I have been in bed with The Actor for the last two days watching movies and lots of Christmas stuff I've recorded. We haven't left the house since Boxing Day apart from to pop to the corner shop.
The Actor arrived on the 23rd and we had a totally chilled out Christmas Eve. We opened our presents at midnight which we've done for the last few years as we've been going to his sister's on Christmas Day since she had a baby. There's something a bit more magical about sitting around the tree in the dark than doing it in the morning.
It looks like a lot of presents but everything we've bought for friends and family is under there too
We only bought two bottles of Champagne this year. M&S pink Prosecco is delicious and only £14 for two bottles so we stocked up on that instead
I can't tell the difference anyway!
We said we'd take it easy and economise this year. We both did compared to last year. I love all my presents, I did extremely well.
I wore an black oriental velvet kaftan that I bought in Ridley Road market for £15. They had them in purple, navy blue, burgundy and chocolate brown. I think I might buy a couple more as they're so comfortable.
My first present was a donkey hat! The Actor thought it would be funny for me to wear it while I opened my presents!? Needless to say it didn't last long. Personally I don't think it's working with the kaftan. I'm trying to keep a straight face in this picture. I asked him if there were any other animals he could have chosen and he said there were but they were all a bit boss eyed. And the donkey was more relevant to Christmas.
He always buys me my favourite perfume Must de Cartier. I love it and haven't found anything I like better apart from one by Le Labo which isn't available yet. Liberty kindly sent me lots of testers but I've used them all now.
Some lovely body wash and body lotion from Space NK.
I love this Vogue Model book he bought me.
And this fabulous interiors book - The World of Madeleine Castaing by Emily Evans Eerdmans.
I watch a lot of period drama and have been wanting this box set for ages.
I'm a big Mike Leigh fan and there's lots here I've never seen.
Two boxsets from his sister. I love this show. David Duchovny is fantastic.
He bought me A Clockwork Orange as I'm the only person on the planet who's never seen it
A porcini mushroom risotto kit from Carluccio's. I love risotto. I might make it for him tomorrow night.
Babyliss Big Hair from his mum. I've heard these are great for big hair.
A modal three piece pyjama/loungewear set from his sister. I wear a lot of modal which is made from bamboo as it's so soft.
A bag from Coco de Mer containing...
A vanilla and creme de cacao massage candle. When I saw the name Lelo I thought it was a sex toy! They make one in 18K gold if anyone has £1050 to spare.
And some gorgeous dark red silk knickers with bows. Only a man would buy dry clean only knickers!
My surprise present - A Wii Fit Plus!! If you know me you'll know I've never played a computer game in my life and I'm not big on exercise. If it's good enough for Helen Mirren (who of course has been paid a fortune to promote it!) Saying that I have heard good things about them so I really hope I get addicted and it doesn't just gather dust under the TV! I'm glad he bought me the black one as it's much smaller. It weighs about five stone - I'd get fit carrying the bloody box around! I'm looking forward to trying it out.
I bought him this walnut box with mother of pearl inlay and a working key which was hand made in the 1870's
And a 1930's crystal ashtray
Here's a few more of his presents. He was particularly taken with the SAD light being a summer baby he hates the winter and The Beatles box set. And all the cashmere jumpers (bought on Ebay).
The Junior Officers' Reading Club was a present from Alex - he was chuffed to bits with it as he was going to buy it for himself. Alex couldn't have chosen better. I bought him Wonders of the Solar System as he's gone mental on anything universe/space related and I want to see John Bishop's DVD as I've heard good things about him and he always makes me laugh when he's on TV.
Alex bought me Ancestral Voices by James Lees Milne. I love his books and this is one of the only ones I haven't read. Thank you so much Alex xxx
My friend Frances bought me this book which is amazing for anyone interested in interiors.
And a pair of silk and marabou slippers from my friend Frances. I have a long chocolate brown silk and lace dressing gown which is still in the dry cleaners. My bill was £260 and I haven't had the cash to go and collect it yet!
Frances also bought me day and night cream which she's tried and thinks is great. She's a product junkie like me. My eyes were looking distinctly crepey (trying to pass them off as laughter lines isn't working) and I desperately needed some new eye cream. I'm really liking this Anew Reversal by Avon and my eyes have improved in the two days I've been using it.
Here are some presents I bought for myself...
Derek Rose black silk pyjamas with red piping. I have a thing for men's PJ's. £55 on Ebay. They're £299 on the website.
I bought myself this cream cashmere dressing with silk lining from Ebay for £120. It's the warmest thing I own.
And these brand new cream cashmere slippers by William Sharp. They are £150 in the shops, I paid £36 on Ebay.
I'm into granny chic at the moment. This thick cotton nightdress was £8 on Ebay.
Cream embellished tasselled tunic by Antik Batik, £26 on Ebay.
Not exactly the right season for this but I could wear a vest under it...
I also bought myself some Neiman Marcus cream cashmere leggings for £15 although I had to pay a customs charge of £15 too. A tan pair of cashmere leggings from Saks for £20 and a pair of brand new long sand Ugg boots from America for £80 which haven't come yet. I can't resist a bargain. I shall be completely skint for the whole of January! As per usual.
I was convinced that I needed lots of warm clothes as we've had all the snow. I had romantic notions of winter walks to the pub head to toe in cashmere. Of course it didn't happen, but I'm prepared if it does!
We are going to see my lovely dad in the country straight after New Year to have another Christmas!
My friend Jo Butler sent me this picture yesterday saying "Check out this snowman and lady. Aren't they lovely? I found them hanging out in London Fields in the snow." Although I'm not sure the one on the right is a lady... there's something going on between it's legs.
I'm glad we had snow for Christmas, my street looks so much nicer in the snow.
It poured with rain all night last night so every trace of snow's gone now.
I hope you're all having a fabulous break. I shan't be getting dressed unless I absolutely have to xxx