Monday, 26 December 2011

velvet and dickens for christmas

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Hi all! How's everyone holding up under their respective food comas? I had a fantastic Christmas... one of those where there are many things going on at different times. On Christmas Eve we drank mulled wine around an open fire pit in the yard. We always write Christmas wishlists and then burn them... Father Christmas reads the smoke signals and knows what to get us. Then we all tried to watch the Alistair Sim version of A Christmas Carol from 1951 as we do every year, but passed out half way through.

In the morning we got up super early and watched a few episodes of Little Dorrit while opening stockings, made Belgian waffles for breakfast and then opened presents. In the afternoon my sisters, grandfather, dog and I went for a walk. No snow, sadly, but I love how Shona's pictures capture the cold grey air that I find almost as satisfying in winter. I kept cozy in my lovely 1960s velvet dress (and obviously a coat).

The day finished off with making sparkly star crowns to wear at New Years, and of course an enormous dinner! Mmmm, I'm still drooling at the memory of stuffing... and brussels sprouts.

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photos by Shona

dress: vintage, necklace: Les Jumelles, shoes: Fly London, coat: handmade, Spitalfields market

33 comments:

Chaucee said...

Looks like a great Christmas! I'm glad you had a good time : ) Got any big plans for New Years?

chantilly said...

your christmas sounds absolutely lovely :) and your velvet dress is divine!! merry christmas, pretty girl! xx

Valerie Enríquez said...

I also wore velvet on Christmas day! It's the perfect fabric for festivities. Sounds like you had a grand time x

Is It Secret, Is It Safe said...

I love your dress! Velvet is my favorite. It seems the most fancy and appropriate for the holidays.
-Katie

helen @ thelovecatsINC said...

such a sweet dress!

helen @ thelovecatsINC

http://thelovecatsinc.blogspot.com

Sick by Trend said...

you look lovely! :D

Happy Holidays!

xx

www.sickbytrend.com

Amber Rose, Laughing With Broken Eyes said...

I ate far too much stuffing and drank far too much wine. <3

You look charming as you always do. No joke, if I saw you on the street I'd say 'who's that bombshell?'.
xo

Wren said...

You look lovely. And your traditions sound so wonderful. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Stuffing is the best, isn't it? I always want to to fill half my plate with it, but that whole sharing thing gets in the way of my plans! Hehe.

What a lovely sounding celebration! Yay Christmas! And, my word, your dress is a dream.

Diana said...

i love the festive tights!! and i will always love your collection of velvet dresses :) still in a food coma as well -- hope you had a merry merry christmas xo

http://dressedupallligators.blogspot.com/

gee said...

sounds and looks like a wonderful Christmas!
Little Dorrit is one of my favorite BBC movies.. (well.. i am lying.. i LOVE them actually. it is so hard to chose which one is my favorite. ;P )
you look beautiful in your velvet dress. i have one hanging in my closet that i need to wear ASAP!!
have a wonderful week ...

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

Ha, I'm still in a food coma and will probably remain in one for a few days. It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas! I love your velvet dress - so pretty and perfect for the holidays :)

Amber said...

your Christmas festivities sound wonderful. I love the idea of burning your Christmas wishlists. I am going to have to write that one down and give it a try when I have kids....so in like five years :)

Closet Fashionista said...

I loooooove your dress!!!!! Sounds like you had a great Christmas :D
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Kristen said...

Sounds like a great time! I like the whole burning your wish list, I always love hearing what people do during the holidays!

Just when you thought

Ashley said...

awww, sounds like a cute cozy christmas for you :)

I like the idea of burning wishlists that turn into smoke signals :) I might pull that one with my kids one day!

April said...

Loooooove that dress, and your hair! So pretty! Glad you had a nice Christmas. :)

rose said...

holá Emily! you're beautiful, I loved her dress.
besos rose jp

Shannon said...

You look lovely for Christmas. I love your rocking horse necklace. Such a lovely touch.

Merry Christmas.

http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

I am MENTAL ABOUT VELVET! Love your red tights. Hope you had a lovely day.

x

Franca said...

You look so pretty and festive!

Kailey said...

How gorgeous - I especially love the festive tights! ^^

Deni said...

adorable! lovely outfit!


xx
deni

Maria Elyse said...

Awww, it sounds like you had a very lovely Christmas! I'm still recovering from my food-coma, or whatever it was, haha. Me and my oldest sis keep making pacts not to eat anymore cookies and Christmas leftovers.

Ahhhhh! Little Dorrit!!! I LOVE THAT SERIES. So good. Have you ever seen Cranford, Downton Abbey, or North & South? (All by BBC) You need to watch them all NOW.

xo
Maria Elyse
First Impressions
Flying Ships Vintage

Shybiker said...

This is why you're my top fashion icon -- the velvet vintage dress is fabulous enough but pairing it with those tights is absolute genius. An inspirational outfit.

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Cute Christmassy pictures!

Merry Christmas!

Britt+Whit said...

ooh I love the tights! i hope you had a great Christmas!

love from San Francisco,
Britt+Whit

Monique said...

Emily you look so incredibly happy in these pics. I adore your holiday outfit and the pic of your family is so sweet. An outdoor fire sounds so lovely.

dusanabotswana said...

Oh food comas.. haha I guess I'd say I'm fully recovered but my waistline will take a bit to recover! What a fun holiday tradition sitting around a fire & throwing the wish lists in. Did your family come up with that? You look adorable in that velvet dress & red tights, love the spinning pic. Your sisters look adorable as well in those pretty red coats and is your by chance wearing matching velvet pants? I sure hope so! Glad to hear you had a great one!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Dusana: haha, I imagine they're corduroy! I can't really see my über working class grandpa doing the whole glam rock look! More's the pity. ; )

Zane said...

you look adorable

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

My family all passed out around the warm glow of a holiday movie too haha, love it. And your dress. I love your dress and outfit and Christmas look.

Kezzie said...

Ahm I see I cannot buy the star headband, you MADE tme???????????? Love the dress!!!