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its beginning to look alot like christmas

It’s beginning to look like Christmas everywhere.

The German market in Bournemouth is in full swing, bigger and better as ever and the shops are stocking up on cards, wrap and Christmas trees.

A little while ago I managed to bag some free tickets to the Christmas Ideal Home exhibition. Full of gift ideas and winter comfort food, Earls Court is transformed into a winter wonderland.

The view from the upper balcony is like looking at a huge market from the air. It really is huge. We arrived fairly early to try and avoid the crowds. London being London however, it didn’t really go to plan.

There was also food everywhere. Cheese, wine, chutney, cheese, chocolate, cheese. You get the picture.

Gino D’Acampo made a celebrity appearance on the main stage with his easy tiramisu.

After a few hours of Earl’s Court crowds, we headed for coffee and a well earned break.

Hopping on the tube to Regent Street is a must do in London at Christmas. It’s a secret (ok, maybe not so secret) Santa’s grotto, filled to the brim with beautifully classy lights and window displays.

The sun was setting behind the Regent Street shops and the lights began to twinkle. We passed Hamleys and the doorside story teller excited about the one place we had been waiting for.

Liberty’s.

A Tudor-esque building constructed by Arther Liberty which was built from the timber of two ships in 1924, is now one of the most exclusive places to shop in London. The interior is magnificent and on the 4th floor you’ll find the elf’s factory.

And the elf’s did good. Every colour and material of baubles cover the walls from head to ceiling and the christmasy scent burns through the wooden shell.

We paraded around the forth floor searching for the perfect baubles then dreaming strolled through the chocolate heaven department. After more retail therapy we stepped out onto Carnaby Street. With its retro and quirky shops, the lights shone brighter. I really do love London.

After a long and tiring day, we returned to Regent Street to jump on the tube, homeward bound.

The Ideal Home Exhibition is great for gift ideas and a few bargains like the Jamie Oliver magazine subscription I picked up for a sweet £25 and a Christmas edition Glossybox. But try and avoid the chaos at weekends. The crowds are pretty overwhelming and require patience, which is nothing I seemed to have. However Regent Street and the Christmas lights are something that should not be missed. Regardless of the crowds, it’s as magical as a scorching summer day.

dear santa

Dear Santa

It’s only 39 days till Christmas! 39 days!

The preparations have begun, the tree is ready for collection, I’ve started Christmas shopping and the Christmas Day Menu is in the making! Organisation is key at this time of year (and probably the reason I’m so obsessed with it) so I thought I’d put together a little “dear santa” Christmas list for some handy essential ideas that may have been missing off your Christmas lists this year. Or you may be struggling for ideas for friends or family members (don’t worry, we’re all in the same boat!).

1 // These Hunter Regent Aspley boots have stolen my country girl heart. They are practical and ooze style. Wendy at Thank Fifi has recently been styling the Hunter Regent Clarence boots which are just beautiful and equestrian, but there’s something about these Aspley boots that are traditional wellies meet “I can get away with wearing these every day” boots. I love that.

2 // The practicality of a mac is an undeniable feat of all coats in existence. Whether you’re wearing the real deal (and frankly way out of my budget) Burberry Mac or this Uniqlo woolen mac, you’re going to feel snug as a bug.

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3 // Ever since I received a sample of the Vitamin E everyday moisturiser in last months GlossyBox, I’ve been smitten by the way it makes my skin feel. My only criticism was that the cream itself is quiet thin. Loan-behold… they have an intense version of the same cream for dry skin. Dry skin saviour!

4 // Another of my GlossyBox beauty finds is the French brand Yves Rocher. Their “Sexy Pulp” mascara is by far the best mascara I have ever used and is perfect if you have sensitive eyes.

5 // My hair is boring. I have had the same colour now for a few years and have never really experimented with different hair styles. I guess you just know what suit you, right? Anyway, I’ve fallen head over curly hair heels recently and after spotting these Remington Keratin Curling Tongs, I’ve wanted very little else for my hair. Keratin is a big deal at the moment, along with other oils and balms which claim to make your hair feel incredible. I certainly cannot wait to see what affect these have on my locks.

6 // The leather bag. A woman’s sidekick.

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7 // I often get criticised for still using a paper diary (especially at work). In fact, I have 2 paper diary’s; one for work and one for “life”. For me, there is nothing classier and more convenient than flicking through lovely crisp diary pages and being able to see clearly where you are and what you’re doing. I love Filofax and this is the perfect partner for the leather bag.

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8 // The “wrap bracelet” is one of my favourite trends this year. Along with a chunky watch and some intricate bracelets, these leather belt looking accessories can add a splash of colour to any outfit and you’ll be rocking some serious arm-swag. This Ashley Clarke Triple Wrap bracelet is sophisticated and simple.

9 // A personal must have for me this year is a jewellery box. Cream leather that says luxury.