This is a call for all last-minute Christmas shoppers of the world to unite for a moment and share the internal panic together. With only two weeks (yep, can't quite believe it myself) to go, and one snow day already under our belts the festive season is in full swing, and I couldn't feel less prepared. But let's rewind four weeks, back to a festive event I attended with Monsoon in which we celebrated one of my favourite elements of the Christmas season, the act of giving. Hosted in collaboration with Quill London, a small group of us gathered in their Clerkenwell store to practice the art of calligraphy, no mean feat if you're a left-handed beginner may I add, but a charming way to personalise gifts this season none the less.
No get together this time of year is complete without a seasonally apt getup, the thought of being clad in sequin and glitter filled me with mild anxiety, but unbeknown to me Monsoon also caters for the minimally inclined partygoers too. I'm not a complete partywear-phobe, I still appreciate something special this time of year, so when I clocked this velvet trim jacket in the London Westfield store, I knew I'd found my safe zone. When shopping for any event, whether it be day or night, versatility and comfort are always at the forefront of my mind. The understated velvet lapel, paired with the front hem split trousers and trainers is the perfect nod to the festive period without feeling uncomfortable.
Suit Jacket / Suit Trousers both Monsoon.
This season I wanted to give back to a certain someone, who I won't name as I don't want to spoil the surprise, to say thank you for their perseverance, support and generosity throughout the highs and lows over the past year. Packed neatly away in a hand illustrated gift box (pictured above) complete with name tag, written by yours truly, is a bundle of Monsoon gifts I think she'd treasure in and around her home. See my gifting picks below.
This post is in collaboration with Monsoon. All words and styling are my own.