Perfect Presents

Pete and I are off to Brighton in March to see the lovely Caro Emerald and her band play the Brighton Dome. We are lucky enough to have very good seats just a few rows back from the stage and pretty much dead centre, and as Miss Emerald always looks terribly glamorous I thought I'd also like to dress up for the occasion and therefore needed a new hat! I had a browse online and was a bit put out that I couldn't find anything I fancied for less than £40 which I thought was a little too much for me to spend on an on the whim decision.

The Loughborough Vintage Fair happened to be in town last weekend which I thought may provide a pretty little hat at a more sensible price, so I headed to the town hall and almost immediately came cross this lovely berry red number priced at a much more appropriate £10. It's not terribly old (I suspect maybe 1980's) but I loved the colour and size and I am a real sucker for petrol blue feathers! I've been eyeing up this lovely Biba feather cape for some time now...

I also spotted this lovely little set of aperitif glasses in their original box which I managed to buy along with the black velvety gloves you can see above for a good bit off their seperate asking price, and found a pale pink chiffon head scarf for £2.50 too so it was a morning well spent!

I thought I'd also take this opportunity to show you a few of the marvellous presents I received at Christmas including this delightful little cake platter, little shiny diamante ring and fabulous deco style ring cuff! It's surprisingly comfortable and adds an interesting bit of glitz to a side swept hair do!

My little sister Laura had this gorgeous little mermaid custom made for me! I believe the lady that makes them usually does them in a Day of The Dead style but lil sis asked her to do one in an Angelique Houtkamp style for me - didn't it turn out splendidly?! I'm still trying to decide which wall to put her on... I automatically thought bathroom but then I wouldn't see her as often as I'd like to may go for kitchen instead!

One of my treats from Pete was this luxurious little book on entertaining by the Laduree team. I have their other books 'Sale' and 'Sucre' already which are also packaged this beautifully boxed in tissue paper with gilt edges and padded binding - although these are in French as I was too impatient to wait for the English versions to come out!

I'm yet to try any of the recipes but I am sure they won't disappoint if the other books are anything to go on. It's just a shame that some of the loveliest looking things in the photographs don't have recipes, they just state that you should order them from your nearest Laduree store. You can find some similar recipes to them in the 'Sucre' book though which you could adapt, so not all is lost!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and start to the New Year! Good luck for 2013! xxxxx