You just can’t top White Turf in St. Moritz for a luxury treat, unless it’s with a whirl in the Roller afterwards with my dear friend Bill Petrakis. Pucci ski-boots, Ottica Carraro sunglasses and H&M fur (fake) hat top it all off. Christmas is all about treating yourself and your loved ones to.
If you can’t get to St. Moritz any time soon, then any one of these gifts below will make you feel just as glamorous. Here are my top 10 Best Bits for those special someones in your life.
I have a special gift for the first five of you who share this page! Make it all the way down to the end and see what’s in the stocking!
The Best Bits
1. BRAIN CANDY
I do go on a bit about Salon London, but, well, there’s a reason. Voted one of the best things to do in the world by GQ magazine, where else in London can you hear the greatest minds in the Arts, Science and Philosophy speak? All brought together by incomparable Helen Bagnall, Juliet Russell and Diccon Townes. Now there’s no reason not to get a season pass, especially now! If you mention Best Bits Worldwide, they’ll treat you to Artisan du Chocolat No 1 salted caramels at their first Salon of 2016. Salon London Membership £60
2. FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH
If you missed The Century last month, then here’s another chance to relive the fun of Fracas & Freesia. Get Lizzie Ostrom’s definitive book of scents through the last 100 years. You’ll wish it were scratch & sniff! Perfume: A Century of Scent £12.74
3. TRENDY & CLASSY A DEUX
A Hermes Watch is great anytime but, how totally chic is this? A mix of the traditional and cutting edge, I adore how Hermes has taken on the modern world. It has to be the double wrap-around band though! Hermes Apple Watch £1150
4. CALM IN A SEA OF SHOPPING
After too much Christmas shopping, I grab my Ushvani Balm and slather it on. I swear it’s as soothing for my body as my mind with its rosemary, thyme, eucalyptus and menthol. The Ushvani Salon might be just off Sloane Street in London but they ship internationally, so you can fall in love with it too. Ushvani Balm £32.50
5. WHAT EVERY WOMEN SHOULD HAVE
How lovely would these look on any woman? A touch of glam never fails to excite on Christmas Morning. Buccellati has outdone themselves with these diamond and aquamarine drops. Buccellati Blu Bird Pendant Earrings – price upon request.
6. CHOCOLATE FOR THE EYES
Yes, I’ve spelled it correctly. It’s Troffles, not Truffles. These are the prettiest chocolates I have seen in a long time! There they were at the Chelsea Old Town Hall beckoning us in, scrumptious and luscious – just the right combination for your Christmas chocolate habit. Box of Troffles from £10.00
7. THE SCENT OF XMAS
The once-a-year Christmas candles at Dipytque are unmissable. My favorite this year is the Liquidambar – it smells like your christmas pudding is on fire – all cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.
8. NAZIS TAKE OVER NEW YORK – GASP!
I can’t wait to see this new show. Saw the first episode free online and now can’t wait for someone to give me a gift certificate to see the rest over the Christmas holidays! The Man in the High Castle
9. IT’S OVER – BOO HOO
This series could not have been more successful, seen in over 300 million households! Being an old friend of both Lord Fellowes and the author of this celebratory tome, his niece Jessica Fellowes – there was no way this couldn’t be under my stocking! Downton Abbey – A Celebration from £7.99
10. A GIN OF ONE’S OWN
You think you have everything, but do you have your own gin? I don’t usually go for the juniper flavored spirit, but after sipping the bespoke gin they made for the Rib Room London, I am a convert to Mother’s Ruin! Schedule a one-on-one private session, get yourself to their Cambridge laboratory, pick your “palate preferences,” and then order 1 bottle or 60 – it’s up to you how many. Being an old Cantabridgian myself, I love the light blue branding!
My gift to you!
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