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Personal handmade gifts for the people you love

Personal gifts for people you love

I really like the idea of giving handmade gifts to loved ones. The problem with handmade gifts is that first, you need to have the time to make them. Second, you need to be fairly creative or good at something to come up with something that will look really stylish and not looking as if it has been done by a five years old. I’ve made a few scented candles this month but they are more like little tokens of love rather than proper gifts. I didn’t have time to craft anything so I decided to offer my friend Perrine, one of the photos I took of her when we did this photoshoot. Now… I don’t have the presumption to assume that anyone receiving one of my photos is going to say “wow” out of excitement but last time I saw Perrine, she told me that the photoshoot really boosted her confidence and made her re-connect with the person she was a few years ago. This really strokes a chord with me. I have know Perrine since …

10 beautiful Christmas gift wrapping to inspire you

10 beautiful Xmas gift wrapping to inspire you

Since my last post on these 10 inspiring Christmas wreaths to make, sick days have taken over and it has been a daily struggle to stick to my December to-do list but I really wanted to show you these 10 beautiful Christmas gift wrapping which I’m sure you’ll find useful when you find yourself wrapping presents at the last minute. I have also included my favourite gift labels and wrapping paper free to download.

10 jolies, naturelles couronnes de Noël à faire

10 beautiful, inspiring Christmas wreaths to make

I’ve always loved Christmas wreaths and today is just about inspiring you to make your own Christmas wreaths. I know it may be a bit early for some, to start thinking about Christmas. However, as per my post from yesterday, I want to re-focus on things that provide us with a great deal of happiness and peace. I’m talking about doing things that are good for our body and for our soul. For some of you, me-time will be a warm bath and lounge around in your gorgeous Hush pyjamas. Personally, when I find the time, I find it very calming to make things while listening to the radio or baking a gluten-free banana cake for Mila or doing some DIY. Whatever I chose to do, usually provides me with a great sense of achievement. So, there are two things I really would like to make before the end of the year: 1) a beautiful wreath inspired by nature, 2) some scented candles… I love scented candles. Making some to give to the people I love, has been on my to-do list for a …

10 must-have gifts for health-conscious people

10 must-have gifts for health-conscious people

I think you’ve gathered by the number of green smoothies I regularly post on Instagram and the lifestyle changes I made these last few months (like giving up Coke Zero), that health & well-being is a pretty big interest of mine so I’ve put together these 10 must-have gifts for health conscious people, bearing in mind what really worked for me and other things that I would like. 1. First and foremost, the Nutribullet ( also available from John Lewis) which is SO easy to use. There is heaps of information online but the big thing for me is that it’s powerful and super easy to clean. You just need to rinse off the plastic jar and that’s it. They seem to have sold in a lots of shops except at Selfridges where they have the Pro 900 series (I have the model below from John Lewis at £99 and I’m happy with it). 2. You will need a chopping board to cut all your fresh, organic fruits & vege. I’ve about six wooden chopping boards at home, which Steve uses to …

Nice little white dress http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=1206&awinaffid=164006&clickref=little%20dress&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hush-uk.com%2Fdaywear%2Fdresses_skirts

The Little white dress

Monday’s must-have has to be  this gorgeous dress from Hush…First, because it had been on my wish list since the launch of their AW collection and second, their Xmas shots featured our gold star garland and our paper stars. If you are going for a gold theme this year, I’ve seen these gorgeous candlesticks at Anthropologie. I love the drop waist  of the quilted dress. It’s a great little number to wear with low ankle boots at work or in the evening and you can accessorise it easily with these simple and pretty heart or star necklaces or this pinecone necklace which is adorable.

LE WEEKEND | Cloud grey stonewashed linen. Photography: Francois Kong, Styling: Karine Kong www.karinecandicekong.com

LE WEEKEND

Yesterday was errand day. I bought a pair of black sequin ankle boots (similar to these) and this nice mohair grey cardigan to wear with boyfriend jeans, some mistletoe and a gorgeous wreath from my local florist (try to shop indie & local whenever you can, I’ve tagged some of my favourite indie shops on Instagram here). Today…

THE BEST DESIGN & FASHION XMAS GIFTS FOR HIM. For more inspiration, head to www.karinecandicekong.com

The best fashion & design gifts for him

Men aren’t always easy to buy for…If they want something, they get it without waiting for Christmas or they want something that won’t be released until next year like the Apple watch! However, I love shopping for guys and finding something that they didn’t think they need, or will make them looking damn good so here is my selection of design & fashion Christmas gifts for him. Enjoy!

Festive holiday decorations with nature. For more inspiration, bookmark www.karinecandicekong.com

Festive touches from nature

Now that the craziness of black Friday and Cyber Monday is over (I got some real good bargains & I hope you did too), I’m back thinking about Christmas decorations. Mila has already decorated the Christmas tree in France and I’m waiting for her to arrive on 22nd so we can decorate the one in London.  I’m very much looking forward to the holiday and have a nice break with the people I love. In the meantime, here are some holiday festive decorations using what nature has to offer. I find these simple wreaths very soothing, what do you think?