How To Look Festive AND Classy

Disclaimer: No ugly Christmas jumpers were harmed in the making of this post.

For many, Christmas is some kind of excuse to look as tacky and ridiculous as possible. Cue wannabe Miss Claus heading out on Christmas Eve wearing head to toe red sequins with two baubles hanging from each ear. Erm… you forgot your reindeer antlers love! Not to mention figgy pudding print shirts, tinsel as a dress (yes really) and, god forbid, the worst of all **gasps** sexy Santa’s helper outfits.

If this is your kind of thing, go for it! However, I personally prefer to go a classier route when it comes to my Christmas get-up. There are many ways to look festive and classy, without appearing like you are some sort of sartorial scrooge.

Whether you are after a look for a Christmas party, or looking for an outfit for your Festive family feast, we’ve got you covered! Here’s how to look Festive AND classy.

Ditch…The Ugly Christmas Sweater!

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Let’s be real here: even Gigi Hadid couldn’t make the quintessential ugly Christmas sweater look sexy! Unless you are headed to a specific ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ themed party, push that one to the back of your wardrobe. Yes: even the one with the 3d reindeer nose that your gran got you when you were 15…

Don…A Festive Scarf

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Instead of going heavy on the tack, opt for a pretty printed scarf that you can wear again and again. Scarves themselves are quintessentially Wintery and you can add an extra festive element by opting for a red scarf or even one that portrays a Winter landscape, such as our mystic branches wool scarf.

Ditch…Colorful Head To Toe Sequins

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Above: Bianca Jagger’s head to toe red sequin look should stay in the 90s where it belongs! (Photo Source: theyoungradicals.blogspot.com)

Although some colored sequin pieces can look incredible, head to toe colored sequins is in serious danger of entering the tacky zone! Sure, you want to look festive, but you don’t want to look like a Christmas parade threw up on you!

Don…The Sequin LBD

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Take out the color factor and sequins can actually look really classy! A black sequin LBD is the perfect balance of festive and classy. One rule of thumb is to keep it simple with plain accessories and shoes. I adore how Olivia Palermo has toned down her sequin dress with nude heels and a matching nude clutch.

Ditch.. Light Up/Tinsel Jewelry

Unless you are ten years old, light up and tinsel jewelry is pretty much the antithesis of stylish! Sure, it’s fun to don earrings that light up as an office joke, but never, I repeat NEVER, wear them out in public. As for pieces of jewelry that play music…well; they should be banned.

Don… Crystal Jewelry

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Christmas is made for glowing bling, but rather than having frosty the snowman plastered around your neck, opt for jewel and crystal pieces to make a festive statement.

Clear or silver crystal pieces will always be a winner, or, if you want to add color, statement emerald and ruby pieces are the classy way to embody the Christmas spirit.

Ditch… Santa Hats & Reindeer Antlers

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Santa hats and reindeer antlers are cute for a bit of fun, but wearing them out in public is a whole different kettle of fish. Put it this way; would you go out wearing a Shrek mask? Would you wear bunny feet to do your grocery shopping on Easter weekend? Nosiree!

Don…Silk Hair Scarves

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In order to look festive and classy, embellish your hair with a red silk scarf. Plus, it’s much more of a versatile piece that you can actually wear throughout the year.

Our exotic silk scarf is perfect for Christmas.

Ditch…The Mrs Claus/Santer’s Helper Outfit

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Above: Poor Mrs Claus is been given a bad name! (Photo Source: wholesale4costumes.com)

I probably sound like the actual Grinch here, but every time I see girls out in public dressed as ‘sexy Mrs Claus’ I die inside a little. Newsflash: Mrs Claus would not be a sexy woman in her 20s dressed in skimpy clothes, she would be a sweet old dear wrapped up warm near the fireside. Shame on you! Mrs Claus would be appalled…

Don…A Classy Red Dress

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If you want to look festive and classy, opt for a sleek red dress! Sizzle in one of this seasons’ silky slip dresses or go for a classic skater shape and be Christmassy AND stylish.

Merry Christmas and stay classy!

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The 7 Best Christmas Markets In The World

When the snow starts to fall and the Christmas lights begin to twinkle like fireflies, we start to get that warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Christmas is officially here. But if you thought that your home town, with it’s Christmas lights and carolers was as magical as it gets, I beg to differ. Christmas Markets are like opening up a Christmas fairy tale book and jumping straight into the action on the pages.

As well as endless gifting options, Christmas Markets have that certain something that captures the epitome of the Christmas spirit flawlessly. When exploring the bustling stalls, you can smell the mulled wine, hear the soft lullaby of carols and are surrounded by enough lights to put Las Vegas to shame.

Today, we give you our ultimate bucketlist of Christmas Markets. From the fairy tale cuteness of Europe, to the snow-filled wonderlands of Canada, here are the top seven Christmas markets in the world.

Prague, Czech Republic

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Before Christmas, the countries capital plays host to a Christmas Market that brings fairy tale magic and good food together. Market Square is transformed into a Winter Wonderland and is surrounded by lit up Christmas trees, giant castles and a giant Bethlehem scene.

The market itself consists of quaint wooden huts. Visitors can pick up a range of wonderful handmade gifts, including dolls, scarves and Christmas tree ornaments. Foreigners have to try the klobasa, which is a scrumptious Czech sausage.

Bring The Market Home

If only we could magically teleport ourselves to Prague! In the meantime, bring the magic of the giant nativity scene into your home with modern two tone accent pillow cover.

Toronto, Canada

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Europe watch out! Canada’s Capital is providing serious Christmas Market competition! Serving a tasty conglomeration of German and Canadian foods, this Christmas Market is a foodies dream. Alongside this, you can enjoy mulled wine by a giant fireplace.

The kids can enjoy stories from real life elves, as well as paying a visit to Santa himself!

Bring The Market Home

If you can’t enjoy their mulled wine, enjoy this wine-hued table runner instead!

Copenhagen, Denmark

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As the home of The Little Mermaid, one can only expect that Copenhagen would pull out all the stops when it comes to creating Christmas magic! Tivoli Gardens amusement park is transformed into a stunning Christmas market. Stalls, Christmas joy and rides? Sign us up! Alongside this, there are nightly light shows and regular firework displays.

The city itself transforms into a buzzing plethora of Christmas Markets and boasts a whopping seven in total. The Hans Christian Andersen Market is like walking straight into one of the iconic authors fairy tales and even has a nostalgic carousel.

Bring The Market Home

The exotic oriental table runner is magical and nostalgic in equal part.

Munich, Germany

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This Bavarian market boasts a towering 85 foot glittery Christmas tree! If that’s not enough to get you in the festive spirit, the array of traditional wooden stalls offer some of the best street food that Germany has to offer. Just the sound of the sausages is enough to make us drool!

For the little ones, there is the ‘Heavenly Workshop’, in which children dress as angels and get involved in arts, crafts and baking.

Bring The Market Home

Glistening and festive, this hand embroidered brocade pillow cover will bring the magic of the Munich Christmas markets to your home.

Tallin, Estonia

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The Christmas tree in the squares center has been set up since 1441. This means that is the first Christmas in Europe to be displayed to the public. If this wasn’t awesome enough, lights and decorations transform market stalls into something quaint that you would have expected to see hundreds of years ago.

Warm drinks are a popular way to beat the Christmas chill, or you can indulge in local delicacies such as black blood pudding and sour cabbage.

Bring The Market Home

We can’t guarantee you an Estonian style white Christmas, but our ornamental embroidered table cloth will bring some white Christmas magic to your festive feast!

Winter Wonderland, London, England

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This event, held in London’s Hyde Park, is free to enter. This attraction is more than just a run-of-the-mill Christmas Market, it includes a circus, a giant ice skating rink and a giant observation wheel. 2016 sees the market include a walk-in ice kingdom and the chance to watch a professional skating show.

If you prefer a standard market, Winter Wonderland will not let you down! German food stalls, handmade trinkets and decorations make this one hard to beat!

Bring The Market Home

Classic red pieces, such as the velvet table runner, will bring a quintessential English edge to your festive set up.

Vienna, Austria

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These Christmas markets date all the way back to 1298! Originally called ‘krippenmarkt’, these markets still hold the old-age magic that many modern markets have lost.

Alongside an abundance of market stalls, the market also boasts nativity performances and Christmas concerts.

Bring The Market Home

There is something so classically Austrian about our floral embroidered placemats.

Which of these Christmas markets would you most like to visit?

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Christmas Table Layouts Using Versatile Pieces

Crazy fact: American’s are spending around 6 billion dollars a year on Christmas. Mind blown. Rather than forking out an arm and a leg on specific pieces for your Christmas table layouts, invest in a few versatile pieces that can be used all year round.

After all, you can only use that sparkly, Santa-embellished table runner for a few days. Plus: you’ve already spent enough money on presents, food and decoration. It’s time to give that poor wallet a rest!

Here are some stunning Christmas table layouts that consist of versatile pieces…

Dreaming Of A White Christmas

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For some people, reindeer embellishments, glitter and an overdose of red just scream tacky. If you’re one of those people who enjoys the more refined things in life, this simple table layout embraces the holiday season without screaming ‘SANTA’.

Best of all, it’s made up of stunning, minimalist pieces that can be used to uplift your dining table every single day of the year.

Recreate this table by adorning your table with a clean, white table cloth. Next, add a neutral runner with a metallic sheen to make it just a little bit special. Add neutral placemats and dot with cream and white plates. Finally, create a centerpiece that looks like it has been taken from nature itself. Dot glass candle holders in amongst pine branches for something that is undoubtedly festive.

The best part? All of these pieces can be used again! Well, apart from the pine leaves, but you are likely to get these for free.

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Saree border table runner

Shimmering spiral hand embroidered placemats

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

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If you would like to embrace red in your Christmas table layouts, why not opt for flowers? Although red flowers, such as holly, are inevitably Christmassy, red floral pieces have the versatility to be used all year round too! A red table runner could be perfect for a Spring tea party, whereas red placemats are a must have for Summer bohemian decor.

Get this holly jolly look by teaming a white table cloth with an eye-catching, red floral table runner. Add white candles and an abundance of red flowers to create a striking centerpiece. If you would like more of a contrast, evergreen leaves and fircones will add the Winter outdoors to your table.

Dot every guests seat with a red floral placemat and top white napkins with red present bows. Keep cutlery and wine glasses plain to stop it from becoming too cluttered.

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Hand painted deluxe floral table runner

Floral embroidered placemats

Bright Star Of Bethlehem

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Who ever thought to use a mirror as a table runner here is some sort of decor Einstein! This dreamy table layout looks like it’s been sprinkled with stardust and, luckily, the majority of these pieces can be used again!

To make your Christmas dinner guests all starry eyed, start by layering up your table with a plain, white table cloth. Next, add a long, rectangular mirror. Please note: ensure this is in the center of the table, no one wants to catch a glimpse of themselves eating Christmas dinner.

Add metallic silver placemats and top with white plates. Now for the fun part! Sprinkle stars and snowflakes evenly across your table cloth. Add an abundance of silver candle holders and two large silver vases. Fill your vases with ivy and top with candles. Next, recreate this with mini vases of ivy on every placemat. We are not exactly sure how to recreate that hanging garland, but if you manage it, you rock!

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Hand embroidered table placemat set

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

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Looking for a cute and fun layout that won’t cost you half of the contents of Santa’s sack? Ta-da! Cute, Festive, and using versatile pieces, this red patterned table reminds us of Rudolph’s cute red nose! The only really Christmassy things you will need to buy are these glittery reindeers. One dollar store: here we come!

Grab your finest white table cloth; it’s about to get a fun uplift! Add a retro printed red and white runner for some Festive cheer. Take some embellished plates and top them with a glittery Reindeer. Add DIY place cards between the antlers to make it really personal!

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Damask style elegant table runner

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10 Christmas Gifts For Someone You Don’t Know Well

Christmas gift giving can sometimes be as awkward as sneezing during ‘Away In A Manger’, tripping over fairy lights or letting out a huge burp after overindulging in figgy pudding. Don’t get me wrong, seeing Granny’s face light up over that framed photograph is honestly priceless. However, Christmas gifts for someone you don’t know well can feel like one big confusing sigh.

Shopping for Christmas gifts for someone you don’t know well? Whether it’s a work colleague, a neighbor you’ve spoken to twice or the dreaded secret santa, we’ve got you covered! Here’s 10 amazing Christmas gifts for someone you don’t know well…

For Her

Scented Candles

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Unless the lady you are buying for is a vegan, scented candles are always a great idea! Opt for a Christmas-themed scent to make her festive period just a bit more special.

If you want to add something, opt for placemats to put the candle on.

Shimmering spiral hand embroidered placemats.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

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A stunning Christmas tree ornament can make a great Christmas gift. Opt for a high quality and unique ornament to show that you’ve put a lot of thought into your purchase. No one dollar store nonsense!

Matching Table Linen

If you’re buying a Christmas gift for someone over the age of 23, chances are that they either rent or own a property. Although home decor is incredibly down to personal taste, opt for something plain and you are onto a winner.

Matching table is a great idea, as every home has a dining table. To prepare, try slipping home decor into your conversation. For example, next time you see Bec from marketing start talking about kitchen decor, then casually slip in ‘what color scheme is your kitchen’. If you lack all elements of being subtle, simply opt for a plain white table runner, table cloth or table runner and place mat set.

I know I’d be over the moon if I received any of these:

Ornamental embroidered table cloth

Hand embroidered 7 piece table runner and place mat set

Saree border table runner

Silk Scarf

Silk scarves are luxurious, fashionable and will keep her warm in Winter. What’s not to love? Before you go ahead and purchase a scarf, spend a week or so looking at her outfits to see her preference in colors. As much as you think this will make you look like a stalker, she will appreciate the effort!

Left to right: floral paisley silk scarfartistic print silk scarf, exotic silk scarf

For Him

Shaving Balm/ Toiletries Kits

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Every man needs shaving balm, body wash and cologne. If he’s well groomed, he will be really appreciative of this. On the other hand, if he’s more of a bloke, it will save him from picking up any old junk next time he visits the mall.

Socks

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With men, it’s all about the necessities and socks are certainly something every man needs! If he’s young and hip, opt for branded socks, such as Calvin Klein. If he’s a bit older and has a sense of humor, comedic socks will be a great choice. Perhaps maybe don’t opt for ‘old fart’ socks for someone you don’t know well, those are specifically reserved for Dads and Husbands!

A Laptop Brush

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Men, no offense: you are a messy breed! Give him the gift of cleanliness this Christmas with a laptop brush. These babies will get all of the crumbs and dirty out of this laptop keyboard. Plus: he is not very likely to already own one of these.

Mind Puzzles

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Everyone likes a challenge, so give him one this Christmas! Mind puzzles will provide hours of entertainment. Opt for small ones so that he can use them on the commute to work or during his lunch break.

Chocolate & Sweets

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They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If this theory is true, chocolates and sweets are always a fantastic buy. To be a little bit different, stay away from the Hersheys and opt for Belgian chocolates, whiskey truffles and something special.

 

 

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The Ultimate Wife Christmas Gift Guide

Husbands rejoice: we’ve got you covered! Our ultimate wife Christmas gift guide will guarantee a gift that the special lady in your life will absolutely love!

Although your wife may have been the love of your life for decades, knowing exactly what to buy her can be a bit of a struggle, especially if you’ve been through many Christmasses together. Cos hey, she deserves the best in life, and you are going to give it to her this Christmas!

A Secret Reading Nook

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If you’re other half never seems to break away from the stresses of life and get some much deserved chill-out time, it’s time for that to change! This Christmas, give your wife the gift of peace, harmony and relaxation.

But before you start panicking that we are suggesting a million dollar spa holiday, I’ll stop you in your tracks! Creating a cozy and comfortable reading nook in your home is the perfect way to show your wife that you care. Plus: the sheer effort that has gone into making this special area for her is worth just as much as diamonds.

Wait for a half hour break during Christmas day, and escape to a corner of your home that is quite and has space. Create a reading nook using an abundance of pillows and stunning wall decor. Finally, add some scented candles and lead her there blindfolded. She will have no idea what’s coming…

Get started by choosing your house’s color scheme. Then, shop from our range of stunning pillow covers.

Blues

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(Clockwise from top left: hand embroidered throw pillow cover, exotic oriental pillow cover, hand painted deluxe accent pillow cover, damask throw pillow cover)

Reds & Pinks

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(Clockwise from top left: paisley leaf pillow cover, jacquard damask pillow cover, spring garden floral pillow cover, jacquard floral pillow cover)

Neutral Tones

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(Clockwise from top left: ornamental embroidered throw pillow cover, hand embroidered brocade pillow cover, floral embroidered pillow cover, velvet sparkle throw pillow cover).

Monochrome

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(Clockwise from top left: solid geometric pillow cover, paisley embroidered pillow cover, jacquard paisley pillow cover, elegant dahlia pillow cover).

A Monthly Subscription Box

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Rather than buying her one gift at Christmas, buy her the gift that keeps on giving! A monthly subscription box will make her feel like it’s Christmas every month of the year.

Not sure what kind of subscription box she’d like. Here’s some of our favorites:

  • Scentbird monthly subscription box– For $15 a month your wife will receive a 30 day supply of new designer perfume.
  • Allure Beauty Box– A monthly dose of full and sample size make up products will please any beauty-loving wife.
  • Regular flower deliveries from The Bouqs– Flowers will make your wife feel special and this concierge service allows flowers to be delivered to your wife weekly.
  • Golden tote– A stunning tote bag full of goodies personalized specifically for your lady. This one-stop shopping spree includes clothes & accessories she is sure to love.

A Stunning Scarf

There’s something so darn romantic about the chilly weather, so why not get all ‘baby it’s cold outside’ and treat your wife to a new scarf.

Gentlemen: leave the woolies and crazy knitted scarves behind and treat her to something a bit more chic and sophisticated. A luxurious silk scarf or a soft wool scarf will allow her to feel like a total queen both indoors and outdoors. Here’s our picks:

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(Clockwise from top left: stripe scarf, exotic print silk scarf, tropical floral scarf, artistic print silk scarf, mystic branches scarf, floral paisley scarf)

Personalized Jewelry

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Chances are, you’ve already bought your other half enough jewelry to fill a small shoe box. So how do you get something that really stands out? Personalized jewelry is a fantastic way to give her something that is really heartfelt and meaningful.

No longer does personalized jewelry equate to a tacky ‘David Loves Victoria’ necklace made from pre-school plastic. As a matter of fact, many personalized pieces are discreet, on trend and timelessly beautiful.

Etsy has fantastic options, including rings with a secret message on the inside of the band, personalized cuffs and birthstone jewelry.

Matching Table Linen

If you’re wife is a home decor junkie, treat her to a stunning set of matching hand-embellished table linen. It gives her the perfect excuse to throw dinner parties!

Our hand embroidered table runner and placemat set comes in eight colors, so you’re sure to find one for her!

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A Timeless Handbag

As a woman, I have to admit that I absolutely love it when my other half treats me to a new designer handbag. Although it’s always a good idea to ask her what bag she has her eye one, a surprise can work wonders too!

My advice is to keep it plain, simple and classic. After all, she wants a bag that can look amazing with absolutely everything, will never go out of style and will make her feel a million bucks.

Here’s some that are sure to be a total treat:

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(Clockwise from top left: Coach, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Saint Laurent)

Happy shopping!

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