Great Gifts to Give

Giving gifts is always the most wonderful feeling, but giving something average or something that doesn’t necessarily have the person’s personality written all over it is not always as fun to watch.  I can’t bare giving a gift when I know its been a rushed purchase and not much thought has gone into it, I would rather wait longer until I find just the thing for them.

Sometimes you just have no clue, so here’s a list of lovely things to give, if you’re stuck…

Number 1 on my list may come as a surprise (unless you know me well, in which case it wont!) Rusks are my weakness, on a good day I will have 1.5, on a bad day up to 4 (eeek)!!! I would LOVE to receive this, what a great gift with a beautiful ceramic cookie jar to keep forever. Rusk Jar

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If you know someone who loves to cook and spends hours in the kitchen then this is the most beautiful apron I have ever seen and wouldn’t be ashamed to wear it out the house even – that’s how good it looks! Linen Apron

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We’re all so health conscious (or are supposed to be anyway) but we’re not all that good at knowing what to do about it or how to go about it.  Deliciously Ella is someone I have followed for years, when she first started writing about her illness and how the only cure for her was through healthy eating, I find it fascinating and inspiring how someone can be ill for so long and self heal through diet and a strong mind.  The ‘every day’ recipe book of hers is meant to be great and easy to follow (I have not used it yet) but a great gift to give to a health conscious friend who can or cannot cook. Deliciously Ella Every Day

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I’m not sure everyone’s as obsessed with lovely smelling candles as I am.  I love candles and they are usually quite pricey so not something one would just purchase on any given day (well not the good ones) a store I love to visit when I’m after a gift is L’Orangerie, their candles, soaps and bathroom products smell heavenly. L’Orangerie Candles

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Grandparents always love pictures of their grandchildren, finding a pretty frame that suits their interiors (or doesn’t) and filling it with a gorgeous pic is always a lovely idea. Leaf Print Frame

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For coffee lovers, I gave this to my husband for his birthday and I LOVE it (so does he ;)), it’s not a schlepp at all and the slightly longer time it takes to make than your normal coffee is worth every delicious sip. Bialetti Coffee Machine

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Plants are always a good choice too!  Snow Rose 

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Fill up a Glass Jar with home baked treats. Glass Jar

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Find a pretty, functional and less expensive basket and build a hamper, filled with nuts, wine, nougat, jam, homemade biscuits whatever you think the receiver may love! Basket

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Another great gift that would fit into any home no matter what the style are these beautifully crafted marble coasters that will last a lifetime, bringing a touch of elegance and glamour to the table.  Marble Coasters

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Happy Christmas shopping everyone, and it may be a good idea to forward this one onto husbands, dads, grandpa’s, boyfriends or just anyone clueless!

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Summer Sandals

I stumbled upon the most magnificent mismatched pair of sandals this week (featured image) and after hunting them down (they live in Australia…)  I have come to the realisation that I may not be able to own a pair, down to tricky sizing, getting them here, risking them not fitting after getting them here, not being able to return them and having a lovely pair of incredibly expensive sandals sitting in my closet. And on second thoughts, maybe all that would be worth it in the event that they do actually fit, in which case the mission and cost would totally be worth it.

Whilst I feel none of the below even slightly compare to these beauties (in my eyes) here are some pretty cool easy going summer sandals that can be found on the high streets of SA.  I personally love a tan coloured sandal, I think it complements “a tan” and goes with the entire wardrobe, style permitting.

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Sandals with Tassels H&M
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Leather slides here

These knotted slides below are extremely comfortable and look way better on than off, I LOVE them! Link to UK site but can be found in SA stores.

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Twist Sandals Topshop

Good for wearing with Tea dresses, floaty skirts, feminine clothing and jeans alike.

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Leather Sandals Superbalist
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Suede Sandals Woolworths
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Leather Crossover Sandals Country Road
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Embellished Leather Slides Woolworths

Winners for comfort – Solillas. They come in a massive range of colours I do love these sparkly ones.  I haven’t come across this brand in SA yet but I have seen replicas in other stores (can’t guarantee the comfort of the non- Solillas however)

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Looking forward to perfectly pedicured tanned feet again 🙂

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Formal Winter Warmers

In my opinion formal dress code in winter is by far the most elegant.  I love a long sleeve and whilst I find covering an arm up definitely formalises an outfit, its a combination of the style and the fabrics that bring it together perfectly.  It is almost impossible not to look chic in all the dark jewelled winter colours, mixed with the luxurious fabrics of velvet, lace, suede and silk, its a sensory overload of texture.  Winter is the perfect time of year to send out your posh party invitations.

If you are attending a wedding or any event this winter that requires a higher level of formality and sophistication, that you just won’t hit with a pair of jeans, then be prepared for the onslaught of options.

Layer Up – get onto this trend and wear a skirt over a dress, I love this look and with the correct dress and skirt fabrics and styles you can easily keep this look formal and warm. Love how she brings her look together by matching her lipstick with her shoes(left).

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Incorporate your jacket into your outfit, so it’s not a throw on after thought. You can then happily wear it all day knowing it works.

Go Long – wear a statement maxi skirt with a cosy jumper tucked in.

Don’t be afraid to wear trousers. There are some great jumpsuits out there too which is a wonderful option and looks super chic.

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I’m a big fan of the monochromatic look for formal occasions. It’s smart and impactful.  Make sure you add some spunk to the outfit with a fun clutch bag, killer heels, bright lip or interesting accessories. Shop any of these looks below by clicking directly on the links.

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Dramatise this look with a nude lip, smokey eyes and black or burgundy nail varnish!
Lantern Sleeve Dress // Laser cut Sandals // Suede heels // Blurred Floral Clutch // Nails OPI // Lipstick Smashbox
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Go all out with navy nails. A marshmallow pink lipstick would look great picking out the pink in the bag. Keep this look simple and clean                                                                             Smart Jumpsuit // Navy suede courts Steve Madden // Clutch // Nails Morgan TaylorMorgan Taylor // Lipstick
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I love tones of grey especially for a sleek and chic outfit.  Add colour and warmth to this with a bright plum lipstick and dark nails.                                                                                                Peplum Blouse Mango // Grey Fringed Skirt // Suede Heels // Necklace // Earrings   // Lipstick Brocade Bobbi Brown

 

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Something about a satin slip says rock chic (think Kate Moss) Add arm candy to this outfit along with a purple or red lipstick for added impact.

Satin slip Dress // Faux Fur Jacket // Clutch bag // Earrings // Suede lace up heels // Lipstick Violetta MAC

Tip: Check out Zando online for loads of smart jackets!

I hope I’ve left you with some inspiration.  Happy shopping & keep warm

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