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Fur: here’s another issue. This season it appears fur is taking the world by storm… I’m not necessarily a radical animal rights activist, but it’s undeniable that killing animals to make fur coats in the 21st century sounds quite like a nonsense. Mainly because we now have faux fur almost as lovely, soft and shiny as the real one. But of course when you buy a faux fur coat or accessory make sure that it has a touch of freak so that it’s crystal clear that it’s fake. 

However, before the ’90s fur coats and embellishments were very common so you may happen to have inherited some from your mum or your granny. In that case the only thing to do is to have them dyed and restyled by an artisan (so to make them appear as fake as possible I suppose 😏). I would love to be able to give you a smart pro tip about fur artisans, but the truth is that the best way is probably to directly resort to fur shops.

A fun idea for Christmas are the initialled fur bags by Bimba y Lola (you can buy them http://www.bimbaylola.com/shoponline/category.php?id_category=1366 160€ for the envelope bag and 235 for the bowling bag).

 Among the latest fur brands I came to appreciate Mate Official, which is bold enough to play down the importance of the material. You can buy it at Luisa Via Roma (http://www.luisaviaroma.com, sells online and delivers worldwide)  

Finally another interesting product is the Parka manufactured by Mr&MrsItaly that is lined in fur and can be customised according to your preferences (http://shop.mrmrsitaly.it/configurator.html#172=3142&173=). That would make a great Christmas present.

  

Head jewels: This is nothing new, rather a much appreciated return. It was quite common for ladies to wear tiaras or little crowns at social gatherings and I’m happy to say that – eventually – the trend is getting a foothold again, even though not to my heart’s content. Particularly it appears that – for the time being – mostly brides tend to dare to put on some head jewels only on their wedding day, but I’m positive this kind of decoration will assert itself. Now, it goes without saying that it’s not diamond tiaras and the like we are referring to here, but to more down to hearth pieces like the handmade pieces by Rosantica Milano (http://www.rosantica.com/ you can buy it in Milan, at Antonia, via Cusani 1 or online at http://www.net-a-porter.com/Shop/Designers/Rosantica or http://www.luisaviaroma.com/index.aspx?#CatalogSrv.ashx%7CSeason=actual&Gender=women&SubLine=&DesignerId=L40&CategoryId=) that you can see even sported on an anorak in the picture herein below (guys, give me a buzz the day you dare go to the supermarket in your anorak with a branch of gilded acanthus in your hair… I want to take a picture πŸ˜‚)  

or the naturalistic slender ivy branches handicrafts by OMV (Osanna Madina Visconti, Via Santa Marta 13, Milano http://osannavisconti.it/   

Personally I think I’ll give this head jewelry a chance on Christmas Eve. In the worst case scenario I’ll match my Christmas tree πŸ™„