Good morning, my dears! How was your weekend? Are you still working, or are you home with family? This weekend was very full for us – we picked up our Christmas tree, lighted our house, put up more art, installed some coat hooks (finally!), and picked up a few more gifts. I feel (almost) ready for some of my family to arrive from California!
As I was taking a break from the holiday preparations over the weekend, I came upon the new issue of Mowie Kay Magazine and I am so glad I did. It is the Christmas issue, with stories on holiday celebrations all around the world, from London and Paris to Amsterdam and Australia. It is packed full of gorgeous images and scrumptious recipes. And what is really striking to me is that the entire (free, digital) magazine was photographed and styled by Mowie Kay himself. Amazing!
Mowie is a London-based food photographer – you can see his portfolio here, and blog here – and it is obvious that his heart is in his work. I’ve chosen some of my favorite snippets from the issue to share in this post, but there is so much more to see (and drool over), so you will have to go check it out yourself!
That shot of Paris taken from behind the gargoyle’s shoulder takes my breath away. I admit reading Mowie Kay makes me feel more than a little jealous for those who live in Europe, but it also brings to mind my honeymoon and the few days of it we spent in Paris, which warms my heart. : ) Maybe someday we will go back and stroll the streets of Paris at Christmastime!
So, instead of feeling down that I can’t fly off to Europe for the holidays, I’ve decided to take inspiration from these gorgeous holiday markets and celebrations, considering what I can translate in my own way and bring home to share with my family. Perhaps I can try roasting chestnuts or making homemade hot cocoa, and I can certainly warm a pot of mulled wine! What about you? What traditions do you have that make your holidays feel special? I would love to hear.
Have a lovely Monday, my friends! xoxo Laura
(all images: Mowie Kay Magazine)