5 Braces Of Christmas Past

Yep, I’m still a #braceface, still shining from the gob like I’m chewing tinsel. When you’re tucking into your Christmas dinner, I’ll inevitably be picking Snickers Celebrations out from under my wires. Festive.

Still, I won’t be alone this Christmas, (aside from the billions of regular folk undergoing Orthodontic treatment around the world) there will be a barrage of braceface action on our screens this Christmas to watch out for too. Who knew Christmas TV was the best for braces?

1. Linnie McCalister, Home Alone (1990)

Not only is she a fellow braced bitch, but she’s a diva with a ‘tude too!


2. Darla, Finding Nemo (2003)

She’s sporting something a little more severe than I’m putting up with, but girl’s owning the ortho.

3. Marcia, The Brady Bunch (1969)

Marcia got her braces in the first season of the hit 60s/70s TV show, let’s just say she didn’t take to them straight away.

4. Girl With Head Brace, Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

She said “My boy, I think someday
You’ll find a way to make your natural tendencies pay”
You’ll be a dentist
(Be a dentist)
You have a talent for causing things pain
Son, be a dentist
(Son, be a dentist)
People will pay you to be inhumane
Whilst the Dentist may have once given me nightmares, now I’m a card-holding member of Orthodontia, I can’t help but feel a little pang of love for the brutally horrific things he does to his patient’s faces. *sigh*
5. Toe Thompson, Shorts (2009)

Finally, a guy in the list! This scene is from the opening of the movie, where our be-braced brethren cleans his mouth-gear. 

A Very 70s Christmas

We hosted a little soiree t’other evening, to mark the festive season and for an excuse (as if we needed one) to have a little drinkipoos with friends before we all go our separate ways for Christmas. 

Christmas tree and a Holiday Armadillo…

Thankfully, the parents had been to stay the week before and in that time painted and wallpapered our living room, bringing us one step closer to realising the vision we have for the space.

Now, as you’ll remember from my post a couple of weeks ago, the decision to go green or go orange was causing chaos (in my mind), but I can now reveal – we went for orange. The warmer, less severe choice of the two, with the Farrow & Ball Indian Yellow complement on the surrounding three walls.

Glassware and ink-spot artwork gallery 

Whilst the room isn’t nearly finished yet, it’s a start. Next up, we need to find a fabric we like for the curtains Mama will make us, we need to give the paint a third and final coat (when the decorations are down in the new year) and then we need to replace all our furniture – starting with the sofas. But, we’re well on our way. 

To celebrate the 1970s contemporary inspiration behind our décor, we served a retro spread for our guests. Mature cheddar and pineapple on sticks, home-made mince meat puffs, pigs-in-blanketcocktailsausages, mini quiches and puff pastry pies, “assorted party mix” and a gorgeous spiced apple Christmas punch in glass punch cups a la your grandmother’s Boxing day buffet.

“Do you know what they call Bombay Mix in Bombay?… Mix.”

Merry Christmas!


Weird gift ideas

Don’t you just love a Christmas gift straight out of the ordinary? Cuff-links and ties are all well and good, but here’s a list of things you wouldn’t expect to get this Christmas.

Now that’s something worth writing. 

Because egg boxes are ugly. 

Cute design by illustrator, Julia Gash. Bobby is one of Julia’s two cats, together Bobby and Jimmy are a source of inspiration for Julia’s designs.

Moccis (pronounced Mock-Keys) are luxury hand-sewn Swedish moccasins for padding around indoors in.

Made by Nat in her Cornish studio, all Thrashion jewellery is made using traditional woodworking techniques with broken skateboards and silver.

Watches like you’ve never seen them before. I don’t even know how this one tells the time!