How early can you play Christmas music?

Fairy tale of New York by the Pogues featuring Kirsty McColl released in 1988 must be my favourite Christmas tune. I know not “PC” these days, but I still love the collaboration between these two artists. Christmas tunes and films seem to get earlier and earlier. Love or hate you cannot help but get into the spirit once Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations are over.

As, I am sure you can imagine from my opening paragraph F&R is full on Christmas with the initial window display completed and displays of loveliness inside galore! My Artisan family have been super busy already with lovely card ranges, scented candles, wreaths, garlands and much more. The Boutique is the No 1 choice in Hemel Old Town for original decorations and gifts ideas at reasonable prices. Shopping local not only supports me but also helps my contributors massively. A big thank you to everyone who thinks of F&R everytime, even if you just need to buy a card. I am very appreciative.
What else is new? A new UK based brand Pura Cosmetics have supplied me with lip balms both tinted and natural plus hand serum. (As featured on daytime TV recently) Manufactured using natural ingredients these make great stocking fillers with prices from just £5.

The Alice Wheeler vegan leather camera bag range has proved extremely popular. I have to say the colour palette just pops on the display. Last restock for this year just received so do not delay if you have an eye on a particular colour. Small size already sold out!

I am expecting Goose Island AW22 clothing collection to arrive any time now. Look out on the Socials for pictures and I will of course put some pieces on the Website too. An excellent selection as ever and if everything arrives, I am personally looking forward to the faux suede gilets, quilted coats and even a couple of teddy coats just to name three items with my name on!! Tops, knitwear, and dresses all feature too.

Hot Tomato second delivery is now here, and I have some wonderful scarves, hats, and gloves simply perfect now the Autumn chill has arrived to keep you cosy.

I have not forgotten the pre-loved side of the business, this season so far, I have received a wonderful collection of goodies from you, so thank you. As always keenly priced and in fabulous condition the clothes and accessories are a perfect way to add to your wardrobe and lift your spirits in these challenging times both here and worldwide.

I hope I will get to catch up with you all in the next few weeks. Do not forget to check the Websites from time to time as Click and Collect is an option as the festive period nears. If I do not manage to see you, let me be the first to wish you a wonderful festive season with family and friends. Enjoy and cheers from me!

Fiona x

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