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In the grand scheme of things, modern life throws us many problems not easily solved.

World hunger, child exploitation, environmental disasters .

You get the idea

Fortunately other issues, like that ugly selection of grubby phone and laptop cables you have plugged in around the house, are far more easily addressed.

Cue the team at Le  Cord, a Stockholm based business established in 2013 who have designed a premium selection of Apple certified charge and sync cables.

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Featuring an eclectic mix of materials including textiles, leather and wood, current combos include white leather and wood, rose gold, and braided hot pink.

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If only all problems could be so easily solved.

Free worldwide shipping available.

www.lecord.se

 

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Screen Shot 2014-12-20 at 7.46.00 pmThere are a number of achievements deserving of a celebration.

Graduating university, a milestone birthday, procreating and …….. finding the perfect perfume.

Whilst the whole university thing is essentially only a matter of bunkering in with the books and a milestone birthday only requires you to, well, stay alive, sourcing your signature scent is no easy task.

For the last three years I have been juggling three businesses, started to renovate my apartment,   completed a course on the other side of the world and been on a mission to find my ideal perfume.

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In a role a little like a Glamorous Goldilocks, I have found many options that have not quite been the right fit. Some look great in the bottle and slip in seamlessly on my bathroom benchtop but there was something missing.

And don’t me started on the celebrity scents. Let’s just say, if you’ve got a bottle of Kim K’s latest collection on your dresser that’s all I need to know about you.

So without further ado, I am pleased to introduce my newest addition to my beauty regime –     Mojave Ghost by Byredo Parfums.

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Earnestly described as an Oriental Floral fragrance, its non technical combo is a mix of musk,     violet, sandalwood, magnolia, and cedar.

It’s also unisex which guarantees it steers clear of that “too sweet for its own good” feature of many of today’s collections.

Sure I may not have started on my tax,  my kitchen floor is yet to be finished, and I have a major writing piece due far too soon, but I do now have a signature scent.

For 2015 at least.

 

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As regular readers will appreciate, I believe packaging forms  an integral part of the gift giving process.

Key to this is picking the right gift wrap.

In making this decision my Christmas wrap preferences are a little like most supermodels – chic, attractive but not overly bright.

Here’s my Top 10 Picks this festive season

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Copper metalic wrapping paper 

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Marble Wrapping Paper

 

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Screen printed gold polka dot paper

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Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 1.41.27 pmRegardless of my geographical locale, to me, the festive season is all about snowflakes and snowmen, winter sleighs and roaring open fires.

So as I crank up the air conditioner to somewhere between glacial and arctic temperatures. here are a few of my favorite all white goodies to get me in the Christmas spirit.whiteselectionfinal

 

1/Air Waffle Towels

2/PS Courier Shoulder Bag

3/Peri Large Bowl

4/Birkenstock Arizona Sandals

5/Advent Christmas Card

6/White Bikini

7/ Diptique Candle

8/ Classic Jersey  t-shirt

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Sure there’s the whole religious thing, but for many of us the Christmas break means a time to rest, relax and  …. travel.

So with your destination locked it, plane seat allocated, and hotel selected, it’s time to talk travel accessories.

Much like the little black dress of any stylish woman’s wardrobe, the carry on piece forms the       foundation of the savvy traveller’s ensemble. Sure the suitcase is important but, let’s face it, it spends much of its time in the cargo section of the aircraft.

I prefer to go with basic black – a very forgiving travel shade – and save color for accessories like luggage tags and passport wallets.

Here are my current 5 favourite carry on bags –

 

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2/Mansur Gavriel Backpack 

3/Mulberry Holdall

4/Bonastre Weekender 

5/Mulberry 24 Hour Bag

Now for some perfect accessories in basic black, neutrals and the most beautiful blues.

 

 

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Jack Spade Leather Top Dopp/Clare Vivier Document Holder/Luxe City Guides/Smythson Panama Notebook/Lightweight Scarf

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Leather camera strap/Cashmere socks/Headphone Case/Cashmere Travel Throw/Ginger Flight Therapy/Trip Case and Notebook

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Replenishing Face Serum/Cashmere track pants/Personalized Eye Mask/Leather Luggage Tag/Headphones

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Happy travels !

 

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They dream of sets of shiny copper pots.

They fantasize about the latest ranges of stainless steel utensils.

They view Nigella as the only real Spice Girl.

They are the modern day food goddesses and their kitchen standards are hideously high.

Reveling in the foods of the festive season, these fickle females love only the best and can be almost impossible to buy for.

Help, however, is at hand.

I have selected some of my favorite products that are sure to impress even the hardest to please Donny Hay in Waiting –

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Details – Ravioli mold with roller/Ravioli stamp/Gold Pie Serving Set/Gold Cheese Knives/Porcelain condiment dishes/Porcelain Cake Plate/Kitchen Apron/Syuro Tin Cans

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We all want to give fabulous gifts.

Those gifts where the recipient is blown away by your style, creativity and superior talents in the gift giving genre.

You see, we all start off with great intentions – the flicker of an idea in August that re-emerges a week before Christmas with no recollection of the exact website you saw it on. Or a retailer whose time frame can only accommodate a January delivery.

Epic fail on both counts.

But, rest assured, there is hope.

We are only in early December so there is still time to attack that gift list with gusto, with no geographic restrictions, and plenty of time for pre Christmas deliveries.

I’ve managed to locate 15 fabulous gifts, all under $30*  (many waaay less) without leaving my laptop. Oh, and did I mention all my finds are sourced from ONE store  – anthropologie.com !

Yep, a modern day Christmas miracle.

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Limited edition monogrammed mugs/Vika Sky Serving Tongs/Aurum Desk Clip/Gilded Cornet Bottle Opener/Gold Wreath Studs

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 Baking Cookbook/Calligrapher Canape Plates/Soap Dishes/Foot Cream

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Calligrapher Plate/Leather Pencil Case/Cities Calendar/Dr Seuss French Book/Monogrammed Cocktail      Napkins

* $30 is US30

Images sourced from anthropologie.com

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I have a confession to make.

There’s something that I, and millions of others around the world, love to do.

Usually alone, preferably late at night and with a soundtrack ranging from Bach to Beyonce.

Like me, you may  even sometimes sneak in viewing a few You Tube videos about it, and keep magazine clippings with tips from the “masters” …

We’re taking about cleaning, right ? Just checking.

Like most modern day women, my life is pretty busy. OK, not running a country or negotiating world peace kind of busy, but pretty chock full of things to do.

One of the few times I can truly switch off is when I clean my apartment. Now, I must hasten to add that my place is not big – one bedroom in fact – but I do have quite a bit of stuff and am very particular about how is cleaned.

My books, for example, need to be gently  taken off the bookshelves and placed on the carpet while I dry dust and then wipe the said shelves.

Equally important in these “shelf sessions” is that the books must be placed back in the exact same order in which they are removed. No exceptions. Oh, and did I mention my book collections are colour coded and that I have more than 300 books.

You get the idea.

It should come as no surprise that, much like in the fashion world,  the right accessories are an integral part of my cleaning regime.

Below are a selection of some of my favourite cleaning products from some of the best in the     business. Not only do they actually work, they look fabulous whilst doing it.

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To finish up, here are 7 of my all time best cleaning tips sourced via everyone from Martha       Stewart to my Year 10 maths teacher.

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Use a lint roller to clean out the bottom of your handbag. Also works a treat to clean bedheads and lampshades.

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Place a sheet of baking paper on top of the fridge or kitchen cupboards to collect dust. Switch out every month.

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Use  a make up brush to clean your computer keyboard.

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Remove the last remnants of wax from your favourite glass votive candle (without damming the glass by trying to pick it out – you know you’ve tried ir) by placing it in the freezer for an hour or two. All wax should then just slide out.

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Sharpen scissors but cutting a piece of sandpaper

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Keep all your hair pins in one place by storing them in an empty tic tac container.

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Use Johnsons Baby Oil to polish chrome bathroom taps. 

Happy cleaning !

Image sources – Wooden clothes drying rack/Utility Black Dustpan/Ergonomic Scrubbing Brush/Dish Detergent and Bleach Alternative/Dish Brush Set/Lambswool Duster/Standing Dustpan and brush/Bathroom Glass Polish/Bathroom Cleaner/Wire Bottle Brushes/Tea Towel set

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Sure you love your kids.

Those cherubic cheeks, that adorable grin, the way they snuggle up to their favorite soft toy

Delicious.

But when those toys start to accumulate ? Not so much.

Weird faces, clashing colors, and an animal species that is almost impossible to determine.

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You want that leather tote you’ve been eyeing off.

By next week.

And you are not leaving your sofa to get it.

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