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Best Gifts for Babies – in honour of the new Princess Charlotte!

We have often had discussions with friends and colleagues about the best gifts to buy for different occasions, from big birthdays to new house moves and more recently for new mums. Weddings are usually taken care of by a gift list so it’s the other events that tend to get everyone stumped. The last thing you want to do is be the friend who buys them another unimaginative voucher.

We’ve been experimenting with different gift combos for newborns depending on the price point. One of our new favourite things to do is to build a bespoke hamper (or Haute Box!) to put a few little things together. We’ve created our own suggestions for our three Haute Box options – £50, £100 and a couple of splurge ideas, depending on how much you want to spend. Let us know what you think, and if you need a hand sourcing other little extras to make the whole package look even more special.

P.s. it is really obvious that I don’t like “colour”?!

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Valentine’s Day: 5 Unconventional Ways to Celebrate

What do you associate with Valentine’s Day? Red roses, chocolate assortments and over-priced dinners? Restaurant rooms crammed full of heart-shaped balloons with pink glitter confetti finding its way into the nooks and crannies of your coq au vin? Well this year ditch the expensive set menus and do something different. These are our top five ideas for an utterly unique Valentine’s Day.

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The Valentines Haute List – Gift ideas

We’re generally more fans of a home cooked meal (or some fried chicken…) and a good movie rather than Hollywood style romance on the polarising day that falls on 14 February, but any excuse to update our wish list. Here’s our selection of the things we’ve been clicking on (and re-clicking on) the most in the past few weeks… hopefully some will make it into our checkout basket! We’ll do a men’s one too in case you’re looking for something for the metro-man who has everything!

Let us know if you liked any of these picks – nothing wrong with a present to yourself! Go for the free gift wrap.. why not!

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My Haute List: Tim Melideo

We first woke up to the wonderful world of Tim Melideo when we spied his funky coffee prints on instagram (@timmelideo). Tim was born and raised in LA before migrating to NYC to hone his photography skills at grad school. Currently residing in the Big Apple, you can check out his brilliant work at www.timmelideo.com and his snazzy sartorial choices on his blog www.stayclassicblog.com. (more…)

Work Wear for the New Year

As semi-pro online shoppers, we waited anxiously for the sales to start and for our web-baskets to fill with discounted wares, hopefully to arrive the next day (or three…) in a wrapped box, all newly packaged with no make up stains, deodorant marks or questionable odours – the horrendous hallmarks of shopping in sales in the actual stores.

As working gals, we often get distracted by the ripped jeans, the wedge trainers, the leather jackets… everything that is not work appropriate. So this year, we’re trying to behave, be responsible, and to restrict our spending to clothes we can actually wear 80% of the time (but also make up.. shoes.. skincare.. and HOMEWARE (everything from furniture to 1500g candles…) – so not really that strict! Here’s our work-wear edit from what’s out there on the high street – most of it’s on sale now too (does that mean we can buy the jeans?). Everything here has been dipping in and out of our checkout baskets this past week, and we’ve focused on our favourite haunts for smart(ish) wardrobe staples. Let us know if you find any others to tempt us! (more…)