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The Notebook: Foil the Paps Like Gwyneth Paltrow

The much covered Gwyneth Paltrow skiing incident court trial has caught the attention for many reasons including the actress blocking her face from photographers with a large blue notebook.

The notebook in question is by British luxury brand Smythson and looks like a Portobello with a Panama crossgrain lambskin leather in Lapis Blue.

The Portobello’s featherweight paper in Smythson’s signature blue are gilt edged and the notebook also features a ribbon to match the Lapis cover. It retails at US$325 with an option for personalisation with up to three initials, which Gwyneth choose, at an extra cost.

Christmas Countdown: Bearing Gifts

Harrods Christmas Bear 2022

Harrods annual Christmas bear has arrived – welcome to Louie, the luxury store’s 2022 yuletide teddy. Harrods began selling teddy bears in 1906 and Louie’s green knitted jacket is not only a nod to the brand’s signature colour but to its first Christmas bear, launched in 1986. And Louie has more green credentials – he is Harrods’ first teddy to be made from recyclable plush. Meet Louie in store or online at

If you can’t go to the Aman, then bring the Aman (or Mandarin, Ritz-Carlton or Sofitel) to you…

Soho House has a range of scented candles evoking its clubhouses around the world and taking you through the day. Rose Water is "an ode to the English rose" at Babington House's walled garden.

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Dreaming of a White Christmas?



You may want to settle for this Chanel evening bag, inspired by a ski resort cable car (snow not included).

Price upon request.


Christmas Countdown: Advent Calendars


Fortnum & Mason Wooden House Advent Calendar


Advent calendar opening begins tomorrow, December 1st, and while there’s been a lot of hype this year about ultra luxury versions but Chopstix’s favourite remains the traditional wooden one by Fortnum & Mason. The Wooden House is based on Fortnum’s flagship store on Picadilly, London and you can keep it year after year, filling the little windows with new sweets. There’s just time to pop into the new Fortnum & Mason store  in Hong Kong to snap one up.

Fortnum's Hong Kong

Fortnum & Mason Hong Kong



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