19/11/2009

Christmas shopping for... The Luxe Addict

I know most of us won't be shopping from this list but there is no harm in dreaming a little bit. These are my finds for those for whom the normal gifts just won't do, those who live in a life where money is never an issue. I usually give the price of the items I quote here but this may be a bit too eye-watering even for the coolest kids amongst us, so I'll use a little code instead:
Under £1,000: £
£1,000 to £5,000: ££
£5,000 to £10,000: £££
Over £10,000: ££££



1. Kelly Pochette Addicted: A Kelly Pochette is a must have if you appreciate Hermès craftsmanship and like timeless design. I am lucky enough to own one in calf leather, and it is a beautiful piece. One little step further is the shiny crocodile version. It comes in all kinds of colours (another good thing about Hermès) but my favourite is black.
Like all Hermès purses this is difficult to get and you can't just click through http://www.hermes.com/ and order one.
Go to a Hermès boutique and enquire.
Approx. price: £££


2. Paradise Rehab Facility: For castaway luxury, look no further than Mnemba Island. This tiny retreat lies off the North East coast of Zanzibar, and is inhabited only by the guests (in total no more than 10 couples) and the staff... think private tropical paradise. No shops here (although the internet connection is still very good, making all my Online Treasures a click away.) The dazzling beaches invite you to laze away in the sun whilst the reefs surrounding the island provide truly spectacular diving.
Check it out on http://www.andbeyondafrica.com/
Approx. price for a short week for two incl. flights: ££££



3. The Keys to Luxe: I don't know what it is about key charms but I find them completely enchanting and the collection launched by Tiffany's last year allows us all to take this small simple shape to the luxe level, through elegant retro and celtic inspired designs, which come in silver, gold (white, pink and yellow), platinum, and even in diamond pavé. There are some very affordable models starting around £150 but the way to sport these I believe is to stack them together, ideally around 3-5 keys is the perfect number.
There are available with their chains on http://uk.tiffany.com/
Approx. price (from): £


4. Walking in Luxury: Everytime I see these babies in a magazine or at the shop it takes a lot of restraint not to whip out the credit card and just buy them. These are the kind of shoes an accessories lover would put on display in her house, not store away in her shoe closet. These shoes take the mix of fierce and beautiful to the next level, with the swarovski embellished satin cut-outs. I'm in love.
On NaP and at the Walton Streeet Giuseppe Zanotti boutique.
Approx. price: £



5. Bespoke Sniffing: For something ultimately unique and personal I suggest you turn to Miller Harris and their bespoke perfume service. This service allows you to create your own fragrance together with Lyn Harris, and you receive your very own unique scent in a gorgeous engraved bottle after three months. It doesn't get any more luxurious than this!
Call the Miller Harris Bespoke service on 0 207 221 1545
Approx. price: £££

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