As the year draws to a close…

As the year draws to a close, it's time for me to take a short break from blogging. The year 2017 was mainly focused on traveling and has brought me a lot of new adventures. At the start of the year I set the personal goal to make one trip every month. It didn't have to be far, as long as it fueled me with new experiences and gave me new sights. I didn't quite reach that goal, but I came pretty close with 9 months of travelling. I even got to check off 2 destinations from my bucket list; Rome … [Read more...]

My favourite luxury Scented candles for Christmas

One of my personal little luxuries in daily life is lighting luxury scented candles in my home. While some may think they are overpriced, I gladly spend the money on something that makes me feel better and relaxed. A fragrance illicit memories and is therefore a powerful tool to create a mood. Scented candles also elevate and enhance my home decor and ambiance. We can all agree that there's nothing as pleasant as walking into a home that smells nicely. Especially during Christmas time I like to … [Read more...]

3 Festive Hot Chocolate Recipes

At Christmas time I love to turn everyday life into festive moments. One of my personal traditions is to make all kinds of hot enjoy while watching a Christmas movie. So today I would like to share three of my hot cocoa recipes with you, so that you can step up your hot cocoa game. They are fun, warming and be warned, very bad for your diet. Also note that I don't drink cows milk and only use vegan milk, but that doesn't mean you have to as well. If you don't like to use real chocolate … [Read more...]

5x Christmas tea blends

Christmas tea

Christmas time is above all for snuggling together around the TV to watch Christmas movies with a pot of tea, cookies and chocolates. That's why I love to stock up on different tea blends that are like Christmas in a cup. In fact, the tea blends with seasonal flavours to warm up with, are perfect winter warmers long past Christmas time. Nipping at a hot cup or mug of tea is for me one of those little luxuries in life I will continue to cherish. Me and my tea...inseparable! So what are the best … [Read more...]

A Karl Lagerfeld Christmas Tree

Clairidges Hotel at Christmas

It is an annual highlight for Londoners and visitors of the city: the unveiling of the Christmas tree in the Clairidge's Hotel. The Clairidge's Hotel started the tradition eight years ago. A favourite guest is asked to reinterpret the tree in their own signature style. This has resulted in the most extraordinary and magical Christmas trees. Each year Londoners and tourists make it a point to see the tree and make their way to the hotel lobby to get a peek. So did I and it did not disappoint. … [Read more...]

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...]