It’s been a little while since my last post. I’m sure you’ve all been missing my lists terribly so I apologise for the absence. Truth is, I was away for a couple of weekends, and I’ve been busy colouring in. Nope, that’s not a euphemism for anything more exciting, I have actually been putting pen/pencil to paper and colouring! Apparently, colouring books for adults are a thing at the minute. It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and 3 people separately bought me the colouring books that have been keeping me so busy.

This brings me to this week’s topic – which is birthday present ideas. I can never think of a good answer to the question “What do you want for your birthday?”. This year all I managed to come up with was a new electric toothbrush (which I am very happily using now). Not very rock ‘n roll. The colouring books though – genius!

Luckily (for me), my husband is pretty good with presents so I have to credit him with some of these ideas. Here is the Lo List’s birthday gift guide:


Colouring book
I can testify that colouring is very therapeutic, even if (like me) you’re not very artistic. Check out Johanna Basford’s books. Accompanying colouring pens/pencils also useful.

Fitness wear
To quote myself (ha!), what’s not to love about elasticated compression leggings??

A subscription
As well as magazine subscriptions, there are also quite a few subscription box companies out there. Check out Notanotherbill for surprise presents, or Birchbox for beauty product lovers.

Good fall back for any occasion. I can’t get enough of Malin + Goetz Rum body wash. Sooo yummy! Diptyque Figuier is my favourite scented candle. And I can’t wait to try the This Works Dry Leg Oil I’ve just been given.

A day/night out
I was lucky enough to be taken to see the ballet this year at Sadlers Wells. The theatre is always a special treat. For any foodies, Billingsgate’s Saturday’s Catch course is good fun. There are also some great immersive experiences around too such as Secret Cinema, Hint Hunt, ClueQuest… Our next outing is going to be to the Crystal Maze – I can’t wait to meet Richard O’Brien!

Personal stylist
For anyone stuck in a bit of a clothes rut, I can highly recommend going shopping with Suzanne Bernie. She is unpretentious, straight-talking, and has a wonderful way of taking your own style and making it better. All within whatever budget you specify.

Good luck and happy shopping!


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