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Here are my latest finds and news from style, fashion, film, design and beautiful living.

• Some rustic decoration inspiration for Christmas. I’m choosing burgundy over red this year. I like its understated elegance and the way it looks against the wood in the interior shots here. And as much as I love the Christmas tree, pine cones and wreaths decorating my home in December, fresh flowers are also a must.

• A wonderful Christmas tradition: a very good English friend of ours was telling us last evening about his visit to the annual Dickensian Christmas in Rochester, which in December becomes a feast of Victorian delights. The streets come alive with readings, songs, dance, hand crafted traditional seasonal products and fabled characters from Dickens’ much-loved stories. I would very much love to go to a Charles Dickens Christmas Market one day. At least I can watch Scrooge (1951) tonight to get into the atmosphere.

• A much needed initiative: H&M’s responsible retailing
• Grace Coddington was interviewed by one of my favourite designers, Nicolas Ghesquière, of whom she was saying in a NY Times article, after his departure from Balenciaga: “Hopefully Nicolas won’t just give up and walk away. He’s too good, too strong, too brilliant, too passionate.” I subscribe.
• I think we have something to learn from Charlotte Rampling’s thoughts on style
• I always fall for Cartier’s Winter Tales
• For my fashion & film loving soul: Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration, by Deborah Nadoolman Landis
• I want to try and make one of these original Christmas wreaths

photos: 1,3-Bo Bedre / 2-Sarah Ryhanen / 4-Karen Mordechai

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