Wednesday 11 December 2013

Christmas candy

I took a little day trip to London with a friend as a pre-Christmas treat. I had never set foot in the famous shopping arcades or other places of similar fancifulness which are packed with tourists all year round and little suited for cost and other reasons to my shopping habits. However this year I decided to embarque on a decadent window shopping experience - after all, I am a tourist in this country - and have to say, London is certainly the place for stimulating the want. 

In true touristy fashion, I preferred Harrods to Fortnum & Mason's, although the latter wowed me with their marzipan and glace fruit confectionery - so beautiful you would never want to eat it. But the former's architectural and interior design features score pretty high in the way of glamour. I  had to take an extra ride in the amazing Otis elevators which were my favourite feature. No pics other than the one outside their winter wonderland window, the kind of shop display that is very much up my street. 

Sadly the Christmas decorations section in either store didn't quite match my expectations, yet I stumbled upon some wonderful things such as a Deco patterned tie, along with beautiful chevron knitted Missoni ones, amazing Islamic woven silk rugs that added another dimension to the touch, and last but not least a perfume that emptied my brain and filled my senses, so by the time we ended the day with cocktails in the perfect Deco surroundings of the American Bar at Brasserie Zedel, I had been drunk already for some time. 

I need to get out of the house a bit more, I think... Right now, to do some actual Christmas shopping.


  1. What was the perfume? I'm a perfume nut, I'd love to know what it was!

    1. I'm not a perfume nut, quite the contrary I would say. In fact, don't own any perfume, as I don't seem to like anything enough for any length of time, or they turn sickeningly sweet, and most give me headaches. But I've gone mad on this one, which is too bad, since it has an outrageous price. It is Oud by Francis Kurkdijan. Smells like church incense from back home when you open the bottle, and then it turns into something warm and sexy and rich and exciting just to fade away into a little madeleine: a comforting trail that transports me to my grandmother's house and down the mellow path of childhood memory.

  2. London is so fantastic! My sister is there right now! great city, great photos and blog
    take a look at ours?shall we follow?

  3. That really sounds like a splendidly enjoyable day out and about in the big city. I've always wanted to visit London during the winter holidays (or anytime, don't get me wrong), as few cities seem to take on the spirit of the season quite as elegantly or wonderfully as this capitol does.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. It was a great day out and I want to do it again soon! I live too quiet a provincial life, there is so much that I miss out on ...

  5. Oh London Before Christmas always a great thing ...
    Just found your blog , I think Ill be joining it right now :)