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Saturday, December 01, 2012

A Winter's Tale

January Tatler.


Winter has rapped on my door with her manicured talons of ice. The windows are frosted by her crystal breath and she has  swept each cloud from the sky leaving it a cold, hard cobalt blue. She is  more than welcome, for now 'tis the season to rally against the dying light beside a crackling fire,  feast on  warming suppers at the kitchen table and snuggle  into  a cashmere wrap with the latest copy of Tatler. 


Have you seen the beautiful and extensive collages of gifts that some bloggers have prepared? How do they do it? To me it looks as exhausting as actual shopping. Still, not to be a Bah Humbug, here are a few things that have caught my eye.


For the gentleman archaeologist or ageing Indiana Jones' fans: Mammoth tusk cufflinks. 
For the woman with more money than sense:Theo Fennell's penguin in an igloo ring. Their copy reads, "We thought they would be the perfect symbol for our times, showing how to survive in the cold, and struggle and flourish in the sunshine, and bring p-p-peace on earth and goodwill to everyone."
Oh if only they had been on sale during Stalingrad, it could all have been so different: 'Wave your penguins in the air, shake them like you just don't care.' 
Even old Otzi might have survived the cold it if only he had been laden with this talismanic jewel.


Neiman Marcus

For grandee Tory politicians,  a $100, 000 hen house, I know it's a low rent rickety step down  from a floating  duck house to protect one's duckies from foxes  but times are hard.


Thanks to may 3545

And for impractical old me, a pair of Manolo Blahnik Swan shoes in navy and a monogrammed Anya Hindmarch bespoke Maud clutch. The satin interior can be embellished with a  secret message, this raises the bar for admirers; if I was ever so fortunate to receive one, I would hope that  Oscar Wilde would pen my billet doux from beyond the grave.

And...

An Eri Textiles tablecloth - woven by fine phalanged elves in Bavaria.
Ah; the dichotomy of woman.




73 comments:

  1. Love the paintings in the $100K hen house. There's a chinoiserie hen house at West Green gardens, south of London, when the chickens dine from blue and white china. But I don't think they have any artwork, so they're clearly uncultured.

    As for that ring... Is Theo hitting the hard stuff?

    x

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    1. Janelle I think he must be, I bet its an utter fortune too.

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    2. Considering the fact that igloos are found in the northern hemisphere, penguins in the southern, he's definitely on something!

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    3. Im with Janelle re the paintings, I think the north/south hemispehre is the point of the ring ! or maybe not .

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    4. My hens-- Lucy, Ethel and Little Bird-- would be stunned to receive this henhouse. I'll see if it's on their list.

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  2. I'll take the shoes, haha :) Those are stunning. Quite a posh hen house, I may move in ;) Paintings and all. The ring is crazy, I don't even want to look at how much that would cost me, mind I wouldn't part with my money for that :) Have a gorgeous weekend doll, keep warm ;) x


    La Femme Nouvelle

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    1. Aren't they? Of course they would lie in the box with all my other 'going out' shoes.
      Freezing isn't it?

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  3. Hey Tabs! These are quite impressive! I am in serious lust over the henhouse. At 5'2", I think I could fit nicely in with them!! Love the swan shoes!

    A dream Christmas present? If money were no object, I would be at some event and bidding on a week at George C's place in Lake Como, preferably with George on site....

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    1. I could squeeze in the henhouse too, we'd have the best Alice in Wonderland tea party in there.

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    2. do you want to the mad hatter? I would be glad to be the dormouse!

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  4. all I want to do now is stay under the duvet, watch movies, read glossy mags and eat mince pies!!

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  5. Penguin ring. Penguin ring. Penguin ring. Or failing that, the platinum and enamel "lips" ring by Solange Azagury-Partridge. Or failing that, an explanation of that name.

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  6. ...winters tale? maybe is better daydreaming about Sunshine and picnic in the Sunny countryside with "Bread/Pane e Pomodoro!"
    Do You like Sicilian Bread?
    Lets talk about...food :)
    Ciao

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  7. What exactly is mince meat ....is it really meat? doesnt sound like something one would crave?

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    1. It used to be mince meat as in mincedmeat, I have a recipe for Dickens pie on the blog which is the original style of mince meat pies, now it's raisins and sugar etc.

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  8. Well I never. That penguin ring is crazy.
    But those shoes are dreamy!
    I'm very into tucking at home right now so of course I love the tablecloth.

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    1. The tablecloth is so lovely, it's very tempting.

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  9. Quite a Winter's Tale you tell Tabs. Now as for that billet doux--some of us can slip into our own dry martini's thank you.

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  10. I must admit, I am lusting over those table linens. And that green glassware in the picture too. But I'm determined to find a copy of that Tatler, and am pencilling in a trip to the international newsstand this weekend.

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    1. Subscribers get it early, it's probably a week or so away.

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  11. Here in the desert I'm still waiting for it to drop below the high 70s so I can wear wool. I picture you by the fire with some envy!

    The MBs are fabulous, particularly with a gorgeous clutch, and totally impractical which is why I hope Santa brings them to you.

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    1. Desert Flower - high 70's, you are making my head spin, I have gone past wool today, I'm in thick knee socks, sweat pants, a sweatshirt and a fleece hoody, gloves, a big parka and sperry boots. Very Ice Station Zebra.

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  12. Poetic post today Tabitha.
    I think that ring is silly it reminds me of rings that were sold in the dime store, perhaps I am too conventional to appreciate the edginess in fashion. Yet those shoes would make me feel like a princess.
    Could I wear them with jeans or with a negligee?
    Oh my word they're gorgeous!

    Keep warm with your Tatler and cashmere wrap.

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  13. 1. Navy shoes are ridiculously hard to find!!!!
    2. I'm exhausted by all this holiday DIY's. Just by looking at them.
    3. Men in cuff links- love.

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  14. While the gifts are, umm, interesting, the article on where to find money has sparked my curiosity! Over here (across that pond) it usually takes a bit longer for subscriptions to arrive,,,so I will have to wait patiently for the money tips. Hoping patience is rewarded ;)

    Thanks for a great post,,,penguin rings, wowzee

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    1. Anon: under the sofa - that's where the money is.

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  15. Ooh, the tablecloth. In my house it would be sloshed with gravy and beets in five minutes. I guess if one can buy a tablecloth made by elves one can access an elf laundry as well.

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    1. Hexicon, oh I know, white linen is just plain scary.

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  16. Oh I will be stalking Chapters for that copy of Tatler when it eventually comes here (usually later on during the month), I'm still miffed I didn't find a copy of the Prince Harry cover!! So hit and miss at Chapters.

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  17. I always love your story-telling. As I think I have a little more sense than money the ring - ah, the adorable penguin ring - and the description! - shall have to remain a picture to be smiled at by me for now. The shoes would be fabulous on you. Stay warm!

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  18. Even your comments are hilarious. I think you are serious about the clutch and the shoes. I'd like the tablecloth at this point in the season and it looks very British. I don't exactly what that is but it looks like it.

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  19. You really should be writing a column in the Tatler, Tabitha. Your sense of humor is priceless :)

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  20. CLUTCHING AT STRAWS Oh, I was unfazed by it all except the Tatler cover until the story's end, when you got me with the bag, as usual. Blue version would be marvy with your Skyfall outfit Tabs. Slippy snow here yesterday, but now all bitterly blown away.

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    1. I love those bags, but I live in hope that suitor will surprise me with one!

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  21. Those shoes were made famous in the Twilight movie, as Bella (heroine) wore them in white for her wedding. I know, but for some reason, I love those movies. I'm a real wacko. I'm feeling all homey too, so the linens are what's appealing to me at the moment, although that penguin ring is quite amazing, a sculpture on your finger.

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    1. I really want to see that, I saw the first one and loved and have been mocked senseless for that.

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  22. What a fun mix... I'll take the shoes!

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  23. What? You didn't include the his and her Poetic Wish watches along with a trip to Paris and Geneva for a cool $1 million and change? And surely the portable bar in a woody trailer with finishes handcrafted from reclaimed burbon casks would tickle your fancy. I think that is the gift I'd choose for you, it comes with a limited-edition flask and a one-year supply of burbon (and rye). Interesting the definition of the year's supply is no more than four cases of each.

    I used to wait for the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog just to chuckle at the fantasy gifts.

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    1. Tiff, yes I loved that woody trailer, it was beautiful and practical.

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  24. Another Tatler fan here! now I have the boy I have less reading time than ever but Tatler is my monthly must read..

    We are twins on the Anya Maud by the way, I have navy but no message on the inside just initials on the outside (never knew until now about the inside option!)

    Stay warm, Elle x

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    1. ELLE : oh it's such a lovely bag and the jewel colourr are stunning too, I aspire to a navy and an emerald.

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  25. Hey. I was just thinking I'd settle for a nice drink with you and your mom at a dive bar somewhere. Wit over luxury I always say.

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    1. LPC: I love a good dive bar but mine is very posh, she would not put her dainty foot inside one.

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  27. I am going to email my brother in law your post - he is the creative director at Anya Hindmarch. And he is a generous gift giver. I like to team my handbags not with Manolo (although I so would if I could) but rather with my 10 quid knock off Converse shoes on the school run. Just so the other mums know to take me seriously.

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    1. Jenny ; I hope he fills your stocking with lots of gorgeous AH goodies!

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  28. Ah, gift cards. Will people ever learn?

    Sheree

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  29. Tabitha...we actually own an aviary. LOL at the over the top hen house, I should totally trick ours out to that extent. Unfortunately for the birds, our aviary is well-known in the neighborhood as the place where the massacre occurred one fall night...and yes, at the paws of many foxes. ;) So there are no actual birds there now, but maybe I can get some beautiful porcelain birdies and perch them in there and pretend that the aviary is living up to its actual purpose.

    And no, we were not the owners of the house when the aviary was put in.

    If I had more money than sense, btw, I would 100% send you that ring with the penquin in it. I am positively agog at that one. I kind of love it.

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  30. Deat Tabitha.

    Here's hoping you get your billet doux from Oscar W..somewhere,somehow.

    xxxSMR

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  31. Tabitha what a seriously luxurious hen house! Love Tatler, even though it is horrendously expensive in Australia. Hilarious post as usual and stay warm x

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  32. The hen house (I KNOW from personal, just outside my backdoor experience) is So staged.
    Dude, that house would not last long in white.
    I do not think that place could be easily accessed from outdoors, nor would it stand a monthly power washing to keep the icky stuff off the walls, AND floor. (floor has to be made of mesh so the stuff, not eggs, they make falls through. People (fools) and their money are soon parted.
    Funny Post (as always).

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  33. okaay....billet doux from the master:
    ~~~~~
    Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

    Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

    Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

    True friends stab you in the front.

    Women are made to be loved, not understood.

    I can resist everything except temptation.

    A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.

    Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.


    Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

    Who, being loved, is poor?
    ~~~~~

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  34. boling here!!!

    I might do a christmas list

    Blogging takes me no time at all.

    I'm always perplexed when people say that it takes "time" the slowest bit is the photo upload, but I cook dinner then.

    Meanwhile that tattler should arrive here is a few MONTHS and will cost $20 xxxx

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    1. Faux Fuchsia - I should start sending you mine

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  35. Well, Tabitha this proves people do have more money than sense and there is no end to the stupid crap people will spend on. That said though, love those shoes! Those are surely a sensible purchase in my mind! Fabulous.

    Hope you stay cozy.

    xo
    Kim

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  36. Dear Santa,
    I'll take the Manolo Blahnik Swan shoes please.
    Thank you,
    Sara

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  37. OMG the hens digs are better than mine! It's humid and sweltering here and I am sporting a SUNBURN! I am so mad at myself. I feel like rolling round in a snowdrift. I'm sure I am so hot and burny that if I did it would make a sound like throwing a cup of water into a hot frying pan...sssssssss!

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  38. The shoes and clutch are absolutely gorgeous! I hope Santa brings them to you for Christmas this year. :)

    I love the tablecloth and the green glasses in the photo with it. Of course it wouldn't make it through one meal at my house without getting stained...unless I sit my boys at a different table.

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    1. Oh it's a fantasy list FFM! The tablecloth I would actually use but yes I might even send grown up to another table and just sit there myself with white food.

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  39. I love the AH clutch - Hope you get one in your stocking.I'm intrigued by Nipples being the New Cleavage!? What will I do with my old one?

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  40. Those shoes are amazing but I would never have anywhere to wear them! And you are right those blogger gift guides take forever to do!

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  41. I'm with Sue....you should have your own column or perhaps a book....weren't we just discussing that?

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  42. A book? Never, that takes brains!

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  43. The tablecloth is stunning. Checked out the website and couldn't find a link to the store. Would you happen to know a retail store that carries the textiles? You're very good at finding yummy things.

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  44. Marsha, oh yes, I have two of their tablecloths, try Artedona, its a German company.

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  45. I LOVE May's swan shoes too! I wish I had an occasion so I could buy them for something.

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  46. nice blog!

    http://thehandbagconcept.com/

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  47. Amazing ring, love the cufflinks as well!

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