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Today’s blog post is celebrating National Christmas Jumper day, which is taking place up and down the UK  to raise money for Save The Children.

In recent years the Christmas jumper has taken on an almost cult-like status with the choice ranging from classic and understated festive patterns, all the way through to flashing reindeer noses!

With that in mind, we thought we’d take you through some different outfit options to help you decide which look you’ll be going for on the big day, just in case crazy Christmas jumpers aren’t your style!

Shimmer & Sparkle

There is no better time of year to shine than at Christmas so go for it with luxe fabrics like velvet and silk or try sequins and shimmery fabrics to glam up your daytime look. A sequinned skirt worn with a cosy knit is a great smart/casual look for Christmas day, alternatively you could go for some subtle embellishment on your shoulders or neckline for a more understated look.

Comfy & Cosy

If you’re feeling truly lazy and indulgent this Christmas (and why not we say!), then the idea of relaxing in some luxurious loungewear might be very appealing! Places like The White Company do fabulous loungewear ranges in the most sumptuous of fabrics (see our recent post on cashmere for more!)

Funky & Fun

Christmas is a great time to have some fun with your everyday look. Let’s face it, it’s the only time of year when it’s acceptable to walk around with deely boppers on your head all day! Embrace the Christmas jumper trend and go for something fun. Next do a great range of Christmas jumpers for the whole family, so you can all co-ordinate for those Christmas Day pictures!

Pretty & Polished

Use the festivities of Christmas Day as an excuse to get dressed to the nines! Pop on that party dress in a fabulous colour, dig out your fanciest pair of shoes and shine bright like the North Star! With so many of us opting for casual, less-is-more looks these days its nice to take the opportunity to dress up every once in a while (and those Christmas PJs will still be waiting for you to snuggle into when the day is done!)

Need more inspiration for Christmas Day looks? Check out our Pinterest board here.

Psssst! Still not got your Christmas shopping sorted? Check out our range of luxury stocking fillers here, or shop our gift experiences here. You still have time to get your loved one something truly special this Christmas!

 

 

services-for-womenWe may be a little biased, but having your colours analysed is truly a transformational experience and if you’re struggling to think of a special gift for your partner, friend or relative this Christmas then a colour me beautiful colour consultation is really something special!

Here are a few reasons why…

1. Wearing colours that suit you (i.e that work in harmony with your skin tone, eye and hair colour) will make your skin glow and your eyes sparkle! It can also make you appear more youthful.

2. Think you’ll be told not to wear black when you come for a colour consultation? Think again! It’s not just about wearing the ‘right’ colours, its also about knowing how to wear your colours; which fabrics, textures and jewellery work best, what other shades to combine them with and where to wear your darker and lighter shades (i.e. above or below the waist)

3. A colour consultation also includes a natural, daytime make-up application in your best shades – so your loved one will enjoy a lovely pamper as well as leaving their consultation looking and feeling fabulous!

4. The lucky recipient will also get a 42 colour swatch wallet to use as a guide when they’re out and about shopping as well as some handy tips from their colour me beautiful consultant, to remind them of their best shades and how to wear them.

5. Colour consultations can be done in pairs as well as alone! So if you fancy indulging a little too then book a joint consultation with your local consultant and make a day of it!

6. A colour consultation will save you time (and money!) No more trudging around the shops wondering where to look, making panic purchases and then never wearing them. Once you’ve had your colours analysed you’ll know exactly which shades are in your palette, making it so much easier to put outfits together and create a capsule wardrobe that gets maximum wear.

Find your local colour me beautiful consultant here.

Shop our gift experiences here.

Find out more about our colour consultations here.

I love a good hot stone massage, I love learning to give them more though!: How may ladies reading this blog paint that grateful smile on their faces when opening that present from their husband/partner? After all it’s the thought that counts isn’t it?

I expect if we counted up the cost of the number of unwanted or inappropriate gifts we have received from our husband/partner over the years the amount would be quite frightening. Whether you have a subtle approach, hinting often as to what you would like, as I do (the hint never seems to work though) or write a list to be more explicit – getting it right in terms of gifts for you is an annual challenge for a husband/partner.

Well ladies, let him read this and ensure that this is the first year you get what you want.

So gentlemen, this is for you. Research, look and listen!

Underwear

Research. Yes, we know you would like to see us in some sexy underwear. We would quite like it ourselves in fact. Two things here – we won’t wear it if it’s red and black and yes, it has to be the right size – a too small bra cup which shows four boobs not two is not a good look! So, research – go to her underwear drawer – look at the labels on her bra and knickers. What make does she favour? What size does she wear? Go to the relevant shop and buy something similar in a lovely colour – even take the original articles with you so the shop assistant can help you make the right decision. Wrap in tissue and put in a gift box. We love unwrapping surprises!

Jewellery

Look. You’ve probably been taking your partner/wife out for a while now. What jewellery does she wear? Does she favour delicate pieces or a more dramatic approach? Does she wear silver or gold? These are all important things to observe before hitting the jewellers. A friend of mine recently had been bought a really chunky silver necklace by her husband. She was disappointed because she couldn’t understand why he hadn’t noticed that she always wore delicate gold necklaces and feels guilty that she doesn’t like it because it cost a lot of money. As a result, she will tuck it away in a drawer and never wear it. I don’t think she’s alone, do you?

Perfume

Listen. When you are going out and the love of your life is getting ready listen for when she sprays on her perfume. If she’s going on a special night out with you the chances are she is spraying a perfume that’s special to her and she wears with pride. Quickly look at the perfume she has used and note its name – this is the one to buy. We ladies tend to have more than one, maybe a daytime scent and an evening/special occasion one. We tend to be a bit aspirational buying/wearing designer brands like Chanel, Prada, Gucci or Marc Jacobs because we can’t afford the clothes and they make us feel good about ourselves.

Kitchen gadgets and slippers

Guys don’t even go there. Even if she says she wants one of these items, she doesn’t!

A gift experience voucher from colour me beautiful if the perfect gift for a loved one! Order yours here http://colourmebeautifuldirect.co.uk/list.php?subCat=90: Chocolate or a spa day or colour me beautiful consultation

All winners in most ladies books.

So now is your chance to get it right based on our advice. As we will know most of us get as much from giving as receiving and we know she will love you even more!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

Why not hint to your husband to treat yourself to a colour me beautiful gift experience, it will be advice that last’s a lifetime not just for Christmas. Please visit http://colourmebeautifuldirect.co.uk/list.php?subCat=90 

Check out our Pinterest board for some more inspiration https://www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/mens-guide-to-gift-buying/

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