The Art of Giving Part I

The Art of Giving Part I

>> I've lucked out with gifts this year with the usual double hit of birthday slash Christmas but in particular, peers, friends and family this year have somehow gotten the balance between the meaningful and matters of taste just right.  It took a few years of giving/receiving lazy gift vouchers and bath sets from Boots to get to this point. 

So if it feels like over the next few days until the 4th January (that's when I feel like my official 'working' year begins) I'm excessively coo-ing over gifts on the blog, apologies in advance.  It's these little bits of joy that will keep me going for what is to be a looooong January, when I have fiscal matters to deal with that will keep me from the shops for a bit. 

I used to be in the habit of carrying a Stella McCartney solid perfume habit on the commute which comes in handy in the summer when several varieties of armpit whiff come to attack your nostrils.  Don't THINK I have told anyone of my odd habit but Steve's sister and her husband were kind enough to supply me with this Artemesia solid fragrance from Penhaligon's which comes in a lovely compact as well as a 'Keep Me' label that reminds me of the first chapter in Alice in Wonderland where she haps upon the 'Drink Me', 'Eat Me' tags. 



Spending too much time with the mother has clearly affected my dress choices, with the upper half here resembling a 70s secretary, or just an outfit that my mum would have worn in the 70s.  Thankfully, the bottom half is wrecked by these Les Queues de Sardines cyclops tights that my sister got me.  I expect some stares from eyeball to eyeball…

(Worn with Lauren Moffatt dress, vintage Celine shirt, Krystof Strozyna jacket, Nicholas Kirkwood flats, Ki:ts belt and leather bracelet)



My recent ravenous appetite for bags that makes up for about six years of not being into bag-buying have been answered with a few recent gifts/acquisitions including this cable knit Mysuelly bag from Urban Outfitters (sold out I'm afraid!).  A bout of Googling reveals Mysuelly to be a French bag label that apparently French fashonistas are digging – who knows whether that was just a breezy sweeping statement to fill a few pages in a magazine.  The point is, Mysuelly have pitted lush cable knit against a 'proper' structured bag along with a lovely red suede lining, all big enough to fit all the essentials.  The Bags-for-Susie cause is somewhat uplifted but in part II, it gets a huge surge.  Allow me to cheesily end this post with a "Watch out for the next part!". 



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  1. Penny Dreadful Vintage

    2010-12-28 at 12:58 PM

    Love love love this outfit Susie. I am a huge fan of the 70s secretary look myself, as well as bonkers tights.

  2. BeckyDazzler

    2010-12-28 at 1:07 PM

    Such a perfect outfit! Also, the solid perfume looks lovely, Ive always wanted to try Penhaligon fragrances after reading a reference to it in I Capture The Castle!

  3. Fashion Agony

    2010-12-28 at 1:22 PM

    Love those tights and the bag is simply awesome!

  4. Arstcrylique

    2010-12-28 at 1:28 PM

    Your tights!I want them!

  5. Snappy

    2010-12-28 at 1:40 PM

    The tights are quite eye catching for sure, great styling too. And the handbag, I can see why it sold out. Nice combo of leather and knit. Very snappy.
    snappy x

  6. Dobrochna

    2010-12-28 at 1:44 PM

    i;m from Poland J known Krzysztof Strozyna 🙂

  7. gorete sousa

    2010-12-28 at 1:49 PM

    I LOVE your look!!! Beautiful!!!

  8. yuma

    2010-12-28 at 2:13 PM

    Funny tights!Love it:D

  9. renee

    2010-12-28 at 2:18 PM

    loove your bag…great look….the 70s style goes well with the tights….cute!!!!!

  10. Chris

    2010-12-28 at 2:54 PM

    Eye-ball tights?!!! OOC! Loves!

  11. Laura Connell

    2010-12-28 at 2:55 PM

    The container for the Artemis is stunning and you look fantabulous in your blue ensemble.

  12. Style Eyes

    2010-12-28 at 3:19 PM

    Those tights are amazing. The perfect match for your outfit.


    2010-12-28 at 3:37 PM

    Those tights remind me of that show I used to love! “As Told By Ginger” Thats what their eyes looked like.

  14. patuxxa

    2010-12-28 at 4:31 PM

    Love love love your outfit! I can’t believe you discovered MySuelly, less than a month ago I had that very same bag in my hands (in the one and only shop that sells them in my country) but I just wasn’t brave enough to buy it in white cable knit, so I got a slightly different model in oxblood red corduroy with navy blue suede piping (the lining is red like yours).
    I’m feeling watched by those tights, yet still I kinda want them.

  15. vivi

    2010-12-28 at 5:44 PM

    you’re always look so amazing ! this blue coordination and tights… maybe you can like the brand “Blank” they have nice prints and the designer is really cool…

  16. Kiki

    2010-12-28 at 5:53 PM

    I love the cable knit/leather bag!

  17. frances

    2010-12-28 at 7:18 PM

    that bag is perfect! plus i love the packaging of the perfume… i’ll buy any old crap if it has beautiful packaging. x

  18. Brandon Acton-Bond

    2010-12-28 at 8:29 PM

    Whimsical tights, cable knit bag, solid perfume and “watch” out for the next post = very happy Christmas in deed.

  19. Beckerman Girls

    2010-12-28 at 9:08 PM

    I SEE U!!! lol!!! I LOVE THOSE EYEBALL tights..they are unnnreal with your all blue outfit! You look sooo fab and amazzzing like always, babe! And that knitted bag?!!! GASP…hotness!!! Wanted to wish you a HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR from us girlios! Lots of love, Susie and a big hug!
    Hope we get to meet in the New Year!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  20. Little Red Book

    2010-12-28 at 10:18 PM

    Love the dress and that bag is amazing for Urban Outiftters.

  21. Ben

    2010-12-28 at 10:39 PM

    I love the eye leggings. they remind me of Argus a monster covered in eyes. I think he is greek.

  22. rawbottega

    2010-12-28 at 11:48 PM

    <3 the blazer. i love how you know all these experimental fashion designers! thanks you always :)

  23. My name is Giacobba

    2010-12-29 at 12:09 AM

    super cute outfit! those tights are fantastic!!!

  24. Cami

    2010-12-29 at 1:37 AM


  25. nellie kaiser

    2010-12-29 at 5:51 AM

    I just love your creativity. Your mismatch style is beautiful and inspiring.
    I think you and your readers might like my vintage store i have online.
    Check it out.

  26. apple

    2010-12-29 at 9:29 AM

    Sweet, a little lolita.

  27. Callahan Brooks

    2010-12-29 at 12:12 PM

    What makes a comment stand out? Im not sure I know the correct answer, but I’ll give it a go. I’ve been reading your blog for about 3 months now, I know I know definatly not long enough! Personally all compliments are lovely to read, as I’m sure they are to you, and I would just like to say, I love the way you write, the content and all the photos you choose. Ive had various attempts of starting different blogs, not knowing how you manage to get followers, but Ive had a thought…it doesnt matter? Ive wrote my first post, during them four ever-lasting days of the christmas holiday’s, why not?! I would be most grateful if you could have a little look, and I just want to say again you blog is AMAZING! x

  28. Fashiomilla

    2010-12-29 at 4:01 PM

    Oh, I love everything with this alfit!

  29. M-

    2010-12-29 at 4:21 PM

    this outfit is one of my favourites, love the palette 🙂

  30. Susie

    2010-12-29 at 7:28 PM

    I really love those tights! I love how they add some humor to your outfit, especially when paired with the shoes. Hope that you are having the happiest of holiday seasons! I just moved to London, so I am going to start to explore it via your shopping guide. I’ll probably be mostly window-shopping, but who cares–I can’t wait!

  31. meili

    2010-12-29 at 10:58 PM

    aaaales queues de sardins aa it’s so cool you have one of this, there so original, and above all frenncch , the people who created this brand are so nice
    you could see a little video here !!

  32. calivintage

    2010-12-29 at 11:56 PM

    i just had to stop in to admire your pale blue pairing and the way you have perfectly broken up the scheme with those shoes and tights. yes, yes. i will remember this next time i go shopping!

  33. Lips In Rouge

    2010-12-30 at 12:06 AM
  34. Clairey

    2010-12-30 at 2:54 PM

    white and blue tights are so weird! But in a grrrreat way.

  35. sandy joe

    2010-12-31 at 11:26 AM

    That solid perfume is so precious looking, I can only imagine the smell that accompanies it is just as sweet. The packaging is so thoughtful.

  36. Ji

    2011-01-07 at 3:43 PM

    I have the same bag in Navy. And i also live in paris 🙂

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