Off The Record: Clothes Show, Christmas Wrapping & Cooking!
Man! The Clothes Show did not fail to blow me away this week! It was AMAZING! Not only was the fashion show the best yet but the stalls were outstanding, I wanted to buy pretty much everything, needless to say I did find some absolute bargains!! £10 pairs of shoes (beautiful shoes might I add), chunky earrings and a lovely flowing pleated maxi skirt which I have dubbed my Christmas day skirt. I was also massively inspired to add more tartan, glitter and feathers to my wardrobe! (Not all at once though. That would be cray)
So as some of you may know I’m currently holding down the fort while Em is enjoying a well deserved break in Sweden! She jetted off on Thursday to visit her best friend over there and visit lots of Christmas markets and get into the holiday spirit! So, let’s’ talk Christmas! Are you ready? Have your bought/made all of your pressies? We’re aloud to talk about it now because Em has had her Birthday and she demands it not be mentioned until after the 6th of December! I’ve got most of mine but just need to grab a few more bits and bobs in Cardiff on Monday then I’m done….and the Christmas wrapping will commence! I can’t quite decide what to go with this year, last year I had massive graphic print wrapping paper and huge, luxurious green ribbon wrapped every single present! If you can’t quite decide yet then Design Love Fest had a Christmas wrapping party (seriously…I need to go to one of these parties!!!) There is some FANTASTIC inspiration in this post, I love the black and white photos instead of name tags and endless amounts of washi tape!! Ok…I’m getting over excited about wrapping paper…enough Jess….enough….
Here’s what else we’ve been loving this week….
♥ Watching Harry Potter on a Saturday. ITV are showing them all every week and I love them just as much as when I watched them for the first time!!
♥ Cooking my home made sweet and sour prawns, I found the recipe for sweet and sour chicken in the Hairy Bikers cook book but switched it up for prawns and it is delicious! It’s also really really low in calories but it feels like your eating a naughty Chinese takeaway! WIN!
♥ Christmas chocolates slowly creeping their way into the house…hello Celebrations and Quality Street…I’ve missed you.
♥ Drunk dancing/rapping to Eminem & Dr Dre with Georgina & Cass at Georgie’s Birthday party! #willtherealslimshadypleasestandup
♥ Arthur Christmas. I had never seen it before and I must admit there were some bits that tickled me!
♥ Writing my last minute Christmas shopping list, it’s not very long which excites me that I haven’t got much left to get! Seriously cannot wait to get my wrap on and stick them all under the tree!
♥ Exploring the amazing city of Stockholm! Seriously Matthew and myself have walked so much on our first few days in Sweden. We have seen the palace and shopped in some cute little boutiques in Gamla Stan. The buildings are so colourful there and they even paint their mailboxes!
♥ Eating at Hermanns a delicious all vegetarian restaurant. I have to admit so far I have not been keen on the Swedish cuisine however the variety of vegetarian and vegan food here has been astounding, I am certainly not spoilt for choice.
♥ Much of the point of my trip to Sweden was to visit my best friend in Lund and last night we made the 4 journey to see her. I have never been so excited and we will be spending our first day relaxing in a sauna and spa together – bliss!
♥ Visiting Skansen to celebrate our first ever Lucia – otherwise known as the festival of light. It was such a beautiful festival, hundreds of people met their to listen to the brass band and choirs, as well as watch an amazing trapeze act and fire juggler. Listening to the carols and traditional Swedish songs certainly got me in the mood for christmas not to mention the beautiful smells of sweet almonds, hot chocolate and Glogg.
♥ We spent our first couple of nights staying at the Sheraton hotel and oh my gosh it was amazing. We were treated to a king size bed, sauna and the hotel pulled out all the stops to get their guests in the mood for christmas with a giant christmas tree in the lobby complete with a giant gingerbread house! How they put that together I will never know?
What We’re Loving Around The Web….
♥ An Engagement Shoot in Paris (I swear, engagement shoots in Paris never get old. They’re so beautiful!)
♥ A Colourful Bohemian Shoot (in german, but the beautiful photos speak for themselves)
♥ Hot chocolate Favors
♥ Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes
♥ Beautiful Book Trees
Words Of Wisdom:
♥ 5 Simple Steps To Gaining Confidence In Your Business
♥ 5 Ways To Get Inspiration Offline
♥ 10 Ways To Get Over Bloggers Block (brilliant read!)
♥ The Week In Pictures
♥ 15 Creative Christmas Trees
♥ 30 Gifts For Your Cat Loving Friend
Last of all I don’t want to end the post on a negative but me & Emily just wanted to make people more aware of the dangers of water butts at the moment, as you know we’re both huge cat lovers and received such a sad email from Samantha Jane’s Wedding blog about her cat, Podge and would really appreciate you reading this post to prevent accidents like this happening in the future.
Anyway, sending lots of love and hugs to everyone and I wish you all the best with any last minute Christmas stuff that needs sorting! Get that Christmas playlist on people…10 Days to go!!
Much Bespoke Love