Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas x

t’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m signing off for a couple of days to spend some much needed time with my family so I’m going to wish you a wonderful Christmas – take this time to enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest. Beyond the commercialisation and gifts, this is a holiday for family and friends who may as well be family. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas full of festive cheer, fun and laughter. See you on the flipside.
Lots of love,

Monday, 21 December 2015

Gift Guide: Fashionista's Most Wanted

And it's time for our final gift guide! I've saved the best for last, a list sure to put a smile on the face of the most discerning fashion lover. I've picked the most wanted pieces this year and pieces which are sure to be on the top of everyone's must-have list for 2016:

  1. Hermes Flots, Fleurs et Frontaux scarf - £280
    This beautiful plum, aubergine and slate scarf is simply divine. Every true follower of fashion deserves to own a Hermes scarf.
  2. Manu Atelier Pristine bag - $550
    If you want major brownie points this Christmas, pick up a Manu Atelier bag. Set to be THE bag of 2016, the sleek, pared back aesthetic is reminiscent of Mansur Gavriel – whose bags were an instant sell out and whipped the fash pack into a frenzy.
  3. Burberry Classic Cashmere Scarf - £335
    This year saw the opening of Burberry’s Scarf Bar open, allowing Burberry aficionados to add a personalised scarf to their collection. The classic cashmere scarf comes in a choice of over 70 different colours so you’re sure to find the right hue to complement your favourite fashionista.
  4. Aquazzura Holli Lace Up Flats - £455
    Aquazzura changed the game with his covetable flats. From the Belgravia to the Christy, you can barely walk 10 paces without seeing the real deal or a high-street knock off. The new Holli is sure to be on every fashionista’s wish list in 2016.
  5. V&A Membership - £64
    The V&A is arguably one of the finest museums in the world for fashion lovers. Recently home to McQueen’s record-breaking Savage Beauty exhibit as well as exhibitions exploring wedding dresses, ballgowns and shoes, I find myself at the V&A several times a year which more than justifies the membership.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Gift Guide: Travel Junkies

Everyone knows someone who racks up more air miles than Taylor Swift on her 1989 world tour. Here are my pics of the best gifts for anyone who feels more at home in the air than on the ground:

  1. Anya Hindmarch Inflight case - £175
    While limiting the amount of toiletries you can take on a flight is (just about) reasonable, there is nothing chic about putting your lotions and potions in a little plastic bag.  Treat your favourite frequent flier to this beautiful clear inflight case to keep your precious liquids safe and stylish.
  2. LAT_56 Road Warrior Carry-On with Garment Bag - £299
    I know, £299 might seem a little extravagant for carry-on luggage but hear me out. One of the best things about living in London is the accessibility to Europe, flights are short and cheap. However, even a seasoned frequent flier can struggle to copy with bag restrictions. Enter the Road Warrior, which has a water resistant shoe/laundry bag, tons of pockets, detachable underwear pouches, external access to toiletries for airport security AND their patented garment bag which promises crease-free travel for special items.
  3. OLLOclip 4-in-1 iPhone lens - £61.71
    I stopped taking my DSLR on holiday years ago - though my pictures were beautiful, it just wasn’t worth sacrificing space and adding weight. IPhone pictures are ok but the Olloclip lens has changed my world. It’s a tiny little lens that simply clips onto your iPhone and it offers crisp, clear pictures, fisheye lens, wide-angle lens, 10 x macro and 15 x macro lens. I couldn’t travel without it.
  4. Ministry of Sound Audio On Plus Bluetooth Headphones - £149.99
    For me, decent headphones are part of my essential travel kit. Whether it’s passing time while in transit or simply for blocking out noisy surroundings for some peace and quiet, only on-ear headphones will do when I travel. These Ministry of Sound headphones fold up neatly and have a remote to skip tracks as well as take calls.
  5. Louis Vuitton Passport Cover - £180
    Every jetsetter needs a swish passport cover – I’m secretly hoping Santa is reading and saves my worn and battered passport with this beautiful cover from Louis Vuitton. In a subtle graphite leather with a luxe calf leather lining, this is an upgrade-worthy home for your passport.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: Personalised Gifts

Nothing says 'I cherish you...and really put some thought and effort into your gift' like something with your name or initial on it. Ever since I received my own name necklace, I've been a little obsessed with personalisation. Here are my favourite pieces, including a special something for your kitchen cupboard:

  1. Smythson 2016 diary - £140
    I've wanted a Smythson diary for forever, despite never managing to use a diary beyond March. But with my initials on the outside and the signature blue pages inside, who would want to write their important dates in anything else? My pal Jen from J for Jen opted for her whole name which also looks kick ass.
  2. Aspinal of London Travel Collection - £165
    As an avid traveller, I really need to invest in a travel set - my current passport is only 2 years old but the gold foil crest has already worn away! Anyone with wanderlust would appreciate this beautiful set, guaranteed to elevate any luggage set.
  3. Louis Vuitton LV & Me bracelet - £210
    Launched earlier this year, Vuitton's Me & Me collection is right at the top of every fashionista's wish list this Christmas. Each initial is available as a necklace or bracelet, I think the bracelet is just so dainty.
  4. Personalised Nutella jar - £4.99
    Need I say more? It's Nutella. It's personalised. It costs a fiver. This is the perfect gift so get one for everyone you know. 
  5. Monica Vinader Alphabet Pendant - £80Monica Vinader is my go to jewellery brand, her pieces are super simple and look great stacked together. Quite frankly, investing in her pieces is addictive. I wear 4 of the Xxx bracelets stacked up and next on my list is the gorgeous rose gold R pendant. 

Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty Addict

Now, I'd like to thing beauty gifts are my forte. From the must-have products which any beauty lover would cherish to cult Korean products, here are my favourite indulgent beauty treats:

  1. Sarah Chapman Beauty Sleep Cashmere set - £65Every beauty addict I know is utterly obsessed with Sarah Chapman goodies, particularly her oils and serums. This gorgeous set contains a cashmere sleep mask and award winning Overnight Facial, pretty much guaranteeing the most luxurious beauty sleep ever.
  2. Babyliss Big Hair styler - £34.99
    This is hands down the best hair gadget I have ever purchased and I would happily swap my GHDs for them, if push came to shove. I get the perfect blowdry in just 10 minutes with this badboy, every women needs this in her beauty kit.
  3. My Beauty Diary Black Pearl mask - £16.92
    The packaging looks odd/mysterious/weird but hear me out. Sheet masks are all the rage in Korea and for good reason, the ‘sheet’ is infused with super potent goodies which are absorbed into the skin as the mask lays on your skin. My Beauty Diary’s Black Pearl mask is a cult product, the crème de la crème of sheet masks. You’ll definitely get bonus points for this gift.
  4. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate - £36
    Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is the stuff of legends, a couple of drops will make you look like you’ve had a full 8 hours even if you’ve stumbled home at 5am with your shoes in your handbag. We’ve all been there, right? No? Just me?
  5. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms - £29
    Who could resist a trio of mini lipsticks by beauty baby Charlotte Tilbury? In three suit-anyone-shades, these lipsticks are perfect for the party season.
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