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Friday, 10 December 2010

MY Christmas list

Two weeks 'til Christmas. It hit me today how soon it really is - I've been pushing it out but have started feeling festive; half-decorated tree, singing nativity/christmassy songs, christmas lunching and start of party seaon... 2 weeks to go and I've hardly started the presents, need to finish the decorations for the tree and I also need to purchase some Baileys and Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry mmm. 
Leon and I have been singing carols and re-discovering some classics but I'm looking forward to catching up with friends and family. Then it will properly feel like Christmas.

I don't know about you, but at Christmas I often get a selfish streak and find I buy myself a present before someone else... It may be my way of 'warming up' to the big splurge of gift-giving but this year I'm not meant to buy any presents really as we're having a hand-made Christmas (brilliant suggestion from MIL) So does that mean I can splash out more on myself..?

If so, here are some thing's on my wishlist:

I don't have an IT bag and I've used 4 old ones to my hearts content for different uses over the past 5+ years. However I'm yet to find the most practical. Need one big enough to sling enough stuff in and to throw about. But small enough to not get carried away and stuff it full.

I like these. Found this one on Playpennies site. It's The Original Satchel Store

Great for laptop, bottle, nappies and banana
But if I'm going to step away from my youth and plunder into proper ladydom I will opt for a creation from Monica Boxley. Fabulous boutique (coincidentally my neighbour) and I'd choose the Marianne  handbag. Possible in White.

Marianne handbag from Monica Boxley
I don't really need any apart from perhaps a shirt for work - Zara had one for £40 but I can't find it online and want to try elsewhere. Long sleeved white soft blouse with pussycat bow?
Aha found this one from ASOS (have never used before) but all except size 18 is out.
Asos Pussybow Blouse £2
Always delighted to get Socks and underwear for Christmas as long as it's pretty, comfortable and very practical. I like these 70 dernier stockings Trasparenze-sandra-opaque-stockings for £6.50 or long socks from American Apparel £10 a pair.

One that has a weekday starting from Monday with a box for each day. But.... I like these Ink + Wit totem calendars ($44) that show the relevance of animals appearing your every day life such as the designer's experience with snakes. But it come from afar and calendars are something you should try and make. I may just seek out an illustration and draw up the calendar!

2011 Ink + Wit Letterpress  Calendar
"When the animal shows up less, the lesson may be learned or another lesson may be at play. At any rate, pay attention, do some research, and see what comes up for you. Totem animals are different than spirit animals in that your totem animal shows up all the time. Spirit animals may come and go." Tara Hogan

Still fine tuning my flat after living here over a year... But need some sort of storage consultant or shelves, rugs, new champagne flutes, more champagne, long and large candles (Tea-lights don't last long at all!) And a babysitter one night a week. And a massage. And a mothers' help here and there...

Do you ever get yourself a present at Christmas?


  1. I usually aim to have three big shops for Christmas - one where I get my partner and our son's presents, one where I get my side of the family's presents and one where we get everything for his side of the family. Each time we go I buy myself a little tidbit, this year I bought: some very cute fluffy earmuffs from trip one, a lovely floral headband from trip two, and a very beautiful dress, shoe-boots and PJs on trip three (PJs for Christmas eve, dress and shoes for Christmas day). It's nice to spoil yourself a little, I find. Tis the season after all! Happy holidays.

  2. lol jajajaja ur just as bad as me. I have bought myself a handful of gifts already. lol bt its due to the fact my boyfriend never gets me what i want and usually always buys me a damn necklas when he could save money due to the fact all i want is a cheap tj maxx designer bag or shoes, i have a box full of jewlery i never use! Hand crafted gifts sound GREAT next year for sure we will have to try it!

  3. You shouldn't feel guilty at all! Great bag too

  4. I hope you all had a lovely Christmastime, and if your son's birthday has already passed I hope he had a happy one! If not, well, I hope he enjoys his special day.

  5. Thanks a lot - hope you had a brilliant crimbo as well. Yes I've been mighty lax and not really up to date... Shall soon rectify that ;) x