Christmas

The Holidays

Nick Campbell sunglasses, Karen Millen sleeveless knit top, Karen Millen cotton trousers, Jimmy Choo suede pumps, Karen Millen block heel ankle boots and Karen Millen suede cuff sandals

And just like that, its Christmas again. Although I’m a little more excited than usual as it’s my first time being back home for the holidays in three years, and there’s nothing quite like being with family at this time of year. Plus to be honest, I’m pretty happy to be back in the Southern Hemisphere for the holidays. I know we all think of the perfect storybook Christmas being white with fresh snow… But truthfully I prefer being able to enjoy eating meals al fresco, going for afternoon swims and spending lazy evenings outside long after the sun has gone down.

So in the name of Christmas cheer, I’ve partnered up with Karen Millen to talk gift-giving, holiday style and how we spend summer down in little ol’ New Zealand. Check out the full feature right here.

Getting Festive

Reiss sheepskin collar leather jacket, Reiss high neck mesh sleeve dress, Ryan Storer ear cuff and Tibi booties

There’s no doubt about it – Christmas is coming kids. Especially here in London where there’s pretty lights and markets serving up mulled wine all over town. So to get into the festive spirit, I spoke with Reiss about my plans for my first London Christmas. Hint: it involves plenty of black layers, a bold red lip and good times with friends. Read the full interview over at Reiss here.

Merry Christmas!

Acne angora knit, beanie from Vietnam
 

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you are having (or had) an amazing day, wherever in the world you may be! This shot was taken earlier today in Prague, at the top of a picturesque hill, looking out over the beautiful old city. Prague has been a pretty magical place to spend the festive season; plenty of sparkling lights, decorated trees, Christmas markets and mulled wine.

This isn’t my first Christmas away from home, but it is my first in the Northern Hemisphere, far from the usual rituals, balmy days and fresh fruit. I was hoping this was going to be my first white Christmas, but the weather has been far to great for that. Anyway, much love and Merry Christmas!

The Night Before Christmas

I love Christmas. Growing up it was always a big deal, spread out over two days, one for each side of the family. My Grandparents always got really into it and almost all of my family lived in the one small town, so everybody was always there. We ticked off every cliche; stockings well past the age we stopped believing in Santa, champagne breakfast, a huge roast lunch, pavlova, cricket on the lawn, and the youngest always handed out the presents from under the tree one by one.

This is my third Christmas away from home, and even though I would love to be back with the family, it’s kind of nice to start our own traditions. We’ve had the same simple Christmas tree for two years in a row (which is really nothing more than a bunch of twigs decorated in candy canes and a big red bow) and bulging stockings have been replaced by a few presents neatly wrapped in brown paper. I’m also planning on cooking a turkey after managing to pull one off last year, and the fridge is packed with copious amounts of cheese, berries and tonic (for the gin). It seems like the weather gods have come to the party and summer may just have finally arrived. It’s going to a good day, I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty excited. Merry Christmas!!