Eat, Drink & Be Merry ! Ideal Food Gift Ideas by Amanda Lewis

250x250_CMTM_BannerAhhhh what would Christmas be without the overindulging ? If its not the Turkey with Gammon, its the booze filled trifle, or the Turkey and stuffing sandwiches on Christmas Night and we can’t forget the tin of Quality Street, I mean i would be rude not to have another Chocolate Noisette Pate (The Green Triangle) and don’t get me started on the Baileys or the cheeky glass or two of Red while peeling the veg and singing along to Wizzard’s “I wish it could be Christmas everyday”. Ohhhhh Food its part and parcel of the Yuletide and to help you along the way, here’s a selection of some great and impressive gift ideas –

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Bubbles …this is the way to impress, and what better way then Laurent Perrier Rosé NV fine Champagne.

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Crumbly, melt in the mouth, Rosemary biscuits are perfectly partnered with fig & balsamic vinegar chutney and an Olive wood board making this gift perfect from Marks & Spencer for any cheese lover or Cheesy Lovers…

If stuck for Gifts Ideas – Fortnum and Mason is always great for inspired and delicious and very festive gifts…

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Old school – five miniature sponge puddings using Fortnum’s preserves. Including Triple Ginger, Raspberry & Blueberry Preserve, Lemon Curd, Spotted Dick with Pusser’s Rum and Sticky Toffee Pudding with Medjool Dates & Caramel Sauce, this is a brilliant gift for any lover of traditional sponge puddings.

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Not only does it play a cheery rendition of ‘Deck the Halls’ when you wind the key in the base, but also the cherubs’ candles on the label flicker on and off to add to the Christmas magic. Inside you will find a generous feast of some of Fortnum & Mason favourite biscuits, namely pistachio and cranberry, chocolate and macadamia nut, lemon curd and clotted cream digestives. We predict that it will be a palpable hit and a very popular gift.


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This food box contains the very best of Brindisa. A delicious creamy cava, three more wines, two cheeses, a superb range of Ibérico charcuterie, and the prized ventresca cut of tuna are among the long list of outstanding products. This is really two hampers in one, with chilled products for now and luxurious Pantry additions.


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For a real treat try the Artisan Food Hampers from Belleek Castle. The lovely people there can make up delicious bespoke hampers to your taste; includes treats from their award winning restaurant – jams, marmalade, lemon curd, dressings, black & white truffle oil and chutneys.


The Greatest gift they’ll get this year – For the man who has everything and the person who can afford it !!!

250x250_CMTM_BannerWe all know someone who has everything they could possibly desire, you know the person, where you think of a brilliant gift only to be told he already has one. Whether it be a Brother, Dad best mate, cousin, Uncle, boyfriend or even one’s self, its a flipping nightmare to buy for them so we have LITERALLY picked up that internet thingy given it a good shake and gone through it with a fine tooth comb to give you some blooming well fantastic gift ideas, even if those gift ideas happen to be for yourself. Take a look –

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Who could resist this Backpack from Louis Vuitton, in keeping with the Mountaineering/Explorer theme from their Autumn/Winter 2013 Show,  Menswear Designer Kim Jones produced a Masterful collection, still managing for it to be wearable and totally desirable.

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Who’s says White Men can’t jump, Christopher Bailey of Burberry has worked and reworked animal prints into all sorts of luxury goodies, from man bags of all shapes and sizes to these hi-top-tastic trainers. Looking good !

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This amazing leather bound games compendium by Bill Amberg is ‘Made in England’ from Bridle leather. There are boards for backgammon, chess, draughts and noughts and crosses, It also comes with pieces for these games all wrapped up in a leather box. Perfect for travel or home and great entertainment for all the family, like after the turkey and stuffing and before the mince pie and brandy butter.

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My Life is complete ! Or it will be with this Tateossian paperweight at a cool £10,000, its what every man wants and needs, he just might not know it just yet.

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How truly decadent and could this gift be any more Rock n Roll ??? Strangely enough the brainchild of actor Dan Aykroyd, Crystal Head Vodka is the statement drink and gift this season. The enigmatic, hand crafted Crystal Head Vodka is based upon thirteen crystal heads found in various regions around the world.

 As if the legend wasn’t cool enough, Crystal Head Vodka spent the Summer partnering up with the Rolling Stones themselves to create the definitive Stone’s lover gift pack. The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary set

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For anyone in the international jet set, you won’t be stuck without power abroad again with this Travel Adapter from Mulberry. A chic leather pouch reveals the adapter, compatible with plug sockets pretty much across the globe. There is also a USB connection for charging a wide variety of devices. Just don’t forget to take it with you!

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Now if you desk is a bit more bomb site then place of tranquility this is the perfect gift. This luxury calf leather desk set from Graf von Faber-Castell, available from features a letter opener, notelet box, pen tray, pen holder, 6 guilloche pencils and a desk pad.

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Now everyone and we mean everyone needs some down time, even the most workaholic out of us and down time requires the correct attire, but for some people your regular hoodie won’t cut it. Now this Loro Piana silk and cashmere-blend hoodie from embodies contemporary sportswear luxury. This Italian-crafted knit delivers ease and elegance in equal measure. Wear it with cashmere sweatpants for a contemporary your time look or refined in-flight lounging.


Bloggers Create – The Tateossian project


Bloggers Create/Anthony McGrath from Tateossian London on Vimeo.

To our loyal readers who also follow the mundane trappings and rambling of myself via our numerous social media channels, you will have seen some interesting mussing over the last few months about BloggersCreate and some good natured banter between myself and a couple of other bloggers.

Basically the story starts a couple of months back when the jewellery brand Tateossian commissioned five of the UK’s leading bloggers,  Dan Hasby-Oliver, Last Style of Defense; Craig Landale, Menswear Style, Luke Todd, FashionBeans,Callum Watt, Maketh-The-Man and yours truly to design a limited edition bracelet which would then be unveiled as part of London Collections:MEN in January. Until recently I’ve been under strict instructions to keep the entire project top secret and even now I can’t discuss my creation until the official unveiling on 6th January.

The Design Process

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Hmmmm very interesting, says Anthony as he’s briefed on the Project.

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I think we’ll need more. Exclaimed Anthony.

Anthony MO 1Adrienne, Head of Press for Tateossian is Lost for words, for once, as Anthony declares he wants more Gold !


To be Continued ….


Socks are for life not just for Christmas – Socks don’t have to be boring

250x250_CMTM_BannerThe more ardent followers of Clothes-Make-the-Man will be aware of and what a sterling job they have done in revolutionising, not a word I use lightly, the way we not only look at socks but purchase them. So when the talented Sarah Gilfillan of Sartorial Lab approached me with a shoot idea on the not so humble sock and using some of the brilliant socks available from Richmond Sock. Well, how could I refuse.


The Chap Sock

Red argyle socks by Corgi


The Hipster Sock
Orange cotton socks by Pantherella

BusinessFinalThe Business Sock
Black and grey dress socks by Casa Italia by Bresciani



The Explorer Sock
Green and purple striped socks by Corgi

EveningFinalThe Evening Sock
Black merino wool socks by Zimmerli of Switzerland



The Party Sock
Coral cotton socks by Mazarin



The Travelling Sock
Blue herringbone socks by Casa Italia by Bresciani

Photographer – Mel Allen at
Concept & Styling – Sarah Gilfillan at Sartorial Lab


May your Days be Merry and Bright – What have you bought your Mum this Yuletide ?

728x90_CMTM_BannerOK then, its Mum’s turn to give you guys a couple of helpful hints on what to buy one, if not THE most important lady in your life. Remember, your mum looks after you 365 days a year and we don’t get a lot of opportunities to show our appreciation for this most wonderful of creations, so follows these simple gift ideas, which should suit every budget.

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We love these Faux Fox fur slipper sox from Joules – Mums expect to get slippers at Christmas and these wont disappoint.

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The perfect combination to help your Mum to set the festive mood with these gorgeous scented candles that capture the essence of Christmas and create a festive atmosphere from Diptyque. Pomander: Reminiscent of a Christmas orange, sprinkled with cloves and cinnamon. Feu de Bois: This sophisticated blend of rare woods recalls the crackling of an open fire. Warm and familiar during the winter days and Opopanax: Extracted from the bush of Persia, the resin is captivating and enigmatic by the warm vanilla undertones

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Keep Mum cosy in this British designed Beige Rainbow Stripe hot water bottle from the Row Pinto Collection in 100% Lambswool from Liberty London.

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The Tuscan Sun Cashmere Scarf at Banana Republic – will brighten up even the most Wintery day and bring a little ray of sunshine that will delight Mum.

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This is a glamorous and warm Dressing Gown from Marks and Spencer for lounging around over the Christmas holidays and you can wait on Mum for a change.

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Blow her away with this hairdryer by hairdresser extraordinaire Nicky Clark at

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For Mums with a sophisticated sweet tooth try Cocoa Boutique’s Best of the Best Selection. Chocolate tasting experience. Includes award winning 3 star Passion Fruit, Salted Caramels and, hand finished treats from Artisan chocolatiers John Beard and Catherine Bracegirdle which brings together pralines, fruits, caramels and cheeky alcoholic truffles.

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This Mesh Rondal necklace incorporates links and chains to create a piece that is light and wearable. In rhodium plated sterling silver or gold plated rings of delicately wrapped mesh from