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Few things start a freezing Monday morning off better than some Christmas tunes.
Here is a list of my some of my favorites. Many classics. Many cheesy. And many wonderful.

To listen on Spotify, click here.

1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by She & Him
2. White Christmas by Bing Crosby
3. The Happy Elf by Harry Connick Jr.
4. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt
5. Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong
6. Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams
7. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love
8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane and Judy Garland
9. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm by Frank Sinatra
10. What Christmas Means to Me by Stevie Wonder
11. I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Bing Crosby
12. The Man with the Bag by Kay Starr
13. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Lena Horne
14. Auld Lang Syne by Kurt Nilsen and Kringkastingsorkestret
15. In the Bleak Midwinter by Julie Andrews
16. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
17. Baby, Its Cold Outside by Rosemary Clooney
18. A Holly Jolly Christmas by Johnny Marks, Burl Ives, Owen Bradley
19. Sleigh Ride by Ella Fitzgerald
20. Merry Christmas Baby by Otis Redding
21. What Are You Doing New Years by Ella Fitzgerald
22. White Christmas by Michael Buble and Shania Twain
23. All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
24. Carol of the Bells by John Williams
25. As the Snowflakes Fall by Smith & Burrows
26. Skating by The Vince Guaraldi Trio (A Charlie Brown Christmas)

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Yikes, this week has flown by quickly. That’s what spending three days of it working in London will do to you. I went to attend a conference in the Olympia Conference Centre, meaning that I got to explore a new part of London I’ve never been to before: South Kensington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea. OOoo, lala, thank you very much. Fancy and adorable. Way too much temptation to go shopping.

I stayed in the fabulous, appropriately named Kensington Hotel, which I would highly recommend to anyone planning to go on a work trip anytime soon. {It might be a bit pricey for your average weekend away, so I felt lucky to have stayed there.} Their staff were incredibly helpful and attentive. The room was perfectly designed as it was tiny, but never felt that way. When I checked out, they offered me a bottle of water to take with me for the day. And when I returned home from a long conference day, there were two chocolates and a lovely quote sitting on my pillow. I was exhausted from running around in the big city all day, but the quote made me take stock and realize how lucky I am to get the chance to travel to London…even if it is for work.

“The best bribe which London offers today to the imagination is that, in such a vast variety of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to exist, and, that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I got the chance to walk around a bit during my free time and will post some pictures over the weekend for you to see the CHRISTMAS MADNESS that has already taken over the city. The Harrod’s window displays have been done up in a fairy-tales-meet-gorgeous-fashion theme and the building has been lit up like a circus. Definitely worth a visit during a night-time stroll.

Until then, here are some weekend links {lucky, edition numero 13!} to keep you busy.

x J

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Gorgeous photo of South Kensington by Deepka Rana on Pinterest. 

I am dying to know the story behind this photo of Francoise Hardy. If anyone knows, please share!

It has (finally) been a great week! Was over the moon thrilled the see Skyfall (it is brilliant – go see it at once) and find myself now quite unhealthily obsessed with all things Bond… things finally calmed down at work, I began a neat new book “The Receptionist” about a woman who worked at The New Yorker for 20 years, I started Game of Thrones Season 2, that dreadful holiday Halloween is over and the countdown to Thanksgiving and Christmas can finally begin. I also plastered a wall. It was a mini-wall, but none the less, this is a huge accomplishment for someone who is not at all gifted in the ways of home-repair. And to round it all off, I have a four day weekend! I am planning to be both massively productive and massively relaxed. {If that is possible. Check back in with me next week…}

Bliss.

Here are some links to get you through the weekend. Hope it is a marvelous one.

x J

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