m wearing a jumper and the heating is on, I’m still happy browsing winter wear (is there such a thing as seasonal clothing in the UK, anyway?). I love the comfort of a cosy hat, even in the summer months (hello cool evenings). This Grey Beanie (£16) from Olive Clothing gets my vote.
Partner this Urban Outfitters Hanging Planter (£12.60) via Love The Sales with a plant to make the perfect gift for someone who has everything. And while you’re at it, look for space-saving options like the Wall Mounted Plant Pot Holder (£20) from Lo and Behold.
Finally, I adore this Mini Tube Stacking Ring (£20) made by designer-maker Modern Alchemy, based right here in Hebden Bridge. Minimal, chic and affordable too.