It’s just nice to meet another human that shares my affinity for elf culture

Boxing Day

Our Boxing Day walk

I unashamedly love Christmas.  I love getting gifts, I love giving gifts, I love the food, and I love being around my family.  And I’ve been lucky enough to have some pretty great Christmases.  This year was no different.

We stayed at my in-laws Christmas Eve and opened our first gifts there when we woke up on Christmas morning.  And the gifts didn’t stop when we got to my parents for dinner (which was YUMMY.  Well done my Mum).  My parents tend to get Husband and I joint gifts and then other individual gifts.  We got a fancy knife set for our new kitchen which is much needed as we’re pretty much using one knife for everything at the moment.  Husband got lots of things for his travels and I got many many Ollie and Nic items.  WOO!  Plus very cute slippers, a woodland animal scarf and a fluffy snuggly top thing.

I got to open two presents from Husband at this point – a solid state hard drive (yay?  In all fairness, my Macbook does need a new one) and a beautiful drusy ring by Rachel Pfeffer.  I’d mentioned drusy jewellery years ago, and he’d obviously noted it down.  It’s so pretty and sparkly!!  And also impossible to photograph with the lenses I have.

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With flash

Druzy ring1

Without flash

I need to stop looking at Rachel’s site now because I want everything.

We spent the afternoon watching Alpha Papa which I had bought my Dad for part of his present, and when my Mum started to get bored of watching the Blu Ray extras, we went back to the in-laws for MORE presents.

Husband and I finished swapping presents, and he surprised me again with a Tatty Devine lobster.

Tatty Devine Lobster

RED GLITTERY LOBSTER!

I love it. It’s flipping glittery!  He saw it online and thought it would be such a great present, especially seeing as we spent a few days in Maine a couple of months ago.  Can’t wait to wear it.

He also got me a hard case for my Parrot Zik headphones and hardback copies of the Hunger Games.

Books

My in-laws bought me Be Awesome by Hadley Freeman and Shady Characters by Keith Houston.  They also got me some Lush and Beauticology gift sets so I have some amazing baths to look forward to, a Ciate velvet manicure set, some pretty tights, and other assorted goodies.

Another favourite gift came from my Brother-in-law and his wife – a gorgeous set of lights from Brighton based Cable and Cotton.  They’re stunning.

Cable and Cotton

Off…

Cable and Cotton on

On!

I’ve wanted these for so long, now I just need to figure out where they’ll look best.  These are the Rainbow Drops set, but all of their sets are gorgeous and I would quite happily have them all around my house.

Sales shopping has been a bit hit and miss, and I’ve had more luck online than the high street.  I managed to get myself some more Snow Fairy (the only exception to my Lush ban, and only when it’s half price), some more beauty gift sets from Beauticology and Cowshed, and I am super excited to have bought an advent calendar.  Yes, an advent calendar, which is filled with a nail polish behind every door.  I was tempted by the Ciate Mini Mani Month when it was full price, but it’s even more of a bargain now it’s half price.  I was considering opening one every two weeks for the next year, but I’m not sure if I will manage to last out that long.

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I still have another week off work, and at the end of the week we’re off to Brighton again for another visit to the Coalshed and another stay at the Old Ship Hotel.  It’s going to be bloody windy, but not even the weather can spoil Brighton.

Birthday Bonanza – Day One

V&A

August ended as it always does – with the best day of the year, my birthday.  An added bonus this year was it falling on a Saturday so no taking the day off for me.  And also, I managed to avoid any mentions of Diana, so that was a nice treat.

Husband didn’t let me down and got me some Parrot Zik headphones, designed by Philippe Starck.  I finally own something designed by Philippe Starck – WOO!   So far I have had a little dance around to Nine Inch Nails in my living room and it was amazing to skip/pause/change volume by using gestures on the touch sensitive panel.  I can now continue my Glee re-watch without wires, so no more detaching myself from my laptop to go to the kitchen.   It’s like I’m living in the future.

My next gift was some Keith Brymer Jones coffee mugs (yes, I did ask for them – I’m collecting!) together with a story about Husband’s trek to a South London Amazon Locker.  A little box followed, and I guessed what it was because it was covered in Tatty Devine stickers.

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A gorgeous Tatty Devine Planet necklace from their new season collection.  And just when I thought I was done with the present opening, another present flew out at me.  It really did – Husband had hidden it under the coffee table and flung it at me, taking me by surprise.

TD Bunny

A Sky Lab Rabbit necklace, also from Tatty Devine.  I love my husband, especially because he would brave the Brick Lane Tatty Devine store, and then walk back into his (very testosterone-y office) with a bright pink bag.

A lazy morning followed before we went into London for a Byron Burger followed by a trip around the Victoria and Albert museum.  The main reason for our visit was for the Club to Catwalk exhibition, all about fashion in the 1980s and it was really good.  No photos as they were prohibited (also prohibited – sketching) but there were designs there from Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Katharine Hamnett – some really gorgeous pieces.  I loved the sections on Goth and Glam Fetish, but I still continue to be terrified by any photos of Leigh Bowry.

After spending some time looking at the pretty clothes, we wandered around some of the rest of the museum, and I showed Husband some of the pieces that I’d been told about on a previous visit.

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We then decided to walk the hell that is the Old Brompton Road – ugh, no thank you.  I much prefer my walks to look like this:

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Nothing compares to the beautiful Fleet Pond, which we have to walk around to get home from the train station.

And as a special birthday treat, I got sparklers in my Gü cheesecake.

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Admittedly, it almost set Husband on fire, but it was totally worth it.