At this time of year we are all running round getting last minute bits and pieces for Christmas. I’ve been asked a couple of times if I had any inspiration for gifts and it’s not really a question of IF i’ve got any options – more like HOW MANY do you need!?
Here is a pretty exhaustive list of present ideas.
I hope you get everything you wish for!
One Shoulder Jersey Tank
This asymmetrical tank is one of my summer go-to staples. It pretty much goes with anything and comes in a gorgeous khaki colour, versatile black or the ubiquitous white. It is 100% organic cotton jersey for ultimate freshness and both the fabric and garment are made in Australia. Be aware that these sizes run bigger than average and they do stretch a little over time. I am a size 12 and have the small which fits me as a large. This is a great basic for any shape or size and it is perfect thrown over a swimsuit for the ultimate summer vibe. http://bit.ly/2B9SYmO
Planar 3 Turntable Gloss Black
For the vinyl lover, this excellent turntable is new and improved from quality maker Rega. Now with improved design, ease of use and most importantly sound performance, the Planar Three is a completely new turntable. Perfect for giving those old records a new lease of life. http://bit.ly/2A93jvN
Boat-neck cashmere cape
We all need something to cosy into when the temperatures drop and this cashmere cape works wonders in all seasons. It is a travelling essential for the wanderluster in the family. Le Kasha designer Mali Marciano is guided by her passion for remote travel, and this go-anywhere camel cashmere-knit poncho exemplifies the restrained quality of her personal style. It’s framed with ribbed-knit edges at the boat neck and butterfly hem, and shaped to drape loosely over the body. Put it at the centre of a capsule wardrobe and watch how it floats over evening dresses on cool evenings. http://bit.ly/2kVx4NL
X Murder on the Orient Express suitcase
The Globe-Trotter brand finds inspiration in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express to create this suitcase. When you are standing at the luggage conveyer belt at the end of a long journey, this signature design will ensure you don’t mistake your suitcase easily for another and take someone else’s luggage home. Handmade in England from lightweight vulcanised fibreboard, this piece features leather top and side-handles and corner panels, a two-wheeled base, and a retractable light-brown handle. It comes with gold-tone metal hardware, and is lined in a tonal-blue abstract-print canvas lining. http://bit.ly/2kTAMHN
LE PETIT TROU
Anna ruffled Swiss-dot tulle soft-cup triangle bra & briefs
Comfort and beauty are at the heart of Le Petit Trou’s lingerie – founder Zuzanna Kuczynska is a stylist as well as a designer, so you know each piece is going to look as good as it feels. Cut from tulle and embroidered with Swiss-dots, this ‘Anna’ bra has pretty ruffled straps and soft triangle cups that can be fastened at the front or back. Complete the set with the matching ‘Jovite’ briefs. http://bit.ly/2yYADaA
Fallen Broken Street
Fallen Broken Street is a cutting-edge accessories label from the streets of Byron Bay. Specialising in sophisticated and laid-back hats, Fallen Broken Street combines flattering modern shapes with premium quality materials. The Cuban is a brimmed woven hat with black ribbon trim at the crown. It is functional and fabulous, a must-have for the warmer months and brings a subtle elegance to any outfit. For the style-obsessed and thoroughly modern woman. Found at Tuchuzy http://bit.ly/2ygbVyY
I am always looking for gifts that are something a little different. A gift voucher for your favourite restaurant makes an ideal gift for the foodie in your life, or a great couple’s gift. This particular restaurant is a recent find and it ticks all the boxes for a fun, fresh and unique dining experience. Nestled in Sydney’s picturesque Woollahra, Chiswick restaurant offers casual dining in a stunning setting. With many ingredients grown outside the window in perhaps the suburb’s only kitchen garden, the menu is alive to the seasons, always ripe with elegant simplicity and perfect for sharing. The natural light-filled space of a contemporary dining room gives way to a casual bar area, large communal table and shaded outdoor seating; perfect for a quick bite or a drink, a special celebration or Sunday lunch with the family. Gift vouchers for Chiswick Restaurant are available on their website. http://bit.ly/2A9ctsb
The Amelia Slide
The Amelia Slide by Alexander Wang is one of the brand’s best-selling styles, garnering a cult following for the iconic grid pattern that adorns the front. An easy, closed-toe sandal, this pair has been updated with a silver finish. The ultimate poolside accessory. http://bit.ly/2yZq7jt
BY TERRY’s ‘Preciosity’
This is the make up lover’s secret to creating effortless smokey eyes. Including best-selling shades ‘Blond Opal 03’, ‘Bronze Moon 04’ and ‘Misty Rock 05’, this limited edition trio of creamy eyeshadows from By Terry is formulated with Tahitian Black Pearl extracts – rich in calcium and anti-aging proteins – that smooth and illuminate your lids and brow bone. The easy-to-use pen applicator gives smudge-proof color without any build up. Long-lasting and waterproof color. http://bit.ly/2nhTQAd
The Kinfolk Table
Recipes for Small Gatherings
Kinfolk – launched to great acclaim and instant buzz in 2010 – is an independently owned quarterly magazine about understated, unfussy entertaining. Both the content and the aesthetic reflect a desire to go back to simpler times; to take a hiatus from the madness of modern life; to build a community around a shared sensibility; and to foster the endless and energising magic that results from sharing a meal with good friends. Now there’s a cookbook from the creators of the magazine, with profiles of 40 tastemakers who love to entertain and who have each provided one to three of the recipes they most love to share with others, whether they be simple breakfasts for two, one-pot dinners for six, or a perfectly composed sandwich for a solo picnic. The perfect gourmet gift. http://bit.ly/2yZpRkc
The Taxco Earrings from Australian jeweller Holly Ryan were designed exclusively for The UNDONE. Handmade in Australia made from 18K Gold Plated Sterling Silver. Also available in Sterling Silver. HOTT..
High performance wearable tech that looks good, sounds good and has all kinds of new features. Answer a call from your surfboard. Ask Siri to send a message. Stream your favorite songs on your run. And do it all while leaving your phone behind. Introducing Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular. Now you have the freedom to go with just your watch.
- GPS and a barometric altimeter track how far and high you go
- New dual-core processor for faster app performance
- Ultimate sports watch and intelligent activity tracker
- Swimproof so you’re always ready for the pool or ocean
Australia’s leading interior lifestyle magazine, Vogue Living is a global leader in interiors and design, celebrating the very best in art, architecture, style and travel, and the people who make it happen. The magazine covers the full spectrum of style and interior projects to create a luxurious experience layered with sophistication and intelligence, with stories that engage, fascinate, excite and inspire. Vogue Living 1 Year subscription includes 6 issues. I have bought subscriptions for the past couple of years and the recipients have loved when it comes through the post each month. The gift that keeps on giving – and easy to wrap.
This bestselling multi-purpose body oil is an essential for summer skin. Hints of bronzed shimmer deeply hydrates and gives skin a beautifully-scented, natural glow to any skin type or tone. A cult classic for the beach bum to beach babe. http://bit.ly/2AMEdnw
Mr & Mrs Smith
Hotel vouchers: they’re one size fits all, they don’t need batteries and no one will ever take them back for a refund – Mr & Mrs Smith Get a Room! gift cards make the perfect present at Christmas.
Beautifully packaged in a nifty Burgopak box, these hotel gift vouchers can be used towards booking any of the Mr & Mrs Smith 1,000 boutique hotels and houses around the world and are available for any amount, from £50+.
(And if you need a Christmas gift voucher but don’t have time to wait for the post, you can order a hotel e-voucher and have it sent to you or your intended recipient in seconds.) http://bit.ly/2iSBFvV
One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit
I’m loving the one shoulder look for summer, which I’m happy to say bassike is incorporating across their range. I am a big fan of the brand and their minimalist approach to classic styles. Their neat edit of clean-lined and simply detailed swimwear is made with premium quality chlorine-resistant Italian lycra and so is an investment piece that will last. Fully lined and made in Australia. 80% polyester / 20% elastane
American Teen 2XLP
Guide to New York City
This guide to New York City features a discerning edit of Cereal Magazine’ favourites places, alongside a photo essay of the city and personal essays by New Yorkers Fabrice Penot of Le Labo and Frank Muytjens of J. Crew. You’ll also find a neighbourhood map and a section of additional recommendations. All of the photography and copy in the book are original and exclusive to Cereal. For the intrepid traveller.
Silk-satin pyjama set
La Perla’s ivory pyjama set is cut in reference to traditional masculine styles, but the plush silk-satin fabric ensures it’s wholly feminine. Designed for a loose fit, the long-sleeved top is cut with notch lapels and detailed with pearlised buttons and the trousers have a self-tie drawstring waist that’s partially elasticated at the back for a comfortable fit. Add them to your friend’s at-home roster for evenings spent indoors.
Big Little Lies
TV Series Box Set
Eight time Grammy winner, HBO’s Big Little Lies is an adaptation of the same-titled best-seller by Liane Moriarty. The must-watch TV series weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif. Amidst doting mums, successful husbands, beautiful children and stunning homes exists a community fuelled by rumours and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children and friends and neighbors. Addictive viewing and a great gift. http://ab.co/2jzBDNA
Confession Refillable Lipstick Set
These creamy, saturated and long-wearing colours get a sultry upgrade this holiday season from celebrated vegan cosmetics brand Hourglass. Features three new and exclusive shades, with a sleek gold applicator for the ultimate control. The lipsticks are refillable so can be used with the two additional refill shades provided, as well as all Confession Ultra Slim Lipstick Refills. Available exclusively this holiday season. Winner of “Most Pigmented Lipstick” Bazaar Beauty Awards 2017. A must for the beauty lover. http://bit.ly/2AtLpHh
C&M CAMILLA AND MARC
Dilute Twisted Tee
The Camilla & Marc brand’s founders are brother and sister duo Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman, whose philosophy centres around high-end design and construction which allows the wearer to shine through. They believe in great design that is transforming and strive to inspire their customers to be better, more confident versions of themselves. This Dilute Twisted Tee is a modern, minimalist and fashion-forward take on the classic tee and is universally flattering. http://bit.ly/2ydW9Vg
State of Escape Carry All
If you’re looking for a versatile bag for summer in a lighter hue, this is it. The escape bag is a lightweight perforated neoprene carry-all with interior zipped neoprene pouch and larger zipped mesh pouch. It has weight-bearing handles of high performance sailing rope which is a feature in their latest clothing range of seasonal separates. The bag size is fully adjustable with button closure at the sides. Made in Australia
Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette
Hourglass is a high-end vegan brand with a significantly upscale aesthetic. The ‘Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette’ includes soft-focus finishing powders that conceal imperfections and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. Each shade in this trio has a velvety-smooth formula that seamlessly glides across the face for radiant, shimmering skin. The silver packaging makes for a perfect touch-up mirror and is a perfect size to pop in your bag. http://bit.ly/2kjT80x
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
For the animal lover, adopting an animal at Christmas can be far more rewarding than a material gift. Many endangered species and their habitats have the ongoing protection from the WWF thanks to donations and adoptions like these. From pandas to penguins, turtles to polar bears, supporting the organisation gives them much needed security in an unstable world. http://bit.ly/2AL6c6R
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
Eau De Parfum
This has become my new Summer fragrance. It reminds me of long vacations around the Mediterranean in the 80s and 90s, slick from tanning oil and heady from the warm pine trees that embodied the smell of summer. To Tom Ford, this scent perfectly captures the cool breezes, sparkling clear water and lush foliage of the Italian Riviera. His reinvention of a classic Eau De Cologne features crisp citrus oils, surprising floral notes and amber undertones to leave a splashy yet substantive impression. This really is a gorgeous, fresh and unusual fragrance for those who want to be a little different to the crowd. http://bit.ly/2Atg8Fm