Wednesday, 24 November 2021 14:22

Ultimate Gift Ideas Guide For A Sustainable Christmas

Before the shopping frenzy invades your thoughts on the run-up to Christmas Eve, we have a gift for you. Find the joy of giving with our sustainable Christmas gift ideas guide 2021 edition. For you, to make your life easier, and for the people who matter in your life.

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Fashions Finest team has been busy browsing the net for unmissable independent and sustainable Christmas gift ideas. Piled up under our virtual Christmas tree, you will find presents for your family, including kids, your loved ones and your cosy home.


From stocking fillers to gifts of love - or why not, self-love - have a look at our Christmas gift ideas until your lightbulb lits up!

Stocking Fillers Galore!


Society Socks

Sock Society Socks Xmas 21

It is not a joke: why not fill a stocking with more socks?
Socks are probably the least given item yet they are everyday essentials. Society Socks was founded based on this simple fact and to provide socks to people in need. Every time you give a colourful pair of socks you are also making a gift for someone you do not know but needs warmth and love. Society Socks has fun socks for both men and women, bundles for men, customised socks and subscription boxes.

Discover Society Socks selection online.

PROCOAL

Procoal stocking fillers

These egg-shaped solid soaps and exfoliators are the next big thing in town. Pop a soap or an exfoliating bar in your friends' stockings. With their unisex formula, PROCOAL Cleansing Eggs will be a fun discovery. They are also cruelty-free, natural-based, 100% vegan and eco-friendly, so they will be very much appreciated by the eco-warrior on your Christmas list.

Find them online at procoal.co.uk. Price ranges from £8.99 to £9.99.

In just three steps, PROCOAL Get The Glow Collection gift set promises glowing skin under the Christmas tree. This skincare set contains three full-size products (70ml x3) to introduce you or a lucky one to a cruelty-free and gentle routine with a resurfacing Glycolic Face Wash, a double-action Exfoliating Face Scrub, and a brightening Pink Clay Mask.

Find it online at procoal.co.uk at the retail price of £24.99.

teapigs

teapigs christmas teas

These days, the air is filled up with many festive fragrances: sweet, spicy, happy. Being a very cold time of the year, nothing beats a cosy evening under the blankets with a warm drink and a Christmas film. Make sure to add some teapigs seasonal teas and winter warmers to your Christmas gift list. A sip of glühwein tea creates the right atmosphere.

Find more online at teapigs.co.uk  with gift ideas starting from £1.75.

Hairslydz

Hairslydz Hair bands

Hairslydz Luxurious Soft Luxe by London hairstylist Andy Smith is an elegant kit that you would likely keep for yourself. We cannot blame you! Created by a hairdresser for his clients, this set consists of 7 hair accessories comprising scrunchies and a headband in pure black silk with a gift box.

Find this set online at £49.95 for a limited time only.

Farm Girl

Farm Girl Serum and mask set

In her grandpa's apple farm in Essex, Sarah Jane - an aesthetician passionate about facials and massages - set up her 'beauty farm'. Farm Girl Retinol + Niacinamide Serum (£48) is a treatment with two of the most looked for ingredients in skincare. Rejuvenating, perfecting and strengthening, this serum can be your BFF's best friend. Do not forget, its formula is cruelty-free and vegan, and it has an adorable packaging.

Visit Farm Girl online.

No Secrets

No Secrets Min Home Spa set

What is the secret to 'me time'? No Secrets!
The 'Mini Home Spa' is the perfect gift for those who really need to unplug. The kit, a portable spa, contains two of the brands' award-winning bath jellies, a hand butter and a soy wax votive candle. All the products are suitable for vegans and naturally based. No Secrets Mini Home Spa comes in a delicate gift box and it is available in two scents: ‘One’, fresh & uplifting, and ‘Four’, sensual & calming.

Find it online at NoSecretsBeauty priced £23.

Gifts For Him And Unisex


Shakeup Cosmetics

Let's Face it Skincare products for men

'Let's face it', men pay attention to their skin and not just to be picture-ready. To brighten your special one's face, Shakeup Cosmetics proposes it Let's Face It travellers set with three products from the brand's hybrid cosmetic range. You can build this kit yourself with any shade of Let’s Face It BB Tinted Moisturiser and of Eye Eye Captain Under Eye Concealer. Add the Lip Life To The Full volumising Lip Gel; receive the faux leather Toiletry Bag for free, and leave your gift under the Christmas tree.

Build your kit online at ShakeupCosmetics for only £57.

IKON

Ikin perfumes 2021

Iconic perfumes are a Christmas classic and they surely make a great impression. Why not try an alternative to high-end scents this year? IKON is the sustainable scented gift made socially and environmentally friendly. IKON EDP's natural elegance is in its minimal package topped with Manchurian ash wood caps and its gender-neutral blends of notes. Find a signature scent among the 6 Eau de parfum forming this exclusive vegan collection.

Sold exclusively at TheFragranceShop at £60 each.

Gifts For The Little Ones


KIDLY

Kidly Kiddies clothing

It could be the first Christmas of your son, daughter, niece or nephew: make it special! Kids' clothing is a must and also a very welcome gift for the parents. Fashions Finest's next destination for all things kids is KIDLY, a store for those aged 0 to 5. KIDLY is a platform where you can find several brands and KIDLY's own label. The shop has been created by a fashion insider dad, James Hart, to provide parents with an effortless shopping experience. James and the KIDLY team listen to parents for precious feedback so you know you can trust your eyes. These three functional and stylish picks from the KIDLY label are made with organic cotton and a comfortable loose fit will be surely worn and loved to bits.

Find the whole KIDLY collection online  (Click here for the bandana, the organic easy sweatshirt, and the organic easy joggers)

A Special Sign Of Love


AURUM

Aurum Jewellery

Jewellery is another Christmas cult classic. You can fill it up with a special meaning, tell a story and say how much you love someone with a piece of jewellery. This time our eyes are all for AURUM by Guðbjörg. For her 34th collection, Basalt, the Icelandic jewellery designer has been inspired by the 'landscape of explosive energy' of her home country. Designed and produced in Reykjavik, AURUM uses only recycled gold and silver and ethically sourced gems. BASALT keeps with it the strength and drama of Icelandic nature where basalt pillar stones are thought to be trolls and moonstones are believed to help communicate with the spirits. Go for AURUM by Guðbjörg for ethical jewellery that speaks of faraway places and magical stories.

Discover AURUM online

Gifts For Her: Beauty

If you are wishing for a beautifully radiant Christmas, here is a selection of skincare, makeup and well-being sets that just need to be wrapped.

Environ

Environ Christmas gift set 2021

Environ suggests its curated festive collections to pamper the skin and listen to its needs. We recommend these three kits for the body and face. Shall we start with Environ Body Essential Set, a luxurious selection that features the new Body EssentiA Tri-Complex Contouring Cream, bestselling Vitamin A, C and E Body Oil and an Alpha Hydroxy Derma-Lac Lotion.

The Healthy Skin Set delivers a complete skincare routine of powerhouse formulations with essential vitamins and antioxidants. In this kit you will find Skin EssentiA® Mild Cleansing Lotion or Low Foam Cleansing Gel, Botanical Infused Moisturising Toner, Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser and Youth EssentiA® Vita-Peptide Eye Gel, a complimentary Focus Care Youth+ Tri Biobotanical Revival Masque, and complimentary discovery sizes of Even More Sun Care+ RAD Shield Mineral Sunscreen and Focus Care Youth+ Tri-Peptide Complex Avance DFP312 Moisturiser.

The Skin Luxury Set is the right one to discover ENVIRON quality or to travel with your favourite treatments. The limited-edition travel bag includes full-sized Youth EssentiA Vita-Peptide Eye Gel, the bestseller, and Focus Care Radiance+ Intense C-Boost Mela-Even Cream, plus deluxe-sized Focus Care Youth+ Tri-Peptide Complex Avance DFP312 Moisturiser, Focus Care Youth+ Tri Biobotanical Revival Masque and Body EssentiA Vitamin A, C and E Body Oil.

Shop these sets exclusively at Harvey Nichols, priced respectively £82, £181, and £120

Advanced Nutrition Programme

Advanced Nutrition Programme skin beauty sets
Many times we hear that 'beauty starts from within'. This is so true that Advanced Nutrition Programme says ‘Your Future Skin Starts From Within™’ thanks to its science jam-packed supplements. For Christmas 2021, the brand has launched two festive skin duos featuring a new multivitamin called Skin Vitality, which delivers 28 smart nutrients in a one-a-day capsule for skin, hair, nail and body. We recommend Luminous Future Skin (£50) for skin that needs oomph and extra glow and Healthy Future Skin (£80) for very dry skin, particularly during this cold season.

Find more about Advance Nutrition Programme online.

PROJECT LIP

Project Lips gift set 2021

Hung the mistletoe and get ready for kiss-giving with PROJECT LIP. This beauty brand from Manchester is an expert in lip plumping products that do work. Give yourself or your best friend a PROJECT LIP plumping lip colour, gloss or three-step kit for lips that will never fear the cold, the wind or an unexpected kiss.

Find PROJECT LIP products sold in kit or separately from £3.95 to £24.95 online.

Soinvogue

InVogue Christmas Eco-friendly gifts 2021

Handy tools never go out of fashion. Soinvogue just put on its virtual shelves new gift sets and eco-friendly beauty tools from brands we trust like So Eco and BrushWorks.

Browse and shop your favourite at Soinvogue.

jane iredale

jane iredale Dazzle and Shine Collection

Bring back the glitz and glam with jane iredale Festive season 2021 Dazzle and Shine Collection. The skincare makeup brand launched its new vegan and cruelty-free sets for a glowy holiday look you can customise day to night. Do not miss the limited-edition and super versatile Dazzle and Shine Eye Shadow Kit, the Line & Define Brow Kits to complete the look and the Holiday Dazzle & Shine Mini Lip Trio. The latest is an exclusive preview of the next year's launch, the HydroPure Hyaluronic Acid Lip Glosses!

Available online priced respectively £45, £47, and £25.

Dr Jackson's

Dr Jackson day to evening

Award-winning Dr Jackson's, nominated 'Eco Brand Of The Year', is a science-led skincare and tea brand that cares about the environment down to every ingredient. With one of Dr Jackson's kit, you are not only making a healthy and sustainable choice but also supporting the farmers' communities in Zimbabwe where the key ingredients, baobab and kigelia fruit, are harvested. The Day to Evening kit follow your skin 24 hours to protect and replenish it with the best Africa's nature offers us: kigelia, baobab, marula and shea butter to name a few.

Find the set online at Dr Jackson's Skincare, now at £60.

Dermatology M

Dermatology M illuminating set

Where Chinese medicine meets skincare, there stands Dermatology M. The world leader in traditional Chinese medicine skin treatments awaits with its Christmas 2021 kits. The Illuminating Icons Set features two bestsellers from its range that fit nicely in anyone's winter skincare regime: the Rose Otto Rejuvenating Cream and the Zi Cao Run Chun Gao lip balm. You cannot go wrong with Dermatology M; its formulas are suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive and upset.

Find Dermatology M festive kits online. The Illuminating Icons Set is now at £70.

thebeautyworX

the beautyworx

If you are looking for effective yet affordable skin solutions, then thebeautyworX is here to help. The brand raises the flag of 'Clean Beauty', so you can be sure your skincare gift is high-performing, gentle and natural-based. You can choose among the Essential Face Serum Collection, the 3 Step Skin Solution, and the Day And Night Duo. Every product has 90 to 95% of natural and ethically-sourced ingredients, mostly vegan. You can cut the price but never on quality!

Find the collections online with prices from £12.99 to £17.99.

ALTERNA

Alterna replenishing moisture caviar hair care set

Caviar is a very expensive festive delicacy you would instantly associate with grand balls and endless tables laden with exquisite taste. Caviar haircare is real and a true luxury. ALTERNA goes beyond ordinary haircare and celebrates the holiday season with exclusive gifts of self-care. The Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner comes in a ready-to-give box and is for every hair type. The duo will protect colour and give new vitality, strength and hydration to dull, dry hair.

Find the full catalogue and official retailers online.

Indie.

Indie refill hair shampoo and conditioner

You already told all your friends how you successfully switched to an eco-conscious life, now they can do that too! Indie., the beauty start-up, has a brilliant idea for Christmas, an introduction to sustainable living. The Starter Duo has everything one needs to get started and save with bottles for life, shampoo and conditioner of your choice. Once your friend runs out, he/she can buy a new Refill and keep the green ball rolling.

Buy online with prices from £15 to £25.


Gifts For Her: Fashion


Picture Organic Clothing

Picture Organic Winter Coats

Back in 2008, a group of three French friends joined forces and creativity for the environment. Knowing that the textile industry is responsible for around 8% of carbon emissions, they built a sustainable label using organic cotton, linen, recycled textiles and bio-polyester made from... cane sugar! More than half of its outwear is made with this natural sweetness. To stay warm and stylish, we found out that the MURAX JKT is a very flattering jacket to give this Christmas. Plus, it can be worn alone or under another coat for extra protection.

Find more eco-friendly outwear and sportswear online.

Asquith

Asquith Yoga wear

Active and loungewear make great gifts for your BFF. Look for Asquith, the ethical fashion brand based in London which uses 100% of upcycled material. We have created a comfortable outfit with the Be Calm Sweatshirt (now £42) and the complimentary joggers as a reminder to stay focused, relaxed and happy. Comfort and quality are not optional! These two pieces are made with organic cotton and elastane.

Browse Asquith catalogue online.

We like presents with meaning and real purpose, with quality that lasts longer than the festive season. If you are like us, your lightbulb is now fully switched and you are for gift-giving and shopping. Get ready with pens, cards, ribbons and wraps to spread joy and your love this year again.

 

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Tuesday, 09 November 2021 09:11

Summer Tips: How To Choose The Perfect Caftan

The caftan is a perfect garment for warm months. Scour the beach or the resort you are staying in for the summer, and you will find a woman in comfortable, breezy, and flowy caftan attire. But this summer garb is so versatile. You can dress it up and be suitable enough to wear to a party. You can also match it with fitting pants and shoes, and it would be good enough as office wear during the hot summer months.

If you want to look trendy this summer but do not want to compromise on comfort, you should consider wearing a fabulous caftan.


Here are some top tips to help you choose the perfect one:

1. Go For A High-Quality Brand

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Caftans are supposed to make you feel effortlessly chic. So, if you want to look your best without sacrificing style, you better not skimp on cost. Getting this attire from internationally known brands that specialise in this summer fashion staple may be more expensive. But you will not regret your decision because you will surely enjoy your quality caftan for many years to come.

For example, if you are looking for a classic but fashionable style, you may want to consider shopping for luxury caftans by Natori. This global fashion company is known for its silk and cotton tunics, robes, and caftans that are lightweight and made notable by their bold and beautiful designs.

2. Buy For Your Size

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One mistake that most ladies make when selecting a caftan is not buying for their built and size. This type of summer attire is typically loose-fitting to let air circulate freely inside the garment, so you will feel comfortable during the warm season. Hence, even if the caftan fits, if it does not give you the ability to move effortlessly, then the size may not suit you. Once you have found a caftan that perfectly fits your body, you will forever want to include it as one of your go-to travel dresses for summer, along with a wrap-around dress and a backless mini dress.

3. Know Your Purpose

As mentioned earlier, caftans are excellent summer attire because they are adaptable. Some Hollywood celebrities even wear caftan-inspired gowns during red-carpet or awards nights. In the 2021 Emmy's, Elizabeth Olsen wowed the crowd with a trendy but straightforward white caftan-esque gown designed by her sisters. So, wearing caftans for various occasions - even formal ones - is doable and appropriate.

For example, suppose you are going to a beach wedding and want something comfortable but still classy. In that case, you should consider buying a caftan made of luxury fabric like silk. Remember to pick one with bold and elaborate colours and designs. However, if you want to own a caftan just because you think they are stylish, then you can pretty much pick any design, colour, and fabric you want.

4. Match With Your Available Accessories

Young beautiful african american woman standing wearing elegant colorful caftanPhoto: Adobe Stock

If you want to look classy effortlessly, buying a caftan made of excellent quality fabric would be preferable. It may be more costly, but you can save money on other fashion items. In other words, splurge on the caftan itself and not on added fashion accessories.

For instance, always consider what accessories and shoes you already have when choosing your summer caftan. So, instead of buying a new pair of sunglasses or new shoes to match your attire, it would make more sense to search for a caftan design and colour that would look perfect with the accessories you already have in your wardrobe.

5. Mind The Length

Couture Black Silk Embroidered Caftan Black by Josie Natori 80114.1630611824Photo: Natori

You should also have the length in mind when buying a caftan. By doing so, you do not need to go to a dressmaker to have your garment altered. Fortunately, caftans come in various lengths and sizes, so you will find one that is ideal for your purpose.

So, if you want caftans for casual and loungewear, you can pick one with a short or medium length. You can even use short caftans to work if you pair them up with leggings or slim-fitting jeans. However, if you are eyeing to use this go-to summer garb for a formal party, you may want to get a floor-length caftan or one that can at least reach your mid-calf. Remember to dress everything up with a small clutch and beautiful jewellery.

6. Know Your Fabric

The most common fabric used for caftans is cotton because it is breathable and ideal for hot and humid weather. However, you can also find some made from rayon, satin, or even wool. That said, if you want to feel elegant and luxurious, pick something made of silk. Just feeling that smooth and silky fabric touch on your skin would already make you feel like a million bucks.

Conclusion

Caftans are a versatile summer outfit you can wear anytime and for any occasion. However, if you want to feel unique and fashionable, you should take the time to choose the right one for your body type, purpose, and accessories you already have in your closet.

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