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Christmas gift guide number 2 – featuring ACQUA DI PARMA.

I am back with the second series of my Christmas gift guide.

Again, I’ll be showing you my favourites. These are the gifts that I covet and I’m truly excited to share with you.

I’ve been a total fan of ACQUA DI PARMA for many years now ( possibly more than 10 years!).

It’s a scent that reminds me of the luxurious warmth of the Italian Riviera, and it transports me to an elegant era of Hollywood starlets, think Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

As you can see, I have quite a collection on my desk. I’m absolutely loving the classic yellow packaging. ACQUA DI PARMA Colonia is the iconic ACQUA DI PARMA fragrance.

It has been described as the Italian sun captured in the “frutti d’oro” of lemon, bergamot and orange.

It has a harmonious heart of lavender, rosemary, verbena and damask rose, followed by warm woody vetiver, sandal and patchouli.

Check out the gorgeous limited edition packaging, a collaboration with British artist Clym Evernden. ACQUA DI PARMA was created in 1916 by Baron Carlo Magnani after his travels in Paris, London and New York.

In 1950, Colonia became an international success, when Hollywood actors, invited to Italy by the grand masters of Italian cinema discovered its fragrant notes.

Feast your eyes on the perfumed soaps above. I love the pink packaging. It’s such stunning gift and the scent is just divine.  I’ve been spraying on my ACQUA DI PARMA Colonia all day. The zesty notes of Citrus has really made me feel so fresh and uplifted.

It’s a Unisex fragrance, so is a great gift for the man in your life. The bonus, dare I say, is that you can use it too.

If you haven’t smelled it before, then I urge you to go try a sample. You will be hooked. It will totally transport you to somewhere warm and luxurious.

It might even make you secretly pretend you’re a Hollywood star, like I did. ( I can’t believe I’ve just told you that!) Can you believe they do scented drawer liners too? I can’t wait to use them.

Doesn’t my desk look like a happy place with all those pops of yellow? Onto Gift number 2 – more art prints.

I’m currently in the process of filling the walls by my stairs with art prints. I’ve decided to do this slowly, filling the walls with my favourite artwork and colour palette.

I made a start this morning with these 4 gorgeous prints. The large red and pink Hi prrint is by Gayle Mansfield, the “We are family” print is by Disko kids, and the pink and green prints are by Holly McGuire. What do you think of my wall so far?

I will be sharing my progress as I add more pieces over the next few weeks. Last but not least is this beautiful “ The Joy of Watercolor” book sent to me by my friend Emma Block. The illustrations in the book are so beautiful and there is a step by step guide to help you paint like a pro. This would be the perfect gift for the creative art lover amongst your friends or family.

So, that concludes the second series of my Christmas gift guide. There will be more to come and I can’t wait to show you.

Have a lovely evening or day.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I have featured gifts sent to me, and there was no commitment to post or share them).

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