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Kate-Spade-NY-Stacey-wallet-get-gifted-2016-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell At the start of the holiday season, I always turn to my favourite brands for Christmas gift buying.

Kate Spade NY is one of my all time favourite brands ( Say I, with the huge colourful collection of Kate Spade handbags!)

The thing is, there is no such thing as leaving empty handed once you step foot into that store.

I feel like a kid let loose in a candy shop. Pay day is Kate Spade day!

So, it was such a lovely surprise to be sent a Christmas gift from them this year, as part of their #getgifted campaign. Kate-Spade-NY-Get-Gifted-styled-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell The #getgifted campaign is all about personalising the gift, adding that ‘that’s so her’ twist which makes it unique to the recipient.

The persona of my gift was ‘She’s a work of art and likes to look at it,too’ and comprised of the Cedar Street Stacy purse, the Holly Drive compact ‘Kiss and Tell’ and the Live Color Fully fragrance.

The wonderful UK team of Kate Spade NY chose the perfect purse for me. It was my favourite bubblegum pink and now I can display all those beautiful and creative business cards I have collected.

That compact mirror will definitely come in handy for when I apply make up on the go.

The fragrance with its top notes of mandarin, pink water lily and star anise is simply divine.
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My new Cedar Street Stacy purse perfectly matches my Kate Spade handbag, seen in this illustration, done a while back by Emma Kisstina. Kate-Spade-NY-Get-gifted-ribbons-by-Little-Big-Bell

I’m loving the idea of the #getgifted campaign. Last Saturday, I got to show the lovely customers of Kate Spade NY in Covent Garden, London, how to personalise their own gifts with ribbons.

I created two types of bows, the stacked bow and the floral bow, both in the image above.

I’m proud to say that they were all made from scratch. It was so much fun creating them and I’ve now lost count of how many I’ve made.

One thing for sure, with so much practice, I can now create them in a matter of minutes.A good skill to have for this festive season right? Kate-Spade-NY-Get-gifted-London-styling-and photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Last but not least, the £200 Kate Spade NY gift voucher giveaway.

All you have to do is to either LIKE and comment on my Instagram image or to comment on the blog here.

I would love to know what what your perfect Christmas gift would be. Good luck in the giveaway.

(8/12/15 Thank you to all who have entered. I really loved reading your comments. The winner through random selection is Angela Townley. Congratulations Angela.)

(The competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over and ends at 11.59pm December 3rd 2015. The winner will be contacted via Instagram DM or email within 7 days and announced at the end of this post. Only one entry per individual. The Instagram promotion is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram.)

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaboration with Kate Spade NY. The above purse was gifted to me by Kate Spade NY.)

Hatley-Autumn-Winter-2015-collection-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Last weekend, when the sun started to peep through the rainy clouds, I felt compelled to go out and soak up the warmth whilst it lasted.

We headed out to the gorgeous grounds of Kenwood house.

It was also a great opportunity to photograph my son in his new outfits, kindly sent to him by one of our favourite brands, Hatley. Hatley-for-boys-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Hatley is a brand that originated from Canada, a country I hold a deep affection for.

My children are half Canadian. I have fond  memories of the fun we always have, in the great outdoors, when we visit. From cherry picking, to whale watching, to fishing and rowing on the crystal blue lakes.

How befitting that my son was playing with a fallen Maple leaf, when I was photographing him, in his ski team graphic long sleeve tee.

The exciting news is that Hatley has now opened a store in Chiswick, London but can also be bought online.

Hatley is also very popular among celebrities of discerning tastes and has been spotted on the likes of Apple Martin, Flynn Bloom and Carys Zeta Douglas. Hatley-navy-and-white-striped-raincoat-photo-by-Little-big-Bell Here M is wearing Hatley’s navy and white splash jacket.

What’s great about this jacket is that not only is it waterproof with a super warm and comfy terry lining and deep pockets, it has some great technical features too. There are reflective safety piping on the back for when days get shorter, and a detachable hood to allow for a customised look. Hatley-boy's-moose-raincoat-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Hide and seek? I can see you!

Here, M is wearing a seasonal version in grey with moose. I’m loving the contrasting red popper buttons. Hatley-boys-moose-raincoat-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These raincoats are perfect Christmas gifts for little ones. There are so many colours and designs to choose from. Hatley-pyjamas-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Back home after a run in the woods and some serious tree climbing, little M enjoyed some hot cocoa, then a bath and into his new Hatley navy stripe PJs. Hatley-pyjamas-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These Pyjamas are super soft and comfortable.

I now know where I will be browsing for my Christmas set of sleepwear. Hatley-Winter-pyjamas-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A different set on a different day. In fact I took this photo today.

You seriously should browse the Pyjamas from Hatley as you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Hope this post has given you some Christmas ideas? Have a great week ahead.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of little Big Bell. The clothing were gifts from Hatley.)

Stylist-live-2015-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A fortnight ago, I was given a ticket to attend the Stylist live event at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

I must admit, I was absolutely thrilled, since I love reading the Stylist magazine so much. The-Stylist-magazine-cover-by-Rob-Ryan-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The programme over 4 days consisted of a whole host of talks by prominent celebrities, such as Nigella Lawson, Salman Rushdie, Helmsley & Helmsley, Davina Mc Call, Yotam Ottolenghi and many more.

There were creative sessions from cookery to styling, empowering seminars from pitching to magazines,to kickstarting a portfolio career.

Running alongside were also fashion shows and sessions with beauty experts.

The list goes on. . . .

Unfortunately, I was only there for a short period, so did not manage to attend the talks.

I will definitely be more prepared next year. Stylist-magazine-Kylie-Minogue-on-Little-Big-Bell I love these Stylist covers featuring Kylie Minogue. It’s called Lucky and was shot by William Baker in 2012.

I was interested to learn that Stylist asked 25 fashion designers to create 25 bespoke looks for Kylie. A celebration of her being in the charts for 25 years.

Interesting to see all the interpretations. One of the resulting shots later made it to the cover of her album The Best of Kylie Minogue in June 2012. Balloons-The-Stylist-magazine-event-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Balloons and pink, two of my favourites. I’m liking the ombre effect of this backdrop.
The-Stylist-fashion-event-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Feast your eyes on this colourful display. Definitely a place to stop by for fashion conundrums. Sophia-Webster-wing-stilettos-at-Stylist-live-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Isn’t that white Sophia Webster Evangeline heels with the wings so pretty? I’m liking that green snakeskin embossed Beaumont stiletto on the bottom shelf too. It is from Kurt Geiger.

Great to see a mix of designer with high street brands on the Stylist’s shelves. Stylist-live-curated-necklace-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Mesmerised by this colourful sparkle? I certainly was, as I analysed the colour palette of emerald, mint, dusky pink, sapphire blue and bold orange. Yull-shoes-on-Little-Big-Bell I forgot to mention that this event was not just all fashion shows and talks.

In fact, you could literally shop till you drop, or until you’ve broken the bank.

I wanted to buy the mint and pink heels above from Yull, but unfortunately they didn’t have my size.

I met Sarah Watkinson-Yull, the creative director, and she told me that she could make them bespoke in a variety of colour combinations. Now, that is tempting! Uzma-Bozai-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I stopped by at Uzma Bozai’s stand and proceeded to buy one of their beautifully designed bib necklaces that was adorned with a variety of stones.

The poster above gives you a gist of what their fashion collection is about. Sophie-hulme-envelope-bag-on-Little-Big-Bell Now I’m blushing as I reveal further what I bought.

I have admired Sophie Hulme’s handbag collection for a while. When I saw this bubble gum pink mini envelope handbag, I knew it had my name all over it.

Not sure what was in the air that day, but I have always shied away from bold animal prints on shoes. These classic French Sole pumps in leopard print designed by Jane Winkworth won my heart over.  Kith-and-kin-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It was a delight to see homewares on sale at the event too.

Love these lamp shades from Kith and Kin. Kith-and-Kin-at-Stylist-live-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Another design from Kith and Kin. Very on trend with the still popular pineapples and botanicals. Birchbox-stylist-collaboration Birchbox has also collaborated with Stylist for their October box filled with cosmetics. You can find out more here. Meringue-girls-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The colourful meringues from the Meringue girls are always a visual delight.

Had I the time,I would have so loved to attend their masterclass on making edible flower lollipops at the event. Pearl-and-groove-at-the-Stylist-event-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Before I wrap up this blog post, I simply had to show you some delicious new finds.

These yummy cakes are from Pearl and Groove. Crosstown-doughnuts-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These spiced Bramley apple and pear crumble doughnuts are from Crosstown. Portobello-road-gin-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Portobello Road Gin, a blend of 9 botanicals, wins for its cool display. I’m liking the sound of Juniper, citrus, nutmeg and a peppery finish.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. Have a great start to your week.

( Photography are all by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell except French soles, Sophie Hulme and Yull.)

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