Christmas Style and Gift Guide

I have selected some of my favourite British brands to feature in this Christmas style and gift guide. As most Christmas shopping will be done online this year I thought it would be a good idea to bring together some great British brands that complement each another into one virtual Christmas “pop-up” shop, and encourage people to shop from British independent brands this Christmas. Many milliners and designers, such as Camilla Rose, Bee Smith, Beverley Edmonson and Lisa Redman, have pivoted during the pandemic by introducing small accessories which are a bit more lockdown friendly than their usual flamboyant race day creations. I’ve also included a few beautiful occasion wear pieces by Laura Green, Suzannah London, Vaai and Lalage Beaumont, Claire Mischevani and Caroline Charles for those who are planning on dressing up for Christmas Day at home. There’s luxe loungewear and fancy flats from Sargasso and Grey, Yosuru, Ethereal London, Nuiami and Bombshell, for sitting room soirees. For more casual festive style, take a look at my top picks from Troy London, Really Wild and Guinea London for Christmas walks in the countryside. Finally, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of sparkle, courtesy of Jennifer Gibson, Susan Caplan and Auree Jewellery. I hope you enjoy browsing and find something suitable to buy for yourself or to give to your friends and family and support small British brands this Christmas!

Accessories:

Camilla Rose

Hand-made Velvet barrette clips by milliner Camilla Rose. Available in a variety of colours and lengths. Bespoke options available. Discount code: THELADYSMAID for 10% off.

Beverley Edmondson

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Hand-made velvet corsage by Beverley Edmondson Millinery. Can be worn in the hair or as a brooch. Use the discount code: LADYSMAID10 for 10% off.

Bee Smith

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Hand-made gold holly hair slides by Bee Smith Millinery. 10% discount available at Bee Smith with the code: THELADYSMAID.

Lisa Redman

Hand-made hair accessories, hand-embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls. Contact Lisa Redman to purchase. Quote The Lady’s Maid for 10% off.

Jewellery:

Jennifer Gibson

A selection of my favourite vintage jewels available at Jennifer Gibson

Lily & Roo


Auree

Triple engraved disc pendant in 9ct yellow gold. Each pendant is engraved in London for you with your initial, or the initials of a loved one, name or date and in the font of your choice.
For 10% off at Auree Jewellery use the discount code: LADY10

Susan Caplan – Vintage Jewellery

1980s Vintage Monet Regal Brooch. 22ct gold plated regal brooch. Features round-cut ruby red and clear Swarovski crystals and faux pearls.
For 10% off at Susan Caplan use the discount code: LADYSMAID10

Vaaii London

Hand-made brooch featuring red crystals and beads with antique gold bullion embroidery threads on raw silk with a felt backing.

Onuka Grace

Bangle Up Gold dipped enamel cuff. Half open and adjustable.
For 15% off at Onuka Grace use the code: ALICIA15

Cornelia James


Katherine Hooker

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Merlot cashmere scarf, Katherine Hooker. 10% off at Katherine Hooker is available with with the code: LADYSMAID10.
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Red fingerless mittens. Made in London, from soft wool and lined in cashmere. 10% off at Katherine Hooker with the discount code: LADYSMAID10. 

The Travel Wrap Company

Red cashmere wrap by The Travel Wrap Company. I love the fine yarn of these – and they’re large enough to wear as a shawl to keep cosy at home or outside. For 10% off at The Travel Wrap Company use the discount code: THELADYSMAID10

Millinery:

Laura Cathcart

I love the timeless elegance of these headbands by Laura Cathcart – perfect for a small winter wedding. For 10% off at Laura Cathcart use the discount code: THELADYSMAID10

Sarah Cant

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3 of my favourite hats from the AW collection of Sarah Cant. Quote @theladysmaid at time of purchase for for 15% off and free p&p at Sarah Cant.
Dark grey peachbloom felt bow headband with gold overlay.
Felt and gold leaf headbands. Quote @theladysmaid at time of purchase for for 15% off and free p&p at Sarah Cant.

Camilla Rose Millinery:

Festive fedoras:

Discount code: THELADYSMAID for 10% off at Camilla Rose.

Troy London

This Fair Isle jumper is a Troy x Brora collaboration – made in Scotland from superfine lambswool. Free shipping and international returns is available at Troy with my code: FREESHIPLM.

More of my top picks from Troy for Christmas in the country:

The curlew cape in forest green; silk scarf in cream and burgundy; stock shirt in green; welly socks in burgundy.

Really Wild Clothing

For 15% off at Really Wild Clothing use the code: LADYSMAID15

Guinea London

For 10% off at Guinea London use the code: GTLM10

Festive Style:

Laura Green

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The most beautiful festive red angora wool “Hollie” coat by Laura Green – perfect for Christmas Day. I love the clean lines of the neckline with a simple double button fastening at the waist and chic pleating to the skirt and cuffs. Quote The Lady’s Maid for 10% off at Laura Green.

Vaaii London

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Cross-stich silk velvet trousers and matching top by Vaaii London. This would be a great outfit for Christmas at home – comfortable but still festive with the gold embroidery and velvet fabric. 10% off is available with the discount code: THELADYSMAID10

Winser London

Lauren Cape Wool Poncho. Available in several colours.
For 10% off at Winser London use the code: WINSER10ALICIA

Katherine Hooker

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Capelet coat by Katherine Hooker. Made in London from a classic Blackwatch wool (also available in aubergine. Detachable capelet so can be worn without for a different look. For 10% off full price items at Katherine Hooker use the discount code: LADYSMAID10.

Suzannah London:

Enter Ladysmaid at checkout for 10% off at Suzannah London


Caroline Charles:

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Burgundy wool crepe coat; faux fur hat; faux fur stole. Quote THELADYSMAID for free p&p at Caroline Charles.

Smart/Casual Festive Frocks


Claire Mischevani

Finola Coat – mauve Italian wool. Bespoke options available.
Use the code: LMP for 10 % off at Claire Mischevani

Lalage Beaumont

For 20% off at Lalage Beaumont use the code: THELADYSMAID20.
Lalage Beaumont are also offering offering Gift Vouchers this Christmas as a seasonal promotion, valid until 2022. A £500 voucher is available for the price of £400. A great idea if you want to plan ahead for a special occasion, at a special price.

Bombshell

Bombshell have a new range of Luxe Loungewear for Lockdown include this gorgeous wine velvet robe dressing gown. Available in other colours. For 15% off on orders over £100 at Bombshell use the code: LADYS15.

More festive velvet pieces from Bombshell:


Smart/Casual Festive Frocks

Sargasso & Grey

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Wide fit dark green velvet embellished flats by Sargasso & Grey. (Also available in navy). 15% off at Sargasso & Grey is available with the code: LADYSMAID15

Yosuru Shoes

Elegant and comforatbale festive flats and low-heeled shoes. Use the code: THELADYSMAID20 for 20% off.


The House of Bruar


The Cambridge Satchel Company


Luxury Loungewear:

Nuiami

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Bordeaux cotton striped pyjamas; Birdsong cotton pyjamas; Voyager cashmere hoodie, cashmere joggers. Use the code: THELADYSMAID10 for 10% off and free UK shipping at Nuiami.

Ethereal London

Comfortable and classic Merino wool loungewear in neutral or black. Use the code LADYSMAID10 for 10% off at Ethereal London.

For the Little Ladies:

Hannah Sophia England


Gifts benefitting charity:

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Rowfant rainbow charity hoop earrings, Auree. £95.
100% of profits goes to baby bank charity Little Village.

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Damascus silk scarf by Rory Hutton, £90. Made in Italy and inspired by tiles from the old city of Damascus. 20% of profits are donated to Hands Up foundation.

Signed copies of Wardrobe Wisdom From a Royal Lady’s Maid: How to dress & take care of your clothes by Alicia Healey. Free Total Wardrobe Care anti-moth oval sent with each book. Can be used to freshen your wardrobe or as a bookmark! 10% of profits are donated to Mind.

Stocking fillers:


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Teal cotton face mask by Vaai London. Made using left over fabric from previous collections at Vaai. Other colours available. £15. 10% off with the code: THELADYSMAID10.

Get crafty with a Christmas decoration craft kit designed by milliner Bee Smith Millinery: gingerbread man, brussels sprout and Christmas pudding available. £8 each. 10% discount available with the code: THELADYSMAID.


Christmas cards by Locky Lobster Art. 10% off at Lucky Lobster Art with the code: Ladysmaid10.

Mallow & White Hand Sanitiser. 70% alcohol hand cleanser + sanitiser, made from a bespoke blend of anti-bacterial essential oils, including tea tree and peppermint. Winner of 2020 “Best Hand Sanitiser”, Beauty Shortlist Awards. 10% off with the code: Ladysmaid10




Happy shopping! 🎄


(N.B. this guide contains some affiliate links)

Pandemic Pyjamas

A round-up of my favourite pyjamas to make staying home in lockdown a little more comfortable and chic. Some of these are too good to save for sleep 😉

Under £50:

Leopard print satin pyjamas, Chelsea Peers, £48
Garnet red check cotton pyjamas, John Lewis, £39

If you want a premium look on a budget – buy just the trousers and wear with a T shirt/top you already have:

Artist flannel sleep trousers, Anthropologie, £48

Under £75:

Rainbow chevron cosy pyjamas, Boden, £65
Floral cotton pyjamas, £75, Yolke
Bordeaux brushed cotton, British Boxers, £71.10
Astrid flannel PJs, Hush, £55
Tapestry Pyjamas, Jigsaw, £59

Under £100:

Pink bloom brushed cotton pyjamas, £95, Bonsoir London (20% off available to new customers)
Check cotton pyjamas, Ralph Lauren, £99

Over £100:

Saraswathi organic cotton pyjamas, Luna & Noon, £120
Sandwashed silk pyjamas, Asceno, £225
Monkey print cotton pyjamas, Desmond & Dempsey, £150
Leopard print cotton pyjamas, Desmond & Dempsey, £150
Orange print silk pyjamas, Yolke, £365
Powder pink stripe cotton pyjamas, Honna London, £120
Navy silk pyjamas, £475, Katherine Hooker
Pale pink Irish linen pyjamas, Loom, £147
Appleward silk pyjamas, Olivia von Halle, £420

And what to wear over them:

If pyjamas have slipped into your working-from-home uniform wearing them with a cashmere poncho knit will elevate/disguise the look a little so that you can open the door to the DPD man and they will be none the wiser that you haven’t properly got dressed ;). I’d go for a neutral poncho style or knitted gilet – super comfortable to wear and much more chic than a dressing gown.

Merino wool and cashmere poncho, £145, Iris and Ink
Turtleneck knitted gilet, Mango, £35.99
Lauren rib poncho, Winser London, £149

Stay At Home Slippers

With heels a distant memory for most, this winter will be all about the fancy flat and the house shoe. Here are some of my favourite cosy slippers to motivate your feet to stay at home for Lockdown 2.

Checked moccasin, £19.50, M&S
Fireside House Shoe, £251.49
Faux fur cross sliders, £35, The White Company
Velvet bow slider slippers, £55, The White Company

Pom Pom mules, £17.50, M&S
Faux fur open toe mules, £9.50, M&S
Arundel shearling slippers, £55, Hush
Teddy mules, £24, John Lewis
Faux fur mules, £28, John Lewis
Velvet bow slippers, £35, Boden
Pom Pom ballet slippers, £19.95, Joules
Pink shearling mules, £45, White Stuff
Tartan trimmed faux fur mules, £39, Barbour
Sheepskin slide, £49, Emu Australia

Sweater Weather – Fair Isle Knits

With a winter lockdown looming, cosy comforts are on my mind. I’ve always loved the timeless and traditional look of a fair isle jumper – there’s something reliable and nostalgic about the classic pattern, making them my top pick for the wardrobe this winter when we are all in need of a sweater hug.

The island of Fair Isle, where this distinctive style of knitwear originated, is one of the most remote Scottish islands with a population of only 65. I imagine the people of Fair Isle are a hardy self-sufficient bunch for whom lockdown would be barely noticeable. So if you fancy adopting the style of a stoic Fair Islander, then here are some of my favourite knits for all budgets.

H&M
Brora
Troy x Brora
M&S
The Croft House
White Stuff
The Croft House
Boden
Barbour
Johnstons of Elgin