We love: Ape’s adventure

A collaboration between the Andaz hotel and the Old Spitalfield Market means alternative festive fun. Keep your eye out for their  installations: gleaming golden primates sitting in the hotel window, and popping up around the market.   andaz.hyatt.com

We’re not sure about: Bro-tox

Shield your eyes from this wrinkle-inducing news:  extreme male grooming  habits are on the rise.  111 Harley Street reveal the number of male patients  having treatments such as Botox has risen 25 per cent in 2013

We’re buying: Little Lacroix

Petit Bateau’s latest designer collaboration has had us racing to the shops: Monsieur Christian Lacroix, offering his take on the quintessentially Gallic Breton sweater. Expect absolutely fabulous flounces and coquettish velvet bows. petit-bateau.com

We can’t wait for: Mono-mas

The monochrome trend shows no sign of abating – so head to The Other Shop to experience a Christmas grotto entirely in black and white. A collaboration with Darkroom, you’ll find everything from accessories to baked goods (really) in the  shady shades. other-shop.com

Bobbi Brown has opened its first standalone store in London’s Westfield

We’re visiting: Bobbi’s boutique

Bobbi Brown has opened its first standalone store in London’s Westfield. In addition to showcasing the extensive product range, the emphasis in store is on teaching, with all manner of lessons on offer. So stock up and brush up (no pun) on your maquillage skills. Westfield, White City, London. bobbibrown.co.uk