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.

Amelia Coates


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

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.


Wilbur & Gussie

Free snowflake brooch with the code: TLMXMAS

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)

Royal Ascot At Home

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Royal Ascot might not be going ahead in it’s usual spectacular form this year but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the fashion fun!  The spring/summer event season has been particularly difficult for small occasion wear businesses this year so I’m happy to be showcasing a few on this page during “Royal Ascot At Home”, some of whom are offering exclusive discount codes to my followers alongside charity donations. So if you’ve got a postponed wedding to attend later this year or next year,  now is a good opportunity to plan ahead and support these small businesses whilst also helping to raise money for charities helping those affected by Covid-19. Or even if you haven’t got a wedding to go to I think we could all do with a lockdown treat!

Click here if you would like to make a direct donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Find out more about the charities the appeal is raising funds for here.

 

Featured Brands:

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I’ll be posting a new premium hat on my Royal Ascot at Home page each day, Monday 15 – Saturday 20 June up for sale at  The Cotswold Hat Club. 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.


 

Unless otherwise stated the discount codes mentioned below will be valid from 14-30 June 2020 

 

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Lalage’s designs combine classical elegance with distinctive detailing for a look that embodies sophistication and style.  Her collection is feminine but without the frills so ideal for a wide range of occasions from work to weddings. This dress coat is one of my favourite styles as I think it flatters most figures and is easy to wear – I love the little brocade detailing on the cuffs and front fastening. Lalage also has a great collection of stylish handbags in a wide range of colours, handcrafted in Italy and Spain, using the finest Italian leather.

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10% of sales at Lalage Beaumont during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Quote The Lady’s Maid when purchasing).

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Rachel Trevor-Morgan holds a Royal Warrant as Milliner to HM The Queen and operates from a 17th century atelier in St James’s, London. She is renowned for her beautiful handwork and design resulting in the glamorous, feminine elegance on which she has built her reputation. Her success arises from a passion for her craft, and an understanding of the balance required for a hat to flatter and finish an outfit.

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Rachel Trevor Morgan is currently holding a special sale with 50% off her SS20 collection.


 

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Mojo and McCoy sell a wide range of unique labels including Saloni, Beulah and Temperley. They are offering my followers 20% off full price items using the discount code: theladysmaid20 

 

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Wilbur & Gussie is a British handbag brand created by London-based design duo Brett Tyne and Lucy Lyons who named the brand after their childhood pets. The classic envelope silk clutches are perfect for accessorizing elegant occasion wear and I love the way you can add a touch of whimsy by customizing the clutch with a brooch – they have everything from a frog to a fish! Their clutches have the royal seal of approval too and have been carried by The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex .

Wilbur & Gussie are currently donating 10% of all sales to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All purchases made with the code: TLMRAINBOW will receive a free rainbow crystal brooch pictured above.

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Caroline Charles has run a successful fashion business for 50 years.  A popular designer with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Caroline was made an OBE in 2002. Her classic and colourful dresses and coats are a perfect choice for formal events like Royal Ascot. She also has a really pretty range of tea dresses for more casual summer occasions. This pretty pastel “fleur” dress is one of my favourites.

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10% off full price items at Caroline Charles is available during Royal Ascot week and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity AppealDiscount code: THELADYSMAID10



 

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Susan Caplan is a luxury vintage costume jewellery brand combining both vintage and contemporary style. There’s something for everyone here – from classic elegant pearls to big bling brooches!

15% off all jewellery at Susan Caplan is available with my discount code and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: LADIESMAIDxSC

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ethereal

Ethereal London create some really feminine, elegant silk dresses all designed, sourced and produced in the UK. I love the way their dresses offer various sleeve lengths and hem lengths to cater for different tastes. Two of my favourites are the Ophelia Dark for autumn/winter and the Ophelia Light for spring/summer.

Etheral London are offering 10% off their full collection using the discount code: ladysmaid10. 10% of sales will be donation to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Camilla Rose hats always add a fun flourish to you occasion wear. I find they’re perfect for those hard to accessorise multi-coloured dresses. The Volute in emerald green is a particular favourite of mine,

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10% of sales at Camilla Rose during Royal Ascot week will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal. (Quote The Lady’s Maid when purchasing).


 

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Screen Shot 2020-06-13 at 11.11.20I’ve long been a fan of the timeless elegance of Katherine Hooker coats. They currently have a sale on with up to 65% off and a new Spring/Summer collection of pretty floral tea dresses.  Katherine Hooker are offering 10% off during Royal Ascot week and a 10% donation on profits to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.


 

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Sargasso & Grey make “shoes that don’t squeeze” featuring a wider toe box to  give feet a little extra breathing space. They use memory foam padded insoles for softness underfoot, and breathable arch supports to help tired feet feel fit and fresh. A perfect choice for Mother’s of the Bride on their feet all day!

15% off all shoes and bags at Sargasso & Grey and 10% of profits will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal

Discount Code: ladysmaid


 

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Lisa Redman‘s silk velvet headbands and bows are handmade in Lisa’s Notting Hill studio and hand embellished with enamel pearl and Swarovski crystal.

Available to pre-order in all the colours of the rainbow seen below.

Please contact Lisa Redman for enquiries or to pre-order.

10% of sales at Lisa Redman will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.



 

VAII

VAAI London is an emerging designer creating elegant dresses and silk separates with an Eastern influence, designed in London and made in ateliers in the UK or New Delhi, India. I’m a dress person usually but I love their silk palazzo pants. They currently have a sale on with up to 40% off selected pieces and are donating 10% of sales to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal on purchases made with the code: THELADYSMAID. Vaai will be at the Luxury Designer Collective Pop-up in Marylebone from Tuesday 16 June.

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Katya Wildman, a former television costume designer couldn’t find the right dress for her curves so she went ahead and designed one and Bombshell was born!

Katya is an expert in designing dresses with draping and panelling in all the right places to flatter the female form. My favourite style is the new silk Grace tie front shirt dresses in these rich emerald and regal purple colours.  Bombshell is offering my followers 15% off during Royal Ascot week. Discount code: LADYSMAID15. 5% of sales will be donated to the Royal Ascot Charity Appeal.

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Keep an eye on my Royal Ascot At Home webpage for more updates next week!

 

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