Top 10 Christmas Presents for Her 2012

by Fluffleberry on November 21, 2012

Here is the definitive list of my desires (and dreams!) 2012. I guarantee you’ll receive serious brownie points if you buy any of the following gifts for the fashionista in your life this Christmas. Happy Shopping!

1. For women everywhere I’d recommend Clarins body products, but since this is my first Christmas as a yummy mummy, at the top of my list is the Clarins Body Shaping cream. A silky consistency that never feels sticky and a wonderful feeling of being moisturised all day. I’ve only been using this for 2 months but I’m already very pleased with the results.


2. I have been longing for a pair of boots that will survive the boring London rain. Most of my shoe collection cannot withstand a soaking but unfortunately winter days in England are often wet and I have worn my beloved Alexander Wang cowboy boots into the ground. My search had been fruitless until my brother Snoopz pointed out I could buy some boots from his beloved Trickers on Jermyn Street. He suggested the Silvia boot in black and I fell in love. Made to the same standard as their beautiful men’s collections, these boots will survive several winters and look better with age. It’s a rare treat to have a pare of boots made traditionally in England and what’s more I’m sure there will be very few fellow fashionistas rocking this season’s Chelsea boot in quite the same way. Woohoo! My search is over. Well not quite, they don’t actually have my size because my blasted feet are so common so will have to make a pair from scratch, but I kind of like that. My boyfriend put his name down to buy a pair. I like that even more!

 3. Since having my baby and giving up work I have economised on many on my usual treats and I’m pleased to say that I have found lots of products that rival designer brands for a fraction of the price. However, I have also discovered that some things cannot be economised on and my shower gel is one of them. I like to have a boiling hot shower in the morning and treat myself to a DIY aromatherapy treatment. I tried all the soaps the supermarket has to offer but nothing makes me happier than a luxurious shower. Last Christmas I was pregnant and did not know the sex of my baby. My favourite girl’s name is Bluebell and to my surprise and delight I found a bottle of Jo Malone in my stocking. It is now my favourite fragrance. Try Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Hand and Body Wash for the ultimate start to your day.

4. Now, I know it’s winter time but a girl has to have her signature sunglasses. I have amassed a few over the years and when going on holiday I love selecting sunglasses from my little archive that go with the looks I plan to carry off. For example my big bug eye Chanel pair for skiing or my 1970’s Chloe pair for a trip on the yacht. However, my every day pair has to be versatile. I carry mine in my handbag and need to be able to chuck them on in unexpected moments of brightness, safe in the knowledge that they will compliment whatever I’m wearing and much like my clothes, will say something about me. I usually change these sunglasses every year or two as I grow and change as a person and my look evolves. Right now it’s high time for a change. I have been wearing black folding Ray Ban Wayfarers for ages now. The iconic frames go with anything but they hark back to a time when I was feeling naughty and nostalgic. That’s no longer me. I plan on putting them into my collection for accessing when the mood takes me (for example due to their folding capacity they are perfect for popping into a small handbag, which may come in handy this season) so the next item on my list is a pair of Celine Sunglasses. Celine is an obsession of mine and I think it best illustrates my current mood. Grown up chic with an emphasis on the importance of simplicity. I love the Traveller Sunglasses in Honey.


5. You can’t go wrong with staple items under the tree. Everyone has their favourites. Whether this be cashmere socks (my mum) or Calvin Klein pants (my boyfriend), everyone has their little things in life that they can’t do without. My essential item is my signature scent, Chanel Allure Eau De Parfum Spray. I have a firm philosophy when it comes to perfume. I believe in the evocative powers of sensory memory so am therefore faithful to the perfume I have been wearing since I was 23, which was possibly the happiest time in my life. It reminds me of my first taste of freedom, living abroad and the intoxication of discovering life and love. It captures all the innocence and hopefulness of my youth and yet it has grown up with me and has been a part of every important occasion in my adult life. It is a feminine perfume but has depth, moodiness and strength and I’d like to think that when people smell Allure they will think of me. Some have the soundtrack to their life, well this is the scent of mine. A perfume that has floated with me like a dear friend through the last decade. I will consider a change later in life to Chanel No.5 because I love the idea of a masterpiece. However, I believe a perfume masterpiece is the privilege of women over 50, so I have many Christmases to go.

6. An integral component of my enduring style is layering. So much so I have even become obsessed with loose weave jumpers so that the intricacies of my layers are exposed through my knitwear. As a result of my layering I have had a long love affair with soft vests, T’s and long sleeved tops. I very rarely wear shirts as I hate feeling stuffy and restricted so my tops must look chic enough to pair with smart trousers. My preferred brand over recent years has been T by Alexander Wang. I particularly loved the low backed vests as they look fantastic layered over other tops. I have an old wafer thin black one of these vests that I have sowed up a million times trying to make it last just a little bit longer. I can’t say I’ve found another vest that I have loved this much, not even by Alexander Wang, but I have found a new range that has my heart racing again. Rag & Bone have arrived in Sloane Square. I have always loved their knitwear and now I am already pawing over their T shirt range. I am desperate for all the tops and the knitwear that shows them off (well, the “Laura Cardigan” shown below does seem like destiny since my name is Laura!). It may seem boring but nothing makes me happier than layers. Here are the items I’m lusting over.



7. I am desperate for the new book “Style Feed: The World’s Top Fashion Blogs” (Prestel). An essential for all fashion lovers and aspiring bloggers, like me! Author William Oliver and famous fashion blogger Susie Bubble have compiled a list of their top 40 international blogs to help us follow the best ones. Blogs include some of my personal favourites such as Leandra Medine’s “The Man Repeller” and many more that I am keen to investigate. For example “Patternity” counts Phoebe Philo as a fan, so it’s gotta be worth a look! I can’t wait to see their wide overview of what’s out there and check out the exciting ways bloggers are using the platform to express their creative take on the fashion industry. Hopefully I can gain some fluffleberry inspiration too.

8. As mentioned I don’t often wear shirts. Love the look, hate the ironing. Luckily, over this season and the next there are lots of cool ways I can rock the shirt vibe without actually having to wear one. There are many beautiful collar necklaces on the market which add a touch of humour, interest and glamour to a T shirt or dress, but I have my eye on the silk shirt collars at Miu Miu.You can pair them with almost anything, but for extra points clash your prints.

9. A serious embellishment trend has descended upon us, just right to get you in the mood for Christmas. If I had the money I’d invest in some Balmain, who have even embellished their footwear. This season’s collection is eye wateringly beautiful but unfortunately the price tags make my eyes water too! Until I can afford to buy up Balmain I am going to embellish with statement earrings.

Rings are my favourite item of jewellery. I don’t think there is a girl alive who can resist a beautiful ring as they are just so personal and romantic, but I admit that nothing changes your look more quickly and effectively than a glamorous pair or earrings. They light up your face and are easy to throw on as you rush out of the door, transforming an outfit. I can’t afford fine jewellery so most of my collection is cheap and cheerful but I love all my earrings just the same. I usually gravitate towards big dangley earrings but this year I have a baby who is learning to grab everything which is making me very nervous! No bother, I’m loving the neon earrings and ear cuff offerings from Topshop.

10. Last but certainly not least is an Apple laptop. My baby brother reckons mine will last another year and that I’m a fool to pass up the opportunity to ask for clothes and shoes for Christmas. Sigh…he’s absolutely right. However, I must be strong and take all the help I can get to acquire a computer and attempt to mould myself into the fashion blogger I long to be. Plus, as much as I love fashion and find technology dull, there is something very sexy about the new Apple 13 inch Retina Mac Book Pro.

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