Merry and Bright

The month of December is jam packed with festive festivities and I am gloriously EXHAUSTED from all the fun and excitement. Here’s an update from the last week.

Last Wednesday I went to my first ever football soccer game here in London at Stamford Bridge to see Chelsea v. Porto:

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After Chelsea won 2-0 and to escape the crazy madness of catching the tube after a game, we popped over to Amuse Bouche in Parsons Green for a college-pour glass of wine before calling it a night. Love Parsons Green and love Amuse Bouche – it is even better on Friday nights when they have live music but all of the twinkly lights and bottles of champagne make is fabulous any night of the week.

Friday was the firm Christmas party – a night to get dressed up, drink as much free booze as is professionally acceptable (which is a lot btw), cringe at corny speeches by management, catch up with colleagues you never actually see in the office and try not to be the source of Monday morning gossip. This year, as last year, was at 1 Lombard Street.

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Getting ready in the bathrooms at work to Christmas carols
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Then…. photo shoot….
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One Lombard Street
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Christmas crackers all over the place
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Dome Bar
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Powdered Sugar Festive Drinks
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Cocktail reception
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Love the dome
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Let the selfies commence…
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The Crew
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Christmas Cracker – cheese grater
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Little Lamb
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Catching up
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Adorbs!
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We party hard
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And take ridiculous pictures
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With and without crowns
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Duck face poutiness
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Snuggles as the night goes on
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The selfies don’t stop
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Gorgeous group pic
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I shall wear my crown everywhere now
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Superstars….
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My officemate and me – Midwest represent

The next night my officemate hosted an ugly Christmas sweater party at the new flat that he and his partner bought this summer. My little sis and I bought “ugly” Christmas sweaters but as you can imagine, I don’t really believe in ugly….

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Totes approp.
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Sister kissy face
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My favourite little ginge.

On Tuesday night, I went to the Underground Film Club at the Vaults near Waterloo to see… wait for it… Love Actually! In the Vaults they also have mini-golf, pop up bars serving golf themed drinks (i.e. Tigerwould – spin off of the Old Fashioned), hot dog stands and live music. After a Tigerwould or two and some gourmet nachos, we settled into the underground converted movie theater under the train station, equipped with noise cancelling headphones to enjoy the film.

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Highly recommend it as a fun night out – probably not the most amazing cinematic experience – but still good for a fun, holiday movie.

Late Wednesday night I had the nerdiest of nerd evenings planned – work reading on the latest and greatest regulatory regime, pizza at Franco Manca in Belsize Park, a lovely midnight stroll up to Hampstead village, followed by the 12:01 AM premiere of…. wait for it…. STAR WARS. Not only was it Star Wars, but it was at Everyman Cinema. The one and only way to watch movies these days involves martinis, snacks, comfy couches with footrests and small intimate theaters – so obviously this was the way with such an epic movie.

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Hampstead Village looking festive

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Another late late night but totally worth it.

On the agenda in the coming days: little sister’s last two nights in London (mulled wine, Jack the Ripper tour, other last-minute adventures, afternoon tea, etc.), Christmas carol concert in Sloane Square, boozy brunch in Streatham on Sunday, lots of festive drinks events and a Christmas eve full of baking and volunteering before heading to the States on Christmas Day.

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