Weekly Love: Week 211
Happy December everyone! I don’t know about you but I’m super excited to get into the festive spirit. I may have an obscene amount of Cadbury advent calendars to my name this year (thanks Cadbury press office!), and we’ll be switching out our diffusers for The White Company’s Winter scent later today, but I’m a little miffed that I’ve yet to enjoy some mulled wine. Hopefully I’ll get my first cup to warm me through after the third annual judging of the Canterbury Christmas Windows which I’m honoured to have been invited back to be on the panel for this afternoon. Wandering the city looking at festive displays has become my favourite way to kick off the season. Of course I’ll be taking plenty of photos on the way round which I will be sharing first thing next week so you can vote on your favourites – you can see my 2015 and 2016 posts here.
1. Arguably London’s best Christmas lights this year on Carnaby Street. | 2. Fish sharing platter and chips at The Shakespeare during a Mummy/ Rachel Christmas shopping trip in Canterbury. | 3. Visiting the new Boden brick and mortar store on Sloane Square. | 4. Enjoying spreadable goats cheese, crackers and English Provender relishes (in their pretty new look jars) for lunch. #ad | 5. All aboard the Hogwarts Express on the Harry Potter Studio Tour. | 6. Fantastic Franca Manca pizzas in Kilburn.
- Does it make a difference if you buy own brand spices in the supermarket or not?
- If you’re like me, this is the science behind why we can’t stop playing with our hair.
- Food 52 explores the history of the “Jang” in Korean Gochujang sauce.
- Attention nervous flyers: everything you ever wanted to know about air travel.
- Kelly has written a simply fantastic 24 hour guide to visiting Bath.
- Fashionista accept pitches from freelancers, and here are their tips for pitch success.
- Carrie and Miguel booked a remote cabin for the weekend, and now I want to too! (Part 2)
- Tania on the very real anxiety that comes with going freelance.
- I loved reading Angie’s post on her journey to becoming a luxury travel blogger, because while every journey is unique, there is a lot we all have in common.
- This is a fantastic guide on how to travel loads while working a full time job.
- Julia’s pictures tell me that I need to visit Scotland in the autumn, and eat a whole platter of freshly caught seafood while I’m there. Rose also took beautiful pictures on their trip.
- She also has some great travel tips for when you actually arrive at your destination.
- Yaya and Lloyd have also been in the Scottish highlands, and their photos are equally stunning. And, they went foraging for their lunch. I’m bookmarking these!
- Also, they’ve put together their ultimate travel guide to the highlands.
- I’m a stationary obsessive, so obviously I’m going to Papersmiths next time I’m in Shoreditch.
- Sam went to Italy to see how Parmigiano Reggiano is made.
- She also went on a food tour of Bologna. A long weekend to eat all the pasta, perhaps?
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? As well as the Christmas lights we’re off for a traditional Sunday lunch with family friends tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to being out of the city for the next week, before our traditional family pre-Christmas trip to France the week after to stock up on festive treats, gifts and drinks, and to shut up our French home for the cold season. For more like this, don’t forget to sign up to my monthly newsletter which hits your inboxes on the first Sunday of each month (which means tomorrow!) packed full of seasonal eats, mini cookbook reviews, and other updates.