We all know that Christmas can be stressful. There is the usual invasion by the family, and extended family, the standing on ceremony all day, the extra expense as well as time and frustration trying to get the Christmas dinner on the table on time.
Scent saints Diptyque have teamed up with artist Julien Colombier to create three limited edition Christmas creations dedicated to the olfactory attributes of trees. Our favourite, Sapin, radiates a woody fragrance of winter, with notes of citrus and mandarin cosily flickering in an enchanting jungle inspired jar.
Christmas should be a merry time of year, but if you are in charge of Christmas shopping then it can be far from relaxing. Black Friday last year was very manic, especially in the big cities. I think it's a good idea to start your Christmas shopping as early as possible.
You know how it goes... it starts with a few chips and dips at the company Christmas party and ends up with you sprawled on the sofa polishing off a box of chocolates, watching a festive film on TV.
There's no point showcasing your best Christmas party outfit, only to feel let down by your complexion. The more parties you attend, the more you drink, the less sleep you have and the more lacklustre the skin becomes, unless you're savvy and have a few tricks up your sleeve.
The season of cheery goodwill is approaching fast. The big Christmas ads are up and running, the city centre lights are sparkling against the chilled night skies and holiday plans are being formulated.
Obviously you have the big branded diets, the stone dropping, kilogram crunching, big hitters of the day and then the bog standard calorie counting, treadmill pounding and the like. There are just too many bandwagons to get on.
Campaigns by parent-groups like Let Toys Be Toys have gathered momentum and the tide is beginning to turn with a few brands launching products that buck stereotypes. A huge franchise for Xmas 2015 will be the newly-launched Lego Star Wars range that prominently features the new female heroine Rey and her vehicles.
A cool glass of rosé may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning your meal for Christmas day, but there's actually something rather wonderful about drinking pink at this time of year. There are many styles to go for, but my heart's in Provence...
You've probably noticed that Christmas marketing campaigns started at least a month ago and at this point it's all systems go. We've had John Lewis' 'Man on the Moon', the Coca Cola truck tour has been announced and the vast majority of retail outlets are covered in tinsel and fairy lights already. This can only mean one thing, Black Friday is looming large.
November is a busy time of year for us bloggers whilst we frantically put together our Christmas Gift Guides. This year, with the blogosphere already crammed with exciting ideas for what to buy, I thought I would do something a little different and set myself the challenge of finding beautiful gifts for less than £50...
In many ways modern society demands that we should be successes. We are supposed to be those who by our determination or personality make our own destiny and triumph over all that life throws at us so that we succeed and prosper.
For many older people, Christmas can be the most isolating time of the year. The whirlwind of the festive season can easily go on around, rather than involve, many older people particularly if they don't have a family they see regularly or groups within their local community who provide support.
There's no avoiding it - it's time to look Christmas in the eye ! December is knocking on the door and with it a whole host of seasonal chaos, so let'...
It's inevitable. It's become an annual event, arriving as Remembrance ends: the Christmas adverts are suddenly dominant on TV schedules. The debate ...
It has begun, the talk of Christmas, here we go and the madness will not stop until January when the full gloom sets in and no one is allowed to even think about being happy until at least late February.