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Nov 7, 2011

Christmas shopping in London: department stores

Here’s the first in a festive mini-series I’ll be bringing to you over the next couple of weeks: a guide to Christmas shopping in London, whether you’re a first-time visitor and want to shop at all of the ‘must-visit’ stores or know the city well but are looking for something a little more alternative.

Let me know if you’re looking for something in particular! First up, department stores …

Liberty London

Trading since 1875, Liberty sells an assortment of clothing, footwear, stationary, luxury designer goods (handbags, scarves, etc.) and beauty products year-round, as well as it’s famous fabrics.

The Christmas shop opened on Level 4 in September (Chris and I visited the very next day – yes it was early for festive shopping but we just adore the Liberty Christmas Shop!) selling beautiful decorations, alongside cards, advent calendars, books and old-fashioned tins of biscuits and other edible gifts.

The main reason this store holds such a special place in my heart is simply because it’s one-of-a-kind.

Shop Liberty London online, or visit Great Marlborough Street, London, W1 (Oxford Circus tube station).

Liberty London

Liberty Christmas Shop 2011 Fairylights

Selfridges

A ginormous cavern of everything anyone could possibly need, from technology to beauty to high-end and high street fashion.

Selfridges also sells luxury advent calendars including the world’s most expensive – which retails at a staggering £18,000 and contains miniature accessories from designers like Vivienne Westwood, Rupert Sanderson and Alexander Wang! Read more in my post about the Selfridges White Christmas launch party I attended earlier this year.

(Selfridges is also home to the biggest shoe department in the world, the Shoe Galleries, which displays 4,000 pairs of shoes at any one time!)

Shop Selfridges online or visit Oxford Street, London, W1 (Marble Arch or Bond Street tube stations).

Selfridges White Christmas 2011 Ultralounge

Selfridges White Christmas 2011 technology gadgets

Harrods

Besides all of your obvious gifts (perfume, fashion, technology, food), Harrods boasts the one thing London’s other department stores don’t have – and the one thing I really love about it – a pet store! Here you can pick up a puppy alongside your Prada and your perfume but it will set you back £1,500+!

If you already have a dog why not bring it and drop it off at the Harrods Pet Spa for a spot of pampering while you concentrate on whittling down your gift list?

Shop at Harrods.com or visit Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1 (Knightsbridge tube station).

Harrods Christmas 2011

Harrods Christmas 2011

Other UK department stores …

- Marks and Spencer

- House of Fraser

- John Lewis

- Debenhams

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Oct 4, 2011

Jean genie

I worked at River Island several years ago and their staff get a great deal on denim so every 8 weeks I’d buy a pair just for the sake of it and ended up with a great selection in every style and colour imaginable.

As a result I haven’t actually been on the jeans hunt for quite some time however last week, to my horror, I noticed a hole in my Most Favourite Jeans Ever. I can’t bring myself to throw them out but I am planning on customising them once I’ve decided what to do with them (I’m thinking of just slashing them across the knee…?).

But where to find my replacements?! I am currently loving these Firetrap jeans, prices for which start at £36.

Firetrap jeans

Firetrap jeans

I’m particularly a fan of the black skinnies and as printed jeans are something I am lacking I’m keen to introduce a pair to my wardrobe. I’d love to clash these against a brighter pattern or wear with ankle boots and a band t-shirt.

Which pair is your favourite? And do you have any customisation ideas for my old jeans?!

All images screengrabbed from Box Clothing

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Oct 1, 2011

The last days of summer

Camden Passage

Camden Passage

How bizarre is it that I can refer to October as summer?! Whether I can get my head round it or not, I’m determined to enjoy these few days of glorious sunshine that we’re currently experiencing here in England. Once this sunny spell has passed it’ll be knitwear and umbrellas for 6 or 7 months at best.

This morning I got up early(ish) and cycled to Regent’s Park to read Vogue and attempt some squirrel-taming in the sunshine whilst Chris caught up on his sleep after a spontaneous boys’ night out. Later we headed out for an afternoon exploring Camden Passage, a place I’ve wanted to visit for a while now.

Just off one of the main high streets in north London, Camden Passage is a pedestrianised alley enclosed on either side by antiques and vintage shops as well as several cafés and restaurants. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings it also hosts an antiques market.

It’s an amazing place for rummaging and much quieter than the more well-known markets like Camden and Portobello. I was drawn to a genuine 1970s women’s US Airforce uniform (navy blue blazer and trousers) which Chris bought for me – for just £5! – from the Militaria shop you can see in my photos below.

I’ve had such a lovely day, I can’t wait for tomorrow! What are your plans for the weekend and for making the most of the weather?

What I wore to Camden Passage

Wearing: flower print sundress c/o Jarlo London, patent leather sandals from Next, Speedy 35 by Louis Vuitton

Camden Passage

Camden Passage

Camden Passage

Camden Passage

Camden Passage

p.s. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a 1970s-style floppy hat! (:

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Sep 16, 2011

Video: “How to wear sequins” with Westfield London

A couple of weeks ago I posted about my evening shopping in Westfield London, hunting down my key piece that fits in with the AW11 sequin trend, along with some other bloggers. I mentioned briefly that we were also filmed on our quests and the videos have gone live this morning – here’s mine!

Got to run! I have a few trés exciting London Fashion Week events to attend, I’ll tell you all about them soon! Have a nice weekend (:

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