All posts tagged: Italy

Never heard of Ferragamo? It’s about to become your favourite bag

The number one thing that women put on their wish lists for Christmas is *drumroll* luxury bags. Luxury is different for everyone, but broadly it can be defined on a societal level as “something your neighbour can’t afford”. This is a bit of cynical definition, I tend to include other things like quality and what a brand stands for, but I will agree that the items we covet the most cost as much as they do because they are out of reach. Now I’m not advocating spending a lot of money on bags, but Christmas is that one holiday a year when we can relax  a bit, let ourselves go and stop counting. Where I come in is to make sure your gift isn’t a complete waste of money and is something that will last a long time. Number one rule for such special purchases is making sure that a bag you’re about to buy isn’t rarer than its fake versions. Take Louis Vuitton, as an example of a brand which I see so many …

The “How to” guide to beauty gifts

Beauty gifting is a bit of a grey area. Despite being demystified successfully in a multitude of blogs (my personal favourite being Ruth Crilly and her AModelRecommends),  beauty is still very much a private affair  –  most of us are happy to share some beauty purchases on Instagram, but we all own items that we’d rather hide even from our closest friends. Which leads to a pretty discouraging conclusion – any attempt to give your female friends something beauty-related has to be very well thought through. Giving up on the idea all together would probably be the wisest choice, right? 🙂 Well…don’t give up just yet! My passion for gifting challenges has taken me to quite a few beauty counters in London and beyond in search for universal beauty heroes which would delight even the pickiest of girlfriends. Not surprisingly,  I’ve found that make up works better than skincare, as girls are generally more playful with their make up than, say, face cleansers. It’s also less likely to cause horrible skin reactions, which is a …