The Extended Guide to Christmas shopping in London

Christmas shopping in London is something else. Ever since I was little we would annually go to London for gift shopping. The family tradition brings back so many heart-warming memories that I attempt to uphold it as much as possible. Since I know London like the back of my hand, I can easily stuff all my favourite addresses, streets and shops into a 72 hours shopping itinerary and build in some sightseeing and high-tea-ing on the side. Because seriously, can one ever get enough of seeing the … [Read more...]

Christmas lights and decorations in London

No European city does Christmas illuminations and decorations like London does. As the British capital gets ready for Christmas and the festive season, it also transforms into a magical and sparkling site that bedazzles locals and tourists alike. The twinkling lights in the streets, the storybook shop windows and the festive decorations wrap the city in a joyous and enchanting ambiance. Discover the magical light and decorations in my video (2.30 min) and read on to find out my go to list to … [Read more...]

Gift Guide for the Colourful friend

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We all have that one friend who is totally into vibrant colours, rainbows and clashing hues and patterns. The one who thinks beige is boring, and black is only for funerals. Who thinks the packaging is just as important as what's inside. For that kind of woman I collected my favourite colourful products that are gifts worth giving. Valrhona Chocolate bars box I'm currently in possession of this box and believe me, it'll ruin your diet. The 8 different chocolate bars from different … [Read more...]

Gift guide for Her

While the weather outside is frightful (it's snowing!) and you still have some Christmas shopping to do, I've got your back! Because today I'm sharing my favourite things of the season. Actually 4 of the below gifts I already gifted myself and I'm so happy with them. The other 3 gifts I would love to get. These are gifts for a woman who enjoys elegance, but also comfort. Gloves with touch screen capability These grey woolen gloves embellished with (faux) pearls are such an invention. … [Read more...]

My Holiday Home Tour

Each year I claim that "this year I'm not buying a Christmas tree, too much fuss" and then I do it anyway. As soon as I see those glistening baubles and smell the fir trees I can't help myself. So by December 1st my tree was all trimmed and my home was lit with flickering lights again. It feels so cozy and festive! Picking a tree for small spaces Previous years I had a Nordmann fir because its needles are soft and don't drop that quickly. However, a Nordmann fir is also wide and takes … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide: Natural Treasures

Natural treasures from the earth make harmonious accessories for the home. At my favourite store in London - Anthropologie - I was swooning over the lustre of mineral home accessories and bar essentials to step up your Christmas entertaining. I literally wanted everything! Geodes, marble and capiz shell are used in the design of precious gifts and utensils. Beautiful gifts for others or yourself that will make you the hostess with the mostess this year. But I also spotted beautiful ceramics and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Christmas Cranberry-Vanilla Cocktail

Last year's Christmas I created a cocktail that blew my guests away. I served the cocktail as a welcome aperitif as the guests dripped in for dinner. Because of the success I couldn't not share it with my readers this year. It's actually quite easy to make and you don't need professional cocktail utensils to make it. All you need is a shaker, prosecco, vanilla syrup, fresh limes, cranberry juice and vodka and crushed ice. It's a real winter cocktail yet not spicy or strong like most of the other … [Read more...]