Noel Four: Hettie Holland Gift Guide
Written by: Violet Myers
On the very first Christmas, three wise men followed a North Star so they could bestow gifts on the new baby Jesus. The first brought gold, the second frankincense, the third thought it was a more of a card and gift voucher kind of deal, panicked and spent £40 on a discount tub of myrrh. If only he’d had a copy of our N4 gift guide.
We’ve teamed up with eclectic gift and lifestyle store Hettie Holland to guide you through some local gift buying for every budget.
God bless us, everyone!
Splurge! Under £30…
HH Scented Luxury Candle – £25
What is that fabulous smell? Oh, that? It’s just the scent of the world’s most glamorous starlets. Transform her home into the boudoir of one of Hollywood’s greats – minus all the champagne and A-list orgies.
Marilyn:Black Rose & Frankincense/Greta:Tuscan leather, Thyme
Grace:Bergamot, Vertiver, Cedarwood/Audrey:Damask Rose, Geranium
Marlene:Lemon, Vertiver, Cedar, Oakmoss/Lauren:Basil, Italian Cypress
Beard Kit – £26
For the hipster in your life who loves to keep that tash looking dash.
Includes: Beard Oil , Moustache Wax, Handmade Comb , Stainless Steel Scissors.
I Like You A Lot! £20 and under…
Dipped Concrete Vase – £18
Add a contemporary twist to the humble vase with these elegant beauties. Sleek enough to jazz up their designer coffee table, small enough to fit into their Harringay bedsit.
Trinket Dishes – £18
Stop them leaving their keys on the counter like some sort of animal with these trendy trinket dishes. Also perfect for storing loose change, earrings, grapes, locks of hair and usb sticks. We’ve already ordered four…just to keep our Nando’s cards in.
People You See But Once A Year! £15 and under…
Compagnie de Provence Hand Balm, Olive Oil and Black Jasmine – £12
Take their hands on an exotic journey through Asia without even leaving N4. Or if you prefer a bit of Bohemia you can appease your nostrils with the Star Anise and Patchouli fragrance.
Graphic Mugs – £15
Upgrade their tea game with these bone china mugs. Comes in three different designs too:
Bicycle – for your cycling enthusiast mates
Artist – for the creative souls you know and love
Draughtsman – for the draughtsmen in your life
Vague Friends & Other People’s Kids! £10 and under…
Tattoo Playing Cards – £6
The regular King and Queen not burly enough? These lot are so tattooed give them a beanie, an ironic t-shirt and they could run a not-for-profit, organic coffee shop.
We Go to the Gallery – £8.99
Join mummy as she takes children Susan and John to their first contemporary art gallery, where they learn the joys of venture capitalism, aggressive feminism and deep remorseful regret.
You’ll have to pop in to the shop to buy this one but, trust us, it’s worth it!
Secret Santa! £5 and under…
All Natural Soap – £4
Keep it local with one of these lush London based soaps. Free from palm oil and totally vegan, if you fancy spreading it on sourdough.
Shea Luxury / Ylang Ylang / Rose Geranium / Double Ginger Lime
Seaweed Spa Refiner / Charcoal Detox / Hardworking Hands
Pearl Buttons – £4.95
Unleash their inner cockney with a pack of pretty pearl buttons. Gawdon Bennett! Kettle and Hob ’em be ‘appy at yaaahr gift givin’ skills. OK?
Another one to pop in to the shop for…which you can locate here
Hettlie Holland, 1 Charter Court, Stroud Green Rd, London, N4 3SG
www.hettieholland.com Open 12 – 6pm
Photographs: Claire Davies (header, thumbnail and top four images.) Rest of images taken, with permission, from www.hettieholland.com
When danger reared its ugly head, Brave Sir Robin turned and fled… to his namesake pub on Crouch Hill for a craft beer and a top-notch meal from kitchen residency Cue Point. Warm globes of light hang above intimate booths, specially commissioned wall design offers a rich backdrop, and cosy sofas, deep armchairs and plentiful cushioned stools ensure no one is without a seat.
Flocking to Holloway Road on one of the many Sundays that we’ve spent at the Nag’s Head Car Boot Sale, we spotted a new Vietnamese place called Pho Hot getting ready to open up their doors. Being the nosy folks we are, we peeked inside and spotted a menu. Banh Mi was on it. It's a baguette, but not as you know it. Glory of all glories! It’s been far too long since I last consumed this distinctive sarnie and I'm happy as Larry that there's a new Banh Mi joint on my doorstep.
Baby, it’s getting cold outside, and what better way to aide our frostbitten noses than a chat to a professional skin person? We’re talking to Lee Garrett, founder of The Garrett Clinic, accomplished skincare specialist and heralded by many as the UK’s leading Skin Guru. Read on to find out his insider tips for surviving this winter season with your skin looking as radiant as the moon that breaks a stormy night.
Joined by over 50 other artists incorporating printmaking, painting, digital art, photography and small-scale sculpture, Tomorrow’s World presents us with utopias, dystopias, predictions, prophecies and visions of the future. We hit up the private view last Friday and it was pretty damn bleak, in the best sense of the word.
Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more bloody excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (okay, maybe not the last one), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.
Last month I decided to try clubbing again. I don’t quite know what came over me, but I actually (brace yourselves) enjoyed it. I went to Body Hammer’s monthly party in Manor House and I’m here to tell you to go too, whether you love clubbing, hate clubbing, or really couldn’t care either way. #notspon
Rich, fried, buttery, potato-y vessels loaded with flavor combinations that go down rather well with craft beer, late nights and good times. Ha, who am I kidding, EVERYTHING goes down well with beer. You heard that right buddy, loaded potato skins are back with a bang (and a generous portion of bacon) and are currently being served at Old Street's The Magic Roundabout by street food pop-up Skins and we could not be any happier. Well, unless they were to stuff it with, say, Mac and Cheese or risotto. Oh, that's exactly what they do? Well paint me green and call me a cucumber.
Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loathe it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.
Alright guys, it’s happening. The frosty charm of December is, once again, being beaten to a pulp by the capitalists’ wet dream: Christmas. The hideous twinkling of artificial outdoor lighting is starting to appear, with tourists flocking from far and wide to watch D-list celebrities press a button. Invitations to Christmas parties flood in from your multiple part-time jobs, ensuring you make bad decisions bi-weekly til next year. Supermarkets are selling 12-day advent calendars containing confetti, cookie cutters and candles for a flawless £50. And oh, how the mulled wine flows.
Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do. Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Wait, there’s freebies involved too!
By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.
Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.
Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!