Chrissie Hynde – Queen of Christmas

Whilst you’ve been enjoying all those fabulous, festive classics, have you noticed just how male dominated the Christmas hits we play every single year are? From the Black Country glam rock of Slade and Wizzard, to the cosy jumpers of Shakin Stevens, the homeliness of Bin,g to more glam rock from The Darkness, Christmas chart hits have a definite male slant. And we haven’t even begun to mention The Beach Boys, Cliff Richard, David Essex, Greg Lake, Johnny Mathis, and now Michael Buble, all who have become synonymous with their Christmas hits. But there are a couple of ladies who at least try to set the balance straight.

We have Mariah of course, who sang one of my absolute favourite Christmas songs, although I hate everything else she’s ever done. The ladies who created those Phil Spector masterpieces, Darlene Love and her stablemates, created Christmas classics that she have to sing aloud to long and hard. Cerys Matthews and the unforgettable Kirsty MacColl duet on undeniable Christmas classics. But for me, the Christmas queen is Chrissie Hynde, and The Pretenders festive classic, 2000 Miles.

2000 Miles was released for Christmas 1983, and although definitely a Christmas song, it was actually a tribute to band member James Honeyman Scott, who had died a drug related death in the previous year. The song has the sound of a Christmas carol, but with the unmistakeable Pretenders guitar sound. It had a cracking video too, with Chrissie dressed as a member of the Salvation Army.

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Chrissie is one of my favourite musical style icons, an uncompromising rock chick who has stayed true to her fashion roots for the past 30+ years. I love the skinny jeans, mannish blazers, feathered hair cut and thick black Kohl – just so glamorous and gorgeous without any flesh being on show. Chrissie continues to influence style – just look at Alison Mosshart from The Kills, who owes a massive debt to Chrissie and her style.

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With Debbie Harry

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With Ray Davies

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The original Pretenders, James Honeyman Scott stands next to Chrissie

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Merry Christmas to my musical queen of the festive season.

Febreze – The Sweet Smell of Christmas

Christmas – it’s a feast of smells isn’t it. The gorgeous scents of cinnamon and mulled wine, of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, the mouthwatering aroma of a turkey roasting slowly in the oven. The most wonderful time of the year is also the most fragrant. Yeah right, who exactly am I trying to kid?

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All the fragrances above are wonderful, but they are not the only smells associated with Christmas. The smell of cooking can become something you wish to escape from once you’ve had your fill of food. The aroma of sprouts is never good in my view, and once the whole family has feasted on them, the Christmas flatulence would frankly make you scared to light a match.  The aroma of Christmas can be a bit of a pungent nightmare if we are being honest here.

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Luckily Febreze have put together a gorgeously aromatic collection of scented candles, room sprays and reed diffusers in a lovely range of festive fragrances. From Vanilla Latte, Apple & Spice and Warm Cedarwood, these little life savers will make even the smelliest of rooms become warm and festive, and with a great rrp of just £2 – £6, these are the sort of things you can drop into the shopping trolley without breaking (the probably very empty at this minute…piggy bank.)

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I have been trialing the Apple&Spice variety of products in different rooms of the house and just love the way they evocative of that traditional idea of Christmas.  The room spray is great to also spray onto upholstery, it lingers in the air and on furniture for a long time, totally belying the bargain price. The candles also look great, total minimalistic chic that would fit into any living room, whatever the decor. Add to this the special, vintage Christmas inspired packaging, and you get some really lovely, and affordable home products that will just add to the Christmas feeling – your house looks Christmassy and will certainly smell Christmassy too…and I mean that in a good way!

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*We were sent a lovely Christmas hamper from Febreze in order to review the new products.

 

Sizzling sales picks from M&Co

It is a well-known fact that the best time to buy yourself a dress for New Year’s Eve is in the Christmas sale. It is also a well-known fact that the January Sales we all used to love no longer exist, with the best sales bargains now all snapped up even before Santa Claus has paid that annual visit. With most delivery dates for Christmas being extended as late as the 22nd/23rd of December, you can still find yourself a perfect outfit to wear over the festive period, or even grab a last-minute Christmas present for a loved one, saving a huge amount of pennies into the bargain.

M&Co have just started their sale, and having loved the collection they unveiled for Autumn/Winter, I can honestly say I love it even more at these amazing prices. Many of the savings are more than £50, and with coats included in the sale, you can pick up pieces that will serve you all Winter long.  M&Co are also currently offering free express delivery, so there is every chance your parcel will arrive before Christmas Eve.

Here are my favourite picks, along with a link to the sales page. I would love to know if you treat yourself to anything from the sales, let me know in the comments below.

Sparkly ombre knitted dress Details http://www.mandco.com/sparkly-ombre-knitted-dress-berry/116822307050008.html Product Number: 1168223 Colour: BERRY now £20.00  click to visit M&Co

Sparkly ombre knitted dress
now £20.00 click to visit M&Co

Black maxi dress with sleeves now £24 click to visit M&Co

Black maxi dress with sleeves now £24 click to visit M&Co

Fishtail shift dress now £17.50 click to visit M&Co

Fishtail shift dress now £17.50 click to visit M&Co

Baroque fur coat £80.50 click to visit M&Co

Baroque fur coat £80.50 click to visit M&Co

Faux fur trim boucle coat now £35 click to visit M&Co

Faux fur trim boucle coat now £35 click to visit M&Co

Leopard print shift dress now £19.50 click to visit M&Co

 

Leopard print shift dress now £19.50 click to visit M&Co
Asymmetric neckline shift dress £17.50 click to visit M&Co

Asymmetric neckline shift dress £17.50 click to visit M&Co

Guipure lace pencil skirt now £18 click to visit M&Co

Guipure lace pencil skirt now £18 click to visit M&Co

Embellished floral print sleeveless blouse now £15 click to visit M&Co

Embellished floral print sleeveless blouse now £15 click to visit M&Co

Sequin shift dress now £39 click to visit M&Co

Sequin shift dress now £39 click to visit M&Co

Embellished velour maxi dress £30 click to visit M&Co

Embellished velour maxi dress £30 click to visit M&Co

Plus faux fur animal print coat now £44 click to visit M&Co

Plus faux fur animal print coat now £44 click to visit M&Co

Taffeta prom skirt now £14 click to visit M&Co

Taffeta prom skirt now £14 click to visit M&Co

Glitter lace maxi dress now £30 click to visit M&Co

Glitter lace maxi dress now £30 click to visit M&Co

Strapless sateen cocktail dress now £29 click to visit M&Co

Strapless sateen cocktail dress now £29 click to visit M&Co

To view all women’s sale, click here.