We all have our festive traditions, but sometimes Christmas can start to feel a little same-y. If you're beginning to tire of turkey talk and Elf movie marathons, then put down the mini mince pie and hotfoot it to Skandilicious.
The brainchild of super chic Swedes Maria Trechman and Fredrik Olsson (the mixology maestro behind Kosmopol on the Fulham Road), Skandilicious is an exuberant Julbord feast inspired by old Swedish tradition. Matching fabulous food with a warm, inviting atmosphere and a few festive surprises, it's a hard one to beat in the Christmas pop-up race.
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From Monday morning cosies to tempt you out of bed through to warm-and-fuzzy Friday night funsies, here are a few of my favourite things for the week ahead.
It's cold. It's raining. Everyone on the tube is moody. All you want to do is go back to cuddle up in bed with a hot chocolate (current obsession? Options Salted Caramel - ooh mama) and a croissant for a Modern Family marathon. As Russell Bateman (aka Mr SBC) puts it: the first five days after the weekend are always the hardest. Never has a truer word been Insta'd.
Nevertheless, the autumn onset need not be a totally sombre affair, and London has plenty to lift your post-summer spirits. Covering all bases from cinema to cachaça, here are a few dates for the diary that will surely make your working week fly by.
A luxury backpack is a must at London Fashion Week this season, and you will be hard pushed to find one better than this Whistles Portland edition – hot from the SS15 catwalk. In a versatile neutral tone with glossy silver hardwear, this practical backpack is spacious enough for all your show-hopping essentials, and will lend a contemporary edge to your LFW look. (Designed exclusively for London Fashion Week, it is available to purchase online here, and also in the two newest Whistles stores in Kings Cross St. Pancras and the Bullring in Birmingham.)
But it is what's inside that counts, right? Here is my wishlist of chic Fashion Week essentials.
1. With rose-gold frames and mirror-shine lenses, these lightweight Linda Farrow sunglasses whisper understated luxury. They are £610.00 here.
2. A nourishing facial oil is a must for parched post-summer skin. Rodin's Olio Lusso is a cult product in fashion circles – the expert blend of 11 botanical oils will deliver a runway-worthy glow in no time. It is £97.00 at Net-a-Porter here.
3. My, my - what a stylish little camera you have. Launching in October, the new Olympus Pen E-Pl7 camera is designed with fashion folk in mind – it even has a 'selfie-mode'. It will retail for £499.00.
4. Aptly called 'The Sophisticate', this Charlotte Tilbury eye palette of subtly smoky tones is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. It is £38.00 from Net-a-Porter here.
5.This Zakynthos nail polish by NARS is the perfect neutral - the sandy shade feels more modern than blush-toned nudes and was the colour of choice for the 3.1 Phillip Lim show in NYC. It is £15.00 here.
6. Last but not least, this Smythson Fashion Week notepad is the only way to jot down your front-row musings. Far chicer than an iPad, the Runway Notes' notebook is £65.00 here.
|1. Marisela black balconette bra £50.00 by L'Agent by Agent Provocateur (buy yours here) |
2. Marisela black briefs £28.00 by L'Agent by Agent Provocateur (buy yours here)
Underwear is my biggest vice, and this month I have been led astray by Agent Provocateur's alluring L'Agent line. The Autumn/Winter 2014 collection has been designed in collaboration with the Cruz sisters, drawing on their dance backgrounds for inspiration. Some pieces are showgirl-ready – namely the cerise satin bodysuit – but others are rather more reserved, like the lace-trimmed set pictured.
Though the promotional video is not the most tasteful – boys, you may (will) disagree – the collection itself is strong, particularly for those with smaller cup sizes. Most of the bras are designed in a balconette style to elongate the neck and accentuate the bust. They are pretty and playful, with a little touch of Agent Provocateur naughtiness.
Treat yourself. Next on my list? The cerise Marisela set with powder-pink trims.
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Otiumberg is a new London-based e-boutique boasting an expertly tailored selection of accessories from cool new designers from all across the globe. Covering everything from candy-coloured rings by Sabrina Dehoff through to Sunday Somewhere's modern sunglasses, Otiumberg's edit is ideal for young chic-ettes looking for pieces with a certain je ne sais quoi.
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We all know that protein is essential at breakfast, and nutritional therapists often advise women to eat two whole eggs or three egg whites each day. Sure you can whip up an omelette, or pop a poached 'un on top of your avocado, but for something a little special, why not try a healthy spin on Eggs Florentine?
Devised by health guru Julie Montagu, this delicious brunch option is a popular choice on the menu at Bumpkin, and is packed full of healthy nutrients and minerals. It is a balanced option that will leave you feeling satisfied - without all the creamy buttery sauce that usually accompanies the classic French dish. Wash yours down with an iced green juice if you're feeling virtuous, or a red hot Bloody Mary if you're feeling frisky.