The Ballet News Christmas Edit
The Royal Ballet’s Lauren Cuthbertson is an ambassador for the Pandora charm bracelet seen in the above photograph.
Symbolising meanings that enable women to express their true inner self and beliefs, the collection of 24 sterling silver charms feature symbolic materials, colours and patterns that represent key values such as joy, trust, passion, confidence, love, courage, faith, wisdom and many more.
The slender sterling silver PANDORA ESSENCE COLLECTION bracelet features the signature PANDORA lock and is the perfect backdrop for the collection’s expressive and ornamental charms. Charms slide and secure onto the bracelet thanks to a new innovative solution based on a flexible silicone grip built inside the sterling silver core of each charm.
It is a little bit fiddly to put on, but it’s beautifully weighted and was extremely popular – and noticed – during the shoot. It’s a great Christmas gift idea because it’s different and you can personalise which charms you add so that the bracelet has significance for whomever you’re giving it to.
One of the lovely things about Christmas is decorating your surroundings and filling your home with candles. The Lily Flame candles I’ve chosen for this shoot are winter-themed, with evocative names such as Jack Frost (frozen toes, ruby nose), Snowfall (Drifting Down Without a Sound), Winter Garland (Frosty Berries & Evergreen Leaves), Frankincense & Myrrh (precious Gifts from the East), Fairy Dust & Holly Hill (A Wild Winter Berry Mix).
As the scents infuse the air you can experience the soft, sweetness of Snowfall for yourself. A particular favourite, along with Fairy Dust, these candles really do evoke the smells of your imagination. They come in tins and glassware, in different sizes depending on the space you have. They are long-lasting, burning for between 30 – 40 hours depending on the size. With such lovely packaging – the colours and the script – they make thoughtful and creative Christmas gifts.
For a very long time I’ve been recommending Bloch’s Warm-up Boots, which are utterly brilliant for use indoors, but it’s only recently that I’ve found a similar boot that equals that brilliance and can be worn outside. There are lots of sheepskin boots on the market and it’s taken some time to choose the best.
Celtic & Co’s Aviator Boot, made in Cornwall, fits the bill perfectly and will easily keep your feet as snug as the Bloch boot. These sheepskin boots have a chunky zip which makes them very easy to put on (an important feature, because some boots without zips can be a devil to get on), and an immensely thick wool lining that is both comfortable and insulating. The boots come in sizes 3-9 and two colours – Distressed Black and Khaki. For this shoot we road-tested the Distressed Black version and can report that the boots didn’t sag and were super-toasty and comfortable. The distressed finish is a nice twist on black and really brings the boots to life. You can roll the top down to expose the dense wool inner, or leave them tall to keep your legs warm. Nobody wanted to hand back these boots!
These have been far and away the best boots I’ve tested in this style, their value reinforced by the fact that they were also tested by a Chiropractor who made certain that the boots were supportive of the feet and didn’t interfere with correct spinal alignment. The Celtic & Co Aviator Boot is £145 and during Christmas the company has promotions so please follow the link to see whether discounts are available at the time you choose.