Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas!
I hope you are all having a great time - I sure am!

Selfridges Christmas window - Oxford Street's Christmas Lights - My sister's homemade peppermint bark
Gee's Court - Cinnamon rolls, straight out of the oven - Christmas lights at home - Making friends
Christmas fireworks - Christmas on the French Riviera - Christmas dinner - Our tree - A little sneak peak

- Elodie x


Strike A Pose


A few months ago, I assisted stylist Rebecca Rose on a photo shoot for her luxury vintage boutique, Juno Says Hello. We had a great team working with us that day, including photographer Dani Riot, model Rebecca Thacker, blogger Clara Wood and video artist Sonny Malhotra, who caught all the behind-the-scenes action on camera. Don't blink though, or you might just miss me. 

- Elodie x


Baby, It's Cold Outside

Trench coat, scarf, H&M. Boots, Steve Madden. Bag, Mulberry.
Lips, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby. Nails, Nails Inc Savile Row.

I thought it was about time I introduced you to the newest addition to my bag collection ; a Mulberry Daria Hobo satchel in oxblood. I've always been a fan of the Daria range, and the relaxed style and deep burgundy colour of this exact model won me over as soon as I saw it on the shelf, in Bicester Village. You didn't really think this big Mulberry bag only had a small card holder in it, did you?

- Elodie x


Christmas Gift Guide 2011

Ho ho ho! With Christmas only two weeks away, I thought I would give you a little holiday help, in case you have yet to find the perfect gifts to put under your tree.
First of all, who doesn't love a warm, soothing bath in this cold winter? Treat your loved ones to these Laura Mercier Crème de Pistache body cream, scrub and honey bath. They also come in different scents, including Crème Brûlée, Almond Coconut and Fresh Fig. Yummy!

Most make up brands come out with a holiday collection at Christmas, so keep an eye out for wonderful limited edition items, such as Stila's Dream In Full Colour palette and lip glaze set. Still have a look at the permanent collections though, as they often feature true gems, such as these Chanel Illusion d'Ombre eyeshadows or this Nars Make Up Your Mind set.

Perfume is one of the most popular presents to give at Christmas, especially with all the amazing gift sets gracing the shops, at this time of the year. This one, by Philosophy, includes their best selling fragrance, Amazing Grace, a matching shower gel and body butter.

Books are always a safe bet. These Penguin Hardback Classics, designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, would be a perfect addition to any bookshelf. Books such as The London Ritz Book of Christmas, Style from A to Zoe, Nars : Make Up Your Mind, Style & Substance : The Best of ELLE Decor would also make wonderful gifts.

Smythson notebooks come in various colours and sizes, to fit everyone's needs. Choose one of their cute titles, or create your own for £6.95 per letter. If you are on a budget, J.Crew also offers a variety of notebooks with fun titles, such as this "Blogs I Follow and Like" one.

From gardening and wine tasting to style and even cats, there is a Moleskine passion journal for everything and everyone. All you have to do now is to figure out which one to get!

Bits and bobs for the house always work a charm, so make sure to stop by Graham and Green, Oliver Bonas or Anthropology.

These Jo Malone candles make for a chic present and will help create the perfect Christmas ambiance.

Make sure to open your presents before dessert, so you get to use these gorgeous Alessi heart-shaped spoons to dig into your Christmas pudding.

Christmas is a time to indulge in some of your favourite food and drinks. Fortnum & Mason's hampers tick all the boxes, but you could also create your own for a fraction of the price.

This Little Pink Book of Cocktails and stainless steel cocktail set is what every girl needs for the party season. Who said Christmas had to be all about mulled wine after all? It'll be an apple martini for me, please!

This stylish bottle of Crystal Head vodka would be the perfect addition to any bar.

Macaroons are the most delicate treats, perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Not only does Ladurée make the tastiest ones, their boxes are so pretty, they can easily be turned into jewellery or trinket boxes once the macaroons have been consumed. 

This Fortnum & Mason's set includes a bottle of the finest rosé Champagne and a box of handmade pink truffles - both elegant and tasty!

Cashmere socks also make for a luxurious present, sure to please anyone during the winter time. Brora make beautiful ones, but you could also go for really Christmassy socks, such as these ones from Urban Outfitters.

Stocking Fillers

"Get The Hint" stickers, Smythson noteletsLomography Diana Mini,  Fashion Face-Off playing cards, Home Made cookie stamp, Water Bobble

Of course, no stocking would be complete without a few chocolates and candy canes! My favourite ones come from Mrs Kibble's Olde Sweet Shoppe, a lovely little sweet shop in London, who also deliver their delicious handmade sweets to your door, if you don't live in the city.

If you are one of the lucky few who are already sorted out, what did you get your loved ones, this Christmas?
- Elodie x


More Is More? Aussie Thinks So!

Last night I headed over to the Soho Hotel to celebrate the launch of Aussie's new large size bottles. The event was actually held in the Terrace Suite, which is known for being P. Diddy's favourite suite when visiting the English capital. The champagne was flowing and delicious canapés were served, but that wasn't the only treat Aussie had in store for us. Indeed, we all got to have a one-on-one consultation with the brand's Ambassador and hair stylist, Liz Taw, who gave me a few tips on how to make the most of sleek straight hair.

Never underestimate the power of a good haircut.
If you are like me and have straight hair that lacks volume, make sure to always go for a straight cut.  Many people also assume sharp layers give their hair more volume, when in fact, it does completely the opposite and only makes it look finer. So stay away from these and ask for soft layers instead. They will still give some shape to your hair, without taking away any of the thickness and volume. 

Get the right products, and learn how to use them.
I generally find that most products in the shops seem to be targeted towards curly, wavy or frizzy hair. Having straight hair, I always assumed I didn't really need any of these. Turns out mousses can do wonders when used sparingly, and in the right place, and no, that doesn't necessarily mean the crown area. It only took Liz seconds to tell me that, because of my face shape and the natural implantation of my hair, I should seek volume on the sides.   

If you've got it, flaunt it!
Sometimes, we just don't realise how easy we've got it. Many girls would love to have our hair texture and go through a lot of hard work to achieve this straight, sleek look, often damaging their hair in the process. If Liz taught me one thing, it is to embrace my natural hair and simply learn how to work with it. Surely, this is a piece of advice that anyone can use!

Lucy, Lauren, Cigdem, Natalie, and me.

Got fine hair? Cigdem got some great tips for you on her blog.

Lucy getting some professional advice from Liz. 

Yours truly, getting a soft graduation at the front.

Natalie,  Cigdem,  Lucy, and Lauren.
To top it all off, we were kindly given a goodie bag, which in my case, included two ginormous bottles of the Miracle Moist shampoo and conditioner. The Miracle Moist range has long been a favourite of mine, and what is there not to love about having more of it? To quote the lovely team at Aussie, "whoever said less was more, was obviously not an Aussie girl...". I couldn't agree more.

- Elodie x


(Closed) Steve Madden Giveaway

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that it was my blog's birthday, but it wouldn't be a proper celebration without a present! Bang on trend with its metallic snakeskin finish, this Steve Madden writslet has quickly become one of my essentials, and I am now giving a lucky reader the chance to win one!