Yearly Archive: 2012

Dec 25 2012

Merry Christmas Dolls!!!

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Christmas has and always will be a special time of year for me, and granted I do love receiving presents but more than that I love making new memories with my loved ones.

Last night as I was getting giddy about my presents under the tree, it seems Paulie has really spoilt me this year, I was thinking about all the presents I got as a child. There was a bike that I wasn’t very steady on, lots of play-doh – the smell still takes me back to when my Dad gave me a new shade, and lots and lots of cuddle toys and the one I took everywhere with me was this pink My Little Pony, which wasn’t so little.

I don’t remember the god awful, very Eighties sofa, or even the retro Cola can, but I do remember my love of pig-tails, pink, and how I cherished that pony – just looking at it today reminds me of such a great Christmas.

So this is just a quick blog wishing all my lovely readers a very Merry Christmas – I hope that Santa brought you lots of gorgeous gifts, that you have a fun festive day with your loved ones, and most of all that you all make lots of memories that will have you smiling in years to come.

Merry Christmas dolls!!!!

Dec 24 2012

Festive Fun: Christmas Eve Movie Marathon

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This morning I took down all *well some* of my festive films from the DVD shelf to decide on today’s marathon and thought I would share a few of my favourite Christmas movies.

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I also can’t wait to watch – It’s A Wonderful Life- even though it makes me cry, Love Actually, Jack Frost – another tear jerker, Home Alone – just the first one, Elf, Scrooged – the Bill Murray version as the Ghost of Christmas Present cracks me up every time, Christmas With The Kranks, The Bishop’s Wife – Cary Grant as an angel, The Holiday – as I want to be Cameron Diaz, His and Her Christmas, and don’t forget a bit of action to your Christmas viewing with Die Hard – all together now “Yippie kay-yay motherfucker!”.

So what’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Dec 23 2012

Christmas Cheer: The Dream House Is All Festive

Christmas tree 2012 10 Christmas Cheer: The Dream House Is All Festive %tagEver since I was little Christmas has been a special time of year, it was a time of year that my Mum made very special, filled with festive fun and treats. From decorating the tree, to wandering around Manchester seeing the lights, shopping for gifts, and putting together the party food for the family gatherings – Christmas was/is such a fun time of year for my family, and each year it is topped off with the most amazing stocking that my Mum puts together – seriously a miniature can of Coke has never tasted so good.

Gone are the regular trips home, I still do before and after the big day, but now Christmas is at home with my boyfriend and I love that we've started our own festive traditions, which basically involves Paulie letting me get as giddy as possible around the holidays. We watch as many Christmas movies as Xmas24 has to offer, I bake up a feast, this year is all about chocolate brownies, Victoria sponge cakes, and of course mince pies, we find an ice skating rink, we try and visit reindeers, which each year gets harder to find, and my favourite of our traditions is going bowling and watching this year's festive film at the cinema on Christmas Eve before we get out the party food.

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One of my favourite festive rituals has to be decorating the tree, I am not someone who goes for themes, more about putting together a variety of baubles and decorations that all have a memory attached to them, and each year I add a few more to the collection. I have decorations that my Mum has passed down, including a very fluffy angel that sadly my cat JD seems to love, named snow globes, a host of stars, a pretty ballerina, a gorgeous fairy for the top of the tree, and new this year are some Japanese inspired baubles that caught my eye from John Lewis.

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As well as our main tree I also like an alternative, smaller tree for the dining room, and this year it is a modern silver tree holding baubles depicting the 12 days of Christmas, just something a little different for a centre piece for my table.

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Dec 21 2012

SS13 Campaign: Versace Does Post Apocalyptic Glamour

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For the spring/summer 2013 campaign, shot by Mert & Marcus, Versace has brought together three iconic models Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy and Joan Smalls and each one looks absolutely hot – especially Kate who is being flanked by three very hunky gladiators, Edward Wilding, Kacey Carring and Veit Couturier.

Of the campaign, Donatella Versace said:

“To have three glamorous and iconic women like Kate, Daria and Joan in one campaign is not an easy feat. Mert and Marcus really outdid themselves, each image is composed like a work of art.”

This is one steamy campaign that I am sure for some will be a little too fake, or photoshopped, but come what do you expect from Versace – these images are so on brand for me and I love them – they are OTT, striking, and so, so sexy.

What do you think of Versace’s spring/summer 2013 campaign?

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Dec 21 2012

Revisited: Osprey Home In St Albans

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What I love about Osprey Home, other than the obviously that it is full of pretty things that I want to fill my house with, has to be the charming feeling you get when wandering around the stable blocks, you basically never know what you are going to find. Plus as well as offering a gorgeous shopping experience this place has the most amazing cafe, seriously the cakes are to-die-for, and they have a collection of tea cups that I wish I had.

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Since my last visit the main changes has to be that the place is bigger, they have extended the Saddlery Cafe, which was wise as it is very popular, they’ve repositioned the Home store slightly and have introduced new lines such as jewellery, which is curated by Graeme’s wife, Osprey London candles and fragrances, which smell divine, and generally they’ve allowed more room for the hand-selected vintage-inspired finds that I loved from my first visit.

As well as cute interior pieces, gorgeous food in the cafe, Osprey Home also has an outlet store for the Osprey London handbags and leather accessories at bargain prices. I have to be honest I haven’t spent a more relaxed afternoon in a while, I have added a lot of things to my wish-list, and I came away with some amazing interior inspiration as well. I wish all shopping trips were such a pleasure!!!

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Osprey Home, Saddlery Cafe and Osprey London: Osprey Saddlery, Woodcock Hill, Coopers Green Lane, St Albans, Herts, AL4 9HJ.

Dec 20 2012

Festive Fun: Rebecca Minkoff’s Holiday Card

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The festive season is all about adding a little fun and humour into the craziness of buying presents and eating your weight in chocolates and Rebecca Minkoff certainly has done that with her video holiday card.

Filmed to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, no I am not fed up of it either, Rebecca Minkoff has gathered her fashionable pals including The Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, blogger Bryan Boy, and the gorgeous Hilary Rhoda to create a very fashionable greeting card.

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What I love about this video other than its smile factor, has to be The Man Repeller’s amazing ‘Jews Do It For 8 Days’ sweatshirt – I totally need one!!!

Now crack out the yule log, grab a glass of eggnog and sing along to this adorable festive fashion video.

[Pics: via YouTube]

Dec 19 2012

Trailer Loving: Second Look At The Great Gatsby

In May I gushed about how excited I was to see Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, over the summer I wept about the film being postponed until next year, and now I am all excited and giddy again with the release of the second trailer for the film.

This is without a doubt one of the most anticipated films for 2013. It may not be out until May but I can already see all the amazing red carpet looks that Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher are going to wear during the promo tour, the high street take on the gorgeous costumes, the soundtrack taking over the charts, and of course women all over the world are sure to fall back in love with Leonardo DiCaprio.

I love the roaring Twenties era and the Art Deco vibe, which is probably why I can’t wait to see this movie, plus I am obsessed by the Prada costumes and the Tiffany jewels that are featured, and no one can deny what a genius Baz Luhrmann is when it comes to making a classic modern.

I don’t know about anyone else but I am most certainly looking forward to dissecting every last moment – roll on May 2013.

Are you excited for The Great Gatsby to hit the big screen?

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