Personal handmade gifts for the people you love

December 15, 2016

Personal handmade gifts for the people you loveI really like the idea of giving handmade gifts to loved ones.
The problem with handmade gifts is that first, you need to have the time to make them. Second, you need to be fairly creative or good at something to come up with something that will look really stylish and not looking as if it has been done by a five years old.

I’ve made a few scented candles this month but they are more like little tokens of love rather than proper gifts. I didn’t have time to craft anything so I decided to offer my friend Perrine, one of the photos I took of her when we did this photoshoot.

Now… I don’t have the presumption to assume that anyone receiving one of my photos is going to say “wow” out of excitement but last time I saw Perrine, she told me that the photoshoot really boosted her confidence and made her re-connect with the person she was a few years ago.

This really strokes a chord with me.

I have know Perrine since we were sixteen. I was there when her dad died and she was only a teen, she was there when mine left last year.

I have known her as a teen, as a Student and then as a transformed (physically and emotionally) woman when she discovered her true calling as a Singer, Dancer and Choregrapher.
I’ve known her in a relationship, pregnant, grieving, happy, hurt, as a single mother, as the amazing woman she is and no longer can see and I thought if just one photoshoot can help her to boost her confidence, then I want her to look at this photo of her where she stands tall, confident and beautiful and tell herself “this is who I am”.

I got the photo below printed in 50 x 70 cm when I attended the HP Printed Interiors forum in Barcelona, just before I flew to Marrakech last month. It is printed with a beautiful, quality glossy finish, using Latex Printing Technology, which is not only eco-friendly but incredibly versatile. This technology is really transforming digital printing.
You can basically create your own wallpaper, canvas or self-adhesive vinyls to create and make your home more personal and unique. If you are in London, your can get your photos printed in poster size like me (or even bigger!) at Clicks in east London while you wait. If you’re out of London, just leave a comment below with your city & country and I will get the info for you.

Seeing my photos on a big size like this was quite a wow moment for me but knowing that it is going to boost Perrine’s confidence is making me really happy and I know she will appreciate this kind of personal gift.Personal handmade gifts for the people you lovePersonal handmade gifts for the people you loveHow about you? Have you managed to make any handmade gifts this year?

// Photography by Karine Köng | Posted in partnership with HP; all views my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support BODIE and FOU

10 beautiful Xmas gift wrapping to inspire you

December 14, 2016

10 beautiful Christmas gift wrapping to inspire youSince my last post on these 10 inspiring Christmas wreaths to makesick days have taken over and it has been a daily struggle to stick to my December to-do list but I really wanted to show you these 10 beautiful Christmas gift wrapping which I’m sure you’ll find useful when you find yourself wrapping presents at the last minute.

I have also included my favourite gift labels and wrapping paper free to download.


10 beautiful & inspiring Christmas wreaths to make

November 16, 2016

10 beautiful & inspiring Christmas wreaths to makeI know it may be a bit early for some, to start thinking about Christmas but as you figured it out from my post yesterday, I want to re-focus on things that provide us with a great deal of happiness and peace and I’m talking about doing things that are good for our body and for our soul.


10 must-have gifts for health-conscious people

December 10, 2014

I think you’ve gathered by the number of green smoothies I regularly post on Instagram and the lifestyle changes I made these last few months (like giving up Coke Zero), that health & well-being is a pretty big interest of mine so I’ve put together these 10 must-have gifts for health conscious people, bearing in mind what really worked for me and other things that I would like.

10 must-have gifts for health-conscious people

1. First and foremost, the Nutribullet ( also available from John Lewis) which is SO easy to use. There is heaps of information online but the big thing for me is that it’s powerful and super easy to clean. You just need to rinse off the plastic jar and that’s it. They seem to have sold in a lots of shops except at Selfridges where they have the Pro 900 series (I have the model below from John Lewis at £99 and I’m happy with it).

2. You will need a chopping board to cut all your fresh, organic fruits & vege. I’ve about six wooden chopping boards at home, which Steve uses to carve his roast or that I use as presentation boards but when it comes to making my smoothie in the morning, I prefer using a small marble chopping board because I think it’s easier/quicker to clean (I have this one at home).

3. Really nice teas. There are two brands of tea I love: Teapigs (my favourite is this one) which I buy online from Waitrose and the Kusmi tea because they have gorgeous keepsake tins.

4. A good set of knifes like this gold &  black set which got featured in the gift issue of the New-York magazine. They make a very stylish & practical gift for couples, in-laws and those who love pottering in the kitchen and entertaining.

Personally, I’m lusting after a Global Japanese knifeSteve and I gave one to his dad for Xmas a few years ago and you can see that the knife is pretty much coming out only at Xmas for our benefit (no offence to Steve’s Dad, my mum did the same with a Ralph Lauren jumper, I brought her back from New-York). Anyway, back to the knife…it’s killing me when I know I would be using it every day :-)

5. Beautiful ceramics that inspire you. I love the organic shape of these bowls but if you are into colours, check out Anthopologie and West Elm. They always have a fantastic selection of very colourful bowls and mugs.

6. I read somewhere that for green tea to be efficient, you need to drink at least three cups of tea a day so I switched from Earl Grey to green tea and detox tea and I drink lots of it at work and at weekends (even LOu the Bunny does). For tea lovers, this silicone tea infuser  is great because of its long handle used to stir your drink. It’s inexpensive and a nice little, practical gift.

7. One of my favourite well-being gift is a scented candle and I love this one because it comes with a gorgeous silver plated tumbler, similar to the one my mum bought me as a birth gift (I still have it!). In fact, if you are not too sure about what to get for someone, scented candles are a safe bet rather than trying offering something that will not pleased the person and will end up in a charity shop.

8. And I love this Be Happy print  or the You Are Loved one for the good vibes they are sending. Happiness and well-being start with how we choose to formulate our thoughts I think.

9. Next on my list of cooking book is the Deliciously Ella book by Ella Woodward (isn’t she gorgeous and fresh!?)

10. and then this body lotion from Le Labo