Monthly Archives: November 2015

St Moritz Ski Bar at The Goring

St Moritz Ski Bar Goring

London is never short of Wintery pop-ups and this season it’s no different. I love the cosiness of Christmas and I may have just gone and found the perfect place to hole up in as the chillier nights draw in…

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2015

Hip pip hurrah! Here it is – my ULTIMATE Christmas gift guide.

As you all know, I’ve been stuck at home for a few weeks after my op, and it has been such a treat to window shop for you all,  for hours (and hours) finding the most gorgeous things!

I have categorised my gift guide mostly by personality, so I hope I’ve covered a few bases which ring true for you…

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Stitch & Story
– Knitting kits made simple –

Stitch-Story-16

I am not a knitter. I have never really knitted, apart from when I tried to make some kind of terrifyingly awful knitted Christmas decorations at primary school… which were really (really) bad.

I don’t have the greatest track record when it comes to persevering with new skills or techniques – whether it’s a new craft, language or sport – if I don’t get it straight away I tend to get bored and give up…. so these knitting kits by Stitch & Story are right up my alley and couldn’t be more perfect.

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Christmas Party Prep with Sophie Conran

Sophie Conran Christmas Cocktail

The annual Spirit of Christmas Fair was again, packed to the hilt with sparkles and christmassy wonderfulness – it is the ultimate destination for Christmas inspiration, with exhibitors displaying everything you can imagine, from Christmas trees, baubles, candles and other homeware, to gingerbread houses, food and drink and those finishing touches that really make Christmas go off with a magical bang.

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Harrods Hampers:
a touch of Christmas luxury

Harrods Hamper

When Harrods got in touch with me to test-drive their hampers for them, my heart literally skipped a beat. Possibly two. In fact, it’s a miracle that I’m still alive.

Harrods and Hampers are two words which are synonymous with Christmas and I couldn’t wait for my chosen hamper to arrive…

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Pleased to meet you, Kensington
Chapter 5

Deepali-Nangia-6

Did you go to the party? Did you, did you? The very special Banana Republic launch party was last Thursday, on the same day that their newest store in High Street Kensington opened…

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Drama Parlour:
Bethnal Green’s coolest secret

Ever wondered where London’s designers, fashionistas, Dj’s, music producers and art scene get their haircut? Well, wonder no more.

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Squad Goals
with Birchbox & Skinnydip London

Birchbox Skinny Dip

I always wanted to be in a gang when I was little. Mostly because I’d get to sit in a treehouse, eat chocolate, solve mysteries and wear a badge.

It never quite happened like that, but when Birchbox told me recently that I (and you, if you’re a subscriber) was in their ‘squad’, I did a mini fist pump. On my own. To myself.

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The House of Peroni
returns to Brick Lane

House of Peroni

Just before my op, I hot-footed it over to Brick Lane in East London, to visit the immersive and multi-sensory The House of Peroni, entitled ‘Vita all’Interno’ – meaning ‘a life lived inside’. This month-long residency is a celebration of the Italian home – think food, beer, cocktails, laundry, art, nonnas, cake, music and pasta….

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7 beautiful advent calendar ideas

Homemade advent calendar

I have always loved advent calendars – a present everyday? What’s not to love?! There is something so magical about it – waking up on a frosty morning and having a little treat to start the day – it’s mazin. And whether you’re celebrating Chanukah, Christmas, or just the holiday season in general, the concept of this and the joy it elicits is universal.

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Pleased to meet you, Kensington
– Chapter 4 –

Stefano Widdrington - manager at the Prince of Wales Pub, Kensington Church Street

Stefano Widdrington – manager at the Prince of Wales Pub, Kensington Church Street

If you’re familiar with Kensington, then you’ll be no stranger to the Prince Of Wales pub on Kensington Church Street – just across the way from this gorgeous flower stall

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A Christmas Tipple: Disaronno Riserva

Disaronno Riserva

It’s official. Christmas is definitely on its way. I know this because the John Lewis advert is on the telly and I’ve started counting mince pies instead of sheep. Two very clear tell-tale signs that Autumn has come to an end and it’s time to hole up in your pyjamas and settle into the sofa, clutching a box of Quality Street and something heavenly to drink.

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Pleased to meet you, Kensington
– Chapter 3 –

Lauren Bryan Knight

Lauren Bryan Knight with her two little ones! aspiringkennedy.com

Meet Lauren Bryan Knight – not only is she a total academic whizz (a real clever cookie) and beautiful independent woman… but she’s also one half of one of the world’s smiliest couples and a mum. Of two TOTAL cutiepies.

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Putting my feet up…

barbra windsor

Do you know what a fibroid is?

I didn’t either, but it turns out I have them.

I have some very  pesky fibroids that were being a nuisance and after speaking very sternly to them, and them confirming that they had no intention of leaving, I decided to send the heavies in to kick them out.

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– My Magical Key to the City –
24 hours with a Platinum Card

Hakkasan Dim Sum

I recently experienced what it would be like to live 24hrs as a Platinum ® Cardmember… which for me, was no less than a supersonic fantastic treat. Platinum is for people who love to explore, travel, share wonderful experiences and enjoy exceptional quality… and I was determined to make the most of as many of the brilliant benefits and experiences available to me, while in possession of this Card.

And that I did.

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