It’s the time of year when your diary is full of Christmas parties and events which you want to look your very best for. Not easy to achieve when it’s cold, dark and your skin hasn’t seen the sun for months! But don’t worry Crieff’s town centre is packed full of exquisite fashion boutiques and hair and beauty experts just waiting to help you shine this Christmas …

Choose a killer outfit

Whether you prefer the understatement of a little black dress, an on-trend jumpsuit or a sequinned number, you are bound to find something to suit you from Ceegees, Valentines or C’est la Vie Boutique.

Ceegees have been dressing the discerning ladies of Crieff and further afield for well over a decade and stock a brilliant range of clothes and accessories to suit a wide range of tastes and pockets. Their annual pre-Christmas sale is also now on so you can bag the perfect outfit for a bargain price!

Luxury ladies and gentleman’s outfitter Valentines enjoys a reputation for quality and service. A legendary name on the Crieff retail scene, the Valentines’ collection offers a wide range of top names with an emphasis on refined rural style. From modern outdoor wear to more glamorous day and evening wear, the ladies range includes selected items from premium brands including: Betty Barclay, Masai, Robell, Gardeur, and Adini.

C’est La Vie Boutique cater for a wide range of tastes with top quality and designer brands. Their brands change on a seasonal basis to account for the latest in fashion and style, so you really need to pop in and see what they have.

Accessorise like a pro

In the famous words of Patsy Stone (Absolutely Fabulous) “you can never have too many accessories.” Whether you want to update something you’ve already got in your wardrobe or add that extra something to a new outfit, accessories can be transformative. Fortunately, Crieff has lots of options to find your perfect pieces.

Blue Spirit stocks a wide range of jewellery, I particularly like their contemporary silver necklaces and bangles, although they also have a gorgeous range of mother of pearl and Paua jewellery. Jazz too have handmade silver and fresh water pearl jewellery, a great range of handbags, scarves and purses.

The Strathearn Gallery is a contemporary art gallery which champions both leading and up and coming Scottish artists. They have an extensive range of beautiful jewellery to choose from including earrings, necklaces, bracelets and bangles. At Home Gifts are stockists of gorgeous contemporary jewellery by Dansk Smykkekunst. And finally, Bryce Shoes have a great range of footwear from bejewelled sandals to classic courts.

Look amazing

When it comes to looking great, we are spoilt for choice! There are so many brilliant hairdressers and beauty salons in Crieff it’s hard to know where to begin.

I honestly believe that you feel better if you know that your hair looks good even in a pair of muddy jeans and some wellies, which is probably what you’ll be wearing a lot of the time in December! Sam Parks is a great place to start for gorgeous locks on a day to day basis. Her talented team pride themselves on delivering high standards of client care, styling, cutting and colouring.

Coco Belle is also first and foremost a hair salon although they do offer tanning and other beauty treatments too. Mojo hair & beauty offer most treatments you could possibly want all under one roof. In addition to the usual hair and beauty services they also offer Thai foot massage and reflexology. They were also finalists in the Perth & Kinross ‘Best new business 2019’. Marra Hair & beauty were winners of the 2019 “Best Hair Salon” at the recent Perthshire Business Awards. They too offer a wide range of beauty treatments, make-up and also Reiki Therapy.

Be Salon is also a one-stop-shop for all your beauty requirements offering a wide selection of nail, lashes, waxing, facial and massage options. Star treatments include the Opi Luxury Pedicure which features cuticle work, shaping, exfoliation, hydrating mask in heated mitts and a glamorous polish of your choice to finish. You’ll be ready to don your favourite heels and show off your fabulous footwork on the dance floor!

And finally, to the new kids on the block, Bella Beaute. From volume lashes to strip lash application, magnificent manicures to rejuvenating facials and relaxing massage options, Bella has all the latest professional treatments available including microblading and dermaplaning. They were also finalists in the Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards 2019.

Phew with so much choice I’m left feeling guilty as I look down at my scrappy nails on the keyboard – there’s really no excuse is there!

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