Another season has passed; and another issue of Opulence is upon us. Christmas is just around the corner, surely you are organised?! Don’t worry, we won’t tell if you’re not. Take a look at our gift guide for ideas for everyone on your present list. And if you are in charge of the cooking this year don’t panic - read up on Barry Bryson’s top cooking tips. Apparently it’s all about the gravy! We are not going to let you go hungry this winter either. Our go-to food guru Ailidh Forlan reminds us that it’s the season to be jolly and indulge in some comforting food. This issue she tells us about her personal favourite feasting spots in Edinburgh. We went along to Borough – a welcome addition to the ever-growing Leith neighbourhood. Look no further for a restaurant that bridges the gap between fine dining and a casual bite. This winter explore Thistle Street - Edinburgh’s best-kept shopping secret. For unique accessories picked from all over Europe try COVET. Our girl Caoilfhionn @_WearWhatWorks uncovers independent fashion retailers and reminds us that Edinburgh is brimming with gorgeous boutiques run by passionate people with friendly faces.   Christmas can be an overwhelming time for some; so don’t forget to take some time for your own wellbeing. Shanti Collective offers a safe and welcoming community for anyone wanting to try yoga. If you are looking for creative inspiration Scottish artist Hatti Pattisson describes her ‘dreamscape’ canvas paintings and artistic rituals.   Have a lovely festive time and thank you to those who have supported us in our first year.   Isla and the Opulence team x