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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

It's the 1st of December and time to start Christmas Shopping (or at least start to think about it). If you are stuck for ideas or even better if someone has asked you to suggest some things that you might like for Christmas give them the link to this blog post and send them to Marks & Spencer. 

My first suggestion is the classic Christmas gift Pyjamas. Until owning these pyjamas I have tended to sleep in an old t-shirt and pyjama bottoms however these have changed my PJ attitude - they are SO comfortable, super soft and cosy and the only thing I will be sleeping in from now on. 

Another classic gift are slippers - something that you'd rarely buy for yourself but when you do own a cosy pair will make you happy every time you put them on.

Pure Cotton Star Print Revere Collar Pyjamas £29.50 / Cork Mule Slippers £17.50

I love this jacket - so cosy and cool and good to note that although white fake fur jackets aren't always the most practical of colours/styles this one is washable. This dress is great too and would look equally good with summer sandals for a sunshine wedding in the summer time. 

Faux Fur Jacket £65 / Jacquard Print Lined Fit & Flare Dress £49.50

Statement earrings are in at the moment and these are great - because they are black they will go with everything and despite being on the large side are super light and comfortable.

 Diamanté Resin Circular Earrings £15

This is such a beautiful bomber that feels and looks really luxurious. It can be dressed up and down and worn for loads of different occasions - it would make a lady very happy at Christmas.

Embroidered Bird Bomber Jacket £65

This handbag is cool and is a great size - perfect for both work and play. Gloves are always good, especially as it is so cold - these are super cosy, great quality and very warm.  

Faux Leather Chunky Chain Shoulder Bag £35 / Leather Gloves £59

This post is kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencer. I genuinely would give and receive all of these gifts.

BRAND: VILLAGE ENGLAND

Village England are a handbag brand who specialise in leather bags that are designed to last, that are top quality and luxurious but fairly priced.

The handbag designs are practical and really work well, it is obvious they have been thought about with the wearer's needs in mind. I have a Hempstead (in blue) and the first thing that stuck me about it was how practical it is and how well it works - it fits everything i need and is so easy and comfortable to wear.

Village England was founded by Eddie & Julia who both had previous experience within the handbag industry, they spotted the gap between super high end leather handbags and what the high street had to offer and so launched Village England to fill it.

Here they tell us what we need to know, why they launched and what we should buy from them:

NAME OF BRAND: Village England

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: First collection was Autumn Winter 2013

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Eddie Knevett - ex Head of Accessories at House of Fraser, ex-buyer at Harrods, and Julia Dobson - ex UK boss of Celine, LVMH Group

WHY WAS IT CREATED: There was absolutely nothing English between Radley and Mulberry (and at that stage Radley was going down and Mulberry up - things have stabilised!) AND the mid-price market was totally dominated by American brands, who just do not have our love of leathers. Eddie and I knew how to create gorgeous bags, that look, feel and will wear like a luxury brand, but we wanted to deliver it at a price that was not completely insane.  I feel like many women felt they had to spend thousands to get quality because what they were buying for £400 wasn't wearing well. But it's not true, it just that so many bags at £400 are created to sell profitably at a discount. Not us.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: We want to make women happy! We want to create the "best friend"  you have at the back of your wardrobe, which looks great and really works for your life.  Gorgeous leathers, linings that feel luxurious, lots of pockets.  We really think about how the bag will function, as much as the form.  As my mother said; "Good haircut, good shoes, good handbag and it doesn't matter what else you wear"

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: Whatever makes your heart sing.  Buy less often, buy better, and look after them and you'll be handing down your bag to your daughters!

My personal favourites this season - The Haworth, Chelmorton in Leopard, and the Beamish - our best selling bag which we update every season.  Oh and the Wentworth which is a great "normal" purse for cash, coins and credit cards with a chunky pocket on the side which is perfect for your phone and house keys, making it the one "must grab" as you rush out the door (and the wristlet means its safely attached to you!).  For work it's the relaxed Hazelmere tote, and for dressing up the Thurlaston is gorgeous - the clutch we all need in the cupboard for events (and they all have detachable X-body straps so you can wear it as you want).

BRAND: KERIKIT

Kerikit is new brand of luxury changing bags, that will see you from baby back to board room - and everywhere you go in between.  The bags 'Change with you' - see what they did there?

Here is what the founder Keri wants us to know about her new brand:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: KeriKit

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: 7th October 2014, and launched on September 1st 2015

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Keri Jamieson

WHY WAS IT CREATED: to give ladies the chance to look amazing and keep organised whilst being a mother.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: My bags were created from my experience as a designer and buyer but most importantly as a mother of 3 children, two of whom are twins. My designs are made using the finest quality and workmanship and are built to last you well beyond motherhood as they change with you. The Internal removable organiser (IRO)makes KeriKit Bags unique, as once you are done with the IRO, you can remove it and you are left with a gorgeous oversized bag perfect for business or an overnight stay.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: If you are having twins then Keri Jane is perfect. If you want to look glamorous then Charlie Pony is the Prince charming of Handbags and will turn heads wherever you go.

BRAND: BELL & FOX

I am a big fan of bags - i love all different styles and shapes.  I usually have a few everyday bags on the go that tend to be cross body bags or shoulder bags - i look for ones that go with everything but are a bit different, are great quality so they last, are practical and i only invest in one if i love it.

I recently discovered a new leather bag brand called Bell & Fox - the bags are super good quality and the designs are classic but also modern. These would be good investment bags that would last a lifetime.  I love the round one and the fox one.  

Here is what Sarah the designer and founder of the brand says about them:

NAME OF BRAND/COMPANY: bell&fox

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: first collection launched for AW15

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Sarah Edwards

WHY WAS IT CREATED: After completing a degree in Footwear & Accessories Design back in 1992, I have worked as a designer and buyer for a number of brands including Clarks, TopShop, Monsoon, Reiss and Radley to name just a few. Having gained over 24 years of experience, I had a ’now or never’ moment to start my own brand!

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: bell&fox is a new brand, a new collection of contemporary, luxurious leather handbags and accessories designed with a British spirit, for the woman with effortless style. Launched in AW15, I wanted to channel my years experience within premium accessories design to form my own brand. Inspired by my passion to create a modern collection of leather handbags and accessories, combining style with function to form a collection of accessible luxury, bell&fox was born. Clean lines and great quality combined with functionality are the definition of bell&fox. I love effortless style that works with our now more relaxed way of life and dress code, and have drawn on my British heritage and passion of vintage silhouettes and detailing to create a range of luxurious leather bags and accessories that can be worn on any occasion. As your hardest working accessory, quality and function are key – my bags are made in full grain leather with interior mobile phone and tablet pockets designed for a modern lifestyle.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: I love designs that are versatile, and work! My Wristlet Clutch works as a clutch both with or without the wristlet, then with the wristlet removed can be used as an iPad mini or kindle case and also as a pouch for make-up or all of those bits and pieces that I seem to need to carry around. My Fox Bag works as a cross body bag, and also as a wristlet clutch – mine has had many many outings over the last few months! My Canteen Bag is a good enough size to fit what you might meed for an average day. My Bucket Bag recently held my purse, keys, phone, snacks, water, tissues and a jumper for a day trip out with my niece and nephew – its like the tardis! And my Hobo has a slip pocket inside for an iPad for those days when I need to go to carry even more. Whilst I sometimes need my large purse to carry all of my cards and nonsense, my credit card purse if perfect for when I only need a few cards, notes and coins. Can you tell I love them all?!