Wishing you a sparkly and joyous festive season

Wishing you a sparkly and joyous festive season

Thank you all so much for your heartfelt comments to my last post. I do so appreciate every one of them. It has been a very challenging year for all of us. All we can do is keep going one step at a time in the best way that we can and I see no reason why we should not do this in a chic fashion. On that note, I thought that I would continue my theme of “Let’s sparkle”. Wishing you a sparkly and joyous festive season.

How quickly things change. Since I wrote this post last Friday the world seems to have gone upside down again. I will now be wearing my sequin jacket on Christmas eve for a Zoom call with my Grimaud friends.

On Christmas day I will probably be wearing thermal underwear. two sweaters and a puffer coat as we sit self-distancing around a fire pit in the garden.

Christmas tree baubles

The gated community that we live in has put up the most magnificent tree this year so my photographer Laura Hines and I could not resist having a play around with it. She took some amazing photos of me reflected in the gold baubles.

Vintage black sequin jacket

This is definitely sustainable fashion as the gorgeous black sequin jacket I am wearing originally belonged to my grandmother. I do not remember her very well as I was about five when she died however I do have memories of her being very elegantly dressed. This jacket must date back to about the 30s or 40s so I guess it is classified as vintage.

Wishing you a sparkly and joyous festive season

I have teamed the jacket with a pair of black Armani trousers which date back to the mid-nineties. My silver flats are from MarksandSpencer (about 2 yrs old). They seem to offer a similar style in gold this year. Cream blouse Mango similar.

Let us all keep positive, stay united and look forward to creating a happier 2021.

Remember to sparkle and find as much joy in life as you can.

I shall be taking a couple of weeks off. We were hoping to go down to our apartment in the South of France. Sadly this is not now possible.

Wishing you a sparkly and joyous festive season wherever you are.

These stunning photographs were taken by Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram


  1. Kim Watt
    21st December 2020 / 12:20

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas! I’ll be wearing some sparkly trousers you featured last year.

    • 21st December 2020 / 19:30

      Hello Kim

      Thank you for your wishes. I remember the lovely sparkly trousers they were from HopeFashionuk.

  2. Janice
    21st December 2020 / 15:21

    Merry Christmas and Hay New year to you and yours. Hopefully 2o21 will be a much better and less depressing year for all of us!

    • 21st December 2020 / 19:26

      Hello Janice
      Thank you for your comment. I think we’re all hoping that 2021 will be better.

    • Ann
      22nd December 2020 / 03:52

      Marry Christmas to you and yours! Take care and stay safe! I always enjoy your posts and advice

  3. Lesley
    21st December 2020 / 15:34

    Thanks for keeping your readers sane over the past 12 months. Look forward to your 2021 posts.
    Let’s hope, it’s a better year for all
    Happy Christmas

    • 21st December 2020 / 19:23

      Hello Lesley
      I am glad to hear that I’m helping you to keep you sane. I’m not sure that I always feel sane! Definitely hoping that 2021 Will be better.

  4. Julie
    21st December 2020 / 15:38

    Merry Christmas to you & your loved ones too. Thank you for all your informative posts throughout the year.
    Wishing you a safe happy New Year too !!

    • 21st December 2020 / 19:20

      Hello Julie
      Thank you for your kind wishes and I’m glad you like my blog

  5. Eleni
    21st December 2020 / 15:58

    Thank you, Josephine, for a year of lovely and informative posts. I too have a black sequin top that belonged to my mother and bought sometime in the early 60’s. My eldest daughter and my sister have both borrowed it for elegant occasions.
    A sparkly Christmas to you and a happier 2021.

    • 21st December 2020 / 19:17

      Hello Eleni
      Your sequin top sounds lovely and I’m glad it has been put to good use.

  6. Rebecca Saffer
    21st December 2020 / 16:03

    What a gorgeous jacket! You look beautiful and I so appreciate your holiday wishes of positivity and joy Happy Holidays from NYC.

    • 21st December 2020 / 19:14

      Hello Rebecca

      Thank you for your kind comment. Enjoy your holidays in NYC. I think you are having as challenging time as we are in London.

  7. Francesca B.
    21st December 2020 / 16:15

    Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year Josephine. Thank you for all the joy and beauty you have given me this year. I have dear family in London and I know the news is grim, but here’s wishing you joy, staying safesurrounded by love and light.

    • 21st December 2020 / 19:08

      Hello Francesca

      Thank you for your kind wishes. You are right it is very challenging here in London at the moment But eventually this will pass.

  8. Sandra
    21st December 2020 / 16:48

    Wishing you Happy holidays despite Covid. Many thanks for your delightful posts. Stay safe!

    • 21st December 2020 / 19:05

      Hello Sandra
      Thank you for your wishes and for following my blog

  9. Penelope Harwood
    21st December 2020 / 17:26

    I still have a satin-backed crepe blouse in a rose colour that was my grandmother’s from the 1930s.
    Such beautiful workmanship. It has been a difficult year for us all and I sincerely hope 2021 will be better. Happy Christmas to you and your family, however you are able to celebrate. Here in Victoria, on the west coast of Canada, we are hoping for a Christmas morning walk with our grown children partners and dogs, but, sadly, Christmas dinner will be just the two of us. Thank you for your columns Josephine, they are always uplifting as well as practicable.

    • 21st December 2020 / 19:01

      Hello Penelope
      Your crepe blouse sounds lovely. You are right the workmanship was superb in those days. I’m glad that you like my blog

  10. Angela in NZ
    21st December 2020 / 17:30

    Sending Christmas greetings from New Zealand from where we can only imagine how different the season will be from past times for the rest of the world. There is never a day goes by that we don’t count our blessings for our life here. We are a nation of laid back dressers for Christmas given it’s summer and around 25°C so I’m anticipating something in linen for the day with maybe some sparkly jewellery and sandals. Stay safe one and all……

    • 21st December 2020 / 18:52

      Thank you for your kind wishes. I am very envious of your warm weather.

  11. 21st December 2020 / 20:19

    Season’s Greetings, to you, Josephine, and to All your Readers.

    Thank you for your interesting “blogs”.I look forward to them.

    I shall be wearing black velvet trousers plus a blouse and a sparkly jacket on the 25th. Every other year I wear a vintage dress from the 50’s!

    Keep well. keep safe.

    • 22nd December 2020 / 14:06

      Your outfit sounds lovely. Glad you enjoy the blog.

  12. Christine
    21st December 2020 / 20:19

    Such a beautiful outfit and how lovely to have something that has been passed down. I have some beads from my grandmother that bring back lovely memories particularly at this time of year. Wishing you a sparkly and lovely Christmas despite the challenges and thank you for your lovely posts throughout the year that help to remind us that there is a life out there beyond the pandemic.

    • 22nd December 2020 / 14:15

      Hello Christine
      Sadly I won’t be wearing my Sequin jacket this year as we may be eating outside round a fire pit but there is always next year. Lets all be creative and positive despite our external circumstances.

  13. Carol Dolisi
    22nd December 2020 / 17:40

    Merry Christmas to you from sunny but chilly temps here today in Florida,USA. I am new to your site & enjoy your
    bubbly,sparkly self. 2020 has been a tough year for all of us. My maternal Grandpas’ family was from England & I have always wanted to go to London & France. Stay warm & healthy. I will be in my festive clothes as well but I miss talking with people outside of this pandemic shut down.

    • 23rd December 2020 / 10:09

      Hello Carol
      Thank you for your wishes. Welcome to my blog and glad that you enjoy it. It is definitely tough here at the moment in London but I am sure you will eventually be able to visit.

  14. 22nd December 2020 / 20:22

    How very special to have and be able to wear your grandmother’s jacket! It’s beautiful!

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