Monday, 30 December 2013

Marriage ~ 380 days later.

We recently celebrated our first anniversary. It has been an exhaustingly busy year, and one which has seemingly disappeared on us in the blink of an eye. Reaching our first marital milestone, as wonderful as that feels in the context of our relationship, has reminded me just how much I miss the wedding planning process, and I have been filling that little void of late with poring over our wedding albums!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Sous Le Ciel De Paris

The week before Christmas, I took one of my best friends to Paris as her 30th birthday present. I love Paris, and we had such a lovely day together roaming the rues and ambling along the avenues. Since we've both been fortunate enough to have spent time in Paris on previous occasions, we didn't visit the tourist hotspots, though we did - as you will see - find a lovely carousel in the Christmas market near the Eiffel Tower, and enjoyed a sunset sail on a bateau mouche. I didn't take too many snaps on this visit, as this was a day for girly chats, over indulging and soaking up the magical atmosphere sous le ciel de Paris...

La Tour Eiffel

Magpie Make & Do ~ Home-baked Bread

There is nothing quite so deliciously comforting as the smell of fresh-from-the-oven, home-baked bread wafting from the kitchen. Today I made my own bread for the first time since my school days. My amazing husband's amazing Christmas gift to me - a beautiful Kitchenaid - was my initial inspiration, and we had family visiting for lunch today, so it seemed to me the perfect day to attempt my first loaf. It was so much more fun and so much less hassle than I'd anticipated!

I followed Paul Hollywood's bloomer recipe, and it turned out beautifully, even if I do say so myself.

Supremely simple ingredients.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Seasonal sale picks

Below are a handful of treasures I came across while browsing through various online sales. Happy shopping!

Hobbs, Parisa Jacket

L.K. Bennett, Petunia Dress

Kurt Geiger, Belgravia High Heel Sandal

Lulu Guinness, Tiny 2 Two Of A Kind Umbrella

Reiss, Gigi Dress

Zara, Leather Shopper

J.Crew, Postage Stamp embroidered cotton-blend mini skirt

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Festive Well Wishes

Now that the main event of the season has been and gone, I am so looking forward to having the time to post lots for you! I hope you have all had a very Happy Christmas, and that Santa brought you everything you hoped for and more. Here are a few snaps of the festivities chez nous...

Dorothy style nails, courtesy of Gelish - Good Gossip over Hot Rod Red

My Christmas centrepiece, made by my own fair hands at Jay Archer's
Crafternoon Tea. Featuring, amongst other plants, eucalyptus,
anemones, ranunculus, succulent, contorted hazel.

Festive bunnies!

Christmas cupcakes! Reindeer toppers via sellers on Etsy.

This year's tree! Can you spot the Mickey and Minnie baubles we bought
 on our Christmas Disney honeymoon last year..?

Cheers, everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday, pp x