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Traveling with a Decorator – Europe Day 1

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Kings Cross St. Pancras Station, London

M. and I (hereby renamed M&M) are on a tour of Europe. We once designed theater projects together in College and now work in two different design fields. This is our account of the trip.

Day 1: We arrived in London late on Tuesday night and headed to our hotel, a nondescript little hole in the wall on a row of similarly tiny hotels next to Kings Cross St. Pancras Station. Upon waking the next morning to a rather dreary, rainy day I promptly blew up my hair-dryer (but managed not to light the room on fire or blow out the electricity so I count it as a win). Appealing to the better natures of the hotel staff I managed to wrangle a new hair-dryer and proceeded with M. in tow to meet my old flatmates, C&C, in Kensington.

We headed to The Muffin Man for a delightful tea with scones & jam. It was a great traditional place with cozy seating and a great tea selection.

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Tea and Scones from The Muffin Man – Photo by Olivier De Man

Then we hailed a black cab and headed over to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The V&A is by far one of my favorite museums, and houses everything from clothes and costumes, to marble statues, old tiles, pottery, stained glass etc. It’s huge and we hardly had enough time to begin but we gave it a go anyway. C&C led us through the Cast Room which I discovered back in 2004 during my study abroad years. One sections was being remodeled but the other was just as I remembered it. Then, we headed to the theater exhibit rooms (filled with costumes and set models) and the stained glass rooms (which were beautifully laid out).

Before we had even begun to take it all in it was time to head off. We bid a cheerful goodbye to C&C and went back to the hotel to grab our bags and catch the train to Paris! The train was exceptionally fast and not too crowded (4:30 on a Wednesday isn’t the most popular time for travel) so we were able to spread out a bit. By 11pm we were happily tucked into bed at our Friend’s apartment in the 16th and passed out. It was quite the start to our Europe Adventure.

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Gift Guide 2013 – For the Fabulous Couple That Throws The Best Dinner Parties

Its’ that time of year again, when the lights go up and we have some shopping to do. With Thanksgiving fast approaching you can be sure the first gifts given will be to your hosts and hostess at their ultra fabulous holiday party. Forgo the normal bottle of wine and bring them something special this holiday season.

Gift Guide 2013 - For the Fabulous Couple that throws the best dinner parties

Something unique for the those that love the races Culinary Concepts beverage bottle
$195 – pavilionbroadway.co.uk

Can we say holiday bling? Animal throw pillow
AmoreBeaute etsy.com -$24

Something a little more personal, a pillow with their longitude and latitude printed on the front Cream throw pillow
CoverLove on etsy.com -$30

For those adventurous cooks DIY Mozzarella/Ricotta Cheese-Making Kit
williams-sonoma.com

Anyone from NYC knows the brilliance of these Brooklyn Chocolate makers, give your friends a taste with the Mast Brothers Chocolate cookbook.
amazon.com -$25.99

For those who love literature and drinking (don’t we all?):

For those brunch and meat lovers the Bacon Press  will keep bacon cooked evenly, also can be used with steaks
norpro.com -$12.99

I had to throw in this fabulous Olive Oil from my alma mater. Scripps College Olive Oil Project is and award-winning oil grown and made by the students at Scripps College in Southern California
community.scrippscollege.edu – $40

And who doesn’t love a little bit of Napa right in their own kitchen.
oakvillegrocery.com