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It’s a jolly new year and I can’t believe it is already 2010. With a new year comes exciting new discoveries. To kick of the new decade I’ve scouted out a collection of accessories from Aspinal of London. You’re probably already familiar with Smythson’s heritage brand of diaries and travel wallets. But you perhaps you’ve not heard of Aspinal of London. Although fairly new and they do not claim to be a ‘heritage’ brand. Aspinal was founded on the fundamental premise of offering beautiful, quality objects of unsurpassed quality and design handmade by genuine craftsmen at an affordable price. You’ll find all sorts of leather goods in the collection including travel wallets, jewelry boxes, handbags, diaries, as well as exquisitely bound leather photo albums and frames. Aspinal’s tailored luxury and classic accessories will see you through many seasons. I love the small details that add a supreme element of style that make it special. With any of these accessories you’ll be instantly transformed you into the chicest of Sloane Rangers.

My top picks from the collection include the Paris Bag (as shown in Smooth Brown, $490). The Paris bag is a traditional satchel named after the city, (not the celebutante). The perfectly ladylike bag is handmade from vegetable tanned smooth calf leather. It comes in several shades including embossed croc finishes, but I love this classic shade of brown best. Inside you’ll find a grosgrain lining with an enormous compartment and zipped pocket for stashing your most precious objects (cel phone and Dior gloss!). This bag can also be monogrammed with gold foil or blind embossing upon the leather luggage tag. A fun and fab accessory for all of you Anglophiles out there (myself included). The Aspinal of London Brit Cuff Clutch (Deep Shine Italian Patent Calf, $210.00). Show your colours with this majestic and flamboyant interpretation of the Union Jack. This clutch wallet is transformed into a cheeky wristlet and embellished with a bejeweled grosgrain cuff. Lastly, the Poppy Bag with Cross Body Strap (as shown in Black Deep Shine Italian Patent Calf, $295.00). Yes cross body bags are one of this season’s must-haves. This navy patent leather number is made in Italy by a small family tannery. It is lined in grosgrain and secured with a signature Aspinal gold clasp. Wear the strap crossed over or as a clutch for evening. Simply lovely adorned with one of Aspinal’s colorful key fobs.

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Banana Republic Gathered Knit Scarf

Put on your most glamorous glitterati look this holiday season. Pair black with shimmery crystals and sequins for a festive look. Get dressed up with these pretty items for the office party, fetes with friends or post-shopping cocktails. Combine black pieces you already own with updated accessories. Be sure to combine just a couple sparkly items (like a cocktail ring!) and accessorize with clean solid black accessories such as shoes for a truly dramatic holiday statement look. Wear a sequined blazer over skinny black leggings. Or why not wear a sequined mini with a black tee and leather moto jacket? Cover up in opaque black tights and non sparkly shoes for a streamlined leg extending look. Top it off with some super glossed-up lip shine and you’ll be all set for your best holiday look ever.

Shown here from from top left, clockwise: Rachel Rachel Roy Sequin Blazer, Style&co Sequin Foldover Clutch $22.99, DKNYC Sequined Miniskirt $77.99, MAC Viva Glam Tinted Lipglass $14.00, GUESS Jet Black Crystal Accent Ring $18.00, and Jessica Simpson Kullie Platform Pumps, $89.00. All items are available at

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