Happy New Year! Tonight we are cooking up a storm and welcoming the new year with glasses of champagne and espresso martinis with a handful of close friends. Hope you are having a great evening and see you in 2015! x
Oh hello blog, it's been a while. I feel like I forgot all about blogging and at the same time went through a bit of a writers block. Not that I'm typing up a Pulitzer winner here, but you know, I try. The good thing about blogging as a hobby is that you can drop of the grid a bit, my paycheck isn't linked to writing here and life does go on even when you don't blog about it. So yeah, I have managed to cruise through December without a single gift guide or a list of must do things in advent and not even written about how much I love Christmas. A shame really. So what have I done?
Watch: I just got started on The Good Wife, after everyone and their granny was gushing over how great it was. So far we are getting along splendidly and doing the dishes will be much easier with this in the background. Or just escaping the Christmas festivities for a little while this holiday. To be honest I'm already on season 2 and wondering if maybe Netflix on the iPad is not a good idea?
Eat: all the food all the time. Christmas is a horrible time of year for trying to stay healthy. It's like everything on offer is covered in icing sugar or marzipan or comes with a side of mince pies. And I love it, but hate it. With zero willpower this is not my time of year.
Do: Yoga. Rather, plan to do it every morning and fail miserably. But tomorrow guys, it's happening.
Christmas usually comes with a lot of traditions that vary from family to family. It's been a while since I lived at home (about 9.5 years) but I try my best to continue the traditions I grew up with, and make some new ones. Putting cloves in oranges isn't a new thing and we used to do this as kids as it is easy, smells great and looks good. I just couldn't remember how sore your fingers get from pressing the cloves into the orange skin. When we were younger we would hang these in the window but I made a couple to put in a bowl on the dining table. Instant Christmas at home.
With a visitor in London and it being December there is nothing to do but have a wander in the city. And while my dream is not to walk along Oxford Street among the hordes of people that are desperately trying to find that perfect present, there is something magical about the Selfridges windows around Christmas. My favorite was the one above, and I usually hate spiders! Must be something with all the gold and the excess of it all, our house is positively paired down when it comes to Christmas decorations, too much and the tiny apartment just ends up looking cluttered. But I did make some things the other day and possibly purchased a tiny tree to hang it all on. Pictures might be coming.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x