Happy Christmas to all you outlaws. Hope you have a peaceful, restful and bloody brilliant festive season.
You will hear more from us in 2017 and here’s hoping to a better year all round.
But for now, take it easy.
Yes, yes, I want an iPad. I know many people have one and wouldn’t necessarily consider this to be a fantasy item, but i’m just not convinced I need one at all, so it’s a total ‘want’. I have an excellent phone with great functionality (Galaxy S7) and a decent Asus laptop, which I use for most of my online stuff. So what gap would an iPad fill? I don’t see one. But I still kind of want one. Just to know.
Also, the husband detests Apple and all they stand for so apart from my tiny iPod, this is an Apple free house. It’s something to do with how they don’t work with anything else, so once you get sucked in, you have to have Apple everything. Oh and he just doesn’t like brand loyalty at all.
I’m easy. I love my little iPod but i want something to hold all my music and it doesn’t cut it. Also, our friend, ltheoutlaw, is an amazing photographer and she sometimes uses her iPad to take photos. Now I absolutely love photography but know nothing about it. I’m a point and shoot sort of girl. So again, the iPad appeals to me there too.
@stheoutlaw would have a Surface Pro on here instead, I reckon. And actually sh may be right, as the functionality seems better. But I’d start out with an iPad and work my way up.
As it’s a fantasy wish list, I’d go for the 9.7 inch iPad pro, rose gold, 256gb, wifi only at £729. Then I’d also get the charging stand, MS Office, and a nice case, so we’re easily looking at a £1k purchase. Better luck next year, I reckon.
I realise how incredibly self involved this Christmas list is as there is nothing remotely benevolent on it so far. So here’s a vague attempt at giving something back, whilst still benefiting from the gift, of course.
I’d like a life membership to the National Trust. I love the NT (even though every time I type their name in full I call them the National Tryst), and I fully support the challenging work they do to save, restore, manage and conserve special places for all of us.
I live in the South West and a lot of the coastal and countryside areas around here are NT managed as they are sites of special scientific interest or historical importance.
Not only would life membership buy me entrance to the hundreds of amazing properties around the UK, it would also buy me free parking in all NT car parks, of which there are many around my dog walking routes.
I am a member already for the reasons listed above but a life membership is, I think, a brilliant investment and a valuable contribution to a worthwhile cause.
Handbags. Now we’ve talked about Olympia Le Tan before but I just love her quirky, interesting take on handbags. Why be practical?
She has a new range out which is a collaboration with the sadly deceased graffiti artist Keith Haring. I am a huge fan of his work after an ex of mine introduced me to it and was lucky enough to have visited his old store, the Pop Shop, on Lexington in New York City before it closed. His artwork is vibrant, quirky and often political.
I particularly love this sky blue bag with the Flying Baby emblem on it from Haring’s work. Its 890 Euros, so not something I could afford, especially as this isn’t big enough to be an everyday bag. But I would love love love it. Believe me.
I know, I know, this whole week of posts started off with my explanation for why I can’t spend a lot on things and the haunting tale of my unused Mulberry bag, but take a look at this little beauty.
This is the Small Darley satchel in Porcelain blue and I love everything about it, including the nearly affordable £395 price tag. Now if we could get this down to £50 in the sale, I’d take two. One for me and one for @stheoutlaw who I think would love it too. After all, Christmas isn’t all about me.
Whilst I’m not the lush I used to be (why are hangovers so much worse in your 30s?), I do like to indulge occasionally and responsibly in some fizz. Sparkling wines are my favourite drink and I’m very much a ‘one glass of good stuff’ girl, over ‘a bottle of cheap stuff’ girl.
As this is a fantasy wish list, I’m going large with this wonderful Champagne hamper from Fortnum and Mason. I think F&M hampers are synonymous with Christmas and this would be a real treat.
At only £400 for a selection of 6 fine champagnes, it’s not cheap. But then this is F&M and they currently have for sale an Imperial hamper of food and drink for just £6,000, so it could be worse.
I was once very lucky to drink a vintage Dom Perignon in New York and it was something else. Since then I have coveted a number of fine wines, most notably the beautifully bottled Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque, available from Waitrose for £130. It’s that awful price point of not so expensive buying it would be grounds for divorce, but also totally out of reach, even for a special occasion. Damn you Perrier Jouet.
I heart jewellery and there is no jeweller I heart more than Alex Monroe. The husband lucked out a bit when we got engaged as I always wanted my grandmother’s ring, which she gave us. It’s perfect and I wouldn’t change it, but I think, after nearly six years of marriage, an eternity ring (paid for by the other half would be nice). Having said that, if the husband actually bought this I’d kill him, as we just couldn’t afford it right now (ever).
But cast your eyes and wonder at the preciousness of Alex Monroe’s Wild Posy Twist Diamond Ring – a snip at £2,280. This would make the most delicious engagement ring I think. Or eternity ring.
An honourable mention should also go to his Half Eternity Papina Ring (a more reasonable £755) and still exquisite. But I’m more of a statement than subtle girl, so I’m all in for the earlier Wild Posy ring.
Make up. It fills me with complete delight when I find the good stuff and total anxiety when I buy the duds.
I’ve been on a mascara mission for over a year now. I was a total die hard fan for Dior’s Black Out mascara but they changed the recipe and it didn’t agree with me. At this point, I feel I must stress that mascara tends to be the item I splurge on a wee bit, as I have very long and fine eyelashes and many mascaras are too thick to do me any favours. So, I have
wasted spent a lot in the last 20 months on various brands to find a replacement and some were ok (Lancome) and some were downright rubbish (Max Factor) and from nowhere I landed at Charlotte Tilbury. I’d never heard of her before this but thought she was as good as any to try. Well, well, well. Her Legendary Lashes mascara is my new Black Out. It is delightful. And so my obsession with her make up began. But, it’s not cheap, and so I must add her onto my fantasy wish list and you’re about to see why.
Firstly, I’d love her Complete Brush set (£240). I firmly believe good knives make you a better chef, so I’m assuming the same is true in the make up world. This lovely brushes would be a delight and at £240 are just an indulgence too far for me.
There is a cheaper alternative in the Magical Mini Brush Set (£45), and whilst I love the little case, this is a fantasy wish list, so I’m going big.
On top of the brushes, please may I introduce you to her Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe in Matte Revolution. Yes, this is a ‘wardrobe’ of 10 delicious matte lipsticks that all look pretty wearable to me. I’m loving the matte lipstick look and although I’m generally more eyes than lips, I’d like to get my mitts on these.
I also want a Filmstar Bronze and Glow (£49) to give me a better complexion but I’m not sure this works miracles. But it’s a wish list so why not.