Celebrate Together

Valentina (my very best friend) flew in to London to celebrate the festive season with us.

She wasn’t really feeling it this year and I promised I’d soon fix that.

We may not be able to spend Christmas Day together, but that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate together!

Incase you’re feeling like Valentina, hidden away in the wilds of Camden you’ll find something rather wonderful.

Have brunch (or cocktails!) in your own private gingerbread cabin!

A gingerbread house, tucked out of sight.

Hidden behind a pub, far from prying eyes….

…or so they thought.

Gingerbread cabin in London

Say the magic words and the doors will fly open, welcoming you into it’s cosy little world.

Have Christmas cocktails in a gingerbread house!

We made ourselves very much at home.

Christmas in London


Easy holiday decorations

Brunch appeared as if by magic.


And was very happily received by all!


Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit quite like having a cosy weekend brunch inside a giant gingerbread house!

BFF christmas card!

Except maybe tea in a gingerbread house!



Toasted creme brûlées, gingerbread men, sticky toffee pudding, macarons.


Finger sandwiches (not made of fingers).


And rather bronzed scones, with cream and jam.

If you’ve never followed brunch with tea, you just haven’t been applying yourself properly!



Pleated cuffs

I’m quite besotted with this Banana Republic shirt with its pleated cuffs.

BR do some of the finest shirts and blouses, all work appropriate but with marvellous little details. I’ll pop a few below, incase you’re on the hunt for something smart to wear this Christmas.

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Feeling pretty festive, but not quite fit to bust… we dressed a large gingerbread man.


While Mr Custard supervised and offered direction.




Having decorate and subsequently devoured our creation, it was time to say goodbye to our dreamy little cabin.

You should book in, if you get the chance!

Gingerbread house in London

Valentina’s jacket

Statement necklace

Frill blouse // Black jeans

Fendi backpack // Black trainers

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White coat

Blue wool blazer // Tartan scarf

Striped shirt // Skinny jeans

Suede pumps // Bow clutch

Twinning in Banana Republic, who are all about bringing people together and making the very best of this time of year – because together you can create moments that live on as memories for a lifetime.

It’s a sentiment that I couldn’t hold closer to my heart, so I’m thrilled to be working with them to spread the Christmas cheer!


On the way home we made a few stops to pick up a few bits and pieces.

Christmas in London

Taking care of my annual pilgrimage to Wild At Heart to pick up my wreath.




And a few decorations for the house.


Layered up





Our wreath was made as we waited, a great stonker of a thing that now sits proudly on my front door.


Now we’re into December I see no wreathon not to deck the halls!


Just a few steps down the street, we rain into the main man himself.

See? He is real!

And couldn’t resist a snap to send to my nieces and little nephew.


Proof, if ever it were needed, that he does exist.

Festive spirit successfully restored! Mission accomplished.


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