Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Day 20 - Sweet Candy

SOLANGECreated by the acclaimed jeweller, this is a heady mix of sweet candy and patchouli with a fresh top note of bergamot with rose, jasmine, labdanum, treemoss and heliotrope. Musk and vanilla bourbon base notes create an addictive, animal attraction.

£145 from Solange Azagury Partridge

Day 21 - UK Beauty

union jackEstee Lauder lucidity translucent pressed powder compact. Union Jack enamel and diamante.

£50 Estee Lauder

Day 21 - Neon Immersion

rolf sachsRolf Sach's Neon Immersion, is a borosilicate glass coil, filled with neon, immersed in a blown borosilicate glass bottle filled with water.

Edition of 7 P.O.A. Rolf Sachs

Day 22 - Space Rocket

space explorerFasten your rocket boosters! Hurtle across the solar system looking for planets to probe and alien civilisations to aid. Blast the imagination into space with this rocket replica. This wooden rocket comes in fourteen easy to assemble parts to build and paint.

Makes 1 rocket

Finished size: Height 285mm x Width 80mm

£14.99 from The Little Experience

Day 22 - Victorian Beauty

Basia ZarzyckaFor beautiful hair accessories, including vintage and the more unusual, look no further than Basia Zarzycka.

This Victorian haircomb is priced at £446

Day 23 - Spy For The Day

Spy Games ExperienceIn this experience, one will learn the essential skills required to conduct a secret agent operation, and how to use specialist spy equipment; covert cameras and UHF radios, bugs and listening devices!

You'll fire automatic pistols and sniper rifles, de-activate bombs, throw axes, learn skid car techniques, and some martial arts for when you 're cornered by enemy agents!!

The experience starts at 9.30am with Arrival at the stadium where safety briefings and issuing of all equipment will take place.
In this fun packed experience, you will engage in activities such as:
Driving skills
Weapons Training
Drive-in pistol
Upon booking, the recipient will recieve a map with directions, but more importantly, the Spy Games gift pack, with a Spy Games 'Passport ' and Camera (genuine-disposable)!!

£215 from Buy A gift

Day 23 - Jewellery Tree

treeThis jewellery tree, designed by Louise Christ, is made of a high gloss, polished aluminium, which withstands extensive use and has the necessary weight to carry your jewellery without tipping over! It is just as beautiful and sculptural as it is fascinatingly simple. Not only will it look great on your dressing room table, but you can also see at a glance your rings, bracelets, chains and earrings for choosing from.

h14 w6 d25cm

£29.95 each from Wrap It

Day 24 - Boxing Clever

Bill AmbergBill Amberg leather punch bag and bowing gloves.

modern reproductions of timeless classics

hand made

vegetable tanned cow hide leather

will age beautifully

height approx. 80 cm

weight 23 kilos

Punchbag £195, gloves £80

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Day 24 - Wild Flowers Book Sculpture

Su BlackwellPaper has been used for communication since its invention; either between humans or in an attempt to communicate with the spirit world. Su Blackwell employs this delicate, accessible medium and use irreversible, destructive processes to reflect on the precariousness of the world we inhabit and the fragility of our life, dreams and ambitions.

It is the delicacy, the slight feeling of claustrophobia, as if these characters, the landscape have been trapped inside the book all this time and are now suddenly released. A number of the compositions have an urgency about them, the choices made for the cut-out people from the illustrations seem to lean towards people on their way somewhere, about to discover something, or perhaps escaping from something. And the landscapes speak of a bleak mystery, a rising, an awareness of the air.

£1,000 from Su Blackwell

Friday, November 30, 2007

Day 25 - Mummy's Little Helper

kitchenMy Little Kitchen Set

I baked this especially for you! Fun sponge cake and a pink gingham apron in a lovely enamel tin saying my little kitchen.

£25 (currently reduced to £18) The White Company

Day 25 - Lotus Lighting

LotusDesigned to make a dramatic statement in any room, these breathtaking centrepieces are like sculptural works of art. Simply hang one over an existing bulb to create the impact of a chandelier. 100W max.

Large (H:55xDia:55cm) £350

Medium (H:35xDia:35cm) £275

The White Company

Day 26 - Japanese Cherry Blossom

shu uemuraShu Uemura re-introduces the collection of iconic Japanese bath oils that originally launched over a decade ago. Featuring a unique oil formula that leaves skin soft and hydrated, Pleasure of Japanese Bath is Shu Uemura's expression of the Japanese bath tradition -- a focus on purification, well-being and sensuous pleasure. Available in four traditional Japanese fragrances (Hinoku, Sakura, Shobu and Yuzu), each inspired by nature.

Contains essential oils that soften and hydrate skin. Unique cleansing oil technology allows bath oil emulsion to maintain skin moisture. 200mL

Day 26 - Elite Brigade

HelicatThe Hellcat Combat is presented as a limited edition variant of the second and final generation of the Hellcat series. The Combat features a design specific hand ported and polished head design, special camshaft grind, returned intake system, which harmoniously result in a 12% gain in rear wheel horsepower and a 4% increase in rear wheel torque. Front and rear camshaft compression and rebound suspension rates are recalculated for superior handling, more detailed feedback and increased ride control.

A new sport seat and Combat specific finish completes the machine. The result is an exotic balance of power and beauty. A discreet "Combat" insignia is engraved on the outer primary machined aircraft-grade aluminun plate.

£40,000 number made 20 from Confederate

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Day 27 - Making Sure Your Man Smells Good

SpaceNKSpace NK
Man Collection

This boxed set includes a Space NK Man 100ml Eau de Toilette, 150ml Body Wash, 200g Soap and 100ml Shave Cream loaded with botanical plant extracts to calm and soothe the skin.

£68.00 from Space NK

Day 27 - Sleeping With Jellyfish

SafariJellyfish are the ultimate executive stress-reliever in the Far East. One of the hottest tickets in town is a night at the Enoshima Aquarium, not far from Tokyo. Scientists have proven that looking at jellyfish stimulates the release of relaxation hormones, so hundreds of stressed execs now enter a weekly lottery which allows 30 people to eat, practice yoga and sleep in front of the jellyfish tanks.

Hire from £2,500 London Aquarium

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Day 28 - Compact Disc

CHAUMETChaumet's gold charm necklaces adjust from baby to adult size. Available in 6 styles: boy, girl, clover, bee, tiara and heart.

£320 from Chaumet

Day 28 - Mint Tea

maidenGold is such a strong story for interiors at the moment and these Moroccan tea cups and saucers are so pretty and perfect for after dinner coffees and hot drinks. I have a collection of them displayed on a shelf in my kitchen and when the light catches, it's the perfect way to introduce a bit of 'bling' to your interior.

Cup size 8 cm high, saucer 10 cm diameter.

£12 from Maiden

Day 29 - Silver Softness

Wallace SacksThe passion for all things metallic and shiny continues and makes this silver metallic leather cushion right on trend. 40 cm x 40 cm

£35 from Wallace Sacks

Day 29 - Why Should Your Kids Have All The Fun?

Porsche DesignPorsche has taken inspiration from the classic toboggan and come up with an aluminum masterpiece. It folds up, concertina-style, and zips along on aerodynamic runners.

Exclusive design. Aluminium frame with stainless steel runners. Innovative folding mechanism: no loose parts, ready for use within seconds. Exchangeable robust nylon seat in red or black (both included in package). High-quality protective carrying bag. Approved by German safety standards agency [TÜV].

£210 from Porsche

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Day 30 - Play To Win

Leather Scrabble SetThis scrabble set, £999, by Pickett, is beautifully made in leather and wood. Not just the ideal gift for you man, it's a winner for you both.

Available in 4 colour schemes:
pale blue pigskin
black cherry pigskin
pink pigskin
orange pigskin

Day 30 - Perfect Hair

Louis VuittonNever have another bad hair day with the Louis Vuitton inclusion hair clip GM. Made from resin and golden brass.

£120 from Louis Vuitton

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Day 31 - Ring O'Roses

Lydia Courteille18k Yellow gold flower ring. The ring is made up of 28 sapphires, 62 diamonds, and 24 tsavorites. The engraved flower is pink jasper. The large enamel flowers sit around the frame of the ring amongst the diamonds and sapphires.

An exquisite piece that stands out against anything else. Always have a flower with you.

Lydia Courteille £5,160.00 available from Browns

Day 31 - Gingerbread House?

SpaceNKDiptyque was founded in 1961 by three friends who had been trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and in house decoration, Desmond Knox-Leet, Christiane Gautrot and Yves Coueslant.

They first produced their own printed fabrics and then began importing to Paris the most renowned English perfumes. In 1963 Diptyque started producing a series of scented candles which soon gained world-wide fame. In 1968 Diptyque produced its first toilet water, l'EAU, based on a XVIth century pot pourri and clove pomander recipe. This was to be followed by other creations, which came as toilet water or soap as well as a rare and sophisticated toilet vinegar. Boxes in a sober design with elegant lettering and stylish drawings at the unmistakable hallmark of Diptyque products.

New for 2007 the Diptyque Gingembre Candle (sweet, warm aroma of ginger, honey, spices, woods and citrus fruit). £40 available from Space NK

Also new for 2007:

Encens (woody herbal blend with myrrh, resin, benzoin an incense)

Epicea (leaves, pine, resin and wet birch bark mingle in a base of vetyver, cedar and sandalwood.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Day 32 - Lights, Action.......

A9 KeyringTurn on the radio, TV, or lights the moment you step in the door, or switch everything off as you leave at a press of a button. Bang & Olufsen's A9 Keyring is a miniature remote control with simple and effective operation. Manufactured in stainless steel, the smooth polished surface highlights the material´s natural colours and is hardwearing. Press AUDIO to switch on the radio, or press VIDEO for the TV.

A single press on LIGHT will switch on the lights in the room. Each source can be switched off individually or all at once, leaving your home entertainment and lights on standby for when you return.

from Bang & Olufsen

Day 32 - Little London

Bombki BaublesBombki was born in 2001 and draws on a wealth of tradition. Head of Design, Michael Peterson BA, personally oversees the creation of each new bauble design from conception to final piece.

Taking each design through several stages from a painstaking first clay model to the perfectly finished glittering glass bauble. Their baubles are designed in England and manufactured by skilled craftsmen in Poland. Michael and his wife Zaneta have family connections with the factory that manufactures the baubles, adding to the special care taken with all of their designs.

It hasn't taken long for Michael's designs to be noticed and he has now designed baubles for many clients .. from Sir Paul Smith to Saint Paul 's Cathedral. always on the look out for new ideas and inspiration Michael's witty and pretty designs have become instant collectibles.

Even the packaging is desirable as each bauble, or bauble collection, comes in a beautiful wooden presentation box - making postage (and gift wrapping) an easy task. New designs are always being created.

from £11 available from Bombki

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Day 33 - My Favourite Department Store

Selfridges & CoSelfridges has virtually everything under one roof and this year the most amazing Xmas window displays.

Go on, you know you want to treat yourself..........

Day 33 - Msambweni

MsambweniMsambweni means the land of Sable Antelope on Kenya’s South coast.

Msambweni house is in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on the beach surrounded by 28 acres of natural land. The house offers 700 feet of private beach along a tropical 4 mile white, sandy coastline with palm trees where guests can really feel at one with nature. It stands on a 40 feet high cliff and is safely surrounded by a typical coral wall.

Msambweni house is luxury uncompromised. It’s a family owned and run exclusive house with three spacious and luxurious suites in the main house, one villa and a luxury tent.

The house has probably the best infinity pool ever (25 meters) and its winding jetty ends in a perfect sundowner spot on a cliff overlooking the big Indian Ocean where guests enjoy pre-dinner cocktails under the African sky and the sound of lapping waves.

Main House
The main house features high ceilings, has three spacious, luxurious ensuite rooms with private verandahs. The décor is of Swahili orient with fine finishes in chalk white and all the linen is pure white cotton.

Lamu Villas
Not far from the main house are two Lamu villas well appointed with their own swimming pools and Jacuzzi facing the sea.

Luxury Tent
And for a ‘wild’ alternative, they have a luxury tent.

All the rooms have a Lamu bath, shower, Lamu sinks, air-conditioning, a safe, king size beds, satellite television, free minibar, hairdryer, mosquito nets and a big terrace to relax and enjoy complimentary daily massages if you choose.

Day 34 - Jewel Coloured

Alberta Ferretti - Philosophy - EditorialsTrump the LBD in a jewel-coloured silk cocktail dress.

£600 from Alberta Ferretti

Day 34 - Solid Perfume Daisy

SephoraEnter the world of Daisy: fresh and feminine, with a playful innocence. At the heart of Daisy is a floral with vintage edge: violet. Sophisticated, with a touch of whimsy, violet captures the eclectic, vintage flavor of Marc Jacobs' feminine, edgy designs.

Always elegant, always enchanting - but not too serious - Daisy is a sparkling floral bouquet, spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth. This limited edition ring is classic yet youthful, containing a solid perfume that you can apply any where, any time.

Notes: Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.

£20 Selfridges

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Day 35 - Never Miss An Important Date

5 year diaryNever miss an important date with this gorgeous Five Year Diary by Smythson. It comes complete with a lock so all your secrets will be safe. The cover can be stamped with a name to create the perfect personalised present.


From £200.00

Day-per-page (two-days-to-view) diarist’s diary not year specific, hard bound.

• Smythson White Wove watermarked paper with a silver gilt edge.

• Bound in Smythson goatskin with FIVE YEAR DIARY silver blocked on the front cover.

• The diary runs from 1 January to 31 December, but is not year specific.

• Each page is feintly ruled with 5 darker lined divisions on each page to allow for daily entries over a 5 year period.

• Silver colour lock and key.

• Satin ribbon marker and end-papers lined in moire silk.

• The diary cover can be silver-stamped with a name or initials.

• Presented in a tissue-lined Nile Blue gift box.

• Dukes size 7.5" x 5.5" / 19 x 14cm

Day 35 - Neglected Novels, Diaries, Short Stories & Cookery Books

persephonePersephone prints mainly neglected fiction and non-fiction by women, for women and about women. The titles are chosen to appeal to busy women who rarely have time to spend in ever-larger bookshops and who would like to have access to a list of books designed to be neither too literary nor too commercial. The books are guaranteed to be readable, thought-provoking and impossible to forget. They are sold mainly through mail order, through selected shops and they have their own shop.

59 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1N 3NB

(nearest tube stations Russell Square and Holborn).

Their titles include novels, short stories, diaries and cookery books. They are all carefully designed with a clear typeface, a dove-grey jacket, a 'fabric' endpaper and bookmark, and a preface by writers such as Jilly Cooper, Adam Gopnik, and Jacqueline Wilson.

'The answer to a present-giver's prayers.' Vogue

'There are cute books, there are beautiful books and then there are Persephone books.' The Irish Times

'What unites all the books is their timelessness. The writing is fresh, psychologically accurate, frequently moving and funny.' Daily Telegraph

'Oh, the bliss of Persephone Books!' India Knight, The Shops

All books are £10, or 3 for £27

Day 35 - Online Discount £10, £20 or £30 John Lewis until Midnight 26th November 2007

JOHN LEWISPromotion Code XMAS10, XMAS20, XMAS30

John Lewis

Day 35 - Mail Order, Instore Discount 15% OKA / RAPT until 6th March 2008

RAPTPromotion Code HBVP07



Monday, November 19, 2007

Day 36 - Day to Evening

lautnerIts size makes this a great day-to-evening bag. it even has hidden accessories, like an inner pen pocket and detachable key fob. Anya Hindmarch 'Lautner' handbag.

Black patent leather bag with bronze trim and gold hardware. Anya Hindmarch bag has a designer embossed plaque on front, a strap across top with large hooks on end, a concealed magnetic fastening and black suede lining.

Product Code: 23384

£555 from Net A Porter

Day 36 - Classic Vamp

bittersweetFor the trendsetter, Bittersweets (New York) have designed a necklace aimed at the man in your life.

Solid silver necklace which moves as you move. Two garnets are set in the top fangs, which bear the taste of your last victim.

Approx £240 from Liberty

About The Artist

Bittersweets NY was created in 2002 by a girl who used to work at a foundry, welding and finishing art for famous people and housewives. In order to pay expensive NY rents she found a warehouse in Long Island City where she could live cheaply and still bike to work. The ground floor was home to several night clubs that switched from topless, to full nudity, to salsa, on a rotating basis. After 2 1/5 years living there-to avoid comparisons to Flashdance and a coked up neighbor, she moved from her spacious 1200 square foot studio, gave up sculpting and her foundry job, and started making jewelry in her new tiny apartment.

The idea behind Bittersweets NY is making something exquisite out of the everyday objects and designs that are taken for granted. Why reinvent the wheel? The first project, Bloodlust Princess, was a matching necklace, beltbuckle, tiara and mini ashtray set based on the design of the dollar store Vampire Teeth available once a year for Halloween. Of the four items from the orignal set, the Classic Vamp Necklace, now cast in solid sterling silver, is still in production. The sterling silver Heart n Dagger was inspired by true love, of course. And the Maggot and Earthworm series stay within the ideology of borrowing a design from another tried and true source...nature. Bittersweets New York opened a retail shop on Broadway in Brooklyn. There you can find all sorts of bittersweet surprises including one of a kind pieces. Stop in, if you dare

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Day 37 - Wall Lamp

pistilloThe Pistillo chrome-plated wall lamp (diameter 62cm) the ideal light fitting for enhancing any room.

£420 from Habitat

Day 37 - Shaking All Over

rattleFor the perfect christening, new baby or first Christmas present. 100% sterling silver bunny rattle.

£150 from Asprey

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Day 38 - Sloes

sloe ginJonathan Curtoys is one of the new breed of wildlife-friendly farmers. He worked as an environmental lobbyist before joining former business partners Julia and Richard Brown on their farm.

The first plan was to set up a breakfast cereal business, but Curtoys wanted to encourage wildlife on the farm so the hedges were left to grow and given a two-metre margin of land to protect them. It was only then that Curtoys realised how many blackthorn hedges there were and had the idea of turning the sloes (ancestors of wild plums) into gin. "It almost happened by accident," he says. "The breakfast cereal business didn't do well and it's ironic that the wild food did."

By 2005, three years after starting Sloe Motion, there was a 40 per cent increase in breeding birds and the butterfly species count had risen to 21 - the highest in Yorkshire. "Not cutting the hedges has given us a crop for free as well as being massively beneficial for wildlife," says Curtoys, who now also buys sloes from local farmers and is planting more hedges.

As well as its sloe gin £14.95, Sloe Motion makes sloe vodka £14.95 and whisky £14.95, and also produces chocolate truffles £8.95 and chutney £3.95. There are plans for a sloe coulis and a fruit cheese in the not too distant future.

Day 38 - Wooden Programmes?

wooden tvThe surround might be natural Swedish beech, but the LCD TV inside is anything but wooden. HD-ready with a high-end 1,000:1 contrast ratio and split screen display.

£995 from wi5

Friday, November 16, 2007

Day 39 - Is This The Most Expensive Xmas Bauble In London?

baubleDepartment store Liberty has claimed it is selling Britain's most expensive Christmas decoration - a £395 bauble in the shape of a grand piano.

Designed by New York jeweller Jay Strongwater, the bauble is made of handblown glass.

There is also an egg priced at £250 and a teddy bear at £195.

Day 39 - Breitling Emergency

breitlingThis is the adventurer's watch - inside is a radio beacon which, if activated, will broadcast on an emergency frequency.

It's worn by mountaineers, sailors and pilots worldwide.

Sir Richard Branson once used his to initiate a sea rescue.

£3,420 from Breitling

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Day 40 - Decks Appeal

cardsBeautifully etched in stainless steel, this outrageous set of Stainless Steel playing cards are the jet set of card play. They come on a large steel sheet that looks so good you'll probably just want to mount them on the wall as a cool 'objet d'art', but if you want to actually play with them, just press them out of the sheet and you'll have possibly the most exclusive and beautiful deck of playing cards on the planet.

A finely etched deck of 54 stainless steel playing cards with zebra stripe back
Mounted in sheet form for display or can be permanently removed for play
Modern interpretation of classic English face design

Each card - 8.7 x 5.6cm (standard playing card size)
Each sheet - 46 x 31 x 0.02cm

£195 from I Want One Of Those

Day 40 - E.vil

e.vilNew York based label e.vil is famed for it's ironic and cheeky T-shirts. The jumper versions in cashmere are a must for any female's wardrobe.

£235 from Bunny Hug

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Day 41 - Holistic Driving

brainThe a2om academy takes a holistic approach to life behind the wheel. Pupils fill out a psychometric test online, then a programme is individually tailored to suit their behavioural needs. Simulators test responses in risky situations. Pupils keep driving diaries, have e-lectures and take lessons in dual-control Audi A3. There is also vital post-test mentoring.


Full Course - Delivered at home and/or at School or University

A complete driver education programme for novices encompassing in car, online and in class lessons, the DSA theory and practical test and a post test mentoring programme that delivers post test motorway, night time and adverse weather training. From an initial psychometric evaluation a bespoke curriculum is prepared for each student ensuring that upon graduation from the academy not only will they be safer drivers but also have a more detailed and thorough sense of the road and the issues drivers inevitably encounter whilst driving.

Graduation from this course offers life membership of The a2om mo2a Club, as well as Royal and SunAlliance insurance discounts that would save approximately £1000 per annum on own name insurance for the first three years.

£2,500 inc. if paid in advance, or a £300 deposit followed by 11 instalments of £210.00 (£2610. inc. in total)

Post Test Course - Delivered at home and/or at School or University

A course dealing with all aspects of road driving and driver behaviour post test when for the first time the newly qualified driver is alone at the wheel. Using online and in car lessons this programme covers key crash risk scenarios and develops coping strategies. Designed to build upon technical skill proficiency the post test course aims to mature the driver's attitude to the road and increase overall awareness and responsibility.

£1750 inc.

Conversion course

Now available to those who have already started the process of learning to drive or have already taken and failed a DSA test. These courses are priced on the basis of an assessed drive with one of their Senior Educators.

Day 41 - Twisting The Night Away

corkscrewThis glorious Vigneto wine opener is of Italian design and manufacture. With its ergonomically designed handles, opening a bottle of wine has never been so easy. An extremely handsome and sturdy wine opener finished in satin and matt black.

superbly engineered

Italian design and manufacture

Teflon coated screw for easier extraction

Replaceable worm

Inclined guiding rack

Variable leverage angle

Ergonomic handles

Luxury presentation gift box

To keep your Ghidini Vigneto wine opener in tip top condition, hand wash in soapy water.

£99.95 from Style Cook Shop

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Day 42 - Flights of Fantasy

icarusThe Icarus is an absolutely stunning light, the latest creation from designer sensation Tord Boontje.

Gigantic, lightweight and delicate at the same time, it is made from various layers of polyester. It comes with a cone-shaped plastic safety protector, which prevents the material from coming into contact with the light bulb.

Flat-packed for quick and easy assembly. Maximum lamp rating 60 watt. Drop approx 78cm.

The idea for the Icarus started as an experiment with cutting paper to create a dimensional form for light, discovering a structure with overlapping feather shapes that resembled a swan's wing. The end result is very romantic, delicate and absolutely dreamy.

£58.50 from Dutch By Design

Day 42 - Hip Louis

louis royerCognac is now a hip drink for young clubbers, and Louis Royer is leading the revival. This £99 XO (Extra Old) blend is a gentle introduction to the spirit.

Available from The Drink Shop

Monday, November 12, 2007

Day 43 - Ultimate Shaving Experience

shavingCollezione Barbiere - the art of elegant shaving, with a twist of Italian style.

Brush & Razor Stand £330.00 from Acqua Di Parma

The beautifully designed stand holds both the pure badger hair brush and the shaving razor - a sophisticated combination of burnished brass and fine wenge wood.

Day 43 - Accessorise Your Man

psmithBring a touch of seasonal fashionability to your man's outfit with a choice of accessories.

A long scarf is as dandy as it is practical in the winter, can be worn both casually and formally.

Paul Smith £45.00

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Day 44 - Green Fingers

mia woodFor those of you with green fingers, these beautiful, and handy Bradley's quality Rosewood Handle Secateurs are a must.

£33.00 Mia Wood