From irresistible scents and dreamy destinations to exciting reads and indulgent treats, Jessica Chipman picks out 10 things we’re loving at Luxe HQ this season…
Winter Kitchen inspo…
The Christmas Pantry
Indulge in The Christmas Pantry, a lavish hamper crafted for sharing with loved ones. Ideal for giving as a gift, or for stocking up for those impromptu Christmas gatherings, this generous basket includes over 20 irresistible items, such as a variety of wines, as well as sweet and savoury snacks, all beautifully arranged in a handily reusable wicker basket.
Pampering this winter with…
Neom Organics London Perfect Night’s Sleep Magnesium Bath Milk
Imagine a bath that feels like you’re cocooned in a warm fluffy blanket, filled with fragrant bubbles that evoke the festive spirit. Infuse the water with the sweet aroma of English lavender, chamomile and patchouli. Allow the feeling of tranquillity to wash over you, maybe light a candle to enhance the ambience, or play your favourite festive tunes.
Close your eyes and breathe in the comforting scent, feel relaxed and at peace. This is the perfect way to unwind during the Christmas chaos.
300ml, £40 johnlewis.com
Best. Christmas. Ever!
Every Christmas, Jackie sends a boastful holiday newsletter that makes her old college friend Charlotte feel like a lump of
coal. When a twist of fate lands Charlotte and her family on Jackie’s snowy doorstep just days before Christmas, she seizes the opportunity to prove her old friend’s life can’t possibly be that perfect.
Starring Heather Graham, Brandy, Jason Biggs and Matt Cedeño.
Photography so good it looks like the front of a Christmas card! Andrew Sturdy is a North East based photographer whose expert camera skills result in the most spectacular landscapes and seascapes. Be sure to give him a follow to see more astounding images of our breathtaking region.
Food, packaging, decorations, and gifts are essential parts of Christmas, but they also have a significant impact on our planet’s wellbeing.
Christmas often seems to be a season of excessive consumption, taking a serious toll on our environment. However, there is reason for optimism. Rima Ahmed introduces us to a dedicated group of Christmas enthusiasts who offer a solution to a question we’ve neglected for too long: Can we celebrate Christmas sustainably?
Perfect winter scent…
Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense
Jo Malone is the epitome of Christmas fragrance, and allows you to customise your signature scent by either wearing alone or layering with another to create a personalised aroma. Treat yourself or a loved one this Christmas because let’s be honest, we all get excited when we see that cream and black box!
100ml, £150 fenwick.co.uk
Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti – Dolomites, Italy
If you’re dreaming of a proper white Christmas, this is the answer. What could be better during the winter than waking up to crisp white trees and an untouched blanket of snow on the ground? Lefay Resort, with its woodland setting and stunning architecture, seamlessly imitates the splendour of the Dolomite peaks.
The interior design incorporates wood, stone, glass, and leather to complement the mountainous landscape, while the floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the sun sets, the enrosadira – the pink glow of the Dolomite mountains – illuminates the sky, and guests can enjoy the warmth of fire pits around the pool and terrace, creating an unforgettable experience.
A Winter in New York by Josie Silver
What better way to welcome the cosy winter evenings than with a warm cup of tea in one hand and a good book in the other? Snuggle up under a cosy blanket besides the fire and open the first page of A Winter In New York.
The story follows Iris, who arrives in the city of dreams, intent on restarting her culinary career, and leaving her recent heartache behind. Wandering the streets at a famous food festival, Iris feels like she’s living in a movie. Then she stumbles upon a gelateria that looks strangely familiar. Inside, she meets Gio: a perfect leading man with an irresistible smile – and a crisis of his own.
In our basket…
Seymours Home Goodwill GLT Poinsettia Tree Topper
Having a beautiful decoration at the top of your tree is an essential finishing touch to your Christmas decor. The Poinsettia tree topper from Seymour’s Home is unlike traditional tree toppers like stars or angels, adding a modern touch to your decorations. It’s crafted to resemble the beautiful and iconic poinsettia flower, which is known for its vibrant red and green leaves that are often associated with the holiday season.
“Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room.” Nora Roberts