Christmas is two weeks away!
And is this not the most enthusiastic face you’ve ever seen on a man about to head into the holiday hullabaloo that is Christmas shopping on Oxford Street?
Our destination: Selfridges.
Essentially, the British version of Macy’s – and a magnet for retail tourism.
Their window displays have become a destination in their own right. Framed in twinkling pine boughs, this year’s theme is fairy tales. Leave it to a department store (founded by an American) to take the enchantment and imagination of childhood fantasies and sell them back to us as merchandising.
Though the fairy tale theme is hardly original, consumers are especially susceptible to their familiar notions of romance and happiness during the holiday period. If, for some people, that happiness just happens to be Chinese handbags stamped with the name of a certain Project Runway star, who am I to judge?*
Paddington Bear is back on the scene again.
I even bumped into him as we staggered through crowds on the 4th floor Christmas Shop.
After checking our lists twice and whizzing through the queues for the register, we made tracks to the roof terrace for lunch at the Alpine-themed Le Chalet.
Seated by the window with a view over Mayfair’s pink skies, we could wrestle our bags under the table and order a much-needed drink.
And I’m not talking about a glass of chardonnay…
At Le Chalet, it’s all about the “Choctails”! Served from the hot chocolate bar, these cocoa toddies are deliriously sweet and incredibly boozy! Sip with extreme caution!
I ordered the Hazelnut, and it was blinkin’ delicious!
While the sugar rush hit our bloodstream, we ordered a few nibbles to fortify us through the rest of the shopping day ahead.
Gooey raclette with sliceds of dry cured beef, pickles and potatoes
Cornish crab with pickled celeriac & mustard
Peppered tuna with wasabi avocado
The interlude was just what we needed before round two of Christmas madness resumed.
A very jolly day out shopping, we had!
*His bags are selling like hotcakes to the English gals (seriously)! So out of awe and admiration to the guy, here’s a tribute to everyone’s favourite reality fashion show personality.