The Return of Mr Selfridge

Sunday night sees the return of the rather delectable Jeremy Piven to our screens as the huge TV hit Mr Selfridge returns for its third series. I’m a huge fan of Harry, and of the series in general, so I have to admit to rather looking forward to its welcome return.

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The new series will kick off in 1919, with Harry mourning his wife Rose. The real Rose died in 1918, when the First World War had not yet ended, but the series transports the death forward in time. Frances O Connor has left the series, but we have new cast members in the shape of Kara and Hannah Tointon who are playing Harry’s daughters. The new series promises to be as glossy and glamorous as previous affairs, starting with a wedding as Rosalie Selfridge (Kara) marries a Russian Prince, a romantic match that might not be as fairytale as it seems, not least because Prince Charming is penniless and see’s Rosalie as a meal ticket.

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Mr-Selfridge

The series looks set to be another smash hit, as Harry’s life unfortunately begins to spiral out of control. Jeremy Piven is a charismatic actor par excellence, and I can’t wait to watch him get his acting chops around the downfall of this great man. And, from a fashion point of view, the stunning images from Rosalie’s wedding are getting me very excited about the series reaching the 1920s.

As ever, when a series of Mr Selfridge hits our screens, our modern-day Selfridges put together an edit of products to celebrate it hitting our screens, containing iconic images, food and drink products.

Here are some of my favourite picks from this seasons Mr Selfridge edit.

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Butter crunch biscuits in tin £7.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Butter crunch biscuits in tin
£7.99 click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Raspberry Hazelnut & Chocolate marshmallow     £6.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Raspberry Hazelnut & Chocolate marshmallow
£6.99
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nine-piece Marc de Champagne milk chocolate truffles     £9.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nine-piece Marc de Champagne milk chocolate truffles
£9.99
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION London Strong brew tea bags     £6.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION London Strong brew tea bags
£6.99 click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION There's No Fun Like Work Heritage mug     £15.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION There’s No Fun Like Work Heritage mug
£15.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nesta Heritage mug     £15.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nesta Heritage mug
£15.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Horn Blower notebook     £12.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Horn Blower notebook
£12.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Lady and Store Heritage mug     £15.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Lady and Store Heritage mug
£15.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Chocolate Break Hat Box     £50.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Chocolate Break Hat Box
£50.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Harry Gordon Selfridge Hamper     £125.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Harry Gordon Selfridge Hamper
£125.00
click to visit Selfridges

To view the complete Selfridges Selection of Artisan food, drink and memorabilia, click here.



 

iZettle – The 12 Hour Store

iZettle is a company that helps people run their small businesses from smartphones and tablets using a very special app. The app allows you to set up an online library of products, which can then be added to and organised so that you can then accept card payments. The payments can be processed quickly, whether they are cash or card, with iZettle also providing the means of offering your customers a choice of receipt format – via email or in print.

The iZettle app is a great resource for helping very small businesses to grow. So it is totally apt that the company has recently been involved with a project which again offers support for small and new businesses – by placing them in the heart of London’s Oxford Street.

The 12 hour shop took six small businesses, and set them up in a special flagship pop-up shop in the heart of London’s most busy shopping thoroughfares – Oxford Street. Each business had 12 hours trading time in this dream destination, with a grand opening and closing all occuring in the same day. From Christmas jumpers to special blends of tea, the pop up shop gave the small businesses a way of putting their product out there – with iZettle giving them the opportunity to empower their ideas.

It’s a great, uplifting video and is well worth a look.

Dreaming of London Living

Last week, the hubby and I spent a couple of really lovely days in London. We ate out, enjoyed a fabulous gig, and did a little bit of shopping, and just basically enjoyed all our capital city has to offer. I must admit it got me feeling a little wistful, because, before Joe was born, we had seriously considered moving to the capital, in fact, we had gone as far as applying for jobs, and I had lined up two jobs. Then, on the day that an interview for my dream job had dropped onto the mat,  I found out that I was going to have a baby, and all plans were put on hold. 6 years later, they are still on hold.

The dream is still there, and I regularly visit the capital, sometimes with Joe in tow (he loves it as much as I do – obsessed with the transport museum, the tube, Big Ben and Hamleys!). But finding the right property for sale in London can be difficult. If you saw this week’s edition of Location, Location, Location, you will have seen two couples struggling to find property in areas they liked, and could actually afford. It is worth getting in touch with an estate agent like Strutt and Parker and joining their mailing list if you are struggling with the property pages.

Fun times in London

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Pete at Whiteleys.

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One of my fave London places.

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Ed’s Easy Diner with Joe.

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Joe just loves the Tube.

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First trip on the Tube.

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Joe’s trip to London – he wanted to see Big Ben and it snowed!

But I do think it is a fabulous, vibrant city to live in, with plenty of positives that far outweigh any negative thoughts. My best friend and her husband have now lived in London for the past 7 years, and have rented accommodation all over the city, in Battersea, Clapham, Putney, and she is now living in a flat in Camberwell Green which they  hope to buy next year. Dawn loves the energy of the city, the abundance of night life, of places to eat, of markets like Borough Market which are just heaven for foodies (she is most definitely a foodie), and of all the open spaces and parks that are perfect for those ‘sunny afternoons’ The Kinks sang about. In short, I can’t see she would ever come back to the Midlands – London is most definitely home, and where the heart (now) is.

Spending time in London with Dawn

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Shopping in Putney

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At Harrods

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At Harrods

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At the Grace Kelly Exhibition

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On Putney Bridge.

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Joe’s first trip to London aged 5months.

So although, for the moment, I am happy where I’m living, I can’t say that I have abandoned my London dream completely. Who knows what the future will bring?