“Music Monday: Happy Christmas, part 4

Here’s your final Music Monday post of 2012, and the final installment for our Christmas music special. We decided to end on something rather cool after some slightly more stylishly questionable choices! This is The XX doing an incredible cover of the George Michael classic, Last Christmas, for Radio One. I already absolutely adore The XX, and if it’s possible this has made me love them even more.

Merry Christmas everyone, and catch you on the other side!

“Blink” Music: Happy Christmas, part 1

Well, it’s the final day of posting before we close down “Blink” Towers for a well earned break. We’ll be back with you in the New Year. Until then, fortuitously the final day we’re working in 2012 is a Monday, and Monday’s always means a music post, and since it’s Christmas Eve and you have all been very good boys and girls we are going to treat you to a few of our favourite seasonal songs. Starting with the King…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ODrPL9-kEs

Wishing you all a very very happy Holiday and a wonderful 2013, from all of us at “Blink”.

“Blink” Retail: It’s Christmas!

Wondering down Sloane Street last week, there was no doubt that it is well and truly now Christmas. We are, at least, actually in December now so that does feel something we do have to get our heads around. Helping us to get into the festive mood was this wonderful shopfront display from Jimmy Choo. Jimmy’s got balls, and lots of very shiny silver ones at that…

Jimmy Choo, Sloane Street

Jimmy Choo, Sloane Street

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“Blink” Retail: It’s Christmas!

Another look at Sloane Street’s rather glamorous take on Christmas. This time it’s a little insight into what Dolce and Gabbana‘s Christmas spread will look like. Well, this is like a standard Friday night supper round mine, to be honest…

Love, pass me another pomegranate and a bun would you?

Dolce and Gabbana, Sloane Street

Dolce and Gabbana, Sloane Street

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“Blink” Retail: Ding Dong, Selfridges!

Selfridges know how to put on a good show, and this Christmas it’s a show of their Christmas campanology skills. The tall atrium space has been filled with a series of huge, glossy bells that move up and down while ringing out festive chimes. It is really lovely and very atmospheric. Not too schmaltzy, but striking the perfect note (urgh) between sweet and chic.

Selfridges Christmas bells

Selfridges Christmas bells

Selfridges Christmas bells

Selfridges Christmas bells

We love this video showing how the Christmas windows came together too.

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“Blink” Retail: Christmas SOS from Warehouse

This has to be my favourite Christmas campaign. I spotted it on Friday as the Warehouse team installed a screen in the Argyll Street store window. Yes, it all feels somewhat familiar!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAj0MQYHzBo

The video features a tongue in cheek take on the morning after the office party, working a sweaty palm inducing variation on the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’. After all those cringe-worthy moments, we see the heroine of the piece return to glory as she emerges refreshed and revived in a new get up, delivered in an amazing 90 minutes through Warehouse’s fabulous super fast service.

Alongside this great video campaign, there’s also a competition to win the ultimate party survival kit. Just have a look here at Warehouse’s Facebook page.

Warehouse Christmas SOS competition

Warehouse Christmas SOS competition

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“Blink” Retail: All Aboard the Liberty Express this Christmas

Some month’s back I was delighted to be invited to the Liberty Press Day. That was pretty much in the midst of Summer time and I am only now feeling mentally ready to admit that Christmas is in fact just around the corner and so I am prepared to share some seasonal joy with you…

Liberty took inspiration from the Victorian age of luxurious steam train travel as well as classic Hollywood movie train moments from the like of ‘Brief Encounter’, ‘Some Like it Hot’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. The Liberty Christmas windows will be transformed into a whole Victorian steam train, bursting with sumptuous and luxurious gift ideas, gold paper chains and festoon lights.

Here’s some highlights from the Christmas Press Day, and let me tell you, if Stella McCartney did an adult version of that super cute bunny onesie, I wouldn’t be wearing anything else for the whole Christmas holidays!

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Christopher Kane at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Christopher Kane at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stunning silk scarves at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stunning silk scarves at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stella McCartney kids at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stella McCartney kids at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Marvellous millinery at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Marvellous millinery at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

British made product featured strongly at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

British made product featured strongly at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Richard Nicoll at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Richard Nicoll at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

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