On the fourth day of Giftmas... we talk beauty!

Is there a day that goes by where there isn't a gorgeous new beauty launch? Quite possibly not, but I've hand picked a few of my most loved from the past few months for any big beauty fans this Christmas!

(Eye Palette: Lancome, Book: Sali Hughes, Skincare: Pai, Perfume: Stella POP, Set: Smashbox Bestsellers, Brushes: Real Techniques)

Whether you're buying for a total beauty fanatic, or just someone that appreciates a good palette from the sidelines- I like to think I've picked a little something suitable for everyone! Whether that's a beginners set of my favourite Real Techniques brushes or some classics from Smashbox to get your gal started- there's a little something for all fans. I've also picked a hot-off-the-press scent a la Stella M and a new favourite read from serious beauty guru Sali Hughes- which I know everyone from my mum to nan would love flicking through. Alternatively, there's also a mini skincare set from beautiful Pai, in case you fancy introducing them to something new too (because who doesn't love trying new skincare?).

Check out last years beauty picks for more ideas, and come back tomorrow for day 5!

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On the third day of Giftmas... it's all about your BFFL!

I love nothing more than shopping for the best ladies in my life (normally because it feels like shopping for things I'd love myself), so putting this one together was a big favourite- and I hope it sparks some inspiration!

(Print: Oh Gosh Cindy, Nail Varnish: Burberry, Glitter: Burberry, Agenda: Rifle Paper Co, Calligraphy Lessons: Quill, Pouch: Anthropologie, Keyring: Pop & Suki)

Buying for your bestie can mean all manner of things- I absolutely love to spoil mine if I can- but if you're doing Secret Santas, or even sticking to a budget, it's nice to find something she'll love that won't break the bank either. As well as picking up beauty treats that she wouldn't buy herself (Burberry's Christmas collection is stuff of dreams), practical prettiness like a 2017 planner is always a safe bet too (and a Beyonce print, naturally). I also thought about calligraphy lessons this year (as I know so many people have loved them)- so looking into local classes could be a nice treat she definitely won't have on her list. If you want things to get personal, I also love this initial pouch and BFFL keyring- which even means you can treat yourself too!

Check out last years bestie guide for more ideas, and come back tomorrow for day 4!

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On the second day of Giftmas... it was all about the lads!

Today I'm talking all about buying for boys! This was targeted specifically at boyfriends- but I'm pretty sure there's nothing here that wouldn't pass perfectly for brothers or besties either!

(Magazine: Rabona, Aftershave: Guerlain, Face Cream: Kiehls, Speaker: Oliver Bonas, T-Shirt: A.P.C, Fragrance: Malin & Goetz, Headphones: Bose)

Ah, boys! I'm definitely more in the mindset that 'men are from Mars' when it comes to present buying. It's always hard putting these together without going for the typical hip flask, gardening tools and beard comb- so I've tried to change things up a bit! With Joe for example being a huge football fan and avid reader, a magazine subscription to something a little different is always a good idea. Additionally I know there's always room for another favourite brand tee in his wardrobe, along with some smellies- which Joe magically gets through like hot dinners (but always smells tip top). I've also included a couple more festive bits like the face cream and a novelty speaker (which is actually pretty cool)- as well as some splurgy headphones which are absolutely perfect if your other half is as nervous flyer as Joe (and have great sound quality too)!

Here is last years boys offering for more ideas- and come back tomorrow for day 3!

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Giftmas is back!

Happy December beautiful people! After such lovely feedback last year (and asking on Twitter if I should do it again, to be met with an overwhelming yes)- 'Giftmas' is back! I've mixed things up a tiiiny bit with a few different categories- but hope you love it just as much as last time! I've started again this year with one for the ladies ~plays crooning music~ and some ideas for a special gal in your life (if you really want to spoil her)! There'll be another 11 over the next, well, 11 days- so stay tuned for plenty of gift ideas (I'll also link last years for more ideas if you like too)!

(Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company, Perfume: Chloe, Notebook: Kate Spade, Necklace: Missoma, Shoes: Addidas via Office, Jumper: Oliver Bonas, Card: Taab)

So I thought I'd start with one of my favourites (read: everything I'd gladly nab for myself)- the girlfriend bits! There's a couple of more indulgent and extra special pieces here (see: the unreal star satchel and delicate necklace by my girl Lucy Williams)- but if I'm being totally honest, it's really not about what you spend but the thought- amirite? I've also included one of my current favourite perfumes (in one of the dreamiest bottles), an adorable notebook for girls on the go (Kate Spade is forever a gift-buying failsafe)- and a pair of trainers I know anyone would be happy to unwrap on the big day!

See last years for some additional ideas and come back tomorrow for day 2!


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(Jacket: C/O Wallis, Blouse: Glamorous (old but similar here), Trousers: C/O Wallis, Bag: Bershka, Shoes: Zara (similar here)

...Christmas!

Posting festive pictures before the start of advent feels a little like putting your Christmas decorations up before the 1st- it's not totally acceptable, but when it's this close and you're feeling as Christmassy as I am- it's okay, right? Plus- it's never too early to start shopping around for festive wardrobe additions. I'm firmly in the camp that if you leave things too late (be it Christmas shopping or getting together a look for that Christmas party) you possibly won't find what you're looking for- so consider this early inspiration of sorts (and considering my gift guide starts tomorrow, a nod to treating yourself before festive shopping really kicks in)!

So, the suit, THE SUIT! Having been channeling my obsession for all things Florence Welch and Christine and the Queens for a while now (there's something about jacquard metallic suits that have my heart a flutter)- this number from Wallis has instantly ticked off any Christmas quandaries my wardrobe has been having. With the perfect balance of seventies cool and modern tailoring- it's the perfect office-to-dancefloor transition, and looks just as cool with a silk slip underneath as it does an embroidered blouse. Plus, the joy of a suit is being able to rework as separates, and I'm pretty sure these trousers will be perfect with a chunky knit come Boxing Day too- not too plan too far ahead of course. Ahem...



Post in collaboration with Wallis, but love of a good co-ord, Christmas parties and Christine and the Queens all my own


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