Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Shopping at the V & A Museum

I love shops at museums. I always find great ideas for  gifts which are unique as well. I can't visit a museum if I don't stop at the shop for a good browsing and a spot of shopping. I've bought and received the best gifts from a museum shop. The V & A Museum Shop is one of the best if you are into fashion and arts. With all the exhibitions  going on at the V & A there is a huge selection of items inspired by what's in show. Also, given the free entrance at the museum, buying from its shop helps to keep it free for all the visitors.
It is not a secret that I love Labradorite so when I find a piece of jewellery with this magnificent yet not expensive semi precious stone I must have it at least on my blog. This pair of earrings are from Ottoman Hands and they are sold at the V & A shop. Labradorite is a magic stone with auspicious meaning so if you want to wish a happy new year do it in an unusual way.

This Limited Edition Print of only 50  is by Alan Aldridge and it is signed and numbered by the author. It is the poster for "Chelsea Girl" a film by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrisey, shot at the Hotel Chelsea and other locations in New York.
This Blue Arrow Spike  Necklace by WonderLuk has been designed especially for the V&A together with a collection of bespoke 3D printed jewellery. Great for the fashion orientated person, or for who wants a piece of jewellery different from what can be found in shops. Being designed exclusively for the V & A makes it the perfect gift for somebody who wants to stand out from the crowd.
Colouring books are very popular at the moment, and I'm talking about colouring books for adults. It is the new way to relax, engaging with colours and drawings. I like to do a bit of colouring while I watch a film or listening to some music. This beautiful book has got 45 patterns by William Morris  to colour as well as having pictures of the original designs.
With the " You Say You Want a Revolution ? Records and Rebels 1966-70 " exhibition still going on until the 26th of February, you can find something very cool for your rock chick friend like this Levi's American Way of Pants T -Shirt which is exclusive for the V&A.
Check the V & A website for more ideas if you are outside of London if not visit this amazing museum, browsing all the galleries or dedicate an afternoon to each one  and then be tempted by the shop's display and treat yourself or a loved one. www.vam.ac.uk





Glitzy Secrets Costume Jewellery that Sparkle

Even if I wear big costume jewellery all year round, Christmas is the peak time for big sparkles. I came across this great brand, Glitzy Secrets which is an award winning jewellery label with a beautiful range of wedding accessories like headpieces and pearls'bijoux.
These two cocktail rings are gorgeous. The first one is an Antique Ribbon Vintage Ring in silver tone metal and with a setting of clear, smokey and jet Austrian crystals. The style is a take from the 1940s Hollywood divas. Victorian style for the  Heirloom Drama Cocktail Ring with silver tone  metal and a setting of Austrian crystals and a round centre stone.
The Ornate Heirloom Earrings have got this intricate design that takes you back to the Edwardian era.Made of silver tone metal with round and marquise cut Austrian clear crystals, these chandelier earrings will sparkle giving an amazing light to your features. They are for pierced ears only and as well as wearing them  for a party, they could be a great gift for a bride to be.
I love this Regal Treasure Brooch with its Victorian design and the purple Austrian crystals set together with lavender and amethyst crystals in a selection of oval, round and pearshape cut stones. This brooch as well as embellishing a black dress or being used for  a scarf, it is a jewel that can glam up a denim jacket , making it a transeasonal accessory. Definitely on my wish list.
The Treasured Beauty Bangle will glam up any plain long sleeve dress or top. The gold tone metal, the clear round cut Austrian crystals and the Victorian design depicting a feather  and a scroll make for a beautiful piece of costume jewellery. Just slipping this on your wrist after a day's work will put you in a party mood jazzing up any outfit. Look for Glitzy Secrets stockists on its website
at www.glitzysecrets.com 



Monday, 28 November 2016

Figleaves Lingerie Under the Tree

Figleaves is maybe the first website that grouped under its pixelled wings the best lingerie brands in the world as well as creating its own brand. The choice at Figleaves is endless with styles catering for all sizes and shapes in the underwear, swimwear and loungewear department. I've picked few items from the Figleaves label that could be perfect for the incoming Christmas. After all there is nothing better that to start the new year with new lingerie.
The Figleaves Seduction set is gorgeous in red and black and it is exclusive for Figleaves. The plunge bra goes up to size G, it is padded and underwired and you can either match it with a thong or a brief.  Despite looking very expensive this matching set costs less than 50 pounds.

The Figleaves Decadence matching set in black and champagne colour has got nice strapping details with the plunge bra going up to size GG and a choice of thong or brief. Suspenders are available  as well.
This Figleaves Lana Chemise in pure silk and lace is so beautiful that it is a pity that it has to be confined in the bedroom. The rich purple colour makes it perfect as a slip dress as well, we've seen on the catwalks many models wearing slipdress even in the winter with a turtle neck jumper or lurex t-shirts underneath.
Figleaves has got an amazing collection of loungewear in cashmere and this Bliss Cashmere Waterfall Cardigan is something that must go to your wish list. You're never wrong with cashmere and it can be matched with a pair of cuffed leggings in the same colour.
If you still want to be embraced by cashmere the Figleaves Bliss Cashmere Robe will keep you warm when awake and having your breakfast. Available in four colours, Silver Marl, Toast Marl, Black and Oatmeal it will be your favourite garment when curling up on the sofa watching a film.
The Figleaves Temptation Body is very feminine with fishnet and lace details. It is underwired and not padded and goes up to size G. This is another great gift under 50 pounds and a much appreciated one. Figleaves has got an extensive range of lingerie and I know I could go on and on, check its website, I'm sure you will find lots of ideas and you can leave the page open on your partner computer for a not so subtle hint on what you want for Christmas. www.figleaves.com




Monday, 21 November 2016

Annick Goutal New Fragrance Tenue de Soiree

Only at  The Savoy, a fragrance so sophisticated like the latest from Annick Goutal, " Tenue de Soiree", could have had its launch. The elegant Claude Monet Suite has seen a group of journalists meeting Madame Camille Goutal, daughter of Annick Goutal, the French perfumer who created so many fragrances since 1981 and that before that she has been a pianist and then a model.
Camille Goutal, together with perfumer Mathieu Nardin has created this sensual fragrance, " Tenue de Soiree" , Evening Dress in English, which is very new to the brand, starting from the bottle, which is different in shape and style from the other Annick Goutal fragrances. The pure glass has got a purple gradient nuance that recalls that moment when the sky gains a purple tinge at dusk, the moment when a woman is ready to go out in her best outfit.
The purple pompom is a homage to the Roaring 1920s and it is a reminder of those vintage powder compact puffs that add up to the glamour of the perfume. This over sized pompom can be detached from the bottle and used as an accessory attached to a handbag, now so trendy.

"Tenue de Soiree" by Annick Goutal comes in  two sizes, Eau de Parfum 50 ml and Eau de Parfum 100 ml . As you can see from the packaging, the name is taken from an invitation where the dress code is  generally " Black Tie". And an invitation also pops up on the box.
When writing about a fragrance I always mention the ingredients but this time I will keep  the mystery, not because I don't want to, but because apart from knowing that Iris is  one of the top notes and maybe I've smelled a bit of Vanilla, never confirmed by Madame Camille Goutal, who kept an inscrutable expression, ingredients are not revealed, but the fragrance is so indulgent that it will become the new classic. With " Tenue de Soiree" we've got the launch of a new olfactory family for Annick Goutal.
"Tenue de Soiree" is not available in UK right now, it will be launched nationwide on the 30th of January and Harrods will stock it. But if you can't wait another two months, if you've planned a trip to France you can find it already and be ahead of everyone else with this gorgeous fragrance.
www.annickgoutal.com



Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Christmas List of Candles Gifts

Given the many selection of candles that I see in every store, with nearly all of the beauty, fashion and home range creating their own special candle, I can believe that this item is one of the most popular gifts of all. It is a little luxury that can be given to everyone and surely it is a very appreciated token. We can find candles for few pounds up to very expensive ones with the most sophisticated fragrances and with an opulent packaging. Look at this post for inspiration.
The White Company has created a range of candles for this  Christmas inspired by the four seasons. The Winter one is perfect  for this time of the year with its spicy scent of cinnamon and clove with a spritz of orange . This candle is filled up in UK with high quality mineral wax and it has got a 28 hours of burning. Comes in a beautiful white box. www.thewhitecompany.com
Barbara Hulanicki ' s Biba label for which she is now a consultant for  the House of Fraser company that relaunched the label with success few years ago, with the beautiful Home Range, also a selection of Limited edition candles have been produced. These one wick and three wicks Tabac Noir candles  with the rich scent of rosewood, carnation and lily of the valley as its heart notes complemented blissfully the sweet tobacco, patchouli, cedar wood and other musky ingredients. The packaging sports the very famous logo in a gold candle holder. The best for your fashionista friend.
www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Beefayre has got a great range of candles made of 100% plant wax and pure essential oils. The Winter collection with its clementine and clove scent puts you in the right mood. This gift box comprises of three votive candles  with a 25 hours burning time each and three different fragrances: winter berries, clementine and clove and winter scent. From the same collection you can find room spray, room diffusers, tea lights and one or three wicks candles. www.beefayre.com

Crabteee & Evelyn sums up the spirit of Christmas with its fragrances that you can  find in its beauty range and home range as well. This particular period is an inspiration to go for its scented candles that as soon as they are lit up they wrap a room in a very festive mood, like being in a Victorian greeting card. The Noel candle has got notes of mulled spices, Fraser fir spruce and citrus fruit. There are three sizes and the candles on the picture is the Noel Botanical Candle with cinnamon sticks and apple slices covered in poured wax. The scent is more delicate for those who prefer a much lighter fragrance and for small spaces. www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk
Always on the lookout for new brands, I came across the Nathalie Bond Organics and I've loved the products.They are using a non chemical recipe of soy wax and essential oils and the fragrances are delightful. My favourite is the Lavender one, but Lemongrass or Ylang Ylang and Bergamot, or the Winter with orange, cinnamon and clove are fantastic as well. It is hard to decided which one you want, they are all great. www.nathaliebond.com

Baobab Collection is a Belgian brand of luxury candles that are poured in beautiful glasses vases or stainless steel holders. The range is huge with decors inspired by African tribes as well as other sources  and once that the candle has burned out completely leaving no trace of wax inside,  you have left a gorgeous vase. All the fragrances come from Grasse. In this picture you can see the Wild Grasse Collection where you can find a small candle up to the Max one with 1000 hours of burning time, a room spray and the candle lighter which is a rechargeable and adaptable Zippo lighter.  www.baobabcollection.com


Diptique Paris  candles are a classic and they are seen in all the major events when there is the need to use a fragranced candle to spruce up a room. At Liberty's department store you can find a great selection of Diptique candles and this "Un Incense Etoile" match the mood of the store for this year inspiration with the ballet " The Nutcracker". The scent of this candle is very festive with vanilla, spicy clove and incense. www.liberty.co.uk
Joules is always very colourful and and its home range has got a lot of ideas where you can find gifts of all sort. This candle has got a blend of relaxing essential oils  and it is beautifully packaged in a nice floral box. The Home fragrances for Joules are new for this Christmas.
www.joules.com

This is not technically a candle but it is a great gift if you've got somebody who loves candles, because it is a home decor by Home Reflections at QVC and paired up with some tealights or small votive candles, it will be a perfect idea. Look on QVC for the Home Reflections Gold Plated Tealight Holder with Wood Tray.  www.qvcuk.com



Friday, 18 November 2016

The Christmas List of Sparkling Gifts

It is not Christmas if a little sparkle is not involved, so for this post I've picked few sparkling items for a brilliant gifts to be found under the tree. Sequins and cubic zirconia are the stars of this post being used to give a glam touch to everyday items.
We love Limited Edition and this Touche Eclat Collector by Yves Saint Laurent and the  Lipstick are the ultimate luxury for an already luxury brand of make up. The packaging sparkles with  silver and gold tones and it will be the best gift for the beauty lover. www.houseoffraser.co.uk
These two sweet purses are by Rockahula, an accessory  range for children. This Mini Sequin Bow  Purse will make your little girl feel very special with something similar to a grown up purse. This is the perfect gift for a niece, lovely but non expensive. I've found it at John Lewis
www.johnlewis.com 
This Lena Block Heel Metallic Peeptoe Mule by Boohoo.com gives that festive look without being too over the top. The very comfortable heel is only 5.5 cm  and the polyurethane material is very soft, making these shoes  wearable  for long periods. The metallic gold colour make them perfect to have a bit of sparkle at work or out and about.  At £ 22.00 it is a great gift for the inner diva who is inside every woman. www.boohoo.com
I love Lulu Guinness bags and obviously something from this quirky designer couldn't be missed in my gift guide. This Red Glitter Lipstick Pouch has got a handy strap so that it can be secured on the wrist and it is big enough to store a mobile, credit card and keys.  Check all the stores where you can find this beauty at www.luluguinness.com 
The Perfume Shop has always an eye for style and new ideas. This Refillable Perfume Atomiser is a great stocking filler or a small gift for a colleague or a friend. As well as metallic finish the Diamante series has got these three nuance in gold, silver and black. The atomiser fits every fragrance bottle so there won't be problems with filling it up. www.theperfumeshop.com
If you think that buying liquid  hand wash is not something cool, think again after you've seen this  Baylis & Harding Limited Edition Crystal Hand Wash in collaboration with Swarovski. Only less than 50 bottles have been produced and they've been filled with  one of the best seller fragrances, Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit. Having this bottle in the bathroom will give an instant lift to all the room. It is not cheap of course with a price tag of £ 270.00 at Amazon but you won't have to buy a hand wash holder for the rest of your life. Or it could be a present for the person who has got everything.  www.baylisandharding.com

When thinking about sparkle you can't miss a nice piece of jewellery and this Lisa Snowdon 3D Diamond Earrings Gold Vermeil Sterling Silver tick all the boxes. The design is modern  with tiny little diamonds set in the yellow metal. They are for pierced ears only. Don't be scared by the word diamonds, at QVC the prices are so good that you can find everything within your budget. This pair of earrings are a real bargain. www.qvcuk.com





Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The Christmas List of Rose Gold Gifts

Rose Gold is everywhere, apart from jewellery, this colour has entered any kind of field from clothing, accessories, furnishing and furniture as well as technology and kitchen gadgets. It is a  very warm colour and suits any skin tone. I've picked  few items that could be the right gift for the rose gold lover.
Head to House of Fraser for this beautiful rose gold bottle of Tom Ford Orchid Soleil, a spicy scent with notes of vanilla, pink pepper, bitter orange, orchid and chestnut cream among the other ingredients. This is the summer version of the popular Black Orchid. The packaging is gorgeous.
www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Philips Satinelle epilator  will prepare your bare skin for  the following warm season, so that when the first ray of sun will appear your legs are smooth and perfect. The white colour with matte rose gold details make this beauty tool a very sophisticated one. Philips is a brand that doesn't need an introduction, the quality is high and its products last forever. This Philips Satinelle  comes with a body exfoliation brush and a body massager head.  www.philips.co.uk
Glitzy Secrets is a brand that specialises in wedding accessories and sparkly costume jewellery.
This amazing Treasure of Rose Hair Comb  in rose gold plated metal with round and marquise cut Austrian crystals suits any hair colour and by just wearing it you can jazz up any hairstyle. www.glitzysecrets.com
A make up brush set is always well received and this Rose Golden Luxury Set beauty by Zoeva ticks all the boxes. There are 8 brushes in an elegant anthracite pouch so they are well stored. The rose gold with the pale pink of the brushes are a match made in heaven. www.zoevacosmetics.com

Rose gold is the top colour of the moment so no wonder that technology as taken the trend and rose gold gadgets can be seen everywhere. Goji Headphones offers a great design and a selection of colours as well as a high quality products with excellent prices. These rose gold wireless bluetooth headphones are sold at Currys PC World and if in love with rose gold more items are available  for every need. www.currys.co.uk
Let's stay on the tech mood with this copper coloured Lexon Hoop Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Speaker, that you can find on the website Gifts with Style. This website is a casket of fantastic ideas for your Christmas list. This portable speaker has been designed by award winning designers Simone Spalvieri and Valentina del Ciotto and it has an average of 9 hours listening with a 60% volume. Perfect for a day out. With its rubber cord it can be hung to a backpack or a picnic char for a bit of dancing. www.giftswithstyle.com

A manicure set is always useful and this lovely rose gold tools by Primark are the perfect stocking fillers with their excellent prices and the fact that being available one by one you can build up your personal mani set accordingly to your own needs or those of the receiver. For a nice gift just add a bottle of nail polish, maybe matching the tools with a warm metallic copper nuance and a beauty lover friend will be happy.  www.primark.com
Make up palettes are always a godsend and this sweet It Cosmetics  Naturally Pretty Palette & Heavenly Luxe Brush can be found at QVC at a spectacular price. The packaging is a lovely shade of  rose gold and inside you can find 14 eye shadows in matte but adding some veil shadow you can have a pearl finish. www.qvcuk.com




Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Christmas List of Purple Gifts

Being purple another one of my favourite colours I carry on with this Christmas gift guide with ideas in purple.
This colour really brings the warmth of the season and many Christmas decors see purple associated with silver for a very sophisticated colour combination for the tree or the table.
The Canon IXUS 285 is a little jewel. Canon is one of the best makers in the camera technology and this compact has got all the best features like a 12x optical zoom, 24x zoom plus, WI FI and 8GB card among  others. I've seen it at John Lewis but it is a very popular camera and you can find it anywhere. Its small size58 x99.6x22.8mm and its weight at 147 grams makes it a very handy camera that can be carried in a pocket or in a small bag.
Lingerie is always a nice gift and this Ciao Bella matching set by b'tempt'd Lingerie ticks all the boxes. Look at  the balcony bra that  goes up to cup E and the matching tanga brief with scalloped lower front. The style is so beautiful as well as the contrast lining and little bows on the front. Check its website at www.btemptd.co.uk
The Roberts Radio are a classic and this burgundy Revival RD 60 is a gift that really is going to be very appreciated. Any purple lover will put this beauty on show with pride. Its classic 1950s design hides the latest DAB technology, a stereo line-in socket allow your mp3 player to be connected so that it can be a speaker for your compilations as well. Its battery life of 120 hours makes the Roberts Radio an entertainment tools for your days out. Check for more colours and retailers at www.robertsradio.com 
Thierry Mugler and his range of fragrances are always on top of my list. Alien by Thierry Mugler  has got for this Christmas a sophisticated gift set that you can find at The Perfume Shop.
The box, that can be used to store bits and bobs to make order in your drawers, comprises of a refillable 30 ml  EDP spray, 50 ml body lotion and 50 ml shower gel. Check www.theperfumeshop.com for this and more ideas for your Christmas presents.
I love hat and I always wear one in the cold months so this fluffy beauty from Jigsaw goes rightly in this list. The cranberry colour Hana Donegal Pom Hat is made of 100% Irish wool and it is made in Scotland. It is the perfect gift, light and flat if you are travelling and you can match it with a scarf. Check out at www.jigsaw-online.com to see where  to find a store near you.
Cath Kidston is one of my favourite stops for my gift list. This cross over body tote is made of soft purple leather with an adjustable shoulder strap as well as two handles so that from sporty you can transform it to a more formal bag. A zip on both internal pocket and external are keeping your belongings safe. Visit www.cathkidston.com to check the store closer to you or to buy online.

It could be the start of a healthy and fit new year if under the tree you can find a Fitbit Alta fitness tracker. Its many features include  calories counting, step counting, time, sleep monitor and much more. This particular model is for small wrists, but there are many styles to suit everybody.To find out about stockists and for more information check its website at www.fitbit.com

A beauty tool is always a very appreciated gift, and this Magnitone Barefaced Vibra Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush is the perfect present for the beauty lover. This tool removes the dead skin cells  from your face as well as make up or dirt even if you've already cleansed  it with your traditional routine. Everything that has been left will be swept away by this beautiful brush that comes in purple as well as gold, white and pink. QVC has got a great offer on this beauty tool that can't be missed.
www.qvcuk.com