29.11.13

Deals deals deals

In America, the Friday after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year. This has started to spill out into other countries as online retailers start to offer 'Black Friday' and 'Cyber Monday' deals as well. My inbox is full of notices of some of these discounts:

30% off good design, like this sleek clock, at Fab. The discount is taken off at checkout.

15% off until 2nd December at Accessories Online with code GIFT15. There must be someone on your list who would like this necklace from Alex Monroe.

30% off all products at Omorovicza. There are so many lovely things to get with the discount, like my beloved Thermal Cleansing Balm. A warning though - I tried to buy something this morning but I think the site is jammed with too many users because I couldn't complete check out. Not impressed.

HQ Hair is offering 20% off everything for one day (today) with code TREAT20. The catch is that the discount declines by 1% on the hour every hour so shop early. This is where I get my Kerastase volumising products.

15% off full price orders at Astley Clarke with code ADVENT until 2nd December.
Links of London is offering 20% off all items (apart from gold) until Sunday with code FRIENDS13. Gold pieces are 10% off until Sunday with code GOLD13.

20% off at Aspinal of London until Monday.

20% off all full priced Zara Home products today only.

Jaeger is offering 20% off, which will be automatically added at checkout.
Sodastream is offering 50% off machines until Sunday. Pretty awesome.
Astrid and Miyu are offering 20% off everything until Monday with code CYBER20. Their reasonably priced, delicate jewels would make a perfect gift.

The Hobbs sale has launched with 50% off online and in store.
Designer mega boutique Luisa Via Roma is offering 30% winter collections with code BF30. Offer ends 2 December.

Avenue 32 is offering 25% off all full price items with code 252432. Offer ends Saturday at midnight.

If you live in the UK but are jonesing for some chocolate peanut butter Pop Tarts or canned pumpkin, head over to the Stateside Candy Company for 20% off using code TGIF.

At Crumpet Cashmere you can get 30% off with code FRIDAY30.

Dune is offering 20% off Everything until Sunday.
The Outnet is offering an extra 30% off selected items for their Cyber Weekend special. This leather trimmed trench by Anya Hindmarch is pretty special, no?

And finally, you can get up to 30% off party wear at Monsoon.

27.11.13

Gift list: gifts for homebodies

Whether it's a hostess gift you need, or just a christmas gift for someone who has a subscription to Elle Decor, this gift guide is designed to help you find that perfect something for the homebody.

Under £20

Every year Fortnum and Mason sells a special Christmas tea variety. Warm and spicy, it's the perfect drink on a frosty dark night. And the packaging makes it very gift worthy.
Can you believe this cocktail shaker, designed by Marcel Wanders, is less than £20? What a bargain. There are also martini glasses at a similar price.

Under £50

The best thing about alcohol (apart from the buzz) is the glassware. The internet is lousy with choices, but I really like these mouth blown tumblers by Barry and Thread.

Drinking this rum by Elements Eight would be the perfect way to enjoy the glasses. This is a super premium rum brand, which, according to the Harvey Nichols website, is known for its 'quality, purity, smoothness and flavour'. 

Under £100

A faux fur throw - imagine being wrapped up in this on the couch while watching the Downton Abbey Christmas special. That's what I'm talking about.

Every house needs a tray. It's amazing how a haphazard bunch of bits and pieces can suddenly appear as an intentional display with a tray. I like this tray by Wedgewood.

Under £200

I love the specs on the woman decorating this Fornasetti plate - probably because I've been a life-long specy girl.

I have one of these Nespresso makers and it's fantastic. It's especially good when people are visiting during the holidays because, as it makes coffee one cup at a time, everyone can have the coffee they one - decaf, strong, weak, chocolate flavoured, whatever. And it's easy to use and super easy to clean. And the coffee is delicious.

26.11.13

Gift list: for the guys

By now you'll have seen that the internet is lousy with gift lists. Already! Of course, it's not early if you celebrate Hanukkah. In fact, it's a wee bit late to be looking for Hanukkah presents since it starts Wednesday. Which means, if you celebrate it and you live in the US, you will be celebrating Hanugiving (or Thanksukkah?). But I digress. I personally find the men in my life the hardest to shop for. With the exception of my husband. Give him an album of extreme music (noisecore, grindcore, hardcore, etc etc etc) or a graphic novel he hasn't read, and he'll be happy.

My father, on the other hand, is very difficult. He doesn't need anything and he doesn't really have hobbies to speak of. Now that he has retired (for about the sixth time) he may start being easy to shop for because he'll actually have time to read once in a while. He's even got a DVD player now, so I've started giving him lots of TV shows - Mad Men, Sopranos - most shows like this passed him by, so it's an easy gift to give.

Then there's brothers in law, male friends, nephews - as the family gets bigger each year, the challenge grows too. Assuming it's the same for you, I've put together a guide for gifts for men with a variety of price tags to help make things a little easier. As I've mentioned, there is no shortage of gift guides on blogs and retail sites, but there's always room for one more!

Under £20
If your intended gift recipient is as clumsy as most of the men I know, he might need a Rhino Shield for his iPhone. This cover is only 0.0299 cm thick but creates a high impact resistant shield for your screen.

If he's a father, he'll appreciate this book - Go the F*ck to Sleep. Getting the wee lambs to sleep in his or her bed is one of the great struggles of baby parenting. This book captures that struggle beautifully.

Under £50
For the coffee addict, a single cup french press coffee brewer that will give him fresh coffee on the go, hot and fast.

If he's a Doctor Who fan, you'll be inundated with DVD ideas, but if not, there's Justified. This show is perfect. Timothy Olyphant's Raylan Givens is like a superhero and a classic western hero rolled into one. He's smart, he's funny, he's a maverick. And a bonus, he's gorgeous too. This may or may not mean anything to the person you're giving the show to, it just has to be said. And the writing is great - which is in keeping with the source material, a short story by Elmore Leonard.

Help him keep warm with this waffle knit hat by Peter Jensen at the Other Shop.

Under £100
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Tracker and Sleep Wristband acts as a pedometer but also tracks your calories burned, hours slept, and sleep quality. And it syncs with an online tool to help you track your goals. Perfect for the committed fitness fan, or the man who wants to work more exercise into his life.

A very useful gift you can steal for yourself.

If he's a bit more formal in his day to day dressing, or if he gets dandified once in a while, he may like these cufflinks from Wolf and Badger. A classic, minimal design that would look good with pretty much everything.

Under £200
Buy the significant man in your life a piece of architectural history with this Lego Robie House. How cool is this? Actually, you could probably get it for anyone and they would be happy. There are other  iconic designs including Fallingwater, the Guggenheim Museum, the United Nations Headquarters, and Sydney Opera House. Prices start from £17.99 for Willis Tower.

Help him relive his youth with a SodaStream - this one allows you to fizz up any beverage of your choice, and even allows you to choose the amount of fizz. Very clever. And with code SS25, you can get 25% off.

The future is here with this amazing little cube that gives you a portable keyboard for your mobile device. It is compatible with iOS4+, Android 4.0+, Mac OS X 10+, Windows XP+ and Blackberry 10 devices.

Under £500
For a more extravagant gesture, why not gift this beech chess set based on a design by surrealist artist Man Ray? It's so sleek and sophisticated, it would look amazing in any man cave.

I personally think men look great in a pair of Chelsea boots - these ones by classic British brand Chruch's are a perfect iteration of the iconic style.

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