Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Chistmas Gift Guide for him

Today we share the second in our series of Christmas Gifts. Here is our ultimate gift guide for the man in your life:

The Refinery
Gift voucher for the ultimate Men's Grooming Salon in Central London The Refinery

Mens Pyjamas £140 from Liberty
Grey cable knit slippers £40 from The White Company

FILOFAX Pennybridge A5 personal organiser and iPad holder
Filofax iPad holder and organiser £59 from Selfridges

book courses + workshops
A yoga course from £35 at the wonderful Triyoga in Camden, Soho or Chelsea.
WeWood Alpha Black Mens Watch
Wood Watch £100 from Podarok
Headphones £329 from B&O Play at Harvey Nichols
Membership to the Tate from £62 Tate website

Sail Handmade Retro Leather Camera Strap
Handmade Leather camera strap £35 from The Future Kept

Enjoy your shopping!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Our Christmas Gift Guide for Her

We've been manic this past week working on our client's Christmas lists even sending parcels as far as Thailand and beyond...Generally clients give us a list of exactly what they want but occasionally we are asked for suggestions both at high end prices and more budget conscious, so here is my ultimate Gift list for the ladies in your lives. All the websites below have lots of other wonderful gifts so take a browse. Next up will be our Men's Gift Guide! Happy Shopping.

£175 from Coral and Bone
£48 from Holly's House
Champagne leather flower belt with string tie
Champagne Leather belt £37.99 from Kitty DoLittle

£15.19 from Amazon

smokin' eyes
Smokin eyes kit £28.50 from one of our favourite makeup brands Benefit

Rifle Paper Co Rosa iphone case 5/5s
Rifle Paper Co iPhone case £27.50 from Papermash

A floristry course with the award winning Zita Elze in Kew.
Burgundy Cashmere dressing gown £485 from Liberty
Cashmere Beanie £40 from Hush UK

Bone China 'Beautiful Alchemy' Teapot
Quirky teapot £47.50 by Rockett St George

Rose B. Brown Chevron Circle Scarf - Putty
And lastly from the newly launched The Future Kept! £80 The Future Kept

All images taken from the respective websites.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Scooby Doo Adventure...

The husband and I have finally collapsed on the sofa after a weekend of partying...Matilda's 5th Birthday party happened yesterday. Thirty children joined in the celebrations together with local Queen Of Stories who provided a magical hour of storytelling, in which the children remained entranced.

Scooby Doo was the theme and he even made a special appearance at the end! Matilda had a wonderful time and when asked what her favourite moments were she replied 'my cake and dancing with Scooby Doo'! Can't get better than that.

I want to say a very special thank you to our wonderful friends Lisa, Mathew, Alex and Matt who not only made the journey up the M11 from London but helped with the food, serving drinks and then the daunting task of tidying up the hall. Thank you so much, don't know what we would have done without you!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Stapleford Christmas Craft Fair this Sunday...

I'm doing a little plug here this evening for Matilda's school Christmas Craft Fair. If you're in the Stapleford, Cambridgeshire area this Sunday between 10-4pm do come on down! You may even spot me indulging in a little mince pie or two...

Over 35 Independent Local Crafters will be attending as well as Father Christmas himself! The children have also been busy bees creating their own Christmas crafts, see Matilda's class's efforts below. With an Elves craft workshops, good cake and tea and a whole lot of Christmas shopping to be done get yourselves down here! Support your local school as well as local businesses, it promises to be a fantastic festive day!

Photo: Just two months to go until the Stapleford Christmas Craft Fair 2014!

Join us on 23 November for carols, cake, crafting and Christmas shopping!

You'll find something for everything, from handmade planters and cake stands, to locally-produced honey and beers. Not to mention miniature mohair bears ♥ 

Watch this space for some sneak previews...

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Festive accessories from Anthropologie

I've always sworn never to get sucked into the whole Christmas crockery thing. Everywhere at the moment they have them piled high, beautifully displayed ready to leap into your shopping trolley then proudly displayed for a couple of days before being laid to rest and gather dust in a cupboard. So no I definitely will not be persuaded.

Well that was until today when a little email popped into my inbox from none other than Anthropologie. As you might be aware I'm a huge fan of all things Anthropologie, it's one of those shops that I've never mastered the art of leaving without a shopping bag full of goodies that I really have no need for or shouldn't have bought but have given me endless pleasure.

I mean how can I resist these beautiful items available here that will adorn our family table for years to come...

Star Gazer Brownie Pan

Treetown Tea Towel

Embroidered Andes Cocktail Napkins

'Tis the Season Cocktail Napkin

Anthropologie if you're reading Cambridge is missing one of your stores, please come here. I may just have to start a petition!

All photos taken from the Anthropologie website.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

My pick of this year's Christmas jumpers

There's no denying it now, with Bonfire Night over the Christmas season is now in full swing. The shops are no longer discreet about, Christmas displays, decorations and festive music have taken over our lives until the beginning of January.

It would seem that the modest Christmas jumper has quietly made itself a big part of our celebrations, the previously naff jumper has now risen to the heady heights of cool. They are no longer only the domain of the cheaper end of the high street with jumpers costing in their hundreds.

I've taken a little wander around the shops and have come up with my favourites for Christmas 2014 with prices to suit all purses and a couple of more tasteful choices...enjoy!

£12 from Primark Light up Christmas tree

Image 1 of Brave Soul Ginger Bread Man Christmas Jumper
£15 from Asos

Knitted Deer CHRISTMAS JUMPER XMAS  Sweater  for Women Men Boucle
Very cute £19.99 by Strawberry Leopard on Etsy

£46 from Topshop

Buy Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Monty & Mabel Kissing Penguins Jumper, Grey Online at

£49 Monty and Mabel as seen in the Christmas commercial from John Lewis 

£89 from Boden

Markus Lupfer 

If you fancy breaking the bank I loved this one by £275 from Markus Lupfer on Net-a-porter

Thursday, 13 November 2014

The Linton Kitchen

On one of the UK's most picturesque high streets lies The Linton Kitchen. Linton is an especially chocolate box Cambridgeshire village with a thriving high street that favours the independents. A warm welcome awaits you in this deli as well as delicious homemade cakes and light lunches, the staff are more than happy to take the time to chat not only about their own business but that of their neighbours. Despite being busy with customers they were happy to share conversation with me, I don't think I've ever met some delightful people. In this small village it would seem that everyone is very supportive of their respective businesses coming together to provide a delightful high street.

Back to the Linton Kitchen though which really was a joy to visit. Their menu is locally sourced and everything is homemade on the day so is super fresh. Personally I can vouch for the great coffee and delicious Coffee and Walnut cake, though I did have a good snoop around and can report that it all looked mouthwatering.

Not only is this a meeting place to share in lovely food but where you can do a spot of shopping. Shelves are filled with interesting foodie goods and a lovely selection of local crafts. The specially dedicated tea shelves are most impressive with every Kandula Tea imaginable of which I am a particular fan.

With flowers from the gorgeous florist up the road The Flower Boutique and bread from the village artisan baker The Jigsaw Bakery Linton Kitchen lies at the heart of this community. Locals sit and chat over their teas whilst strangers like me are made to feel equally welcome. This is a home from home; pretty, comfortable, warm with great food. Who wouldn't want to hang out here?