As someone who works in the retail industry, I can quite honestly say that all I would like for Christmas is a good rest and some time with my family. But, if I had to pick something material, well – the following items may have caught my eye whilst doing the rounds at work…
1. Mermaid Hair conditioner. Whipping the lid off and sniffing at every opportunity has led me to discover that this smells mouth-wateringly like a piña colada.
2. Olivia Von Halle silk pyjamas. The ultimate luxury, evoking the decadent heights of the golden age of travel. My colleagues and I are constantly plotting how we might financially justify silk pyjamas so that we might feel like ageing aristocrats.
3. Le Galion, Tuberose. This collection of perfumes has barely changed since launched in the 1930s: the bottles are pure Art Deco elegance and the scent of Tuberose is just divine.
4. Larsson & Jennings watches are fairly ubiquitous among the staff at Liberty and it’s easy to see why: the Anglo-Swedish timepieces tick all of the boxes for design and quality, yet at a highly seductive price point.
5. Charbonnel Et Walker truffles. So indulgent plus they come nestled in the most beautiful pastel boxes that can be reused for storing jewellery and trinkets.
6. I am a bauble fanatic. I spent most of last November glued to eBay, frantically placing increasingly absurd bids on job-lots of vintage baubles. This box of hand-painted, glass concave decorations would be a shrewd way of bolstering my collection.
Beyond Retro very kindly sent me this adorable vintage cardigan as part of their ‘Xmas Jumper Style Challenge’ in partnership with Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. It’s not the quintessential garish Christmas jumper, but with its gold beading, super-soft lambswool and luxurious lining, I knew with one look that this was the Christmas cardigan for me!
This year Beyond Retro have pledged to sell 10,000 Christmas jumpers, donating £1 from every jumper sold to Save the Children. They are also hosting a ‘Xmas Jumper Style Challenge’ in which one lucky winner will be rewarded with a £250 shopping spree at Beyond Retro. All you have to do to enter is follow @beyondretro on Twitter and Instagram and tag a photograph of yourself wearing your Christmas jumper with the tag #xmasjumperstylechallenge. But hurry – the competition closes on December 14th!
I’m wearing: vintage Christmas cardigan from Beyond Retro, vintage silk 1950s blouse from Pop Boutique and a vintage 1950s wool skirt from Etsy.
Gamla Stan is the heart of Stockholm’s tourist centre and is often snubbed by those headed straight for the hipster bars and boutiques of the trendy SoFo neighbourhood. Still, I found the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan perfectly charming, illuminated by lamp-light and crammed full of tiny shops.
The Swedes have a typically understated approach to seasonal decoration which couldn’t be further from the garish, and overtly commercialised, festooning to be found along London’s Regent Street at this time of year. In Gamla Stan, bare fir trees are often simply tied to lamp posts or are adorned with a single string of golden fairy lights. When the sun sets at around 3pm, the omnipresent oil burners outside shops and restaurants cast a welcome glow into the navy blue sky.
Not to be missed is the Christmas Market in Stortorget Square. The wooden stalls sell traditional Swedish Christmas sweets, reindeer and elkmeat, glögg (mulled wine) and a range of Swedish handicrafts and festive decorations. The late November air was already bitingly cold when I visited but I can imagine it must be infinitely more magical to visit the market in the snow – a true winter wonderland!
Will you be visiting any Christmas markets this winter?
I can’t remember the last time I hosted a giveaway, so what better way to herald in the season of goodwill?
This Christmas, I am offering one lucky Human Sea reader a powder compact and eye shadow set by one the most covetable beauty brands around: Paul and Joe. The brand aesthetic evokes forties and fifties glamour, in all its kitsch glory, and every piece from the collection is worthy of adorning one’s dressing table. I rather hope the winner will put these pretty pieces to use when dolling-up for a festive soirée or two.
To enter the giveaway, please leave a message in the comments section below, mentioning how you subscribe to Human Sea and the best email address to contact you on should you win. This a sweepstake-style competition and the lucky winner will be drawn at random using a number generator.
Entry will close at 24:00 GMT on Sunday, 7th December and this giveaway is open to readers across the world.
Exciting news – Jian Wei and I have booked a last minute break in Stockholm for the coming weekend! We stumbled upon bargain flights for £20, cheaper than your average train ticket in the UK, and a cosy-looking apartment in Södermalm via Airbnb. I am really looking forwards to taking a winter city break in a suitably festive Nordic climate and I can’t wait to explore the Christmas markets. I have my fingers and toes crossed hoping there will be a dusting of snow…
I hope that those of you who have visited before will share your travel tips with me, or if you are lucky enough to be a local, some insider secrets. I have been to Stockholm once before, but it was close to ten years ago and I am a little out of the loop. Please share your tips in the comments below. Thanks in advance!
Hi, my name is Dulcie and I am a recent MA English Literature graduate living in South-East London. In addition to working at Liberty of London, I also sell vintage clothing in my Etsy shop and spend most of my spare time rummaging through charity shops and car boot sales.
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