Things of Christmas beauty...

posted on: Friday, 24 December 2010

So many things of beauty at Christmas time. For me Christmas Eve is all wrapped up in Danish tradition as my little family makes the pilgrimage to my Mum's house for traditional 'Danish dinner'; roast duck stuffed with apples and prunes, caramelised potatoes and red cabbage! It is the absolute taste of a Danish winter for me and it is so deeply rooted in everything I associate with Christmas. And now, as I did as a child, the Boos look forward to it (mainly because they get to open gifts early in accordance with the Danish tradition!)

What does Christmas mean to me? After the weeks of planning, buying, wrapping I do wonder what is it all for? The consumerism of this time of year has bothered me more this year than most. Yet I have participated in it willingly along the way. I long for simpler times but then simultaneously feel so blessed that we have the life we have and can revel in this family time of year, unencumbered with woes.

I lead a happy life; one that I think shows on this blog. My good friends do say I put on the 'Lou show' for the blog and it can border on all-too-perfect. I agree; the reality is never that way but atleast at Christmas time I can believe and just sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labour.

We'll be at home, with family, trying to sleep in on Christmas Day to a sensible time whilst the children wake and feel that unmistakable rustle of paper in stockings at the foot of their bed. There is just nothing like that sound...


Pretty, star-like party dressing...

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...the beautiful Cintia Dicker...
Can you hear the bells? We've been reading 'Polar Express' and 'The Night Before Christmas' all week...so exciting.


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Getting out our best china...



Candy canes, brown paper and string...






Winter warming wool...

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Carluccio's panetonne...Italy's finest.
 

Shimmering, sparkling perfection...

...the beautiful Christina Hendricks...
Two faces at the window...the Boos come tonight, I love this painting by Christian Birmingham.


Candle-light and fireside...


Something sparkling and blue under the tree?


Or natural and wholesome; either way...

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What can I say? 
Have the happiest of times this Christmas...
be back soon!

Ready for a new year of lovely giveaways...

Things of beauty...

posted on: Friday, 10 December 2010

Friday; happy day! This weekend calls for all sorts of Christmas preparations; 'feeding' brandy to the Christmas cake we made, sourcing and decorating the tree, searching for those presents that have so far alluded me. The tree is a BIG deal for me - it's got to be real, it's got to have that unmistakable fresh nordic pine smell, it's got to feature all the years of decorations and baubles from the time my husband and I first lived together, to now.

This week I saw my daughter sing in her school choir in a Cathedral; it was just spine-tinglingly lovely. But as the weeks wear on, I am ready now for them to finish school and try to ease into the Christmas 'proper'.

For me it's been a reflective week as I ask myself yet again - what's it all for? I mean this in a good way...but it's telling to me that this question arises in my mind so much. I find myself thinking a lot about the past. I understand that this preoccupation with the past and with nostalgic thoughts is prevalent in my generation as we struggle to reconcile the massive changes in everyday life since we were young. Before mobile phones and home computing and when on winter's evenings my friends and I would ride our bikes around the neighbourhood, breathing in that cold air as we peddled. It all seemed so simple then! But no matter how much I look back, I have to say, I would rather be here than there...so time to embrace the future - with whatever it holds.

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This would be my kind of Christmas decorating - simple, traditional and to be done in front of a roaring fire.







Lovely, contemplative image of Kirsten Dunst...


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There are those Eames chairs again...what a beautiful, simple, white setting. Love this.


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The very lucky Diane Kruger...



Santa Claus - if you wouldn't mind, these would be very welcome underneath the Christmas tree... ;-)


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I unexpectedly won a Vogue subscription this week from The Bottom of the Ironing Basket! Thank you!! In the words of Carrie:

"When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I bought Vogue instead of dinner. I found it fed me more."


More simple decorations...here from Country Living.


Twinkly lights; they are magical...wherever this is (the corner of nowhere?); it's got that special Christmas feel.


Picture the scene: it's 1983, I am 9, I get roller skates for Christmas! This image brought that all back! Oh the excitement of that first roll!

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Here's to a wonderful, excitment-building weekend!

LBD...

posted on: Monday, 6 December 2010

There is something about this time of year that gets me all-a-flutter about the party season. And I turn to the quintessential little black dress. Is this iconic item of clothing a must in every woman's wardrobe? I love the drama of it, captured in these wonderful images of some of my favourite ladies. It's no wonder we feel we fall short when compared to media images - so much beauty it makes my heart hurt.


Kate Moss
...lace dress by Prada...
Emily Blunt getting the accessories right...
Gisele in Harper's Bazaar
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Kate Hudson
by Olivia Graham
Anne Hathaway
Penelope Cruz...can't even see the dress but you know it's going to be black and little...
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Gwyneth Paltrow
Helena Christensen
Angelina Jolie
Or break tradition and go tuxedo like Kirsten Scott-Thomas...
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