STYLE: 7 SUMMER DRESSES

Now lockdown is finally easing we can start to make the most of what is left of Summer. Sitting outside at pubs, garden barbecues and walks in the park all demand a beautifully simple Summer dress. One item clothing makes it easier to get right. No matching seperates and choosing colours compatible with each other. Easy to roll up and travel with. the only thing you need to complete your look are the right accessories. Ensure you choose the right jewellery, handbags and shoes to complement your outfit according to your correct colour and clothing personality (see previous articles). Many of my favourite dresses of the season featured are now in the sales so be quick to snap up a bargain, we still have all the Autumn. balmy days and evenings so maximum price per wear guarenteed.

Let us have a look at seven of my favourite day dresses out there right now. You can buy them today right here by clicking on the images its very simple to buy simplicity. If you cannot see the images because you received this by e mail click on the URL link at the base of the page.

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JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:Remember to follow my style guidelines in choosing the right dress for your shape, colouring and personality for maximum style impact.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXX

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STYLE : MANS GUIDE TO WEARING SHORTS

Many of you have requested some style articles for men. Many of my clients are men so let’s start with shorts. One of the most difficult things to get right……. men in shorts. Indeed Tom Ford himself said”shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach” BUT that was in 2011 and today they are at the forefront of mens fashion. Many men carry off the ‘shorts style’ with great aplomb but there are still many disasters out there in the city sidewalks. So lets keep it hot in the city !!

So lets take a closer look how and when we should wear these bad boys……

OCCASION

Firstly let us consider where we are going to wear them, yes Mr Ford we are kind of listening. Of course shorts are acceptable in a sports environment and on the beach (the current trend is shorter the better) but we are talking about updating your everyday wardrobe. In a formal office situation then shorts are still unacceptable. Also not good at an evening event. Unless of course you are Pharell Williams. But during the day , for days out, at lunch, at the pub, shopping meeting your blood brothers all good. so to sum uo when temperature, environment and location call for it.

CUT

The trend is for tailored slim shorts that follow the line of the leg and are flat fronted.. But you have to take into consideration your body type. If you are a muscular mesomorph than obviously you don’t want it too tight around bulky thighs so you may want a little bit more room here. Also endomorphs with a more rounded tummy may opt for a single or double pleated front to flatter the area. No baggy/excess fabric and no cargo pockets they will add bulk—– this applies to every body shape when it comes to shorts. Just not a good look. So try to stay with a tailored straight short .

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LENGTH

The length should fall 1 or 2 inches above the knee. If you have skinny legs a turn up can add a bit of bulk . Men under 25 can wear the fashionable trend for even shorter shorts. But mature adult males please stick to the just above the knee rule !

COLOUR

Stick to the muted/classic colours. The same colouring rules applies to men as well as women (please see my earlier blog on assessing your colour season).So tan/cream for Autumns/Spring, Navy for winters/Summers and even pastels can look great on Summers. But stick to one basic anchor colour. Save the florals and bright prints for the beach. Checks and stripes can look good on dramatic personality types but can be trickier to match so unless you are shopping with your stylist lets keep it foolproof. Solid colours are traditional and therefore more stylish.

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MATERIALS

Keep it breathable in cotton or linen……natural fabrics. Linen has a tendency to crease and normally I hate that crumpled look but it works in a short.

WHAT TO WEAR IT WITH

No baggy t shirts try to keep the top as neat as slim as the bottoms. Polo shirts are a good look if you are going somewhere more casual. The best look is a fitted button through shirt with a collar. if long sleeved roll the sleeves up or a fitted short sleeve can look good too. The big question to tuck or to untuck ? Keep it untucked. . But bear in mind your height if you are taller you will want a longer fitting shirt and certainly if you are short ensure your shirt length is shorter in the body.

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FOOTWEAR

NO SOCKS. Loafers or deck shoes worn with invisible/ballet socks so your feet do not sweat and smell. Save the flip flops and sliders for the beach and NO sandals whatever age you are. Yes I am talking to you !!!

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So there you have it the foolproof guide to keeping the men stylish in shorts so you can dare to bare without putting a step wrong.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:AS WITH ALL THINGS STYLE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FULL TRYING ON SESSION IN FRONT OF A FULL LENGTH MIRROR . IF YOU ARE A GUY READING THIS I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS USEFUL. IF YOU ARE A GIRL THEN ITS OVER TO YOU TO ENSURE THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE GET IT RIGHT !!! GOOD LUCK GIRLS.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

STYLE: HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT FITTING JACKET

OKAY STYLE BUNNIES AS YOU KNOW I AM ALL ABOUT INVESTMENT PIECES FOR THE SAKE OF THE PLANET AND THE SAKE OF YOUR CLOSET. ONE KEY INVESTMENT PIECE MUST BE A WELL FITTING TAILORED JACKET. BUT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THOUSANDS TO SPEND ON HAUTE COUTURE OR A BESPOKE TAILOR THEN LET ME GUIDE YOU THROUGH GETTING THE SAME LOOK BUT (A LITTLE) CHEAPER. CERTAINLY WE WOULD BE LOOKING TO SPEND AT LEAST £300 ON A GOOD JACKET. BUT YOU WILL ONLY NEED ONE FOR A STAPLE IN YOUR BASIC WARDROBE.

Two of my current favourite Jackets Alexandre Vauthier and Moschino

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

FIT

When trying a Jacket on check for the following:

  • Shoulders of the Jacket should sit no more than one half an inch over your natural shoulder
  • Rotate arms over your head you should be able to do this comfortably
  • Collar form neck to bust line should sit smooth and flat
  • The Jacket should button easily but not too loose. Place one hand between the Jacket and your body it should sit comfortably between the two
  • Ensure the sleeves are the correct length. they should fall at the base of the hand. A good test is hold both arms out in front of you if the sleeves pull up above the wrists they are too short

LENGTH

  • The golden stylist rule here is your Jacket should cut off at the part of your body you wish to highlight. If you want to disguise large hips your Jacket should fall below the hips.
  • If you wish to emphasize a small waist then choose a jJacket that sits on the hips and is fitted at the waist.
  • Consider your body shape. try different style Jackets to see what flatters you.
  • If you are tall and want to appear shorter the general rule is a longer Jacket to balance the body. But if you have great legs shorter Jackets can emphasize longer legs.
  • Certainly though if you are short you will not want a longer line in your Jacket.
  • An ellipse shape (apple) may decide to go for a less nipped in at the waist style.
  • Employ a stylist for a couple of hours if you are unsure. Most large stores now offer this for free especially if you are going to be investment spending and you may get a glass of bubbly too while they do all the work. Would definately recommend.

LAPELS

  • Smaller lapels for larger bust
  • Wider lapels for small breasts or to balance body shape if you are a pear. to give you that sought after hourglass figure.
  • Large busts need a low button beneath the lapel to prevent gaping and pulling across a bust where the Jacket may fit perfectly.
  • Remember if you have read my earlier blog on body types you are angular or curved. Your lapels should reflect the line of your body. Curved lapels for curved body lines. Sharp lapels for more angular athletic body types.

POCKETS

  • Try to avoid flap pockets or overly decorative pockets on the hips if you don’t want to add weight to them.
  • I prefer a slit pocket on Jackets for overall fit and sleekness
  • Tailored jackets will sometimes have stitched the pockets shut. There is much discussion whether to cut these stitches or not . Personally I like to leave the pockets stitched to keep the line of the Jacket and to prevent it from becoming crumpled. Tailored Jacket pockets should never be used.

COLOUR

  • Once again if you read the article on discovering your colour type. You will already know what colours suit you. Choose a staple colour that will suit most things in your wardrobe. Some suggestions would be WINTER colouring BLACK, SUMMER colouring NAVY , AUTUMN colouring TAUPE SPRING colouring CREAM.
  • Or you may want a statement piece to wear with other neutral tones or jeans. Remember to stick to your correct palette to enhance your complexion and overall look.
  • I would stick to a basic colour for an investment piece as it should not be dictated by fashion however if you are attracted to a more dramatic Jacket be careful with the pattern or print. Basic rule large patterns make you look larger. Vertical stripes make you look taller. Small checks look better on a small frame. Larger checks look better on a larger frame. Personality also plays a part in bolder more dramatic prints. I often think a dramatic print on a timid shy person loses the person completely.
  • If you don’t know your colour palette enlist a colour therapist to ascertain yours. One hour is all it takes from £100. This is an investment as you will get a wallet of swatches of all the colours that suit you and go together in your complete colour palette. So every item of clothing in your closet will blend seamlessly. As far as I am aware no large stores yet offer this service.

FABRICS

This depends on the climate that you live in. But strictly NO polyester,viscose or acetate. It is like wearing plastic and will have you perspiring . Sweat patched under the arms is not a good look !! Other than that if you find a great Jacket and it fits perfectly dont sweat (see what I did there) the small stuff.

So there you go Stylistas my GO TO Guide to finding the perfect Jacket. So once lockdown is over schedule a day – time to Shop once more ! This is one time when mail order WILL NOT WORK for you.

JOJOS PICKS

Some of my favourite Jackets right now including my Alexandre Vauthier for half price !!!! (Very annoyed face)

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JOJOS STYLIST TIP: NOT ONLY DO LARGE STORES PROVIDE PERSONAL STYLISTS NOW BUT THEY ALSO PROVIDE OFF THE PEG TAILORING AT A MINIMAL COST OR EVEN FREE TO ‘TWEAK’ THE GARMENT FOR A PERFECT FIT. ENQUIRE WITHIN STORE WHETHER THIS IS A SERVICE THEY OFFER.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

STYLE LIST : APRIL/MAY 2020

A SPECIAL EDITION OF THE STYLE LIST AS WE HAVE BEEN IN LOCKDOWN AND NOT VISITED ANY RESTAURANTS OR HOTELS OVER THE LAST SEVEN WEEKS. SO WE HAVE DECIDED TO BRING YOU OUR LIST OF THE MOST ICONIC AND STYLISH THINGS THAT HAVE BECOME IMPORTANT TO US DURING THIS PERIOD. WHO LIVED UP TO EXPECTATIONS IN THE TIME OF CRISIS.

BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT

Undoubtedly the biggest beauty dilemma has been hair colour and root coverage. We will never take our hairdressers for granted again. Coronavirus has seen the death of so many blondes ! With this in mind our hair hero product must be MAGIC RETOUCH. Which I personally could not have lived without a quick spray on my roots and lasting until the next wash. Perfect. I certainly would not have been brave enough to attempt to dye my own hair and was strongly advised by my Hairdresser NOT to touch it under ANY circumstances.

L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch £8.99

BEST COMPANY

Where would we be without Amazon ! Everything I needed I could get on Amazon with very little wait on delivery times. Even toilet rolls !!! The one time there was a slight delay (4 day wait) Amazon issued a gift voucher. Outstanding service and decide to be on the Style List for keeping us in beauty and pamper products as well as food when the big Supermarkets failed us. Amazon keep us much tax as you want if it allows you to continuously improve your business and make our lives a lot easier. You were with us every step of the way.

Thanks For Being There

BEST TV SHOW

The stand out show of the lockdown that had all my friends and neighbours thoroughly addicted was the NETFLIX Show ‘MONEY HEIST’. A hugely successful show which made stars out of its Spanish cast. It is a must watch but be warned you WILL become addicted. This was something to look forward to every evening to escape Coronavirus news and nothing much else on TV. Don’t miss out !

Money Heist ‘Dalis” Netflix

BEST FASHION STATEMENT

Well girls come on the new fashion trend that everyone is wearing has to be THE SURGICAL MASK. Worn correctly covering both the nose and mouth and changed regularly. Black is the new white but orange could now be the new black. Wear it with style and purpose. By time this goes to print could well be mandatory. So learn to love them Stylistas !

Surgical Masks A Feature of All Our Lives

BEST PERSON

This has to go to the NHS and all frontline staff. I am sure we will all agree. But lets not forget the Teachers, Posties, Dustmen and everyone else who has kept calm and carried on . We thank you and we applaud you all .

Clapping For All Our Heroes

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: HOPEFULLY BY JUNES STYLE LIST NORMAL SERVICE WILL BE RESUMED. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK ALL MY NEIGHBOURS FOR ALL THEIR HUMOUR AND SUPPORT. YOU MADE BE LAUGH AND TOUCHED ME DEEPLY WITH YOUR LOVE AND GENEROSITY .

MWAH MWAH


JOJO XXXXXXX

STYLE : BEACHWEAR

Okay okay guys I realise no one is going to be heading to the beach anytime soon. But we can dream ? There is nothing stopping you getting beach ready now ready for the big getaway to far flung destinations. Our travel industry will need support like never before and there will be plenty of bargains initially. So prepare, prepare, prepare !

I feel confident that my style followers will have been getting beach body ready whilst self isolating. If not, why not what on earth have you been doing ? Priorities ladies !

So today we are going to take a look at my style picks in sunglasses, swimwear, cover ups and beach feet. I am sure just the process of preparing for the balmy Summer days will lift our spirits and get us through this bleak time and if you are not planning a getaway

Liz Hurley Bikini -yes you can still do a bikini in your fifties !







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SUNGLASSES

There is not one particular trend in sunglasses this year just choose what suits your face shape and colouring look for the article dropping soon right here on how to choose sunglasses. They are a statement style piece so splurge the cash.

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SWIMWEAR

One pieces are on trend this summer for those of you who want to hide their tummies also big pants (50s style) bikinis are exploding onto the scene. But here are my picks from some of my favourite brands with prices to suit all ranges.

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COVER UPS

Cover ups to take you from beach to bar. Match to your swimwear for the ultimate style signals. Long or short skirt or shorts. browse these brands to find that special finish to your beach daywear.

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BEACH FEET

Let us not forget the finishing touches from flats to heels to wedges. Or start with flats and take some heels to take you into early evening with the right cover up

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From Pool to Bar…….Margarita Time !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : If you are heavily investing in bikinis ensure you rinse in cold water after every wear chlorine, seasalt and sun lotion destroy the fabrics so rinse thoroughly.

Mwah Mwah

JOJO XXXXXX

THE STYLE LIST – JANUARY

Whats hot this January. Places, People and all things stylish that inspired me this January. Did you make it onto the list ?

MOST STYLISH RESTAURANT

INTERNATIONAL

ZUMA DUBAI

NOW THIS WILL COME AS NO SURPRISE TO MY REGULAR FOLLOWERS AS THIS IS MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT BRAND. I HAVE VISITED ZUMA ACROSS THE WORLD BUT IT WAS MY FIRST VISIT TO THIS PARTICULAR ZUMA IN THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT. IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. THE SURROUNDINGS ARE UTOPIAN WITH THE PRISTINE TALL SKY SCRAPERS AS WAS THE RESTAURANT DESIGN. SUPREMELY STYLISH AND CUISINE CONTINUES TO IMPRESS WITH ITS CONSISTENT PERFECTION. GREAT VIBE AND DEFINITELY ON THE STYLE LIST.

DUBAI SKYLINE
THE BAR IN ZUMA DUBAI

UK

HANS BAR AND GRILL

THIS FABULOUS RESTAURANT IN PAVILION RD CHELSEA CONTINUES TO IMPRESS. IT IS EFORTLESSLY COOL AND THE FOOD IS OUTSTANDING. WITH THE 2018 MASTERCHEF (THE PROFESSIONALS) FINALIST LUKE PHILLIPS AT THE HELM EVEN THE SIMPLEST BEETROOT AND GOATS CHEESE SALAD IS TRANSFORMED INTO A CULINARY DELIGHT. THE BEST (PRE CHRISTMAS) CHRISTMAS LUNCH I HAD….HANDS DOWN. I HAVE KEPT COMING BACK. SO CONSISTENTLY BRILLIANT I KEEP RETURNING. IM SCARED TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT IN CASE I CAN NO LONGER GET A TABLE !

THE OUTSTANDING HANS BAR AND GRILL

MOST STYLISH BAR

BAR 101 DUBAI

WELL AS YOU PROBABLY GATHERED BY NOW I HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM DUBAI. THIS BAR HAS BEEN IN MY TOP 5 BARS FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS AND I WAS SO RELIEVED TO DISCOVER THAT NOTHING HAS CHANGED. SAME STAFF, SAME DECOR, SAME FOOD AND SAME AMBIANCE. SOME THINGS ARE SIMPLY TOO GOOD TO CHANGE ! THIS BAR SITS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN TO BE REACHED BY SPEEDBOAT OR A LONG BOARDWALK FROM THE ONE & ONLY HOTEL ON THE PALM. CHILLED AND SOPHISTICATED WITH LIVE MUSIC ON THE DECK FROM 4PM. OH AND GREAT FOR LUNCH THE CLAM RISOTTO WAS HEAVENLY AND ‘THE BODYGUARD’ HAD THE SCALLOPS AND BLACK COD….EQUALLY GOOD (HE LET ME SHARE )

MOST STYLISH BEAUTY PRODUCT

SPIRAL HAIR REMOVER

A FRIEND GIFTED ME THIS LAST WEEK (PERHAPS A HEAVY HINT MMMMMM…) BUT NONETHELESS I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL ONE OF THE BEST FACIAL HAIR REMOVAL PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET.

IF LIKE ME YOU HAD NOT HEARD OF THIS BEFORE GO GRAB YOURSELF ONE. SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE, EASY TO USE AND VERY CHEAP. PRIMARY STOCK THEM FOR £1.99 BUT SUDDENLY THEY ARE EVERYWHERE.

Primark £1.99


MOST STYLISH FASHION

I FOUND IT HARD TO SELECT A DECENT DRESS FROM THE GOLDEN GLOBES THIS MONTH. THE WORST SELECTION OF DRESSES IN LIVING MEMORY. BUT THANKFULLY MY FAITH WAS RESTORED AT A BRITISH AWARDS CEREMONY ‘THE NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS’ THIS WEEK WITH THE ARRIVAL OF LOVE ISLAND STAR MAURA HIGGINS ON THE RED CARPET . THE DRESS BY FIJOLLA NILA WAS TO DIE FOR AND SHE EXECUTED THE LOOK PERFECTLY. MAURA YOU CERTAINLY SHOWED ALL THOSE A LIST CELEBRITIES HOW TO PULL A RED CARPET LOOK OUT OF THE BAG. SIMPLY STUNNING. LOVED IT.

MAURA HIGGINS WEAR FIJOLLA NILA



MOST STYLISH PERSON

WELL I HAVE TO GIVE THIS TO MR COOL HIMSELF THE SINGER GREGORY PORTER. HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON THE STYLE LIST FOR HIS SOULFUL CLEAN SINGING VOICE AND ESTABLISHING HIS OWN INDIVIDUAL STYLE. BUT I CHOSE HIM FOR JANUARYS STYLE LIST AFTER HEARING HIS BEAUTIFUL LATEST SINGLE RELEASE….REVIVAL. IT BLEW ME AWAY. A SMOOTH BACKDROP TO ANY COCKTAIL PARTY AND A GREAT MESSAGE TO UPLIFT YOU AND GIVE YOU STRENGTH ON A BAD DAY. IN FACT YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO IT AT LEAST ONCE A DAY. STYLISH MUSIC SUPPLIED BY A STYLISH SINGER.

GO GREGORY !

WELL GUYS THERE YOU HAVE IT ! JANUARYS STYLE LIST. LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY UBER STYLISH SUGGESTIONS/PEOPLE/PRODUCTS I CAN TRY FOR FEBRUARYS STYLE LIST ??

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : REMEMBER STYLE IS EASY ON THE EYE AND MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD. ALL THE ABOVE HAVE BEEN TRIED AND TESTED AND ALL PAST THE STYLE TEST.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXX

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