As Rachel has picked her perfect party dress for the season, I thought I’d share my own choice. I must admit, I love a bit of sparkle this time of year, and this dress is my number one choice for New Year’s Eve. I adore the 1920s inspired cut. - Miranda
I adore the beautiful and quirky travel guides and stationery from Herb Lester Associates. The gift sets are lovely, or you can buy each item individually. The website is full of brilliant ideas for gifts for your travel hungry friends. I’m pretty tempted to the New York Burger Map and Writing London myself…. - Miranda
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If I were the type to make my own christmas decorations, this is what I’d make. Narnia in a jar! What’s not to love? - Rachel
With the start of December, the Christmas countdown has well and truly begun. As well as festive-fueled joy, this thought can strike panic in the hearts of many (mine included). Juggling all the Christmas parties, Secret Santa shopping (what on earth are you supposed to get for £5 these days?!), gift buying, decorating and cooking is challenging to say the least. If, like me, you approach department stores this time of year with mortal dread and are a bit stuck as to gift ideas, then I hope you find these suggestions for edible homemade gifts useful. I’m always surprised by how thrilled people are to get something home made, and it’s amazing how far a mason jar and some ribbon can go in prettifying your efforts. Here are my favourite ideas for treats to include in a homemade Christmas hamper (or for great stocking fillers):
1. Parmesan shortbreads. Very yummy, highly addictive and extremely easy to make.
2. Chocolate bark. You can really play around with the toppings for this. White chocolate with cranberries and pistachio nuts looks so festive.
3. Christmas chutney. Great to use with leftover cold meats.
4. Granola. Provides a bit of a healthy counter balance to all the Christmas food and drink.
5. Roasted rosemary nuts. These are great for your Grandfather / Uncle / Father for whom you cannot possibly buy socks again.
I’m thankful for living within spitting distance of London’s theatreland, which is always full of exciting shows to look forward to. I can’t wait to see the stage version of Shakespeare in Love, coming to London next summer; I can imagine just how fabulous it will be! Priority booking is open now! – Rachel
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This is my favourite American holiday (and not just because I get to eat a lot of pie). This year, I’m thankful for so much, including Old Fashioned Girls. I am so happy Rachel and I decided to start OFG in January; it really is a daily source of enjoyment for me. I’m also grateful for the world of blogging generally; I’ve met so many delightful people through blogging, not least the lovely Paperback Reader, whom we really have to thank for OFG as she first put Rachel and me in touch! What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? – Miranda
At this time of year, I always realise that I have nothing to wear to all of the parties that suddenly appear on my calendar. I love this simple dress from Anthropologie. Perfect for those of us who hate being under or over dressed, and prefer to wear something unobtrusive yet elegant. It may not have the bling-factor, but it will do perfectly for the gamut of festive season events, from the staff Christmas party to New Year’s Eve! – Rachel
Planning a Thanksgiving feast? This book is your go-to guide for Thanksgiving, packed with delicious recipes, tips on setting a table, dinner party etiquette, beautiful illustrations and much more. - Miranda
Now it’s so cold in the evenings, going to the cinema and revelling in the cosy darkness is a must-do. I’d been waiting with much anticipation for the latest instalment of The Hunger Games trilogy (though in typical Hollywood style, the final book will be made into two separate films, apparently), and it didn’t let me down. What a fabulous night’s viewing! If you’ve never read the books, make sure you catch up before you go, though be warned; they are literally unputdownable! – Rachel