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Christmas 2014: 7 Things To Before Christmas

Christmas 2014: 7 Things To Before Christmas

For most of us today is our last official full day in work before the Christmas break, so I thought to get you through what is probably a long day of clock-watching until home time, I would share my seven favourite things to do in the run-up to Christmas to get you in the festive spirit.

#1 – Take a moment or ten to enjoy the festive displays all around you – whether it is the Christmassy scene in your office at home, or the incredible lights and shop windows in town, just simple enjoy the beauty of this time of year. If you are in London there are so many gems to enjoy, my favourite being the Harrods windows display, they always go big each year and this year is spectacular. I also love driving around our local area admiring our neighbours Christmas decorations, some people really must spend weeks putting up their lights.

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Christmas 2014: Tis The Season To Be Jolly…

Christmas-2014-tree-2…Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Is anyone else really enjoying the run-up to Christmas this year? I always love it, but this year feels super special with it being our first festive season as Mr and Mrs, and I love that my wonderful husband has decided to start a new holiday tradition by buying a new bauble for every year of marriage, the first being a cute flying snowman that he picked up in Bruges. I can’t wait to see 25 years of marriage on our tree in the future.

Christmas-2014-tree-6Decorating the tree is a big deal for me, it generally takes me all day, I have to lay them all out, then try to find the best branches for the heavy items, and then I have the task of making sure each beauty gets a special spot on the tree, which generally means lots of moving them around, until it is just right, Paulie thinks I am a little nuts about it.

This year was hard, I have so many gorgeous decorations, and I picked up a few felt beauties as wedding presents, I am in love with the gingerbread man, the snowman and the smiling Christmas tree. But as always there is no theme, just decorated with love, with nearly everyone bauble having a memory, from the angel from my childhood to a wooden reindeer that was one of the first decorations Paulie bought me, and the Macy’s New York Santa that we picked up while we were in the city getting married.

I have been quite obsessed lately with Christmastime on Pinterest, getting décor inspiration, DIY tips – I really want to make my own snow globes, as well as seeing how other people dress their trees, and it seems most go for a theme, I don’t think that is quite right for me as I wouldn’t want to leave any of them off. I think when we have more than one tree, yes I am that much of a Christmas nut, I think it would be nice to do just gold or silver, or even just white, I do love it when trees have decorations all in one colour. But that will have to wait for the forever house when we have more room.

Do you have any Christmas tree traditions? Also don’t forget to showcase your festive wonderland with the #showmeyourtree hashtag on Instagram and Twitter I love seeing other people’s houses all decorated.

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Festive Movie Marathon: A Rom-Com Kind Of Christmas

Christmas-movies-2Happy 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.

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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?

Editorial Flashback: A Merry Fairy Christmas From Vogue Korea

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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?

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[Pics: via TheFashionSpot.com]