On our Radar: November

Fashion galore, crafts + skating on ice. What is on our radar this November? read more

For us November marks the beginning of the festive lead up (yes strictly that might be December but we like to plan early). Our thoughts are already turning to Christmas shopping to avoid the last minute rush and stocking up on festive décor. The temperatures have certainly dropped in the last week so we’re going to make the most of well covered social activities, including trips to the theatre, indoor markets and exhibitions. This is where you’ll find us…


ISABELLA BLOW: Fashion Galore

Somerset House


Isabella Blow, 1997 (c) Mario Testino

The late patron of fashion and art Isabella Blow was a creative force to reckoned with; from the beginning of her career as Anna Wintour’s assistant at US Vogue to her hugely inspiring climb and influence in her post at British Vogue and then later Fashion Director at The Sunday Times and Tatler magazine. Her extraordinary life and wardrobe is being celebrated this month at Somerset House; ‘a bittersweet event’ as Daphne Guinness describes it, which celebrates how she ‘made our world more vivid, trailing colour with every pace she took’. With a wardrobe boasting the likes of Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and Givency, this will be a guaranteed fashion spectacle.

Isabella Blow, Vanity Fair, May 1, 2003

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Henry V

Noel Coward Theatre

23 November – 15 February 2014

Henry V image of Jude Law - by Bronwen Sharp

One of our favourite evenings out in the Autumn is getting dressed up in our finest and enjoying a night out at the theatre. We have already spotted banners up on the London Underground to catch Jude Law in Henry V. A thrilling night at one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, investigating the bloody horrors of war and turbulence of a land in crisis.

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The Nutcracker Trail 


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We usually count on Easter to provide us with our our fix of treasure hunts and trails so we’re thrilled to see Liverpool are hosting a trail for the festive season! The concept of their Nutcracker Trail is simple – navigate the city centre to seek out 10 life size nutcrackers – snap yourself with them on Facebook and Twitter and you could win a special prize!

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Chalet Girl instore and online

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The lead up to Christmas is the perfect excuse to don an inexcusably festive knit. This season we’ll be satisfying your crimbo jumper hunt with the launch of Chalet Girl. Think lashings of playful intarsia, folk and check knits.

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Ideal Home Show at Christmas

Earl’s Court

13-17 November


The line up at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas is nothing short of impressive. Interior, home, decorations, fashion and beauty stalls, a Christmas cookery theatre as well as home improvement advice from the experts (this is a star studded affair). Not to mention an ice skating rink right smack bang in the middle of all the action. Just in case you fancy taking a break from all the shopping and getting your skates on? Why not we say!

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Renegade Craft Fair

Old Truman Brewery, London

9-10 November 


The Chicago born Renegade Craft Fair lands in London this weekend at East London’s Old Truman Brewery. This Indie craft market has stalls from an array of carefully selected worldwide crafters selling everything from unique jewellery to sophisticated ceramics. Entry is free and don’t miss the cross stitch workshop with our friends at Mollie Makes and the free quirky photobooth from LOOK LOOK

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Make sure you keep up to date with the Laura Ashley blog make & do section as we have some exciting Christmas craft projects in the pipeline!

What are you up to this month? Love to hear your whereabouts in the comment box below…

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