Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Goodbye December....

Before we close our doors to 2015 and embark on a new adventure in 2016 its time to look back on my highlights from December. Spending the 1st week of the month in New York was just fabulous and was one of the best weeks that I had had there. (no week is anything other than great, but somehow this year was just fabulous)
The build up to Christmas was energetic, fast and full of fun things and will share more in January when the nights are long and cold and my diary is bare! Here's some of my instagram snaps from the month of favourite things.....
1. December Daily / Journal your Christmas - for the past 5 years I have documented and scrapbooked my December via prompts from the talented Shimelle; this year I am looking forward to doing the same and then crafting in the new year. Here is my album from 2014.
2. Duran Duran took to the stage at the O2 in December for an amazing gig where they absolutely rocked the roof off!..no Christmas songs, but lots of happy middle aged ladies!
3. Christmas songs - love getting the Christmas CD's and playlist on the ipod for trips in the car & tube.
4 & 5 Planning and wrapping are 2 of my christmas moments - every year a new theme; this year black, gold, silver & white. Loved this years themes.
6. Taylors 1st Christmas - boot filled with yellow bags and commuting to and from work singing along to Christmas tunes and decked with fairy lights!
7. Team night out involved Shake Shack and Somerset House for a night of Skate & Shack.
8. Christmas morning breakfast with Nans legendary sausage rolls.
9.Remembering loved ones passed during the festive season with holly wreaths and roses.
It wasn't just me that had lots of fun at Christmas - the kits had bundles of fun along with lazy sleeps too!
Fitz definitely the most inquisitive of the 2, or the one that got caught the most; whether sneaking kisses, exploring gift bags and even inside the tree he explored lots!  Darcy liked the holiday duvet lots and was often found asleep there or curled up with his brother on my lap or by the fire. He did find a parcel that he thought was his! With there own stocking from their fur buddies Jax & Roxy, they were not left out.
After much deliberation the Christmas tree went up late in T's terrace. From the many decorations that I have, I selected the black, gold, white and silver decorations to compliment my theme. I was really pleased with how it all came out.
The kits definitely seemed to like it and it was the first year with the kits that it remained upright for the holiday period!
Boxing Day was spent as in previous years at work. Driving into London, the streets were desolate until you hit the big department stores, were Q's snaked around the block.
Busy day all round and welcomed the sofa in the evening for a rest.
Early morning breakfast's in glorious surroundings were spent in December. Claridges in Christmas week was just magical and then the Sky Garden pre New Year watching the sun rise was equally as magical.
Detailed posts to follow.








As you can see December was busy and hard to believe how quick that it and 2015 have flown by. With the New Year approaching its time for a blog overhaul, with so much to share from Christmas I am going to keep the blog Christmassy until the 12th night when the decorations come down...
29 days ago I was standing in Times Square looking at the big silver ball that would drop on New Years Eve...

Monday, 21 December 2015

10 festive favourites from London.....

Another week gone and now only 4 days to Christmas, December passing by in a flurry, alas not snow flurries as it is unseasonally mild for this time of year. My week has been a whirlwind of activities in and around London catching up with friends and family for the festive season.
London is looking lovely this year and here are a few of my holiday favourites:

  1. Skate Ice Rink at Somerset with a glorious tree decorated and sponsored by Fortnum & Mason. its its signature blue & wicker, it really is delightful. The skate rink is much fun, and pumps out a fabulous DJ set as you skate. Visited as part of my teams night out and we had much fun.
  2. Carnaby Christmas Street party - a fabulously kitsch, glitter-ball pink star-scape. what's not to love about that at Christmas.
  3. Sometimes the simple styling is as effective as the overblown glitter and this is demonstrated perfectly with the blue lit tree at the Houses of parliament in the shadows of Big Ben. 
  4. The Damian Hirst tree outside the Connaught Hotel in the heart of Mayfair.
  5. This year the strand has decorated its street with blue baubles and stars and it looks lovely, a welcome surprise when I went to the theatre last week.
  6. South Molton Street (alongside Bond street station) arches, are a annual favourite and look gorgeous looking down onto Oxford street.
  7. Rudolph on his sleigh, complete with red nose sits proud at the top of Covent garden and is a huge favourite with the children.
  8. Regent streets clock parts (sponsered by a big watch maker) have lights and images beamed onto them as they are strung across the street.
  9. The silver and gold lit orbs across Oxford street are my daily view as I walk to and from work and really seem to fit this years themes of space and stars.
Covent Garden has become a favourite this year and looks beautiful with its huge glitter-balls and mistletoe bunches... along with its huge christmas tree it is very christmassy! Visiting during the day is lovely, but looks very special and sparkly after dark.
 I will be sharing some more favourites from Covent Garden over the holiday period.
10. Another festive favourite and becoming a bit of a regular feature for T is the beautifully decadent Claridges. This year my Christmas treat was a cheeky breakfast before work, where I got to explore a little of the Christmas delights of this hotel... pop back after Christmas and I will share more!
The rest of the week is a complete whirl of activities, wrapping and present delivering, I hope to pop back before the big day with some more festive fun.
have a lovely week x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

12 favourites from New York...

With 12 days to go until the big day and having been back from New York a week, I thought it was time to share some holiday favourites for from across the pond for the season.
I had some a wonderful time this year in the city that doesn't sleep and will be sharing my adventures well into the New Year as there are lots!

1. Rockefeller Christmas Tree - THE christmas tree of the City, I cant tell you what that little sparkle of excitement feels like when you catch the first glimpse of its sparkling wonder from 5th avenue. Flanked by harking angels it is just beautiful.
2. Rockefeller Drummers and Pipers, staged around the Rockefeller centre during the holiday season are huge drummers and pipers which guard the area.
3. Saks - 5th avenue - every year Saks host a magical music and light show onto their 5th avenue façade, this year the magic and wonder of The Winter Palace came to life.

4.Christmas tree lots on corners and sidewalks.... the smell of spruce, fir and christmas hangs in the air from every side-walk, along with jingling bells and Samaritans dancing and singing.
5. Hotel canopy's are festooned with christmas decorations and kitsch in glorious splendour.

6. The Woolman Rink opens in Central Park, bathed in glorious winter sunshine this is a magical place to people watch, drink hot chocolate and eat hot dogs!
7. 5th avenue comes alive with holiday shoppers, and store facades come alive... the bejewelled Tiffany;s sparkling with twinkling diamonds in its windows.
8. Tiffany blue boxes are always magical, but look even more special on the christmas trees that become the signature look for this special store on 5th.
9. Miracle on 34th Street bought to life at Macy's on 34th street; Believe and huge Santa post boxes; its hard not to believe in Santa when spending time in the store.
10. Macy's may own the Miracle, but my absolute favourite Santa this year was the one at The Plaza. so jolly and so much fun...
11. Love the simplicity of holiday decorating in NY and nowhere does it better than the brownstones in the Greenwich Village areas.... just gorgeous.
12. Even the Firehouses decorate for the holidays... one of my favourites being Engine co 10 at the World Trade Centre, complete with festooned fire truck.
 As you can see NY looked exceptionally magical this year and could spend hours blogging about it, but with Christmas 12 days away I really need to get organised!... have a lovely day and hope that your holiday plans are happy and a little bit more organised than mine!



Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Goodbye December....

Before we close our doors to 2015 and embark on a new adventure in 2016 its time to look back on my highlights from December. Spending the 1st week of the month in New York was just fabulous and was one of the best weeks that I had had there. (no week is anything other than great, but somehow this year was just fabulous)
The build up to Christmas was energetic, fast and full of fun things and will share more in January when the nights are long and cold and my diary is bare! Here's some of my instagram snaps from the month of favourite things.....
1. December Daily / Journal your Christmas - for the past 5 years I have documented and scrapbooked my December via prompts from the talented Shimelle; this year I am looking forward to doing the same and then crafting in the new year. Here is my album from 2014.
2. Duran Duran took to the stage at the O2 in December for an amazing gig where they absolutely rocked the roof off!..no Christmas songs, but lots of happy middle aged ladies!
3. Christmas songs - love getting the Christmas CD's and playlist on the ipod for trips in the car & tube.
4 & 5 Planning and wrapping are 2 of my christmas moments - every year a new theme; this year black, gold, silver & white. Loved this years themes.
6. Taylors 1st Christmas - boot filled with yellow bags and commuting to and from work singing along to Christmas tunes and decked with fairy lights!
7. Team night out involved Shake Shack and Somerset House for a night of Skate & Shack.
8. Christmas morning breakfast with Nans legendary sausage rolls.
9.Remembering loved ones passed during the festive season with holly wreaths and roses.
It wasn't just me that had lots of fun at Christmas - the kits had bundles of fun along with lazy sleeps too!
Fitz definitely the most inquisitive of the 2, or the one that got caught the most; whether sneaking kisses, exploring gift bags and even inside the tree he explored lots!  Darcy liked the holiday duvet lots and was often found asleep there or curled up with his brother on my lap or by the fire. He did find a parcel that he thought was his! With there own stocking from their fur buddies Jax & Roxy, they were not left out.
After much deliberation the Christmas tree went up late in T's terrace. From the many decorations that I have, I selected the black, gold, white and silver decorations to compliment my theme. I was really pleased with how it all came out.
The kits definitely seemed to like it and it was the first year with the kits that it remained upright for the holiday period!
Boxing Day was spent as in previous years at work. Driving into London, the streets were desolate until you hit the big department stores, were Q's snaked around the block.
Busy day all round and welcomed the sofa in the evening for a rest.
Early morning breakfast's in glorious surroundings were spent in December. Claridges in Christmas week was just magical and then the Sky Garden pre New Year watching the sun rise was equally as magical.
Detailed posts to follow.








As you can see December was busy and hard to believe how quick that it and 2015 have flown by. With the New Year approaching its time for a blog overhaul, with so much to share from Christmas I am going to keep the blog Christmassy until the 12th night when the decorations come down...
29 days ago I was standing in Times Square looking at the big silver ball that would drop on New Years Eve...

Monday, 21 December 2015

10 festive favourites from London.....

Another week gone and now only 4 days to Christmas, December passing by in a flurry, alas not snow flurries as it is unseasonally mild for this time of year. My week has been a whirlwind of activities in and around London catching up with friends and family for the festive season.
London is looking lovely this year and here are a few of my holiday favourites:

  1. Skate Ice Rink at Somerset with a glorious tree decorated and sponsored by Fortnum & Mason. its its signature blue & wicker, it really is delightful. The skate rink is much fun, and pumps out a fabulous DJ set as you skate. Visited as part of my teams night out and we had much fun.
  2. Carnaby Christmas Street party - a fabulously kitsch, glitter-ball pink star-scape. what's not to love about that at Christmas.
  3. Sometimes the simple styling is as effective as the overblown glitter and this is demonstrated perfectly with the blue lit tree at the Houses of parliament in the shadows of Big Ben. 
  4. The Damian Hirst tree outside the Connaught Hotel in the heart of Mayfair.
  5. This year the strand has decorated its street with blue baubles and stars and it looks lovely, a welcome surprise when I went to the theatre last week.
  6. South Molton Street (alongside Bond street station) arches, are a annual favourite and look gorgeous looking down onto Oxford street.
  7. Rudolph on his sleigh, complete with red nose sits proud at the top of Covent garden and is a huge favourite with the children.
  8. Regent streets clock parts (sponsered by a big watch maker) have lights and images beamed onto them as they are strung across the street.
  9. The silver and gold lit orbs across Oxford street are my daily view as I walk to and from work and really seem to fit this years themes of space and stars.
Covent Garden has become a favourite this year and looks beautiful with its huge glitter-balls and mistletoe bunches... along with its huge christmas tree it is very christmassy! Visiting during the day is lovely, but looks very special and sparkly after dark.
 I will be sharing some more favourites from Covent Garden over the holiday period.
10. Another festive favourite and becoming a bit of a regular feature for T is the beautifully decadent Claridges. This year my Christmas treat was a cheeky breakfast before work, where I got to explore a little of the Christmas delights of this hotel... pop back after Christmas and I will share more!
The rest of the week is a complete whirl of activities, wrapping and present delivering, I hope to pop back before the big day with some more festive fun.
have a lovely week x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

12 favourites from New York...

With 12 days to go until the big day and having been back from New York a week, I thought it was time to share some holiday favourites for from across the pond for the season.
I had some a wonderful time this year in the city that doesn't sleep and will be sharing my adventures well into the New Year as there are lots!

1. Rockefeller Christmas Tree - THE christmas tree of the City, I cant tell you what that little sparkle of excitement feels like when you catch the first glimpse of its sparkling wonder from 5th avenue. Flanked by harking angels it is just beautiful.
2. Rockefeller Drummers and Pipers, staged around the Rockefeller centre during the holiday season are huge drummers and pipers which guard the area.
3. Saks - 5th avenue - every year Saks host a magical music and light show onto their 5th avenue façade, this year the magic and wonder of The Winter Palace came to life.

4.Christmas tree lots on corners and sidewalks.... the smell of spruce, fir and christmas hangs in the air from every side-walk, along with jingling bells and Samaritans dancing and singing.
5. Hotel canopy's are festooned with christmas decorations and kitsch in glorious splendour.

6. The Woolman Rink opens in Central Park, bathed in glorious winter sunshine this is a magical place to people watch, drink hot chocolate and eat hot dogs!
7. 5th avenue comes alive with holiday shoppers, and store facades come alive... the bejewelled Tiffany;s sparkling with twinkling diamonds in its windows.
8. Tiffany blue boxes are always magical, but look even more special on the christmas trees that become the signature look for this special store on 5th.
9. Miracle on 34th Street bought to life at Macy's on 34th street; Believe and huge Santa post boxes; its hard not to believe in Santa when spending time in the store.
10. Macy's may own the Miracle, but my absolute favourite Santa this year was the one at The Plaza. so jolly and so much fun...
11. Love the simplicity of holiday decorating in NY and nowhere does it better than the brownstones in the Greenwich Village areas.... just gorgeous.
12. Even the Firehouses decorate for the holidays... one of my favourites being Engine co 10 at the World Trade Centre, complete with festooned fire truck.
 As you can see NY looked exceptionally magical this year and could spend hours blogging about it, but with Christmas 12 days away I really need to get organised!... have a lovely day and hope that your holiday plans are happy and a little bit more organised than mine!