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FAO: Mr Claus & The Elves

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, I adore simple pleasures, they are the last refuge of the complex. Which is exactly why today I find myself in a onesie, making fantasy online shopping lists. I also like to think that this is because it’s nearly Christmas and the lure of being completely self-indulgent and ridiculous in the comfort of your own home is too much to resist. So here are the fruits of my rather lazy labour; an extravagant but not altogether unrealistic Christmas List. Are you reading this, mum? NOT ALTOGETHER UNREALISTIC.
1. Soho diary, £230, Smythson – For my impossibly organised 2013 desk
2. London diary, can be personalised with your name and a handwritten message, £125, Anya Hindmarch – For my impossibly organised 2013 life
3. Grace: A Memoir, £17.60, Amazon – For reading infront of the fire
4. Advanced Style book, £19.70, Amazon – For inspiration on what I want to be like when I grow up
5. Le Labo Bergamote Perfume, £95, Liberty – For smelling better than everyone else
6. Bill Cunningham New York documentary DVD, £11.43, Amazon – For replacing the Queen’s speech with
7. Tim Walker Storyteller photography book, £24.30, Amazon – For extra Christmastime magic
8. Neon letters, £90 each, Not On The High Street – For spelling my own name above my bed, slightly whorishly
9. Chanel glasses, £138.60, Fashion Eyewear – For looking over the top of, imperiously. And also, you know, being able to see
10. Delfina Delletrez single earring, £320, Matches – For general fabulousness. And because lips are the new eyes, oh yeah
11. Veiled cashmere beanie, £95, Bernstock Speirs  – For walking that fine line between sack of potatoes and vaguely cool
12. Hanky Panky knickers, £18 each, Selfridges – For undercover colour
13. Marc by Marc Jacobs iPad case, £115, Selfridges – For practical reasons only, you understand
13. iPad mini, from £269, Apple – For a lighter handbag
14. Rivale leather bracelet, £390, Hermes – For the orange box
15. Silk pyjamas, can be monogrammed, £330, Olivia von Halle – For staying in all Christmas Day
16. Quilted backpack, £1273, Moschino – For the 90s moment that’s coming for SS13
17. Vanity case, £595, Agent Provocateur x Globe Trotter – For travelling by private jet
18. Glitter BlackBerry case, $35, Kate Spade New York – For much-needed sparkle
19. Leather skinnies, €814, Iro – For a change from black
20. Enamel lips ring, £990, Solange Azagury-Partridge – For ever and ever
21. Quilted wallet, approx £400, Chanel – For an interim solution to a 2.55
22. Louis Vuitton crystal sunglasses – I can’t find these anywhere – help! – For a more festive hangover
23. Glitter Priscilla heels, £665, Charlotte Olympia – For kicking Dorothy’s ass back to Kansas
24. Naughty or Nice notecards, $50, DL & Co – For the best thankyou notes ever
25. Iro sheepskin biker, £889, Selfridges – For the joy of owning THE GREATEST COAT THAT HAS EVER BEEN
26. Camille Walala Kiss More cushion, £48, Culture Label – For sheer brilliance
27. Deco knuckle ring, £495, Katie Rowland – For my ever-expanding ring collection
28. Bollocks mug, £20, Coco de Mer – For a (very) cheeky cuppa
All for the bargain price of £8662.63. Donations gratefully received.

Must’ve been good this year…

Spoilt? Well, yes, but grateful too, which I always feel is far more important. My favourite gift was from The Boy (he may now have to be promoted to The Wonderful Boy) – a nifty little Fuji X10 which takes fabulous pictures (well, it would if I could figure out how to take it off Auto), looks brilliantly retro and is infinitely more portable than my old Canon DSLR. I win.
Honourable mention goes to my Debrett’s Ladies Diary, Kooples fedora, DKNY coat and the Go Away I’m Writing mug that I’m drinking Earl Gray from as we speak. Oh, and the poached pears in wine that my mum makes for me every year, without which Christmas may as well be cancelled.
At the risk of sounding insufferably mawkish, I really do feel very blessed and hope you all had brilliant, cockle-warming Christmasses too. Now off you go to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style!
A Very Happy 2012!
Olivia xxx

Christmas Gift Guide – For The Little Ones

For: The Kids
Like: coming out with corkers in public, Granny’s chocolate brownies, e-numbers, getting away with murder.
From top left:
‘Rill’ knitted fox – £35, Donna Wilson at Soma Gallery
M is for Metal Alphabet Book – £61.55, Amazon
Mermaid Sleeping Bag – £95, Howkapow
Burger Bobble Hat – £20, Lazy Oaf
Doodle Bedspread – £45, Cox & Cox
Hello & Goodbye Mittens – £4.19, New Look
Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner Babygro – £18, Not On The Highstreet
1980s Colouring Book – £7.50, Bouf.com
Hello Kitty Patent Bow Clutch – $39.95, Neato Shop
Singing Bird Cage – £12.50, Cox & Cox
Rocket Playhouse – £40, Design Museum Shop
Fairy Princess Biscuits – £30, Biscuiteers
Family Tree Wall Sticket – £24, Cox & Cox