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I’ve mentioned before about my love of buying gifts for my nearest and dearest, and one spot which has really impressed me this year has been High Street favourite Boots. It would be too easy to write off the ‘chemist’ as somewhere to pick up something on a last minute basis, but in fact, their offering is both varied and seriously impressive. They also have some gorgeous little home wear bits and bobs, which are perfect if you’re looking to treat yourself or someone close.

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I’m sure you’ve all heard about the Zoella drama which kicked off about her much anticipated advent calendar, but one of the line up which I feel has been overlooked is the Catching ZZZ’s Cosy Night In Set. Containing a cute little cable knit covered hot water bottle as well as a sleep mask, its a lovely little addition to any winter nights in you might be planning! The hot water bottle, complete with pine green faux fur pom poms is adorable – I love popping it into bed on cold nights so I don’t need to deal with cold sheets! It’s surprisingly grown-up considering it comes from the Queen of Tweens, so I’m sure anyone on your list would love to wake up to one of these on Christmas morning!

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The second part of the set is the super soft eye mask, which comes complete with rose gold lash appliqué. It’s a cute little addition to the set, and the fabric it’s made from is incredibly soft, so it won’t tug on delicate skin. The strap is elasticised, so it should fit most people, and I have to say, I’ve slept with it on for the past few nights, and I’ve woken up refreshed, with no danger of a headache! The Catching ZZZ’s set is also a fab choice if you’re looking to bulk buy presents – it’s part of Boot’s 3-for-2 offer, which lets you pick up a third of your presents for free (and don’t forget those Advantage Card points!)!

Zoella Catching ZZZ’s Cosy Night In Collection is priced at £20 and is available here.

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When I heard that Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols was the first store in the UK to launch brand new British-made brand, Shackleton, I couldn’t wait to pop in to have a look. The newest addition to the store’s menswear department is a special 6 week pop-up, and it’s the only spot in the country to get up close with the brand.

If you’ve got a man to buy for this Christmas, I’d heartily recommend checking out what Shackleton has to offer. Inspired by the exploits of the iconic explorer, you can find everything from cozy merino scarves, to stunning parkas.

All of the pieces have been designed to perform under the harshest of circumstances – the arctic? A volcano? No match for the Shackleton items. The pieces are absolutely stunning too – the beautifully knit sweaters are a favourite, as are the fur-trimmed parkas!

As a specialevent to celebrate the launch, Scottish adventurist Aldo Kane was in-store to chat both about the brand and his incredible experiences. Previously a sniper with the Royal Marines, Kane has gone on to be called ‘the next big thing in adventure.’

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Getting to hear about his experiences was so interesting, and he also gave some insight into how he deals with the stresses and strains his adventures wreak. (Pro-tip: think strategically and compartmentalise)

On the 26th November, you can watch Kane on BBC 2 in Operation Volcano – where he will be sporting a Shackleton ‘Kane’ jacket during the programme. It survived weeks in action – so I’m sure an Edinburgh winter would be no issue at all!

You can find the whole Shackleton range (and the Kane jacket) here

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When it comes to entertaining, I’m not going to lie, I get really into it. I think it started back at uni, when there so few places to go in town, that we had to create our own entertainment. Through the years I’ve had a lot of practice – from formulating menus, cooking the food and inviting the right mix of people, I just think it’s so much fun!

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No matter whether it’s a casual lunch with a few close friends, or if it’s something which is a little larger scale, I like to keep my eye on the details. Pretty china, beautiful glasses and some flowers make the whole event feel special. I tend to keep it as simple as possible – a couple of colours, and a delicious menu. I also like to figure out numbers as soon as possible.

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When I’m planning a bit of a do, I like to think out my guest list first – a good mix of friends old and new, and give them as much warning as possible. To do this, I’ve been absolutely loving using Paperless Post. It’s all the fun of stationery shopping, but with none of the bother of the Post Office.

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On the site, there are literally hundred of invitation options. Whether you want to send an old-school invitation, or you’d rather just opt for a correspondence card, Paperless Post have your back. They have pieces from some of my favourite brands including Crane & Co and Kate Spade. Everything is completely customisable too – so you can send invites which match with the whole theme of your evening.

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Sending your invites couldn’t be easier – after customising your cards, you simply add in your friends’ emails and click send. Then you can trace when people open your invite, and see when they confirm that they’re coming. It’s one less thing to worry about when you’re planning a gathering (and the cards are so much fun to receive!) and they can even let your guests know who else will be there!

Paperless Post isn’t just for events though – I’ve been sending a variety of their cards rather than just regular emails – and everyone has been loving them! They look so much nicer than a regular email, and they are so much fun to create too!

You can see the whole range of invites, cards and announcements at Paperless Post.

*This post was published in cooperation with Paperless Post, but all thoughts are my own*

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A few weeks back I was invited to a secret event at Edinburgh’s Dominion Theatre. All I knew is that we’d be watching Baby Driver and that it was being held by RBS. That was it. No hints, no tip offs – just an invite and a whole lot of mystery. So, when we sat down to watch the movie, still intrigued by the night’s premise and the video below popped up, it’s fair to say that the whole cinema of people were shocked to say the least.

It’s easy to share so much of our life online – Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are easy to update, and who knew that hackers could use the information we willingly put up for such dark purposes? The insight was a shocking one (although I was rather happy about how little information they found on me!) and it’s a good reminder to be careful about what we post online. Not every subscriber is here for the reviews!

(And the movie? It’s a great one – go and see it while it’s in theatres!)

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When it comes to getting my hair done, I am probably the most boring person in existence. I just want my hair to look as shiny and thick as possible, so it’s always ‘straight, glossy with a bit of volume please.’ I can positively feel the creative juices of hairdressers dying when I stroll in.

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So, when I popped into the West End branch of Edinburgh hairdressing icon Cheynes, I was blown away with how lovely the whole staff were. I was taken through to the back of the salon to have my hair washed, and enjoy a head massage. Then, once my ends had been suitably pampered, it was through to the front, where I got one of the best bouncy, glossy blow outs in the city! All the staff were exceptionally polite, chatty and upbeat, and it was exactly the thing I needed to enjoy my evening out!

Blow Outs at Cheynes start at £29 and you can find out more about Edinburgh West End

www.edinburgh-westend.co.uk/

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