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est. 2007

Archive: Nov 2009

  1. Hello!Lucky competition winner

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    Thanks for all your amazingly creative entries in the Hello!Lucky stationery competition. It was a tough decision, but the Hello!Lucky girls have chosen Rachel as the winner with this entry:

    "The hello lucky stationery is beautiful.
    Every year my Grandparents give me and my sisters money for Christmas and every year it comes in a 'card' of some sort. This started out as an actual card but has progressed over the years to all sorts of unusual but beautiful items holding the money including a teeny tiny papier mache boat with a rolled up cheque as its mast. One year they were little knitted angels with the cheques as their scrolls. I have collected them all as they are so lovely (and also in the knowledge that they will not keep arriving forever)."

    Congratulations, Rachel, I'll be in touch with you shortly to arrange your prize.

  2. Christmas shopping nights in London – part 3



    Here's my final round-up of London's best Christmas shopping sales, markets and events. Get your diaries ready and dig in…

    3 December: Late Night Exmouth Market Christmas Shopping Extravaganza
    Indulge in some mulled wine and nibbles while you consider your purchases from independent boutiques like EC One Jewellery, Family Tree (pictured below) and Clerkenwell Tales Bookshop. 5-9pm.


    5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 21, 22 and 23 December: Pop up Christmas
    If you’re in the Stoke Newington area, you might like to check out this Christmas market, which features a variety of brands and designers including Joseph Joseph, Pantone and Rude. You can also make merry with the requisite mulled wine and mince pies, along with Christmas carols and Father Christmas. Click here for more details.


    12 December: Bust Craftacular

    The Bust girls are back with their festive spectacular, offering over 60 stalls of crafty, handmade goodness. Shop to the sounds of ‘60s girl-pop courtesy of Sheila B, and try your luck at Tatty Devine’s Christmas Tree Tombola (can’t wait to see that one!). Keep an eye out for Belgium Waffle’s Cruel Tea stall, although prudish types may wish to avert their eyes. Adm £2. Click here for more details.


    12 and 19 December: Of Cabbages and Kings Christmas market

    This Stoke Newington market will be offering a host of festive treats, with refreshments from the Of Cabbages and Kings café. Look out for handmade wares by the likes of Edwyn UK (see below), Strikk handknits and Helen Rawlinson. Click here for more details.


    12 December: The Mangle Xmas Sale
    Tatty Devine, Rob Ryan and Amanda Fatherazi are just some of the big names to feature in this festive Shoreditch sale. Entrance is free and there will also be tea, cake and music. 11am-6pm. Click here for more details.


    18, 19-22 December: Somerset House Super Christmas Market

    If you’ve left Christmas shopping ‘til the last minute, here’s your chance pick up some great gifts of the non-high street variety from designers including Michael Marriott, Carl Clerkin and students from the Royal College of Art and Camberwell. Adm £2. Click here for more details.

  3. Christmas shopping nights in London – part 2


    As promised, here's part two of my Christmas shopping round-up, which actually includes quite a few fairs and fetes, so it's not strictly nights. Part three coming tomorrow…

    1 December: Supermarket Sarah
    Get stuck into the spoils of Portobello market courtesy of Supermarket Sarah, when she’ll be setting up shop in the Poke foyer of the Biscuit building on Redchurch Street. You’ll be able to shop online as well. Email sarah@supermarketsarah.com to get on the guest list. Click here for more details.


    2, 9, 16, 23 December: Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays
    With the promise of mulled wine, mistletoe and mince pies, Columbia Road’s Christmas Wednesdays is one of the more romantic ways to shop for Christmas. Check out my write-up on last year’s event. Don’t miss some of my favourite independent boutiques, like Cerise, Ryantown and Lapin & Me. From 5-9pm.


    3 December: Content Beauty Shoppping Night
    Head over to London’s gorgeous organic beauty boutique for free makeovers, drinks and a hefty 20 per cent discount. RSVP to shop@beingcontent.com as space is limited. Click here for more details.

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    3-6 December: East London Design Show
    Boasting an impressive line-up of UK and International designer-makers, the ELDS is one of the biggest independent shopping events in London. I went along last year and picked up quite a few good Christmas presents – and took full advantage of many of the special deals and discounts on offer. Adm £4. Click here for more information.

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    3 and 11 December: Cheshire Street Late Night Shopping
    As many of you will know, I have quite a soft spot for Cheshire Street and its lovely line-up of independent boutiques, including The Shop, Shelf and Labour and Wait. Head over to the East End and enjoy drink or two whilst you shop, and don’t miss Mimi and Dragana Perisic for special discounts on all purchases. From 6-10pm.


    4-6 December: V&A Christmas shopping weekend
    Stock up on arty Christmas gifts and enjoy 15 per cent off all purchases at the V&A shop this weekend. If you can’t make it over to the South Kensington museum in person, you can redeem the discount online by entering in ‘VAXMAS091’ into the offer code section when you come to the payment details screen.

    5 December: We Make London Christmas Fair
    Lots of local crafty goodness on offer here, from the likes of Fabric Nation, Beeb Design and London Clay Birds (love!). Pop along to Chelsea Town Hall for all the fun. Click here for more details.


    5 December: Tea and Make (a great British Christmas fete)
    Well worth the trip to Forest Hill in South-East London for this lovely little fete, offering an excellent variety of wares by the likes of Selvedge Magazine, Hannah Waldron and Polly George. There are also free craft workshops and fun stuff for kids. Click here for more details.