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The wonderful documentary Fabergé: A Life of its Own hits the cinemas for a general release around the world tonight.

If you have the slightest interest in the Fabergé brand, its renowned eggs or if you are keen to learn more about its rich history then you will certainly enjoy this film. I had the pleasure of previewing Patrick Mark’s documentary and from start to finish, I was enraptured by the Fabergé tale.

You can find out where Fabergé: A Life of its Own is being screened here. And if you are heading to Masterpiece before it ends on July 1st 2015, you may also want to visit the Fabergé Salon for a real life look at some of the world’s most exquisite gems.

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1. Celebrate Chinese New Year at Yauatcha in Soho and whilst you’re there, have a look at the specially designed windows by Harvey Nichols. Every guest will also receive a special treat after their meal. You can find out more here.

Yauatcha2. Or celebrate the works of one of the greatest actors alive as part of the BFI’s Al Pacino season. The trouble however is which film to watch first. Take a look at the programme here.

3. Another cause for celebration is the end of Dry January! Celebrate by heading to your favourite bar and raising a glass to the rest of the year. If you’re looking for some direction in this department, here is a link to my cocktail posts.

4. Take a look at this Oscars nominations list and choose a film to watch this weekend. I am so behind on my cinema going, partially because of baby boy but also because I’m working through all eight seasons of Dexter right now. I’m on season seven!

5. And finally, head to the West End or around Trafalgar Square for the Chinese New Year celebrations on Sunday. It promises to be quite a spectacle!

1. Duke of York Square’s Farmers Market starts back on Saturday 11th January 2014 after the festive break. You can find everything from cupcakes to all types of food from around the world. There is so much choice, it’s easy to wander around at a loss as to what to buy. That’s usually what happens to me anyway. Here’s a list of what you can pick up.

2. The Live Music season at The Roof Gardens returns on 10th January 2014 for a few months. The award-winning showcase of some of music’s newest as well as established talent will take place in The Roof Gardens Live Lounge where there is a separate bar and performance space to the rest of the club. It’s a great night! Here is a list of which artists will be performing.

3. London Ice Sculpting Festival kicks off on Friday 10th January and runs until 12th January 2014 in Canary Wharf. So if you’re feeling slightly uncomfortable with this warmer than usual winter, you can catch your chill whilst admiring beautiful sculptures at this event. Find out more here.

4. The London Short Film Festival runs from 10th until 19th January 2014. You can find film screenings taking place around London including BAFTA, BFI Southbank and more locally, Ciné Lumière in South Kensington. I love watching short films because when they work, they have as much impact as watching a feature. Here is the LSFF11 programme.

5. The London International Mime Festival starts on Saturday 11th January and runs until Sunday 26th January 2014. Now in its 38th year, this year’s festival will feature the best artists in contemporary visual theatre from around the world. I studied theatre for a few years and am a sucker for physical theatre. This year’s programme looks very exciting, if this is your thing too. Find out more here.

It’s not really the weather that has made me realise winter is encroaching but the darker mornings and the longer nights. And I have to admit, the next few months are amongst my favourite times of the year. Why? Because I love lights. I love long nights in a bar (though that’s not going to happen so often right now) and I love pubs with an open fire.

So as the countdown to winter begins, would you like to know what’s happening this month that you shouldn’t be missing?

1. It’s all kicking off at Boujis with BACK2BOUJIS launching on 1st October and Viva Las Vegas on 4th October. You can expect laser shows, intergalactic dancers and percussion that will blow your mind with an acclaimed array of intergalactic DJs at Back2Boujis and as for Viva Las Vegas …

Boujis - Viva Las Vegas2. It’s that time of the year again! The Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink opens on 31st October. I’m so excited even though I’m so shaky on skates. I just don’t care because when The Natural History Museum lights up, it is one of the prettiest sights in London. You can book your tickets here.

Ice Rink3. Designer Sales UK is returning to the Chelsea Old Town Hall on 24th October. This sale will be full to the brim of pieces for Autumn/ Winter, so think cosy knits and fluffy scarves as well as party dresses with big discounts on designer labels. You can find out more here.

4. The BFI London Film Festival kicks off on 9th October and runs until 20th October. There are film screenings but also events such as talks and masterclasses. If you want to see what’s on or to book your tickets, have a look at BFI’s website.

5. And of course, it’s London Cocktail Week from 7th until 13th October. If you want to join in the cocktail fun, don’t forget to get your wristband which you will need to be wearing to be part of the cocktail tours. Here’s the website to register for one. Enjoy!

Hello September, my favourite month! It’s good to see you finally. You are my birthday month, my anniversary month and I just love watching the seasons change. And as much as I love summer, when it comes to London fashion I can’t help but love autumn fashion too.

So what do you have in store for us this year?

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1. So this is one for Formula One fans, movie fans and anyone who is excited about the Niki Lauda biopic, RUSH, due out this month. There will be a screening and live Q&A with the film’s screenwriter, Peter Morgan, on 5th September at 6.15pm. You can book your tickets here.

2. Sadly Vogue Fashion Night Out won’t be happening in London this year but Somerset House will be hosting Vodafone’s London Fashion Weekend from 19th until 22nd September 2013. To find out more about the events and how to purchase tickets, click here.

3. Admittedly, I’ve never been to a singles night before so I can’t say what to expect from Lust & Love London’s next event at Beaufort House on 5th September. But it does sound like it could be fun. Find out more here.

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4. The Scotch Egg challenge is back and it’s another excuse for local Chelsea folks to head back over the water to The Ship Wandsworth on 17th September, if you’re not heading over before. There will also be a Scotch Egg auction from the likes of Whyte and Brown; Fino; The British Larder; Duck & Waffle; The Modern Pantry; Cinnamon Club and last year’s Challenge winner the Bladebone Inn, with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger. Find out more about the auction and live event here.

5. London Cru, which is London’s first winery and is located in Earls Court, is about to start making wine from its first delivery of grapes. The public will be able to tour the venue which will also be open for events, wine-making experiences and courses from November. And I can’t wait to taste the wine!

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