What I bought & Wardrobe diaries: February 2021

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Not a particularly good February for my wardrobe/wallet…

Aje Ribbon Tee (old season; pre-owned via eBay; burgundy; XS) – I’ve been wanting the Aje Ribbon Tee for a while now because I’ve been admiring their thick-but-not-stiff cotton tees and this is the only logo design I like. On eBay, the pre-owned tees regularly sell for close to $100, unfortunately. I was really drawn to this burgundy (of course), which I couldn’t find any old stock photos of, so perhaps it was only brought out for a season a few years back. The condition was okay and definitely looked worn but I don’t mind. I think the previous owner had a cat because I spent a long time getting rid of hairs with a lint roller as it wouldn’t come out in the wash. It’s super SUPER oversized and I would probably look for an XXS next time but I also don’t mind XS. With shipping, $74 minus 7% off gift card = $68.82

St. Agni Ranger Shorts (old season; brand new pre-owned via eBay; navy; XS) – I first saw these shorts on a Youtuber and was quite interested but not enough to try the brand for the first time at that price point. I also didn’t like the colours available for the season. Luckily I found these brand new in navy. The cut is everything I wanted, with the pleats, large pockets, length, and super high-waist. The XS fits me so well! The cotton-linen blend does wrinkle easily though. With shipping, $89.95 minus 7% off gift card = 83.65

Nobody Denim Siren Skinny Ankle Jeans (old season; winner (blue); 25) – As half my pants no longer fit me, my size 26 Nobody Denim jeans are also loose now and only wearable at home. Nobody Denim had a REALLY good sale and I justified that it was the perfect opportunity to pick up a pair from the Siren range to try (super high-waisted vs my previous Cult Skinny style which are high-waisted). I had them taken up a few centimetres and the fit is perfect. I’ve never had such a light wash of skinny jeans and do still want some black or dark wash jeans that fit… With shipping, $70

Nobody Denim Cult Skinny Ankle Jeans (old season; pre-owned via eBay; blackout (black); 25) – …So I also picked up a black pair off eBay. For some reason, the cut is really off on this pair literally everywhere. The waist, legs and butt are all too big! Maybe it’s a quality control issue or maybe there is a problem with the black jeans at Nobody Denim (not sure how this is possible though), as the black pair in 26 I had also fits much larger than my navy pair in 26. Both black pairs are no longer in my wardrobe (see below) and the hunt continues. With shipping, $30.35 minus 7% off gift card = $28.23

Celine wool-cashmere high-waist wide leg pants (pre-owned via eBay; black; 34) – This is where things really went downhill in February because while I always have a wishlist of pre-owned Celine goods I’m watching, I ended up snagging three of them in about a week. The condition of these pants are impeccable and like new. I’m not convinced they’ve ever been laundered. These pants may never get worn as they are too long for me and a big big on the waist but gosh darn it they are so beautiful and it wouldn’t even be the first piece of clothing I’ve purchased to keep as art/collectible, lol. I haven’t decided if I’ll go in with alterations for the time being and I almost can’t bear to. $235

Celine compact fold wallet (old season; pre-owned via eBay; navy) – It’s been a long time coming as I’ve been patiently looking at old Celine compact wallets forever now. I was actually going to get a second one too but someone else snapped it up (and I absolutely regret it so much because it was a compact burgundy zip around!!!). This beautiful navy with gold hardware and reasonable price point (negotiated down a little bit) ticked two boxes. The front closure has some wear (obvious in the sale photo) but other than that it looks gently used and fairly good. $330 minus $5 voucher minus two partial gift cards at 7% off and 5% off = $306.75

Celine silk long-sleeve shirt (pre-owned via eBay; wine; 34) – I had been watching this shirt since last year when I think it was listed for around $300. Over time the seller continued to reduce the price down and then I managed to negotiate even more off. This was an absolute steal, and I’m borderline embarrassed! I’m finding that the Celine sizing, which is meant to be equivalent to AU6, definitely runs large. The colour is stunning and the silk is the nicest silk I’ve ever come in contact with. Condition is excellent! With shipping, $161.95 minus 7% off gift card = $149.70

Zimmermann Stovepipe cropped cotton-blend cady slim-leg pants (via The OutNet (also here via Zimmermann; black; 0) – As mentioned, most of my pants don’t fit anymore so I started a new hunt for pants in a smaller size. When these arrived, they were too big (I know I am 0P in Zimmermann but the size was sold out) but I really liked the fabric and I kind of saw potential when I squinted. I took them to Mum and she worked her tailoring magic because while she thought there was something mediocre about the original cut at the front, she agrees the fabric is divine (very tight weave, smooth and good weight). (Nb mine is a cotton blend but the Stovepipe pants listed on Zimmermann’s website is viscose without cotton so that’s confusing…) They fit LIKE A DREAM now and are possibly my favourite pants in my whole wardrobe! I can wear them with everything and to work or on the weekends. Was $572, down to $228 minus 30% off = $159.60

February 2021 total: $1101.75

Considered or tried

Pringle of Scotland wool and silk-blend crepe wide-leg pants (via The OutNet; black; 6) – These were the other pair of pants in my order. The fabric was itchy and the fit was too oversized for me given that I have short legs. Back they went.

Other updates

I sold the never-worn Nobody Denim Cult Skinny Comfort Jeans in black size 26 purchased two summers ago as they were too large. I sold a County Road silk long-sleeve shirt in teal blue XS as it’s a bit short in the torso for tucking and layering and the colour doesn’t go with my skin tone. The silk had quite a bit of wear. +$24.07

The terribly ill-fitting pair of Nobody Denim Cult Skinny Ankle Jeans in blackout size 25 from eBay was passed on to my Mum. I was going to throw it out if she didn’t want it but she did some alterations to it. She still agrees that there is something off about the way the jeans were cut and we definitely suspect a quality control issue.

What I bought & Wardrobe diaries: January 2021

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Madewell Hilltop Cactus Shirt (via David Jones; XS) – I saw this previously in store and thought the cacti were so cute but then decided to pick it up when DJ did an extra 20% off sale items. I ordered both XS and S since reviews mentioned it was really cropped. I didn’t notice much difference in the length so kept the smaller size since it is already extremely wide and boxy. I wear this with high waisted bottoms, untucked or unbutton the bottom one/two button/s and tie a knot as it is barely long enough to tuck into most bottoms. It’s really light and breathable for the summer and WFH though the embroidery is a bit itchy. Was $149.95, down to $99 and extra 20% off = $79.20

Scanlan Theodore Embroidered Eyelet Culotte (pre-owned via eBay; 6) – This is my first time trying this Australian brand. I had been wanting an Aje white linen culotte on eBay for a while but it’s buy-it-now price was a bit expensive. This looked really cute too and the auction was much more affordable. The waist is a tad big on me and the legs are a bit too exaggerated for a short-legged person like myself. Ideally if it was a bit shorter it would look much better on me. However I do enjoy them and the eyelet fabric is so gorgeous. It’s condition was pristine and I don’t regret trying out this brand first in this way. Including shipping, $43.

January 2021 total: $122.20

Considered or tried

Jac + Jack Walker Long Sleeve Tee (via David Jones; Cotta; XS) – Gee, I’m really having difficulties with this brand. I wanted to try out their linen stuff in the same DJ order with the extra 20% off sale items. I picked this dusty pink colour. All I remember was the moment I touched the fabric with my fingers I knew it was going back. It was an incredibly rough linen weave. This style would be a very casual tee for me, predominantly worn at home, and there is zero chance I could wear this for more than a minute.

Other updates

I threw away two Esprit cotton tees (one short sleeve and one long sleeve). They’re very fitted and in an easy-to-wrinkle cotton. I kept thinking I would keep to wear them at home but I never have in the last several years.

I did also forget (in the last post) that when moving house last year I threw away a pair of really battered Ziera Topaz sandals in black. The insides were so disgusting after wearing them pretty much everyday during the first Spring and Summer I got them. I took them straight to USA, where it was hot, humid and occasionally rained heavily, so they started their life off with lots of sweat, going through downpours and of course accumulating a lot of dirt and grime from all the walking everyday. Over time the dirt stopped wiping off and they were no longer appropriate to wear out. I have the same pair as a backup but for the last two-ish years I have been saving them and wearing the brown pair instead while I have another black sandal on the go.

What I bought & Wardrobe diaries: October to December 2020

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Jac + Jack Verte Organic Cotton Tee (via The Iconic; darkest navy; S) – I decided to try a Jac + Jack tee when The Iconic was having a massive cashback offer on top of 30% off selected items, landing this tee at almost half price. Jac + Jack is an Australian brand, which I feel markets themselves on premium fabrics and minimalist designs. I last wrote about procuring a pre-owned cashmere jumper (which was wrongly listed so I returned it) and trying on a skirt which completely swamped me. I decided to go for S and it fits perfectly for a slightly relaxed-fitted look, if that makes sense. I like that the crew neck is higher with ribbing and the fabric is soft but not thin and drapey. I really like it and wear it frequently. I have considered buying more colours of this line (since it is their only sustainable, made in USA line of tees) but I will wait for the right price. I think the quality of mine is fantastic though I did see some in store recently with very poor stitching work, so I will have to be careful in future. Was $99 – 30% – $12.60 cashback = $56.70

Viktoria & Woods Intarsia Knit (via David Jones; 0; sold out) – I ordered this in both 0 and 1 but I was refunded the latter size as it subsequently sold out. The 0 was fine so I kept it. I absolutely adore the colours and I really enjoy a good cotton jumper with a mock neck. It was a bit of an antsy purchase which I could’ve done without but I am so happy with it. I was very surprised to see the cashback amount approved recently, as the amount was based on four items in this order, two of which were refunded due to no stock and one which I returned (discussed below). I am, of course, not complaining! Was $290, down to $183.20 – $18.68 cashback = $164.52

Aje Allegro Belted Jean (Classic wash; 6) – Earlier I purchased the similar pair in black because I had been wanted this classic wash pair all year. I wore the black ones a lot so when this finally went on sale, I snapped it up. They are so comfortable. HOWEVER due to the flexibility and extra time gained from WFH, lifestyle changes led to me losing ~one size towards the end of 2020. These jeans are a bit large (to be fair the website did advise to size down anyway…). I already had them hemmed so I intend to keep both pairs for now and tighten the belt as much as possible. Was $295, down to $206 (expecting $9.38 cashback)

Cos cotton long-sleeve top (black; 6) – I couldn’t find this on the website (also it’s wrinkled and I’m lazy so no photo). I actually find the very smooth and stiff cotton Cos uses quite difficult to maintain, even if it feels and looks nice. It’s like a magnet for dust and fluff! Unsurprisingly the fit is loose and large, but the A-line shape and wide sleeves are lovely. I REALLY like the single pocket on the front – so handy to pop my phone there to keep it with me around the house! Was $99.90 – 50% off = $49.95 but gave my Mum $50 in cash (she put our purchases on her card)

Cos cotton-cupro boat neck long-sleeve top (purple; 8) – (As above, lazy so no photo) I am on the fence about this purchase. My Mum purchased this top in a beautiful purple-mauve in size 6. I really wanted it but didn’t want to buy the same top (she saw it first!). There was a purple one too but the smallest available was 8. I had already been in the change rooms (which had a long line) so I tried it on over my clothes. Again, the silhouette is loose and boxy so I thought it would work. This material is really smooth and super difficult to keep wrinkle-free. The shoulders and wide boat neck are bigger than I would like. I probably should not have bought this size. Was $99.90 – 50% off = $49.95 but gave my Mum $50 in cash (she put our purchases on her card)

Acne Studios Mini Musubi Bag (burgundy – newly uploaded stock photos on Acne Studios website are fairly inaccurate for all the colours; better stock photos here) – I have had a journey and a half with this bag all 2020 and finally picked it up in the last days of the year. I first saw this bag online in black and thought the design was interesting but wasn’t wowed. And then at the start of 2020, I saw lumiere.dhelen‘s brown (not sure if it’s the caramel or the almond brown) and Brittany Bathgate‘s white Musubi bags, frequently featured on their Youtube channels. The lighter colours really made the unique design of the bag “pop” and I was completely obsessed. I actually had two bags sitting on my wishlist for a almost two years but this shot right to the top. I did not want the white or either of the browns though. They released the burgundy, which I was convinced I would get if I liked the bag in person. And then in the last few months of 2020, they released a grey colour and I was convinced it was a sign and I would get the grey (neutral and more practical). However when I finally got to the store and laid eyes on the burgundy (the oxblood, burgundy, deep red shades are my favourite colours), the colour took my breath away. It’s not impractical a colour, just a little less practical than grey. So I slept on it and the next time I went back, I picked it up (it almost didn’t happen as the SA had to run to the offsite storage three times because he couldn’t find the last bag in stock!). The bag is divine and ridiculously comfortable because of the thick strap and the way the soft leather sits against you. My only complaint is that the opening and access into the bag’s compartment is narrow due to the thick short strap and division in the middle of the bag. I tried to purchase it for cheaper online/overseas but the savings from overseas were not substantial enough. $1500

I haven’t purchased jewellery since starting this series. I don’t know if I consider them part of “my wardrobe” and feel like a different category to me. I don’t ever “get rid” of fine jewellery (which I purchase very infrequently and after much thought). I also can’t link/show custom-made jewellery (engagement ring and wedding ring) or discuss price (engagement ring – unknown). 2020 was an exceptional year though, because of the engagement and wedding rings and a bracelet for my birthday which I went to pick up in the last few days of the year (six months after my birthday).

I will also mention but not include the top and skirt (worn as a dress) I purchased for our legal wedding ceremony. Potentially (and hopefully) they could be incorporated as separate pieces into my wardrobe in the future, but the need and expense falls under our wedding fund.

October to December 2020 total: $2,027.22 (With the caveat that in addition, a substantially larger amount was also spent on a wedding ring, wedding “dress” and a bracelet)

Considered or tried

With my order from David Jones that included the Viktoria & Woods jumper above, I also ordered the Gateway wool pants in 0 and 1. I was also refunded for the latter size so I only received the 0, which fit anyway. I liked the colour. My issue was the very thin (so thin it almost felt like paper) and itchy fabric, so I returned it.

Other updates

I passed on that Country Road jumper I bought recently to my Mum because I really hated the colour whereas she didn’t mind it. Before moving, I threw out four pieces that I couldn’t sell and would only end up in landfill if donated – a Witchery skirt, a French Connection tee, a French Connection skirt, and a Tracy Reese skirt.

I sold a COOP Trelise Cooper skirt, Tommy Hilfiger jumper and Saba silk sleeveless (purchased pre-owned in September 2019). Due to changes to my clothing size, I am going through and cleaning out clothes that no longer fit (mostly bottoms because tops/dresses can often still work if -1 or +2 sizes) though they’ll only be mentioned when thrown/donated/sold. After shipping and fees, +$35.87

I finally sold my old Prada wallet. Purchased in 2012 for $640 and used daily until the end of 2019, it now retails for over $1010 (crazy!). Except for the zip, it was in immaculate condition. I was trying to sell it between $350-400 because I wanted at least $300 after fees. I had some offers and negotiations between $250 and $330 that I knocked back. Shockingly someone suddenly offered me $500 and I accepted right away! Needless to say I was very happy with that outcome. After shipping and fees, +$425.20

What I bought & Wardrobe diaries: January to September 2020

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Nobody Denim Cult Skinny Comfort Jeans (via David Jones; anniversary black; size 26) – Since purchasing my first Nobody Denim jeans at the end of 2019, I picked up another pair during the summer sales. It’s a really substantial thick denim and will definitely take me time to get used to, since I only wear very stretchy skinnies. Since it was summer at the time and then we’ve been in various levels of shutdowns and lockdowns all year, I haven’t had any occasion to start breaking into either new pair of jeans yet! Was $219, down to $99.

Ziera Liberty flats (via David Jones; black pewter; size 38; also here) – I continued to pick up discounted Ziera shoes where possible. (The company was bought and they are still alive, already releasing new styles!!!) I’d never tried this pair before but it looked pretty safe in terms of fit and comfort. Since going into stay-at-home mode, these were the only shoes I wore from March to September when going out (except for running, of course). These have been perfect for me in winter as I don’t have to wear socks and my feet don’t overheat too often. My feet are like saunas on a good day, which is made worse with socks and enclosed shoes. Was $259.95, down to $143.20.


Ziera Tyler sandal (via Ian’s Shoes; nude; size 38) – Another new style to me. I thought it would be “useful” to have a pair of nude sandals with a comfortable heel to wear to any fancy occasions, which is looking ever more distant. Was $219.95, down to $175.95, minus 20% off = $140.76

Ziera Lennon flats (via Ian’s Shoes; blush rose gold; size 38) – This is a another backup purchase. I now have two pairs in blush and two pairs in black because these shoes are so bloody wonderful! Was $249.95, down to $199.95, minus 20% off = $159.96


I had these Country Road gift cards I purchased during an extra-value offer that were sitting around after I no longer wanted the item I purchased the gift cards for. During an extra 50% off sale items sale, I thought I’d just order in some neutral pieces to try on (I returned one item).

Country Road Textured Cotton Resort Shorts (black; size 6) – I didn’t love either pair of black shorts in my order, but this one was lined and quite comfortable. The outer cotton is thin and wrinkles easily. Sale price $49.95, extra 50% off, see total below with rewards and gift card discount.

Country Road Linen Summer Midi Dress (black; size 6) – Country Road is maintaining expensive prices as its quality continues to go downhill but I do enjoy the French linen they use in some of their lines (most of the other linen is not as smooth and tightly woven). Often the final sale prices end up on 20-25% of the original retail price! I thought this simple black dress would be pretty safe and I really love it. It’s lined and very weighty. I actually wore this in the middle of winter with a skivvy underneath. Sale price $99.95, extra 50% off, see total below with rewards and gift card discount.

Country Road Linen Button Front Maxi Dress (antique white, size 6) – This I definitely haven’t worn yet. It’s a really bright white. It’s a safe style, comfortable fabric and lined. It’s perhaps too long and heavy for the hot summer days though so better suited to spring/autumn. Was $199.95, sale price $129, extra 50% off, see total below with rewards and gift card discount.

Country Road Texture Cotton Shirt (Ice blue; size 8) – Sized up for a loose fit but I probably should have just taken a 6. I actually really like this shirt even if it’s an unusual colour for me (and on me, as it looks bright against my skin tone). I’ve worn it a lot over the months, and it’s been one of the tops in rotation if I have a video meeting. The textured (crinkly?) cotton is not itchy and doesn’t really ever look wrinkled, which is such a bonus! Sale price $69.95, extra 50% off, see total below with rewards and gift card discount).

Country Road total $174.43, minus $10 rewards, used extra 10% value gift cards used = $149.50


Zimmermann Silk Wrap Midi Dress (current season colours are different) (moss; size 0P) – The colour is in the main image at the top of the post. I originally wanted this dress in last season’s berry (it might be this one). I tried on three dresses and ended up liking this in the moss green the most! This is the first green piece of clothing I’ve ever owned because I don’t think green suits me. I only tried it on because the store assistant handed it to me for sizing. The colour is gorgeous, rich and deep. The wrap style is a bit of a “cheat” for a dress, but the silk is so smooth and hangs nicely. It looks really chic yet seems like it could be appropriately dressed up or down. This style, along with the mini version, seems permanent with the colours changed seasonally, as I was also eyeing up a different colour during last year’s Boxing Day sales. I originally thought I would wear this to a wedding in October, but that is of course postponed. This was my first piece of Zimmermann and when I’ve browsed online I’ve been shocked by how expensive the brand is outside of Australia! I think I saw this dress retailing for almost $2000! Was $595, down to $360, $12 shipping = $372


Country Road Stitch Detail Cotton Knit (Liquorice; S) – I couldn’t decide whether to go for XS or S since the model was wearing XS and it looked loose-fitting already, but the image also made it look quite short. Having received it, S is probably too loose fitting for me, and the torso is not short at all. I probably should have gone XS. The chunky knit looks like it will snag easily and the colour is… interesting. I wore it out today and it looks… like a dark green-ish brown. I really don’t like the colour now so we’ll see if I pass it on. But that’s all my own fault and I don’t think I would have sent it back anyway. Was $159, down to $99.95, minus $20 rewards, extra 20% off, used remainder of pre-purchased extra 10% value gift cards and topped up with cash = $55.07.

Aje Coda Belted Jeans (via The Iconic; black; size 6) – I’ve been obsessed with the Allegro belted jeans for the majority of the year but spotted this pair on sale. It looked similar except it has a longer inseam and the denim is heavier. I ordered the 6 and 8 to try on and get a sense of my sizing (and maybe continue to wait for the Allegro jeans to go on sale). I ended up quite liking this. Yes, the hardware is a bit much in terms of weight and effort for putting on/taking off. I’ll have to get them taken up, too. I thought the 8 was super comfortable but I showed a photo to my Mum and she said it was ugly baggy, so gotta listen to the wise woman. The 6 is comfortable after a few minutes so it might just need a bit of a stretch since it’s so thick. Was $295, down to $118 (expecting ~$11 cashback).

January to September 2020 total: $1,237.49

Considered or tried

My relatives were visiting at the end of January and early February. While they were purchasing a bag in Celine (the Seau Sangle in grey, but why is it just called the Sangle now?!), I was trying to find any remaining old Celine they had left. The Melbourne flagship had several Frame bags and I really liked this colourway although there was a burgundy one too. I love the Frame design but not as a bag on me and for me. The shoulder strap is very wide so slips off my shoulders. It’s heavy relative to its size because of various compartments, all in thick (smooth) leather. The old Celine green shade is a stunner though, and has put me on the hunt for the Soft Cube in that colour…

In early March, I tried on the Zimmermann Silk Wrap Midi Dress (above) in the previous season’s berry and moss. Though I was only interested in the berry, the moss shade was simply amazing (perhaps if the berry shade was deeper and richer). I also tried on the tiered silk midi dress in berry. My Mum really liked it, but I genuinely don’t think I have the shoulders to pull this off so I veto-ed that. It’s also a beautiful style though and I think it looks better on in real life than in pictures.

In my Country Road order was also the Tie Linen Shorts (I ordered black in size 8 because it looked tight-fitting). These were a really scratchy and awful linen material. The stitching was wonky and there were loose threads aplenty. I returned these.

I originally made an Aje order because the Liberation Herringbone Smock Shirt in eggshell and onyx had also been on my radar since March and finally went on sale. I wasn’t sure on sizing though. The Iconic has free returns so I ordered both colours in 6 and 8, to be safe. I didn’t anticipate, from the stock images, how large and balloon-y the shirts were. I could hide two pregnant bellies under there, I swear. I don’t know how they tucked all that fabric into her jeans because it’s definitely an optical illusion. It just looked ridiculous on me, with so much fabric hanging everywhere. The sleeves were also quite long and the cuffs weren’t adjustable and poke out so I also think that would have annoyed me day to day. I don’t have a particularly long or slender neck, and found the collar stiff and restricting. The herringbone cotton is gorgeous though.

Other updates

My Mum has been trying to buy any unused bags off me, especially any black ones. After much deliberation, I passed on my Salvatore Ferragamo small Amy bag to her (didn’t want her to pay me though). I’m not sure if she’s used it, since the pandemic hit soon after. It’s a nice bag and I got it for an excellent price at the time via Farfetch. The grained leather is lovely and smooshy. I used it as a work bag for almost a year. My main issue is the long strap is not adjustable and hangs very low, and the shape of the bag doesn’t suit how I always organise things in my bags tetris-style.

I sold a Saba striped T-shirt dress originally purchase pre-owned and too short for me (+$6.62), a Marcs periwinkle silk short-sleeved cropped shirt that was too bright for me (+$13.98), and an unused Coccinelle wallet gifted to me (+$50.88).

I also sold some beauty products and Louis Vuitton packaging though these don’t belong to the “wardrobe” category… (Interesting observation is when we went in to lockdown recently, interest in the LV packaging really ramped up and it became hot commodity. It was quite bizarre.) But… I think together they more than cancelled out my September wardrobe purchases, so I’m happy with that.

What I bought/gave: Presents this holiday season

There are heaps of gift guides, but I’ve always wondered what people actually give to people around them, so if you’re nosy like me, here are the things I gave people for Christmas and around Christmas. My family (every single one of them) and best friends all have their birthday around the November to January period, so I often combine the occasions in the gift-giving. I don’t pressure myself to find a present though, so if I can’t think of something useful/practical or that they would actually use/like, I don’t stress about not giving them something. I don’t think any of my family or friends will mind (though I make a special effort to give something to our grandmothers). I didn’t buy my Dad a birthday gift, for example. T and I also didn’t get each other anything. Neither of us wanted anything for Christmas.

T’s parents: T’s parents have moved frequently in the years I have known them and were in the midst of another move in December, so we are very mindful not to give them things that might become clutter. We try to not give them junk food/snacks unless it’s something quite unique, as they always have too many snack items (plus health reasons!). This year we gave them a gift voucher to a restaurant, Cheek, that we have recommended to them. It’s hidden away so most people don’t notice it or know about it.

T’s grandmother: We got a beautiful rabbit fur and cashmere scarf from N. Peal at the Bicester Village store a couple of months back. It feels so soft and luxurious and I’ve seen her wear similar scarves so hoping she liked it.

My Grandma: I left this to my Mum. She’s very difficult to buy for and due to some health issues in 2019, buying snack items is a no-no. Mum picked out a linen shirt for her that ticks all of Gran’s many boxes (she is very set in her ways about items of clothing) and we split the gift.

My Dad: He’s also tricky but often Mum will tell me that he needs something. Over the years we’ve been getting him snow gear because he really enjoys skiing, but he seems to have everything he wants now for skiing. This year Mum said his swimming shorts were getting old so we got him two pairs of Speedo swimming shorts that we split with my Mum (I had to get the sizes changed twice because the labelling on the website and compared to his old pair was so inconsistent!).

My Mum: On some recommendations from the Internet, I got her the Elemis Pro-Collagen Super Stars Christmas 2019 set. I thought the set was good value for the size and the products which I know she will use. We’ve also been on a hunt for a dress for her to wear to a wedding in late 2020 (I made fun of her for starting the search over 12 months ahead of the wedding – probably before the bride!). The first dress we ordered from The Outnet was too big and the smaller size sold out (such a shame as she really adored it and it was reduced from almost $2000 to $400) but then they had another 20% off promotion and my front-runner dress, a gorgeous silk ALC dress, was included so I ordered it for her to try. As it turns out she agreed with my taste and decided it was the one. I ended up buying it for her birthday (also in December).

My cousin: I knew early on that I wanted to get her the Friends 21319 Central Perk Lego set. We’re both nuts about Friends and she has been into Lego this year. I missed the first round of stock while overseas but fortunately did not miss the restock in November. I picked one up for myself too (and it will be the centrepiece of future-house for sure!!!).

My best friends: For one friend, I had gotten her a Jo Malone cracker (one with a cologne, body cream and body wash) that didn’t arrive last Christmas due to a postal mistake. I gave it to her this year as well as Pandemic Legacy Season 1. I HIGHLY recommend this as some of the best fun money can buy. For friend 2, friend 1 and I joined resources and got her things she requested – indoor rock-climbing gear (don’t even ask me as I have no idea what all the stuff was!) and the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, which I originally introduced to her and she has been using it since! She lives overseas so we purchased from local-to-her sites that shipped items to her.

Work colleagues: I have two office mates (more senior) for who I bought a small box of Koko Black pralines. For my close colleagues (friends), I got some Buttermilk Irish Cream Crumbly fudge and Koko Black Magic Pudding White Chocolate Bites (for the one who doesn’t like milk/dark chocolate).