christmas gift guide

For the film connoisseur…

I’m not a huge fan of purchasing DVDs for people but I do love buying presents for fellow film-lovers so was thrilled to find out Cineworld have just released their gift box for the holidays to open the magic of the cinematic experience; two 2D or 3D tickets, two regular drinks, one regular popcorn and two Merryteaser chocolates for just £25!

The idea? Share more magic with Cineworld. Grab your Wizarding World-loving pal and present them with the gift box and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Cursed Child wrapped up in a Hogwarts hoodie (surprisingly easy to do and adorable as the sleeves can easily be fashioned into a bow!). Conveniently, the hoodie is also likely to be the only comfortable thing to wear to Cineworld on your food-comaed Boxing Day trip to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them before it leaves cinemas.

This gift idea can obviously work for any movie your loved one has shown interest in, so don’t hesitate to be creative! So many films are about to be released – – Rogue One, Assassins Creed, T2, Sing, etc – and all have an inspiring theme of their own to tie into your friends and families interests. The gifts are available online from Cineworld.com and in Cineworld cinemas nationwide.

For the big dreamer…

I love group gifting but it can often be very hard to keep track of and often put a lot of pressure on one person (“the money handler”). Leetchi (which also works for crowdfunding) has completely taken the hassle out of it. Money pots (or projects) are set up within minutes, completely secure, and hold all of the money with no stress to the organiser.

The idea: Have a friend who has always dreamed of spending a romantic weekend in Paris? Luxury hotel costs, Eurostar tickets, and a restaurant gift card for two may cost £400 but you can split the cost between ten friends at only £40 a piece! Has your Mum spent the last ten years lusting over a Mulberry Bayswater? You can split the cost with the rest of your family for less than £100 each!

With a few messages exchanged beforehand to find all interested parties, group gifting can literally make dreams come true.

For the impossible to buy for…

Not to worry! I love helping people find and create special gifts so if you’ve trawled through the best gift guides around (hint: House of Fraser has a fabulous one!) and still feel stuck, shoot me a tweet (@lelalondon) and I’ll do my darnedest to help.

Happy Holidays, babes.

pick your life

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”
Walter Anderson

angel wing tattoo

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Tattoo

1) Can I commit to this design for life? Both of my tattoos have very important meanings to me and were designs I thought about for a long time, considering their permanence, designs I decided I would be happy to have on my body at 97 years old. They are easy to conceal (should I be in an environment that asked for it), black and white (because I wear a lot of colour), and represent nothing ‘fleeting’ – just an artistic expression of my happiness.
2) What is my pain tolerance? Tattoos are no cake walk. You are essentially, scarring your skin with ink and that doesn’t come without pain. If you have a low pain tolerance, you may want to start small.
3) Will this tattoo improve my life? Tattoos are expensive, painful and permanent. There are many other ways to express yourself (fashion, art, etc) if your concept doesn’t seem to be ‘worth’ the aforementioned!

If you’re still game…

Find a tattoo artist!

Hands down the most important part. At 18, I went to the most renowned tattoo parlour in my local town and looked through their portfolios for hours before choosing my artist. I actually loved my artist so much I returned to America – six years later – to get my second tattoo done by her. Since my last tattoo, Instagram has become an absolute haven for discovering tattoo artists (showing real time portfolio updates) – I recommend researching for at least a few weeks to decide who is best for you and who might be able to bring your concept to life in the way that makes you happiest. The right artist, regardless of style, will always be open to any questions or queries you have beforehand. Including design work-shopping. Don’t settle for anything less.

Test your tattoo out!

Before the final step, it is absolutely worth testing your tattoo design on your body. While this can be done with henna or temporary tattoo pens, Londoner’s are in for an absolute treat this weekend when Lenovo launches its Illuminated Ink Tattoo Parlour in Soho. From the 22nd to 23rd of April (11am-5pm), Lenovo is pop-upping the UK’s first projection tattoo parlour powered by the YOGA Tablet 3 Pro, with its in-built projector in collaboration with renowned tattooist James King. The tattoos are mapped directly onto skin using nothing but light and the event is completely free to attend, so worth a trip even if you’ve decided temporary tattoos are as committed as you’ll get!

Where: 15 Bateman Street, Soho, London, W1D 3AQ

As always, I’m happy to answer any of your questions – tattoos and otherwise – on Twitter (@lelalondon), Snapchat (lelalondoB), Facebook (@lelalondon), and Instagram (@lelalondon)!

* Photo from this outfit post.