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Dear Santa… A Christmas Wishlist

Christmas wishlist 2013

Jo Malone fragrances in Earl Grey & Cucumber and Blackberry & Bay / Balega running socks / Deep red brogue Chelsea boots, River Island / Zara mens knitted hat / Listography Journal, Play.com / FujiFilm Instax 90, Photojojo/ Lipstick Queen Some Like it Hot gift set / 2014 diary, Paperchase

I know I said no gift guides this year but I couldn’t help putting together a little wishlist for myself, including a new camera – a girl can dream, right?

This year, for the very first time, Mr Ship-Shape and I taking the plunge and hosting Christmas ourselves. Given that we’ll be spending a fair chunk of money on keeping seven people in food and wine for a couple of days, we’ve decided just to give each other stockings this year, so I don’t expect I’ll find a FujiFilm Instax 90 or a new lens under the tree.

We’ll be using the red and white polka dot stockings that I made last Christmas and filling them with small but thoughtful gifts – I already have a couple stowed away that I hope he’ll like!

When I was younger I was all about the Christmas presents – even a few years ago I could barely get to sleep on Christmas Eve for all the excitement – but now I’m a little older, I’ve reached something of a tipping point. A stocking is lovely and I’ll never say no to a bottle of Jo Malone cologne or a pair of wine coloured Chelsea boots, but they can’t compare to family.

I really am just looking forward to spending time with our respective families, enjoying the company of those I see far too infrequently and setting some of our own Christmas traditions, which may or may not include devising a recipe for Baileys hot chocolate…

What are you wishing for most this Christmas?

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Five Alternatives to Pink Princess Coats

Five Alternatives to Pink Princess Coats

Camel and faux leather coat – Zara  /Plum funnel neck coat – Jaeger  / Mustard yellow boucle wool coat  – River Island / 1970 Soul  straight cut blue coat  – Reiss / Orange boucle coat – French Connection

As much as I loved Raf Simon’s princess pink swan-song at Jil Sander (A/w 2012), the whole over-sized, pastel pink, dropped shoulder, Grace Kelly-esque thang isn’t my cup of tea. The show was nothing short of beautiful and when Carven, Mulberry and Celine followed suit with pink coats for A/w 2013, I knew the trend would stick.

I appreciate the sugary sweetness of it all, but pastel, powder, blush or fuchsia; pink just doesn’t suit me. And what’s more, I don’t even like it.

Yep, that’s right, this blog might be covered in the pink stuff but it’s not my favourite colour by a long stretch, partly because it was always a colour I was encouraged to like growing up because ‘you’re a girl’. Pink is now such a loaded hue that apart from the design on this blog, I tend to avoid it at all costs.

I’ve seen a gazillion pink winter coat options on the high street, compiled on wishlists and featured in blog posts (my fave being Amy’s round up), but what I haven’t seen is some decent alternatives.

Above is a selection of five beautiful high street winter coats for the pink-phobic like me. Are you pining for a pink coat this season or does one of these take your fancy?

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H&M Lace T-Shirt and Vintage Skirt

H&M lace t-shirt and vintage skirt

Two sunny Bank Holiday weekends in a row!? Oh Britain, if you’re not careful you’ll give us cause to think we might actually get a summer this year…

The long weekend was blissful and pretty relaxed for me, and the gorgeous weather gave me the opportunity to bust out this new lace t-shirt from H&M. I picked it up in Bath a few weeks ago when it was on sale. The dusty blue colour isn’t one that I normally gravitate towards but I just loved the simplicity of t-shirt shape combined with the floral lace fabric.

These photographs were taken during a wander around the allotments set on a hill between St Andrews and St Werburghs. A thin pedestrian pathway winds down the hill, snaking around the allotments to St Werburghs City Farm – one of my favourite spots in Bristol and an excellent canvas for outfit shoots.

The skirt comes straight from Grandma Ship-Shape’s wardrobe and the cloudy palette of peaches, mint green and lilac is the perfect springtime combination to wear in the sun. I picked the sunglasses up on holiday last year and I’m pleased to say that they’re finally making an (almost) daily appearance in my outfits! How did you spend your Bank Holiday weekend? I hope you were able to soak up some sun, too!

Lace t-shirt – H&M / Floral printed midi skirt – Grandma Ship-Shape / Belt – clothes swap / Cream ankle boots – Primark / Green quilted bag – River Island / Sunglasses – Italian mall

H&M blue lace t-shirt and vintage skirtAt the St Werburgh allotmentsLace t-shirt vintage skirt and clothes swap beltVintage skirt with H&M t-shirt and Primark boots and H&M lace t-shirt


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Under the Christmas Tree…

Jimmy Choo perfume and River Island bag | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Before 2012 comes to a close I wanted to share some of the goodies that found their way under our Christmas tree this year. From Bastise and Macademia Oil gifts at the South West Bloggers Christmas meet to (quite literally) cheesy Secret Santa presents, I feel very spoiled this year.

While this Christmas has been more typical than remarkable, that’s why I’ve loved it so much. From helping Mama Ship-Shape prepare the veggies for Christmas dinner, to playing board games with my sister-in-law and being unable to say no to second helpings of, well, anything, the past week has been practically perfect.

I hope you found what you wanted under the Christmas tree this year, and that you have a fantastic New Year’s Eve. See you in 2013!

#SWBXmas Christmas presents | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

#SWBXmas Christmas presents from The Birdcage, Bastise and Macadamia Oil

Christmas decoration from Bath Christmas market | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Benefit make-up | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Benefit make-up that I found in my stocking : )

Christmas decorations | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Secret Santa Camembert pot | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

The Camembert pot that a special Secret Santa bought for me…

Felt robin decoration | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

River Island bag | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Mama Ship-Shape bought me this gorgeous green quilted River Island bag

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All I want for Christmas 2012… Accessories

Christmas Gift Guide: Accessories

So, it has arrived – the last weekend before Christmas. If you’re out looking for last minute gifts for loved ones (or cheeky presents for yourself) take a look at my Christmas 2012 gift guides for inspiration. So far I’ve covered photography and homewares, and this week the last gift guide of the year focuses on accessories.

This list covers modest stocking fillers, such as the pretty bird pendant from Accessorize, to whoppers of presents that you’d be very lucky to find under the tree, such as that neon pink Mar by Marc Jacobs pouch, swoon!

Today I have just one present left to buy, and I’ll be visiting the vintage and charity shops on Bristol’s Gloucester Road in an attempt to find it. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

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