July 9, 2010

It was so lovely to be at the John Lewis Christmas do yesterday. It really made me feel I’d gone horribly wrong at the dingy careers office at my school 400 years ago. If anyone had told me it was possible to get a job decorating a beautiful listed building in shredded paper and covering it with Christmas baubles in July, I would never for one second have gone in for my current ardous career of loafing around blogging and eating canapes whenever a chance presents itself.

We got to see a wonderful preview of what’s in store for Christmas 2010. I can disclose that this involves a Russian military look, with optional pin-on medals (I saw this with Potty Mummy, appropriately enough, who can rock that whole Moscow look for real these days and was eyeing the sheepskin-lined Doc Marten boots rather lustfully). There is also a Hitchcock heroine strand or ‘story’ as the lovely JL fashionistas called it, involving cinched in waists, a lot of jewellery and a flock of paper birds hanging from the ceiling by see-through threads. Damn, if only I had ever been any good at origami …


I’m not sure if John Lewis intends us to hurl out all our furniture so we can get in new stuff to be bang on trend for its Scandinavian-red-meets-woody-and-citrus-tones interiors, but I would certainly prepared to dump my sofa so I could get JL’s totally gorgeous patchwork velvet one instead. I felt quite tempted to try to smuggle it into my handbag on the way out.  I also loved being told, with great certainty, that ‘wallpaper will be very big this winter.’ 


 Intersperse this with sneak previews of the hot toys for Christmas 2010 – I can exclusively reveal that they are fab and your children will have tantrums if they don’t get them – and a very happy time was had by all. Oh, and there was a certain amount of chatting involved – I met loads of lovely bloggers I’d never seen before, and bumped into old friends too. I’m terrified to do a name-check in case I do that dreadful thing of leaving someone out, and everyone was so lovely.

Best of all, adorable John Lewis gave us all a Flip camera-video-mebobble thingy. ‘Don’t worry, a child of two could use it,’ I was told arily. That’s fine then. As soon as I find a child of two, I’ll get them to explain it to me. As it was, I took the usual out-of-focus, wonky shots on my iPhone for your delectation.

big wallpaper

Have fun, and see you at John Lewis at Christmas. I’ll be buying the really big wallpaper.

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  • Rosie Scribble July 9, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Oh I want a flip video camera thingy – bang on trend they are! I was supposed to go but my travel arrangements were sorted out too late. Nevermind, maybe next year. Anyway, Happy Christmas!

  • Metropolitan Mum July 9, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Funny how we are sweating in the summer heat (finally!) and you are talking about Christmas. Maybe this year I am going to be more organised and have all the presents ready before the 24th. They say hope dies last.

  • Metropolitan Mum July 9, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Funny how we are sweating in the summer heat (finally!) and you are talking about Christmas. Maybe this year I am going to be more organised and have all the presents ready before the 24th. They say hope dies last.

  • Emma July 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    It was so much fun and so great to meet you! I think we should do Christmas in July every year! Can’t wait to get started using my Flip…just as soon as I figure out how to charge it!!! Have a fabulous weekend x

  • Chic Mama July 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Oh I fell in love with the patchwork sofa…gorgeous isn’t it. :0)

  • Potty Mummy July 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Excellent summary DD (both of the event and my lust for those Doc Martins…), and as for the flip am just about to try and lift some photos off the footage – will let you know if they work. (And Emma; to charge it, simply plug the connection into your computer)

  • MagicMummy July 10, 2010 at 10:10 am

    It was lovely to meet you the other day.

    I spent half the day looking at peoples breasts trying to see their name badges 😉

    I didn’t the flip much when were there either – it was a bit difficult with a drink and camera in one hand and my other hand ready to pounce on the snacks when they came my way. I did get a bit of film though so I’m going to see if I can get some stills to post as my pictures weren’t very good x x

  • Mary Poppins July 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Ha! Have to laugh at MagicMummy’s comment, I too did many Breast watching to see who people were. Was lovely to meet you I had a super time, I used my flip a little whilst there, but then whilst playing back home, somehow deleted it all, apparently they are all the rage with the teenagers, makes me feel young :0)

    Take care


  • Addy July 12, 2010 at 3:46 am

    I want that sofa!

  • Hadriana July 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Hi DD,

    Sorry that I haven’t been over for ages. I can’t believe you are talking about Christmas! Yikes! Although all those things look/sound super.

    I was worried that your house had burnt down and you were redecorating (for Christmas!)…that just shows how out of the loop I am!

    Promise to come by more often…Hadriana x