Festive Gifting With Aspinal Of London
T’is the season of goodwill (and putting a ‘T’ at the beginning of words like ‘is’ and ‘was’) and this Christmas I thought I would do something fun and special for some of my blogger friends as a way of saying ‘Thank You’ and ‘Merry Christmas’. If truth is told, blogging can be a lonely job and I know my Instagram friends keep me sane and keep me inspired. I couldn’t think of a better brand to share than Aspinal Of London, after all, they bring the best of British luxury, craftsmenship and style. They also have a whole host of wonderful gifts from their iconic handbags, leather jewellery, diaries, silk scarves, passport holders and purses. Most Aspinal Of London items can be personalised too with the receivers monogram, which is always such a thoughtful touch. I picked out ten of my favourite Instagram friends and surprised them with an early christmas gift. Each one styled up their treat so I could share their stylish gifts with my readers!
It wasn’t easy picking out just ten of my favourite instagram friends for this project, so if I missed you out, I’m so sorry. These ladies (and one gent) are all pretty amazing and special to me, they inspire me every day with their lives and images, both that they post and the chats we have over DM. They are a diverse group, they span many different ages, locations, aesthetics and interests, but somehow, Aspinal of London cater to all their tastes. Let me introduce you to them all and share with you what I picked out for them!
I had to start with @adorngirl, as this girl has been with me through all my blogging woes and taught me all about SEO, photography and how to be blogger-streetwise along the way! Her photos are insanely good, even my mum’s a fan of her work! Ashanti kills it every day, she’s a mum of four, a professional photographer and a searing hot blogger. I don’t know how she does it! She’s also sassy, sweet and seriously organised which is why I picked out this sleek and stylish 2017 diary for her.
I first met @LBQBlog in Starbucks about an hour before a press dinner we were both attending. It was summer and Starbucks was rammed full of Londoners desperately sipping on ice lattes to keep cool. There wasn’t a single spare table but I spotted a girl nearby with a spare seat at her table so I asked if I could sit there and when she looked up I realised ‘I read your blog!’ She welcomed me to sit down and we have been friends ever since. She blogs mainly about beauty but she has one seriously hot handbag collection which is why I thought this Trunk Clutch would be perfect for her!
I met @TalontedLex through Hayley (@lbqblog) we were sat next to each other at an event and jabbered on for hours, I have no idea what we were talking about but I remember howling with laughter the whole time and she’s kept me laughing since that day. She’s well known for her bold make-up, impressive (and real) nails and her struggle with Rosacea. She uses her blog and instagram to share her story, as well as tips and information on how to care for and control rosacea-prone skin. The three of us often meet up in London, we work, have meetings and share ideas. What can I say? Ladies who lunch need amazing handbags and Lex has a real rock ‘n’ roll edge to her look which is why I through this bag would be perfect for her!
Nikita from @meetmeinparee is my Parisian flatlay spirit animal! Her account is filled with the most beautiful shots of her apartment, make-up, accessories and outfit pictures. Every morning she shares her beautiful breakfast with me and she inspires me to spend excessive amounts of money or ridiculously cute items I kind-of-need-but-probably-don’t-need. It’s due to her love of make up and all-things-pink I thought this make-up bag would be perfect for her.
When I first picked up a copy of @bettymagazine years ago, I had no idea Charlotte (co-creator and head instagrammer of the mag) would end up becoming my real-life neighbour and friend! We share ice creams and Mexican food together in Margate, as our boyfriends try and ‘out-hipster’ each other. We actually spoke about this Trunk Clutch months ago and I remembered her telling me about how much she loved it, I know she’s going to be so shocked when she opens that big beautiful box. We are gonna look so cool roaming around Marg’s together with our Aspinal of London handbags!
Sara of @Me_and_Orla is a bit of an Instagram superstar, I have been following her account for a few years now and despite the fact our aesthetics are like chalk and cheese, I couldn’t love her photos more. She’s Northern (just like me) and her photos remind me of home, she’s also kind, supportive and super funny. Her style is very earthy and etherial, which is why this soft, slouchy handbag is perfect for her. Oh and if you are looking to up your instagram game, her blog is filled with amazing information on everything from creating inspiration content, to using the right hashtags and beating the algorithm.
A year ago @adorngirl (above) did a shoot for a magazine and met @DanielleVanier, she told me over and over about how cool, sassy and funny she is. She was right, she’s all of these things. She inspires her followers every day to wear the styles that they love and to love their bodies just the way they are. She’s so inspirational she just won the InStyle Award for Best Curve Influencer, she’s hot property and every cool brand wants to work with her, which is why she needs a diary to keep all her projects in order.
Natasha of @CandyPop takes the most beautiful photos, her feed is filled with pastel coloured homes, enviable interiors and beautiful homewears. She mixes simple white spaces with pops of colour in the most beautiful ways and she adores handbags. In fact, we chat a lot about handbags, which is why I knew this leopard print beauty would be perfect for her!
I have been friends with @CesarePolini since my university days. We met through mutual friends in Manchester, moved down to London around the same time and somehow always remained friends. He’s a stylist and personal shopper for Matches these days and his Instagram account is filled with the coolest new designs from all the hottest labels. His personality is infectious and it’s a little like phoebe says of joey ‘you don’t expect someone so hot to be so nice’. He’s always jetting off to somewhere fabulous which is why this passport holder has his name on it… literally!
Finally, @ThisIsJules is another Instagrammer I have been following for a long time and when she followed me back, I had a real fangirl ‘OMG, Jules just started following me!’ moment. She lives in Leeds and takes the most beautiful photos of flowers, landscapes and insights into her life and style. Like her photos, Jules is sweet, beautiful and filled with warmth and humour. I felt this Mayfair handbag perfectly summed up her elegant and classic style with a touch of quiet colour.
I hope this post has helped give some Christmas shopping inspiration to you and showcase some of the beautiful gifts they have at Aspinal of London. Also a huge thank you to Aspinal of London for supporting this post, you have made a lot of amazing people very happy! If you want to find me on Instagram, just search @labelsforlunch.