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Last minute Christmas gift ideas under $250

21st December, 2018

If you’ve yet to complete all your Christmas shopping, don’t panic! Help is at hand! I’ve compiled some great gift ideas for everyone from your mum to your boyfriend or brother and there’s plenty of pieces at various price points under $250 so you’re bound to find something to suit your budget. Happy shopping!

Aesop London kit

Aesop have the most gorgeous products in their range and this set contains minis of everything from shampoo and conditioner to body balm so it’s perfect for travelling.

Sunday Riley Vitamin C set

A luxe set for the ultimate addition to anyone’s bathroom #shelfie. Plus what better gift to give to someone than great skin?

Dr Jackson’s coconut melt

This is a tropical holiday in a jar. It smells divine and would make a great stocking filler.

Slip silk eye mask

A great night’s sleep is made easier with this luxurious silk mask (plus it comes in loads of different colours).

Le Specs The Flash gold frame sunglasses

A simple yet stylish pair of sunnies that would make the ideal companion for anyone throughout summer.

Dr Dennis Gross skincare hydration booster

A quality beauty product such as this is a great way to spoil someone.

Polo Ralph Lauren swim shorts

A pair of classic swim shorts makes for the ideal gift during this time of year.

AMI cotton-corduroy baseball cap

This baseball cap makes for a great finishing touch to an outfit but also serves the added function of providing sun protection which is a win-win in my book.

Onia vacation striped shirt

If you’ve got someone on your list who is about to go on a beach holiday this shirt would be the ideal piece to take away with them.

Lola Hats wide brim raffia hat

A gorgeous hat like this is ideal for any loved one who loves parking themselves at the beach during summer. And hey, a hat is a great idea any time.

Staud Mini Shirley leather and PVC bag

For the fashion forward friend, this leather and PVC bag is the perfect finishing touch to any look.

Isabel Marant Malebo shell drop earrings

Shell accessories are still going strong and these earrings are a lot of fun.

Ancient Greek sandals Aglaia leather slides

I live in slides all summer so finding these under the tree would make me very happy indeed as I’m sure it would for many women. They’re also neutral so perfect for pairing with almost everything in your wardrobe.

Gucci Flora silk neck bow

To add a glam touch to any look you can’t go past a silk tie such as this beauty by Gucci.

My Accessories London black grab bag

Amp up your next event look with a bag such as this which is just made for parties.

Timex Fairfield chronograph watch

A simple timepiece that’s sleek and sophisticated and would work back with plenty of outfits.

Calvin Klein logo duffle bag

A stylish carryall is always a welcome addition to any wardrobe.

Adidas Originals Continental sneakers

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with gifting white sneakers. They’re so versatile and such a staple I think anyone would be pleased to receive a pair such as this on Christmas morning.

Johnny’s Chop Shop Sports and Social Hair Fibre

A great stocking stuffer for the style conscious man in your life.

The North Face long sleeve t-shirt

For the active person this tee is perfect for enjoying the great outdoors.

Glamorous high neck top in fine spot print

The simple elegance of this top make it perfect for the style conscious person in your life.

 

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What to buy the fashionista in your life

16th December, 2018

I’ve got a number of people in my life who love fashion so I’m always looking for the perfect, stylish gift to purchase them at this time of year. When it comes to the fashionista in your life I think the key things to consider before buying anything is their personal style, the pieces that you know they wear to death and what they’ll actually find useful — all three will help you hone in on the perfect piece. (If all else fails you could also just check out my guide on how to be a good gift giver which should steer you in the right direction.)

In the meantime I’ve rounded up a few faves to help get you started. You never know, you may just find the ideal gift for someone on your list.

Stella McCartney logo print backpack

Compact and stylish, this backpack is perfect for the girl on the go.

Miu Miu Infinity rainbow drop crystal earrings

A colourful statement piece to liven up a look.

Zimmermann python printed palazzo pants

For the woman who loves all things bold these pants would be a great find under the Christmas tree.

Self Portrait lace panelled pleated maxi skirt

A lovely, ladylike piece that would make the girly fashionista in your life smile.

Chloe logo plaque flat sandals

These are a practical sandal that would get plenty of use this season and beyond.

Staud grace patent leather tote

A bag in a bright pop of colour makes for the perfect festive gift.

ASOS Design Piper slingback

Animal print is still huge and these statement shoes would make quite an impactful present.

Sacred Hawk bag in snakeskin

For the woman who loves daring pieces, this is the kind of bag that would make the ideal gift.

State of Escape bag 

Made of sturdy and durable neoprene, this is the perfect carryall for any busy woman in your life.

Miu Miu oval shaped acetate sunglasses

You can never go wrong with a pair of statement sunnies, especially when they’re as fun as this pair.

Lola Hats wide brimmed straw hat

Summer’s the perfect time to rock a chic hat. A wide brimmed straw hat is the perfect piece to take to the beach and beyond.

Matin linen shorts

Versatile, neutral linen shorts would most certainly get plenty of use during the warmer months.

Staud Paradise cut-out fringed top

A statement top that will form many a party look.

Joanna Vargas rescue serum

Beauty products such as this gorgeous serum would make the ideal luxe gift.

Les Héroïnes The Bessie draped satin top

The draped style of this top make it a striking piece that’s not too over the top.

Cami NYC cropped off the shoulder top

A cute off the shoulder number that’s perfect for days enjoying the sun.

ASOS Design Signature ball heels

A shoe with a dramatic element such as this pair is ideal for the more fashion forward woman on your gift list.

Miaou checked print dress

Love the 90s look of this checked dress.

Alice McCall Adorable sheer blouse

A flirty, feminine blouse that would elevate any look.

ASOS White animal print wrap dress

Wrap dresses are universally flattering and the bold print makes it perfect for this time of year.

 

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What I’m hoping to find under the Christmas tree this year

16th December, 2017

I love shopping for my family and friends at Christmas but with all the browsing I do in trying to find the right gifts, I inevitably end up finding things to add to my own wish list. Whilst I’m just happy to be able to spend time with my loved ones, and most especially see my girls enjoying the day, I wouldn’t complain at all if any of these were waiting for me under the Christmas tree…

Gucci GG logo belt

I’m sure you’ve seen this belt doing the rounds and each time I see it I love it even more. It’s a classic style that I can work with jeans to dresses and skirts and  I would definitely wear it to death.

Elise Tsikis tassel-drop gold earrings

How cute are these? I am loving statement earrings at the moment and I particularly like the quirky feel of this pair. The tassels are super cute whilst the gold detail helps anchor them.

Solid and Striped swimsuit

I am always on the look out for a great swimsuit and this is the complete package. I love the colour, the cut and the retro feel of the belt.

Givenchy round-frame sunglasses

I’ve got a weak spot for sunglasses and am constantly looking for just the right piece to add to my collection. The round frames are very 60s but the gold detail at the bridge gives it a modern feel.

Lee Mathews V-neck denim dress

I don’t think any girl can ever have too many summer dresses. Big ticks for the lightweight denim and the ruffle and tie back detail on this dress.

See by Chloe platform sandals

After so many minimalist style heels of late I’m in the mood for something different. These platform sandals have a 70s silhouette that I love and it’s the perfect colour for summer.

Givenchy Antigona mini leather crossbody bag

The big mama version of this mini bag is a fave of mine so I couldn’t resist it in a downsized form. The metallic hue gives it a point of difference and the crossbody style is a great option for those days when I’m busy running around doing errands.

Gianvito Rossi satin-trimmed sandals

Black heels are classic but when topped with a feather detail I’m more than 100 per cent sold. These would be great for an event or a night out and would really be the talking point of an outfit.

Oroton Avalon soft fold wallet

New year, new wallet. Loving the colour of this and the pebbled leather. It also has lots of compartments which is perfect for carrying my numerous cards and bits and pieces around.

What’s on your wish list?

 

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What’s on Sophia and Grace’s Christmas list

15th December, 2017

Shopping for Sophia and Grace‘s Christmas presents is one of my favourite parts of the festive season. Without a doubt seeing their little faces excitedly light up when it’s time to open gifts come December 25th is a highlight every year. However as anyone with children can attest what’s in one minute, will be out the next so I try to pay close attention in the lead up to Christmas when it comes to what the girls are loving. Here’s what I’ve narrowed it down to…

Alimrose Willow Fairy Doll 

The girls are into all things dolls and fairies so I’m sure this will be a hit.

The Wiggles Dress Up Emma Doll

I’ve posted a few times on Instagram about Sophia’s love for the The Wiggles. It’s no surprise that she’s been eyeing this Emma doll for awhile and she’ll love the fact she can play dress ups with it.

Micro Scooters Mini Micro Deluxe

My girls are super active, especially Sophia who is at that age where she’s constantly running around. I can see her using this when we go on our daily walks.

Our Generation Clydesdale Holiday Horse

It must be a family thing because the girls love horses! This one comes with cute Christmas accessories.

Witchery Tie Front Shoe

I like to get the girls new shoes every Christmas and this particular pair has a cute bow detail that they’ll love.

Tutu du Monde Swan Queen Tutu Dress

I’m a huge fan of everything by Tutu du Monde—everything they make is so intricate and beautiful. The girls love their dresses too and I can’t resist how cute they both look in a tutu.

Witchery Girls Pearl Headpiece

I think most little girls love hair accessories and my girls are no different. I really love this headpiece for the girls to wear on special occasions.

Marquise Strawberry Underwear

Yes it’s totally practical but look how cute they are! I like incorporating practical gifts in the mix and underwear is the kind of thing that the girls can never have enough of.

Camilla Girls Tank Dress

The print on this is so cute for summer. I like vibrant and colourful pieces at this time of year and this is totally on trend.

Rock Your Kid Unicorn Circus Dress

Unicorns plus pink equals every little girl’s dream come true. The tulle skirt is also a pretty touch.

Zimmermann Swim Lumino Bikini

We’re lucky enough to live near a beach so we pretty much live there all summer which means I’m always on the hunt for cute swimmers for the girls. The print on this is gorgeous.

What’s on your kids’ Christmas wish list?
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What I’m looking to buy my family this Christmas

5th December, 2016

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This is such a great time of year but it can also be quite stressful trying to get my Christmas shopping done amongst all the other things on my to-do list – which is why I’ve learnt to scope out the shops (both in-store and online) ahead of time and make a list of possible gift ideas for my family and friends. I find if I’ve got a shortlist then it helps make getting my shopping done a much more streamlined process. If you’re looking for present ideas then here’s a peek at what I’m considering…. (my family will just have to wait till Christmas morning to see what my final choices were!).

Gifts for her:

It’s fun (sometimes a little dangerous!) shopping for my mum and sister-in-law, Hoda because I always inevitably stumble upon things I end up falling in love with too. I find that beautiful home decor such as great candle or quality towel is a great option as interior decorating is something they’re both really into. That said, they also both love fashion so a nice pair of earrings or cute shoes is always something that will put a smile on their face.

Gifts for him:

Finding gifts for my husband, Luke, brother, Tom and my dad almost always end up falling into the fashion category. I find a great tie or sunglasses is something they’ll be able to get plenty of use out of throughout the year. However I sometimes like to give them something they can wear to death during the summer break such as a pair of shorts or a hat. Fragrances are also ideal and I find it’s something most men don’t tend to buy for themselves so it’s a nice albeit useful surprise.

Gifts for kids: 

Christmas in our family is now all about the kids so it’s always really fun shopping for my girls but also my niece, Rose and nephew, William. I love buying cute clothes for Sophia and Rose but they’re also into their toys so I make sure to try and maintain a balance. As Grace is still a baby I’ll probably end up with something adorable to add to her wardrobe. I find toys are always a winner for my nephew so something he can play with such as a fire engine will be something he’ll enjoy finding under the tree.