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12.11.2015

Prosecco, Pork Pie & Christmas Pressies

Golly gosh where does time go? I've been meaning to sit down all week to write a blog post and every day, something else has taken priority. Well, I'm on my own tonight as all the family are out. I've spat my dummy out as there's no kindling to light the fire and I can't be bothered to go out to get some. Mind you progress has been made. I posted our two nude Christmas trees on Instagram earlier in the week. Well now we have lights on one of them. Husband done good. I mean really good, think he has a talent. Look...


It's taken all week to get this far, no idea when it will get properly decorated. Calling any shoemakers who have surplus elves that they could rent out??? No?

Last weekend I spent a couple of days with my Mum, Aunty and Uncle in London. It's really not my Dad's bag, not when Saturday offers a full day of spectator football so he stayed at home. Normally, I would travel by train, it's 1 hour 50 minutes door to door from Macclesfield. Pretty amazing really given that it can take me an hour to get in to Manchester which is only 17 miles away. Anyway, this was an organised trip by some colleagues at the hospital that my Aunty works at so coach it was. Now this is not a mode of transport that I frequent very often but if this is the general standard....OMG, I'm travelling by coach every time. Out and out luxury it was. Foot rests, leg rests, tables, fluffy towels and toiletries in the loo. Is this the real deal or what?

We'd been on the coach for ooooh 5 minutes and out came the Prosecco followed closely by the scrummiest pork pie I've tasted in years. Proper, proper pork pie with a crust to die for. I'm not sure it was intended be eaten with the Prosecco but hey don't knock it until you try it. I did. At 8am. Delish it was.

We decided to explore Little Venice, an area of London I'm not that familiar with. It was lovely to see something different.


And dive into the nearest bar for 'refreshments'.

We decided to brave Harrods in the afternoon where I picked up a couple of Christmas presents. Sadly not this...





The Chanel Embroidered Python Boy Bag. Price on application. Gulp.

It was mad busy around Haymarket and Piccadilly. I don't think I've ever seen it so manic.




And let's not even talk about the tubes.

Lucky for us, our hotel had a big 'do' on and we were able to sneak in for a bit of a dance in the evening which rounded off a full on day.

Me at 1am Sunday morning and no I didn't have a headache the following morning.



Struggling to remember where this top was from, it must be 10 years old but it's one of those items that keeps coming out of the wardrobe because it's a perfect colour (charcoal not black), a perfect length, and it doesn't need ironing (whoop). Worn with coated black leggings, Armani cuff, Coach bag and black ankle boots (not seen).

And on Sunday we visited Camden spending a very pleasant few hours mooching around the craft stalls and markets.

Phoebe Coat -  Jovonna 
Dublin Scarf - Great Plains
Black Coated Leggings - Next (Similar)
Honey Lo Trainers - Adidas
Austen Crossbody Bag - Modalu (Similar)

I haven't a clue why my coat looks like a dressing gown. Certainly my two female companions didn't point it out! It's probably better fastened (note to self for future wear). There's some great reductions on Modalu bags on both the John Lewis website and Modalu itself. I have three of these and they're great quality for the price. The Dublin scarf has been super useful over the last few weeks. It's warm but not bulky and the neutral shades really work well in my current wardrobe. Finally check out the trainers - 8 months old and still shiny white. Go me!!!

Hubby has been nagging daily for a Christmas list. I did contemplate not giving him one this year and let him work it out himself but that's tantamount to playing Russian roulette isn't it. I keep seeing gift ideas on other blogs but nothing is floating my boat. I honestly don't need anything. Well, I do love the bag above but that's not going to happen. Price on application tags seem to send him running in the other direction. Would it be wrong to ask for a new mailbox? The lock on ours is broken. I'd love a shiny new one that actually doesn't leak water resulting in soggy letters. Yep, I'm the one that dries the credit card bills out on the radiator. God how boring am I asking for a mailbox. Well, I haven't asked for it yet but it did cross my mind.

So, if you were expecting a blog post about gorgeous Christmas present ideas, you're looking in the wrong place - soz boz.

And regarding buying pressies for others, I had a cracking two days around Black Friday. A demon on the laptop I was (and I saved oodles of pounds). It's all kind of come to a grinding halt though, the initial burst of enthusiasm has all but disappeared. Mind you, pat on the back, I haven't been proper shopping at all...yet. There's a certain sense of satisfaction taking delivery of your parcels whilst other poor souls are battling the High Street. Smug me?

One of our big nights out tomorrow. We're off to Tatton Park. I think the whole of Cheshire and beyond go there at Christmas as they have regular party nights throughout December in a huge marquee. This year it's an Alpine theme with entertainment, a casino, disco and dodgems. Dodgems? I.Am.So.Excited. The Prosecco is ordered, the outfit chosen and after several (strike that, many) texts between my friends and I lifts have been sorted. Of course the men will just turn up unaware of the organisation that's taken place. Oh to be a man.

Hope your plans are coming along nicely. Not long now until the big man arrives. Ho Ho Ho.

Back over the weekend sometime with a special guest appearance by my Mum. Yep she's back and she's got a couple of cracking things to show you.

Have a lovely weekend.



7 comments on "Prosecco, Pork Pie & Christmas Pressies"
  1. Fabulous weekend with my own personal shopper, thanks Donna �� love my purchases and had lovely compliments on them too xxx

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    1. Glad you love them Aunty Sandra(!!). I had a great time and Ash is all ready for next year lol x

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  2. What a lovely weekend you had. I was in London 3 Sats ago it was heaving but do lovely with all the lights. I only live a 40 minute train ride away but only make it in a handful of times a year. The pork pie & Prosecco at 8am made me laugh

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    1. Same here with Manchester (a poor comparison I know) but I don't go often enough X

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  3. Ok 2 questions - 1. The massive massive clock - don't you feel time weighing on you? 2. Where is the charcoal top from, it's really nice. Also, the coat is a bit dressing gowny but actually looks good for it ;) xx

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    1. I never use the clock to tell the time - bizarrely. It just sits there looking pretty. The top is really old and I've cut the label out so I'm not sure but it is a favourite. Lol my dressing gown coat probably looks less so in real life - thank goodness x

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  4. See I quite like the look of the tree in that room with just the lights on! It looks very subtle so if you can't find any elves to decorate it at least someone out there on the interwebs approves right?! ha ha!

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