A few snapshots of my Christmas. Possibly the quietest and lightest (food-wise) Christmas I’ve ever had.
And some of my Christmas gifts…
Lots of wonderful things :)
… I re-edited a paper for the 27th time. And it’s finally done.
… I travelled to Portugal for a pre-Christmas visit to my family and to my (their) dogs, Lola & Conchita. They are very cute and energetic. We say they should work in the circus because they jump a lot and can stand up on two legs for a long time!
… I bought and wrapped many, many gifts. (Honestly, this picture is just about one-fourth of them!)
… But Christmas shopping aside, I stayed at home with my family most of the time because the weather was really miserable. 7 days of rain and cloudy skies.
… I had to replace my Shiseido multi energising cream (which I liked a lot) and decided to pick up Chanel’s Hydra beauty gel creme at the duty free. I’ve used it for over a week now and so far so good.
… Also bought a new Hipanema bracelet (from here). Can’t wait to wear it.
…My mother organised a little pre-Christmas dinner with some of my close family while I was in Porto. Giacomo wasn’t there but we brought a little bit of Italy to the dinning table having pandoro with mascarpone cream (recipe here, in Italian) for dessert.
… I got several pictures sabotaged by Conchita
… I arrived with a suitcase full of English gifts and I left with a suitcase full of Portuguese gifts, Nestum (my favourite cereals) and other delicacies (Port wine, and lots of salted codfish, obviously, which is the ‘official’ Portuguese Christmas food).
…Back to the airport
…And ready to board back to London.
… where I fell sick with labyrinthitis. Absolutely horrible.
… As soon as I recovered a bit (and I’m still not fully recovered) I put on my new Flavia shirt. Finally, after months of lusting I got it and I love it!
… I also went to the Hollywood Costumes exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum with my husband. I really didn’t want to miss it because we booked the tickets several weeks ago and most of the dates are now sold out. Fortunately, I felt I recovered on time!
… And since we’re in the neighborhood, we took the opportunity to visit Harrods as well.
… I hardly ever go to Harrods. But I love their Food Hall! We got ‘inspired’ by it and ended up buying some fresh pasta and seafood while there…
…For a bit of home cooking!
… I sent out several Christmas cards and I’ve received a few. My favourite is this one, drawn by my 5-year-old friend Maria. (yeah, that’s me and her on the cover.)
… And I’m now ready for my very first Christmas in London. Just me and my husband. Exciting :)
Wish you all very happy holidays!
Here’s part II of the list…
i. Jersey playsuit by Eberjey: Because you know I need to upgrade my nightwear. This little jersey playsuit looks not only pretty and discreetely sexy, but also very comfortable. WANT!
ii. Do Brazil bracelet by Aurelie Bidermann: Because I love bracelets (I told this before) and this one, in this particular colour, is the my kind of understated bling-bling luxury. If that makes any sense :)
iii. Nude ballet flats by Lanvin: Because I love ballerinas. In my book, loafers are transient, ballerinas are forever. And I always, always wanted to get a pair by Lanvin. I mean, I wouldn’t say no to a pair of Chanel ballerinas (who would?), but for me Lanvin is where I’d definitely put my money on. No logos, no tricks. Just beautiful, well-made shoes.
iv. Breton top by Armor Lux: Because I love marinières and cannot have enough of them. I heard about this brand in Hannah-Rose’s blog (do you know it? If not, please check it out. She writes soooo well, and has such a good taste) and cannot wait to add it to my collection. Ah, by the way and since we are on this topic, I also love Lapin de Lune’s tumblr dedicated to “la mariniere”. Endless inspiration.
v. Rejuvenate Intensive body balm by Aesop: Because I love its scent. It might not be the best body balm moisturization-wise (that prize goes to my beloved Crème de Corps by Kiehl’s) but its scent is so good that I want to make sure I always have it in my cupboard.
vi. White drape back shirt by Helmut Lang: Because I cannot have enough white shirts (just like breton tops, black booties, ballet flats…) and I love the draping detail on this shirt. However, I’ve to say that this one by COS could also do the same job very well. In fact, I’m anxiously waiting for the sales to jump on it :)
vii. Little black lingerie set by Princesse Tam Tam: Because I’d like to get some new and pretty lingerie and I love almost everything by Princesse Tam Tam (which, by the way, now has a UK online shop. danger).
viii. The New York Times, 36 hours: Europe by Barbara Ireland: Because I like long weekend escapades in Europe and I always read the NY Times travel pages when I’m preparing my trips anyway. Having it all compiled in a single book would be brilliant. NEED this!
ix. Wool snood by COS: Because a good scarf/snood in a neutral colour (and this is a great one!) is a must for Winter.
x. Suede slippers by COS: Because I not only love socks, I also love warm slippers (I’m the kind of person whose feet are perennially cold). Just looking at these slippers from COS makes me feel cozy and warm.
xi. Suede handbag by Zara: Because I want a suede handbag and this one from Zara is almost perfect. And it is also affordable.
xii. Cool knit by Helmut Lang: Because I love the pattern, the colours, the length (not too short, I cannot do short knits), the material. It’s sold out, but Santa Claus is magic and can find anything he wants.
xiii. Clutch by Clare Vivier (and here): Because I’ve wanted a clutch from Clare Vivier for ages. (I’ve talked about my fascination for this brand here, by the way.) I’ve had the chance to buy one, but for reasons I cannot explain I think this is the type of stuff that needs to be gifted, rather than bought. I don’t know, it’d be kind of a charming, cute, chic gift, wouldn’t it?
Ahhh… and that’s it!
At this point you might be thinking that I love everything: I love ballet flats, I love white shirts, I love Breton tops, candles, sock, cashmere, jumpers, slippers….
How many things do I love? I love many things indeed. I’ve got a very big heart! :)
In fact, I could actually carry on making Christmas lists because I quite like spending hours browsing the internet looking for items that make my heart sing… But I think 2 lists, consisting of 21 items is more than enough inspiration.
Happy Christmas shopping everyone, by the way!
A few things that could make a girl (like me, for instance :) very happy this Christmas…
i. Grace by Grace Coddington: Because she’s cool, bright, strong, fun, good professional and everyone loves her (at least) after seeing The September Issue. I want to know what she has to say in this book.
ii. Roasted chestnut candle by Jo Malone: Chestnuts. My favorite food in the world. Enough said.
iii. Silver earrings by Chan Luu: Delicate, feminine, beautiful. Because I’m worth it.
iv. Flavie shirt by Isabel Marant Etoile: Because I have been thinking about this shirt for months.
v. Nightshirt by Eberjey: Because I need to upgrade my childish sleepwear to something elegant and more in line with my current age. I’ve been wearing the same pajamas/nightgowns for years now. Worse than that (and I probably shouldn’t be saying this in public), they are not only old, they are Hello Kitty/Disney printed pajamas. (Terrible, I know but they were gifts from my family. What could I do?) It’s definitely time for a change.
vii. Wool jumper by Jack Wills: Because I came across this jumper today while looking for a gift for my brother and fell in love with it. It’s so soft and cosy… And the print is perfect for the holidays.
viii. Holidays in Turks and Caicos: Because I’ve been obsessed by these islands in the Caribbean since I started reading Joana’s wonderful blog, My Sea Story. Joana is a fellow Portuguese who is currently living in Providenciales. In her blog she talks about her (and her husband’s) life in the island as well as about her trips to Portugal, London, NY… Expect to find loads of beautiful pictures taken by her (like the one I’m using above, which was unashamedly stolen from her blog), great taste and careful edition in every single post.
And… this is not all. Part ii of the Christmas list will be on shortly!
Received over the holidays…
Oyster card holder (to prevent that little daily moment of panic when |I cannot find my metro pass among the 23487 items in my handbag) and wallet
Suede fringed shoulder bag to match my minnetonkas (I’m starting to feel very Pocahontas :)
Little hearts cotton scarf. I can never have too many scarves.
Striped cashmere gloves. Long and super-soft. Perfect.
Polka dotted leather handbag. Absolutely love at first sight.
Angora jumper (with its own piercings!). The lovely soft angora leaves a red track on everything it touches…
Wool jersey skirt. Super tight but with flattering draping.
Earrings. New year resolution: I will wear earrings more often. Different from everything else I own, this colourful longish pair is a good start.
Comic books. I’ve devoured Marzi in about 3 days. A journey through the life of a dreamy little girl during the 1980s in (communist) Poland. ADORABLE. I haven’t started Hilda and the midnight giant yet.
Love love love everything.
Feeling very cuddled with all the kindness and love. The gifts were just a little part of it. The last weeks in Portugal and in Italy have been an absolute delight. Family, friends, pets, food, sun, snow, hugs, laughs, love. I am feeling energised and looking forward to the new challenges 2012 will bring. January & February will be electric for a start, but I know I’ll handle it.
Big hug to all xxx