The luxury Christmas gift guide for her

December always seems to go by in the blink of an eye and with Christmas fast approaching I've been turning my attention to all the best gift sets and festive treats this year. And if you're also a last minute shopper or need some inspiration for your own wish list then I've put together a guide of the best luxury gifts for her this Christmas:

Jo Malone perfume - from £45
Jo Malone is always the first brand that comes to mind when I think of luxury fragrance and for a Christmas gift you really can't go wrong with one of their beautiful perfumes. There are so many gorgeous fragrances to choose from but my top 3 recommendations would be English Pear & Freesia, Orange Blossom and Peony & Blush Suede. They also have lots of luxurious gift sets and home fragrances and I'm really hoping I'll find one of their iconic boxes under the Christmas tree this year!

Alpha H skincare set - £39.50
As the brand behind Liquid Gold Alpha H is known for quality skincare which delivers results. And for Christmas they've brought out this lovely Essentials Collection. With a travel sized cleanser, moisturiser and face oil it covers all the basics and is a great way of introducing someone to the brand or for a friend who regularly travels.

Elemis skincare - From £82
Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream has achieved cult status amongst beauty fans and having used the moistuiser since my early twenties I can definitely see why! A light weight cream with anti-ageing properties it's super quick absorbing yet hydrating and always leaves my skin feeling plump and radiant - a great gift for any skincare obsessive. This particular one was a October special for Breast Cancer Awareness month but you can still buy the supersized 100ml in the usual turquoise packaging.

Crabtree and Evelyn foodie treats - From £12
Foodie treats always go down well at Christmas and this year I'm loving the biscuits and gingerbread men from Crabtree and Evelyn. There's a delicious assortment of flavours to choose from including butterscotch and Christmas pudding and with such a generous portion it'll last all through the festive season. The gingerbread men is lovely too - crunchy and moreish with just the right amount of heat and spice.

Lancome cosmetics - From £21
I always think cosmetics are an exciting gift and this year Lancome have brought out some new lip colours. The L'absolu velvet mattes are a great alternative to the traditional matte lipstick and offer a more comfortable creamy finish without compromising on colour intensity. For a more collectable option there's the collaboration with Olympia le Tan and I'd highly recommend the highlighter just for that gorgeous packaging alone.

Amara treats for a cosy night in - From £45
As someone who's always cold and enjoys a cosy night in I love this stylish hot water bottle and scented candle from Amara. The ombre silk cover elevates a practical gift to something more luxurious and with notes of fig and pine the scented candle is perfect for injecting some Christmas fragrance into the home.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? What are some of your favourite gifts this year?

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Life lately - six November highlights

Another month over and I can't believe that Christmas is now less than 4 weeks away! As it's our first one as newly weds I'm looking forward to all the festivities, food and fun, but first a look back at a few of my favourite November highlights:

After a patchy start this year I've finally been able to dedicate some proper time to blogging this November and I'm really enjoying the whole process of writing posts, taking photos and being part of the community again. 

What started as a place to share my love of all things beauty has evolved into more of a lifestyle blog and it's been so nice to relive the day and share our wedding and mini moon as well as my favourite bottomless brunch in London

Afternoon tea with the girls 
One of the best things about blogging is the friendships that we've made and in November I was able to catch up with the lovely Aysha and Safira. We had a really lovely afternoon tea at Amba Hotel and chatted away for hours over endless cups of tea, sandwiches and scones. You can see more photos of the amazing food on my Instagram here.

Christmas cooking class
This year I've been feeling uncharacteristically festive in November so when an invite to a Christmas cooking class landed in my inbox I jumped at the chance. Using state of the art AEG ovens we made our own mince pies and a super easy but delicious vegetable pastry parcel, before being treated to our first Christmas roast of the year. With free flowing prosecco and all the beautiful decorations it was such a lovely way to kick off the festive season. Currys PC World have also put together some of their top tips so if you're cooking this Christmas then check out their blog post here.

Taste of London
We were also given tickets to Taste of London and we both loved going around all the food stalls and restaurants. As a celebration of the best that London has to offer, there were so many great restaurants to choose from and as all the dishes are on the small side we were able to try quite a few. Highlights include the chicken bun from Bao, scallops from Les 100 de Taillevet and the most amazing waffle and ice cream from Rok. Sadly Taste of London has now finished but it'll be back next summer at Regent's Park.

Vuelio blog awards
Just before the end of the month I put my party dress on and headed off to Bloomsbury to celebrate all things blogging at the Vuelio awards. With a sparkling drinks reception, 3 course meal and a chance to chat with other bloggers it was a really lovely evening and big congratulations to Menswear Style for winning Best UK blogger!

Personal training and fitness
I never thought I'd be someone that enjoyed exercise but I have to say getting a PT has completely transformed my routine. We do a mixture of cardio and weights which is a complete killer but you always feel so good afterwards and combined with a healthier diet I've really noticed the results this year. I'm now working towards doing 10 pull ups in a row and it's so satisfying being able to increase reps or to go up a weight.

Have you ever been to Taste of London? What were your November highlights?

*We were guests of Currys PC World

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