Black Friday directory – best UK high street offers

By |2021-11-26T10:17:56+00:00November 26th, 2021|Categories: Christmas, Sale|Tags: , , , |

Well here we are again, Black Friday which whether you like it or not isn't going anywhere. At this particularly difficult point in global retail history there are some strong offers from retailers who need to get cash flowing; some will be watching it anxiously knowing that it dictates their survival. So I'm going to list the best offers here, I know some of you prefer to avoid it but that's not a moral privilege that's open to everyone - [...]

Gifts for women – big and small brands

By |2021-11-23T17:08:09+00:00November 23rd, 2021|Categories: Christmas, Gift ideas, Hair & Beauty|Tags: , , , |

And so we come to the last of my Christmas gift posts - Gifts for women and as with the others, not everything is just for women, lots of these ideas would work for men too. I'm structuring it differently this time, starting with the big brands we know and love and then moving on to feature a few ideas from smaller brands. Ever since bloggers fell out of favour I find that very few small brands get in touch [...]

Thoughtful Christmas gifts for men 2021

By |2021-11-19T16:48:39+00:00November 19th, 2021|Categories: Christmas, Gift ideas|Tags: , , , |

Phew - it's been a busy week of blogging, I hope you're not getting sick of me. Today it's all about the men in your life and as always I've tried really hard to find things that are either meaningful or useful. I should add that a lot of these gifts would work just as well for women - and I've included some that can be enjoyed by couples too, the best of both worlds. So let's crack on with [...]

The joy of a Christmas outfit trying-on session

By |2021-11-17T16:53:49+00:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Christmas, Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ah the joy of a Christmas outfit trying-on session at John Lewis & Partners - I loved every minute of it and I'm hoping I have a little something for everyone today because there are so many different ideas. But before we go on, let's recap. In my first post about dressing for Christmas this year, we talked about how the approach is changing; lots of retailers and consumers are trying to be more thoughtful about creating capsules that will [...]

Christmas gifts for teens and young adults 2021

By |2021-11-16T18:30:08+00:00November 16th, 2021|Categories: Christmas, Gift ideas, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , |

So many of you have told me you've been waiting for the 'Christmas gifts for teens and young adults 2021' post that I'm starting it rather nervously. As always I tasked my troops with helping me but this year the first thing they warned me was that it might be the last time. You see at the moment 'new stuff' isn't cool; when you talk to millennials and Gen Z they're all buying vintage which is great... but it doesn't [...]

Christmas shopping shortcuts with John Lewis & Partners

By |2021-11-12T16:59:49+00:00November 12th, 2021|Categories: Christmas, Gift ideas, Retail Review|Tags: , , , , , |

And drum roll... just like that it's time for the first of my Christmas gift posts. Today I'm taking you on a virtual shopping trip with me and showing you some Christmas shopping shortcuts at John Lewis & Partners. Over the next two weeks I'll have three more gift ideas posts including all kinds of things dedicated to: teens/young adults, men and women and I'll try to include suggestions that you might not have thought of before. I do have [...]

A different way of dressing for Christmas 2021

By |2021-11-09T17:07:24+00:00November 9th, 2021|Categories: Retail Review, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is a gentler opening of my Christmas posts than I imagined back in the summer months when I first started planning my calendar with the retailers who do so much to support this blog. You see we're all going to find the landscape quite different at the upper end of the high street this year as we start to think about what to wear over the festive season. A lot of retailers are giving us a different way of [...]

Midlife ups and downs – and what I’ve been wearing

By |2021-11-05T17:14:34+00:00November 5th, 2021|Categories: Family, Midlife, Relationships, Style|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

After playing catch-up on our Greek trip for the last few weeks it feels good to be talking to you in real time again. We've had lots going on and I'm going to write this post the opposite way round to usual because it has some sadness and I don't want to leave you on a downer on a Friday. So I'm starting with some midlife ups and downs and then I'll move on to happier events and what I've [...]

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