>> I'm starting to wind things down a little here at Style Bubble, starting with a little mini-break to the wonderful restaurant and hotel Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxford, as a belated birthday getaway with Steve. If I wasn't "feeling" Christmas-y beforehand, I've returned with traditional choir carols in my head, the scent of pine needles on my clothes and a thorough lesson in traditional Christmas decorations. Le Manoir is about the most Christmas-y place I've ever visited. I'm now ashamed as I sit in my tree-less N7 hovel.
Charlotte Olympia has come to the rescue to adorn the flat with her version of Christmas spirit. As part of her special Christmas collection, which includes christmas pudding flats, jingle bell platforms and glitter kitty slippers, she has created this spectacular Christmas stocking. It literally is a black spide webbed lace stocking (why are the conventional stockings named thus, when they are normally chunky sock/boot shape) over a blush satin leg complete with an organza stocking top and the dolly pump rendered in red suede and gold leather at the bottom. You can fit in a pair of shoes or two as well as any other bits and bobs that go into stockings (I've never had a Christmas stocking in my life so you can educate me as to what goes in one). I'm going to figure out a way of hanging it up so that the provocative shape of the leg is fully preserved.