Tag Archive: Christmas

Dec 24 2013

Festive Movie Marathon: A Rom-Com Kind Of Christmas

Christmas movies 2 Festive Movie Marathon: A Rom Com Kind Of Christmas %tagHappy Christmas Eve guys. It is traditional for me on this very day to eat lots of chocolates, generally the Quality Street variety, bake up some mince pies, and watch back-to-back Christmas movies – and you guessed it that is what I am doing right now.

Last Christmas I put up my favourite festive movies – the likes of White Christmas and Santa Clause, plus a whole raft of suggestions that probably only myself and the Hallmark Channel have ever heard of. This Christmas Eve I thought I would go for a romantic-comedy theme – mixing festive cheer with a fuzzy feel good factor. So here goes – my five rom-com suggestions:

The Holiday - Many reasons why this makes the cut each festive season, first who doesn’t want to be Cameron Diaz, secondly it is the only film I actually think Jude Law is hot in, and thirdly I love the contrast between a snowy England and Los Angeles. This is a great feel-good film that even my boyfriend doesn’t mind sitting through.

While You Were Sleeping – What I love about this film is that it is a little unconventional when it comes to a festive romance film – as instead of eyes meeting across a crowded holiday party, Lucy played by Sandra Bullock actually saves her commuter crush and gets mistaken for his fiancé while he is in a coma and then falls in love with his brother. Not only am I huge Sandra Bullock fan but I also have a soft spot for Bill Pullman.

Love Actually – This film is British comedy at its very best. I love the interwoven little storylines, the incredible cast, I adore Bill Nighy as an aging rocker, and most of all I love that Hugh Grant as Prime Minister falls in love with his tea girl. You can’t help but laugh, cry and feel good when watching this film.

Serendipity - This is a film that doesn’t just come out at Christmas for me, I love the idea of Serendipity meeting a stranger and having a connection but the not so perfect timing means that they don’t stay in touch, rather they see if chance brings them back together again. If the story doesn’t get you the chemistry between John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale will!!!

Miracle on 34th Street - No Christmas list is complete without my favourite festive film – come on Richard Attenborough is the greatest Father Christmas and I don’t mind admitting it ‘I Believe’!!! OK so the main story isn’t a romantic one, but who doesn’t want to see Dorey and Bryan get together – how did she say no the first time that rock was perfection.

Christmas movies 1 Festive Movie Marathon: A Rom Com Kind Of Christmas %tag

A couple of favourites I don’t have on DVD yet but I adore and search out each season on Christmas 24 and Sky Movies has to be ‘Christmas in Boston’, ‘His and Her Christmas’, ‘Boyfriend For Christmas’, ‘Holiday Engagement’ and one I found this festive season is ‘Hitched for the Holidays’ it has Joey Lawrence from ‘Blossom’ in it – I do wish I could get the Hallmark Channel here in the UK!!!

Which romantic Christmas movies is your favourite?

Dec 23 2013

Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea

Vogue korea christmas 1 Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea %tag

For the latest editorial flashback I have gone for a Christmas theme, well it did seem appropriate for the time of year, and I absolutely adored this ‘Merry Fairy Christmas’ fashion spread that appeared in Vogue Korea’s December 2012 issue.

Captured by Louis Park, this stylish avant-garde editorial features models Song Kyung Ah and Stephanie Lee as human decorations, all lit-up and looking very festive in a spread styled by Seo Young Hee.

As well as being stunning, there is a decadence about this Christmas editorial that I just love, with the oversized baubles, the reindeer antlers and the gorgeous star decorations. Anyone fancy a model Christmas tree this year???

Do you love this Christmas couture fashion editorial?

Vogue korea christmas 7 Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea %tag Vogue korea christmas 5 Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea %tag Vogue korea christmas 10 Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea %tag Vogue korea christmas 12 Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea %tag Vogue korea christmas 9 Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea %tag Vogue korea christmas 3 Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea %tag Vogue korea christmas 8 Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea %tag Vogue korea christmas 11 Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea %tag Vogue korea christmas 4 Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea %tag

[Pics: via TheFashionSpot.com]

Dec 13 2013

Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland

2013 christmas 24 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag

There is something relaxing and satisfying about laying out my Christmas decorations, organising which ones will make the tree this year, lining them up against my new purchases, and then finally making my home all festive.

This year it took me a whole day, a little longer than usual as I have added more lights thanks to the amazing selection at Marks and Spencers, with their LED holly berries, snowflakes and reindeer now draped across my units. In recent years I have only had time to do the tree and a drape some garlands over the mirrors, well this year I have kind of gone all out and made the living room my Christmas grotto.

Other highlights this year – my Laura Ashley reindeer light, it really does shine up a corner of the room next to the poinsettia and my favourite angel statue that I picked up at a vintage store one year. Another favourite is the musical snow globe also from M&S, it is nice to shake it up watch the snow fall while listening to ‘God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen’.

The tree itself this year, is once again the focal point, and it is a beautiful Nordman Fir and I have to say I think it is the best one we have ever had. There is a little bit of a nostalgic feel to the tree this year, I don’t generally go for themes except always having to include red, but the addition of the pompom garlands, honeycomb baubles and glass angels just makes me think of Christmas trees from when I was little.

Of course there are classic pieces, such as my ballerina, my wooden decorations, and the various stars, but I have also added new holly printed baubles, tiny Santa’s and snowmen, as well as drop icicles that just sparkle beautifully against the white lights.

I start watching Christmas movies in November, well October, but it never feels festive until the tree and decorations are up. I think this year might be my best-ever display, there is something mesmerising about seeing all my decorations twinkling and I have found myself loosing minutes just starring and smiling and I like it.

Have you made your house all festive?

2013 christmas 6 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 10 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 13 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 12 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 17 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 21 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 1 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 16 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 5 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 20 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 23 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 3 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 2 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 25 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 7 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag 2013 christmas 11 Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland %tag

**Special thanks to Marks and Spencer for gifting me some of my decorations including: the snowflake lights, reindeer lights, berry garland, musical snowglobe, berry lights, honeycomb baubles, holly print baubles, felt bauble, blue ice skate decoration, pompom tree garlands, wooden tree and star garland, lights and pine cone set – check out their amazing Christmas Shop**

Dec 06 2013

Christmas Windows: Selfridges’ Oversized Winter Wonderland

13 Selfridges Christmas 27 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag

I am a bit of a Christmas nut, I love putting the Michael Buble album on repeat, eating copious amounts of mince pies, wrapping up warm with a hot chocolate watching festive movies, and each year I love checking out the Christmas decorations and window displays. If you follow me on Instagram you will have already seen a giant snowglobe in the middle of Piccadilly, a huge reindeer in Covent Garden, as well as sparkly displays in Leeds, and a rocking robin on Carnaby Street. Well yesterday, in between meetings and events, I decided to wander past Selfridges on Oxford Street to see their fashionable take on the festive season, which is all a bit like ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ with its oversized gifts and tiny people and animals.

The windows are amazing and probably the department store’s best to-date, I love the oversized concept – from the giant Charlotte Olympia kitty shoe with twitching ears to an larger-than-life YSL clutch, a fantasy sized Play-Doh and the largest pair of Dr Dre Beat headphones you will ever see. Plus there is a special window for my favourite doll, Barbie.

These windows are certainly a sight to see, my pictures don’t really show off the wonder at looking at them in person. What I loved about seeing the windows up close was that I wasn’t alone, yesterday I took in the creative displays with an elderly couple, they were super sweet and they were telling me that each year they take in all the windows as a festive treat – so cute!!!

As well as loving all the oversized gifts, what captured my attention the most were all the little details, and when I say little I mean the little Santa’s dancing, playing instruments and directing airplanes, the penguins playing, the skaters on the Grey Goose drink, and the elves dancing – seriously adorable. Oh and who couldn’t love the snowy landscapes.

Have you been to check out Selfridges’ Christmas windows yet and visiting the emporium on the fourth floor?

**Want to see more of Selfridges’ windows? Well head on over to my Facebook page where I have added all the snaps I took**

13 Selfridges Christmas 11 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 15 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 2013 Selfridges Christmas 3 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 29 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 34 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 25 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 33 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 2013 Selfridges Christmas 9 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 24 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 18 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 16 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 30 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 2013 Selfridges Christmas 1 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 2013 Selfridges Christmas 6 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 31 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 2013 Selfridges Christmas 2 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 10 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 35 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 13 Selfridges Christmas 37 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag 2013 Selfridges Christmas 8 Christmas Windows: Selfridges Oversized Winter Wonderland %tag

[Pics: taken by me, Fashionista Barbie with my Nokia Lumia 1020]

Dec 03 2013

Festive Cheer: Lulu Guinness Christmas Tree At Browns Hotel

lulu by the tree Festive Cheer: Lulu Guinness Christmas Tree At Browns Hotel %tag

Yesterday I was up early to preview the Browns Hotel Christmas tree designed by Lulu Guinness in London. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the British accessory designer’s handbags, I love her quirky take on fashion, and it was so much fun to see her festive and glittery Christmas tree decorated with her gorgeous lip coin purses and topped with a red perspex lip clutch.

Working with the Browns Hotel in-house florist, Lulu didn’t just design the Christmas tree but also the gorgeous floral arrangements, which were dotted all over the hotel with her luxurious and fun lip clutches, and to finish off her display Lulu also brought her giant lip light – oh how I wish she could come and decorate my house!!!

Christmas doesn’t just stop there for the designer, as the brand is hosting Lulu’s 12 Days of Christmas with a little help from her friends. Monday was 20% off, today you could win a bracelet, and tomorrow is…well you will just have to check out the site and my Instagram as I am helping to show off the fabulous treat.

Do you love Lulu’s Christmas tree?

lulu guinness browns tree 2 Festive Cheer: Lulu Guinness Christmas Tree At Browns Hotel %tag lulu guinness browns tree 8 Festive Cheer: Lulu Guinness Christmas Tree At Browns Hotel %tag lulu guinness browns tree 4 Festive Cheer: Lulu Guinness Christmas Tree At Browns Hotel %tag lulu guinness browns tree 7 Festive Cheer: Lulu Guinness Christmas Tree At Browns Hotel %tag lulu guinness browns tree 3 Festive Cheer: Lulu Guinness Christmas Tree At Browns Hotel %tag lulu guinness browns tree 1 Festive Cheer: Lulu Guinness Christmas Tree At Browns Hotel %tag lulu guinness browns tree 6 Festive Cheer: Lulu Guinness Christmas Tree At Browns Hotel %tag lulu guinness browns tree 5 Festive Cheer: Lulu Guinness Christmas Tree At Browns Hotel %tag

[Pics: top one courtesy of Lulu Guinness, all others Fashionista Barbie]

Nov 15 2013

Doll Loving: Barbie Gets A Christmas Makeover

Barbie stephen jones Group  Doll Loving: Barbie Gets A Christmas Makeover %tag

You know by now how I love Barbie‘s fashion makeovers, I was so giddy about her transformation by London Fashion Week designers that I bought two, I couldn’t order the Coach Barbie quick enough, and it took me a year but I finally got all three Christian Louboutin beauties for my collection. Well now I am lusting over these five one-off Barbie dolls who have undergone a Christmas makeover by London milliner Stephen Jones.

The hat maker has not only created fabulous headwear for Barbie, but full on Christmas-inspired couture looks from the velvet ‘Santa Baby’ mini dress to a red carpet worthy sparkly gown for ‘Snow Globe’ Barbie, as well as a fishtail frock adorned with holly for ‘Happy Holly’ Barbie, a ‘Christmas Tree’ look, and ‘Toffee Ice’ Barbie – a sexy Rudolph on ice!!!

“Barbie is the most fabulous private client. She came into the salon for her Christmas morning hat and left with five glamorous outfits! Barbie and I have the same design vision; we love tradition, but have an eye for the future, ” Stephen Jones

toffee ice barbie Doll Loving: Barbie Gets A Christmas Makeover %tagChristmas tree barbie Doll Loving: Barbie Gets A Christmas Makeover %tag

I am kind obsessed by them all – I actually can’t decide on my favourite. ‘Toffee Ice’ looks adorable and sexy in her antlers, red nose and faux fur outfit, while ‘Snow Globe’ Barbie is red carpet ready in her gown with the quirky addition of the snow globe headgear.

If I had to get just one though I think it would have to be between ‘Christmas Tree’ Barbie who actually lights up and ‘Happy Holly’, which is also Stephen Jones’ favourite, as it is just so exquisite constructed.

Happy Holly Barbie – “This is my personal favourite, using the contrast of soft velvet and spiky holly leaves. Barbie also has her very own pet Robin to give her a Christmas peck,” Stephen Jones.

Happy holly barbie Doll Loving: Barbie Gets A Christmas Makeover %tagsnow globe barbie Doll Loving: Barbie Gets A Christmas Makeover %tag santa baby barbie Doll Loving: Barbie Gets A Christmas Makeover %tag

The exclusive Barbies by Stephen Jones are available at Selfridges from November 15, priced at £250 each.

Oct 14 2013

Beauty Bytes: Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar

Selfridges advent calendar Beauty Bytes: Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar %tag

I know it seems early to be pushing Christmas gifts – but it is only 72 days to go – and this year’s incredible and always a sell out Selfridges beauty advent calendar has launched.

Filled with 24 luxurious miniature treats from fragrances, make-up and skincare items this is a must-have for beauty fans – I saw this year’s at the department stores Christmas press day in July and it is amazing.

Granted it is a little pricey at £84 – but this isn’t any ordinary chocolate advent calendar this beauty is packed full of luxurious treats from Viktor & Rolf, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl’s, Giorgio Armani, Lancôme and Maison Martin Margiela.

We are talking miniature fragrances including Flowerbomb, Armani Code Femme, Maison Martin Margiela Untitled and Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium to lots of Lancôme goodies from the Hypnose Classic mascara to the Bi-facil and Absolu Nu lipstick, then there are skincare wonders from Kiehl inlcuding Creme de Corps and Ultra Facial Cream, as well as a Yves Saint Laurent Khol eye pencil.

Be quick though as last year’s didn’t take long to sell out. Buy online or in-store for £84.

pixel Beauty Bytes: Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar %tag

Older posts «