I love magazines and have subscribed to so many over the years. Heat (shamefully ... but it was in my younger days), Grazia, Red, The Simple Things, Porter, Traveller, Ideal Home, and more recently, thanks to a gift subscription from magazine.co.uk, Livingetc. And I think it might be my favourite.
It's interiors-focused but also touches on fashion, food and travel - it's a self-declared homes magazine for modern living. I love the trend updates despite not being particularly trend-focused myself, and the industry insights are so interesting, especially as I get invited to a lot of the same events and launches but tend not go as they're in London, quite a distance from North Wales.
Far and away my favourite edition is the current December one. It's simply brimming with festive wonder and a heavy dose of sparkle and sequins. I love it. I've really taken the time to savour every page and not read it on the run, as per normal. The colourful pages positively demand that you sit down and take them all in with a hot cup of tea in hand and a mince pie very close by.
Having poured over every detail with glee over the past few days, I thought I'd share some of my favourite hints and tips with you regarding how to do Christmas Livingetc style!
And scroll down for a chance to win a one year subscription for yourself ... or perhaps to give as a gift this December.
What to wear
According to Livingetc, red and white is not just for decking the halls; it's a colour combination that hit the catwalks in a big way at the Autumn Winter 17 shows and has filtered down to the high street. It might be somewhat reminiscent of a candy cane and there's potential that you will perhaps be mistaken for an elf (don't wear a green hat with it) but it's fun, fresh and fabulously festive. My budget doesn't stretch to the Giambattista Valli dress featured in the magazine, but the Crescent dress from & Other Stories is pretty perfect and much more affordable at £79.
What to eat
Festive bakes are a highlight of the December issue, particularly the hazelnut and brandy forest cake with cream cheese icing. It apparently serves 10-12 people. Not in this house! There's also a recipe for incredibly cute rum and raisin brownie Christmas trees. I might see if I can adapt them to make more child-friendly versions.
What to buy
There's a really comprehensive gift guide included with this month's magazine, and even though I don't do a great deal of Christmas shopping, it includes some fabulous ideas. The suggestions for young children and teenagers are particularly good, so if you're struggling, pick up a copy. My personal favourite, though? It has to be the Mascarade Arlequin cushion from Designers Guild. Those colours!
How to decorate
As you can imagine, the tips for decorating your home over the festive season are plentiful. Pages 53 to 64 are pouring with ideas on making all the rooms in your home enchanting ... lots of magical, woodland-inspired ideas with fresh foliage, tactile textures and a liberal dose of fairy dust making an appearance. You have to see it to believe it, particularly the snow mural from Kalle Gustafsson for Surface View.
As I mentioned earlier, magazine.co.uk have generously offered a prize of a one year subscription to Livingetc for one of my readers. All that you need to do is follow the instructions outlined in the rafflecopter widget below. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck!