With the 'C' word less than two weeks away, it's totally apt to be feeling the strains of seasonal shopping. To aid the turmoil, I've teamed up with one of my favourite independent stores LORNA RUBY to provide you with some top gift-picks to ease your festive purchase dilemmas.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the name, LR is an Exeter-born clothing, accessories and homeware store specialising in modern, minimalistic and scandi-chic pieces. Each item is carefully picked by Lorna herself, favouring unique and contemporary brands that are relatively unknown in the area. Split over two floors, there's plenty to choose from in the form of Herbivore skincare, Parkminster home fragrances and Selected Femme silhouettes.
Whatever your budget, there is an aesthetically pleasing option for all - so time to get your shopper hats at the ready.
STRIPD'S FIVE GIFT-PICKS / LORNA RUBY
1. ROGUE LACE-UPS | £179 - £185
CLOCKWISE: "SPANGLE" £179 | "POMME NOIR" £185 | "TAFFY" £179
First on my lustful list are these striking lace-ups from quirky British brand, Rogue. This eye-catching trio available at LR offer a contemporary upgrade of the classic brogue style. With a choice of patent and leather uppers, pony skin detailing and bright neon laces - there's no doubt you'll be a step ahead of the crowd with these beautiful foot pleasers.
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2. CLUSE WATCHES | £79 - £135
If you're after an elegant addition to your usual accessory line-up, then opt for one of LR's selection of CLUSE watches. With a number of metal mesh and leather straps to choose from, these sophisticated and polished time-tellers provide the perfect finish to all outfits.
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3. MAST CHOCOLATE | £7.50
If this isn't the trendiest looking confectionery around, then I don't know what is. Of course, it's not all about appearances - but it does help when the packaging looks this good. Made using minimal and premium ingredients - these MAST chocolate bars offer your tastebuds a serious flavour hit with every mouthful. With a range of different flavour combinations to try, these are the perfect go-to stocking-fillers to keep all ages sweet.
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4. LORNA RUBY METALLIC CLUTCHES | £18 - £24
MEDIUM CLUTCH | £24 | IN STORE ONLY
Tis' the season to be sparkly after all, and these Lorna Ruby metallic clutch bags are an excellent pick me up for your Winter wardrobe. Available in a number of dazzling bronze and gold shades - you're sure to be the brightest star with one of these by your side. What's more, they double up as great cosmetic bags for all your newly gifted beauty bits.
5. HELEN MOORE ACCESSORIES
CASHMERE BOBBLE HATS | £75 | IN STORE ONLY
VIXEN FAUX FUR STOLE | £79 | IN STORE ONLY
Last, but by no means least are these gorgeous Helen Moore accessories. With her signature faux-fur detailing, each piece is a guaranteed statement of style - resurrecting any dull outfit into a refreshed seasonal look. Be brave with a flash of colour, or opt for a classic muted tone in cashmere bobble hat or stole variety.
So there you have it, STRIPD's top Lorna Ruby gift-picks to help you nail this year's Christmas shopping. If you can't find any of the above on the LR website, then pop into the store instead (just resist the temptation to splurge on the rest of their wonderful stock).
LORNA RUBY CLOTHING, 17 CATHERINE STREET, EX1 1EU. UK.