Lets see who made it onto the Christmas Style List in December. are you hot or not ? are you in with the in crowd ? Were you a Christmas Fairy or a Christmas Grinch ? Let us reveal all…….
EDEN ROCK ST BARTHS
Bringing you the best tried and tested hotels ! This is where I spent my pre Christmas break and I intend to return at the earliest opportunity. The island itself is by far the most beautiful and wealthiest of the Carribean, owned by the french and has all the pizzazz (is this word still used ?) of the South of France. Eden Rock itself has the best location on the Island in a calm turquoise bay and sandy beach. Great beachside dining, and lovely beachside bungalows. Uber cool and super stylish yet laid back enough not to take itself too seriously.
MOST STYLISH PERSON
Who else could win this category this December. Always positive, brings great pressies and wears such a stylish outfit . I was lucky enough to meet him this December he is actually impeccably mannered too !
MOST STYLISH PRODUCT
DYSON SUPERSONIC HAIRDRYER
I know this was on many of your christmas wish lists and I was lucky enough to be granted one. I will be honest at the time of writing I have not used it so i cannot comment on the amazing claims . Prevents heat damage with advanced technology, cuts drying times and restores shine. But for pure style the product looks divine and if it lives up to its claims which I hope it does for £300 I will be very happy. Will keep you all posted on this one !
MOST STYLISH RESTAURANT
THE RITZ, LONDON
Well I have had a very busy December but even though I visit this Hotel regularly throughout the year there is a magic about the Ritz at Christmas. It is everything Christmas should be even in your own imagination. We attended Live At The Ritz an extravagant night of Dinner, dancing and big band sounds. Truly enchanting. The epitome of style……as ever.
Okay girls we have had sequins, feathers, velvets and satins this season but December going into January is all about the winter whites. These are not bright cool whites but warmer creams and off whites. Pull it all together with different tones maybe a camel or taupe thrown into the mix. Or all cream with a beautifully tailored camel coat for outerwear. There is winter white everywhere in the stores right now pick some up in the sales as it tends to look not so glamorous after a few washes.
So Stylistas there you have it the Style List winners for December. Aspire. Desire.Inspire.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all A VERY STYLISH HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope its a year when you can make your own personal world more beautiful xxxx
I know many of you reading this, (if you even have time on this busy weekend before Christmas) are probably frantically busy and getting stressed. Many people have forgotten how to enjoy christmas. I adore Christmas but speaking to my friends they all now seem to dread the very idea of it. On a recent poll I read that 68% dread Christmas. So it made me ask myself why do I love it sooo much and I came to the conclusion it was about my firmly established Christmas rituals. I am literally Mother Christmas. So let me share with you some simple rituals for putting the Joy back into Christmas and making it more pleasurable than painful……
BAKING. NO! I AM NOT GOING TO ADD TO YOUR STRESS BY DEMANDING YOU MAKE YOUR OWN PUDDING AND CAKE BUT I LOVE TO DO SMALL TOUCHES AND CREATIONS EG MY OWN CRANBERRY AND PORT SAUCE, MINCE PIES (SHOP BOUGHT PASTRY) BUT CREATIVE FILLINGS WITH ADDED ORANGE ZEST AND CRANBERRIES TO MINCEMEAT. CHOOSE YOUR OWN SIMPLE ADDITIONS FOR ONE AFTERNOON IN YOUR CHRISTMAS KITCHEN WITH CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND A GLASS OF MULLED WINE.
WE HAVE A WHOLE DAY OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING AT THE END OF NOVEMBER. A LIFETIME RITUAL. THE ANDY WILLIAMS ALBUM GOES ON AN OLD TURNTABLE. A BIG ROAST DINNER. THE FAMILY GATHERS. MULLED WINE AND MINCE PIES WHILE WE ALL GET CREATIVE WITH THE TREES. SIGNIFIES THE BEGINNING OF CHRISTMAS. WHAT IS A CHORE FOR MANY IS A RESTFUL PLEASURABLE EXPERIENCE FOR US.
THE EARLIER YOU START CHRISTMAS PRESENT BUYING I GUARANTEE YOU THAT YOU END UP SPENDING MORE. YOU JUST KEEP GOING. SO I CHOOSE ONE DAY A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS. ALONE. I MAKE THE DAY PLEASURABLE WITH A LUNCH BOOKED SOMEWHERE SUMPTUOUS IN ADVANCE WITH A NICE GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE. I PLAN THIS AROUND A SMALL SHOPPING AREA EG JERMYN STREET, OR PAVILION RD CHELSEA (SEE LAST WEEKS BLOG) SO NOT MUCH WALKING INVOLVED. I START EARLY !! I AM NOT A FAN OF THE COMMERCIALITY OF CHRISTMAS BUT PRESENT GIVING IS AN IMPORTANT CARING RITUAL IT IS NOT ABOUT THE EXPENSE BUT A PERSONAL GIFT THAT SHOWS YOU KNOW AND CARE ENOUGH IS IMPORTANT. I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE JUST GIVE MONEY, AND IF THEY DONT KNOW WHAT TO BUY YOU , THEN THEY DONT KNOW YOU. IF YOU CANT AFFORD MUCH AT LEAST AFFORD THE TIME ! EVEN A £5 GIFT CAN BE INCREDIBLY TOUCHING IF THE GIVER TOOK THE TIME TO SELECT IT. SO MAKE A LIST,CHECKING IT TWICE, SET YOUR BUDGET AND PLAN YOUR ROUTE.
I DONT SEND CARDS AND ASK PEOPLE NOT TO SEND THEM. IT SEEMS SO WASTEFUL AS I AM SO ANTI CLUTTER THESE BEAUTIFUL CARDS ARE ALL BINNED THE FOLLOWING WEEK. SO THE STRESS OF WRITING HUNDREDS OF CARDS AND FINDING ADDRESSES IS REMOVED. ALL THE PEOPLE I CARE ABOUT I AM IN TOUCH WITH ON A REGULAR BASIS ANYWAY NO NEED TO SEND ME A CARD !
DONT FORGET TO HAVE FUN !! CHRISTMAS FOR ME IS SPECIAL WHEN MEETING UP WITH FRIENDS FOR LUNCHES OR COCKTAILS. I TAKE ALL MY ELDERLY FRIENDS OUT FOR A SPECIAL LUNCH AND INCLUDING ANYONE WHO MAYBE LONELY. IT IS AN IMPORTANT PUNCTUATION MARK IN THE CALENDAR TO TELL PEOPLE HOW SPECIAL THEY ARE.
CHRISTMAS EVE WE ALWAYS GO TO CHURCH FOR A SERVICE TO REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS .
WE ATTEND TWO CHARITY CHRISTMAS CONCERTS EACH YEAR. ONE AT WELLINGTON COLLEGE AND ONE AT ST PAULS KNIGHTSBRIDGE. I LOVE CAROLS AND THESE ARE TRULY MAGICAL. THE CHARITIES BENEFIT ENORMOUSLY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO GIVE YOUR TIME TO CHARITY AT CHRISTMAS. WE WRAP AND DONATE TOYS FOR LOCAL CHILDRENS HOMES AND GIVE CHRISTMAS SANDWICHES TO ANYONE WHO WE SEE ON THE STREETS. LAST YEAR WE DONATED HATS AND GLOVES TO THE HOMELESS OF LONDON. CHOOSE YOUR OWN LOCAL CHARITY, THERE WILL BE SOMEONE WHO NEEDS YOU THIS CHRISTMAS.
THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH ON THE DAY ITSELF NEED NOT BE A STRESSFUL ENDURANCE RACE. THE SHOWPIECE IS THE TURKEY. NO NEED TO SPEND HOURS PEELING AND PREPARING THE VEG . NO ROAST POTATOES TASTE AS GOOD AS AUNT BESSIES GOOSE FAT OVEN READY POTATOES. THERE IS SOME AMAZING PREPARED VEG NOW TOO . BRUSSELS WITH PANCETTA AND CHESTNUTS. CARROTS WITH CRANBERRIES. JUST POP IN THEIR TRAYS IN THE OVEN CUTS THE TIME AND THE COST TOO WHEN YOU ADD ALL THE SPECIAL BITS TO YOUR VEG. BELIEVE ME YOUR GUESTS WONT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE AND EVEN IF THEY DO THEY WONT MIND. DONT TORTURE YOURSELF COOKING THE MEAL AND PRESENT IT BEAUTIFULLY. THE TURKEY IS LOW MAINTENANCE ONCE IN THE OVEN SO GRAB A GLASS OF BUCKS FIXX AND JOIN IN THE FUN !
THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF MY RITUALS. RITUALS MEAN YOU PRACTISE THEM EVERY YEAR SO THEY BECOME SECOND NATURE. THEY SHOULD ALL BE BEAUTIFUL AND FUN. SO BRING THE BEAUTY AND JOY BACK INTO YOUR CHRISTMAS ROUTINE. THESE RITUALS MAY COME TOO LATE FOR MANY OF YOU BUT THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT YEAR !!
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: FOR ANYONE WHO IS ON THEIR OWN THIS CHRISTMAS OR FEELING LONELY PLEASE KNOCK ON A NEIGHBOURS DOOR OR GET OUT AND ABOUT AND STRIKE UP CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE. TALK TO SOMEONE. ESTABLISH YOUR OWN PERSONAL RITUALSTO MAKE EVEN AN ALONE CHRISTMAS PARTICULARLY SPECIAL TO YOU. REMEBER IT IS ONE DAY.
Christmas is a time when we go into overdrive on our alcohol consumption. The run up to Christmas with an incredibly busy social scene right up until the day when we start on the Bucks Fizz at breakfast time …….then just continue.
If you are cutting out alcohol for any reason or if you just want to cut down do not let it spoil your Christmas. Especially if you are cooking the lunch !!! You can still join in and feel very naughty with three of my favourite non alcoholic Christmas cocktails. I don’t think anyone of us wants to feel inebriated on Christmas day ( well maybe there is a few of you !!) but even if you are having the mulled wine, the egg nog, the champagne and the wine it maybe a good idea to intersperse the alcohol for you and your guests with one of these. Also good for the children (well, it IS christmas )
1 glass of apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
teaspoon of agave syrup
Simmer gently all ingredients. Strain. Serve with a cinnamon stick.
1 glass of cloudy apple juice
A tot of elderflower cordial
Gold leaf for sprinkle and sparkle
Half fill a glass with cloudy apple juice . Add a tot of elderflower cordial. Top up with sparkling water. Lots of crushed ice. Mix well with a mixing spoon. garnish with a sprig of mint and sprinkle with gold leaf.
Raspberries fresh or frozen
Muddle the raspberries, mint and sugar and lime juice. Top up with sparkling water.
As you can see all very simple and quicker to make then normal cocktails so time saving too. The raspberry mojito can be whizzed up and pureed in a blender and served in a martini glass as a fake cosmopolitan. It all depends what you normally drink so change the glass to suit your mood.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THIS ADVICE IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS BUT FOR LIFE…..FOR EVERY ALCOHOLIC DRINK HAVE A NON ALCOHOLIC DRINK. MY ‘GO TO’ IS ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL AND SODA SERVED IN A CHAMPAGNE GLASS. SO YOU DONT APPEAR TO BE A PARTY POOPER AND PEOPLE DONT FORCE YOU TO EXCEED YOUR LIMITS. ADDED BONUS OF SAVING CALORIES TOO !!!
POSITIVE THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS TO HELP YOU MAKE IT TO THE END OF THE WEEK.
TRUE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
AS THE TEMPERATURE DROPS AND THE NIGHTS ARE DRAWING IN LETS TURN OUR THOUGHTS TO CHRISTMAS. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE CHRISTMAS MORE THAN ANYONE I KNOW BUT MANY PEOPLE ARE FULL OF DREAD AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. TIME, MONEY, FAMILY ISSUES, COOKING ARE ALL ISSUES FOR MANY PEOPLE.
THIS YEAR LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS. I KNOW YOU WILL EXPECT ME TO SAY THAT PRESENTS ARE NOT IMPORTANT. WHILST ITS TRUE THAT I DONT THINK YOU NEED TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY, GIVING GIFTS IS VERY IMPORTANT. BUY OR MAKE A PERSONAL GIFT FOR SOMEONE TO SHOW YOU KNOW THEM WELL AND APPRECIATE WHO THEY ARE E.G BOOKS, A SUBSCRIPTION, HOMEMADE BISCUITS OR CAKES. SMALL PERSONAL GIFTS CAN BE MORE MEMORABLE.
THINK BACK TO YOUR OWN FAVOURITE GIFT MINE WAS MY FIRST (70P) VOGUE MAGAZINE AT AGE 15. I STILL HAVE IT TODAY. YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL CERTAINLY REMEMBER MORE MEANINGFUL WELL CHOSEN PRESENTS RATHER THAN THE EXTRAVAGANT ONES. SPENDING TIME WRAPPING THEM BEAUTIFULLY CAN ALSO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.
TIME IS ANOTHER WAY TO GIVE. VISITING PEOPLE AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. TAKING THEM TO CAROL SERVICES, LUNCH OR TAKING LUNCH TO THEM. SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SHOWN YOU LOVE AND KINDNESS THIS LAST YEAR RATHER THAN PARTYING WITH STRANGERS.
SET AN EXTRA PLACE AT THE CHRISTMAS DAY DINING TABLE FOR A STRANGER THAT YOU KNOW MAYBE LONELY. START OPENING YOUR EYES TO ELDERLY PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN YOUR STREET.
THIS IS THE YEAR TO THINK ABOUT CHRISTMAS DIFFERENTLY. LOW KEY , RELAXING AND ENJOYABLE.
JOJO STYLELIST TIP : YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED BY NOT WHAT YOU DID , NOR WHAT YOU SAID, NOR WHAT YOU SPENT BUT…….HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.