|Coat: £180, Atterley (almost sold out but Gap have a good version here). Wool jumper: £80, Hush. Jeans, £19 in the sale, Asos. Shoes: Penelope Chilvers (old). Bag: Manu Atelier (sold out). Gold-plated earrings, £18, Orelia|
Sunday saw us do the first official day of Christmas Shopping. I know, it's early and a little bit crazy, but this is how I manage to actually afford to buy people what they want.
If you think about it, after this month there is only 1 more Payday before Christmas and that has to last you the whole month including the Sales and New Years...
So my trick is to buy a couple of items in October that I know I want to buy, the majority in November and then some last minutes in December. You beat the crowds, and pace yourself and your bank balance so it doesn't feel like it all comes at once.
|Coat: £180, Atterley (Gap have a good version here). Wool jumper: £80, Hush. Jeans, £19 in the sale, Asos. Shoes: Penelope Chilvers (old). Bag: Manu Atelier (sold out).|
Let's face it, there are only a few shops that do Christmas well: Anthropologie (for gorgeous interiors and accessories), BHS for random giftpacks and alcohols sets etc, Gap for cashmere, M&S for everything, The Toy Store for our increasing number of nieces and nephews (we basically go into the shop and say 'help'!) and H&M Home for hostess gifts...
Don't get me wrong, we still have a LOT more to do but we left town feeling we were partway there.
As for my outfit, I'm loving the easy vibes of a decent, good coat. After having a major wardrobe clear out, my style seems more streamlined and a statement coat can work wonders for a plain outfit of jeans, crew-neck and flats. I have had these Penelope Chilvers flats for a few years now and love them, they are so comfortable and well worth the investment.
And as for sustenance? We've been meaning to try Franco Manca for absolutely ages, so we gave the Soho one a go (wheat and dairy is back on during these busy months). Just slightly off the main road, we couldn't believe we could get a table so easily on a weekend! Lunch for 2? £15....and one of the best sourdough pizzas I've eaten (only surpassed by Pizza Pilgrims).