Shoes – These are a few of my favourite brands

When it comes to choosing my favourite shoes, I must admit that I admire a great many brands. Certain companies seem to excel in producing a certain sort of shoe, and so when you are choosing new shoes, it pays to go to an expert. For classic Mary Jane styles, I always look to Hush Puppies, who take the sensible heel and strap and then add colour and a retro-inspired elegance to them. When looking for a flat shoe that offers comfort with chic ballerina styling I look to French Sole, beloved by Kate Middleton, and certainly more reasonably priced than Pretty Ballerina’s (which I also love incidentally, but my bank balance isn’t quite so keen).

The classic ballerina flat from French Sole

 India SILVER / Leather  now   £ 67.99 click to visit Spartoo

India
SILVER / Leather
now £ 67.99 from Spartoo

 India Red  £ 67.99 click to visit Spartoo

India
Red £ 67.99 from Spartoo

Loving Mary Janes from Hush Puppies

 LONNA MARY JANE CO TAN   £ 51.99 from Spartoo

LONNA MARY JANE CO
TAN
£ 51.99 from Spartoo

 FREYA Stone now  £ 47.99 from Spartoo

FREYA
Stone now £ 47.99 from Spartoo

For an elegant riding boot screaming of English Heritage, it is hard to look beyond Barbour, well-known for their wax jackets, but also behind some of the best boots on the market. And if you want your shoes to be the talk of the town, real show-stoppers, then Irregular Choice is your first, and only stop.

English Heritage from Barbour

 SALISBURY Brown  £ 188.99 from Spartoo

SALISBURY
Brown
£ 188.99
from Spartoo

 HACKMORE Black  £ 198.99 from Spartoo

HACKMORE
Black
£ 198.99
from Spartoo

Wow! Shoes from Irregular Choice

 LADY W Mint / Multi  now £ 63.99 from Spartoo

LADY W
Mint / Multi
now £ 63.99 from Spartoo

 BABY BEAUTY NAVY / RED £ 71.99 from Spartoo

BABY BEAUTY
NAVY / RED £ 71.99
from Spartoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts for the Sporty Minded this Christmas

When we plan our Christmas gift lists, we always try to give our loved ones a present they will really appreciate. Whether this be an item they have had their eye on for a long time, or maybe something they have dropped hints about, or just a thing we know they will really love, getting the perfect gift is really important. And this Christmas, if your nearest and dearest are sporty, then help is at hand from Tony Pryce Sports.

If you live in the South West of England, you are probably already familiar with Tony Pryce Sports. It is the largest independent sports supplier in the South West, with over 30 years experience of selling top sporting brands. I became familiar with the brand after spending holidays in Minehead (my 4 year old is simply addicted to Butlins) and finding myself dragged into the store by both Hubby and father, on the hunt for polo tops and trainers. Tony Pryce Sports stocks all the brands found in large sports chains, but with the advantages of independent stores – great staff, other lesser known brands, and seriously competitive prices. And the great news is that if you can’t get to the South-West, they also have a fabulous website stocking perfect ideas for Christmas gifts.

Here are a few key picks for all the family.

For men

A Rugby fan would really appreciate this great top in their stocking.

Canterbury England Alternate Rugby Classic Jersey Adult Red & White £50 click to visit Tony Pryce

Canterbury England Alternate Rugby Classic Jersey Adult Red & White £50 click to visit Tony Pryce

Super warm but also lightweight, this set is a great gift idea that could be worn by runners out training, or just for those cold winter mornings.

Ron Hill Beanie & Glove Set Black £18 click to visit Tony Pryce

Ron Hill Beanie & Glove Set Black £18 click to visit Tony Pryce

Women

Pink is such a hot colour this season, it is worth introducing it into your gym wardrobe too.

adidas Supernova Women's Running Short Sleeve Tee Pink £28 click to visit Tony Pryce

adidas Supernova Women’s Running Short Sleeve Tee Pink £28 click to visit Tony Pryce

A classic shape, and waterproof too, this bag is perfect for the gym, or for college and university, or even as an overnight bag. It’s just so versatile.

Nike C72 Legend Holdall Dark Blue £35 click to visit Tony Pryce

Nike C72 Legend Holdall Dark Blue £35 click to visit Tony Pryce

Kids

A great quality football from Adidas.

 

adidas Starlancer Iv Football Green £12 click to visit Tony Pryce

adidas Starlancer Iv Football Green £12 click to visit Tony Pryce

This unisex gym bag is a great idea as a pump bag for PE kits and trainers. Washable too.

adidas F50 Gym Bag Red £11 click to visit Tony Pryce

adidas F50 Gym Bag Red £11 click to visit Tony Pryce

 

 

 

 

 

Selfridges Destination Christmas – The Emporium arrives in Birmingham

Last Thursday was definitely a red-letter day for lovers of all things Selfridges and all things Christmas. For the first time ever, Selfridges Birmingham opened a dedicated Christmas Emporium. Jam packed to the rafters with all things festive, including the most varieties of crackers I have ever seen under one roof, the Selfridges Destination Christmas Emporium is enough to make Ebenezer Scrooge dispense with the ‘humbug’ and reach for the Yule log – it is just so seasonably fabulous.

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I was invited along to check out the emporium just before it opened to the public, and this meant a real treat. Prosecco and Christmas foodie treats for breakfast was the perfect start to the day, with a special presentation of some of the locally produced Christmas foods that will be stocked in the food hall this season. I was completely enamored with the marzipan vegetables, they tasted divine and would be such a talking point – particularly the perfectly glazed Brussel sprouts. This is the perfect way to get your five a day (ahem!).

DSCN4692The Emporium is also home to a truly beautiful range of baubles, decorations and Christmas trees that range from modern fun to traditional fair. Highlights for me were the snowmen advent candles – a real bargain at less than £10, and the gorgeous range of fairies and tree toppers . I love the fact that everything now comes in an array of colours and is not merely limited to reds, gold and green, even though those colours are there too.

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I loved these!

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My Fave Advent candle

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And then there were crackers! An important part of every Christmas dinner table, Selfridges has an enormous range of crackers that range from make-them-yourself kits, to beautiful ornate and metallic options. There are Twister crackers, which would be enormous fun after a slap-up lunch, Cluedo crackers, and also crackers that would appeal to both the young, and the young at heart.

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Classic!

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One of the ‘Elfridges’ showing off Cluedo Crackers.

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Traditional and beautiful

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You should be able to find everything you need at Selfridges this Christmas, but just in case you don’t, Santa’s little helpers, the ‘Elfridges’ will be on hand to address your every need.

My favourite buys from Destination Christmas

 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD Frilly Snake patent chain clutch £160 click to visit Selfridges

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD Frilly Snake patent chain clutch
£160 click to visit Selfridges

 LAUNER High Society patent leather clutch £480 click to visit Selfridges


LAUNER High Society patent leather clutch £480 click to visit Selfridges

 VILLEROY & BOCH My Christmas Tree green gift box ornament £12.95 click to visit Selfridges


VILLEROY & BOCH My Christmas Tree green gift box ornament £12.95 click to visit Selfridges

 CHRISTMAS Crown glass bauble 10cm £6.50 click to visit Selfridges

CHRISTMAS Crown glass bauble 10cm
£6.50 click to visit Selfridges

 ELGATE PRODUCTS LTD London collage bauble 6.5cm £5.50 click to visit Selfridges

ELGATE PRODUCTS LTD London collage bauble 6.5cm £5.50 click to visit Selfridges

 GISELA GRAHAM Calico Reindeer tree decoration 11cm £11.95 click to visit Selfridges


GISELA GRAHAM Calico Reindeer tree decoration 11cm £11.95 click to visit Selfridges

 CHRISTMAS Mini hanging chandelier £10.95 click to visit Selfridges


CHRISTMAS Mini hanging chandelier £10.95 click to visit Selfridges

 GISELA GRAHAM Tree topper fairy 28cm     £21.95 Click to visit Selfridges


GISELA GRAHAM Tree topper fairy 28cm
£21.95
Click to visit Selfridges

 GISELA GRAHAM Santa's cake shop music dome 10cm Hover image to zoom More views     GISELA GRAHAM Santa's cake shop music dome 10cm     GISELA GRAHAM Santa's cake shop music dome 10cm GISELA GRAHAM Santa's cake shop music dome 10cm £63.95 click to visit Selfridges


GISELA GRAHAM Santa’s cake shop music dome 10cm

£63.95 click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES Christmas advent calendar Hover image to zoom ONLY AT SELFRIDGES SELFRIDGES Christmas advent calendar £84 click to visit Selfridges


SELFRIDGES Christmas advent calendar

£84 click to visit Selfridges

 CLARINS Box of six Christmas crackers £39 click to visit Selfridges

CLARINS Box of six Christmas crackers
£39 click to visit Selfridges

 KIEHL'S Holiday lip balm set £19 click to visit Selfridges

KIEHL’S Holiday lip balm set
£19 click to visit Selfridges

 GIORGIO ARMANI Nail Lacquer box £40 click to visit Selfridges

GIORGIO ARMANI Nail Lacquer box
£40 click to visit Selfridges

 CUBIC Set of two Duchess tea towels £15.95


CUBIC Set of two Duchess tea towels £15.95

 I LOVE MEL Cara Delevingne colouring book £8.00 click to visit Selfridges


I LOVE MEL Cara Delevingne colouring book £8.00 click to visit Selfridges

To view the Selfridges Christmas Emporium, click here.