Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Fortnum & Mason in December

fortnum & mason christmas 2015Of all the shops in London, Fortnum & Mason is undoubtedly one of my favourites to visit come Christmastime.  We've already established I'm quick to form traditions, so it probably won't come as much of a surprise when I say that each year I pop in to create 'treat boxes' of delicious sweets and fudge in the Food Hall for my direct family and a couple of my closest friends to enjoy.  I'm lucky most people I know have a sweet tooth, as I'm not convinced I'd be as good at selecting cubes of cheese as I am clotted cream fudge...

fortnum & mason christmas 2015 window display
fortnum & mason christmas 2015 windowsThere's something very magical about Fortnum & Mason throughout the festive season and never more so than at night; it begins with the illuminated exterior luring you into the busy, colourful window displays.  You're then met by the Food Hall on the ground floor, featuring Christmas decorations at every turn (never without sprinklings of golden glitter) and more Christmas trees than you can shake a stick at on every floor.

Fortunately, the department store is luxurious in nature the other eleven months of the year as well and so everything contributes to the festive atmosphere come December; chandeliers, sweeping stairways and red-suited-staff members.  I visited fairly early in the evening this year, however thankfully spent so long deliberating over presents for my mum from the calm gift department (first floor and up), that I missed most of the crowds.  As nighttime arrives, it becomes much more peaceful to sweep through the extensive Food Hall and pick up the things you need (and uh, don't need!) before heading out.  Speaking of which, I went straight on to the fabulous Kew Royal Botanic Gardens for Christmas at Kew 2015, so anticipate many photos from that one mile illuminated walk at some point next week!
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fortnum & mason christmastime 2015
fortnum & mason christmas decorations in store
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fortnum & mason christmas treeAnyway, I didn't make it out of the store without a few treats for myself as well as those on my list, so before I'm preoccupied with the box of Rose Turkish Delight sitting next to me... I'll wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas!!

Fortnum & Mason
181 Piccadilly
London
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With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. It's so nice that you get these goodies for your family and friends. Fortnum & Mason is one of my mum's favourites, and I love it around Christmastime too, as well as the windows at Selfridges. I'd be one of the ones who loves gourmet cheeses, haha. The tree is beautiful. I wish you a wonderful Christmas Gabrielle. xx/Madison
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    1. Ah, so you'd have me browsing the store for hours on end trying to figure out which would be the best cheese to pick haha! Thank you Madison, I hope you're having a wonderful break :)

      Gabrielle x

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  2. That definitely looks like a place to visit during the holidays. I have never been!

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  3. That's a very sweet tradition to make! The place is beautiful! Merry Christmas!
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  4. Beautiful place :) Love your artwork, the photos and details are stunning. Kisses Gabrielle!

    Camy xx

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  5. Amazing and beautiful place

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  6. I used to love wandering around Fortnum & Mason when I live in London, especially during the holiday season! So beautiful!

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    1. That's lovely to know, it's very beautiful during December

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  7. I love Fortnum & Mason! That place always makes me happy!

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  8. Amazing photos Gabrielle. I haven't been to London this christmas so lovely to see. Gemma x
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    1. Happy to have been able to bring F&M to you Gemma :)

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  9. Wish I lived in London so I could go there! It looks like such a lovely place :)

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    1. It's particularly lovely come the festive season, that's for sure

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  10. I'm not in London or even in the UK! So jealous!!
    Love all the beautiful decorations. Gorgeous. Great Post.

    Happy Holidays
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    1. Their festive decorations are pretty special, I agree!

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  11. Wow, this is simply beautiful, Gabrielle! I'm telling you, the Christmas season is much better and festive in Europe than it is in the States! I think we may need to go spend our holiday over there one year :) Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful! I hope you're having a lovely day so far :)

    XO,

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    1. Everywhere has its qualities - though I have to admit, I think that may be the case! You're very welcome, have a wonderful week!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. This is just so gorgeous! your photos slay every time I see a new post! I really like your boots in the photo and I think those sweets look divine! The Christmas season is so festive this time of year and you captured it with brilliance and class lovely! Happy Christmas and New Year in 2016 lovely! x http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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    1. That's so sweet of you to say, thank you! These boots are ridiculously comfortable, I've been wearing them to death lately haha :) Have a brilliant 2016!

      Gabrielle x

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  13. That lovely that you get treats for your loved ones. I think it's nice to always create traditions too! It fills up your time with must-do activities to always look forward to.

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    1. I'm so glad you feel the same way; traditions contribute so much to each year :)

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  14. Lovely photos!!!!

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  15. Stunning pictures!!! Sooo christmasyou I love it!!!!!!!!

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  16. Wow, this place looks gorgeous with all the amazing decorations! I can definitely understand why this place is one of your favorite places to visit during Christmas!

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    1. It really is - and the decorations add so much to the department store!

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  17. I'm not too huge of a sweet tooth personally, but the place sounds fantastic for all the people that are, especially as gifts for Christmas!

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    1. Ah, then I'd have to add you to the 'cheese' selection list haha!

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  18. This is just gorgeous! I wouldn't want to leave! Such a lovely and sweet tradition Gabrielle, I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas

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    1. Thanks Keisha, I hope you're having a relaxing break!

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  19. Wow, this shopping place is grand. I'd love to visit this too. Beautiful place!

    Wishing you a Happy and Merry Christmas! :)

    xoxo,
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    1. It's certainly worth visiting! I hope you had a lovely Christmas.

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  20. Mmm turkish delight! And your family and friends are so lucky to have you. I can only imagine how beautifully thoughtful those sweets you select must be to receive.

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    1. Turkish Delight is the treat of the season, if you ask me! That's really sweet of you to say, they seem to have enjoyed them this year :)

      Gabrielle x

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  21. Beautiful! I'll be visiting London next year and I'm looking forward to stopping by here...sadly it won't be around Christmas, but it still looks stunning!

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    1. It'd still very much be worth visiting at any time of year - enjoy your visit to London!

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  22. You visit the most beautiful places. This looks so pretty! I can't wait to see your photos of the botanic gardens :)
    have a merry christmas as well

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    1. Glad you think so Andrea, I love sharing them on A Glass Of Ice! The illuminated trail at Kew (botanical gardens) is now up :)

      Gabrielle x

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  23. This is such a gorgeous post! I swear you're a blogging genius. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Amber, you're far too lovely!

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  24. I have never shopped at F&M although I work very close to one. It's a very stunning place to be in. Which branch is that?

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    1. It sounds as though it's time for you to take a visit after work one day! This is the Piccadilly branch :)

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  25. Such a beautiful place! The decoration is wonderful! Merry Christmas to you & your family!! ♥
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    1. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas!

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  26. I've never even heard of this store before but it looks beautifully decorated. I'm a huge sweet tooth as well, I'd probably eat sweets for breakfast lunch and dinner if I could.

    Merry Christmas to you too Gabrielle! :)
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    1. I'm happy to have been able to introduce you to the department store! I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

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  27. I'm so excited to be visiting London soon, these photos make me so excited <3

    Christmas at Kew sounds amazing as well! I keep meaning to stop by Kew Gardens :)

    xo,

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    1. I hope you have a wonderful trip to London Emma, I look forward to seeing your future travel diary :)

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  28. wonderful decorations!

    I cannot wait to open presents! ♥

    Happy Christmas! ♥
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    1. Haha I think everyone feels that way come Christmas ;)

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  29. fabulous X-mas mood, my dear
    wishing you a Merry Christmas
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    1. Completely agree - and it's always so beautifully presented/packaged!

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  31. Such amazing interior decorations! Hope you had a great time there :) Cant wait to read about your trip to the botanic gardens. Happy holidays Gabrielle! :) xo~ Lena
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    1. It's always a nice visit, thank you Lena. The images from the illuminated trail at Kew is now up!

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  32. I love Christmas! Everywhere is decorated beautifully!

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  33. These photographs are so gorgeous Gabrielle and I hope you have a lovely Christmas! x
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  34. Seriously Gabrielle, every time I come to your blog I always end up looking like this >>> O__________O
    Every single post is amazing! You include such beautiful photos as well. I feel as if I'm actually there too! :D :D *thumbs up* (sorry I had to delete my last comment because I made a few typos...)
    Thank you so much for sharing this! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. You're such a sweetheart, thank you for such a lovely message! It's such a compliment to know you feel as though you're there too and I hope you had a beautiful Christmas :)

      Gabrielle x

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  35. Those chandeliers are so gorgeous. I absolutely love these shots. So amazing! :)

    Merry Christmas!
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    1. Chandeliers have the ability to transform any large space!

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  36. You take the most beautiful photos Gabrielle. Have a great Christmas x
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    1. Thank you Christie, very kind of you to say so

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  37. That chandelier though! I love this time of year cause the displays of Christmas is seriously so awesome.

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    1. You and me both, it really is such a special month :)

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  38. Omg those candies!!!! I want those treats so bad! I love your photos--you always take the best photos of where you go! <3

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    1. It's a sweet-tooth's idea of heaven ;) Thank you Shveta!

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  39. What an amazing place - such stylish Christmas decorations! It is truly magical.
    - I hope you enjoy Christmas Day with your loved ones :-)

    Merry Christmas, Gabrielle.
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    1. 'Magical' sure is the word for F&M at Christmas! Thanks girl, have a lovely week!

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  40. What a lovely post :)
    Merry Christmas to you :)
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  41. I love Fortnum and Mason during any holiday!
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  42. I've never heard of this store, but it's really adorable! I love all the festive set ups :) I hope your Christmas and New Year is wonderful! xo

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    1. I'm happy to have introduced you to the department store :)

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  43. Oh very beautiful pics darling!
    Merry Christmas~
    xx

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  44. Aww all the photos are so beautiful and you always have the privileges to travel to interesting places, love it so much. x

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    1. I certainly appreciate these visits! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  45. Great photos! I used to live in Germany when I was younger (1993-1999) and I miss it terribly! <3

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    1. How wonderful to have lived in Germany for a while!!

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  46. Great pictures! :)
    LOVE the watch on the second pic, so unique! ♥

    XX,
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  47. So festive and luxurious! Just beautiful! Also loved your photos of the Cologne markets, wow! The cathedral is also glorious. Have to get there someday. Happy holidays, Gabrielle!

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  48. great as always :)

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  49. Waw, looks great! Would love to go to Fortnum & Mason!

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    1. I hope you find yourself sometime soon!

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  50. This looks so beautiful - you always capture the most beautiful photos and make everything look so luxurious!!! Absolutely beautiful hun!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!!!

    Layla xx

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    1. That's such a sweet thing to say, thanks a million Layla!

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  51. I do love the packaging in Fortnums, everything always looks so beautiful! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Gabrielle

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    1. You and me both, it makes gift-giving that little bit easier

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  52. Beautiful photos :)
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  53. Fortnum & Mason is my London favorite too! I usually don't like fruit jellies very much, but the fruit jellies and the fudge in the food hall is so tasty! And the hand soap and lotion in the restrooms is usually from one of their high end brands, so I go there too, just to wash my hands:) Merry Christmas Gabrielle.

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    1. That's so great to hear! The fudge found in the food hall is beyond delicious, I agree :)

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  54. This is so beautiful!! It's decorated so beautifully and festive! I loved that big gold clock! Gorgeous!

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    1. They really know how to embrace the festive season!

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  55. Awesome post and great images photos too. Hope you have a fun-filled holidays, friend! :)

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  56. So stunning - I love the lights hanging down from balcony to balcony.

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  57. Oh my God, so gorgeous!!!! Hope you have an amazing 2016 dear!
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    1. Thanks Catarina, have a lovely last week of 2015!

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    1. Ooh, I'm yet to try them - I'll have to taste them sometime soon :)

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    1. Thank you Aimee, i appreciate you saying so!

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  60. What a beautiful post. Your hair is getting SO LONG! I love the blonde juxtaposed with the black jacket. Chic and classic. I feel like every time I am writing on your wall it's to say how much I've missed reading it, but I truly mean it! This time I am back to stay for a while. Can't wait to get caught up on all your posts that I have missed :) Hope you are having the happiest holiday season possible!

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    1. I've only noticed over the past few weeks just how long my hair has become haha, thank you! It's lovely to hear from you, no matter when it may be Kelly - I hope life is treating you well! :)

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  61. What stunning photos and a beautiful place! Wow!

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    1. I had a brilliant time thanks and hope you did too!

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  63. Wow, looks so incredible beautiful and super festive!! Like the perfect place to shop and get into the Christmas spirit! I'd really love to visit next year in this time (and I'm always up for some candy shopping, haha)

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    1. Absolutely, I hope you find yourself wandering through F&M next Christmas Filippa!

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  64. I have a great weakness for sweets too but I love cheese as well so I wouldn't mind tasting either:)! That shop looks great! Lovely Christmas decor and very christmasy photos....aren't you just adorable standing by that lovely Christmas tree....and so pretty!!! happy holidays dear!

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    1. Haha thanks Ivana, it's always fun picking out sweet treats for those close me here! I hope you're having a wonderful break so far.

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    2. yes, sweets are such a sweet present! I have a few close ones that love sweets too (for example my entire family , they all love cakes, sweets, candy etc...my dad, mother, brother, sister in law....literally everyone). Only my husband isn't so keen on them, but he is such a picky eater anyway.

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  65. It's definitely on my list to see Gabrielle. I saw a video about the different levels and what is on each. It looks so magical for Christmas. Thank you for showcasing.
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    1. That video sounds brilliant, I love insights into the running/proceedings of stores :) You're very welcome!

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  66. The inside looks amazing! I'll definitely have to check it out! :) xx

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  67. Every time I hear of Turkish Delight, I think of Narnia haha! I love these kinds of extravagant stores during the holidays, I wish we had more of those where I am. I'd definitely prefer sweets to cheese as well!

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    1. Ahhh so I'm not the only one?! I immediately think of Narnia's silver box containing the Turkish Delight - mmm!

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  68. What a magical looking place! You capture everything so well. Such a great idea for gifts too. :)

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  69. OMG so beautiful!! *-*
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  70. Aw this looks beautiful! I have been so busy that unfortunately F&M was missed off my Christmas please-to-visit list! Hope you had a lovely Christmas,

    Charlotte x

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    1. Ah nobody would blame you, Christmas can become such a busy time of year! Happy 2016!

      Gabrielle x

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  71. Wow what a beautiful place! I can see why you like it so much! I hope you had a lovely holiday and a happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Raega, I hope you had a wonderful time bringing in the New Year!

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