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Alternative Advent Calendars – Countdown to Christmas 2014

My 2014 beauty advent calendar post seems to be very popular so I thought it would be nice (I hate that word but lets go with it for now) to look for alternative calendars. Non-beauty related.

Yankee candle advent calendar christmas 2014

Yankee Candle Advent Calendar 2014

Snowflake Cookie, Angel’s Wing’s and Cranberry Ice are all gorgeous scents included in this set. Open a window as you countdown to Christmas and enjoy a seasonal tea light from this super affordable calendar!

Available now from www.yankeecandle.co.uk.

Cost: £21.99

Nostalgic Vintage Style Advent Calendar Set of 25 Paper Boxes easy diy for chocolates sweets

Nostalgic Vintage Style Advent Calendar 

Start a new festive family tradition with these natural-coloured, reusable cardboard boxes. Each box features an authentic vintage design and would be lovely as an advent calendar filled with sweets, mini candy canes or chocolates. Stack them in a pyramid shape, a square or even line up along a fireplace mantle.

Buy now from Etsy seller Milch and Honig. 

Cost: £18.67

Advent Christmas Tea Gift Set herbal english breakfast alternative advent calendar

Advent Christmas Tea Gift Set

25 gorgeous teabags sourced from well-known British tea companies make up this delightful advent set. Each tea bag is packaged individually in paper envelopes, designed with sweet quotes for the Christmas season – from Christmas carols to nativity scriptures. You can select an assortment of mixed flavours including Peppermint and Berry infusion, or opt for the traditional English Breakfast.

Available to buy from notonthehighstreet.com

Cost: £19.50

Fortnum and Mason fireside traditional christmas wooden advent calendar heirloom

Fortnum and Mason Fireside Wooden Advent Calendar

Investing in an advent calendar is probably not something you have ever considered. Think again. This beautiful traditional, wooden calendar from Fortnum and Mason is sure to become a much-loved family heirloom. Fill up the empty spaces with treats, sweets or mini toys for your loved ones to enjoy; an absolutely wonderful calendar.

Buy from Fortnum and Mason.

Cost: £85.

 

personalised diy alternative advent calendar christmas chalk countdown blocks

Personalised ‘Sleeps ‘Till Santa Blocks 

It may not include a treat but this is a lovely way to share in the excitement of counting down to Christmas with children. Handcrafted wooden blocks are personalised with your choice of name(s), while the top block is painted with blackboard paint for you to chalk in the numbers on your countdown. Also, a fabulous tool to help children learn how to count!

By Bobby Loves Rosie from notonthehighstreet.com.

Cost: £25

Hotel Chocolate Advent Calendar to share for couples luxury 2014Hotel Chocolat Large Luxury Advent Calendar

Behind each door on this Hotel Chocolat calendar is not one but two luxury baby truffles – perfect for couples and newlyweds! A host of delicious flavours are included from gingerbread, almond and nutmeg to raspberry and mulled wine.

Available to buy from Hotel Chocolat.

Cost: £26

John Lewis pillar advent candle red 2014

 

Red Pillar Advent Candle

There is something romantic about the glow of pillar candles over the festive period. Light this red advent candle from John Lewis and know exactly how long it is until Father Christmas visits!

Buy from John Lewis.

Cost: £8

Peppa Pig Multivitamin Advent Calendar healthy christmas kid children

Peppa Pig Multivitamin Advent Calendar

If you don’t feel comfortable giving your children chocolate each morning in the run up to Christmas (for health reasons or simply a lifestyle choice), this chewable gummy multivitamin advent calendar is a fantastic concept!

Buy from Holland and Barrett

Cost: £5.99

 

For Him: Mens Novelty Christmas Jumpers and Festive Knits

Ho, ho ho, Christmas is coming NEXT MONTH.

Festive knits for him. It’s as simple as that.

River Island £28 - Red Pull My Cracker Print Jumper

River Island £28 – Red Pull My Cracker Print Jumper

Matalan £20 - Navy Ski Scene Christmas Jumper

Matalan £20 – Navy Ski Scene Christmas Jumper

ASOS - £40 Reclaimed Vintage Mens Christmas Jumper With Jesus Is The Reason

ASOS – £40 Reclaimed Vintage Mens Christmas Jumper With Jesus Is The Reason

River Island £35 - Polar Bear Christmas Jumper

River Island £35 – Polar Bear Christmas Jumper

ASOS £32 - Mens Christmas Jumper with Trees and Snowflakes in Metallic Yarn

ASOS £32 – Mens Christmas Jumper with Trees and Snowflakes in Metallic Yarn

M&S £25 - Mens Candy Cane Crew Merry Christmas Jumper

M&S £25 – Mens Candy Cane Crew Merry Christmas Jumper

F&F at Tesco £16 - Bah Humbug Navy Christmas Jumper

F&F at Tesco £16 – Bah Humbug Navy Christmas Jumper

River Island £18.75 - Red Elf Christmas Jumper

River Island £18.75 – Red Elf Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 - Gingerbread Man Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 – Gingerbread Man Christmas Jumper

 

ASOS £40 - Reclaimed Vintage Christmas Jumper With Merry F**king Christmas

ASOS £40 – Reclaimed Vintage Christmas Jumper With Merry F**king Christmas

NEXT £28 - Red Santa Suit Hoody

NEXT £28 – Red Santa Suit Hoody

ASOS £38 - Lambswool Reindeer Christmas Jumper

ASOS £38 – Lambswool Reindeer Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 - Mens Santa Hohoho Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 – Mens Santa Hohoho Christmas Jumper

Topman £28 - Merry Christmas Jumper

Topman £28 – Merry Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 - Tickle My Baubles Slogan Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 – Tickle My Baubles Slogan Christmas Jumper

Yellow Bulldog £29.99 - Sonic the Hedgehog Christmas jumper

Yellow Bulldog £29.99 – Sonic the Hedgehog Christmas jumper

Beyond Retro £25 - Vintage Soft Santa Toy Christmas Jumper

Beyond Retro £25 – Vintage Soft Santa Toy Christmas Jumper

 

F&F at Tesco £10 - Santa Christmas Sweatshirt

F&F at Tesco £10 – Santa Christmas Sweatshirt

Arsenal Football Club Christmas Jumper £40

Arsenal Football Club Christmas Jumper £40

For Her: Christmas 2014 Novelty Jumpers and Festive Knits – Sequins, Father Christmas, Penquins & #Elfie

What is your Christmas jumper style? I’ve spent probably far too much time searching for the perfect festive jumper and here are my favourites on the high street for Christmas 2014.

From sparkling sequins to traditional knits, Santa, snowmen and pugs; there is a Christmas jumper for everyone. Invest in a novelty sweater to see you through the festive season!

Lipsy #Elfie Sequin Christmas Jumper

Lipsy £20 – #Elfie Sequin Christmas Jumper

Do you, like a lot of us, overuse the Selfie hashtag? If so, then this black, gold sequinned #Elfie Christmas jumper from Lipsy is the perfect option for you!

New Look £24.99 -  Cream Sequin Panel Penguin Print Christmas Jumper

New Look £24.99 – Cream Sequin Panel Penguin Print Christmas Jumper

Oh my goodness, this is just the cutest! The sequin penguins on this New Look Christmas jumper are adorable. You could even wear this as day wear throughout December!

M&S £25 - Sequin Embellished Bow with Bell Jumper

M&S £25 – Sequin Embellished Bow with Bell Jumper

With the simple design this jumper could almost be quite chic everyday wear…. but it has fabulously fun jingle bells attached to each of the red sequin bows!

New Look £24.99 – Navy Christmas Party Polar Bear Jumper

New Look £24.99 – Navy Christmas Party Polar Bear Jumper

Polka dot/snow drop design + a cute white polar bear + a sequin gold crown = ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I am in love with the sequin crown on this jumper. And the falling snow and white polar bear are so fairytale like.

New Look £24.99 - Pale Blue Sequin Santa Christmas Jumper

New Look £24.99 – Pale Blue Sequin Santa Christmas Jumper

There is something quite whimsical about this classic Christmas jumper from New Look. I love the pale blue and white hues combined with the sequin santa hat.

Yumi Pug Dog Christmas Jumper House of Fraser

Yumi Pug Dog Christmas Jumper House of Fraser

IT’S A PUG! If you love pugs then this is the jumper for you! The super cute pug is wearing a sequin collar and a jolly red and white onesie.

Matalan £18 - Fluffy Snow Christmas Jumper

Matalan £18 – Fluffy Snow Christmas Jumper

If you are looking for a cosy festive knit, this is perfect and it’s completely affordable too! I’m loving Matlan Christmas jumpers this year!

Louche at John Lewis £45 - Red Cat Knit Jumper

Louche at John Lewis £45 – Red Cat Knit Jumper

A feline festive delight – this Louche jumper includes a quirky cat in retro glasses and it is made from 100% cotton.

ASOS £35 - Christmas Jumper with Trainee Elf Slogan

ASOS £35 – Christmas Jumper with Trainee Elf Slogan

When I think of the traditional Christmas jumper I picture a navy or red jumper with patterns, prints and a seasonal slogan. And this jumper is just that.

Matalan £20 - Fairisle Brushed Jumper

Matalan £20 – Fairisle Brushed Jumper

With a traditional fairisle festive design, this jumper from Matalan is cute and cosy.

Boohoo £20 - Dixon Fluffy Snowflake Blue Jumper

Boohoo £20 – Dixon Fluffy Snowflake Blue Jumper

I love the turquoise blue colour of this Boohoo jumper and the snowflake, fluffy design makes it perfect for the cooler months!

Monsoon £59 - London Scene Christmas Jumper

Monsoon £59 – London Scene Christmas Jumper

While on the pricey side, I still love this Christmas jumper from Monsoon. The 3D London scene is adorned with faceted and silver beads and the grey and white hues are reminiscent of a romantic, wintery day.

Matalan £15 - Mistletoe Kiss Me Christmas Jumper

Matalan £15 – Mistletoe Kiss Me Christmas Jumper

Single and looking for a little festive romance? Wear this OUT OUT over the Christmas period. Kiss me, mistletoe and bells – so cute.

ASOS £38 -  Reclaimed Vintage Happy Birthday Jesus Christmas Jumper

ASOS £38 – Reclaimed Vintage Happy Birthday Jesus Christmas Jumper

It is the season for a reason after all, Happy Birthday Jesus!

 

Beyond Retro £22 - 90s Retro Christmas Jumper

Beyond Retro £22 – 90s Retro Christmas Jumper

Beyond Retro have a good selection of crazy, retro, traditional and ‘ugly’ vintage christmas jumpers. Check them out.

Beauty Advent Calendars 2014 – Liberty, Selfridges, Benefit, Elemis, L’Occitane

Last year I blogged about 2013 Beauty Advent Calendars and it proved to be one of my most popular posts. It is so much fun searching for these little beauties that I am doing it all again. In September, I hear you say? Yes, apparently so.

You see, companies are really starting to pick up on this whole concept of beauty calendars and this relatively new market is growing quite rapidly. Each year a new beauty calendar emerges, a little bit more special and far more chic than the rest. And the top beauty calendars sell out fast.

My top picks for beauty calendars in 2014: Enchanted Spells Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar 2014

Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar 2014

The Enchanted Spells Beauty Advent Calendar from Selfridges is a must-have with 24 luxurious miniature treats including a selection of fragrances, makeup and skincare from some of the world’s best beauty brands including Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl’s, Victor & Rolf and more.

Last year it was a bestseller and sold out pretty quickly, so register your interest on the Selfridges website today to be one of the first to know when the calendar becomes available.

Cost: £85 Benefit Candy-Coated Countdown Beauty Advent Calendar 2014 Debenhams Benefit Website Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Advent Calendar 2014

The theme of the Benefit Advent Calendar for 2014 is Candy-Coated Countdown. So cute! I love this calendar as it’s filled with miniature-sized samples of Benefit’s bestsellers – ideal to keep in your handbag over the festive season!

Buy Benefit’s Candy-Coated Countdown from October 16 from Debenhams and www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk. You can also reserve a calendar by visiting a Benefit counter at your local Debenhams. 

Cost: £60

Elemis 12 days of Beauty Advent Calendar 2014

Elemis Beauty Advent Calendar 2014

12 Days of Beauty is the focus of this luxurious beauty advent calendar from Elemis, filled with indulgent skincare surprises that are sure to delight ladies of all ages:

  • Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 20g
  • Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 15ml
  • Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream 15ml
  • Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm 7ml
  • Papaya Enzyme Peel 15ml
  • Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules 14 caps
  • Revitalising Babassu Facial Wipes 4 sachets
  • Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream 50ml
  • Frangipani Monoi Body Oil 35ml
  • Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 50ml
  • Pro-Radiance Hand & Nail Cream 20ml
  • Treat Your Feet Foot Cream 20ml

Available to buy online now at www.timetospa.co.uk/elemis/elemis-12-days-of-beauty-gift-set/.

Cost: £59.50

Liberty Advent Beauty Calendar 2014 Luxury

Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2014

A design based on a replica of the iconic store combined with the quintessential Liberty print makes this a beauty calendar like no other. Packed full of luxurious beauty products from Laura Mercier and NARS to Diptyque and Eve Lom, this is a highly-coveted calendar that will look super chic sitting on your kitchen side at home!

Available in store and at www.liberty.co.uk from November. 

Cost: £125

L'Occitane 13 Pampering Treats from Provence Beauty Advent Calendar 2014

L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar 2014

Let’s stop a minute to fully appreciate this L’Occitane Advent Calendar, packed with 13 Pampering Treats from Provence. It may not be the standard 24 products but there is a special reason for this – in Provence, it is a holiday tradition to have 13 deserts on the festival table. A collection of luxurious L’Occitane fragrance, skincare and body beauty treats to delve into over Christmas, what’s not to love?

Available to buy from November 3 at uk.loccitane.com.

Cost: £45

You Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar 2014You Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar 2014

Worth over £240, the You Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar is bursting with a host of premium products and it is available to non-members and members. This beauty calendar will give you more than what you pay for, packed full of products from sought-after brands including Laura Mercier, Sisley and Glam Glow, James Read and my favourite tan, Vita Liberata.

You can purchase the calendar now online at www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk/luxury-boxes/adventcalendar

Cost: £49.95

Other Beauty Advent Calendars available:

No7 25 Days of Beauty Secrets, £35, available at Boots from October 29

Ciaté’s Mini Mani Manor, £45, available at Selfridges, John Lewis, ASOS and ciate.co.uk

Why Blog? And… Princess Jasmine Style Fancy Dress

OK, so lets go back to why I started blogging. I will be completely honest, I kind of had to do it. I took on a few editorial and PR work experience placements in 2008 and it was expected that any future employees worth considering, should have a blog.

So I started blogging. Probably only two or three times a year on anything and everything. But it meant I had an ‘online space’ where employers could see my writing and marketing skills in practice (SEO etc).

Then I really began to enjoy it. I wasn’t and I still don’t write to get likes or comments – I write for myself. It just so happens that now, even when I blog on average ten times a year, I have people reading my blog every single day! And this is mainly through SEO and keywords I put in the title, tags and links.

It’s good to know that although this blog is mainly for me to continue writing, people actually read it too. Shocking, I know.

So, as I have been pretty busy the last few months, I have a backlog of things I wanted to post.

Firstly, my Princess Jasmine outfit that I wore to a Halloween party this year.

Princess Jasmine Dress up Costume Outfit Fancy Dress Purple

Princess Jasmine is my fave Disney character!! I am in love with the exotic.

I found this outfit on eBay for a bargain £2.50. The waistband had no elastic so I simply stitched in some new elastic to create a tighter waist – added some big hair, Vita Liberata fake tan, gold jewellery and far too much eye makeup.

Princess Jasmine may be known for her turquoise blue costume but she did wear purple too. And purple is my colour. Blue? Less so.

I highly recommend looking on eBay for fancy dress costumes. You’re likely to only wear it once and with a little stitching here and sewing on a button there, you could have an outfit for only a few pounds.

Princess Jasmine DIY Fancy Dress Outfit Costume Halloween Purple

Beauty Advent Calendars 2013 – Lancôme, Selfridges, Ciaté, Benefit, Boots

Last Christmas beauty advent calendars seemed to be the new must-have item, highly coveted by all beauty fans, bloggers and vloggers. Unfortunately by the time I realised how much I needed wanted one, the majority had sold out.

So this year I have my Miss Organised hat on and have found the best on the market.

Beauty Advent Calendars are fun, exciting and great for trying out new products. They are also perfect for that VIP Christmas gift; To Me, From Me.

You may think it’s too early to use the *C* word (Christmas) but these Beauty Advent Calendars sell out fast, and I mean fast, so make sure you order yours early!

Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar 

Lancôme beauty advent calendar 2013 selfridges

Brand: Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar
What: The Selfridges calendar is the crème de la crème of the lot and highly coveted. With a selection of 24 miniature luxurious fragrance, makeup and skincare treats, it is one of the most popular on the market stocking brands from YSL and Lancome to Victor & Rolf.
Where: Sold exclusively at Selfridges.
Price: £84
Date: Available now
Like or Love: A little on the expensive side but the quality of products mean you are getting a lot for your money. It’s also great for those who don’t normally buy higher-end brands and want to try beforehand. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Ciaté Mini Mani Advent Calendar – Selfridges

Ciaté Mini Mani Advent Calendar - Selfridges

Brand: Ciaté Mini Mani Advent Calendar
What: This beauty calendar features seventeen mini Paint Pots, four mini Caviar blends and three exclusive Paint Pot glitter shades – perfect for experimenting with new colours over the festive period.
Where: Sold exclusively at Selfridges.
Price: £42
Date: Available now
Like or Love: A fun beauty calendar full of nail goodies for the girl who loves to flirt with different nail colours. LOVE.

BOOTS ’24 Days of Beauty Treats’

BOOTS '24 Days of Beauty Treats' Advent Calendar Christmas 2013

Brand: BOOTS
What: The Boots ’24 days of beauty treats’ calendar is their very first and a must-have item for Christmas 2013! Filled with miniature and full-sized products from a range of brands including Soap & Glory, Nails Inc, Paco Rabanne, Juicy Couture, Rimmel, Mavala and Umberto Giannini – this is a limited edition calendar that will definitely sell out fast.
Where: Boots Stores and online
Price: £30
Date: Available now
Like or Love: The most affordable of the range, full of much-loved brands like Soap & Glory and some of the products are full-sized – what’s not to love? Perfect for pampering princesses! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Benefit – Countdown to Love

Benefit - Countdown to Love Beauty Advent Calendar Christmas 2013

Brand: Benefit – Countdown to Love
What: Benefit’s first Beauty Advent Calendar will contain travel-sized products, including top sellers High Beam and BADgal Lash mascara. It will also come in a fun pop art style box!
Where: Benefit and Debenhams.
Price: £50
Date: November 3rd
Like or Love: This is probably my favourite beauty calendar! The range of products are amazing and ideal for putting in your purse to touch up your makeup over the festive period! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

YOU beauty advent calendar 2013

Brand: YOU Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar
What: The limited edition YOU beauty calendar is lovingly packed with 24 premium beauty and skincare products.
Where: www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk
Price: £49.95
Date: Available now
Like or Love: A lovely beauty calendar with products worth over £240, including hero products from well-known beauty brands Dermalogica, Sisley and Stila.

I have also been in contact with Latest in Beauty who have not yet released information on their 2013 calendar but as soon as they do, I will update the blog post – along with any other calendars!

Sam xx

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for HIM

My previous post had Valentine’s Day gift ideas for HER, so it’s only fair I do the same for HIM.

Valentines Day Gift Ideas for him - for men

1. Soft Coeur Massage Bar, Lush, £4.75. A Soft Coeur massage  bar – with a chocolate and honey soft centre. Messy and flirty fun for adults!

2. Nandos Peri-Peri HOT sauce, £2.95. If he likes to visit Nandos, buy a selection of HOT & SPICY sauces for him!

3. Sweet Hamper, £5. Visit your local supermarket and buy all his favourite sweets, then put into a gift box and wrap in ribbon. A sweet present when on a budget.

4. Hummingbird Bakery Red Velvet Cupcake Gift Box, £14. Women are always sent flowers, so why not send him some Hummingbird delights? If he lives/works in London you can have them delivered right to his door – you could also send a Krispy Kreme delivery!

5. The Mr Porter Paperback, £20. The perfect book for a modern man, offering a useful guide on living a stylish life.

6. Converse style iPhone case, £25. This site has some really cute and fun iPhone, iPad and iPod covers from converse prints to contemporary graphics and slogans.

7. Murdock Luxury Wet Shave, £45. Ok, I LOVE this idea as a Valentine’s Day gift. Treat your man to a traditional, indulgent close shave (using a cut-throat razor) and facial treatment at Murdock. Perfect for the modern gentleman!

8. Chanel Bleu Eau De Toillette Spray 50ml £44.50. As I added a Chanel perfume to the women’s guide, I thought I would add a Chanel men’s scent that I love. Another favourite is Paco Rabanne XS and 1 million – they are so distinct and masculine!

9. Kurt Geiger Vouchers. I think it’s time for men to enjoy Kurt Geiger as much as us women do! Treat him to some vouchers (in the red gift box) and let him pick a pair himself.

10. Zara Briefcase with Metallic Detail, £49.99. If he works in the city, this is an ideal gift! It’s so smart and has a useful carry handle as well as the shoulder strap! Love.

11. Boudoir Photo Shoot, from £89. Treat the man in your life to a few ‘secret’ photos of you looking sexy, confident and a little bit naughty – perfect for Valentine’s Day! Secret Boudoir is a fab studio in Cambridge (who also offer pin-up and burlesque type photography) but there are similar businesses nationwide!

12. Powerbeats by Dre Sport Headphones, £119.95. If he likes to exercise, work out in the gym and generally lives an active lifestyle, these headphones are perfect.

13. Alexander McQueen Skull-Patterned Woven-Silk Tie, £90. So many guys have the iconic McQueen scarf, but has he got a tie? This tie provides an effortlessly stylish way to wear the look – it also comes in the skinny style!

14. Flying Lesson, from £79. A few years ago my boyfriend and I both had a flying lesson and I can honestly say it was an incredible experience! It’s one of those things on so many bucket lists! You can buy a 30minute lesson online from so many websites, including Buy a Gift!

15. Hermes Silk Scarf Tie Croisiere, £160. If you want to spend a bit more on his Valentine’s Day gift, this Hermes tie is perfect! It’s a silk tie but in the style of a scarf!

16. Personalised Nike Football Boots, from £100. This is another present I treated my boyfriend to a few years ago and he loved them! You can select the shape, style and colour of the football boots and also have a nickname stitched on the back!

Love & hugs, xoxo.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for HER

I love LOVE – as in I’m a complete hopeless romantic! So, I’ve had some fun putting together a Valentine’s Day gift guide! Although I do think Valentine’s Day is so ridiculously commercialised, I still think it’s nice to give a small gift, whatever the price, it’s the thought and effort that counts!

Valentines Gift Guide for HER

1. Tender is the Night massage bar by Lush, £4.50. This is the world’s first soft-centred massage bar with lots of yummy goodness like vanilla and jasmine – ideal for a romantic Valentine’s night!

2. Charbonnel et Walker mini pink heart champagne truffles, £3.85. What more can a girl ask for? Chocolate + pink champagne = Perfect. You can buy these from so many places too, M&S, Selfridges, Waitrose etc!

3. Homemade cupcakes! If I received homemade cupcakes from my boyfriend I would feel very loved – to think he spent hours baking away in the kitchen, just for me! What’s more, if you’re on a tight budget you could probably make a dozen cupcakes with pretty pink icing for around £5!

4. Cath Kidston Bleached Flowers Makeup Case, £10. Super cute, feminine and pretty!

5. Chanel Chance Eau De Parfum Spray 35ml, £44.50. Perfume is such a classic Valentines gift and Chanel Chance is my favourite scent – sparkling and romantic.

6. Laduree Macaroons, gift box of six £9.80 from Harrods. I haven’t tried these yet as unfortunately I don’t shop in Harrods (I wish) but the packaging is beautiful and I’ve read so many good reviews on them!

7/8. Jo Malone candles and bath oil (both £38). Jo Malone offers something a little bit special, whether it’s the red rose bath oil or red rose candle – I think they would make perfect Valentine’s Gifts for a girl who likes to relax and loves a little luxury!

9. Kurt Geiger Gift Vouchers – what’s more to say? You can buy vouchers for any amount and let the lady in your life pick a pair of shoes she loves. The vouchers also come in a red box, very fitting for Valentine’s Day!

10. Tiffany Picasso Love Bracelet, £140. This bracelet actually features Paloma Picasso’s own handwriting! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

11. Vera Wang Pink Perfection flowers from Interflora, £55. Ok, seriously, these flowers are actually Vera Wang flowers! They aren’t part of the Valentines Day section on the Interflora website but I think they are far prettier than the ordinary red rose, plus they come in Vera Wang gift wrapping; the epitome of elegance.

12. Victoria’s Secret – cami’s, underwear sets, lounge pants – just about anything from Vicky Secret’s would make a fab Valentine’s Day Gift and it’s even easier now that they are in the UK! PS. Get the right size!

Now we move to the dream section – ROLEX, CHANEL and LOUBS.

If you’re looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day why not try a champagne winter picnic, afternoon tea, cook a lovely meal (email her the menu during the day), catch the Eurostar for a day trip to Paris, enjoy a few glasses of champers on a rooftop bar – or even go on a hot air balloon ride! A few years ago one of our local cinemas had a special screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (one of my fave films), it only cost £7 and was probably my favourite Valentine’s Day to date!

Love & hugs xoxo