Chaz has been asking where this year's Christmas present guide is for days. Not for himself of course but for all those husbands out there - in Shanghai apparently - who are relying on me to help them shop for their wives. So here it is; rather later than planned I'm sorry. I seem to have gone for (mega) quality over quantity - not many stocking fillers here. I'll do a 'part two' filled with smaller, more purse friendly ideas later this week.
Top top top of my list - and I imagine every other girl in the world - are these Chloe, navy, suede Susannah boots. These will keep you in the good books for years to come. Maybe even centuries.
Zimmerman celestial swimsuit. Perfect for a bit of New Year tanning. If this is a bit loud/too covered up, try one of Lisa Marie Fernadez's towelling creations.
A Tibi red faille skirt. A red, silk, pouffy sensation. Girls dream about skirts like this.
Sibella Court's newest book Gypsy
A Hugo Guinness print or painting
This 'Giraffes' painting by Roger Hilton
A plane ticket somewhere hot, sunny and beach trimmed.
I'd like one to Singapore to see my tiny new Godson.
A flower arranging course at The Little Flower school in Brooklyn. Or if you're UK based, maybe one slighter nearer home like Judith Blacklock's.
J Crew embellished sweatshirt.
This one's quite a fancy one but the new J Crew shop is so full of sensational sparkly numbers you can't really go wrong. I'm not sure if J Crew has reached Shanghai yet...
J Crew navy cashmere tunic
Boys, this may look like a boring old blue jumper but don't be fooled. It's jumper perfection. And if she/you are bored by the blue, they offer them in a whole colour wheel of colours.
Emma Bridgewater splatters.
This pattern was originally made as a one off for Liberty. Thank God they have come to their senses and are now selling a few special bits online.
Sophie Hulme ponyskin tote
The whole collection is a sensation and you can't really go wrong. The cross body bags are especially wondrous.
I am permanently wanting a new look at home and would love nothing more than a huge box of Designer's Guild Amrapali peony wallpaper to redecorate our bedroom in. For something a little less bold have a look at the equally beautiful Barneby Gates papers.
Some people I know wouldn't be thrilled to find an old carpet under the tree. I for one though would be over joyed. In fact I would love any of Penny Morrison's heavenly rugs. Or lampshades or cushions for that matter. For a cushion lover, Rifat Ozbek and Erdal Karaman's Yastik collection can't be beaten.
Chaz absolutely does not get my obsession with old china. I think it could be a girl thing. The line between good and bad china is a fine one and one that unless you're 100% sure of what you're buying, should maybe be left alone. Did I mention the Chloe boots?
However, if you do find your self surrounded by good antique spoils look out for pink lustre or speckled blue spongewear. I always find jugs and loving cups go down very well.