I'd mentioned a couple of weeks ago about my participation in the John Lewis Secret Santa challenge. Before I plunge into my long spiel, I and many millions of others in the U.K love John Lewis simply because of the fantastic customer service. These guys own Waitrose as well which I adore too. If you haven't known about this, here's a trivia - their employees are partners/shareholders of the company which will give you a clue why there's such an emphasis on customer service. Look after and reward your employees and they, in turn will run the business well. I only wish that more companies adopt this ethos.
I was really lucky to have Danielle of Miss Sunshine Sparkle who is a total sweetheart as my Secret Santa partner. I was wrecked with nerves because 1) all my friends and family know that I'm rubbish at gift giving/wrapping (ask my goddaughter) 2) Danielle is a girly girl and I'm a real tomboy. In any case, we both picked out the right presents for each other. Whew! This 100% cashmere snood by Alice Temperley hasn't left my neck all weekend. I've been dying for a grey cashmere scarf and this couldn't have come at a better time especially when the temperature has nosedived last week. Danielle must've read my mind. A huge thank you to John Lewis for the generous gift and the fabulous PR agency who graciously held my hand throughout the process.
Photography: Elisa S