The Christmas Gift Guide
AVL Lifestyler has been created by ex-fashion buyer, personal shopper and most recently consultant for rental & resale platform MYWARDROBEHQ, Amanda Vaughan-Lee. Amanda creates bespoke wardrobe, interior and gift edits to refresh and enhance your style and ultimately your everyday life. Working with clients on briefs tailored to suit their taste, age, budget and occasion, Amanda's curations are for women, men and children.
Whether it’s ensuring you are the best present-giver this year, supporting you with a wardrobe declutter and revamp, helping realise your teenager’s bedroom makeover of dreams, finding you the perfect event outfit or pulling together your family’s ski holiday must-haves, Amanda gets straight to work with her innate knowledge, style and decisive, demon curating skills. She makes it a lot of fun too.
Here we ask Amanda what it’s like helping people hone their style and her favourite briefs and go-to's:
Who are your regular clients?
Through word of mouth and kind recommendations, I am building up a client list of lovely people, especially around the Cotswolds area where I live, Hampshire and London. They rely on me to provide them with original ideas as they simply don’t have the time to do the research themselves, they don’t know where to look or they lack the confidence to make the right decision.
What do you consider when making your bespoke edits for someone?
When we first chat/meet I ask lots of nosy questions so I get a good idea of their needs, budget, likes & dislikes etc. Whether it’s tablescape ideas for a party at home, holiday must-haves for a weekend away or the perfect present - items have to make you smile, be well made and be considered pieces that you’ll treasure for a long while.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working with the wonderful Charlotte LJ, founder of Cloth which makes sustainable textiles, to transform her teenage daughter's attic bedroom into something magical, and practical but timeless. I am also helping a few rather impressively organised husbands who have already enlisted my help in putting together Christmas stocking ideas for their lucky wives and a couple of special jewellery commissions which I love doing!
Your personal stocking filler top 3 Wishlist?
Willow Crossley Murano bud vases, Diptyque Eau de Parfumerie Fleur de Peau & a Smythsons 2023 diary in a fab colour (I still refuse to switch to an electronic one which drives my husband crazy!)
And something bigger for under the tree?
A Philippa Herbert emerald Phoebe ring and a Fusalp Clarisse navy ski suit
What to buy our men this Christmas?
They all seem to have gone paddle crazy round these parts! so a paddle racquet and a snazzy personalised case from Not-Another-Bill
Your go-to party dress for the silly season?
I love a sequin, feather or colourful print so something fabulous from Etro, a sparkly mini dress from 16Arlington or a puffed shoulder number from Rebecca Valance.
Favourite accessories brand?
Chloe for winter boots, Loeffler Randell for a party shoe, Rebecca De Ravanel for statement earrings, Anya Hindmarch for the best tote/work bags and Alexis Amor for beautifully made statement sunglasses.
What does every kitchen need?
An Aga, a coffee machine & Alexa for my children’s (rather annoying and often rude) music requests and to time my eggs in the morning.
Wardrobe organisation tool?
Matching wooden hangers and a generous accessories space.
What’s always in your suitcase?
Books, earplugs, trainers, huge wash bag, a party dress, pyjamas and some cashmere.
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE - WOMEN
Clockwise from top left: Hum Nutrition Gummy Vault, Roxanne First Diddy Pink Sapphire Heart Necklace, Liberty Lost Hearts Cotton Pyjama Set, Etro bead-embellished suede belt, Willow Crossly Murano bud vase in amethyst, Summerill & Bishop handmade glass bauble, Anya Hindmarch Neeson cross-body bag, Anya Hindmarch bespoke charm heart, Phillipa Herbert Phoebe ring, Olverum bath oil, Loeffler Randall Rochelle bow-embellished plisse-lame clutch, Borgo de Nor Eden twill trousers in paisley pink.
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE - MEN
Clockwise from top left: Not-Another-Bill Zip Passport Folio, The BookShop: A Man & His Car, Liberty Grey Fairlie Silk Print Pocket Square, Malin & Goetz Dark Rum Eau de Parfum, Debonnaire leather slippers, The Conran Shop Luxury Leather Tool Set, Sir Plus Wool Cashmere sock set, John Lewis portable digital radio, Charbonnel et Walker Sipsmith Gin Truffles, Emma Willis pink cashmere tie, Kiehls facial fuel, Willow Crossley Hori Hori trowel.
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE - TEEN GIRLS
Clockwise from top, left: Roxanne First Velvet Heart Jewellery Box, Love decorative globe bulb, The Usborne Complete Shakespeare Book, Willow Crossley Willow vase with yellow trim, Rookie Forever rainbow roller skates, Not-Another-Bill wavy card wallet, Beautyblender original, Papier The Changer Weekly Desk Planner, Sony waterproof Bluetooth portable speaker, Willow Crossley handwoven basket, Graham & Green Cookies Baking Mix, Oliver Bonas The Positive Affirmation Cards.
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE - TEEN BOYS
Clockwise from top, left: Willow Crossley Moku Cultivator, Stussy Corduroy Trucker Cap, Dope Snow Flush 2X-UP Goggles, H&M NYC printed hoodie, Rawk Retro Drop Through Long Board, Not-Another-Bill Emergency Chocolate, Pogs The Gecho wireless headphones, Not-Another-Bill leather AirPods case, BAN.DO charging cable, Wicked Uncle Factopia Book, Zara Kids explorer backpack
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE - GIRLS
Clockwise from top left: Desmond & Dempsey Kids Long Pyjama Set, Cotswolds Trading Jungle Animal Skittles, Lilibet: The Girl Who Could be Queen book; Zara Home openwork tricor sweater & shorts, Willow Crossley textured green bud vase, Sunnylife Ombre Retro Underwater Camera, Scandiborn Once Upon a Time tulle skirt, Trotters Fair Isle Cardigan, John Lewis squidgy unicorn tails, Mason Pearson forget-me-not bespoke hairbrush from Etsy, Graham & Green Make Your Own Pressed Flowers Kit, Zara Home bunny soft toy.
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE - BOYS
Clockwise from top left: Willow Crossley Paper Pot Press & Seed Label Set, John Lewis binoculars, Yoto Mini Adventure Recorder, Kidly Stacking Toy Teddy, Maileg Super Hero Little Brother in a Matchbox, Cotswold Trading mini Clyde car, La Coqueta burgundy merino dungarees, VEJA V-10 velcro suede sneakers, Zara Kids cap with Terry alphabet patch, Brora Fair Isle Balaclava.