Most Wonderful Time of the Year

2015 is quickly coming to a close (for better or worse…. okay, mostly for better) and I just made my swift return from the holiday festivities in Wisco. Here is a recap with pics:

The holiday season was in full swing in the days leading to Christmas, which was also my sister’s last week in London.

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A festively decorated Borough Market
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The girls on the tube
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Getting our lashes done
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Pub lunch at the Wool Pack on Bermondsey Street
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Waterloo
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The Cigar Room at the May Fair Hotel
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Outside but inside
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Being ridiculous, as always
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And it only gets worse when a ram is procured.
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With the hood for full effect
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The Shard at night

After cute little kitten went back to America (don’t fret, I saw her four days later), I had quite a lot to get done – work, crafting for crafty Christmas (see below) and end of year social engagements.

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Intake drinks at the Trading House
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Some of my favourites
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After two 16 hour days, I was looking a bit rough
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Nothing a little squinty face can’t fix
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The beautiful window display at Fortnum & Masons
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My weak attempt at crafty Christmas
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Christmas Eve Eve Champagne perching at the office in the boardroom, as you do
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Twinsies!!!!

And then all of a sudden it was Christmas Eve! I got home in the late afternoon and finished crafting and packing before my ride to Heathrow on Christmas Day.

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Waiting for my sky chariot
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Leg room for days and a pretty pink notebook
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Looking fresh as a daisy on arrival in Chicago

I got to Chicago and picked up my rental car, heading north in two parts – firstly to the ‘burbs of Milwaukee to see my dad and his wife for some Christmas cheer and a gift exchanged, then secondly further north to Green Bay to my grandma’s house where the rest of my fam was eagerly awaiting my arrival.

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The Christmas Tree full of Grandma’s crafty, homemade ornaments
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Love this little birdhouse – can’t wait to put it on my tree next year
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Grandma made me the most perfect pillow – one side Wisco, the other side London
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Mumsie painted tea towels AND took a glass fusion class!
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Rambo was clearly impressed by the crafting.
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Breakfast and Christmas crackers
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Was feeling a bit under the weather for about 24 hours – feeling the full effect of finally slowing down for once
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The boys making breakfast

The boys left the day after Christmas because they were moving apartments in Minneapolis the next day. My mom and sis left a day later, leaving me to have some special time with my Grammie-pie. I had to leave a few hours earlier than expected due to a huge snow storm that moved into the area – the first major storm of the season.

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Hate hate hate driving in snow storms
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Finally made it to my mom’s house and hunkered down for the night
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Fresh snow on our pretty house
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Snuggled with Riley
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Riley hates snow too
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Had time for a quick coffee, some shopping and shoosher time with my bestie
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Got upgraded to business class on my way back to London
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Champagne and Magic Mike…. perfect combo
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Flying into London early Wednesday morning

And just like that, 2015 ends in less than 24 hours… this year has been a whirlwind on so many different fronts and I would be lying if I said I was sad to see it go. As with any new year, I will be posting a super cliche, cringe-worthy, ‘new year, new you’ post in the next couple of days. Meanwhile, I am going to try and kick this crazy jet lag, catch up on my sleep, spend some time with my gorgeous friend who is in town for the long weekend, get dressed up in 1920s flapper gear for a fabulous NYE prohibition-themed party and get my life together for the amazing, weird and wonderful year that will be 2016.

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