Winter Warmers

Yesterday felt like the first really cold ❄️ day in London, even though the sun 🌞 was out there was an icy chill 🌬 in the air and I suspect winter ⛄️ has arrived for good.

I have to admit, I really don’t love winter β„οΈβ„οΈβ„οΈπŸ˜”

I know, I know, it means Christmas πŸŽ„ is coming and now is the time to wear your cosy jumpers whilst sitting by the fire πŸ”₯ drinking mulled wine 🍷 and playing scrabble πŸ…° , and there might even be snow 🌨. And I do love crisp bright sunny mornings β˜€οΈπŸ˜€.

I just don’t like the cold ❄️❄️❄️❄️.  I spent 4 years in Scotland πŸ’™, which was a nasty shock to the system, it really is COLD β˜ƒβ›„οΈπŸŒ¨β„οΈπŸŒ¬πŸ’¨ πŸŒͺ🌊 up there and the sun seems to barely come up during the deep depths of winter πŸŒ₯.  One semester I came back to find I had left my window open just a tiny crack over the Christmas holidayπŸŽ†, and my room was an ice box β˜ƒ. I slept under two duvets, two blanket and a coat πŸ‘šπŸ‘•πŸ‘—I am still recovering.

So at this time of year it is very important to have as many antidotes πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ as possible, and I have put together a list of cosy things to keep the winter blues away πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ˜.

Alice xxx

Cashmere Roll Neck Dress – Hush – Β£220

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Softest grey cashmere – this is the jumper you need this winter – ideal for cosying up on cold winter evenings 🌟

Evening Candle – McKinley & Paget – Β£22

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Candles are such a necessity at this time of year. I love the names of McKinley and Paget candles, they have a Snug Candle and a Bath Candle too.  Their Evening Candle is Rose Geranium, Lavender and Pink Pepper scented – the most perfect candle for evenings in, on long dark winter nights. Their candles are poured in London and made of eco-soy wax with cotton wicks πŸ”₯

Sitwell Stripe Silk PJ Trousers – Poplin – Β£135

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Of course you need some really good pyjama bottoms – I love these ones from Poplin. They are made in ivory silk and the stripe print is hand-painted

Cashmere Socks – Johnstons of Elgin – Β£35

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Johnstons is the best place for cashmere socks, and you need socks. I like this raspberry pink pair, but they come in all sorts of colours πŸ’—

Yellow and Grey Wool Throw – The British Blanket Company – Β£58

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It’s so great – I can’t get enough of the grey and bright yellow combo – AND they have so many other great colours πŸ’›

Sky Blue Hat with White Fur Pom Pom – Amelia Jane London – Β£28

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Is the pom pom hat craze over? I’m not so sure, and I bet you don’t yet own a pale blue one with a white pom pom. I know you’ll be reaching for it anytime soon.. there is something really quite indulgent about wearing a woolly hat indoors πŸ’™

Dark Chocolate Orange and Geranium – Montezuma’s – Β£2.59

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Because everyone needs chocolate in the winter – this my current favourite – an amazing take on chocolate with orange 🍊 πŸŒΊ they sell it in Waitrose too.

Freddie’s Flowers

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Flowers are such a good way of keeping a room bright and cheerful through the winter – Freddie delivers seasonal flowers to you once a week – he chooses them and gives you tips for flower arranging and fun flower facts 🌷

Naranja Amarga Lip Salve – Bendita Luz – Β£5

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Lip salve is essential πŸ’„ I love this packaging, it works too

Mrs Dalloway – Penguin Classics – Β£7.99

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And of course you need something to do on those winter evenings – Aino-Maija Metsola has designed covers for six of Virginia’s Woolf’s books – the perfect way to get started with Virginia or re-visit old friends