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Christmas Travel Gifts

Travel focused gift giving to take you around the world in style…


Nars makeup always has lots on offer in limited edition Christmas sets. Their palettes are always great for travel as they offer easy options on the go. But this year, I’m excited about the luxurious mini lip velvets with a a set of three glamorous colours, great for travel.



French luggage brand Lipault make lightweight luggage with fashion forward styling. Their latest in shop collection Miss Plume is a metallic hued trolley cabin bag, which is practical as well as tres chic. The green one is especially pretty.



Luxury English leather goods Pickett have an elegant way to travel with your iPad. A soft leather iPad envelope in five fashionable colours to choose from.



Want camera quality photos on your Instagram or stuck between wanting to use your smartphone or a proper camera, then the Canon M5 is a useful alternative. Smaller and lighter than a full on camera kit, but bigger and better than a point and shoot or smartphone, this camera with lens takes quality photos that can be uploaded onto your smartphone via an app and used on social media. All while keeping files for formal printing.



If you are like me and sleep better with a humidifier, then Fancii mini portable humidifier is a lifesaver. Small and easy to carry, it requires only a plastic water bottle, and can be run on batteries or a USB connection so no need to fuss with world wide electric adapters.



Satin pillowcases are not only luxurious but practical as it keeps both hair from going flat and the face from waking up with pillow indentations. Liberty London offers an elegant kit of satin pillow case and eye mask in one of their legendary fabric prints. Packed in its own travel bag makes it easy for taking a bit of home comfort with you and waking up looking fabulous.



Christmas Gift List 2016

A few of my favourite things for or inspired by my travels…

Fashionable jewellery by Angela Caputi: Fun and fresh, Florence’s Angela Caputi offers colourful designs and modern unique pieces. This Christmas she has launched a special Natale edition. www.angelacaputi.com


Cookbooks: This year there were quiet a few exciting cookbooks that not only showcased taste temptations, but were also virtual travel books onto themselves. Here are the ones that transported me.  Amazon.com

Florentine: Food and Stories from the Renaissance City by Emiko Davies


Tasting Rome by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill


Rome by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi


Home Scents of Italy at Aqua Flor, Firenze: Anything in this Florentine shop is lush and feels very special. Their home scents with diffuser bottles and sticks offer sophisticated luxurious fragrances. www.florenceparfum.com


Pocket travel camera the Leica C: Compact camera with a lot of punch, the Leica C camera is easy to carry, has a quality lens, and even a wi-fi option allowing for wireless transfer between camera and iPhone for those sharp photos on Instagram and social media. Leica-Camera.com


Classic Panettone: Excellent for giving to a family, as a hostess gift, or just to your mamma, you can’t go wrong with this traditional Italian bread. Many can be found in supermarkets, or Italian deli food shops. But if you are lucky enough to get to Italy, there is Cova in Milan, and Gilli or Rivoire in Florence just to name a couple. All wrapped and presented like jewel boxes which proves just how desirable a gift they are. www.covamilano.com and www.rivoire.it


Nars makeup pallets: Small makeup colour kits are great for travel and easy to pack. This year Nars has worked with photographer Sarah Moon for their holiday collection of pallets that combine easy makeup solutions for on the road glam. An always chic red lip, pale cheeks, and brown eye shadows can go day to night. www.narscosmetics.com


Old Master cushions at the National Gallery: Living with art couldn’t be easier or more stylish than with these cushions of a selection of paintings at London’s National Gallery. They add a bit of sophistication to any chair or sofa and make a posh gift. www.nationalgallery.co.uk


Wishing you all joy and festivity during the Christmas season… Buon Natale! Happy Christmas!

Christmas gift list

Christmas gifts for the stylish traveller

When it comes to gifts I’d like to give or receive here are a few of my favourite things. For travel or inspired by travel…

For the gorgeous beauty traveller:

I have just discovered Charlotte Tilbury and there is nothing in her make up line I don’t love. She even has an eye shadow palette called ‘Dolce Vita!’ But the item I love to take with me on trips (and I will be giving them to my close girl friends this Christmas) is her Film Stars on the Go compacts which consist of two colours, one for the eyes and one for the lips. They are cream colours meant to be put on with just your finger, there are 4 duo palettes to chose from, I got Some Like it Hot. Great to have in your carry on to freshen up -easily- on any long haul flight.

fotg-some-like-it-hot_openSome like it Hot from Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstars on the Go line

For the cafe lover:

Jura has coveted top of the line coffee makers that grind beans and brew up anything from a ristretto to an americano. The trouble was they were very big machines and quite pricey. Well finally they have made an espresso maker a bit more accessible in size while still keeping all of the luxury of its predecessors. The Ena Micro 1 and the Impress A5 can easily fit into your tiny European flat kitchen, keeping it stylish while serving up cafe style espresso at home. Of course you can still go to the cafe afterwards and have a glass of wine.


Ena Micro 1

For the connoisseur of good taste:

The Life Negroni This is a fabulous book for those who love the fabulous life. Part in depth knowledge on all things Negroni, stylish places where to drink them, knowledge on the best gin and the history on vermouth and Campari, it is also a book about style, Italian lifestyle and La Dolce Vita.


The Life Negroni by Leigh & Nargess Banks

For the Fashionable techie:

The Apple iWatch may not be be everyone’s cup of tea… That is until Hermes came on board to take it from geek toy to fashionista accessory by adding a choice of three of their popular leather wrist bands as options to go with the latest trend.  And with all the great travel apps soon your ticket will be right on your wrist. NOW it is something worth wearing! and I may just have to have it!

double-etain-capecodApple Watch with Hermes Double Tour wristband

For the perfect Host or Hostess:

I love giving a candle. It might seem easy or cliche, but there is always something timeless and polished about giving a scented candle. There are many to choose from and you can never go wrong with one from Diptyque, but this year I found a beautiful candle both inside and out! Italian designers Dolce&Gabbana have released a special gift line for Christmas among which is a gorgeous luxury candle painted in their traditional Sicilian cart prints. A bit of a Sicilian souvenir. This candle gift will really stand out!

screenshot_3425Christmas candle from Dolce&Gabbana

For the On the Go but Still Stylish traveller:

Nails Inc have released a spray on nail polish that is easy and fun to use. The aptly named Paint Can nail varnish is available in two colours: pink and silver it is a great stocking stuffer. Not to mention great item to pack and travel with.

screenshot_3427Hoxton Market Paint Can Nail Polish

For a Good Cause:

Jewelry designer Monica Vinader has designed a special edition of her iconic cord and rose gold bracelet to help and promote Women for Women International. The #SheInspiresMe friendship bracelet is an easy and stylish way to promote a good cause with all profits from sales going to the Women for Women charity.

screenshot_3428#SheInspiresMe friendship bracelet by Monica Vinader