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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

miss b loves ........extra-special gifts...and an award


Father Christmas was very good to me this year and brought me lots of gorgeous presents but some were extra-special! I especially loved three gifts which were bought in Istanbul....
....a box of Vakko chocolates .......


......decorated with a beautiful Christmas tree brooch which I could also make into a very glamorous tree decoration next year.....


A hammam towel, lightweight, more absorbent than a regular towel and perfect for the beach........


....and a wonderful hamper from the Olive Farm shop.......



.....with flavoured vinegars, olive oil, olives, olive soap, hand cream and peach jam (complete with a traditional blue nazar to ward off the evil eye which I'll keep in a safe place!) all produced on the Olive Farm............... 


Also in my Christmas stocking.......two books which are just perfect for me............

                         

.....and lavender butter hand cream from Anthropologie......I think I may just have dropped a few hints about this in the run-up to Christmas! ............



Finally..........a couple of weeks before Christmas, Svenga from Happybluebird was kind enough to nominate me for the Versatile Blogger Award but with all the Christmas preparations I didn't have time to thank her publicly so here it is .......




THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

It's always nice to be recognised! Please pop over to Svenga's lovely blog

I'm supposed to mention 7 random things about myself.....
  • I'm left-handed and love to find gadgets specifically designed for us........ like left-handed scissors!
  • I love kitchen gadgets....soup maker, steamer, Nespresso coffee machine etc ......some(e.g. pie maker)do seem to stay in the cupboard but seemed like a good idea at the time! 
  • I learnt French, Spanish and....Latin at school. 
  • I'm planning to re-read all the French novels I read when I was a student and when I lived in France (might take me a little longer now as I'm not quite as fluent)
  • I started Zumba classes a few weeks before Christmas and surprisingly.......I think I'm hooked.
  • I collect teapots! 
  • I had ballet lessons from the age of four to seventeen.....maybe that's why I'm enjoying Zumba so much! 

...and I've decided to nominate just five blogs - I enjoy them because they all cover a variety of topics........ 



                      



......and I'm sure you will like them too!



57 comments:

  1. Indeed, lovely presents! Istanbul is such a great town, I loved it, and this box is just perfect! :)

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  2. Lovely Miss B. I especially love the books you got and i think i'll be looking for them to read. I would love to improve my French and Italian so i think those are two things i'll be looking to work on over the next few years

    Thanks for your comments on my blog :)

    xo Stephanie

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  3. lovely presents brought to you from my city Istanbul :) I love Vakko's chocolates also yummy :P

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  4. Gorgeous gifts! I'd love to try the hand cream x

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  5. Congratulations on your Award. Those are lovely gifts you received.

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  6. Father Christmas was VERY VERY kind to you! You certainly got some beautiful pressies! Congrats on your award, I’m off to check out these other blogs now.

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  7. Gorgeous presents! The Christmas tree brooch is beautiful. Congrats on your award... I love checking out some new blogs also:)
    ~Anne

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  8. Miss B,I'm not surprised that you received a lot of wonderfully awesome gifts! You're an awesome person and deserve ALL of them. I love that brooch that came with the chocolates. It's so pretty! Olive oil is so good for you. That was a wonderful hamper! Also, congratulations on your award!!! I think it's so awesome that you know so many languages. I always think that's the best. I loved ballet, but grew to tall for it. I've heard nothing but fabulous things about Zumba classes, so enjoy. I was a lefty too (they're smart people), but my family retrained me to use my right hand. Maybe that's why my written script is so bad. HAHAHA

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  9. What wonderful presents! That Olive Farm box is fantastic!

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  10. I took Latin in school as well - which confuses many because at home we speak Latvian. Enjoy your new books (I liked Paris in
    Love, a quick read), and wishing you a Happy New Year!

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  11. Wonderful gifts :) and I must try that Anthro Hand Cream. Your books look great and I can always use new book ideas. Congrats on the award!!

    xxleslie

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  12. How sweet those presents from Istanbul, my hometown : ) I love Vakko chocolates and their gift packages are always special : ) I heard about Olive Farm products but didnt have the chance to try yet, I will watch out : ) Your new books and lavender butter sounds great too. Congratulations for the award, zumba sounds fun, I want to try as well : ) I wish I could speak French too : )

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  13. What a nice selection of gifts! I love the little pearl christmas tree and the lavender butter? Yes, please! I loved reading the random facts about you too! I always think these posts are so fun! Have a great Wed!

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  14. Congrats on all the lovely gifts, the one form the Olive Farm looks so interesting and exciting to use! Well done on the award too!

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  15. Miss B - You are SO sweet to pick me for your award - I am VERY touched!! Your Christmas gifts are all lovely - you are a lucky girl. Both of those books look great - I need to add them to my reading list.

    Enjoy your day! xoxoxox

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    1. Glad you are pleased about your award! Well deserved!

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  16. that Olive Farm Hamper looks yummy. Well done on the award! loved your answers x

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  17. Miss b, All of your gifts look fabulous!

    Thank you so very much for nominating my blog, lamb & blonde, for an award! I feel honoured to be chosen. You've made me smile today. :)

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    1. You're welcome - you deserve it, Kim!

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  18. It looks like Father Christmas was very good to you this year :) How fun that you received Paris in Love as a gift; so many people have recommended that book to me, I really shall have to get around to reading it soon!
    xox,
    Cee

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  19. Great reading about you, hmmm zumba, I'm still thinking of it...maybe? That was a really beautiful chocholate box!
    xo Caroline

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  20. I really like the hamam towel, very exclusive gift.
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  21. ooo gifts all the way from istanbul. fancy shmansy ;)

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  22. Lucy lady...love the hamam towel!!

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  23. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas ... I love getting good books in a stocking too, one of my faves! Thanks for stopping by, sweet and leaving a note for me .. love those! xo ~S

    SANDY M Illustration
    http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com

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  24. Gorgeous brooch and I must get one of those towels. Looks so good. Fiona

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  25. hello miss b! happy new year!
    just this message to tell you this is my new blog!
    unfortunately I was forced to abandon hip&chips!

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  26. How wonderful! The Olive and Farm gift looks amazing. Congrats on the award, it's so good to get to know a bit more about you dear. xx have a great weekend./Madison
    pP.S. I LOVE my Nespresso too!

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  27. I like the towel, seems good quality!

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  28. What gorgeous presents lucky you. I particularly love the packaging on the chocolates. Have a fun filled weekend

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  29. Beautiful presents! Even the packaging is gorgeous. Congratulations on your award, sweetheart! x

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  30. Thanks for joining me for the INSPIRED post, sweet! Have a super fabulous weekend ;) xoxo ~S

    SANDY M Illustration
    http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com

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  31. Thank you so much! And I love all your gifts!!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Love,
    Svenja
    xx

    Happybluebird

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  32. That towel looks wonderful, I am really getting into the slimmer towels they are so much more practical.

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  33. Congrats!
    Amazing Gifts ,lucky Girl :)
    follow new ,mind follow back?

    Happy Weekend ,kisses!

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  34. Hi Miss B,

    How I love saying that. Love your title. :)
    Your Christmas gifts are lovely. I'm in love with anything from Anthropologie.
    Thank you so much for being my newest follower! Can't wait to see your future posts. Your pics are so pretty. Will enjoy getting to know you.
    Cheers!

    Larisa

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  35. Hey there Miss B, What wonderful gifts! Those books look especially good. And such beautiful colors xoxox

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  36. Delicious goodies... enjoy your weekend... xv

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  37. The chocolates would be my favorotite, and the Christmas tree brooch is so lovely. Do you know I collect brooches? That is sweet that you collect tea pots - I love tea pots too. It's nice when we get unique gifts from different places we travel to. My husband is left handed too, but he played sports growing up with his right hand. How wonderful that you know french, spanish, and latin. A happy Sunday to you.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  38. these look like amazing gifts!


    http://fashion-gourmet.blogspot.com/

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  39. Que de beaux cadeaux! Great that you speak French and Spanish; we've got something in common.

    LUXESSED

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  40. How many lovely gifts you got! really adorable! Congrats on the award!! Kisses! xo

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  41. Beautiful presents!!!I love the broach!!

    Have a perfect week!

    xoxo

    PS: you were so right about Dubai,I loved it!

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  42. Beautiful gifts. Congrats on the award. I wish I could speak french too <3
    xo

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  43. Wanted to say thanks for dropping by today, B! Have a wonderful week! xo ~S

    SANDY M Illustration
    http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com

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  44. Beautiful gift ideas! I will need to add the Paris books to my collection, and I love wrapping gifts with ornaments.
    Thank you for stopping by today and for your kind words.
    Wishing you a fabulous week! xoxo, B

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  45. I was so glad when we had snow for chrismas, but I really want summer now!

    xx, rebecca
    awayinparadise.blogspot.com

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  46. Hey dear, sorry for the long absence, but I'm on holiday now - skiing in St Anton in the beautiful Austrian Alps :)
    Thank you so much for this award, you're so sweet! I'm going to write about it (hopefully) tonight or at the latest tomorrow!! It's so exciting, it's my first award :)
    Your Christmas presents look amazing! I think I'm going to look for those books as well, Paris is my favorite city in the whole world!

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    1. Skiing in the Austrian Alps - wonderful! (We have just a touch of snow here!) I'm so pleased that you liked the award. Congratulations!
      http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  47. I love the idea of using brooches as tree ornaments! I will have to do that next year!

    -Nico

    www.SatinandSalt.com

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  48. Très jolies ces petites boites , ça donne envie de les ouvrir

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  49. Congrats on your award! going by your pics it looks like you had a lovely Christmas :)

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  50. cute gift wrapping!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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