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january essentuals

I know that you’d expect this sort of post before Christmas, but to me, its in the first few months of the year when that it gets really cold and snowy that I want these sort of home comforts a lot more. Most important on my list would be a soft cotton robe* and cashmere bed socks* with a suitably cute pair of pyjamas underneath. I’d grab my mini hot water bottle* (by the way, these are amazing if you have a lot of back pain – they’re small enough to be able to keep them at work or in your bag. When I’m having one of my back back times, its the best thing I own) and jump into the polka dot* bed with a cute throw* on top to keep extra warm.

I like to watch rubbish TV while I make plans, so I’d write everything down in my diary – I haven’t yet bought one, but I love the monthly Moleskine set* and you can never have too many candles – since money is no object in this little collection, I’d go for this Yankee Candle* set from QVC, and an eye mask* is always necessary.

What essentials do you need for a chilled out night in?

Choosing One Is Hard

…iPad case that is.

As I may have mentioned once or twice (or pretty much every day – #ipadwanker) the boyfriend bought me an iPad for my birthday.

I stole….er, borrowed his Apple iPad case (well, he wasn’t using it!) He’d been tucking his iPad into his work notebook until I nicked his case, then he bought this hard shell case. It’s actually quite nice, but I want a case that will protect the screen as well.

It seems that a lot of designers have caught on to producing iPad cases, it certainly seems that there are a lot more out there than there are iPhone specific cases.

Here are a few cases that I wouldn’t mind having, you know, if someone were to buy me one.

First up is the iPad cover from Moleskine. I know. Moleskine. Don’t they make notebooks that you actually use a pen (or pencil) to write in? Well, yes. And you can still do that with this one. The case is made from the same materials as a normal Moleskine notebook, and has a “Volant” notebook on the inside as well, so you can still take notes with those pen things. They also do a iPhone case and a Kindle case (although neither of these are for the latest models)

Mulberry have also hopped onto the iPad case bandwagon by designing three different styles that are under the “Coming Soon” label on their website

“Deciding to develop the collection was a no-brainer,” says Emma Hill, the label’s creative director, who describes herself as “hopelessly devoted to and obsessed” with her iPad. “I think the Mulberry customer wants to retain the coveted exteriors of Mulberry icons, like the Bayswater for women and the Brynmore for men, but inside have enhanced features like padding, pockets and headphones access – combining style with function.”

(via ft.com)

Left to right, there are the adjustable iPad sleeves (£350) which look to do the same sort of job as the Apple case (£35), the Bayswater iPad sleeve (£250) which is cute, but its just a clutch bag really and the Simple iPad sleeve (£130) which is a more reasonable price, and a nice enough case to slip into another bag, but still a tad expensive for what it is.

Slightly more affordably, Ted Baker had produced a lilac iPad caseicon for £39, which is also available in grey (my second choice, of course) and “Straw” which I’d politely refuse. (Its not that I’m ungrateful, but peach is not a colour I would choose)

Again, more affordably, Marc by Marc Jacobs has started a range of “tech-sessories” such as USB memory sticks, headphones and including this iPad case for £35.

If designer labels aren’t quite your thing (and there were so many more I could have chosen from) then good old Etsy to the rescue.

This case by helekstudio, called the Lady D, costs about £45, but I love cases that don’t look like cases (if that makes sense?). One for the Early Grannies perhaps?

Of course, the iPad would fit nicely in a Mulberry Bayswater (I have tested this and yes it does fit, but still needs a case)…

Wacca Wacca Wacca

Everyone has played Pac Man at least once in their lives. Pac Man is 30 years old this year, and as part of the celebrations (did you play on the Google Doodle?

Moleskine has released some limited edition notebooks to celebrate this. The notebooks come with certain graphics on the front, and little stickers with things like the ghosts and the fruits (I’m sure theres a technical term for them, but you know what I mean)

The Moleskine website says they’re available from their Asian website, but thankfully good old Amazon has them listed. I love the little 4 “Volant” notebook’s in a gift set (which are the top pictures of the thin coloured note books) and since my normal Moleskine is the black ruled book, the black pocket sized ruled notebook with Pac Man on the front is perfect!

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