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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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