Present Procrastination

23 December 2011

christmas wreaths

What a different five months makes!  It was back in sunny July when I first discovered the shopping gem that is St Martin's Courtyard, located in the quirky yet convenient Covent Garden.   It's an area I've mainly been window shopping in for years, but it seems that a lot of the previously underused spaces near to Long Acre have been developed into less typical retail spaces with manageable crowds of people (next on my list is definitely Seven Dials).  I was recently invited along with Lucy, Daniela and Jai'me to see how the area could sort out my Christmas shopping predicament within a short space of time. 

dishoom covent garden

dishoom covent garden

dishoom covent garden

dishoom covent garden

I always love discovering new places to eat in Central London, especially of the Indian variety. Sure, the usual trek to East London is always worth it but it's nice to find somewhere within the vicinity of work and the usual shopping haunts.  We were treated to a festive feast with a difference at Dishoom and I got to try some mysterious dishes I hadn't come across before (Bhel I'm looking at you) as well as my favourite naans and spicy chutneys.  The restaurant was a haven for multiple photo opportunities, with genuine family portraits adorning the walls and mimicking the faded elegant surroundings of the original Bombay caf├ęsI can't wait to come back to try more of the menu; I think the best thing to do is try a few random dishes previously unheard of for some pleasant surprises.


candles and gifts

covent garden academy of flowers

gift tags

bradleys satchels

floral notebooks

h&m coat vesace top a.p.c tote

Coat, Versace t-shirt - H&M
Skirt - Topshop
Tote - A.P.C
Boots - Office
Tights - Calzedonia

An impromptu outfit snapped in the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers shop, which I was determined to somehow show despite the lack of daylight.  By some twist of fortune, lots of the Versace for H&M stuff ended up going back online a few days after the launch and I managed to get the men's tee version of my palm print skirt.  Not sure if I'll ever wear them in combination, but I'm happy to try something other than polka dots on my top half!  The A.P.C tote bag was about the only thing I could afford in their Shoreditch store but hopefully I can stretch to this sweatshirt after Christmas.

lowie knitwear


lowie knitted treats
I can't believe that I don't own a Christmas jumper!  Methinks that Lowie could sort that problem out, was very tempted by the blue number pictured above...

gospel choir covent garden love actually
The London Community Gospel choir's singing certainly got me feeling Christmassy, I couldn't help but sing along!

I'm very excited to finally be off for the Christmas break (as of 5pm today) and I hope to use my week(ish) off productively by organising my room, gorging on pigs in blankets and getting back into my scarf knitting.  I will probably be popping back into Covent Garden when the weight of present-buying is fully off my mind and would definitely recommend visiting the area if you're new to London.  Are you ready for Sunday?  A day of wrapping awaits me tomorrow!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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  1. that indian looks like a cracker, i've never come across that but i'm putting it in my note pad right now

  2. I love all these photos Kristabel! The wreaths look lovely and all those knitted goodies I could do with. Gloves and jumpers mmmmmm. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and deffo see you in the New Year right?! xx

  3. Those satchels look absolutely fantastic!

  4. This is such a lovely post, makes me feel like i miss out so much not being close to London. It's so boring up north. Merry Christmas, lovely! x

  5. My office was there, it used to be a bunch of crappy buildings. I thought our building was going to fall down when they were demolishing. Looks lovely there now I don't work there haha. stunning photos, have a fab Xmas xxx

  6. Love that outfit - you look great! Hope you have a lovely Christmas. x

  7. Happy Christmas to you!

    Glad you share the Dishoom love!

  8. This post really got me in the Christmassy mood! And after a slightly awful Christmas Eve it's just what I needed. I adore Covent Garden and these photos are so cute. Also in love with that Lowie jumper...Merry Christmas! x

  9. ooh our matching coats! you look lovely! merry christmasxx

  10. the place looks great with all those decorations! oh merry christmas to you too sweetheart. it's my first time on your blog and i think it's so pretty. enjoy your day off! <3



  11. Such a lovely place! And the restaurant is really cute. I went to the Covent Garden last year during a trip to London and I really only had time for a quick dinner. Didn't have plans of going back there in my next trip to London (which is right in January, so excited!) but your post did changed my mind. :)


  12. Lovely post! I love all these photos ;) This place is really cute! Happy Xmas darlin!!! xxx

  13. Absolutely beautiful photos! Happy Xmas!!

  14. I want to recreate your shopping trip! Those shops look lovely!

  15. I agree it looks like a great shopping trip. Hopefully some of those beauts are in the sales now. Fingers crossed. I really love your outfit, you have an incredible sense of style. I think I am going to try and recreate it but with my UGG boots as I rarely leave the house without them!

  16. I love the photo... it is simply beautiful. looking at the photo seems so relaxing. Lets have more prosperous year to com.

  17. i really like the way you take random photos and they look so good. you have a new follower xx Alice Barton ♥ The Mow Way