Monday, 28 November 2016

#GiftIdeas - BeArty* with your Christmas Gifts this Year

I love thinking outside the box with my Christmas Gifts. There's something really special about unwrapping a pressie from under the tree that you can tell has been bought with you in mind. Not just another default gift, like a Selection Box [though personally, I would still be made up with that, tbh] - but something special & relevant to you, which you can tell the other person has put thought into. It doesn't have to be big, over the top or cost a lot of money [it might even be handmade!] - the only criteria for the gift is that it will light a loved one's face up with surprise and [hopefully] joy. That feeling right there - that's my end goal when Christmas Shopping for my loved ones. 

I also love supporting independent businesses when it comes to the festive season - not only do I know that my money is going towards helping someone build their dream & not into the pocket of some conglomerate, but it also means that there's pretty much no chance that someone else will buy the same gifts as me. Plus, with the majority being online, it means I can snuggle up under my duvet with a brew and avoid crazy Christmas Shoppers, rain and the cold. 

I'll be sharing some of my fave independent / little known stores & gift ideas with you over the next few weeks [such as this post featuring Quaint Charms Jewellery, who sell on Etsy] - and this post is one of them. Today's focus is on a company called BeArty, who sell paintings, posters, wall art, canvases and prints; created & designed by a global network of talented artists. No matter what your interest or passion, BeArty has a piece of artwork to reflect it - and what can be more personal than that?

Lovelaughslipstick blog - BeArty Chanel No.2 Print Poster by MarkAshkenazi

BeArty is an online art marketplace which allows you to shop the creations of artists from around the world. All their art is curated, to ensure that only the best art is presented - and they have over 30 categories of designs to choose from, including typography [I love a good quote, me!], fashion, film & TV, animals and celebrities. For the purpose of this post, BeArty very kindly sent me this beautiful print called Chanel 2*, by talented artist Mark Ashkenazi. Price wise, this little beauty starts at just £12.

Lovelaughslipstick blog - BeArty Chanel No.2 Print Poster by MarkAshkenazi

This colourful illustration by artist Mark Ashkenazi is a fab pop art take on the iconic Chanel No.5 perfume bottle. The carefully picked colours show the richness the traditional perfume of Chanel has to offer. And of course, it's the perfect gift for a beauty blogger / makeup addict! 

Lovelaughslipstick blog - BeArty Chanel No.2 Print Poster by MarkAshkenazi

BeArty's unframed, gallery quality posters are printed on 230g/m² white paper with a matte surface. Each print has a 2.5cm white border for framing and is printed in the UK using the latest Ultrachrome machinery. This printing technique offers the highest quality and most fade-proof printing available. BeArty print at 1440dpi to obtain beautifully clear images, and pigment inks that are lightfast for up to 100 years. All shipped to your front door rolled in a tube, ready for you to mount or frame.

Lovelaughslipstick blog - BeArty Chanel No.2 Print Poster by MarkAshkenazi

I haven't framed my print yet, as I'm working on a new workspace and was thinking of hanging it with pegs off a clothes line type arrangement. Alternatively, there's a heap of stores on eBay or Etsy who sell stylish, modern frames for just a few quid each. If i wasn't 100% keeping this gorgeous piece of art for myself, I would frame it ready to wrap as a gift, to give it that finishing touch. But it's mine, all mine #SozNotSoz

Buying artwork for someone as a gift is so personal; it allows them to express their passion[s] through creativity and stamp their personality throughout their living space once it is hung. It also means that they'll be reminded of you each time they look at it, which is a lovely festive gesture indeed :}

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How's your Christmas Shopping going? Which print on BeArty's website is your favourite? Do any of you creative sorts have any inspo / suggestions on how I can hang this print in my new workspace?

Lovelaughslipstick blog - a lifestyle home health beauty and fashion blogger

*This post contains an item I was gifted for the purpose of review. As ever, though, all opinions are totes my own.
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