Christmas trends are changing this year and we want to make sure you’re prepared.
It seems that the Frozen fad is starting to thin and people are turning away from icy colours this Christmas. Peeks, a company that supplies crackers and other decorations, said warmer colours are now back in fashion.
We put this claim to the test.
Whether it’s gifts for friends and family or something special for yourself, from fashion to lifestyle to home, we’ve got you covered. We asked local bloggers to tell us what their Christmas must haves are, and the best part is that it’s all available to buy locally.
As our world becomes more technologically advanced, it is inevitable that the focus will shift to being digital. One brilliant way this has been implemented over the past few months has been the introduction or advancement of apps for local businesses and franchises. One that springs to mind instantly is The Stable, who have branches across the country, but started on the South Coast. Their app allows you to book and pay for food and drink from your phone, without the need to leave your group and stand at the bar, which is a perfect example of technology actually helping real-life social interactions. To encourage the use of their app, The Stable gives you the chance to build up loyalty ‘slices’ simply by ordering through your phone. These can be built up fairly quickly and exchanged for sides, drinks and even full pizzas and sharing boards – win, win!
This season is all about luxe, the use of texture, rich colours and delightful scent is a must for Christmas 2019. A huge trend this year is garlands – a real statement piece. These can be draped over a fireplace, mirror or used as a stunning table centrepiece. I picked up mine from Haskins Garden centre. To create your own bespoke look you can add lights, baubles or berries.
When it comes to tree décor, look for baubles with the wow factor, rich colours and sparkling detail create a decadent look, Haskins have a beautiful range of fabulous baubles.
Not only is it important for your home to look great, it needs to smell great too, use candles to create style and ambience in your home, while also filling the room with delightful scents. A firm favourite of mine are New Forest based Mabel&Alma, stylish candles with a great range of scents.
This Christmas there are a few trends that I am definitely on board with. Fashion wise the puffer jacket is a season staple. It’s perfect for on the go and is probably the most versatile piece of clothing you could own. H&M are one of my favourites for picking up this sort of style, as they do so many different varieties in an array of different colours.
I also love this seasons plaid trend for adding a seasonally appropriate print into your outfit. Plaid printed blazers are still a huge trend and look great paired with an oversized knit, your favourite pair of jeans and a pair of Chelsea boots. Zara have an array of ‘on-trend’ styles at the moment.
Beauty trend wise metallics are always a Christmas favourite. But if you prefer the more understated approach to the trend (as opposed to looking like a disco ball) I would stick to adding subtle hints of metallics into your beauty look. For me nail polish is one of the easiest ways to achieve this! Essie (available at Boots) is one of my all-time favourite nail polish brands and “Penny Talk” is a stunning metallic shade that would be the perfect accompaniment for most Christmas party outfits.
Dorset is home to a thriving community of artisan and award – winning producers. From limited edition gins, to hand-crafted chocolates, you cannot go wrong at Christmas when shopping local. My top tips for a luxurious Christmas full of delicious treats and crowd pleasing tipples are:
Chococo chocolates, handcrafted in Wareham, often use locally-sourced ingredients. These multi-award winning chocolates are as beautiful as they are delectable. Their festive collection contains classics such as the Dorset Oak Smoked Caramel and innovative festive treats including the Fizzy Pudding, combining chocolate with praline, mixed spice, orange oil and popping candy, wrapped into a Christmas pudding.
Artisan gin is ever popular, especially when hosting Christmas get togethers at home. We are blessed to have two incredible gin producers in Bournemouth; Pothecary Gin and BH1 Gin. Pothecary Gin’s Cinnamon Twist is a small-batch for Winter 2019. Served with either ginger beer or chamomile tea, it is sure to warm on a cold Winter’s night. BH1 combines zesty lemon with orange and almond for a light and refreshing gin, served perfectly with tonic and garnished with thyme and orange, for a beautiful yet simple crowd-pleaser.
The Ice Chef is gathering quite a cult following locally, due to her endless flavour combinations and gorgeous ice cream roll serves. The perfect addition to any Christmas party, she offers hands-on (or off if you prefer) private hire. She also has a charming shop in Charminster which is the best place to catch up with friends, whilst exchanging gifts and enjoying the festive period. If you are in need of a pj-clad sweet treat she also delivers. I would highly recommend the Chocolate Orange or Gingerbread Caramel flavours.