Christmas Countdown: Selfridges

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Selection of Christmas items from Selfridges

There’s a branch of Selfridges in Manchester city centre so it’s always a stop off point on our annual Christmas shopping trip to the city. Its food hall in the basement is very good for finding little Christmas Day morsels that you may not treat yourself to the rest of the year. Here’s a selection of other items that took our fancy…

  1. St Nicolas velvet Christmas stocking 60cm: £99
  2. Acqua di Parma Gold Berries candle: £72
  3.  Meri Meri nutcracker themed cracker kit: £21.95
  4. Philippa Craddock Classic door wreath: £175
  5. Adopt a Reindeer gift box: £19.99
  6. Victoria Eggs Christmas dinner mug: £11.95

Christmas Countdown: Selfridges

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selection of yellow gift items available from Selfridges

1. gift box | 2. wellies

3. welly socks | 4. satchel

5. candle | 6. notebook

Pantone 109, otherwise known as Selfridges yellow, is one of the most recognisable colours in luxury retail. We’ve assembled half a dozen items – many of them limited edition or exclusive to Selfridges – that would make fabulous Christmas gifts!

Wednesday Wish: Orange bath towel set

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Lexington Original tangerine orange coloured bath towel settangerine orange Habitat Egyptian cotton bath towel set

Lexington Original towels | Habitat Egyptian towels | Ralph Lauren Player towels

Many, many years ago in the London sales, we bought an Yves St Laurent orange bath towel set from Selfridges. They were beautiful, soft & fluffy when we got them; but now, with constant use and laundering, they’ve become a bit faded, thin & threadbare.

We’ve been looking for replacements for a while now – but the ones we’ve been seeing in the shops have all been the wrong shade of orange. You know the hue – a bit salmon or terracotta – not that knockout tangerine that we love.

Now, just like the proverbial buses, we’ve found three shops that have examples that are just right!


Is Romance Dead?

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cardboard box containing my birthday present

It was my birthday on the 24th of November and when Justin asked me what I wanted, my request was met by, “Are you sure?” He thought it was a bit functional or mundane for a birthday treat.

open cardboard box containing my birthday present

It’s something I’ve wanted for quite a long time, and thought that it was no longer available. But, when I noticed it for sale once again on the Selfridges website, I didn’t want to miss out a second time

open cardboard box containing my birthday present

I blogged about it a while ago – it was one of our weekly Wednesday Wish posts – you may remember it! It’s a bright orange Dualit toaster exclusively available from Selfridges.

my birthday present, an orange Dualit toaster exclusively available from Selfridges

We’ve had a similar one that we’ve been using for years, a purple 3-slot combi that we bought at Liberty when we lived in Brighton – which was over a decade ago! We used to have lilac walls in the kitchen in that house and it looked great. It doesn’t work so well in our current home though – in fact it’s jarred on the eyes for years – a purple toaster in an orange & cream kitchen. I don’t know how we lived with it for so long!

my birthday present, an orange Dualit toaster exclusively available from Selfridges

I’m sure this Dualit will last as long as the last which was used every day and never let us down – virtually indestructible!

And romance isn’t completely dead… after our morning toast, we went for a lovely birthday lunch at the Old Bore in Rishworth.

Wednesday Wish: Bianca leather cuff

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Marc Jacobs "Bianca" leather cuff

Pink Bianca leather cuff by Marc Jacobs: Zappos Couture: $98.00

What’s not to love about this? It’s pink, it’s leather, it’s a cuff! Unfortunately this pink version doesn’t seem to be available in the UK (PLEASE, PLEASE let me know if I’m mistaken!) but you can currently get the brown version from Selfridges for £85.00.

Wednesday Wish: Orange Dualit toaster

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limited edition orange Dualit toaster for Selfridges
Limited edition orange Dualit toaster – Selfridges -£145

Welcome to our new Wednesday Wish segment. Each week we’ll share something that’s recently caught our eye. We’ll start with something for the home, but could just as easily be something to wear, something to eat, a film, a book…

If you’ve seen photos of our kitchen, you’ll know that it has a bright orange feature wall – this toaster will match nicely!