Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Michael Kors vs Apple Watch–the Best New Smartwatches for Glamour Girls

The best smartwatch for any girl who’s still attached to her ‘watch as jewellery’, as I am, has to be one that looks more or less like a watch but operates as a smartwatch.  And there have been – and still are - far too few of those although new smartwatches are appearing from Fossil, Emporio Armani, and new top of the range smartwatches from Frederique Constant and Tag Heuer although the latter are still very masculine.

Take a look at most of the smartwatches on offer and they’re either obviously a piece of tech, or they’re too masculine in style and I don’t go for either, although the Apple Watch  in its new iteration with its proliferation of colourful straps and watch faces is almost there for me and I never thought I’d say that. 

Michael Kors Connected SmartwatchMichael Kors Access SmartwatchApple Watch Series 4 with gold aluminium caseApple Watch Series 4 with Rubber Strap
Guess was one of the first brands to launch, with Guess Connect, a smartwatch which actually looks like a regular watch and is clever with it and I’ve liked it from the start.  As far as the reviews are concerned it’s more watch than smartwatch but it’s still well worth looking at.

Michael Kors reinvented the smartwatch for girls who want the tech and the glamour to go hand in hand without breaking the bank.  So you can have your fitness tracking, notifications and alerts, plus a changeable watch face, at a reasonable price.  This will not be, again, the smartwatch at its very tech best, but frankly if I was in the market for one right now this is almost certainly the watch I would go for.
Tag Heuer Connected Rubber and Titanium SmartwatchFrederic Constant SmartwatchArmani Exchange SmartwatchMichael Kors Access Sophie Smartwatch
Apple has five times the share of the market of other smart watches, which makes the rest, quite frankly, also-rans, however as I’ve already said, if you don’t want that tech look (or you’re not into Apple) you’ll either stick to your existing watch or go for one of the other smartwatches here.
Emporio Armani Leather Strap SmartwatchKronaby of Sweden Connected Smartwatch with Leather StrapGuess Connect Hybrid SmartwatchFossil Venture Touchscreen Smartwatch
If I were considering giving a smart watch to someone as a gift I would need to know which they were likely to love, and make sure that they could change it if they wanted to.  After all, no matter how much you love leopard print they might not want to wear it on their wrist year round.  Guess Connect’s leopard print watch with sparkles is a fun watch, nevertheless…..

By the way, if you search for ‘the best smartwatches of 2018’ inevitably most of them will be firstly designed to be fitness trackers and secondly watches – but we’re talking about watches as jewellery here, after all.

Monday, 10 December 2018

The Ultimate Pampering Gift Guide for Glamour Girls

Most girls love to be pampered, and Christmas is a great excuse.  You can, of course buy a gift voucher for their favourite salon so they can choose for themselves, or you could choose one of the pampering gifts below.

My only advice is to have some idea of what brands they love to use already, or their skin type, so that you don’t buy the wrong thing.  Otherwise I don’t think you can go very wrong with something gorgeous and special in the beauty field.  Having a daughter who loves to be bought for I know these things.

Clarins Body Care Gift SetHourglass Ambient Lighting Gift SetDiptyque Scented CandleBecca Ocean Jewels Eye Shadow PaletteDe Sebagh Eye Primer LiftBy Terry Baume de Rose Lip CareBobbi Brown Extra Repair Eye CreamElemis Lime and Ginger Salt GlowGuerlain Radiance ConcentrateLime Crime Hot Stuff Brush Set
Clarins Gift SetLancome Advanced Genifique SerumBenefit Blush BarBobbi Brown Effortlessly Pretty Eye Cheek and Lip KitMolton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper Bath and Shower Gel
I don’t know any girl who doesn’t love to be pampered, at any time of year, so these are suggestions for makeup, skincare, luxury body products and scented candles from a variety of my favourite brands.
Guerlain Shalimar Body LotionUrban Decay Backtalk Face and Eye PaletteCharlotte Tilbury Magic CreamMiller Harris Tangerine Vert Scented CandleCharlotte Tilbury La Dolce Vita Gift Box
Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SerumTemple Spa Truffle Gift BoxEstee LAUDER Revitalizing Supreme instant facialTrish McEvoy Face  ShapersClinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Red Wine Glasses and Decanters–Gifts for Wine Lovers

Someone asked me recently if these really could be counted as gifts, as others than the recipient would be enjoying using them, however I’m of the opinion that anyone who enjoys wine probably (almost certainly) enjoys sharing, and so yes, these make perfect gifts for wine lovers.

The conundrum here, of course, is that most people have wine glasses and many have decanters.  Many use one shape – different sizes, possibly - for both red and white, but if you’re drinking a red and you want to get the best of it you really need a bowl shaped glass and a decanter designed to help wine open out.

So this is my choice of red wine glasses and decanters.  Incidentally you can, if you want to, buy varietal specific red wine glasses such as shiraz, burgundy, merlot but bearing in mind most people use one or two glasses for everything these would be a good choice – a wine buff will tell you that these are typically pinot or burgundy glasses but they are great for most red wines and most people don’t own them.

Zalto Burgundy Wine GlassA by Amara Red Wine GlassRiedel Old World Pinot Noir GlassSchott Zweisel Burgundy GlassesElia Motive Burgundy GlassesNude Stem Zero Red Wine GlassesRiedel Red Wine GlassRiedel Veritas Red Wine Glass
Coloured glass doesn’t work if you’re a wine buff or serious wine lover because they want to be able to see the colour of the wine they’re drinking – funny that - and I personally don’t particularly like having my red wine in a tumbler.  Give me a modern red wine glass with a bowl shape so that I can sniff, sip and taste the wines as they’re meant to be.  The eight above are perfect for just that.
Zalto Mystique DecanterGeorg Jensen Wine CarafeRiedel Hand Made Lead Crystal large DecanterNude Balance Wine DecanterLSA Wine CarafeSchott Zweisel DecanterZalto Axium Decanter 2Le Creuset Wine Decanter and Aerator

Many don’t have these quite specialised glasses which is why they make such great gifts, as do modern decanters.  The problem is how many glasses do you give?  Two? hmmm, difficult.  Four?  Much better.  Then you may even get to use them on a visit.  Happy Holidays…..