So here at The Haute List we have been quite busy getting married, moving jobs, house hunting and having a baby! That has left little time for blogging… but as part of the thought process behind The Haute List is our love of lists (travel lists… foodie lists… beauty lists etc.) we thought it would be a good time to revive it for this one.
When I was pregnant this year, I only had a couple of friends who had recently had a baby and could help me prepare for all the many things these little people apparently need. Luckily, they were brilliantly organised people (probably why we’re such good friends!) and had lists and spreadsheets on hand to give me. Similar lists tend to do the rounds between friends and over time I started to build my own from hours of Amazon review-reading and my own trial and error.
I am now in the very exciting position of having many more friends who are due soon, and some have asked me for my recommendations to pass on. I’ve tried to think of everything, but inevitably every parent and kid is different and my style and approach is by no means universal. Aurora is also only 3 months old so I have yet to venture into the wonderful world of weaning (although I fear I am already on the boundaries of teething) so it’s only a list of what I would recommend so far. Hope it helps! (more…)
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”?!
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.
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!
We’ve sorted out the foodies and the globetrotters, now for the hautties – the shoe lovers, the bag lovers, the magpies who love something sparkly… it’s all covered here – whether it’s a big present or a stocking filler.
Let’s hope their presents for you are this good! Click on the Caption in the Image Gallery to take you to the page to press *BUY*!!!