A New Face in Covent Garden

Anyone else still doing their Christmas shopping?

Please say it’s not just me!

Between meetings in Soho this week, I popped over to Covent Garden to tick a few more people off my list. I adore CG, as you know, I write about it all the time. It’s a beautiful and incredibly festive little pocket of London.

Somewhere to wander, pop in and out of shops, grab some food and not have to worry about taxis or busses, or getting between shops in the rain, because they’re all nestled so snuggly next to each other.

Being so snug, you always know what you’re going to get. You know all the shops and are rarely surprised.

But this time I spotted something new.

Something shiny.

Something just begging to be explored

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Like a moth to a flame, I fell into kikki.K

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A shop bursting with Scandi style goodies, stationery, knickknacks, journals, travel bits and homewares.

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And stripes! So many stripes.

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Striped passport holder

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Eat Well, Travel Often (my thoughts exactly!) travel journal

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Yearly planner

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Having inherited my mother’s addiction for stationery and cards, this place is just way too much fun!

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Every day is a fresh start mug

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A journal to write your #blessings in.

Thankful journal

This is an especially good idea for anyone who’s having a bit of a rough time, is stressed or struggling. Every night before you go to bed, write down something that happened that day that you’re thankful for.

In the beginning it could be something as small as “I didn’t miss the train” or “It didn’t rain.” It’s just about switching into a more positive mode, rather than falling asleep thinking about all the bad things and letting all that negativity seep in.

Before you know it, what started as difficult soon becomes incredibly easy, you’ll fill page after page of happy memories, and you’ll start to notice them more throughout the day; reminding yourself to note them down later.

Noticing the good will make you forget the bad, you’ll start to feel better and I can promise you, your world will change.

In the beginning my blog helped me in the same way.

I picked up one for myself and some for friends, to keep on our bedside tables. You can never be too thankful.

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Be here now

Good reminder for those of us who wish our lives away waiting for what’s coming…

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Grown up colouring book!

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Ideal gift for those who doodle over everything when on the phone!

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Well, obviously this had to be mine!

But first, coffee mug.

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Good old Viv.

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My thank you cards for the next few months sorted!

There’s even a little spot where you can make yourself very much at home, to think about your picks.

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Just don’t make as much mess as I did…

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Piled high with goodies for everyone I love, we skipped* off into Covent Garden for some more festive cheer and a spot more shopping.

*Trust me, with heels and cobbles, you skip!

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Side split coat (not too warm, not too cool. The Baby Bear’s porridge of coats.)

Black poloneck // Blue skinny jeans

Red heels // Red tote

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CG is all spruced up again and ready for Christmas.

This time, dripping with huge bunches of mistletoe.

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Demure and delicate in the day, they come alive and glow by night.

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Not a bad stop to wait for a kiss…

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Though if you get hungry while waiting, you can always pop over for brunch at The Ivy.

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Which is all dolled up, too!

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As someone commented on my Instagram snap, “only in England would they have a jar of Marmite front and centre on the table!”

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We stuffed our marble table top with everything we could manage.

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An old fashioned English Breakfast for me.

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Eggs Benni for him, as always.

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Yogurt with berries and honey.

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Sumptuously fantastic pastries, still warm from the oven. That one at the front is filled with warm custard.

Order the pastries!

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Crumpets with mustard.

Not something I’ve experienced before, and I still can’t say I have… as I went for buckets of butter and lashings of raspberry jam.

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There’s just nothing better than a crumpet swimming in butter.

It collects in all the little pockets and dribbles all down your chin when you take a bite.

It’s impossible not to feel like a naughty child when tucking into one. Just the state of mind you need, to get your Christmas shopping done!

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Ready to head home at the end of the day, pour a cuppa and wrap those pressies.

In the age of emails and texts, you just can’t beat a hand written note.

 

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Scissors // Wrapping paper // Christmas candle // Ribbons

All on my new coffee table

So come on, spill.

Are you all done? Maybe room for a little trip to CG anyway, to see the lights and pick up some of those kikki.K stripes?

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