Busy crossing names off your gift giving list? Good for you! After all, this is the season of giving. Of course, that also means that someone out there is planning on giving to you as well. Hopefully your loved ones know you well enough that you can avoid those awkward moments of disappointment when you open a gift that is just sort of wrong. Yet, we all have that one particular person who, no matter how well intentioned, always gets it wrong. To help avoid those long pauses wrapped in frozen smiles as you search for a polite way to say thank you, here is a helpful gift list for the beauty and fashion lover to share with the blissfully clueless.
As I am sure you are aware, the Versace collection for H&M has been revealed. This long-awaited marriage of couture and the High Street was greeted with loving approval by fashion's media elite, a usually fickle crowd who delight in the fall as much as the rise to grace. Maybe it is the enduring love for the house of Versace or the fact that these mass produced dresses are actually high fashion but every review I've read has been overwhelmingly approving of the line. As I am certainly not in the media elite circle, I can unbiasedly tell you the truth about this "purse-friendly" endeavour. It is gorgeous! While the collection is primarily focused on partywear, there are some nice jackets and separates to mix in with daily wear. Donatella was even generous enough to include jewellery and accessories into the budget friendly line.
Sorry boys… this is a blog for the ladies. Unless you're a man who wears make-up or has a particularly extravagant beauty regime and, if that's the case, then welcome to my blog.
I spend a large proportion of my time lecturing the male species (well, men that I know) about how much it costs to be a female.
From make-up to moisturiser and beyond, it's expensive. Of course, I know you can cut corners and you don't have to spend money on products and treatments but let's face it, it looks good and it makes you feel nice. And girls like that. Plus, if I turn up to work or (God forbid) a night out, without my slap on, then people constantly ask me if I'm ok. 'Yes, I'm fine. I'm just not wearing any make-up,' I sigh.
There's probably a lesson in there but I'm going to ignore it and instead tell you about my favourite ways to cut the cost of beauty products and treatments.
As a Registered Nurse I try to keep my medicine cupboard fully stocked to cope with any First Aid emergency but, as a mother, I am also drawn to natural remedies, especially during the summer months when families face an increase in common yet irritating ailments. While not meant in any way to replace medical advice, the following remedies are great to know if you haven't got access to more modern solutions and, even though many are not scientifically proven, they have been around for years - science or not, they always seem to work.
A single man in London who likes to spend, but who likes to save even
A long, long time ago in a land not so far away it used to
be the case that I could eat and drink whatever I wanted and maintain a body
that was more Johnny Depp than Johnny Vegas.But, as the years go by and the metabolism slowly grinds to a halt, there
comes a time in a man's life when he has to face the facts – notably, if
something isn't done soon I'll be rejected from internal flights in the
USA (if you know what I mean).
The cold, harsh fact that I'm cultivating a beer keg is
accentuated by summer and the layers of clothes that conceal any excesses are
no longer available to wear.I know the
weather's not been great recently but it's not cold and, fingers crossed, the
UK summer will start sooner rather than later which means exposing one's self
to the rest of London and, more importantly, London's female population.
British Summer Time (an oxymoron if ever there was one) officially ended last weekend and this work week has been the first of many in the long winter months ahead where twilight is setting in before the work day finishes. But what price are we paying for that extra hour in bed we all enjoyed on Sunday morning? Well, at least 7 per cent of us are quite literally paying with our sanity according to a report in the British Medical Journal. So, could you be suffering with SAD?
Putting back the clocks has been an annual event in the UK since 1916
when the then-Government adopted a Daylight Saving system to save coal
by having longer daylight hours. Nowadays many people opposed to the
Spring and Autumn changing of the clocks not only argue that the energy
savings are negligible but are also bad for our mental health.
which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a type of winter
depression thought to be triggered by the clocks going back. Half a
million Brits are affected by the condition every year, suffering with
problems sleeping, lethargy, loss of concentration, anxiety and over
eating (it's no coincidence that companies like WeightWatchers see a massive uptake by the beginning of Spring).