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Archive for December, 2011

 

Hello, Lovlies!  What are your plans for the weekend?  I’m heading up for a weekend in Birmingham with the boy and his family.  I always love visiting his parents – his mom is a wonderful cook.  We will hopefully get up to some festivities this weekend, leading up to the holidays, and I’m dying to go ice skating!

Enjoy the links below 🙂  Have a great weekend!

Oyster card holder that’s actually attractive!

Great side dish to any party

Playground slides

Great guide for drinking at work functions

 

Image from Vi.sualize.us.

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Unique and beautiful – china dinnerware sinks into the black table.  This display at London’s Andaz Liverpool Street is meant to evoke a sense of the traditional advent calendar.  Each dish will contain a different treat each day, and prompts customers to explore and try luxurious treats in a fun and different way.  So if you’re in London, head over to the east side to try some of this delightful display – and enjoy some of the events that will be happening each day also!  I know I will.  Anywhere there is chocolate I will go! 🙂

Image from WeHeart.

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Who knew that shopping for men could be so difficult?  Not only shopping for men… but shopping for men with men.  Add a designer girlfriend to the list and you’ve got instant chaos!  Or, at least it was when I was at the shops with my man last weekend – searching for his Christmas gift.

Not only do they want what they want, but men can be so detailed in their personal gifts.  It took me ten minutes to pick out his Ray-Ban sunglasses for his birthday (albeit I worked for Sunglass Hut at the time), yet it takes him ages to find his perfect bag.

By the way – it was agreed that he was getting a M-urse.  A man-purse, portfolio, briefcase, call it what you’d like.  (To put this in context – he is a professional secondary school teacher of history.  He is currently carrying around a 10 year old rucksack.  All designers may gasp in horror now.)  I got him to see the light.

So, after initial debates about the colour of the bag (he wanted brown, I said black) to material debates (he wanted ‘youthful looking’, I wanted classic professional and leather) we finally decided on a smooth and sleek Jeff Banks bag.  It was perfect for him! (And for my designer self!)

See that photo above?  It’s the exact one.  Never mind the sale currently on at Debenhams for this bag, we hit the jackpot.  It was professional yet easy, leather and black yet pliable.  It works and I expect him to use it for at least a few years!

Left Brain 2, Right Brain 2!

Image from Debenhams.

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My dear reader – what is your favourite holiday drink?  I love eggnog – with a little bit of cinnamon or nutmeg.  As kids, we use to have small mugs of this drink on Christmas day.  So yummy!

One of my favourite design blogs, Design*Sponge, featured a post on Jen Altman’s Black Spiced Rum Eggnog.  Perhaps its time to spice my drink even more!  See the full post and recipe here.

Image from Design*Sponge.

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How about ice skating?  My favourite holiday activity!  It’s fun and utterly romantic!  I have been trying to convince my boyfriend to come with me… we are suppose to be going this weekend!  I figure if I can get him to go see Arthur Christmas I’m sure I can get him to do some ice skating!

Would you ever travel to beautiful ice skating rinks?  For those not a fan of skiing holidays – maybe an ice skating holiday would be a great alternative!  Four Seasons Magazine lists the World’s Best Ice Skating Destinations.  I personally would love to go to Austria (as pictured above).  How idyllic!

Image from Four Seasons.

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How cute are these!  I’m a huge fan of crafty gifts for the holidays.  These thumb-print reindeer are just too cute!  Probably a great idea for the little kiddies as well!  Find out the step to step process here.  The great part – they only take 20 minutes!  This is a great gift idea for friends, distant relations, newly weds (who has time to buy all the fun ornaments for the tree?) or teachers!

Image from Little Bit Funky.

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I absolutely love this time of year.  My family and I always had our traditions in these final weeks leading up to the week of holiday fun – starting right after Thanksgiving.  First, there was always Black Friday – manic shopping – then there was finding the tree, dressing the tree, and baking cookies.  We celebrated with the family on Christmas Eve, then again Christmas Day, ending with a big dinner at night of ham and all the good food you could ever imagine.

This year, I’m spending Christmas in England with my boyfriend’s family.  It is a little sad, since I won’t be able to do my family traditions, but I am excited to participate in his!  English Christmas = mince pies, Christmas pudding, Christmas Crackers… and all sorts of new experiences.  I’m glad they are allowing me to share in it all!

To get us in the spirit a little earlier than normal for England, we went and watched Arthur Christmas – a cute animated flick about Santa Claus.  I loved it!  I’m sure Ben found it utterly boring.  Now I just want to grab some hot chocolate and go ice skating.

What gets you in the holiday spirit? x

Image from I’ve Watched It.

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