Christmas gifts

Gift guide: tree trinkets



This Works beauty crackers

This is a very quick heads up on some of the affordable luxury beauty trinkets that are still available for the holiday season. To me, these beauty crackers and tree trinkets are no-brainers as they tend to be cult items and best selling people pleasers. Plus they come in at around £10-£20 which clearly means it would be rude not to buy yourself a little something for your troubles. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: forward planning



Smythson diary

How far do you like to plan ahead? Are you the type to get your next year diary in August, or do you buy it in clearance on the 31st January (you cheapskate!)?

Smythson is making it very easy to stock up now with its 2017 diaries which now come in an extended range of colours. Its customers kept asking for different shades, so it’s gone mad and given them everything they asked for and more. (more…)



Book signing: Meet me at Anthropologie



Anthropologie books

I love a proper bookshop as much as the next person but sometimes – especially during gift season – it’s nice to buy your books in a lifestyle environment. And for that, where better than Anthropologie?

Anthro has a knack of picking the most beautiful art, travel and photography books and placing them just so alongside their gorgeous stationery, accessories and trinket trays homewares. (more…)



Christmas in July: Jo Malone Christmas 2016



Jo Malone Christmas 2016 collection jumbo cracker with bespoke contents

[UPDATE! For the Jo Malone Christmas 2018 collection, click here]

Christmas in July has got to be the most mind-boggling concept if you don’t work in this industry. Traditionally it’s the time when brands and stores show their Christmas wares to long lead press, giving them ample notice to plan their pages (shoots are done up to five months in advance). (more…)