Monday, 31 December 2012

iPhone Pics - December 2012

The final iPhone Pics post of the year. I was still playing around with filters on Instagram this month, unable to find one that I feel is really my style. I switched to VSCO half way throught the month, I've had this app for a while but hadn't used it much. So far I'm liking the effect.

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Home made hot chocolate. Made with hot chocolate from M&S. Snow.
Sushi. First mince pie of the season. Liberty make-up bag.
New Chanel make-up and a Liberty make-up bag. Toffee Nut Latte.

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Cosy Starbucks cafe. Latte waiting for a train to York. Bettys in York.
Pink champagne, Smoked Salmon Rosti and Fat Rascal at Bettys.
Spiced  Christmas Tea at Bettys. San Pellegrino Blood Orange drink. Buying soaps at The Yorkshire Soap Co.
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The Yorkshire Soap Co.

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Bundled up in faux fur. A cup of tea. Origami.
Breakfast. Early Christmas present. Latest edition of The Simple Things magazine.
Current favourite Starbucks mug. Haagen Dazs Christmas tree decoration gift inscribed with my blog name.

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At the pub. Cosy in Hotel du Vin.
Christmas meal at Hotel du Vin. Driving Home for Christmas.
Another festive trip to Bettys in Harrogate. Fat Rascals. Gloomy Christmas Eve weather.

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Bettys Christmas Spiced Tea. Christmas stocking. Laduree gifts.
Laduree Savoury Recipe Book. Laduree key chain.
Laduree gifts. Pamela Love Twin Bear Ring. A pot of tea.

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Final Toffee Nut Latte of the season. Mini gifts. Chanel Zine illustrations.
Chanel Zine illustrations. Yorkshire Soap Co cupcake soap.
Chanel make-up. Ring from Liberty.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Malmaison - London

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For my recent seasonal trip to London earlier this month, I had the pleasure of staying in the wonderful Malmaison chain of hotels for my first night stay. I have visited many of these hotels around the country and am never disappointed. Being part of a chain, I know to some extent what to expect and the standard offered. But as the buildings of each hotel are so different, it is always an unexpected treat to discover the individual hotel on its own merit. This trip was especially luxurious as I admired the stunning Christmas decorations.

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After checking in, we took the lift a couple of floors to our amazing room. It was perfect. Big enough to contain a couple of sofas, huge bed with a bathroom that didn't feel as though it was in the room. It is the little things that make my stay comfortable - a feeling of luxury and space, the temperature perfectly adjustable, extreme cleanliness and comfort (to this day we are still talking about how amazingly comfortable the bed was).

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In the entrance-way of the hotel there was a lovely Champagne area. The bar was not open the evening we were there but was nice nonetheless to sit with a drink before heading down to the restaurant to eat.

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The restaurant area was a little boisterous with a couple of Christmas parties but as our table was towards the back of the restaurant it did not deter from our enjoyment of the meal - only adding to the Christmas atmosphere!

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Food - The Christmas Menu; Bottle of Rose Wine; Hot Chicken Skewers with Soy, Chilli & Lime Dipping Sauce; Cornish Crab, Avocado Fritters with Mint & Shallot Dressing; Swordfish Steak, Sweet Potato & Lime Pickle & Riata with a side order of Glazed Carrots & Herb Butter; Mal Salmon & Cod Fishcake, Spinach & Herb Sauce; Treacle Tart with Clotted Cream; finishing off with a Latte.
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After a tremendously good sleep, we returned to the restaurant for a good breakfast to set us up for the day. A very good Full English Breakfast and Smoked Salmon Omelette with Pastries were consumed alongside generous helpings of Orange Juice and Coffee. Delicious.
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Our stay in London Malmaison Hotel came to an end before we moved on to another hotel for the remainder of our stay - sadly not a patch on Malmaison. With one final picture outside of the hotel that cold December morning. 

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Wearing: Next Leopard Collar Coat ~ Top Shop Dress (unseen) ~ Vivienne Westwood Leather Bag via Spartoo Shoes ~ Tabio 110d Tights ~ Kat Maconie Ankle Boots via Spartoo Shoes ~ Celtic Sheepskin Mittens

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Ladurée Gifts

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Not a Christmas haul as such but I couldn't resist posting these very photogenic gifts from Ladurée. I had had my eye on the key chain for a few years before finally requesting it on my Christmas Wish List. And as a surprise, my friend also bought me this beautiful recipe book. There is a 'Sucré' version too which I think I will need to add to my collection at some point in the future. The pink bows are very appropriate and so very instagrammable :-)

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Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Eve

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Earlier today my dad and I ventured out for our annual Christmas Eve trip. This year we decided on North Yorkshire spa town Harrogate. Our only stipulation for these trips is that there must be a Bettys Tea Room (which doesn't really leave us with that many options, as there are only a few of these Tea Rooms in the North East of England). However, we happily stood in the short queue before being seated downstairs and ordering our obligatory Fat Rascals and Latino Latte. It has been a rather dark and rainy day this Christmas Eve, so I dressed warmly again in my current favourite outfit - cosy faux fur and cashmere, and I wore the same ankle boots I wore last Christmas Eve, blue velvet booties by Kat Maconie via Spartoo Shoes, they seem very Christmassy to me :-)

However you spend your Christmas Eve and the rest of the holiday, I hope you enjoy a relaxing time. Merry Christmas to my lovely readers and sponsors xx

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Wearing: Top Shop Teal Faux Fur Hat ~ Monsoon Blue Faux Fur Coat ~ Maison Martin Margiela x H&M Oversized Cashmere Turtleneck ~ Tabio 110d Tights ~ Kat Maconie Blue Velvet Booties via Spartoo ~ Vivienne Westwood Leather Bag ~ Daniel Wellington Watch ~ Vintage Smoky Quartz Ring ~ Chanel Powder Compact ~ Tom Ford Lipstick
(pictures of me by dad)