2 December 2011: Countdown to Christmas

It’s that special time of year... Christmas is just three weeks away and getting closer by the minute!

For me it’s more special than ever – Christmas day falls on a Sunday, which always feels perfect to me and even better if the world is covered in white :)

Home is where the heart really is at Christmas, so we have added some beautiful decorations and some wonderful gift ideas for you lovely people! I love them, hope you do too!

I just love how this room decoration is arranged, with the Christmas tree as its focal point. Dreamy whites, creams and ivories are always my favourite colour for interiors, and at this time of year it sits perfectly. When all outside is getting a little too busy, a warm and calm home remind what Christmas is really about. Oh… I adore the wallpaper! (photo: lipstek.com_home design)

 

 

I just love the prints of the curtain and matching cushion covers here. I can just see myself sitting on the velvet sofa in this small cottage next to a fireplace, feel so cosy and contended. (photo: housetohome.co.uk)

 

Of course, wonderful whites and cool creams are great, but sometimes only tasteful, traditional red and green Christmas adornments will do. These are great: can you feel the Christmas? (photo:housetohome.co.uk)

 

Simple style is so charming at Christmas. How about tying a dove and crystal decorative Christmas wreath behind the chair, so lovely! (photo:housetohome.co.uk)

 

Looking for inspiration for Your House? Well, here’s how the Obama’s are doing it at the White House this Christmas. Bo, the pet dog of the Obama family is the theme star this year! Cute!

(photos:washington post)

 

 

 

GIFTS: Time to stock(ing)-up for your loved ones with these wonderful gifts... a selection from Luphia and other classic names such as L’Occitane and Diesel, which we just love...

 

 

Home Deco from Occa-Home

 

 

 

 

LoveLula natural and organic gorgeous Christmas gift sets  ~ Party Prep gift set (left) £34 and Sweet Treat gift set (right) £20

 

 

L'OCCITANE Indulgent Gifts for all...

L'occitane Especially for her gift set (left) £64 and the ever popular best seller Shea Butter collection gift set (limited edition) was £58.30 now £39.00

 

 

COOL DIESEL WATCHES ~ for him...

 

And from Luphia Boutique

Love Letters (at both sides ~ smaller inside) ring £6.90(above); Rustic silver ball ring £6.90(middle); Sparkling Music note earrings £8.50 (bottom)

 

Of course, Christmas is not all about the presents and the food and the festivities. It is the time for us to gather our friends and family, catch up on all the news, give thanks and forgiving for the things that we have done and said over the year and remind ourselves how blessed we are.

For me, the real meaning of Christmas is that it comes with good news ~Jesus~ that we cannot afford not to know: “Christmas isn’t Christmas ‘til it happens in your heart!”

Ok, that’s all for this week guys. Next week, I will bring you the best from the London Southbank Christmas Market, so stay tuned and if you see me there, say hi!

 

Love and kisses,

MeeKee xxx

 

 

 

9 December 2011: Southbank Christmas Market

I promised I would give you the lowdown on Christmas London via my visit to the South Bank Christmas Market, so here it is guys, and what a wonderful, wintry day it was. I took myself off there last Saturday (3 December). I was on my own this time (hubby and I having already visited two weeks earlier) and I was happy to have my own sweet time to enjoy the walk. I arrived at Waterloo at 3pm, greeted by a sunny, bright, crisp day, all beautiful sky blue and white cloud. I find London so inspirational and took a few photos for you of the glorious London Eye before approaching the Christmas market itself.

And even before I reached the market the atmosphere was just so Christmassy, the beautiful festive food fragrances of  orange and cinnamon and various other sweet treats floating on the air. The childish joy just increased when I then I met some old friends here, including my favourites Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

 

But I was being led by the nose and moved on to track down those festive flavours of orange and cinnamon and tracked them down in the shape of these gorgeous yuletide decorations....warm and cosy… made me think of mulled wine.

 

A much more colourful experience, but no less seasonal, came in the form of this lovely Pick ‘n’ Mix stall full of colourful candies! Luckily for my waistline, I am not a candy person, but this was visually lovely at least!

 

The market was very busy, but there were so many happy faces and great for people-watching :)

 

Ok, now let me bring you to a few stalls that I loved...

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Top left: A lot of lovely little Christmas decorative ideas; Bottom left: why not bring a little cute house home?; Top right: gorgeous handmade teapots and mugs from Hungary; Bottom right: artistically printed Jerusalem plates and bowls

 

Nope, they’re not cupcakes: all very cute and adorable cake soaps!

 

I really loved this store. All the leather goods there were unique and so pretty. Part of the charm was that these lines weren’t perfectly finished, the owner wasn’t even certain which kind of leather some of them were, although many were camel skin she said! The imperfect finishes and the unique prints gave them that extra something. So cool.

 

Another adorable store...these guys use real flowers and 925’ silver to create a huge amount of different designs for make pendants, necklace, earrings, bracelets, rings, photo frames...you name it! My equally adorable hubby got me a necklace with a rose pendant when we visited (' '*)

 

Ok. A break from the shopping: let’s go for food and drinks!

Fancy a pint? Get your beer and wine here and of course that all-important mulled wine! Pay an extra £1, you can get the mulled wine mug printed with London landmarks: too cute!

 

And who could resist these crepe and hot drinks stalls? Not me...

 

Chimney cake...worth a try I thought! It looks good, smells good and tastes great. No doubt, cinnamon flavour was the best seller!

 

For those wishing to spread their wings a little wider (!) these ostrich burgers ~ lean, low calorie and super-tasty. £4.50 each but available uncooked for £1.50 each or eight for £10 (we bought it the last time we visited... yum yum)

 

Maybe no one does traditional Christmas better than the Germans, so how about these classic German hotdogs?!

Bratwurst (self help with ketchup and mustard) was my choice... yummy!!!

 

OK… after the bratwurst, time to go meet hubby for a proper dinner. It was getting crowded and colder but the night scene at Southbank was so breathtaking. Roll on Christmas!

 

On the way back to Waterloo station, I met my favourite friend Mickey Mouse again who was waving to me…hahaha!! Happy me!

 

Maybe some of you guys were at Southbank, or one of the other wonderful markets taking place right now all across London, UK, Europe, the world as the countdown to Christmas really begins. Do share your thoughts and tips, pictures and purchases with us at Luphia!

The Southbank market runs until 24 Dec 2011. If you get a chance, check it out while there’s still time!

So long for now and check this space again next week!!

See you all soon, MeeKee xxx

19 December 2011: Time Tested Beauty Tips

Hi there one and all, MeeKee here!

So, Christmas is almost here, a time when we will stop awhile and take stock of the year, surround ourselves by friends and family and remind ourselves of the things that are really important in life.

These timeless sentiments can be addressed to all areas of life (anyone hoping for a little Chanel No.5 in their stocking knows that). So, this week, I would love to share some unconventional beauty advice - in the form of the beautiful and inspiring poem, 'Time Tested Beauty Tips'. It was written by Sam Levenson, but famously quoted by Audrey Hepburn, possibly the most timeless of style icons, when she was asked the secret of her beauty.

Ever since her rise to stardom in the 1950s, Hepburn's classic and seemingly effortless beauty has been treasured and imitated, but never bettered. So maybe the secret is to be true to ourselves. I believe beauty comes from within and overflows to the outside. True beauty is in all of us, it is not something you can pretend or something you can cover up with make-up or clothing. Sincere love and kindness blossoms and last forever.

So guys, here are Levenson's wonderful words, written for for Grandchild. You may have read it before, but it is worth re-reading and reminding ourselves so we can learn and grow as truly beautiful people.

Time Tested Beauty Tips By Sam Levenson

"For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!"

 

Wish you all a very merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year 2012!

See you next year!!

Love and God Bless,

MeeKee XXX

28 December 2011: After Christmas and the result...

Hello there guys, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time with your family & friends!! Most of us are still in the holiday mood, and with much of the UK off work today anyway, things are still quiet and aren't too crazy.. (shopping sphree is quite crazy though = =" due to the highstreet sales)

Remember the survey that you guys had done last month? We have got the winners (three of our beautiful Pearl Collar Necklace and four Suzanne Woolcott-designed ‘Super Cute Gorjuss 2012' calendars).  I will email each winner shortly for delivery address! Thank you for all of you who had participated and letting us know a little about you. If you have not won this time, don't frown ^ ^ There will be more in the coming year!!!

For the lucky ones, I would appreciate if you could leave a comment here letting us know how do you like the gift and how do you wear/use them... feel free to send us a photo if you are in the mood :)

 

Love XX

MeeKee

 

 

winners: Charissa, Jennifer, Karla

winners: Apple, Emma, Liz, Vivian