Christmas In Oxford: The Independent Oxford Christmas Market

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Having accidentally taken a little break from blogging, I’m back and have so much to share. I’m sure everyone who blogs or writes occasionally gets writers block, but I have had the opposite recently…a huge amount of ideas and loads to say, and no time to bring that here! I’ve been sharing away on Instagram though…do pop over and take a look if you’re not following. My personal life has been a little crazy, with a high-stress house move that all seems to be happening very quickly, and a whole host of other things, plus Christmas…it’s only four days away!

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Back at the end of November I got to spend the day at the Independent Oxford Christmas market with the loveliest bunch of bloggers. We enjoyed a fab workshop with Chloe from The Annie Sloan Shop, learning how to use the paint to make beautifully distressed candlesticks.

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There were so many amazing makers and local indie businesses at the market that it was spread across two city centre venues, the Turl Street Kitchen and the Old Fire Station. The prints above are by Smart Creative and the sweet dress below from DoLittle Dumplings baby and children’s clothing store. I found a cute superhero mask for Joe from the shop which matches his superhero cape perfectly.

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Just my kind of Christmas decorating scheme at the Turl Street Kitchen, lots of natural greenery, eucalyptus bunches and vintage paper decorations.

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Some of my favourite items from Rosie’s shop A Rosie Life how amazing are the sparkly dino necklaces and brooches?! Rosie has a pop-up shop in Oxford’s covered market at the moment, if you are local or visiting before Christmas.

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Festive scents and the most gorgeous packaging from Little Bird Soaps.

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We enjoyed lunch at newly opened Pint Shop on George Street, a restaurant and seriously impressive gin bar inspired by Beer Houses of the 1830s!

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As well as the delicious food at Pint Shop, and an impromptu yet fascinating tour of the kitchens, I loved their secret party room. I’m sure it would be the perfect venue for a big get together (saving this idea for A’s 40th in a couple of years).

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Our day of Indie Oxford fun continued with a modern calligraphy workshop hosted by Merrie of Merrie & Bright Calligraphy. Merrie had prepared beautiful personalised calligraphy work books for each of us, and guided us through the key elements of forming letters using the calligraphy tools.

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Drawn in the amazing scent of the ink and how relaxing the gentle repetition of letters was, I decided I could easily become quite addicted to calligraphy. The perfect slow-living antidote to all of the Christmas rushing around!

It was a lovely way to kick off the festive season, and a day spent with fellow creatives is always a source of so much inspiration (plus lots of chatting and hot chocolates!). Huge thanks for Rosie and Anna of Independent Oxford for hosting the day.

Indie Oxford host events throughout the year, including the very popular Instameets – take a look at their site or Instagram for more details.

I will be popping back here before Christmas to share some of my festive making and decorating ideas!

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A Styling Evening At Olivia May, Oxford

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I was recently invited to a styling event at Olivia May boutique with a group of local Oxfordshire bloggers. Olivia May is located on Oxford’s Little Clarendon Street and stocks a range of women’s clothing and accessories by a fantastic range of designers. Ann, the store owner, and her lovely team made us feel very welcome and at ease and I could entirely understand the personalised stylist-led approach which she offers to the store’s clients.

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Ann introduced us to the new season ranges and colours and seemed incredibly knowledgable about the brands stocked. She was joined by stylist LisaB, who gave an enjoyable talk on dressing for your shape. As a traditional pear shape, it seemed I had at least had made a good choice by wearing a large necklace to add some balance to my silhouette! Lisa shared so much interesting information about balancing an outfit with the right choice of jewellery or bag for your shape. She was also a total scarf-tying expert, and we all had great fun trying to recreate the styles…perhaps I should start wearing some of those scarves that always get left in the cupboard.

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Lisa also spoke about colour analysis, a concept I had not really considered before. Personal colour analysis determines the colors that best suit an individual based on their natural colorings. I love a really wide range of colours, and wear lots of brights, but would definitely consider a professional colour analysis sometime in the future, as perhaps there are great colour combinations I am missing in my wardrobe!

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A really great evening, at such a unique independent store, discovering a local business, whilst connecting with Oxfordshire bloggers.

Olivia May are offering a 15% discount off their Spring / Summer season collection plus free delivery. Just visit their website and enter the code DCBlog.

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