Oops, haven’t updated in far too long, I’ve been a busy bee (you know debaucherous festive times…), and a tad ill if I’m entirely honest. It is nearly Christmas, that rather scares me – it’s a mere three days away! Good thing I sorted my presents weeks ago, and stocked up on the champs already.
Speaking of champagne, I was looking up quotes on champagne (as you do), and I decided my favourite two. I like them particularly because despite their short length, they have a profound effect. There are longer quotes which are equally good on champagne, e.g. Lily Bollinger’s famous one, but I just found these two particularly potent, and relatable to.
“Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?”
- the late, Sir Noël Peirce Coward
“My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne”
- the late, John Maynard Keynes
So one of the big questions at a this time of year is of course; which Christmas gift to buy for someone?!
I did my Christmas the other week, here are a few of the things I bought – I’m quite a traditional man when it comes to gifts; but you never know you might get some inspiration! These are awfully photographed by me quickly, using my bed as a back drop ha.
For any lady (or man, Clinique Skin Supplies for men too!) in your life maybe a bit of Clinique, you can’t go wrong there! I bought my mother some Clinique for Christmas. Clinique’s Christmas wrapping is rather cute, and because I spent so much I got a lot of ‘freebies’, which is always a bonus.
The Clinique Freebies, they’re sat on a make up bag they give you (they also give you a bigger bag). Perfect to add to another present. I personally wouldn’t give these to my mother, but they make a great little gift for my little sister with other things et cetera.
For the little delights in your life, in my case my dear darling sister. Nothing beats the refreshing scent of Miss Dior Chérie – it really is a treasure!
For anyone in your life (in my case, my older brother!), nothing beats the scent of a bit of Molton Brown – be it fragrance, shower gel, hand wash, or facial cleanser. There is something about Molton Brown product’s – they are simply divine.
For any man in your life; cufflinks, sure you’re thinking cliché right? Well, they’re cliché for a reason. It’s a classic present, because it works – a man can never have too many cufflinks. I love these Paul Smith ones I purchased for my dear brother.
I also bought A LOT of champagne, and prosecco, you can’t not? A lot of stores are doing special sets for Christmas, e.g. with a cooler, a special glass, et cetera. You also have the mini bottles (200ml) of champagne, the ‘POP’ Pommery ones with the union flag look rather fresh, and fun. Then you have Moët et Chandon’s Swarovski crystal bottles – which just add that little bit of ‘glam’ to a bottle.
My father, who has interests in genealogy, posted some old photos on his Facebook from my paternal ancestors. Some of the photos are brilliant I just have to share;
Rev Edward Adey – My great, great, great grandfather. Born 1799 Turnham Green, Middlesex. (Who is also on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Adey. Remind me never to grow a beard like that ha!
My great, great, great grandfather Rev Edward Adey when he was younger.
John Daniel Adey – My great, great grandfather. Born 1838 Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Edward Henry Adey – My great grandfather. Born Tuisdale, Buckinghamshire 1869. I just love this photograph, looks rather debonair!
My grandmother, and grandfather; Kathleen Joan Adey, Edward Anthony Adey circa the 1960s.
I just found them rather interesting, old photos tend to always be interesting – or so I find. It’s a shame in this day, and age, that we document everything by technology – because it’s not going to be here forever. I think carbon copies are needed! A physical copy has more chances of surviving some generations than a digital copy, that is for sure.
I was disgusted to read that the children’s charities who received the Aleksandr Meerkat’s from Harrods’ boss Mohammed Al Fayed, have been auctioning them off for fifty times the original price of £20.
Due to such high interest, and demand in the little cuddly toy, Harrods decided to donate all 5,000 to children’s charities, for the sick children to enjoy, them, and feel as if they have received a present that is that little bit special.
Great PR move, and of course received tons of publicity – but charities have been seen auctioning the £20 soft toy for £920. Yes, that money is still going to charity – but that is not the point. The soft toy is been sold at ridiculous prices only the rich could afford, they were donated to charity for the children to enjoy, not for profit. That’s my thoughts on that anyway uhm…
Retail therapy always helps with my mood, especially when it’s cold, wet, and wintery. Treated myself to a few pieces recently:
Aubin & Wills top
A jumper from dearest Ralph, Ralph Lauren that is!
Aubin & Wills top, Thomas Burberry jacket
Mustard COS jumper, I simply love it!
The tree is up (real of course), general prepping for Christmas done, I’d say it’s time to relax now. Had enough excessive nights out, okay that’s a lie, you can never have a enough, but time to take it slow, and enjoy the time off! Before you know it Christmas will be here.
How are you spending your Christmas?