There’s something wonderfully reassuring about the cold wintry days right now – the familiarity of a season playing out as it should – long may it last! A continuing reminder though, that we, the consumers can help by making buying and lifestyle choices…
As always, I love to feature sustainable brands with a conscience, making pieces that will have a long life in your care. And so I’m proud to bring you the latest Sunday Edit, which in the run-up to (sshush!) Christmas – ok, full disclosure, I got a little over excited at the weekend arranging our Christmas plans – so, this time of year my Sunday Edit tends to play out as a mini gift guide for some presents inspo!
So without further ado, let’s begin!
*This post contains items gifted for review
You may have seen the adult booties version of these darling moccasin slippers on my Instagram, really they are the softest most beautiful things, which I now wear everyday at home. The kids moccasins are just as sweet, and I’m already allocating both the adult and kids styles as my first round of Christmas presents for family – they are well priced, sustainably made and stocked by The Small Home, whose entire ethos and slow making I absolutely adore. (You may remember I visited founder Ayshea McCormack and her beautiful home a while ago.)
So yes, you can fell at least a third of your Christmas shopping with these I’d say! I’m definitely going to be stocking up in a few weeks time – because every other year, I go into an alarming state of super organisation, lol!
Slippers | A Small Home
I love the idea of giving china – whether a beautiful teacup or teapot – as a present, and am completely obsessed with the Burleigh range from Soho Home, which comes in both black (which you’ll find at the Soho Houses) and green (The Ned). The teacups and saucers really are just so pretty, and I was ridiculously house proud to pull these out for an impromptu work meeting at home the other day…
With a Whole Leaf Tea
The camomile tea bag you see inside the cup is from We Are Tea – makers of ethically sourced tea using whole leaf (less processed so less impact on the environment) and better for taste in in 100% biodegradeble plastic-free teabags. They have a fantastic selection of teas which do really have a stronger taste than others – I go herbal as despite being a coffee drinker I avoid caffeine in tea! So I drink camomile, peppermint and seriously nodded off at the dinner table last night with the Sleep tea!
China | Soho Home
Tea | We Are Tea
Natural beauty products always feature in my family’s gift-giving (my mother, sister and I only use natural/organic skincare!), and this looks like the perfect addition to the brands we use. Award-winning Ermana handblends in the UK in small batches; founder Claire suffered from sensitive skin and wanted to make products her skin didn’t react negatively to. (The products do not contain parabens, SLS or any artificial fragrances or colourings and instead of artificial preservatives uses Vitamin E, and no animal testing.)
In the prettiest packaging (always a sucker for this, lol!) the products (I been using the Revive Face Oil – full of lovely oils like Frankincense, Macadamia, Jojoba – and the Cleanse Balm with organic shea and cocoa butters) are sumptuous to use, providing loads of skin nourishment and care.
The face oil and the balm comes as a lovely gift set, complete with a muslin cloth for using when cleansing. And there’s a great selection of gift sets all equally tempting, which again, I am popping down on my Christmas shopping list!
Face oil & cleansing balm | Ermana
I was completely taken by the craftsmanship of this lingerie by Rossell England. The collection is underwire free and made in in Italian cotton – designer Jo Rossell launched Rossell in 2016, having worked previously as designer for Calvin Klein and Amanda Wakeley among others.
These are such beautiful pieces – the briefs are a pleasure to slip on and incredibly flattering! In this style, the bra sizing only goes down to a B cup which unfortunately for my 34A sizing was just a little too petite to properly fill out the bra – but I think this style which goes down to a 32A would work just fine for a smaller chest!
Lingerie | Rossell England
I’m all about the fun party earrings at the moment – having convinced myself for a good few years that I can’t wear big earrings because of my short hair, I’ve U-turned! And embracing them to the full. Actually mainly as a way to add a bit of zing to an otherwise ordinary outfit. Eg here, with just a denim jacket…
This art-deco inspired pair by Toolally are made out of acrylic and so are incredibly light, which makes the wearing of them extremely easy! Such a great selection of designs, definitely something for the festive season ahead!
Earrings | Toolally