Christmas at Disneyland Paris

Disney 6Disney 4Disney 3Disney 1Disney 19If there’s one place you can rely on for the full Christmas atmosphere, it’s Disneyland in Paris! Fake snow, toys, gifts, sugar highs and smiling faces everywhere you look, it really doesn’t get more Christmassy than this and it was the perfect Sunday destination for two big kids this weekend!

Giddy boyfriend in tow, I couldn’t wait to shut out the real world for 12 hours of pure fantasy and cartoon-character-filled-joy which began the very minute we stepped into the first park, Universal Studios, which I had never visited before. Here the Christmas theme was subtle but present in tree-shaped decorations and candy canes hanging in all the boutiques and stalls around the park. We began with a visit to the brand new Ratatouille attraction which is incredible! If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to be shrunk down to the size of a mouse (ok, rat!) then trust me this is the closest you’ll ever get to finding out… 3D videos screens, giant-sized decors, drastic changes in temperature and a cosy rat-mobile will have you whizzing around Gustau’s restaurant, feeling like you’re pretty lucky to have made it out alive!

Inspired by the morning’s rat-adventures, I decided to brave my fear of rollercoasters and took a ride on Crush’s Coaster (terrifying!) followed by an even more daring venture onto the Rock’n’Roller Coaster with Aerosmith (absolutely flipping terrifying!)… I don’t know whether it was my love of Aerosmith music or the relief at still being alive after such an experience but I was in a mad laughing fit as the ride came to an end, though not in any way tempted to go through it a second time!

The rest of the day was spent in the main Disneyland park, wandering from the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse to Aladin’s cave stopping for a quick spin at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! The Christmas decorations were spectacular in the Main Street with foam snow falling from the beautifully lit boutiques and cafes, so tempting that we left with two bags of Christmas goodies (tree decorations, gifts and candy canes)!

Christmas runs until January 7th at Disneyland Paris so if you’re looking for a fun day trip or weekend getaway, check out the website and head back to your childhood!

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Vintage Shopping on Portobello Road

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Wow, until last week, I hadn’t been back to Portobello Road since my first year at university so it was really exciting to head back to Notting Hill and take in the beautiful coloured houses and vintage boutiques… Since I was mostly looking forward to taking in the scenery and get a little shopping done, I decided to avoid the crazy Saturday market crowds and I can confirm that on a fall Thursday morning, it’s a very different atmosphere.

There were still a few stalls out, mostly selling jewellery and winter accessories, but it was actually great fun just browsing the quaint little boutiques selling anything from retro preppy clothing to antique sports equipment and very cool home furnishings.

Obviously, a refreshment stop at the orginial Hummingbird Bakery was a must and they even had a delicious selection of limited flavours for Christmas, more about those on my previous post. The street art in and around Portobello Road is very entertaining and makes for some perfect photos (I didn’t realise at the time that I had a cartoon man holding a gun to my back in my photo below!) and the pretty coloured houses, whilst quite unexpected in central London, are really charming and add an exotic feel to the city!

For more information on market opening times, check out the Portobello Road website but even if you can’t make the market it’s still definitely worth strolling through Notting Hill for the environment itself.

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Gambettes Box by My Little Paris

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To my surprise, the first box was a beautiful collaboration with Diane von Furstenberg in which I received two pairs of DVF x Gambettes Box tights, one was a  plain black 60D for winter, the other was a patterned 20D with a cute spotty print. Of course, with a designer collaboration, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to receive the next month’s edition which was inspired by all things wild and exotic. Cue yesterday’s parcel which included two warmer 60D tights both with a fun but subtle pattern – python print for the wild, symmetric print for the exotic.

The subscription costs 13,90 euros each month and you can stop at any time… though you probably won’t want to once you’ve started. It’s a great way to mix up your winter outfits and it’s made a big difference to my style as I would never usually think to experiment much with tights! This month I also received a little sample of Talika’s best-selling face oil and a discount voucher for the brand so there are also some little beauty treats included from time to time.

Visit Gambettes Box online for more details or to subscribe.

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Ice Skating at Somerset House

Somerset House Ice SkatingSomerset House Ice SkatingSomerset House Ice SkatingWhen spending time in London during the lead up to Christmas, there are a few moments which everyone has to experience… and one of these is ice-skating and mulled wine at Somerset House. The windows at Selfridges and Harrods have to be seen, Christmas cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery are not to be missed but the beautiful ice-rink with the backdrop of Somerset House is one of my favourite winter moments!

Last week, I was lucky to have shared the experience with my beautiful mummy and Parisian boyfriend (he was absolutely loving all the British festivities!) and despite the fact that none of us actually made it out onto the ice, we had such a great time just taking in the merry atmosphere, drinking mulled wine and browsing all the tempting treats at the Christmas Arcade.

This year, the Somerset House Rink is hosted by Fortnum & Mason which means the après-skate shopping and entertainment are exceptionally good! There’s champagne and cream tea in the Fortnum’s Lodge, cocktails and fondues in the Skate Lounge and late-night shopping with a limited edition range of items available on-site only!

Book tickets online at Somerset House or find out more on the website. 

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Christmas at the Hummingbird Bakery in London

Humming bird bakery London Humming bird bakery London 3Humming bird bakery London 7This week in London was incredible! I know it’s only just November but the festive atmosphere in the city was so much fun and despite having felt slightly repulsed upon first hearing Jingle Bells playing in M&S so early on, I have to say I actually kind of miss it now I’m back in Paris.

I found myself immediately drawn to all things Christmas including pretty beauty gift sets in Selfridges, ridiculous reindeer jumpers at Old Spitalfield Market and mulled wine at Somerset House but no festive treat was quite so pleasing as the adorable cupcakes from my favourite Hummingbird Bakery on Portobello Road!

To start off the holiday season in style, the super popular American-style Hummingbird Bakery has created a selection of special edition cupcakes in three festive flavours, Candy Cane, Gingerbread and Christmas Spice… I’m still dreaming of the sweet, wintery taste, when are they going to open up in Paris?

You can find the delicious sweet treats in each of the 5 London branches and you can even order your own box of mini cupcakes or delicious Christmas cakes online now!

Visit the Hummingbird Bakery at Spitalfields, Soho, Richmond, South Kensington and Notting Hill or online.

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