Christmas is big in the Nordic countries and there are plenty of strange and elaborate traditions leading up to the big day. Winter is when we have to get creative, how else would be survive four months of darkness and snow?
Not only does Santa supposedly live in the northern Finnish town of Rovaniemi, his persona was also created when a Finnish emigrant in Chicago drew the ...
16 Dec 2010 15:00 GMT
When you've seen too many cheery reindeer, children singing and hearts growing three sizes, it's time to strike back.
I know there are many who can't wait to pull out that pile of Christmas DVDs every year and spend days laughing and crying with Charlie Brown and Lucy or Rudolph and Hermie or find out what Bedford Falls would have been like without George Bailey.
16 Dec 2010 13:00 GMT
Last Thursday evening, I was invited to the My Sugarland Christmas Fayre, and I have to admit, after the whole student protest situation causing havoc in central London this little haven of all things exquisite and beautiful was just the escapism I needed! Greeted with a Buck’s Fizz and mince pie, the thing that struck me most about My Sugarland was the serene, calm and inviting atmosphere. It reminded me of walking into ...
13 Dec 2010 12:30 GMT
If you’re weary and lacking in Christmas cheer, then maybe you need to shake things up a bit. Here are some alternative ideas to get you feeling festive.
I love Christmas, I always have done, but increasingly I find myself surrounded by people who hate it. I feel sorry for these people, after all things don’t end well for the Grinch or Scrooge do they? These poor souls are totally missing out. The major problem with Christmas is that the music and ...
13 Dec 2010 10:07 GMT
I’m a big fan of beauty, fashion and lifestyle books (and yes, some are better than others!) so when I heard about the release of Bethanie Lunn’s new book The Modern Girl’s Guide to Fabulousness, I knew that this was another that had to be added to my collection.
Part of the reason why the book appealed is mainly due to the author. A real girl about town, Beth is a real inspiration in terms of her go-getting attitude. A one-woman brand, Beth is ridiculously glamorous, ...
09 Dec 2010 16:00 GMT
The last couple of weeks in France marked more than just the official countdown to the holiday season; it was also the beginning of some of the coldest temperatures in recorded history for the month of November. It’s the kind of cold and dreariness that sends paralyzing chills right down to the bone and forces us to remain in close proximity to a radiator at all times, equipped with layers, scarves, boots and hats – even at home.
09 Dec 2010 14:00 GMT
You may not have heard of Francesca Woodman before, but a stunning collection of the artists prints are currently on exhibition in London. Don’t miss this opportunity to see them.
The Victoria Miro gallery in London is currently showing a rare selection of works by photographer Francesca Woodman drawn from the retrospective show at Espacio AV, Murcia from 2009 which is currently touring to SMS Contemporanea, Siena and the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan t...
06 Dec 2010 10:33 GMT
This is a sponsored post from our friends at the Blue Moon Brewing Company.
This past Wednesday saw the fantastic Blue Moon “Living Exhibition” at LUXE in London, and what a brilliant night it was.
03 Dec 2010 14:22 GMT
Currently all across the UK and the States it's snowing! There are giant snowflakes swiftly drifting towards the ground, and while it’s beautiful, it doesn’t exactly encourage most of us to want to venture outside. Or even out of bed for that matter.
For those of you who are either stranded because of the snow, or you’re “stranded” and are bunking off work or school – here are a few awesome DVDs and books to keep you busy for the next few days. (You know, until you need to...
30 Nov 2010 19:00 GMT
This is a sponsored post from our friends at the Galaxy Book Club...
Chocolate and reading usually go quite well together, which is probably why Galaxy has decided to launch a book club. I was invited to take part in a discussion with a couple of prolific bloggers and journalist Claudia Winkleman, and recently found myself in a small room...
29 Nov 2010 17:00 GMT