The fairy lights are twinkling, there’s the sweet scent of mulled wine in the air and there are even more social engagements in the diary than usual… it must be Christmastime - and what a festive treat we have in store for you in this issue.

With the party invitations rolling in and late nights and a glass or two of champagne a distinct possibility, we’ve got you covered with the best morning-after rescue remedies for your skin, to make sure you face the world looking refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the festive season. We also recommend some beautiful scents of Christmas in candle form, to bring that warming festive aroma into your home.

At the forefront of a lot of people’s minds will be the age-old tradition – and traditional panic – about making Christmas dinner without a hitch. Relax and get yourself prepared nicely in advance with our recipes with a twist from chef Nick Nairn, where we leave the turkey behind and go for something a bit different. We also have some tips from Jason Henderson, head chef at Crieff’s Knock Castle Hotel & Spa, who tells us how to enjoy all the trimmings with fewer calories.

We’ve been having a good browse for the best of Edinburgh’s West End Christmas shopping this winter – wandering the shops in this wonderful area of the capital can often make you feel like you’re in a Charles Dickens novel, with the pretty, lit-up streets and Christmassy atmosphere. Of course, every dedicated shopper needs to be attired appropriately for the occasion, and we’ve got the long and short boots to fit the festive bill and gorgeous winter sparkle as the finishing touch for any outfit, whether day or night. We also have our definitive Christmas gift guide to help you out with ideas for that list of presents-to-buy, although there’s always the option of gifting your friends and family a subscription to your favourite magazine – we can guarantee we’re a surefire hit underneath the Christmas tree.

This is also the 50th edition of Scottish Woman Magazine, and we’re feeling fabulous for it. To celebrate our big birthday, we’ll be holding a pretty unmissable Christmas party on 22nd November. Prepare to be entertained by one of London’s top West End acts. For more information, see page 43.

We’ve travelled around the world in this issue to give you some luxury options for the ultimate in escapism - from the shores of Indonesia to the sweeping Himalayas and the Costa Rican rainforest. We also speak to Scottish photographer David Eustace, who has ventured far and wide to capture some of his most powerful images, which feature in his first published retrospective, covering two and a half decades of work.

Finally, we get the low-down from singing star on the rise, Nina Nesbitt, who started her career by posting up YouTube music videos, and is now performing sell-out tours across the UK. We also chat to the lovely Dawn O’Porter, who explains the inspiration behind her new collection, BOB, and why we should find the love for timeless vintage.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas,

Maria M. Burnett

Maria M. Barnett.

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