Christmas Album

I've decided that it's never too late to post Christmas photos as long as it's still January..! So here we go with some memories from Christmas, because after all this place is for collecting real memories and moments I never want to forget, even the ugly selfies.

Christmas Album | Joy Felicity Jane
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We went on the windiest of all walks on Boxing day to walk off the second and third servings of turkey and mince pies. (by the way this post is in no way in any chronological order!)

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Celebrating my dad's birthday was extra special this year, a few days before the actual day, I surprised him with a dinner with some of his closest and oldest friends from all over, he just couldn't believe it..! (ps: my new favourite polka dot top!)

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We finally made it to midnight mass...! (we normally always go on Christmas morning..but this year we MADE IT!)

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Endless cups of tea drank by the Aga in the dark afternoon light.

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My favourite people in the whole world right there. Cousins are just extra siblings, am I right..? (ps: similar to my dress.. : this onethat one & my favourite!)

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More ugly selfies - you're welcome.

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Muddy walks with pockets full of clementines (and a few Ferrero Rochers from our stockings - thanks Santa!)

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My favourite meal of the year. The bread sauce. THE BREAD SAUCE. I actually promised myself this year I wouldn't wait until next Christmas to eat bread sauce.. - New Year resolution right there, more coming your way guys.. hold tight ;)

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This year was also extra special because a few days after Christmas I finally met my sister's lovely boyfriend and we all hung out.. all the boyfriends and the parents you know? It was weird, and hilarious and amazing all at the same time!

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Santa spoiled me rotten, I guess I must have been pretty good this year. I was very lucky to get two Santas this year (family Santa + boyfriend Santa) no favourites but you know.. boyfriend Santa really killed it. I'm a lucky girl! (ps: he got me a truffle...MY VERY OWN TRUFFLE. Suggestions on the best way to eat it..? recipes?!)

How many days until Christmas...?

Dear Santa

Can you seriously believe that NEXT WEEK the turkeys will be out, the Champagne will be flowing, the charade games (in my family anyway) will begin, the stockings will be filled, the mince pies will be eaten... because I can't.

My parents and little sister are arriving from France on Sunday, which I can barely contain my excitement for!! We will be spending a few days in London, we've been invited to a some fun parties before heading out to my grandparent's in the country where all the family will be reunited - remember last year?

As for my Christmas shopping...every year, and I truly mean every year - it doesn't get done until the 23rd or 24th.. which is ridiculous and so stressful! This year, I've started a good WEEK in advance... which if you know me is truly ground breaking. I've browsed and browsed for inspiration and thought I'd share with you some of the things I've found...

- FOR HER -


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- FOR HIM -


- BEAUTY -

Date Night at The Opera

Once a week, often half way to the weekend, when Friday seems to be too far away to bear.. we pick a night that's just for the two of us, sometimes we stay home and cook each other dinner - come dine with me style, we're tough food critics.. - sometimes we pick somewhere on our very long list of restaurants and places we must visit in London (it's endless!)

A couple of weeks ago, we were lucky enough to be invited by The English National Opera to see La Bohème! Neither of us had ever been to the Opera... it was a first and we both loved it! 

Date Night At The Opera | Joy Felicity Jane
Date Night At The Opera | Joy Felicity Jane

But first things first : FOOD! We had to follow the French theme and decided to try out the Brasserie Zédel - I had been craving French food for weeks.. I get weekly reports from my sister telling me what delicious food dad cooked for her on the weekends. Poule au pot, cassoulet, confit de canard, boeuf bourguignon... I just couldn't take it anymore!

I was so pleasantly surprised by Zédel.. it felt like we escaped to Paris for the night. The French know how to eat..!! We were served a delicious hearty meal, it almost felt like it could have been cooked by my French grandma.. and that's a compliment! We picked one of the 'formules', with céleri remoulade, boeuf bourguignon and iles flottantes! (I don't normally talk price tag.. but when you eat a 3 course menu as delicious as this for £20 in London, you have to shout it from the rooftops..!) Definitely date night material.

Date Night At The Opera | Joy Felicity Jane
Date Night At The Opera | Joy Felicity Jane

Rather full, we walked hand in hand to the beautiful ENO and eagerly waited for the lights to dim and the curtain to go up...

Date Night At The Opera | Joy Felicity Jane
Date Night At The Opera | Joy Felicity Jane
Date Night At The Opera | Joy Felicity Jane
Date Night At The Opera | Joy Felicity Jane

I sadly couldn't take many photographs as cameras aren't allowed during the performance, but it was amazing! There is something magical about this grand room, a live orchestra and brilliant actors singing beautifully with nothing but the power of their voices.

Are any of you opera experts..? Which one should we go and see next?!