Christmas gift: Taschen Kate Moss By Mario Testino, £45
Perfect book for any fashion lover, the book follows the journey from early days backstage at the shows to behind-the-scenes glimpses of the ground-breaking editorials they continue to produce for the world’s most respected magazines.
Many photographs have been chosen from Testino’s private archive and are published here for the first time. This book is Mario’s personal homage to his greatest muse: a young girl that captured his heart and eye with her beauty, humor and spirit, and whose image in his photographs has captured imaginations the world over.
Priced at £45, available from www.quintessentiallygifts.com
Christmas gift for her: Street Princess Coral Amala Bracelet
Designed by London based designer Naheeda, Street Princess is an assortment of gorgeous handmade bracelets in a rainbow of tantalizing colours. Street Princess bracelets will never go out of fashion; they are timeless and can be worn solo or layered together.
Unique, effortless with a distinct luxe look, explore your inner Street Princess. All bracelets are individually handmade, what makes your bracelet a little more special. This luxe bracelet fits with every occasion, whether it is a special event or a dinner party. Stack it with other bracelets to give your outfit a little extra touch orperfect as a wardrobe update or gift.
Available from My Flash Trash and www.quintessentiallygifts.com, £65
Christmas Gift: Bruno’s Toy Box, fashionable treats for the pet
Bruno’s Toy Box has a selection of fun dog toys. Products include the iPawd, Sniffany & Co, Furrari Bed, Cristail champagne, and many more.
All toys available at www.brunostoybox.com. Prices start at £15
Christmas Gift: Regent Street Gift Card
The Gift Card is a great way of solving those difficult gift purchases for those hard to buy for. Accepted by Hamleys, Penhaligon’s, Molton Brown, Gap, Uniqlo and many more, the Gift Card caters for everyone; a one stop shop in London’s renowned West End.
The Gift Card will be accepted in over one hundred stores, hotels and restaurants in and around Regent Street, including the Regent Street Food Quarters, Heddon Street and Swallow Street. The Regent Street Gift Card joins the recently launched Regent Street Shopping app, ‘Living Regent Street’ and the new edition of the Regent Street Guide.
Available to the public in any amount between £10 - £500, and corporate organisations in larger amounts, the Regent Street Gift Card, which is valid for one year, can be purchased from regentstreetonline.com or directly from the Regent Street Association offices.
Christmas Gift: Leo Bancroft hair gift sets
Celebrity hairdresser Leo Bancroft’s gift setsare ideal for those last minute gifts and stocking fillers. Leo is the regular face of ITV This Morning, he won ‘The Salon’ and has a large celebrity clientele.
His 3 sets include his Irresistibly Shiny and Blissfully Bouncy card gift bags (£6), and the Blissfully Bouncy Weekend Bag (£15). Filled with styling products, clips and Leo’s styling tips, these neat little sets make a great gift.
Leo Bancroft available from www.tesco.com and stores nationwide
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Christmas Gift: Royal Mail bath set by I Coloniali
I Coloniali has become dedicated to providing the utmost in relaxation. With a range of products designed to instantly de-stress during the festive season, I Coloniali takes inspiration from ancient rituals throughout the Far East, restoring harmony between Body and Spirit.
For the bath and shower lover, this special delivery, in its handy keepsake tin, will leave you feeling fresh and moisturised all day long;
- Invigorating Tibetan Shower Cream with Rhubarb 250ml - Rhubarb has long been used in China and Tibet for its energising and purifying properties which bring new vigour to the body. This shower cream expands into a rich lather to transform your shower experience with benefits that last all day.
- Aromatic Soap with Illipe Butter 100g - The Illipe is a magnificent tree which grows in the forests of Borneo. This daily-use soap is rich is moisturiser and will leave skin soft and smooth.
I Coloniali Royal Mail bath set, priced £19, is available exclusively at selected M&S Beauty stores nationwide or www.marksandspencer.com/beauty
Christmas Gift: Stuart Gardiner Oven Gloves at Howkapow
Designed by Stuart Gardiner these oven gloves comes in two awesome designes. The first set ‘Who wants a hot knuckle sandwich?!’ are double-sided and printed in 4 colours, with a metallic gold bracelet. Each one says ‘Love’ on the right hand side and ‘Hate’ on the reverse left hand side. Th second set says ‘Love’ on the right hand side and ‘Cake’ on the reverse left hand side. The oven gloves conform to British Standards 6526:1998.
Priced at £14 for a single glove and £24 for a pair. Available from the Howkapow online store and in store in Bristol. Howkapow, Unit SU6, Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU
THE ELK WINTER WONDERLAND HAS ARRIVED
With winter drawing nearer, popular summer pop-up, The Big Smoke BBQ at the Elk has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with its very own smoke pit, ready to bring some festive fun to London. The attractive garden has changed into a stunning winter retreat serving a yuletide themed feast ensuring you’ll leave with a full belly, to rival that of Saint Nick’s.
The Elk’s outside area will feature silver Christmas trees, snow icicles as well as illuminated reindeers to help guide Santa on his nightly escapades. Guests will be seated under hundreds of twinkling fairy lights ready to enjoy their festive feast.
The Big Smoke has had a Christmas makeover and will now be serving its delicious winter themed menu straight from the smoke pit. Sip on a mug of Butterscotch Schnapps Hot Chocolate or why not try the Candy Cane, of strawberry vodka, Crème de Menthe and cranberry juice, garnished with what else, but a candy cane of course! Alternatively for a twist on a classic, sample the delicious Mulled Wine served with a shot of Drambuie to make it extra Christmassy.
So head on down to The Elk Winter Wonderland for some festive grub that Santa Claus himself will be craving!
The Elk Winter Wonderland, Elk Bar, 587-591 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5UB
LIME&TONIC - FRENCH BUBBLES AND BRIE EVENING
What better time of year than Christmas to spend the evening tasting some of the most wonderful Champagne and cheeses? Join Lime&Tonic for this very special one off and exclusive night on Tuesday 18th Decembe
r. The evening promises to be a fun social tasting of some amazing French Champagnes, along with delicious cheeses from French boutique importer Champagne & Fromage.
The evening will begin with a glass of crisp rosé Champagne on arrival, followed by a pairing of four glasses of French Champagne and fine French cheeses. It’s a match made in heaven! Lime&Tonic find the best restaurants and activities in the city and create unique experiences for their members. Best of all, Lime&Tonic donates a portion of each experience to a different local charity- so you can do good whilst feeling good.
Lime & Tonic Bubbles & Brie Evening
Tuesday 18th December, 7pm, Price: £40
Address: French Bubbles, 22 Wellington street,WC2E 7DD.
Click on the the image above to get to ‘French Bubbles and Brie’ and choose join. If you are a first time user please register.