Christmas dinner with the CFM team!

When we started dreaming about Christmas dinners with Chris and Kirsty we realised we were all longing for completely different styles of food! What is sure is that we all love food and we thought it'd be fun to share our Christmas menus with you all :)

Kirsty is from London, and spends Christmas with her parents: 'Our Christmas menu is really British, we first start with having a few Mimosa cocktails while we wait for the meal to finish baking! And it starts, we have the roast turkey, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, Brussel sprouts, Pigs in Blankets, homemade cranberry sauce.... and for dessert we have my mum's home made delicious Christmas pudding! So much joy in one meal!'

Chris is from London but his family is from Hong Kong: 'Christmas dinner at home is great when the whole family comes around as we have a Chinese hot pot. This consists of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. we usually have a mix of food such as: veg, seafood, several types of bean curd, different finely cut meats and dumplings. What I love is that everyone has to huddle around as everybody is adding food to the hot pot. Be prepared though, you're likely to end up eating loads without realising until late into the evening! For dessert we always have a box of Fortune Cookies!'

Cléo is from Paris and that's where she spends most of her Christmas: 'We are very lucky in France because we celebrate Christmas twice! Once on Christmas eve where the menu consists mainly of homemade foie gras canapés as a starter and seafood as a main: delicious oysters, gravlax salmon, prawns etc... it is usually served with a nice potato salad and followed by cheese and a christmas log. But then comes Christmas day and we also have a roasted turkey served with chestnuts followed by cheese and a dessert too.'

SS16 Sneak Peek!

Our upcoming Spring Summer 2016 collection is launching in a month time, and it's all about Fun, Holidays, Pop Art and Flower power!! Here is a sneak peek of what is coming and the inspirations.

Vintage fashion is a big inspiration in my work, I love the glamour, the style and the narrative behind these images. The two illustrations are by René Gruau a favourite of mine ;)

Pop Art was such a fun art movement, I love the bold designs, and the bright colours!  

Et voila! Here are a small selection of what's to come, we hope you'll like the new line :)

Make sure to sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know when the collection is out! xxx

The absolute best Christmas films!!

Edward Scissorhands by Tim Burton

It's A Wonderful Life by Frank Capra

Gremlins by Joe Dante

8 Women by Francois Ozon

Batman Returns by Tim Burton

Nightmare before Christmas by Tim Burton

Scrooged by Richard Doner

White Christmas by Michael Curtis

Our favourite festive cocktails :)

Yes!! The festive season is upon us! Time to celebrate and over indulge! Here are our favourite cocktails, enjoy!!

Here is The Grinch Spritzer! With lime sherbet, Sprite and a dash of vodka, such a fun drink to start the celebrations!

Amazingly decadent and simply delicious the Aged  Egg Nog!

A bit of a classic but great to revisit with a seasonal fruit! The Blood Orange Mojito!

Simple yet sophisticated: Gin, Elderflower and Prosecco!

The Good Fortune! So nice to use pomegranate in a cocktail, they look like little rubies floating in the glass!

Salted Caramel White Russian... it speaks for itself :)

Happy Christmas everyone!!

Top 10 Christmas songs to have on your playlist by Iko Chérie

 

We have asked our lovely friend Marie from the band Iko Chérie her 10 favourite Christmas songs, and here they are, enjoy a fabulous selection!! 

( BTW She just got her first album out, and it's a beauty! Check it out here!)

 

 

 

 

Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi 

'We start with this song from A Charlie Brown Christmas, it’s beautiful and very sweet, but at the same time a little bit melancholic, just like Christmas! It’s worth watching this Peanuts video clip with Snoopy ice skating!'

 

 

 

Blue Christmas - Lisbonne

'A cover from a classic I did a while ago with my former project Lisbonne. It was recorded over one silent night in Brixton on an 8 track tape recorder.'

 

 

 

Santa Baby Eartha Kitt

'I thought for a long time that Marilyn Monroe had sung this song and apparently she never did! But this version by Eartha Kitt is cheeky and great.'

 

 

 

The Beatles christmas Time is Here Again

'The Beatles chant the same sentence throughout in this song, before getting into some surrealistic lyrics at the end... I dig it!'

 

 

 

I’ll Be Stoned For Christmas - Dent May

'The amazing Dent May released this super cool track a year ago. It’s been one of my favourite on the Christmas jukebox, sorry mamma...'

 

 

Christmas Makes Me Blue - Simone White

Because Christmas can be a little depressing sometimes and no one says it quite as well as Simone White.

 

 

Alone On Christmas Day – Phoenix

A seasonal treat from Phoenix, featuring Bill Murray! This is a cover of a Beach Boys track and Bill Murray is a cool singer.

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas Baby – The Beach Boys

Brian Wilson talks his girlfriend into getting back with him for Christmas, with such a beautiful song, how could you say no?

 

 

 

 

Just like Xmas - Low

Quintessential Christmas beauty, which is not about Christmas, but about the magic feeling of it!

 

 

 

 

Thanks Marie :) 

 

Christmas Wishlists by us and our friends!

We've asked a few of our friends to give us their Christmas wish list and to tell us what they are planning to get their loved ones, for those in need of ideas and inspirations ;))

 

Sabrina owner of the amazing teenage bedroom style shop Petit Koenji:“For my Kawai and Brony friends I'm gonna get them some of my vintage 80’s ‘My Little Pony’ from the shop, they will love that! I dream of owning any objects and/or furnitures by the Memphis Milano design group! I can’t wait for the days I can finally own any!'

 

Marawa (better know as Marawa The Amazing)  Hula hoop master, and world record for spinning 162 hula hoops at a time. 'I am dreaming of these shoes by Charlotte Olympia, they are totally amazing! I wouldn’t mind getting this amazing massage chair I have tried at the MOMA store,it's like a computer that can see inside your body giving you a massage. it was TOTALLY UNBELIEVABLE!’

'I am going to give everyone these amazing mesh t-shirts for christmas they are made by this Ethiopian rasta man who makes the patterns by slashing the t-shirts, he also happens to be our neighbour in Gillett Square ;) I am also going to get my mum a personalised ping pong bat by Uber Pong because she has been playing table tennis all year and is starting to get really good! My sister said we should get pictures of our 2 brothers on the bat .. not sure if that is too mean.. probably going to do it anyway..'

 

 

I have been lusting over a few things this year too, I absolutely love this crocodile ring by Zoe&Morgan, you know me I love designs with animals ;) I love this dress by Mary Katranzou for Adidas too Dear Santa :) I am thinking of getting my mum something by the lovely Rob Ryan, I love his work, and maybe a super cute novelty bag by Skinnydip for my sister, she’s gonna like that!

 

Nikita, the lovely fashion blogger behind Meet Me In Paree gives us her wish list too:

'I would love to get this super chic Chanel Credit Card holder, I love Jo Malone's candles too, and this set is just dreamy, and I would LOVE to finally own an Iphone 6 too!! For my sisters I am planning on gifting them some beautiful jumpers by my favourite brand Manoush :) I am taking my boyfriend to Dubai he is going to be so excited! And for my friends I am gonna get them all a lot of make up from Too Faced!!'

 

Margot Wagonner, owner of the beautiful vintage shop Leftovers:

'I have discovered the amazing jewellery maker Fraser Hamilton, and I am dreaming of this ring! I would also love to get one of your Ginger Cat scarves, I have a ginger cat too so it would just be perfect! I love gifting things from my shop to my friends, most of them or vintage lovers! I have this really pretty French breton top that will make a happy friend! I love the rugs by Cold Picnic, I am thinking of getting one for my husband,  fun and sassy!'

 

 

Pin it to Win it!!

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Create a Christmas board on Pinterest, featuring  up to 5  products from our website along with any other Christmas inspired images – best Christmas cocktails, favourite hand made decorations, vintage Christmas cards, best party dresses, cute ginger bread recipe ideas etc.. for a chance to win one of the scarf on your board! Be creative we want to see FUN images!

1. Follow us on Pinterest and create your own board called ‘My Christmas wish list’ 

2. Re-pin the image above to your board as the board cover.

3. Pin up to FIVE Cléo Ferin Mercury pieces from our website on to your board, with fun festive images. Make it a fun board!

4. Email the URL for your board to enquiries@cleoferinmercury.co.uk so we can view it :)

Make sure your board is created before Wednesday 16th  December 2014. We will pick a winner at random on Thursday 17th December. Good Luck!

T&C’s:Only one board per person will be accepted as a competition entry. Entries from the UK and international will be accepted.Our favourite board will be selected on Thursday 17th and announced on this blog. make sure to answer promptly so we can try and get your prize by Christmas. By emailing us your entry you agree to be signed up for our newsletter.


 

Our favourite scarf knots for the festive season!

As you all know scarves can be worn in so many ways, they are amazing! What I love in Winter is a silk scarf can be worn more as a star accessory as opposed to keeping you warm ( They can do too, but let's be frank nothing better than wool when it's really cold!) Below is a small collection of scarf knots ideas, from the famous Fridah Kahlo head scarf style (Tutorial here), to Juliane Moore's very stylish pussy bow with a white scarf on a stylish LBD, to Susie Lau wearing a square scarf as a top below, such a nice way to show off a print. 

My favourite look of all though will have to be this one below, Susie Lau wearing her whole collection of Hermes scarves all tied together into one evening dress, truly amazing!!

Giveaway: Win a Pink Flamingo Themed Goodie Bag!-Competition ended

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*The winner of this competition is @missvickyviola! Congratulations! Please email us your details at enquiries@cleoferinmercury.co.uk so we can post your goodies :)*

The festive season is fast approaching and we want to mark the start with a super cute competition! As you all know this season we've gone crazy for all things Americana: fun motel signs, indulgent diner food, kitsch postcards etc! To celebrate we want to give you the chance to win a pink flamingo themed goodie bag!

One lucky winner will receive:

-One of our Pink Flamingo Detachable Collar 

-One set of 3 Pink Flamingo Christmas Baubbles

-One Pink Flamingo Notebook

Simply follow our @CléoFerinMercury Instagram page, like the competition post, and tag 3 friends as a comment using the hashtag  #PinkFlamingoGiveaway!

Good Luck!

*T&C’s: To enter, follow Cléo Ferin Mercury Instagram page, like the competition post and tag 3 friends with the hashtag #PinkFlamingoGiveaway. Only one entry per person. We will randomly select one winner from entries posted before midnight on 27th November 2015 and the winner will receive our very special Pink Flamingo themed goodie bag! We will notify the winner via Instagram and on this blog by 1pm on 28th November 2015 good luck!

 

 

Our top Halloween costumes, recipes and illustrations

We love Halloween here at the CFM studio :) We love dressing up, and cooking weird little Halloween themed yummy bites is really good fun!

We have collected for you a few of our favourite Halloween costumes, best Halloween fashion, Cute&scary recipes, home decorations and illustrations on Pinterest, Go and check it out!

Here below are the top favourite costumes ideas:

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Our favourite Halloween fashion, Charlotte Olympia's Red Velvet Spiderweb Pumps are every witch's dream shoes, Tatty Devine Ghost Cufflinks are so cute, and of course we had to add our Black cat Scarf :))

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Our favourite scary recipes:

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I love the ghost style ballon, all you need to do is add a day glow stick inside the ballon before blowing it, spiders and their webs are just great too, Happy Halloween!

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Head to our Pinterest board to see more..

 

Three Ways To Wear a Square Scarf This Autumn

Temperatures are falling which means Autumn is finally upon us.
Here are three ways to style your square scarf to keep you warm and looking
chic during the cooler months ahead.

1: Try the bandana knot with a medium scarf, fold it into a triangle, wrap around the neck and knot at the front. 

2: The small sailor knot and cravat knot are two of our favourites! Simply fold the scarf into a triangle, roll the scarf, wrap around the neck and knot at the front. Chic!

3: This knot is very stylish and works great with a simple shirt and a small square scarf, simply fold the scarf into a triangle, roll the scarf, wrap around underneath the collar of your shirt, and tie like a cravat at the front.

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The inspiration for our AW15 Americana collection!

Last week we launched our new Autumn Winter collection, and as some of you might have noticed, it is all about American icons. Inspired by pop culture from across the pond, and featuring iconography from American cinema, road trips, neon signs and souvenir postcards. It’s the American Dream as we imagine it! 

Here are a few images that got us started on the designs!

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Neon signs on diners and motels have always been a favourite of mine, I find them so much fun! If you want to see more of these, head to our neon board on Pinterest.

I also love the Wild West and all its imagery, I am a big fan of cowboys and cowgirls and their fabulous clothing too: Bandanas, paisley prints, embroidered shirts etc.. While I found kitsch paintings of pin-ups truly beautiful! 

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If you would like to see more of these head to our Wild West board on Pinterest.

We hope you enjoy the new line :)) Howdy!

 

Win a Small Cowgirl Silk Scarf

Congratulations to Alexandra Goldstein, you have won a Small Cowgirl Silk Scarf!!!

Win a small Cowgirl silk scarf

To celebrate the launch of our autumn winter 2015 Americana collection, we are giving away a Small Cowgirl silk scarf to one lucky winner.

Below are 6 ways to enter.
The more ways you enter, the more chances you have at winning.

Competition ends on 11th September

Good Luck

xoxo

Instagram Competition: Win a Blue Panda Silk Scarf

Congratulations to Kimberley Grahame, you have won a Blue Panda Silk Scarf!!!

As a thank you to everyone who took part in our competition, here is a 10% off code to use on our website.
Hurry as the code is only valid for 48 hours.

Code: BluePanda10

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To celebrate the new additions to our Animal Long Scarves collection,
we are giving away a Small Blue Panda Silk Scarf to one lucky winner!

To enter: Follow us on Instagram and regram with the hashtag #AnimalScarfGiveaway in the comments.

Click here to see the post in Instagram.

The competition closes on Monday 13th July and the winner will be selected at random.

Good Luck

xoxo