Fortnum & Mason Christmas Fayre

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Good God I love Christmas. No matter now technically grown up I get, the mere thought of my favourite festive pastimes puts a big, fat grin on my face. London is especially gorgeous this time of year. Even the inevitable rain doesn't completely piss on the proverbial parade thanks to indoor emporiums of general jollity and nice stuff to eat, drink and buy like Fortnum & Mason. If you've never been to fortnums, you absolutely must. Less a department store than a giant, charming, old fashioned boutique stuffed with lovely stuff. At Christmas, the whole place resembles a twinkling, glittering…

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5 Minutes With: Austique Founder, Katie Canvin

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If you live in the UK or have plans to be here any time soon, I insist you visit Austique. Or to be specific, one of the two equally delectable Austique boutiques in London. Today's interviewee, Katie Canvin opened her first store on the Kings Road back in 2004. Over the next few years she honed her carefully curated stock of contemporary designers from around the world to include the likes of Markus Lupfer, Alice + Olivia, Mara Hoffman and Rebecca Minkoff, developing Austique's reputation as the fashion lover's go-to for gorgeous, eclectic and exquisitely presented pieces. Now Katie owns…

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Designers & Makers Christmas Market

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Happy Saturday one and all! As you can probably tell, I'm in a festive mood. God knows anyone who took a peep at my Instagram feed these past couple of weeks will know that I'm desperately trying to embrace all things Christmassy... Especially those of the novelty variety. Anyway, the subject of today's post isn't exactly novelty per se but it's certainly novel, in a great way. For anyone who'll be in London next week, or who might need an excuse to hit the capital before December 25th madness well and truly descends, I have the perfect seasonal yet chic…

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