I feel like mid-November is the perfect time to start planning what is going to go on the list to Santa this year, so i've started putting some serious thought into just what I'd like to find under the tree this year. You might have noticed a bit of an Oliver Bonas theme running through this one - I'm completely obsessed with that store right now!
I discovered this sequin cat jumper on my last visit and I very nearly had to walk out with it right then (after paying for it obviously, not just smuggled under my t-shirt.) You can never have enough knitwear as far as I'm concerned, and you certainly can never have enough sequin cats! A candle is a no-brainer obviously, and i've just finished one so I definitely need a replacement.
I've been eyeing this mug up for the last month or so - I don't really need a new mug, but I would certainly be happy with finding this one in my stocking on Christmas Day. I'm not one hundred percent sure how to sum up the reasons for the last three quickly, but I will try. FLUFFY SHOES. CUTE PURSE. SHOES THAT ARE COMPLETELY USELESS FOR 90% OF THE YEAR BUT ARE REALLY COOL.
Almost as soon as I put up my previous blog post about our lovely brunch at the Table Cafe, my sister messaged me to say that she absolutely had to come and stay at the flat as soon as possible so that we could take her for brunch somewhere equally delicious. That is why last Friday she braved a night on our slightly lumpy sofa so that we could visit The Breakfast Club the next morning.
I know The Breakfast Club cafes rival The Diner and Meat Liquor slightly in terms of being total blogger cliches, but I've actually only ever been once and Sean and Megan had never been so we thought we'd give the new-ish London Bridge location a whirl. When we got there and saw the queue outside Sean immediately headed off to nearby Borough Market to try to find a doughnut to keep him going (no luck unfortunately) and Megan and I took our places in the line. Luckily despite the length we only spent about 20 minutes queuing, and this was made even more bearable with the addition of the outdoor heater and someone popping out with a tray of smoothie samples halfway through.
Once we got in and were seated in our booth we got a round of hot drinks in immediately - I'm in love with the Zippy mug and think i'm going to have to put it on my Christmas list. We were all torn between sweet and savoury options and decided to go for the only viable option, a savoury choice for each of us followed by a sweet dish to share. Of course, Sean did slightly veer away from this when he also got himself a side dish of French Toast, but as he said, we did stop him from eating his first breakfast earlier that morning.
I was tempted by numerous options but in the end I decided to go for the very charitable 'Eggs Menadick' which is a Movember special with all profits being donated to the cause. I knew I had made the right choice when the waitress warned me that the shape of the dish might 'surprise' me - if you noticed a slight phallic undertone to the photo above its okay, you were meant to! Sean and Megan both opted for full breakfasts, with Megan going English and Sean edging towards the American (because of course he totally needed pancakes, with a side of french toast, followed by pancakes?!)
The star of the show - which all of you seemed to agree with judging by my instagram shot - was the pancakes with berries and vanilla cream finale, which our lovely waitress very helpfully took our order for when she spotted we had powered through the first half of our savoury dishes. These were gorgeous - my only criticism would be that it needed more maple syrup...because as far as I'm concerned you can never have enough! All in all it was more than worth queuing for, and Sean dubbed it one of his favourite meals in London so far - well done Breakfast Club for proving that overexposure doesn't need to mean overrated!
The Narrative collection is perfect for personalising with your own significant touch. Crafted in silver, yellow or rose gold vermeil these engravable jewels feature a subtle detailing of bubbles encapsulated in between two plaques to create a truly unique layered effect.
Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to the Links of London Christmas party at their store on Kings Road to take a peek at their new Narrative collection. I felt very Made in Chelsea as I swanned up the mini red carpet outside the door to be greeted by a glass of bubbly it has to be said - just a shame that I wasn't particularly dressed for the occasion after a long day at work.
As I wandered further into the shop I was given a little Links of London box that I opened up to discover my very own Narrative pendant which was for me to get engraved at the event - what a lovely touch! The fantastic Tom was stationed in the corner with all his tools ready to hand engrave an initial on everyone's necklace - you can see my swirly letter 'L' in the photo above.
Once I had my new pendant hanging around my neck I headed off round the shop to take in some of the other collections on offer - until recently I had always associated Links with charm bracelets so it was nice to see so much variety in one place. I spent more than a few minutes lingering around the friendship bracelet section trying to spot mine - which I of course had on!
Over the course of the rest of the evening I had a lovely chat with lots of the Links of London lovelies, including the head of product design (such an interesting lady!) It was so nice to have a proper chat with the people behind the event - and of course to catch up with lots of fellow bloggers including the beyond fabulous Leigh. I of course had to round off the night by getting myself illustrated by the amazing talented Willa Gebbie, definitely one to frame and hang up in the new flat!
The whole event was such a fab example of just how good blogger events can be - I really felt like I came away with a whole new understanding of the brand and the direction it wants to head in. I also came away with a new appreciation for personalised jewellery - I'd definitely recommend the Narrative collection if you're looking for a Christmas gift that is a little bit special!