Christmas for busy people is all about balance. Everyone wants their place to look fab and wowie when visitors pop by for a cheeky festive fizz. But nothing is worth a head spin overload. Good friends will still love you if the canapes are shop-bought – it’s all about the people.
Winter style …
I love winter fashion, cosy knits, boots and oversized scarves. I am always on the lookout for a versatile winter outfit, that can be adaptable for work, a girly catch up, or a meal with the family. My purchase this season is a soft striped skirt and jumper set from Massimo Dutti. The tailored knit skirt and matching loose fitting jumper is on trend, and can be dressed up or down. Pair the skirt with a loose-fitting shirt and heeled boots for a stylish work outfit, pull on the jumper with a pair of jeans and sneakers for weekend causal style, or wear the matching set with heels and an oversized clutch for a night out.
Chocolate Amaretti cake, is the perfect dessert for Christmas entertaining.
I love to cook and entertain in the lead up to Christmas, but when time is of the essence (which it generally is around Christmas) I have the perfect quick, easy, and delicious dessert that is sure to impress. It can be made a day or two in advance and will keep for a week. It is moist on the inside and has a crunchy bite from the almonds and amaretti biscuits on the inside. Serve with seasonal berries and clotted cream.
It is sure to be a recipe everyone will be asking for when they leave.
150g 70% dark chocolate
50g amaretti biscuits
100g flaked almonds
175g caster sugar
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
100g butter (cubed)
4 eggs beaten
Cocoa powder & icing sugar for dusting
Melt the chocolate.
Place the Amaretti biscuits, flaked almonds, sugar and orange zest in a food processor and whizz until the biscuits and almonds are almost finely ground (I like to leave them a little gritty).
Add the butter & eggs and whiz until blended, then add the melted chocolate and whizz again until blended.
Pour mixture into a 20cm lined round tin and cook for 35 mins 180 degrees C.
The cake will puff up slightly and crack around the edges. Leave to cool for 15 mins before transferring to a plate. The top is crisp and will crack, so dust with plenty of icing sugar & cocoa powder before serving to hide any imperfections.
Home comforts …
There’s nothing I love more than jumping into a cosy bed after a long day…
A freshly made bed, with beautifully soft bed linen is the ultimate way to unwind.
I’m always on the lookout for the perfect bedding and my latest find is the simple linen collection from piglet in bed. The collection is made from natural stonewashed French flax, which gets softer and softer with wear. Ironing is optional (yay – perfect for a busy mum) as the rustic style looks great straight out of the dryer. Linen is warm and cosy in the winter and with a range of soft muted colours find a shade to suit every interior. A beautiful home is a comfortable home – so true.
Xmas shopping …
If you’re looking for ideas for children this Christmas, you must make a visit to Tribe in Tynemouth. The shop is fun, colourful and full of carefully chosen clothing and gifts. I find it hard to pass the shop on the school run, without the kids dragging me in to seek out the next new craze. Stocking a huge selection of organic clothing, from a range of UK-based designers and manufacturers, you are sure to find that perfect gift. I couldn’t leave the shop without Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, Mixed by Me Kit £20 which allows putty-mad kids to customise their own putty. Also, Snow Owl Jersey hoody £28 unisex design from British label, Boys & Girls. Super soft, organic hoody.
After months of searching for the perfect bag for work, I discovered an Australian brand Elk. I instantly fell in love with the vast range of leather bags. Their belief is in only buying and using what you really love, very true, as I ended up ordering two bags! The need for a large bag to carry paper work, samples and snacks to and from the studio was becoming a necessity. The Reiki Holey tote proved the perfect fit; stylish, timeless and large enough to carry everything I need for a day at the studio.
New in …
We have introduced our first 12 days of Christmas advent boxes this year. Beautifully presented in a ‘keep safe’ gift box. The twelve individual boxes contain, beautiful pieces of jewellery, to wear over the festive period. At £99 the boxes contain goods worth £299, be quick only a limited number of boxes available…
Exciting news …
We are opening a TUTTI&CO Christmas pop up shop in Tynemouth on Percy Park Road between 26 October – 22 December (check out our social pages for full details). It will be full of beautiful accessories, Christmas decorations and styling ideas. So, if you are looking for that extra special Christmas gift, pop in and say hello…