This year more than ever we need to spread the love! While we cannot spend time with those we love the most, this Valentine’s & Galentine’s Day gifts can make all the difference. I’ve put together my favourite gifts from luxury to high-street. You can also find a treasure trove of personalised options on small business run websites such as ‘Not On The High Street’ and Etsy. Roses are a must for 14th Feb; perhaps you could get in touch with your local florist to support the small businesses around who may be struggling, if this service is not available for you see below for a list of online florists. You cannot go wrong with the classics; perfume, flowers, chocolates and jewellery, however niche gifts are thoughtful too…anything from a heart painted plate to a sensual torso candle. All of these items are available online. Love is in the air!
Hello April! I hope you’re all well and staying safe in this uncertain time. I’m updating my blog frequently to brighten your day with fashion and styling inspiration; everyone loves pretty visuals, right?! This is my first monthly update blog, Maddison’s April – I’m hoping this will become a regular occurrence on the 1stof each month. Start the month with my high-street and designer wish-list, a sneak preview of HouseOfMaddison posts, my favourite book, film, song and activity of the month, alongside features such as gift inspiration for example Easter in April. Continue to smile, giggle, sing and dance…KEEP CALM & CARRY ON!
1. HOUSEOFMADDISON SPRING SNEAK PEAK!
1. SASSY STRIPES
2. TASTEFUL T-SHIRT DRESS
3. GAGA GREEN
2. MADDISON’S FOUR WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE IN THIS UNCERTAIN TIME!
3. MADDISON’S DESIGNER WISH-LIST
DIOR – CREAM DIOR GRANVILLE EMBROIDERED SANDALS/£490, DIOR – GREY CANVAS DIOR BOOK TOTE, £2,200
CHLOE – ROSE GOLD MINI C BAG, 1,160 /CHLOE – COTTON & SILK SHIRT DRESS, £1,295/CHLOE – WOODY LEATHER SANDALS, £315
GUCCI – GUCCI ZUMI LEATHER SLIDE SANDAL, £485
ZIMMERMAN – FLORAL-PATTERN SCALLOPED-TRIM SILK PLAYSUIT, £695/ZIMMERMAN – EDIE FLORAL LACE MINI DRESS, £950
BALMAIN – DOUBLE-BREASTED COTTON JACKET, £1,495
STINE GOYA – JASMINE RUFFLED-TRIM CREPE MINI DRESS, £210
COACH – TABBY PEBBLED-LEATHER SHOULDER BAG, £295
BOTTEGA VENETA – THE SHOULDER POUCH LEATHER BAG, £2,100
4. MADDISON’S HIGH-STREET WISH-LIST
H&M – GOLD COLOURED EARRINGS, £22.99/H&M – STRIPED COTTON TUNIC, £39.99/H&M – LIGHT BEIGE FLOUNCED COCKTAIL DRESS, £99.99/H&M – ONE-SHOULDER TULLE-TRIMMED TOP, £79.99/H&M – EMERALD GREEN PUFF-SLEEVED BLOUSE, £29.99/H&M – LINEN-BLEND JACKET, £99.99
TOPSHOP – TAN RIBBED JUMPSUIT WITH BUST SEAM, £29/TOPSHOP – IVORY CHIFFON RUFFLE MAXI DRESS, £65
MANGO – EMERALD GREEN LEATHER STRAPS SANDALS, £69.99/MANGO – BRAIDED DESIGN BAG, £29.99/MANGO – SAND LEATER BOOTS WITH TALL LEG, £89.99
ZARA – PINK POPLIN TOP WITH BOW, £25.99/ZARA – VINYL CROSSBODY BAG WITH FAUX PEARLS, £22.99/ZARA – ANIMAL PRINT METALLIC OVAL CROSSBODY BAG, £29.99/ZARA – TWEED MIDI DRESS, £79.99
RIVER ISLAND – GREEN ONE SHOULDER BODYCON MIDI DRESS, £55/RIVER ISLAND – WHITE ‘L’AMOUR’ PRINTED MESH FRILL T-SHIRT, £25/RIVER ISLAND – BLUE STRIPE FRILL FRONT POPLIN BLOUSE, £30
ANTHROPOLOGIE – KAREN MABON SILK SCARF, £55/ANTHROPOLOGIE – E8 MIISTA EMMA HEELED BOOTS, £175
5. EASTER TREATING
SHOP THE TREATS
JOHN LEWIS – WHITE CHOCOLATE EASTER EGG, £10.50/JOHN LEWIS – CHICK BOX, £6.26
NOT ON THE HIGH STREET – CHOCOLATE AVOCADO, £12.50/NOT ON THE HIGH STREET – HOT CROSS BUN GIN, £39.00/NOT ON THE HIGH STREET – TERRY’S CHOCOLATE ORANGE BUNNY BUM, £12.99
FORTNUM & MASON – SIX DARK CHOCOLATE PRALINE EGGS, £6.50/FORTNUM & MASON – MILK CHOCOLATE MATCHBOX BUNNIES, £25.00/FORTNUM & MASON – HAND DECORATED MILK CHOCOLATE EASTER EGG, £45.00
6. MADDISON’S BOOK OF THE MONTH
MY NAME IS ANNA
‘ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park.
She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day?
ROSIE has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads. Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes in full flow, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth.
But will she find the answer before it tears her family apart?’
I could not put this book down. I read it within a week which is unheard of for me! Whilst studying at university we are required to read massive amounts for our course, therefore I never sought relaxation via reading. However, when my Mumma recommended this book I could not put it down. The whole concept is absolutely genius. Buy it now to reduce your quarantine blues!
SHOP THE BOOK
MY NAME IS ANNA – LIZZY BARBER
7. MADDISON’S SONG OF THE MONTH
WOMAN – JOHN LENNON
I have the most varied music taste of anyone I know. I listen to a range of artists from Dua Lipa, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Beyoncé to Elvis, WHAM and Elton John. I love both modern music and classic bangers! My favourite song this month is Woman by John Lennon. This song has an extremely sweet muse; Lennon wrote this song as an ode to his wife Yoko Ono. The relaxed vibes and adorable meaning create a beautiful tune. Have a listen!
8. MADDISON’S FILM OF THE MONTH
MUMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN
While we are all stuck indoors, why not pretend we are in the Greek Island? Although many tutt at Mumma Mia I absolutely adore the films, especially the second one! The songs, dances and visuals make me feel excited for the future when we can travel and roam freely again. The fashion in this film is stunning and as for Lily James…well she’s pure perfection! The ultimate feel-good film.
9. MADDISON’S ACTIVITY OF THE MONTH
I love socialising with my friends and while sadly this isolation period has halted in-person gatherings, I have been catching up with my besties via Facetime! This weekend book a Facetime Date with your pals and pop open the fizz or pour a gin for a Facetime O’Clock! Why not dress up for the occasion?!