I was torn (yet again) between two different shades for this post. At the end the gold, as predictable as it is, won because, well, it’s so Christmassy, festive and sparkling and it was one of the Autumn 2012 trends, too.
I also quite like the look of gold as a part of room deco – not to the extremes of massive gilded frames and gold chairs, of course, but a few pretty touches here and there.
The magpie in me adores make-up and beauty products that come in gold packaging because they always feel like little luxuries that can be used daily.
When it comes to clothes and accessories, I prefer the latter, but would never say no to a gold pencil skirt, especially if it was made of beautiful lace or sequins and beads – I just haven’t found “the one” yet.
And as far as the timing goes… Just as I don’t believe in practical presents I also don’t really fuss about receiving them on time. I always pick something for Christmas day and allow myself to indulge during the post-Christmas sales. This strange-to-some schedule helps my inner Russian to have a beautiful treat on New Year’s Eve – this is when we get presents in my native country and that’s a tradition I am used to.
And now my last Gift guide for 2012 (looking at it made me realise that I seem to like bows, too… The Ted Baker Adelina bag, the Oasis note book and ballerinas, even the chocolates… )
Where to buy: 1. Chocolate by Godiva (£15-100), 2. Adelina gold gliter wash bag by Ted Baker at Tucci (£25), 3. 18-karat gold plated cubic zirconia bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane (£178 SALE! Was £445), 4. Gold lace dress by Issa (£483 SALE! Was £690), 5. Honey pot by Michael Aram (£56), 6. Sandalwood and Patchouli Scented Candle by Floris (£40), 7. Leaf necklace by Caterina Mariani (£192), 8. Metallic sweater by Michael Kors (£148.75 SALE! Was £425), 9. Danielle snake-effect shoes by Sam Edelman (£84 SALE! Was £120), 10. Rouge Volupté lipstick by YSL (£24), 11. Zodiac compact powder by Estee Lauder (£65), 12. Mini hearts key ring by Juicy Couture (£42), 13. 18-karat yellow gold star earrings by Marian Maurer (£350), 14. Sphere box clutch by Diane von Furstenberg (£209), 15. Pistol ankle boots in gold metallic leather by Acne (£360), 16. Gold note book at Oasis (£4 SALE! Was £8), 17. Dolce Vita EDP by Christian Dior (£38), 18. Bow gold ballerina pumps at Oasis (£15 SALE! Was £35)
Photo source: Chanel Iman by David Sims in “American experience” for Vogue US May 2010