Christmas is only weeks away and if you haven’t started your shopping just yet, here’s some giftspiration for the special women in your life. All of these gifts are available online, and if your family/boyfriend/husband needs help with Christmas gift ideas, you can send a cheeky link to this post with ‘In Case You Get Stuck’ in the subject title. I know I’d be delighted for Santa to bring me any of these gorgeous goodies (hint hint!).
I adore coffee table books, they provide hours of inspiration and look beautiful displayed around the house with candles and fresh flowers. They also make gorgeous gifts and with Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d look online for my favourite and best priced coffee table books. With this selection there’s something for everyone from the footy fan to the fashionista and even the foodie! This post is dedicated to a lovely reader called Shae who e-mailed and asked me about my favourite coffee table books – enjoy!
In celebration of my birthday week, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite things with you;
I recently made the switch to Sodashi skincare and my skin already looks clearer, calmer and smoother. Sodashi is considered one of the purest skincare ranges in the world, with no artificial chemicals, fragrances or preservatives – and it’s made right here in Western Australia. I figure if you’re going to invest in good quality beauty products, skincare is the best place to start. It’s no wonder the world’s top spas are using this luxurious range. Check out all Sodashi products, plus loads more natural and organic beauty products at Peachy Clean.
Lana Del Rey
This video clip is so incredible, Lana is all smouldering Hollywood film star with a voice like red velvet cupcakes, whisky and cigars. I can’t stop listening to Born To Die, it’s such a hypnotic song. Oh, and I want that floral head wreath.
Nars Rue Bonaparte Eyeliner
I read about this Nars Rue Bonaparte flesh coloured eyeliner on Paula Joyes Life Styled website and decided to check it out. With a very energetic toddler and crazy busy hubby, I need as much help as I can get to look fresh and well rested, and this nude eyeliner worn on the inner rim of the eye seems to do the trick.
I’ve become obsessed with dip dying and am seriously considering doing it for a bit of fun. A friend of mine just had her white-blonde hair dip dyed navy and it looks INSANE!
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
One of my dearest friends gave me this hydrating Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Shine in ‘Aventure’ as a birthday gift and I LOVE it. It glides on like a moisturising balm, but gives a beautiful colour and shine. It’s light and fresh and a perfect way to welcome Spring.
I am loving Spotify, it’s a great way to discover new music and create playlists and it’s all for free. If you are music lover and haven’t gotten onto Spotify yet, then you have to check it out!
What are you loving in your life right now?
With Mother’s day almost upon us, here are some lovely and luxurious gift ideas;
Chanel Hand Cream
Every woman deserves a little Chanel, and this hand cream is so beautiful and velvety and will be a gorgeous little everyday luxury for mum. The lovely ladies at Chanel will even gift wrap it for you!
Tea Cup and Saucer
This is such a lovely gift, not only are tea cups absolutely beautiful but they represent ‘me’ time for mum. You can find these in department stores, T2 or antique stores.
Mimco Pearl Choker
This exquisite Mimco pearl choker is sure to make mums day. It’s a modern twist on the classic strand of pearls and is both elegant and timeless.
These beautiful Hermes twill scarves are little pieces of art and would be sure to make it a very special Mothers Day for your mum.
This merino wool Jigsaw cardigan is adorned with leather sequins and is simply stunning. It’s a more sophisticated version of the classic black cardigan which is a winter wardrobe staple.
Orchids are a clever alternative to flowers as a Mothers Day gift as they last for weeks and weeks. They look absolutely gorgeous in the house and you can find them at your local nursery, florist and even at Bunnings.
Happy Mothers Day Mummies!!
What great Mothers Day gift ideas do you have?
When my own fashion mentor from super style blog And Andrea mentioned this book in one of her posts, I just had to find a copy of my own. My love for anything French PLUS fashion combined in one gorgeous little red package was impossible to resist!
Written by former Chanel model and muse Ines de la Fressange, Parisian Chic is a very clever and insightful guide into how Parisian women get their chic on.
In the beginning of her book, Ines says ‘The Parisian will rave about a great find in the supermarket… her wardrobe is a clever mix of cheap and affordable buys, holiday purchases and a handful of luxury pieces.’ Now that’s my kind of girl!
Ines encourages women to mix it up and be more adventurous, but to always be totally comfortable with what we are wearing. In short, she dares us to be fashion savvy – not fashion victims.
She then goes on to talk about the fashion basics that every woman should have in her wardrobe, and explains how to wear them with a twist – for example a black blazer with the sleeves pushed up and worn with a belt. She shares dozens of little tips that seem simple enough, but try them out and it’s amazing how little details really do make a big difference.
Ines touches on which accessories make a big statement, and even dedicates a chapter to ‘Fashion SOS’ which provides a guideline on what to wear to black tie events, impromptu dinner parties and cocktail parties.
She also shares some of her beauty tips, and is refreshingly relaxed and honest in her approach. In short, she says to take good care of yourself but to loosen up a little and let go…. such a typically fabulous French attitude!
Parisian Chic finishes off with a ‘Chez Moi’ chapter and Ines’s own guide to Paris, including boutiques, cafes, museums and even a secret Belle Epoque gem toilet!
This book will inspire you to create chic new outfits with items you already have in your wardrobe, and to be more confident and adventurous when shopping for new clothes.
Parisian Chic makes a beautiful gift for any fashionista or stylish jet setter who is Paris bound. Or it could be a delightful treat for yourself. You can find Parisian Chic in your local bookstore or online here.
What fashion books have inspired you to get your chic on?
Have you ever turned through the pages of a glossy magazine, admiring all the luxury items that you know are out of reach, but compiled a wish list in your head anyway? If I could snap my fingers and magically have any luxury swag that I wanted, these would have to be my top five;
Because every girl has a right to dream….
Cartier Love Bracelet
I love that these bracelets are locked onto your wrist, symbolic of eternal love and devotion. Plus they look so sensationally stunning.
Chanel Classic Flap Bag
These bags are so classically beautiful. I would take great care of mine and hand it down to my Little Miss as vintage Chanel.
I would wear this Hermes bracelet along with my watch and some other arm candy, as if it was just another bracelet. (But we all know that it’s not!)
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps
If you hadn’t heard of Manolos pre SATC, then you certainly came to love and long for them after. These are the iconic shoes custom made for SATC and I would wear these with a simple LBD. They are Manolo’s after all.
Hermes Birkin Bag
These bags are iconic and have been known to have a wait list of up to 6 years. I would take mine out for lunch with the girls and then on an afternoon shopping trip.
What’s on your ultimate luxury swag wish list?
Have you ever been lucky enough to have one of your dream items?