WELCOME TO MINFORD
I’m a bit of magpie so anything sparkly and I’ve got a cricked neck.
I’ve had my eye on this Mini Boden jumper since the beginning of the season but SSSHHHH not for either of my girls. For me.
So a couple of weeks ago I threw caution to the wind and purchased the 15-16 year old size. Result! It fitted. Not like the normal embarrassing ‘hi I can fit teenagers clothes’ incidents which usually end up with me needing to get emergency assistance from the changing room lady in order to cut me out of said item (me chuntering away ‘Twig you’re such a dick’).
Basically on this occasion the 15-16 is equivalent to a size 10. Other top tip they also do shoes up to a 39.
I’ve been complimented several times in the playground on my new ‘Sonia Rykiel’ purchase.
It wasn’t long before Aurelie was pleading with me for one of her own. I have duly obliged and she is thrilled.
Christmas jumpers – sorted and not a Rudolph in sight.
Me Me Me Me Me Me!
This post is not for you. It’s for me. I’m serious.
My husband is a wonderful, wonderful man but it is fair to say that he has been (until now fingers crossed) absolutely awful at buying presents. You may think me harsh. I will save his blushes by not telling you about the time that he brought me (in no particular order) a box of maltesers, a copy of Hello magazine and a Giant Greater London A to Z for my birthday. Corner Shop anyone??!
After the ‘present giving ceremony’ a mortified me called a friend who was coming to my dinner that evening. She told me later that she had sprinted around her house scooping up items to hastily wrap on top of the things she’d already brought for me just so I could be presented with a profusion of things to open!
So I’m making it super easy this year. Here DEAR SANTA is my list.
- Luke Edward Hall Boy In A Beret Print
- & Other Stories Velvet Clutch
- Cabana Magazine Subscription
- Tine K Blush Corduroy Cushion
- Pentreath & Hall Ikat Lampshade
- Champagne Saucer Glass Set
- & Other Stories Satin Soft Bra
- Studio Oliver Gustav Potpourri
- John Derian Picture Book
- Topshop Cashmere Joggers
Etsy: The Stylist Secrect (and the best place to buy gifts)
SO I may be breaking some kind of stylists code of honour here, but this is a secret too good to keep in the inner prop circle. ETSY IS A TREASURE TROVE and one us stylists use regularly to source one-of-a-kind items.
Buying from makers all over the world opens up the possibilities of finding something that isn’t everywhere on the high street. It’s also a chance to shop independent sellers.
There is some effort involved to track down the best pieces. Often they’ll be gems hidden amongst a sellers stock. I’ve used Etsy to find prints, wonky ceramics, stationary, lighting (I LOVE finding my lighting on Etsy), and best of all, antiques without having to get up at stupid o’clock to go to a market.
I used to be a little sceptical of how craftly and homemade I found Etsy in general, but my shoots wouldn’t be the same without it. Total convert.
Here’s my selection of what I love on Etsy right now and oh, they happen to make great presents too.
Top Tips: Remember to add your shops into ‘favourites’ or you may never find them again! Use an Editors Gift Guide to help you narrow down your search.
For the adults:
- Volta Paris Standing Mobile
- Set of 5 Copper Saucepans
- Bold & Noble Ginkgo Screen Print
- Antique Glass and Silver Match Striker
- Set of Personalised Notecards
- Industrial Brass Scissor Lamp
For the kids:
What To Buy For The MOST Difficult Customer: The Teenage Girl
I’d like to think I am pretty down with the kids. I’ve worked at magazines, like my fashion and am paid to keep my finger on the pulse (an interiors pulse but it counts okay). But there’s nothing like the fear of shopping for a teenage girl and wondering ‘what do teenagers like these days?’ ‘Am I out of touch?’.
I talk to my best friends too cool for school daughter a lot and feel I have a good sense of her taste but still, the fear is there. One day I am going to buy her a top and she’s going to wince at the idea of wearing it.
So this shopping edit is particularly close to my heart. I’ve bust a gut to gather a selection of gifts that they’ll thank you for.
- Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Camera
- Tatty Devine Name Necklace
- Maison Labiche Amour T Shirt
- Legendary Party Eyes Kit
- If You Have Good Thoughts Print
- Retro Embossing Label Maker
…And the stocking fillers…
What To Buy For Boys This Christmas
- Badger Slippers
- The Superhero Comic Kit
- British Woodland Animals Print
- Maileg Midi Wolf
- Silver Reflective Backpack
- Bobo Choses Sweatshirt
This list has my son Benjamin’s seal of approval.
We’re a bit wild animal, David Attenborough, Planet Earth obsessed in this house.
He already has these Badger Slippers and would go to school in them if I didn’t stop him. He puts them on every morning and evening without fail and has the matching gloves and hat thank you very much.
My absolute favourite is this Silver Reflective Rucksack which folds away but is a full on reflector. In my experience little boys love anything that glows in the dark. And if nothing else ticks your boxes, chocolates shaped as police cars should be fail-safe!