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All that glitters IS gold

Flat fancy shoes covered in glitter, erm YES PLEASE! Italian company, Anniel have been creating fabulous flats since 1976. Inspired by a long ballet tradition, the company first started making sports items such as sports shoes and sportswear but later moved onto designing handmade soft shoes which made their name famous in Japanese boutiques in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagasaki. Now Anniel is a world-renowned and much loved brand that stays true to creating 100% hand-made shoes in Italy, focusing on fun creativity, comfort and Italian heritage. With my favourite glitter lace-up booties, (gimme guld any day!) I’ll be pirouette-ing myself into summer – as well as leaving a trail of gold sparkles behind me! See their new s/s collection here.

Stuck on finding the perfect present?

You may have left it a little late to make a gift purchase before the 25th, however this website is awesome for the perfect present. Notonthehighstreet.com is a UK based site that specialises in unique gifts that you won’t necessarily find at any of your local favourite stores. Founded by entrepreneurs Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker. Since 2006, these two women have hunted down the most original items from the best creative small businesses, brought them together in one place and made it super easy to buy them. They started with around 100 small business, many of whom were also just starting out and creating products from their kitchen tables at night, now the duo offer thousands of options and keep adding more every week, making them one of the UK’s fastest-growing e-commerce businesses. If you’re looking for ingenious, fanciful or quirky gifts for that person that has everything then this site is your go-to-place. My favourite souvenir that I’ve bought so far was a personalised story book for a friend’s newborn baby – it’s the story of a little boy/girl who goes in search for …

The Original Bag of Bling

I was first introduced to Whiting & Davis during Paris Fashion week two years ago. It’s not like I hadn’t seen these blingy meshed handbags before, in fact I had owned a gold high street version a few years back when they along with anything metallic became a huge runway trend. Little did I know that this mesh bag dates back to 1876 and is the oldest handbag company in America. Whiting & Davis was the very first company to create these uniquely crafted handbags using brass metal. It was Charles Whiting who took the ancient art of chain mail, think knights in armour, and created an exquisite fabric that became a three-inch square purse with a delicate twist closure in 1892. Whiting partnered with Edward Davis and so the house of Whiting & Davis was born. A few years later the laborious process of weaving the links and rings by hand became mechanized allowing the business to grow rapidly and it became the powerhouse for mesh fashion and jewelry. The duo continued to create …

Christmas is a MONSTEROUSLY fun time!

The department store windows are always a mini stage for visual creativeness in Paris and never more so then at Christmas time! This year my favourite favourite has to be the windows at Galleries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussman. They are freakishly fun and less outwardly commercialised than some of the others, in fact not a logo in sight. Giant luxurious red velvet curtails flank a stage of fuzzy monsters in a rainbow of bright neon colours, collosal fluffy fiends trapped in over-sized glass baubles – perfect for my little people who squealed in delight at the the one-eyed, long-eared monsters peeking out of top hats! Seriously, you won’t believe your eye! (Okay bad Monsters, Inc movie joke).

The devil on my shoulder

A lot of my email box is full of spam! Yes, I know at some point it is me that has signed up for the spa/Groupon/cosmetics/fashion/sales newsletter, but I do spend a disproportionate amount of time deleting these annoying daily mailers. However, there is THE one that gets me all tingly when I hear the “ping” noise as it pops into my inbox. As soon as it arrives, it’s bold subject line taunts me until I direct that little arrow and press click… vestiairecollective. A site dedicated to buying and selling pre-owned luxury items from Alaïa to Zadig & Voltaire. It’s my daily drug, the devil on my shoulder, the solid-sugar-covered-in-candy-lollipop to my inner child! Erm… just got to go check on those red Chloe Susanna boots – wish me luck! Just click here… vestiairecollective.com

Move Over Choupette Lagerfeld, there’s a new Kitty in town…

It’s not often I think about having a little girl, well unless I see them twirling in princess dresses with cute bows in their hair, or when a children’s book like this one comes along… This read has it all! Style, humour, striking illustrations, a beautiful ending and best of all, stunning handbags. I loved following Coco Le Chat, written by South African born Nadine Rubin Nathan, and her fabulous wardrobe of glitzy tutus and extraordinary fascinators to my all time favourite city – New York. The pampered Parisian pussy takes you around the Big Apple dazzling the paparazzi while visiting renowned hotels, shopping the finest department stores and even lunching with a famous Editor (Psssst, can you guess?) If you’re a mama of girls (I tried very hard with my boys, but they kept asking about the one sports car that appeared on one of the pages completely missing the point!) they will love the mix of real life photography and illustration. They will revel in Coco’s outfits, the bright colours, her rhyming adventures and my …

Splash out on him!

Move over 50 Shades of Grey – seems I’m happy with the Orlebar Brown catalogue that was just slipped through our mailbox this morning. I know what you’re thinking and yes, obviously it’s the well-tailored swim shorts in this mini-mag that got me all warm and fuzzy and not the models sans shirts! Mom jeans, ill-fitting swimwear and thick rubber-sold shoes are on my list of worst wardrobe faux pas, the others are for another day but to help with number two on my list we applaud the British brand Orlebar Brown. The creation of Adam Brown, who noticed on a holiday with friends that all the women around the pool looked great but the men didn’t (I’m guessing a smorgasbord of speedos and down-to-the-knee over-sized boardies), so he decided to create a range of shorts that you could splash in but that you needn’t change out of when heading for lunch – Thank you Adam, the female population is forever indebted. The collection is a mix of plain colours, patterns and printed photographs that are unique, practical, trendy, cool, cutting-edge … I …

Oui! Colette, J’arrive!

Colette in Paris isn’t a new store – however it is still one of my fave concept cult stores to visit. I popped in there on a saturday afternoon and it was full of young, trendy locals and visitors to the city. Their book collection is one of the best I’ve seen, they have a great selection of fashion biographies that will make any fashion lover tingle. I spotted a very chic tourist glancing through How to be Parisian wherever you are, written by four french women who have been friends forever and decided to put together a very funny manual on how to be parisian chic (I grabbed a copy, will let you know how my transformation goes!). The upstairs section of the store is my favourite, you’ll always find interesting pieces that have been perfectly curated for the girl looking for the extraordinary and it’s impossible to walk out of the store without buying something – this time I got myself a pair of gorgeous Ancient Greek Sandals, the fantastic cult-ish shoe brand, gaining a major celeb following. …

Ski suits swinging from the ceiling

As the temperatures drop in the Northern Hemisphere and you dream of warm duvets then it’s worth visiting a Moncler store. The brands outerwear is just that – super high fashion duvets. Who knew that a skiing label could become so stylish that even if you don’t set foot on a ski slope you wouldn’t look out of place. I visited the Moncler store on Rue Faubourg Saint Honore, it is a masterpiece ! My favourite part, seeing the mannequins suspended from the ceiling dressed in – you guessed it – ski suit-esque garb. It’s a store full of imagination – beautifully merchandised, creatively designed and with awesome tunes playing the background you’ll want to spend hours just browsing.