Monthly Archives: December 2016

Last Minute Christmas Gifts!

Lucy Says I Do

Merry & Bright Christmas Card: Lucy Says I Do – 15% of the net proceeds from the sale of these cards goes to Teenage Cancer Trust

I know you’ve got all your Christmas gifts already. I know I know I know.

But you know, just in case you haven’t….

Here are a few last minute Christmas presents I’ve had up my sleeve – feel free to stick them up yours.

(Your sleeve).

Merry Christmas!

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A taste of Yorkshire, in London

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Hidden away in Yorkshire is Keelham Farm Shop – an award-winning family-run business which has two shops in Yorkshire and prides itself on championing great tasting, local produce. Hip pip!

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A very glamorous sleepover
at Paddington Station

A few weeks ago LM and I headed off to Cornwall for a (very much needed) relaxing break. The train was leaving fairly early from Paddington station, and it would normally take us around 45 minutes to get there from Walthamstow… This would have meant getting up very early, in order to get there on time, heaving heavy suitcases up and down escalators, wiggling ourselves onto busy Saturday trains, arriving all sweaty and grrrr and NOT getting our relaxing break off to a very relaxing start.

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A festive jaunt to Cambridge and
My Christmas Travel Hack – It’s AMAZE!

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The lead up to Christmas can become so manic that in the final days of the Big Countdown, when everyone is rushing around like a lunatic and you’re trying to find the PERFECT present that is sold out but you’re determined to find it anyway and it’s all completely fruitless and why didn’t you start your Christmas shopping earlier, I can feel myself turning into the Impatient Furious Christmas Monster.

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Running a bit late for Christmas?
Don’t panic! There’s still time!

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Don’t fret, don’t panic and DON’T (whatever you do) drown your sorrows in a vat of mulled wine, because you think you’ve missed the Christmas Tree boat.

You haven’t. The boat is still afloat. And it’s not just any boat (I’m growing unsure of this analogy) it’s the KING of boats and it comes in the form of Pines and Needles.

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A new community baking site
(And the cutest bunny baubles)

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Baking is something that I have always, always loved. Whether I’ve been watching my grandma, falling in love with GBBO, having a go myself or eating the triumphs (and occasionally less than triumphant wares) of friends and family, baking is something that has always brought nothing but sheer joy to my little world. Birthday cakes, Christmas puddings, Get Well Soon and Just Because cakes, cookies and crumbles… I love them all.

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The Twelfth Door of Mayfair
Glamour, Grandeur and
where The Queen Learnt to Dance

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I can’t quite believe that I’m opening the twelfth and final door of my real life Mayfair Advent Calendar… but I am.

And this door is one of the most magical doors I have ever stepped through, not only in Mayfair, but anywhere in London…

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The Eleventh Door of Mayfair…
Bobble Hats, Hot Chocolate
& a Winter Stroll in Green Park

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There’s something about strolling in London parks, when the weather is sunny and crisp, when you’re wrapped up like a cosy bug and when you have a warm and comforting hot chocolate in your hand, that allows you to properly shake the day off and blow the pesky cobwebs out of your mind…

And the eleventh door of Mayfair – that beautiful grand entrance which leads into Green Park, always does just that…

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The Tenth Door of Mayfair…
Silver Shoes, Sparkle
and a Birdcage Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon tea is always a gorgeously decadent treat, no matter where you are… But there’s something about the Palm Court at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, with its stupendous Art Deco features, harp player (yes) and crackling fires, that takes afternoon tea to a whole other glamorous, stylish and fabulously elegant level…

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The Ninth Door of Mayfair…
Dinner in a Winter forest
and an unexpected snowfall

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My ninth door of Mayfair is the extraordinary ‘Sketch‘ – born out of a dream to launch a centre, a “lieu” or destination place, for food, art and music, was brought to life by  “Momo” Mazouz  over two expansive floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street in the heart of Mayfair, London.

I visited Sketch for dinner, and the silk Jigsaw dress I’d seen when in their Duke Street Emporium came in extremely handy…

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The Eighth Door of Mayfair..
Hunting for Christmas Presents
in a Sparkling Promenade

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The eighth door of Mayfair reveals one of the oldest covered shopping arcades in London. It’s beautifully glamorous at the best of times, but on the home stretch to Christmas  Burlington Arcade is looking more sparkly, shiny and irresistibly festive than ever…

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The Seventh Door of Mayfair…
Cocktails and Snowmen
at Smith & Whistle

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When you have finished a long day at work and you just want to find a cosy haunt with a slice of glamour, a twist of the 1920s and barmen who REALLY know their stuff, where you can kick back with friends and sip inventive and delicious cocktails…head to Smith & Whistle, my seventh door of Mayfair.

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The Sixth Door of Mayfair…
Scotch Eggs & Sherry
at the Oldest Pub in Mayfair

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The Coach & Horses, established in 1744 (think about it – that is old) is the oldest pub in Mayfair. It used to be a coaching inn providing rest and recuperation to passing noblemen, along with food and water for their horses…. and more recently it provided me with the most unbelievably good Scotch Eggs and delicious sherry, in December 2016….

Welcome to the sixth door of Mayfair…

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The Fifth Door of Mayfair…
Christmas Frocks, Winter Woolies
& the Best Coffee on Duke Street

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Entering the fifth door of Mayfair was a little bit like being Alice and entering Wonderland…

Jigsaw on Duke Street is not only full of the MOST gorgeous Jigsaw (*that* iconic British brand that you’ve simply always known about and makes you feel happy when you walk past its warm glowing windows) attire, but it’s also the home to its sister store, The Shop at Bluebird and the best (I think, and I stand by this) coffee on Duke Street.

And cake. Lots and lots of cake.

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The Fourth Door of Mayfair…
Perfect Eggs & Unlimited Prosecco
at Mercante

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On the 4th day of December I opened the door to the land of brunch heaven – Mercante; an authentic Italian restaurant that serves up a bottomless brunch on a Sunday, with eggs fluffier than Bagpuss and unlimited Prosecco. That’s unlimited.

As in, no limits.

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