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Christmas Gift Guide – blow the budget

8 Dec

If you want to blow the budget, make sure you go for something beautiful to cherish. It can be something practical like a Bobbi Brown brush set or classic tweed iPad case or something fun like a kitsch lips clutch or street style worthy printed piece. Either way, it must be something that the lucky recipient will treasure for years to come. 

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Guilt-free shopping with Give As You Live

8 Dec

A couple of weeks ago I popped over to Liberty to hear about a really
great cause – Give As You Live. The concept is really simple; lots of retailers
have signed up to Give As You Live and will donate a percentage of what you buy
to a charity of your choice. It costs absolutely nothing to you but will
benefit a great charity, how fabulously simple is that? All you have to do is
either shop through the Give As You Live shop or download it so the
sale can be tracked and your money will go to one of the 220,000 registered
charities which range from local schools to national charities. Stores taking
part in the sceme include Amazon, Debenhams, John Lewis, Selfridges, Topshop,
, Waterstones, Very, Game, Boots, House of Fraser, Kurt Geiger, New Look, French Connection, Dune Shoes, McQueen, The Outnet, Net-A-Porter, Ralph Lauren,
Agent Provocateur and of course Liberty among many others which is
perfect for the Christmas shopping…or if you fancy getting yourself a sneaky
gift. They also have a great wishlist feature so you can point people in the
right direction and help support a great cause at the same time. So far, they have donated £2,249,756.10 to charity which is a fantastic achievement but we can help them raise so much more. Take a look at their top 10 gift guides for some shopping inspiration. 

Christmas Gift Guide – Under £100

7 Dec

The under £100 budget is perfect for spoiling someone special. I think the key is to either go for something luxe like a fabulous statement necklace or some sumptuous silk lingerie or treat them to something they may have had their eye on for a while but couldn’t quite justify like the fabulous Louboutin retrospective book or a snuggley Ralph Lauren scarf. 

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Christmas Gift Guide – under £50

6 Dec
The under £50 budget is a lot more flexible, allowing you to pick some really nice high street pieces like a statement bag in suede or diffusion line pieces and mid-range jewels. The Designers at Debenhams homeware ranges are really quirky and look a lot more expensive than they are and I’m sure a nice piece of jewellery would be gratefully received. 
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Christmas Gift Guide – Under £20

5 Dec
These days, a £20 budget can take you a long way! I think the key is to think about the person you’re buying a gift for and get something a little bit quirky and different. Slippers and smellies are usually a safe bet, but the adorable fleece-lined cat slippers are a nice touch for a cat lover and Benefit’s Ticket to Glossytown set is perfect for lipgloss addicts. If all else fails, Lush will never let you down they have a massive range of gift sets which are all beautifully wrapped – bonus. 
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Moomin flask – £12

Christmas gift guide – Under £100

16 Dec

Here’s the last of my gift guides! Now if you’re spending about £100 on someone, you can really go all out and get them something special – think premium high street ranges, statement shoes, eyecatching jewellery or even massaging slippers. 

Aqua @ Asos Jessica dress – £96 on sale

Christmas gift guide – Under £50

15 Dec

I guess if you’re spending this much on someone you will know them pretty well so you can get something a bit more personal, like some knitwear, shoes or a gorgeous dress. My absolute favourite here is the Joomi Lim bracelet, jewellery is usually a good gift plus have you seen the bad ass spikes?!