STYLE: TOP 10 PARTY WEAR EDIT

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Party season is here at last after two years it is time to dress up and paartaay ! Shake off the leggings and loungewear and even if you are still applying an element of caution dress up at home and have some quiet drinks and tapas with a few carefully chosen friends. So let me get you started on party wear for the season. Everything you see here you can purchase with a click of the button ! No trailing shops in the freezing cold , no tiny changing rooms or nothing in your size. Just sit back with a glass of fizz and choose your Christmas outfit right here.

I am loving the tuxedo look , which takes the dilemma out of Black Tie dress code invitations when anything seems to go these days. I wore a Givenchy tux just last week to a very nice event at Mosimanns in Belgravia.

Tux and sequins for my first party of the season !

So girls , here are my TOP TEN party outfits …….

So we start our edit with some tux inspired pieces either as a jumpsuit , suit or dress these will get you through any party occasion and any blurred dress codes. If you are planning short and sparkly the Aidan Mattox dress is perfect if you want to cover your arms If you are all out va va voom then Nasty Gal have some very flattering great value party dress. Three eye catching longer length dresses follow. Red will always make you stand out in a room if you want to catch someones eye but the jewel tones from Karen Millen are oh so Christmassy and already discounted ! We finish with some stand out long evening dresses for those extra special events because these are blow your mind (and everyone else in the room) dresses.

So I have you covered for the Party Season something for everyone and something for every occasion , but don’t delay they are selling fast.

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A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

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HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY “LITTLE” CHRISTMAS

As we are all being encouraged to stay safe this Christmas with substantially reduced christmases around the world it can still be a fabulous day. In a year where we have learned a lot about ourselves and what is important to us it can make this Christmas even more poignant as we reflect on 2020.

With vaccines being rolled out and hope that the Coronavirus will eventually burnout like other viruses do the light is at the end of the tunnel and we can start to plan for a brighter and exciting future.

So wherever you are spending Christmas we have all got through this together and we look forward to huge celebrations with our friends and family that have been postponed. But really enjoy a less stressful and more quiet and meaningful Christmas this year . Remember to call those that are alone at this time.

A big thank you to all my readers for your support and I am always grateful for the appreciation of the words I write with much thought and care.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL XXXXXXX

VIRTUAL HUGS TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU

continuously optimistic

MWAH MWAH XXXXXX
JOJO

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YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF ALL THINGS POSITIVE. INSPIRATION, THOUGHTS AND TIPS TO KEEP YOU UPLIFTED. COSY FAMILIARITY IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD.

IF YOU ARE YEARNING A RETURN TO SOME NORMALITY THEN……….

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE

2020 WAS A YEAR YOU WERE PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY T O REFLECT ON YOUR LIFE AND CHOOSE OR INSTIGATE SOME OVERDUE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE. YOU HAVE DECIDED WHAT YOU VALUE AND WHAT YOUR VALUES ARE. HOPEFULLY YOU ARE NOW IN A PERIOD AS WE ENTER AN NEW YEAR WITH NEW BEGINNINGS EVOLVING AS A NEW PERSON WITH NEW HOPES AND DREAMS. LIKE A BUTTERFLY FROM A CHRYSALIS.

IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE NOT THERE YET OR ARE STILL PROCESSING THE HUGE CHANGE 2020 MADE TO OUR LIVES THEN SPEND A COUPLE OF COSY HOURS REALLY REFLECTING ON WHAT CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE FOR A BETTER LIFE AND A BETTER WORLD. SET YOUR GOALS IN CONCRETE BY WRITING THEM DOWN IN A BEAUTIFUL JOURNAL AND A BRIGHTLY COLOURED PEN , CANARY GREEN OR PILLAR BOX RED. (MAYBE YOU WILL GET ONE FOR CHRISTMAS). JUST BY WRITING YOUR GOALS DOWN CAN UPLIFT YOU AND BRING POSITIVITY INTO YOUR WORLD.

FOR MANY THE LOCKDOWNS OF 2020 HAVE BEEN A BLESSING SOMETHING THOSE WITH BUSY LIVES HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED…..TIME TO THINK. BUT I DO KNOW THAT FOR MANY OF YOU HAS PROVED TO BE A DIFFICULT AND TRAUMATIC TIME. BUT THIS SIMPLE EXERCISE WORKS WELL FOR ALL OF US. COVID 19 HAS MADE US REALISE HOW PRECIOUS LIFE IS.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY READERS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING YOUR SUPPORT IN 2020 AND I HOPE I HAVE PROVIDED YOU WITH SUPPORT AND COMFORT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

VIRTUAL HUGS XX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: TRAINING YOUR NEURAL PATHWAYS IN YOUR BRAIN IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO MENTAL HEALTH. STAY POSITIVE NOT COVID POSITIVE !!!! CHANGE YOURSELF TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

HOW TO BE ALONE AT CHRISTMAS

IF YOU ARE ALONE AT CHRISTMAS BY PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES OR BEING FORCED INTO SPENDING CHRISTMAS ALONE BECAUSE OF THE COVID CRISIS AND HAVING TO MAKE A DIFFICULT DECISION BASED ON HEALTH , I WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW CHRISTMAS CAN STILL BE EXTRA SPECIAL. HERE IS YOUR SURVIVAL GUIDE…….

christmas presents under a christmas tree

THROUGH MY OWN PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES I WAS FORCED INTO MANY A SOLITARY CHRISTMAS AS A SINGLE MUM. SPENDING EVERY OTHER YEAR WITH HIS DAD WAS EXTREMELY HARD TO DEAL WITH AND I DID NOT REALLY FEEL LIKE CELEBRATING SO I WOULD TAKE MYSELF OFF TO A LUXURY HOTEL AND HAVE ROOM SERVICE IN BED ALL DAY. THEN SPEND ALL BOXING DAY IN THE SPA. SO STILL MANAGED TO MAKE FOND MEMORIES.

MANY PEOPLE I KNOW WOULD REJOICE AT SPENDING CHRISTMAS ALONE SO LETS SEE IF WE CAN GIVE YOU SOME GOOD TIPS ON ENJOYING THE “BIG’ DAY AND MAKING IT SPECIAL

  • FIRSTLY YOU COULD DO WHAT I DID AND JUST TREAT YOURSELF TO A FEW NIGHTS IN A SUMPTUOUS HOTEL. LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE COOKING !! MAKE SURE THE HOTEL HAS A SPA TO SPOIL YOU ROTTEN.
  • IF STAYING HOME ALONE. SET THE SCENE. MAKE SURE THE HOUSEWORK IS ALL DONE . YOUR HOME IS TIDY NO WASHING AND IRONING PILES. LOTS OF CANDLES. COSY BLANKETS. LOVELY XMAS TREE. MAKE AN EFFORT ….FOR YOU….YOU DESERVE IT.
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  • IF YOU DECIDE TO HAVE A DECADENT DAY IN YOUR PJS TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME GLAMOROUS ONES. SEE BELOW FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS. (IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE IMAGES CLICK ON THE URL LINK AT THE BASE OF THIS PAGE)
  • JOJOS PICKS :
  • TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME LOVELY FOOD AS YOU ARE ONLY SHOPPING FOR ONE YOU CAN GO ALL OUT. TRY M&S STUFFED TURKEY PAUPIETTES WRAPPED IN BACON. AS YOU WON’T WANT A WHOLE TURKEY. SMOKED SALMON. CAVIAR. YES THE MORE EXTRAVAGANT THE BETTER !
  • AND DON’T FORGET THE CHAMPAGNE. BUY MINI BOTTLES OF A GOOD LABEL AS YOU DO NOT WANT TO DRINK TOO MUCH WHEN YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. THE CHAMPAGNE COMPANY (thechampagnecompany.com)SELL MINI BOTTLES OF LAURENT PERRIER FOR £10 EACH .MY FRIDGE IS STOCKED FULL OF THESE FOR WHEN I WANT ONE AT BATHTIME ! SO GOODBYE TO DAY OLD FLAT CHAMPAGNE .
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  • PUT ON THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN THE MORNING !! LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH A GOOD DANCE AROUND THE HOUSE. GOOD EXERCISE TOO !
cheerful elderly man listening to music in headphones
  • PLAN YOUR MOVIE AFTERNOON SCHEDULE. REMEMBER THERE IS ONLY YOU TO PLEASE. YOUR CHOICE ! SNUGGLE UNDER YOUR FUR BLANKET ON THE SOFA. PLUS YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SHARE THAT CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE EITHER.
  • DO NOT FORGET THE PRESENTS. SO SELF GIFTING IS A MUST AND AT LEAST YOU KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE. SELF GIFTING MEANS NO RE GIFTING !!! WRAP THEM BEAUTIFULLY PRIOR TO THE DAY .
  • GET OUT IN NATURE FOR A LONG WALK IN THE FRESH AIR. APPRECIATE THE COLOURS , THE BIRDSONG AND THE PEACE AND JOY OF THE BEAUTY THAT SURROUNDS YOU ON THIS WONDROUS DAY.
  • PLAN A ZOOM PARTY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IF YOU CANNOT BE WITH THEM THIS CHRISTMAS. SCHEDULE A TIME IN ADVANCE.
  • IT CAN BE A DIFFICULT TIME AND IF DURING THE DAY YOU GET A TOUCH OF THE BLUES DO NOT FORGET THE TRIED AND TESTED “GRATITUDE LIST”. LIST 5 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR AND FOCUS ON THOSE. THERE IS MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR. PLAN YOUR GOALS FOR 2021 IF YOU WANT TO MAKE CHANGES THIS CAN EXCITE YOU.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT YOUR PLAN FOR A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS ALONE. AS A SELF CONFESSED CHRISTMAS FANATIC I PROMISE YOU IT CAN STILL BE A MAGICAL TIME. NO ARGUMENTS, NO SLAVING AWAY IN THE KITCHEN, NO MISSING YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIES. THINK OF IT AS A POSITIVE TIME. IN FACT AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE I CAN SENSE THE HOLLY GREEN ENVY AS PEOPLE ABANDON THEIR CHRISTMAS PLANS GLOBALLY ! AS LONG AS IT IS NOT YOU SPORTING GRINCH GREEN!!

Don,t be a Grinch this Christmas !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IF YOU THINK IT IS GOING TO BE TOUGH FOR YOU THIS CHRISTMAS DESPITE ALL THE ABOVE EXCITEMENT PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS JUST ONE DAY IT TOO SHALL PASS. AT LEAST YOU WILL BE STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY . THE PARTICULAR XMAS THEME FOR 2020 .

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

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A LITTLE MID WEEK PICK YOU UP TO RESTORE STABILITY AND BALANCE IN YOUR VERY HECTIC SCHEDULE PARTICULARLY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR X

DISCOVERING SILENCE

NOW THIS SEEMS A PECULIAR HEADING BUT MANY PEOPLE HAVE NO MINDFUL SILENCE IN THEIR LIVES WHATSOEVER. DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON IT BECOMES EVEN MORE NECESSARY TO FIND TIME TO YOURSELF TO FOCUS ON YOU. THE CHAOS, THE CROWDS THE TO DO LISTS IN THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS. ON THE ACTUAL DAY THE DEMANDS CAN BE ENORMOUS BOTH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL. IT HAS BEEN A STRESSFUL YEAR AND ARRANGING A GREAT CHRISTMAS FOR EVERYONE CAN BE EVEN MORE DEMANDING. EVEN IF YOU ARE ENTERTAINING DURING THIS PERIOD IT IS IMPERATIVE TO TAKE EVEN 20 MINUTES ALONE TIME. YOU WILL RETURN TO THE FOLD REFRESHED AND APPRECIATIVE READY TO SAVIOUR THE PLEASURES OF CHRISTMAS.

NOW BY THIS TIME YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE MEDITATION. THE BENEFITS ARE ENORMOUS FROM 5 MINUTES TO A WHOLE HOUR ON A DAILY BASIS. BUT THERE ARE STILL BENEFITS TO JUST ENJOYING ALONE PEACEFUL TIME IF YOU DONT FEEL LIKE MEDITATING. THIS IS CRUCIAL. YOU ARE IMPORTANT.

HOW TO DATE YOURSELF

  • MAKE A DATE WITH YOURSELF IN THE DIARY EVEN IF ITS ONLY 30 MINUTES DAILY. DO IT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK AND FIT YOUR SCHEDULE AROUND THIS
  • JUST ENJOY SILENCE. LIE IN A COMFORTABLE POSITION WITH NOTHING ON…..I MEAN NOISE. BUT THAT WORKS TOO !!
  • GO FOR A WALK….ALONE
  • A LONG LUXURIOUS BUBBLE BATH WITH CANDLES
  • A 30 MINUTE FACE MASK WITH LEGS PROPPED HIGH ON CUSHIONS.
  • A MEDITATION EVEN USE THE 5 MINUTE MEDITATION ON THIS BLOG THAT I CATALOGUED. OR A GUIDED MEDITATION ON LINE.
  • STARE OUT OF THE WINDOW LOOKING AT CLOUDS MOVING AND THE WONDROUS SHAPES. THE WILDLIFE BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS GOING ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS. THE COLOURS OF THE LANDSCAPE. THE WEATHER, MARVEL AT THE RAINDROPS, THE SHAPE OF SNOWFLAKES, THE WARMTH OF THE SUN.

THESE ARE JUST A FEW IDEAS, I AM SURE YOU HAVE MANY OF YOUR OWN. THE IMPORTANT THING HERE IS TO HAVE COMPLETE SILENCE AND LET YOUR MIND GO INTO FREE FALL.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BUT DONT FORGET TO FIND TIME FOR YOURSELF DURING THE BUSY PERIOD IT WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO YOUR MENTAL STABILITY AND ENJOYMENT OF THIS MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: MAKE THIS A ROUTINE NOT A ONE TIME TREAT IT WILL MAKE YOU A CALMER, HAPPIER , NICER PERSON TO BE AROUND THE MORE YOU PRACTISE IT.

MWAH MWAH JOJO XXXXXXX

STYLE LIST : ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

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HARK THE SOCIAL DISTANC- SING

With the new relaxed rules for Christmas many of you I hope will have an enjoyable Christmas. I have chosen to remain in my Christmas bubble with only one other person to minimise the risk of spreading this terrible infection to members of my family and beyond. So I will be doing lots of self gifting this Christmas and wrapping them all and putting them under the tree and cooking a couple of turkey breast wrapped in bacon and stuffed with sausage meat. It can be done … and still fun.

So heres a few of my Christmas wishes which I know will come true as they are already on order ! HO HO HO !

MUSO DJ2

Firstly a game to play for two on Christmas day. Does not require an app and gives us both a chance to reminisce over songs as well as ignite our competitive spirit with this board game.

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

Developed by Deepak Chopra to elevate mindset and increase happiness. So we may need these over the coming months and on the big day itself. Also if you know of anyone feeling down just hand out cards. Or get them to tune into my Midweek Mantra on this blog every Wednesday.

TATA HARPER SKIN CARE STARTER SET

Make 2021 the year to refresh your skin care routine. Developed by super facialist and skin expert Tata Harper a chance to try the skin care complete routine before you buy the more expensive full sizes of the items you loved. 100% organic , natural and non toxic. But the branding looks super luxurious on the bathroom shelf too. Or book a facial with Tata herself who operates out of The Lanesborough Spa.

GUCCI

Loving this ONE earring especially as one of my ears has split so I only have one ear now pierced. Make a statement with one bold earring with your hair up be loud and proud. I predict one dangly earring for 2021 !! Bring back the earring it has long disappeared since the nineties time to make a return .

SPORTS BRA

Essential for my new years workout routine ( we all have one of those don’t we). We all need support to embark on a heavy fitness schedule not only from friends and family but from a well fitting sports bra. The one on my wish list is the LANSTON SPORTS BRA. I just love the bright rainbow colours which means it goes with any legging depending on the mood !

FUSALP SKI JACKET

My ski jacket of choice for this winter. If of course I ever get a skiing trip in before April. Never mind i will wear it around the streets of London as i have been known to wear my Killy ski suit when it gets really cold ( oh er and my moonboots) well we can pretend its Verbier stylistas………cant we…….please. I do love a ski outfit !

BALMAIN JUMPSUIT

Well i still want to dress up on Christmas day !!! This is a classic and will do the delayed party season thats happening at Easter or even next Christmas (surely we have seen the pandemic off by then). Eternally chic , an investment piece!

A JONATHAN ADLER DESK

Ready for my home office makeover in January as i am spending more time there than anywhere right now. A white desk for my all white colour scheme….. INSIRE DESIRE ACQUIRE remember my mantra girlfriends.

If I have managed to inspire you today you can buy any of my wish list by clicking on the images directly below and SENDING THEM TO ME !!! ( ONLY JOKING…NOT) IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE IMAGES CLICK ON THE URL LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO REFRESH.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : ACT RESPONSIBLY THIS CHRISTMAS DO WHATEVER SUITS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BUT STAY SAFE WITH LOTS OF VENTILATION ON THE DAY AND SELF ISOLATION IN THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS AND DONT FORGET……A LITTLE SELF GIFTING NEVER DID ANYONE ANY HARM ! REMEMBER TO SANTA-TISER !

MWAH MWAH

CHRISTMAS KISSES

JOJO XXXXXXX

THE STYLE LIST DECEMBER

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…….

BEST HOTEL

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.

Eden Rock Restaurant at Lunch

MOST STYLISH PERSON

SANTA CLAUS

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.

STYLISH FASHION

WINTER WHITES

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.

Reiss £225

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

Mwah mwah

JOJO XXXXXXXXXX

REDISCOVER CHRISTMAS RITUALS

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……

MY RITUALS

  • 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.
With Stephen Fry shopping on Jermyn Street
  • 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 !!

Always Team Santa

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 RITUALS TO MAKE EVEN AN ALONE CHRISTMAS PARTICULARLY SPECIAL TO YOU. REMEBER IT IS ONE DAY.

MUCH LOVE AND WARM HUGS AND WARM MULLED WINE

MWAH MWAH JOJO XXXXXXX

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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.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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.

JOJO . xxxxxxxx