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The Baby List – 0 – 3 months

So here at The Haute List we have been quite busy getting married, moving jobs, house hunting and having a baby! That has left little time for blogging… but as part of the thought process behind The Haute List is our love of lists (travel lists… foodie lists… beauty lists etc.) we thought it would be a good time to revive it for this one.

When I was pregnant this year, I only had a couple of friends who had recently had a baby and could help me prepare for all the many things these little people apparently need. Luckily, they were brilliantly organised people (probably why we’re such good friends!) and had lists and spreadsheets on hand to give me. Similar lists tend to do the rounds between friends and over time I started to build my own from hours of Amazon review-reading and my own trial and error.

I am now in the very exciting position of having many more friends who are due soon, and some have asked me for my recommendations to pass on. I’ve tried to think of everything, but inevitably every parent and kid is different and my style and approach is by no means universal. Aurora is also only 3 months old so I have yet to venture into the wonderful world of weaning (although I fear I am already on the boundaries of teething) so it’s only a list of what I would recommend so far. Hope it helps! (more…)

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Valentine’s Day: 5 Unconventional Ways to Celebrate

What do you associate with Valentine’s Day? Red roses, chocolate assortments and over-priced dinners? Restaurant rooms crammed full of heart-shaped balloons with pink glitter confetti finding its way into the nooks and crannies of your coq au vin? Well this year ditch the expensive set menus and do something different. These are our top five ideas for an utterly unique Valentine’s Day.

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Top 5 Places in London for a Special Lunch

A friend recently asked us where she could take a friend who was getting married as a treat for lunch in London. She wanted somewhere with a great room that wasn’t too tiny and with a lively atmosphere, great food (obviously) and something that felt special, but without a huge bill at the end of it. We gave her these recommendations on the basis that some are new, some are classics, but all come with a great lunch option showcasing the best from the menu at an affordable price. These are our top 5 pics if you are taking someone out for a lunch treat in London: (more…)

Hautelist: Christmas Gifts for Foodies

As we are officially one month away from Christmas, this week we will be making your present buying much easier! We’ve put together some tailored gift lists depending on whether your loved ones are real foodies, globetrotters or would just love something new to wear or use. Everything we have picked is basically what we would like to see for ourselves under the tree (we hope certain people are reading this!!!) so we have really scoured the web for you – if you like our taste in other things, then all you’ll need to do is click and buy and we hope your family and friends will like what you’ve chosen – let us know if they go down well!!

For today’s Christmas Hautelist, we’re focusing on the foodies… especially those who have been to every new restaurant in town and have kitted out their kitchens – there’s always a gadget they won’t have!

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My Haute List: Signe Johansen

If you haven’t heard of Signe you can thank your lucky stars we’re introducing you to her here. Signe is a writer, cook and consultant who grew up in Norway & now lives in London. Having trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine, Signe has worked in some of the UK’s top restaurants. She’s even got two seriously scrumptious books to her name Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking…Scandilicious and  Scandilicious Baking.

We love Signe’s authentic style and the warmth that radiates from her recipes. We dare you not to fall for her dreamy Nordic treats like the cinnamon bun cake or whimsical heart-shaped waffles. Fluffy French patisserie is all well and good but sometimes you need a heartwarming Scandi in your life. Or more specifically your kitchen. (more…)