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Christmas Gift Guide

Happy December!

Daniel Wellington Classic Black Silver Cuff PatriciaParisienne

Hello, hello! Hope you are all well and enjoying the first chocolate of your Advent calendar! T – 24 days until Christmas…bring on the hot cocoa and Christmas music!

One of the things I’ve learned since becoming a mom is that being organized is imperative. I took advantage of Black Friday sales and amazingly am nearly finished with my Christmas shopping. This is the first time I haven’t been scrambling around on the 23rd and 24th for last-minute presents!

What I have underneath my Drew tree in the photo are two of the latest additions, the new Daniel Wellington silver cuff and Classic Black watch. The cuff is an elegant accessory that George can’t break, so of course it’s been added to my daily wardrobe.

Both items make excellent gifts and come in lovely packaging, plus shipping is free worldwide (a nice perk). I’d recommend ordering a small in the cuff unless you have a wide wrist and a 36 mm watch for most women. For the men in your life, a 40 mm watch will do nicely. It is a lightweight and elegant alternative to the heavier metal watches. John loves his!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. Watch this space for new articles, reviews, and interviews!

Happy shopping,

PatriciaParisienne xx

If you fancy a new watch or cuff, you can use the code PATRICIAPARISIENNE for a 15% discount, which is good through December 31. It’s compatible with their 10% off Christmas offer, so you get a total of 25% off!

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Christmas Gift Guide #2 | The Books

PatriciaParisienne Christmas Gift Guide #2 Books for the bookworm in your life girl code cara alwill leyba richard branson the virgin way elizabeth gilbert big magic creative living beyond gear triumph lizzie harwood cupcakes and cashmere at home emily schuman how to win friends and influence people dale carnegie elizabeth is missing emma healey my paris story the paris women of success sanity is sexy diana antholis it's not how good you are it's how good you want to be paul arden diana antholis sanity is sexy angels of paris rosemary flannery elizabeth is missing emma healey big magic elizabeth gilbert my paris story paris women of success

Happy Second Day of Christmas Gift Guides! Today, we are all about the books.

I’ve always been a huge bookworm, and I love sharing about the good reads I find. Over the last year, I’ve read these books, among others, and have really enjoyed them. In the selection, I have included a few business books (particularly for the budding entrepreneurs), some about creativity and inspiration, a few fiction books I enjoyed, and two coffee table books. I especially love the Angels of Paris book by Rosemary Flannery; it’s gorgeous and will change the way you see Paris!

1. The Virgin Way by Richard Branson

2. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrest to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba

3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

4. Triump: Collected Stories of Gone Girls and Complicated Women by Lizzie Harwood

5. Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home by Emily Schuman

6. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden

7. Sanity is Sexy: Mantras to Inspire a Healthy Mindset by Diana Antholis

8. My Paris Story by the Paris Women of Success (including yours truly!)

9. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

10. Angels of Paris by Rosemary Flannery

Happy reading! Bonne lecture !

PatriciaParisienne xx

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Christmas Gift Guide #1 | The Classics

PatriciaParisienne Christmas Gift Guide 2015 The Classics shinola daniel wellington cambridge satchel company shinola

Happy December, everyone!

Christmas music is on, decorations are starting to go up in our home, and I’m counting down the days until the 25th! This year, our French family is coming to the UK, and I can’t wait to see the mini-loves wake up on Christmas morning and rush down to see what Santa has brought them. The holiday is just magical when you see it through children’s eyes.

“Fiiiiiive golden riiiiiings!” I love the song “Twelve Days of Christmas.” In addition to singing it around the house, I’ve decided to create a “Twelve Days of Christmas” gift guide on the blog and share some of my finds with you. Today’s first gift guide is called “The Classics” and is geared toward friends and family that love classic things – leather, satchels, etiquette, and a gorgeous time piece.

The gifts, clockwise:

1. Daniel Wellington watch

A DW watch is the perfect Christmas gift for anyone ages 15 and up. I love the leather strap and the simple yet elegant face. This particular model is the Lady’s Classic St. Mawes with a silver finish (seen here). I wear it every day because it goes with every outfit, hence why it’s the perfect watch! In addition to offering free worldwide shipping, Daniel Wellington is giving 15% off to my readers with the code PATRICIANOEL through January 15. 

P.S. I’d love to see your Christmas photos if you buy or are gifted one of these on Christmas morning! Share your pics with the hashtag #patricianoel.

2. Debrett’s Handbook

For my fellow expats in England or those who want to learn all there is to know about British etiquette, this is the guide for you. I’ve never seen a more comprehensive handbook! Don’t think it’s outdated; Debrett’s has updated the guide to be a modern interpretation of traditional manners. From dining etiquette and correspondence to hosting and entertaining, this stunning book has all of the answers to life’s social codes. http://www.debretts.com/shop/debretts-handbook.html

3. Cambridge Satchel Company cartridge bag

This gorgeous little bag accompanied us to Japan last month! I couldn’t have asked for a better travel and camera bag. Not only does it fit my clunky DSLR but it also had enough room for my wallet, phone, and a little water bottle. If you’re like me and tend to overpack your bag for the day and end up regretting lugging around a heavy tote, this bag is for you. It’s beautiful, classic, and fits the essentials. http://www.cambridgesatchel.com/

4. Shinola Leather Journal cover

This buttery leather journal cover is a great gift for the writers and artists in your life. Choose from any five colors, pop in a Shinola large journal, and off you go! Both the front and back covers have multiple pockets for cards, notes, or a pen. As with any quality leather, the wear and tear will only give it more character. http://www.shinola.co.uk/shop/leather-journal-cover.html

Tune in tomorrow for Christmas Gift Guide #2!

PatriciaParisienne xx

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