Early Crimbo and Birthday on my Head

Early Crimbo and Birthday on my Head

Yup, it’s coming around again, that dreaded day.  I’m still struggling to come to terms with the fact that I’m 24 and no longer a teen, so turning another year older just isn’t on the agenda.  Anyhow, a package came this week to remind me that the b-day is on its way even though the sender didn’t realise that was the case.  Tied up with a satin ribbon and initially wrapped in brown paper, because it hardly weighed anything, I thought somebody had played a hardy-ha-ha joke on me by sending me a nicely wrapped empty box.  I took it home and sat it under my tree in celebration of the fact that this is the first tree we’ve got on our own (we being the boyf and I) and to make it look like more festive. 

Well, you knew it, I knew it.  Of course I was going to open the thing.  It’s a box, a box with ribbon that isn’t even double knotted.  What else is a person supposed to do?

Turns out Le Tour de Force was very very kind enough to send over a treat.  From her S/S 09 collection comes a velvet and satin head bow that cascades in pale blue scallops at the front. I actually touched it and got a tactile rush to the head because it was like touching Christmas (did everyone have a velvet Crimbo dress or was it just me…?).  On my head it goes and it’s like a literal festive rush to the head.  With the scallops slightly over my

Also, the headband isn’t prejudiced towards odd shaped egg heads like mine… bless its pale blue velvety satiny goodness…



Some mint toffee sweeties kept the bubbly feeling going…



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  1. calamityjem

    2008-12-10 at 9:31 PM

    Wow, that’s beautiful…you’re such a lucky gal!

  2. Zori

    2008-12-10 at 9:34 PM

    This accessory is a little strange for me,but it looks perfect on you. The color is wonderful

  3. alixrose

    2008-12-10 at 9:40 PM

    How sweet of them and its just lovely, the colour the scallops.. wonderful!
    Also YEAH for your tree!

  4. Rhiannon

    2008-12-10 at 9:45 PM

    Oooh, it’s so perfect on you!!

  5. WendyB

    2008-12-10 at 9:56 PM


  6. Leslie

    2008-12-10 at 10:11 PM

    It kind of reminds me of a satin blue grape cluster..in a good way of course. Very cool.

  7. jess

    2008-12-10 at 10:18 PM

    oh it’s gorgeous!! looks fabulous on you susie. I have to wait patiently for the S/S collection to become available on-line.

  8. sopchan

    2008-12-10 at 10:19 PM

    What a great gift, a great colour on you 🙂
    But please tell me, WHERE are your tree ornaments from? Are those inflatable stars?? Pray tell!

  9. The Clothes Horse

    2008-12-10 at 10:22 PM

    Soo pretty! But with toppings like that you’ll make your tree jealous.

  10. KD

    2008-12-10 at 10:39 PM

    Gosh, that’s lovely!!!

  11. Chic Looks

    2008-12-10 at 10:42 PM

    awww!!! its so pretty and the colour is stunning, i like your facial expression on getting sweeties.

  12. enc

    2008-12-10 at 10:56 PM

    Gosh, that’s great. I love the color.

  13. susie_bubble

    2008-12-10 at 11:03 PM

    Thanks guys…. the colour is indeed wonderful…
    Sopchan: I made the stars myself…they’re just bigger versions of paper puff stars, I cut up some leftover Primark jewellery to hang up as little trinkets on the tree….

  14. s

    2008-12-10 at 11:05 PM

    That head piece is beautiful, I love the fish scales shapes.. it’s too bad the different velvet and satin fabrics aren’t very obvious in the pics.
    xx- LJ from SOS!

  15. chelsea

    2008-12-10 at 11:26 PM

    I am glad i am not the only person who saw blue grapes. But they are rather brilliant blue grapes

  16. rollergirl

    2008-12-10 at 11:54 PM

    HOW cute…it’s so you!

  17. K-Line

    2008-12-10 at 11:56 PM

    Looks great!! And your tree is adorable.

  18. la couturier

    2008-12-11 at 12:03 AM

    i love that! susie you have the greatest style. not exactly what i would go for, in all honesty, but still greatly admirable! i doubt i could pull off that hairpiece. you look amazing!
    La C.

  19. Zita

    2008-12-11 at 12:13 AM

    So lovely

  20. Alicia/InstantVintage

    2008-12-11 at 12:15 AM

    AHH!! It’s adorable! And my 25th is coming up too…don’t know if I’m happy or sad. LOL.

  21. Farren

    2008-12-11 at 1:10 AM

    Hahaha… i would have opened it as well. and good thing you do because i don’t think it should have to wait to be worn!

  22. Laia

    2008-12-11 at 3:02 AM

    i need one of those for sure.

  23. Bella

    2008-12-11 at 3:46 AM

    Damn, that’s incredible!

  24. giancinephile

    2008-12-11 at 8:05 AM


  25. kim

    2008-12-11 at 8:14 AM

    Lovely colour! And yes, I have pictures of my 4 year old self in a dreary dark green velvet dress in front of the Christmas tree.

  26. Cristina

    2008-12-11 at 9:04 AM

    Oh My! that is an awesome headpiece! wow i love it.

  27. Cécile/detour2mode

    2008-12-11 at 12:19 PM

    wow it’s amazing i love it!

  28. Jennine

    2008-12-11 at 12:57 PM

    oh the grapes hat! that was my favorite! what a sweet thing!

  29. alicepleasance

    2008-12-11 at 1:00 PM

    How nice! What a lovely present to receive 🙂

  30. Saskia

    2008-12-11 at 1:50 PM

    lucky you!
    Merry Christmas. 😉

  31. ター。 ç 。デgarçons町に来る

    2008-12-11 at 2:48 PM

    hey hahahappy bday! have a great time in paris and forget about the comments that attack the whole point of this blog. unless they are writing those comments while they tend to lepers in india, they prolly are just marinating in their own horrible insecure mess. people forget that blogs only represent one specific side of people – not their whole entire being! keep us posted on your paris trip!

  32. Snapshot Fashion

    2008-12-11 at 2:55 PM

    TOO ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. lopi

    2008-12-11 at 2:57 PM

    It’s just beautiful!
    Damn, sometimes I so wish I lived in UK, where people actually wear hats to weddings. I’d buy that in an instant!

  34. natty

    2008-12-11 at 5:14 PM

    Seriously – I want this! The contrast of the blue with black hair is fantasic – and I have black hair!!

  35. pretty face

    2008-12-11 at 7:06 PM

    How lovely of her! Gorgeous :)))
    Christmas spirit?

  36. floraposte

    2008-12-11 at 10:01 PM

    Pretty, pretty! So tactile. Happy Birthday.

  37. Charmduri

    2008-12-12 at 1:50 AM

    Oh you look so cute.

  38. Songy

    2008-12-12 at 6:05 AM

    That’s sweet!

  39. Romeika

    2008-12-12 at 2:11 PM

    Lucky you:)

  40. NiK

    2008-12-12 at 6:47 PM

    that is sooooo adorable. im actually slighly jealous cause i never think i suit things like that.

  41. Copycat

    2008-12-13 at 1:03 AM
  42. Anonymous

    2008-12-13 at 2:23 AM

    lovely hat! i also am loving the ornaments. how long was the stip of paper that you used and how wide?

  43. Mode Monitor

    2008-12-13 at 2:45 AM

    The hat is great. It’s so retro but modern too. I hope you will get lots of use out of it.

  44. Prêt à Porter P

    2008-12-13 at 3:35 AM

    beautiful headpiece!

  45. Sister Wolf

    2008-12-13 at 10:06 AM

    Happy Birthday! And just to put things in perspective: I didn’t become a grown-up til I was 33. xo

  46. Sister Wolf

    2008-12-13 at 10:10 AM

    Happy Birthday! And just to put things in perspective: I didn’t become a grown-up til I was 33. xo

  47. curves

    2008-12-13 at 6:41 PM

    yumminess in blue.

  48. The Danettes The Danettes

    2008-12-14 at 12:29 PM

    Fantastic headpeace – we love it!!!

  49. susie_bubble

    2008-12-15 at 8:29 PM

    Anon: The strip was about 1 metre long and 2 inches wide!
    Thanks guys…an update on the hat on the head is now up…

  50. Sammy

    2008-12-17 at 3:37 AM

    AHH im so jelous!

  51. ambika

    2008-12-26 at 6:12 AM

    What an absolutely lovely gift! It looks fantastic on you.

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