Drink Tea! I specially recommend Mariage Frères Christmas Tea.
The vintage "Thé de Noël" was invented 30 years ago from a Black Tea bedecked with Mandarin Orange, Cinnamon, Almonds, Oranges and Bourbon Vanilla. More than just the Spirit of Christmas, the "Thé de Noël" has become a Mariage Frères Icon.
I like it in it's theine-free red rooinbos sweetly scented fruit and mild spices version.
Discovering Libya on Christmas day, talk about a treat! First stop: painters' studios. There are a few interesting painters in Tripoli but you have to know where to look for them. But as soon as you found one, you just have to follow him: as they all know each other and he will lead you to the other workshops. And this is how you can spend a whole afternoon chit-chatting with painters with a lovely view on the sea.
Libya, finally! After 2 days of travel, one night in a hotel in Paris, fights and policemen on a plane, and countless new friends. What an epic journey! But I finally touched Libya's ground and was just on time for Christmas Eve.
For those who are running late and still need to wrap their Christmas presents, Eat Drink Chic offers lovely tags you can download here. I like the simplicity of these designs, and on colour or kraft paper, it will look just lovely under the Christmas Tree.
Last Sunday I bravely challenged the snow to visit the Take Me Out Fair. And well, I did good. The location was amazing: an old theatre that had just been renovated. Old red curtains, candle light, mouldings, and the quietness of a snowy morning. Designers were just waking up, drinking their coffee, such a cosy ambiance...
... Was happy to meet again with Retro-Chic, they really have amazing things:
... And was, of course, happy to discover Violette Sauvage's new finds! Especially that first 1910's little bag that was obviously offered by a Countess to her "Dear Agathe for her first ball as a young Lady". That is what the hand written note Violette found in the bag said. I love this kind of sweet surprises, and she has a lot of moving stories like that...