Although to all intensive purposes it looks like I’m hella organised for Christmas, truth is, I’m taking things down a notch (I always say that, right?). But a slow, motion’ November through to the crazy season feels right…
I’ve got some serious Marie Kondo-style tidying to do at home – office and wardrobe have spun way out of control – and I want to invest some time in getting our house in order; came across a lovely quote saying words to that effect the other day! This autumn is proving a beautiful sunny one, and a perfect one to enjoy with a four year old who is coming on leaps and bounds with school (the reading/writing thing is blowing my mind and filling me with excitement!) and the urge is to make home as nice as possible for him after so much crazy travelling (here, here, here & here) this summer.
FLOWERS, SLIPPERS & BOOKS
Enjoying a lovely selection of bits and pieces this week, where to start? Home cosiness much improved for Gus now that he has in own pair of super Mahabis slippers. I’m a big fan of these snug, glove-like house shoes, they have a rubber sole so feel a bit more shoe than slipper and look great. Gus’s pair are from the just launched kids range.
A lovely new way to receive flowers for when you’re not in is the Bloom & Wild service which deliver fresh blooms in a box that is flat and narrow enough to fit through your letter box. My gorgeous mix arrived with the buds securely inside protective netting and initially a little flat, now that they’re sitting in a vase and I’ve pruned the leaves a little are looking fabulous and good to go for quite a while yet!
Notebook fetish continues – am I the only one who stores beautiful notebooks away in a draw for a special future purpose that never seems to arrive 😉 – with these lovely African fabric bound books from Gazelle London, part of profit goes to CAMFED, a charity that helps with education of young, vulnerable girls across Africa. Just as beautifully presented is The New Garconne by Navaz Batiwalla aka Disneyrollergirl, a thoughtfully put-together non-prescriptive guide to being a modern gentlewoman exploring style icons through the decade who have perfectly executed androgynous style – inspiring and a pleasure to peruse.
Slippers* | MAHABIS
Flowers* | BLOOM & WILD
Notebook* | GAZELLE
Book* | THE NEW GARCONNE
TIME FOR TEA
Taking tea continues to get me through the day after my morning coffee oomph and doing it with such delicate style is the monthly subscription London Tea Club who present their delicious tea is little tubes and make-up-your-own bags, making it the process it should be. You can buy separately as well.
Tea* | LONDON TEA CLUB
November is typical for succumbing to whatever lurghies are making their way round so I’m (trying!) to make sure my immune system is fighting fit. In addition to a morning garlic clove (yes, I do that! Peel the smallest clove from the centre and knock it back in a oner) I’m back on the Vitamin C (1000mg a day, by Pukka), Oil of Evening Primrose and Seven Seas marine & cod liver oil to help keep things tip top. Another absolute must for me is something to combat cracked heels which seem to come on automatically the minute the temperature drops; the Lanolips Golden Balm is absolutely the best, thickest, most healing salve I’ve found and I will apply religiously every night before bed.
Vitamin C | PUKKA
Marine & cod liver oils capsule* | SEVEN SEAS
Balm | LANOLIPS
You may have seen already the Japanese inspired picnic basket by Cult Gaia which I got so massively obsessed with – one of those have-to-have-it-all-costs, keep-an-eye-on-it-as-it-keeps-selling-out missions, read more here! – but really such a gorgeous piece and loving wearing it with a winter outfit!
Bag | CULT GAIA
THOSE PEARLY WHITES
Now you might be wondering what the black pot is? Well, actually it’s a charcoal tooth polish! By Diamond Whites, you use it to brush your teeth and help keep them a little whiter. I’m a bit obsessed with dental health, I also use the coconut charcoal oil to ‘oil pull’ where you swish the oil around your mouth and then spit out – great for removing bacteria. I think my teeth are quite porous so absorb coffee and red wine more than most, so recently I went for a short teeth whitening UV (non-bleach) 20-minute session with Diamond Whites which took my teeth a few shades whiter. Not super white, but kind of just how I think they should look if you see what I mean; I’m not a big fan of overly white teeth, but now they look just how I’d like them to!
Plus keeping warm with gloves and hats – can’t resist a bobble, this cute one by Jaeger.
Tooth polish* | DIAMOND WHITES
Hat* | JAEGER
FISTFUL OF SILVER
I often mix metals when it comes to jewellery but sometimes like to stack one metal on one hand and I’m piling up the silver at the moment inspired by two special new pieces. I think I’ve mentioned Eiger Gallery before which creates stand-out pieces by designers from different industries. The matte textured inspired-by-the-formation-of-mountains Arete ring by industrial designer Tomoko Azumi is one that feels incredible to touch and wear. And the signet is my first; beautifully made and engraved by Laura Lee Jewellery – I had my and Gus’s initials layered which is such a lovely idea. I also chose a big enough size so I could wear it on my middle finger – I love the idea of signets on non-conventional fingers. And I added one of Lucy’s still-going-strong Missoma horn rings to make the perfect silver triptych!
Signet ring | LAURA LEE JEWELLERY
Ring | EIGER JEWELLERY
Horn ring | MISSOMA