CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

Twelve Christmas gift ideas - six for him and six for her - for last minute shoppers.

Balmain Extatic Eau de Parfum

Perfume is such a classic gift and a great idea as long as you know their taste...  The latest addition to my fragrance family is Balmain Xstatic which is perfect for the party season: a provocative, sensual oriental floral scent which opens with Bulgarian rose, moves onto the chocolatey Sharry Baby orchid, night jasmine and dark iris and ends with longlasting leather and sandalwood. Heady, glamorous and lasts all night.

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: NUTCRACKER GIRL

love this Christmas editorial in Vogue Girl Korea, inspired by the Nutcracker.  I went to the English National Ballet's production at the Coliseum last Friday and it was wonderful.  It's on until 4 January - check it out if you can!

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SCANDI CHRISTMAS

Here's a nice festive dose of Christmas interiors inspiration with a minimalist, Scandi feel.  Bright white, clear glass, raw wood, green foliage, bare branches and natural materials are a great way of bringing the outdoors in during the winter months and keep your home looking fresh, simple and timeless.

modern Scandi Christmas interiors

MARCO ALDANY

I got a bit of a telling off on my last trip to the hair salon.  Quite rightly too.  I cut about five inches off last autumn before moving to Paris, and as much as it was needed (my long hair, especially after a summer in the sun, wasn't in great condition at all) and as ridiculous as it sounds (as it was still shoulder length), it was too short.  As a little girl I could sit on my hair and this was the shortest hair I'd ever had as an adult - I wanted to grow it out, so I didn't go for a haircut...  For ten months.  Ahem.

Marco Aldany hair salon, Mortimer Street London W1

Step in Marc Aldany - or rather Daniel, the charming dude at the Mortimer Street branch of the Spanish salon brand - to save the day, trim off the unhealthy bottom couple of inches, slather on some Wella Salon Professionals conditioning treatments and the smoothing keratin luxe oil spray - made with argan, jojoba and almond oils to transform texture - and remind me never to neglect my hair for that long again.

Marco Aldany hair salon, Mortimer Street, W1

Marco Aldany is inexpensive for a good, central salon and they have a loyalty program - buy seven haircuts and get your eighth free.  I've got my loyalty card and I'll be back (in weeks instead of months) - thanks for sorting me out, team MA!

Marco Aldany, 83 Mortimer Street, London W1W 7SL

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PETIT BATEAU X CEDRIC CHARLIER

French fashion house Petit Bateau is no stranger to limited edition collaborations.  The Carven collab (as seen on Alexa Chung) in Christmas 2012 was fantastique, the Christian Lacroix collection for women and girls last winter was pretty special, then there was the capsule collection with Finnish designer Satu Maaranen this spring, mixing the brand's iconic breton stripes with a loose, wavy pattern inspired by toothpaste stripes, next were the printed T-shirts decorated with furry fashionista Fifi Lapin last month and now a line with Cédric Charlier.  What's French for 'busy bees'?

Petit Bateau x Cedric Charlier breton stripe dress

The Belgian designer (ex-Cacharel, Céline and Lanvin, now heading up his own RTW label) has reinterpreted Petit Bateau's famous sailor stripes with his signature brushstrokes and bold colours on a capsule collection for women, children and men.  I'll be putting this dress under the Christmas tree as a present to myself...

Watch the collection come to life with four contemporary dancers in Alfredo Piola's dynamic 360 degree video.


Petit Bateau x Cédric Charlier launches tomorrow, Saturday 13 December
in selected UK stores and at petit-bateau.co.uk 

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