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Your Gift Guide to the world: French Blue


Holidays may have been put on hold and borders may be closed for the time being, but you don’t have to travel the world to get a hold of some of its greatest treasures. We caught up with Catherine Matthews, owner of French Blue, to find out her instore recommendations.

 

 

All the way from Mexico; calf skin tote bags and glassware are a popular pick.

Make your way over to Europe with French linen and linen tea towels then pop on over to Portugal with Rua Nova tableware.

A lovely rack of Ilse Jacobsen coats, raincoats and wind jackets from Denmark hang front and centre.

And it wouldn’t be a gift guide without recommending their assortment of gift cards.

Who said you just had to visit French Blue to purchase gifts for others… treat yourself.


 

Winter Reads


We’ve all certainly had a lot of time to ourselves over these last few months. If you’ve rediscovered reading during lockdown, we’ve got some hot new titles to add to the collection before you hunker down again, this time for the winter months.

 

 

LOVE HER OR LEAVE HER
A juicy rom-com about a couple who grow apart and, as a result, need a bit of a relationship renovation, written by New York Times bestselling author, Tessa Bailey. The question is all in the title of the novel; will he love her or leave her?


UNTAMED
There’s a reason this touching memoir is a number one New York Times bestseller. It tells the story of activist, speaker and bestselling author Glennon Doyle and what motherhood, family and divorce taught her.


THE BOOK OF LONGINGS
She first had success with her critically-acclaimed novel The Secret Life of Bees and now Sue Monk Kidd has written another fantastic piece of fiction. She takes the readers on a journey all the way back to the first century to follow the story of a woman called Ana who meets 18-year-old Jesus. It was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by the likes of TIME, Marie Claire and O, The Oprah Magazine.


CHOSEN ONES
From the author who bought us the widely popular Divergent series, Veronica Roth has written Chosen Ones. The story follows a group of five teenagers in the aftermath of them saving the world. After partaking in an ‘end of world’ battle, what is there left to do?


JOY AT WORK
Organising Your Professional Life: Marie Kondo transformed our organisation skills when she taught us to question ‘does this item spark joy?’. She’s back again and this time she’s bringing some order to our work life. Learn to clean up your messy desk and work relationships.


OPEN BOOK
Jessica Simpson is a pop singer, actress, fashion designer and author and for all of those said reasons she’s a very big household name. This year, she’s released a tell-all memoir about her past relationships and her ongoing career.


MALORIE
Bird Box was a hit when it was adapted on Netflix, so much so that the fans demanded Josh Malerman to write a sequel. Enter Malorie, a novel that follows (you guessed it) Malorie as she navigates a nearing apocalypse. They asked and he delivered.