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5 things to do this week

From getting your first taste of Christmas to baking a sweet batch of baklava...

by Bernadette Fallon


John Lewis Christmas Shop opens its doors. No, it’s not too early – start planning now and spread the cost over the next few months. Remember, you vowed never to do the ‘Christmas Eve dash’ again…


And if you need more inspiration, have a look at our gift guides for foodiesluxe lovers, gadget freaks and men here. 



Last chance to drink a designer cocktail at One Aldwych tonight. Devised with Tanqueray Gin to celebrate Fashion Weeks from Milan to London, as the lights go down on the final catwalk in Paris tonight sample tipples inspired by Calvin Klein, Alice Temperley, Moschino, and Chanel.


We particularly like ‘Milan’, pictured left.



Fuelled by your shopping trip, you’ll no doubt be looking for more festive entertainment. Now’s the time to book a jaunt to a Christmas market – in the UK or abroad.


Or maybe a show? Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, starring Aled Jones, runs at London’s Dominion Theatre from 8 November 2014 to 3 January 2015; tickets £37.50 - £67.50, booking now at 0845 200 7982, visit for more information.




Time for a little weekend baking. With the final of 'The Great British Bake Off' looming, the whole country will be in a baking frenzy this Saturday; try your hand at some of last week’s recipes, including berry upside down cake and baklava. And watch out for recipes for the grand final here on the site early next week.



After all that shopping, cocktail drinking and baking, you’ll need a little rest. Make a cup of tea, run and bath and retreat with a good book. We’re reading One Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond this week – you might want to try that? Coming up next week is 'Saving Grace' by Jane Green. Sign up for our book club to get lots of inspiring ideas for your winter reading.


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Alice  Jones

Alice Jones

Alice Jones is intern on All About You; she has an obsession for all things fashion and beauty related.

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Carla  Griscti

Carla Griscti

Editorial assistant on allaboutyou; Music lover, travel bee and food fanatic.

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Emma Marsden

Emma Marsden

Food consultant of All About You, loves creating something out of nothing and decluttering.

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Nola  Ojomu

Nola Ojomu

Freelance contributor to All About You. Mission - to have the perfect eyebrows

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Harriet  Edgar

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All About You intern; likes fashion, jogging, blogging and EastEnders

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Bernadette Fallon

Editor of All About You; an online journalist with a fetish for glossy magazines.

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Adrienne  Wyper

Adrienne Wyper

Deputy editor of All About You. I love cycling, cooking and creating

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Carol  Muskoron

Carol Muskoron

Associate editor of All About You, loves life (mostly) and one-pan recipes (always).

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Rachael  Ashley

Rachael Ashley

SHE's deputy editor and single mum of two embodies the SHE motto 'Busy and loving it!'

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Kate Gilbert

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Lifestyle Co-ordinator Good Housekeeping; believes in style,substance and big girl shoes.

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Marie  Campbell

Marie Campbell

Marie Campbell is assistant to the editor at SHE and also writes for the lifestyle pages.

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Natalie  Glock

Natalie Glock

Editorial assistant on All About You; a Parisian in training and amateur baker.

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Ruth  Chandler

Ruth Chandler

Assistant features editor on Country Living, Ruth lives on a smallholding in rural Essex.

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Julia  Goodwin

Julia Goodwin

Editor of House Beautiful since 2006, Julia has been a journalist for over 30 years.

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