The ethical Christmas gift list

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The ethical Christmas gift list I’m finding it increasingly difficult to choose thoughtful gifts for any of my loved ones. Christmas is particularly challenging. Mr Maven is bored with my usual rota of wallets, watches and briefcases; the choice for kids is either disposable, cheaply … [read more]

The Ethical Christmas Gift List

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, even though for bloggers, Christmas started with the press shows in July. Last year I wrote several gift list posts, including a specific list for beauty fans and another full of bizarre, unusual and downright crazy gifts … [read more]

Chocolate coated memories

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My earliest memories are chocolate coated. Mum started a hand-made chocolate business with her best friend when I was four years old. They made chocolate truffles and marzipan fruits in our kitchen, where I was usually to be found scraping off the last remnants of … [read more]

Christmas in July – best picks

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This week I’ve been mostly going to the Christmas in July press events. The shows are an opportunity for brands to display their Autumn/Winter and Christmas products to the media and bloggers. Here are my best bits from Amazon, Obag, Osprey London and dotcomgiftshop: Most desirable: … [read more]

Spring, Sunshine and The Language of Flowers

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We spent the Easter week in Norfolk. The sun shone, we mostly ate, drank wine and marvelled at our boys’ willingness to play together for a change. And now I realise it’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve posted anything here. Where does the time go? My … [read more]

OMG, look at my O Bag!

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Last week I met the happiest woman in North London. Marcia Robinson has just brought Italian handbag brand O Bag Factory to the UK and is grinning from ear to ear about it. I can understand why. This time last year Marcia was working in … [read more]

Catherine Green Designs

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Catherine Green is a textile artist working in Gomersal in Yorkshire, which by all accounts is a beautiful spot – all rolling hills and pretty tea rooms. No surprise then that her artwork, gifts and homewares are adorned by bright, bold and uplifting prints in … [read more]

Premurosa – letterbox gifts

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I’m so annoyed with Royal Mail. I’ve been waiting for four parcels to arrive for over three weeks now. They’re coming from all over the world and some have significant retail value. I left the house for about 10 minutes this morning and had one of those red … [read more]

Best present EVER

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So we survived the festive frenzy unscathed. One of the highlights was confusing the hell out of my un-believing eight year old by creating Santa’s footprints in flour, trailing from the fireplace to the half-eaten mince pie and empty glass of port. He practically assaulted … [read more]