All posts tagged: party

“Synchronised gifting”, Cuban-style

This weekend was a birthday party of a good friend of mine. He was turning 30 and his girlfriend organised a surprise Cuban-themed party in his honour, inviting close friends from all over the world to come and celebrate together. Months of planning and a ridiculous amount of secrecy (try “flying” his brother all the way from his home country without giving anything away) culminated in a great celebration…with quite a bit of mojitos and some late-night salsa dancing. But let me not bore you with all the details but focus on an interesting gifting concept that’s gaining popularity at the moment. I call it “synchronised gifting”. It’s a bit like synchronised swimming in essence, where all participants create one beautiful experience with everyone working in tandem to enhance the overall effect. The idea is pretty simple – it’s obviously great to get one amazing gift, but if there are other gifts that complement each other, the overall “amazingness” is far greater. But back to our Cuban party. His main gift was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Cuba …

COMPETITION (UK only): Win a Christmas party beauty kit

  UPDATE: The winner is Emily Hearts. In association with Ravishing Roses. Hurrah! It’s Christmas party time, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the beginning of the festive season than by giving one of my female readers a beauty gift! If you are anything like me, getting ready for a Christmas party is a long process of dress/shoe browsing weeks in advance, but on the actual day I have about 20 minutes to get ready (we’re all busy ladies, right?). So to make it a bit easier for you, Ana and I have prepared a little emergency beauty kit that will help you sparkle at that special evening event. The top colours for this Christmas are metallics (think golden and silvery tones) and black, so we’ve used this palette to guide our choices. What’s in the bag?  My all-time favourite and an absolute beauty cult classic – compact tangle teezer in gold. I have a full-size one in pink, but I have to admit this one is way prettier. Fits into a …

Summer season party gifts – Zazzol wine aerator

My social life has been very outdoorsy recently: barbecue get-togethers, Pimm’s garden parties, Sunday picnics in the park…London is fully enjoying an unprecedented amount of sunny days, so even the grumpiest of us all seem to be taking a little break from traditional weather whining and are embracing the atmosphere of one big celebration of summer! This brings me to my No.1 summer party gift which has been blamed for so many embarrassingly funny Facebook videos with my friends, that it has to be shared with you lot. Please welcome your new best drinking buddy – Zazzol wine aerator (this is an actual technical term, I nicknamed it “the bubbly hero”). What this mighty little thing does is simple yet genius – it adds oxygen to wine (wine experts would say “it lets the wine breathe”), so even supermarket bottles of Merlot or Pinot Grigio instantly taste like their pricey restaurant “siblings”. Let’s admit it, noone wastes money on wine for summer parties, it’s simply not the point. This thing makes any wine much more …