Celebrating Advent

Monday, 3 December 2012

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Outfit: Mini Boden duffle coat, Mini Boden hat & mittens set, cotton scarf from Turkey and Hunter Wellies (or here)

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Ever since the Christmas market opened last week, the streets are packed every single day with shoppers. Navigating our way to anywhere required the skill of a Grand Prix driver. However, you could sense the excitement in the air with the elaborate Christmas lights, the humongous pine tree right in the center of the High St and the bustling market. 

The atmosphere is miles away from what I'm used to back home. I joked with a friend that in New Zealand, we're so laidback about the Christmas season that the only decoration that we see is the huge gargoyle like statue of Santa Claus above a massive bookstore on Queen St, Auckland. He, on the other hand, being German confided that Christmas is always an overkill back in his homeland. Well, I'd much rather have his version, to be perfectly honest.

Whew, it was a sigh of relief when Lil L nodded in approval and happily wore her new duffle coat. Every year, I take on the dreaded task of looking for a thick, comfortable and hopefully, flattering coat for her. I'm just incredulous over the astronomical prices for children's coats these days. £100?! Seriously? I can't imagine paying that much for something they'll outgrow within a year or two. I'm so pleased that it's padded along with a soft cotton lining. The hood's the deal breaker as few kids I know would lug around an umbrella when it rains.

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We headed out to Sandrine's or otherwise deemed as cook and baker extraordinaire amongst our friends for a mug of mulled wine and nibbles to celebrate the first Advent Sunday. It was a blast catching up with friends since we all lead such busy lives. I'm thankful for the wonderful friends that we've made. It's our little home away from home where the tight network of friends help each other out. It's a pocket of England where over the past year has seen an influx of expats from Japan, Spain, Australia, U.S, Germany, Italy, Vietnam, China and France. It's wonderful to hear the different accents and languages spoken at the party. So, how did you celebrate Advent?



25 comments:

  1. We went to a Family Festivus party for my husbands work. Political correctness gone amok.

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  2. She is too gorgeous for words. I laughed at your comments re childrens' coats. I too have suffered and have quite often trawled the shops with my daughter only to come home empty handed and barely speaking to each other! I eventually discovered that the duffle is one style that she will just about tolerate :) We celebrated the start of Advent in a very Irish way ... we went to Mass as my daughter had to attend a special commitment service for her forthcoming Confirmation ceremony!

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  3. How adorable is your daughter? Oh I wish I could hire a dog and a child for Christmas!

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  4. Lil L is fashionable just like mummy! Very adorable! And no, Advent celebration since I'm not Christian.

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  5. Little L is BEYOND!!!!! Can't wait to meet her. What a gorgeous place to celebrate Christmas!!

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  6. Ridiculously cute! She's gonna be the most fashionable kid in her class.

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  7. Lil L is absolutely adorable and what a little style maven already! I love her mittens!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  8. I'm jealous of your little girl's style. She looks adorable.

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  9. Oh my gosh, she is just too cute! And her outfit is just fabulous.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  10. Just adorable. Love the little Hunter wellies on little L. Little George has a pair too. I see we are in good fashion company.

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  11. Too adorable...and what a festive spread! I found ya on twitter, btw =)

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  12. i wish i was that fashionable at that age!
    i'm still pining for a pair of hunter boots now though. :D

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  13. Oh how very stylish and totally practical at the same time! Adorable! So lovely you have such good friends. We don't do anything to celebrate advent - just save outselves for the main events on xmas and boxing days and eat for England! :-)

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  14. Things are still calm in Dubai as in no X'mas fever yet. I think they are still recovering from their National Day celebration a couple of days back. Your daughter is ADORABLE! Enjoy the festive mood!

    Hugs and kisses from :
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/2012/12/up-in-air.html

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  15. Your daughter is too cute!! Love her gloves!! She is a little fashionista..love it!!

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  16. Your daughter is just too cute and adorable! Love her outfit!

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  17. I can't get over how adorable Little L is, I wish I had looked as stylish at her age! I also have been wanting her zebra mittens since I saw the photo on instagram, if only I could fit my hands in a pair! :)

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  18. aww your little mini me is adorable!!!

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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  19. That shot of Lil L totally put a smile on my face. She's such a cutie! :)

    xxTheresa

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  20. The jacket is so awesome and the gloves look so pretty!!!
    Looking forward to see the Christmas posts!!! :)
    I'd love it if you visited my blog sometime too dear!
    FASHION PANACHE BLOG

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  21. Lil L is too stylish!! I can't take it!

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  22. She needs her own style blog ;)
    -S in HK

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