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Well, we can’t quite believe we’re only a week away from closing for Christmas – that crept up, didn’t it! Fear not though, there’s still plenty of time to order in time for delivery before the big day (see our last posting dates here) and this is part two of our Ultimate Gift Guide for the Fabulous & Fearless (you can view part one here: gift guide part one).

Quirky Gifts

Boring gifts have no place here and certainly no place under your tree! We know you love anything just a little bit out of the ordinary, so whether you’re adding it to your own wishlist, or buying for a loved one, here’s our round up of our favourite quirky gifts, which we know you’ll love.  Here’s to a fabulously eccentric Christmas!

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If you’re anything like us, you probably haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet.  But hopefully you’re a little more organised that us (!) and maybe there’s just a niggling gift for that really hard-to-buy-for friend.  Either way, we’re here to help! There’s still plenty of time to order in time for Christmas (see our last posting dates here) and this is part one of our Ultimate Gift Guide for the Fabulous & Fearless. 

Gifts Under £30

First up in our Ultimate Gift Guide for the Fabulous & Fearless, is our pick of gifts under £30. If you’re looking for an affordable, unusual gift, then this is the place for you! It’s not always easy to choose a gift for someone, never mind finding something within a budget, so we have curated a collection of simply stunning pieces, all under £30, that would make THE perfect present. 

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Colour is the essence of our interior décor and the platform from which we build our design ethos.  Whether we choose to be pale and interesting, bold and daring, or simply something in between those extremes, it can be very hard to nail down what it is you like and how to go about it.  It’s also one of the hardest things to get right, as not many of us truly understand the colour wheel and its impact on our interiors.  And that’s why I agreed to review ‘Love Colour: Choosing Colours to Live With’ by Anna Starmer.   To be honest, we are quite often asked if we’d like to be gifted a copy of a book to review on the blog, but we never accept unless it’s something we think our readers will genuinely love. I’m personally always on the lookout for good books on colour and the front cover of this one drew me in instantly with its glorious colour combination.

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We’re excited to introduce you to our next fabulous and fearless woman, 24-year-old dual athlete, Mica Moore. Having tried numerous sports as a child from hockey to horse riding, it was at the age of 15 where she found where her talents lie… sprinting. This has seen her compete at various events including the Commonwealth Games for Wales as part of the 4 x 400m relay, where the team managed to place 7th. A national record that still stands today.

However, it was in 2016 that Mica decided to take up bobsleigh in addition to sprinting after a virus struck and her 2015 athletics season was wiped out. But it’s been a successful journey so far. The athlete became World Junior Champion during her first year in the sport with her partner, and they also achieved 8th place at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the best result for British women ever.

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Eating out is not just about the food, we want the décor to be outstanding as well, particularly all you Instagrammers out there, so we thought why not take a peek at some of London’s most inspiring restaurant décor. There’s lots to choose from so this is just a taster of the ones us Audenza ladies found particularly inspiring.

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All that glitters is not gold! Be it real gold, brass or a lookalike we still want some of it in our homes for glamour, richness and excitement. And why not in our kitchens and bathrooms for a real hit of luxe? The quickest way to get that hit of gold to take centre stage is tiles or splashbacks, so we’ve been trawling the net for you to come up with options from affordable to luxe to get you drooling. So, if you are thinking of going over to the gold side in a big way then read on for some inspiration on brass kitchen splashbacks.

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Styling a drinks trolley. Eclectic living room.

When is a drinks trolley not just a drinks trolley? When it’s so beautifully styled it is a thing of beauty to be admired, and not just a bearer of alcoholic drinks. We love our Gold Round Luxe Drinks Trolley for its simplicity, curvaceous shape and its dual purpose as a decorative shelving unit. But don’t just pile on the glasses and bottles so it looks like your local bar – be discerning and create a visual feast by adorning it with accessories that enhance the vignette. Be selective by only displaying the handsome bottles (I’ve recently bought a gold prosecco bottle, I can’t bear to drink the prosecco as the bottle is so gorgeous), your most striking glasses, and then add some pizzazz with other accessories. Here’s my thoughts on how to style a drinks trolley for a glam addition to your interior décor – not definitive, of course.

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eclectic living room with velvet armchair

Velvet furniture is visually stunning (and one of our personal favourites), however it is a unique material, so we’ve put together some top tips on how to care for velvet furniture, to keep it looking its best for years to come.

Why does velvet require special care?

Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric, which can be made from several different types of fibres that are then woven on a specialist loom. The fabric creates a short dense pile, which gives the velvet its unique softness. However, due to its unique finish, it requires a little maintenance.

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It was at the age of 48 that our next Fabulous and Fearless women, Sylvia Mac made a courageous turning point in her life…

At the age of four Sylvia suffered a traumatic experience after falling into a bath of boiling water. Having spent years hiding her burns and tired of suffering with mental health, that was also affecting those around her, Sylvia admirably bared her scares for the first time in her life, and so, Love Disfigure was born. Through passion and dedication, the campaign has helped raise awareness and support others living with disfigurement. Since its humble beginnings back in 2016, Sylvia has met other beautiful survivors, spoken about Love Disfigure on the radio and challenged the fashion industry through swimwear photoshoots.

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When you’re at school, unless you’re a really cool kid, it often doesn’t pay to be an early adopter of trends. I will never forget a particular non-uniform day at school when I was about 11.  Now let me just say that when you wear a uniform to school, non-uniform day feels like your day of reckoning, your chance to show the world what you’re really about and where you REALLY fit in to the social hierarchy.

I, being the try hard, trendy that I was, wore trousers that had a skirt built-in.  Jollied by my mothers assurances that it was about to become ALL the rage, I trotted into school that day with a smile on my face, confident that this look was about to propel me to seriously new levels of cool (I say new, meaning I was most definitely not cool to start with).  It took all of about 5 seconds on walking into the classroom for me to realise that I had made a grave mistake.

Well, my friends, that was my first lesson in trends.  Unless, you’re already cool, trying to start your own trend, with the hope of it catching on, is simply not going to happen.  You need someone cool (or in the case of the real world, a journo, a blogger, or someone with authority) to catch on to it and then you’ve got a chance at it taking off.

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