Before Christmas I headed east for a couple of days in London. Much as I love the capital, it's not always practical to go up for one event. But there are times when the stars align and a few events take place over a day or two, meaning it's impossible NOT to go.
Press shows are always so interesting - seeing what the big shops have in store for us a season or two ahead is fascinating although somewhat disorientating, as you end up faced with bikinis and flip flops when bundled up in scarves and gloves.
The first was the Monsoon and Accessorize, whose show featured beachwear but also beautiful occasion wear, jewellery and really cute Japanese-style bags, all of which left me with a hankering for summer.
And there was an on-site piercer! I had a helix piercing - one up near the top outer edge of the ear - which was an unexpected but kinda cool turn of events.
From here, Lori and I headed to the OXO Tower for afternoon tea with a twist. We met up with Team Pinterest and had the most brilliant selection of cakes and cocktails. And from there we watched the sun set over the Thames.
Later, a stop at Paperchase for a Christmas tree styling comp and glimpses at the new ranges. Those paper fans were my absolute favourites, and I love what the Paperchase design team did with the Beatrix Potter characters.
The following day I went to the Tefal Cook4Me morning and then headed back across London for the Habitat press day, where I met up with my pal Kat for a cuppa and a look around the new products.
My favourites? These colourful wicker baskets, cushions, rugs and bowls.
Phew! A happy few days that made me look forward to the seasons ahead.
And now that it is 2016, we haven’t got long to wait, have we?