So, basically, this has been one CRAZY holiday season filled with Paris, London, books and fur-babies – amongst many other things!!! The craziness kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark, right at the start of November. I was there to launch the Danish edition of Model Under Cover book 1, A Crime of Fashion (Model Under Cover: En Modekrimi, in case you’re wondering about the Danish title!). I had a blast and met a ton of lovely readers.

 

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I had a fab time with readers at Rygaards International School in Hellerup, Copenhagen! Thank you for having me!

 

I had a fab time with MUC readers at Rygaards International School! Thanks all you lovely readers!!!

Selfie time!!!

 

Doing an event at the Copenhagen Book Fair with my friend, the actress Ellen Hillinsø. I had such a fab time!

Doing an event at the Copenhagen Book Fair with my friend, the actress Ellen Hillinsø. I had such a fab time!

 

Signing books at the Egeskov Christmas Fair.

Signing books at the Egeskov Christmas Fair.

 

Also, BIG NEWS: I have found the best cupcakes in Denmark! They are at Serenity Cupcakes – the absolute cutest and tiniest cupcake shop in the North! Anyone who loves cupcakes will LOVE these! I have a soft spot for the chocolate Oreo ones…

 

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Need I say more?

 

Then I was off to gorgeous Paris for a couple of events to help launch the French edition of MUC book 1. As you know, I love Paris, so I said oui oui to my French publisher as soon as they asked me if I wanted to join them at the Paris book fair for kids. You never have to ask me twice to go to Paris – especially now that I can combine a visit there with Model Under Cover! Seriously, does life get better than that? Non!

 

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I LOVE the cover of the French edition of MUC book 1!

 

At the Salon du Livre et Presse de la Jeunesse - in other words, I'm at the Paris book fair for kids!

At the Salon du Livre et Presse de la Jeunesse.

 

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Filming a video for my French publisher – IN FRENCH!!! ARGH!!!

 

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Signing at WHSmith, the Paris branch…I spent hours hanging out in this book store when I lived I Paris.

 

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Paris is just so gorgeous no matter what. Like even the sunsets there are super fab! I took this in the Tuileries Park.

 

While in Paris I was also lucky enough to catch an exhibition by one of my favourite French 18th century portraitists, Élisabth Louise Vigée Le Brun. Most famous for her portraits of Queen Marie-Antoinette of France and her children, Vigée Le Brun brought a light, natural touch to her portraits (okay…as light as it can get when the sitter is wearing a ton of bling). I love this portrait of the two teen sisters below (daughters of Tzar Paul I of Russia). I think they were like twelve and thirteen when this portrait was painted. And talk about layering – pearls, silk, tulle, diamonds, flowers, corsets, brocade, fringe, braiding, rouge…and we’re only seeing the top half of their #ootd!

 

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Bring on the bling: Teen fashion – 18th century royal style…

And I also stopped by my favourite art supply shop: Sennelier in Paris. I mention this address in the back of MUC book 1 just because I love it so much!

 

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I’m not sure what I’m saying here, but something fascinating, obviously….

 

I also hammy hair done (HAD to!) by master colourist (and lovely friend of over twenty years), Christophe Robin. Christophe is the real-life inspiration for Victor, the hair colourist in MUC book 1.

 

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Getting my hair done by my friend Christophe Robin!

 

After Paris, Big Ben called. Okay, so I didn’t really get a call from anyone at Westminster, but you know what I mean!

I LOVE London – especially at Christmas-time! I met with my agent, and had a meeting with my publisher, Usborne, about MUC book 4. And in case you’re wondering, yeah, MUC 4 is going well, yes, I love it and, yup, you’ll be able to read it as you’re relaxing in the beach this summer!!!

 

 

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Meeting with my publisher at this totally cute tea salon!

 

Hanging out at my agent's.

Hanging out at my agent’s.

 

While in London I also squeezed some Christmas shopping (seriously, how could I not?)…including stopping by one of my fave doggie stores, Mungo & Maud. I found the perfect gifts for my dogs there – and yeah, all four of them get something, of course!

 

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Christmas shopping for my fur-babies!

 

I also couldn’t resist stopping by the fabulous Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair. Every year they ask a different fashion designer to decorate the big Christmas tree in their lobby, and this year it was Burberry who did it…the result was totally surprising and absolutely stunning!

 

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Umbrellas! Like who would have thought you could make a tree from umbrellas? Burberry, the iconic English fashion house, that’s who.

 

Yup...I had to go by the Ladurée at Piccadilly. Just had to....

Yup…I had to go by the Ladurée at Piccadilly. Just had to….

 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, in between these trips I got things ready for Christmas on the home front . I love to decorate my Christmas trees and my favourite time to do it is in the evening when the twinkling lights are on and my dogs are all around me. I lay my decorations out on a large table and start hanging – after I’ve made sure that I’ve turned my Christmas songs on! I have the cheesiest ones – old and new – playing on a constant loop over the holidays. It might drive you nuts if you’re not me!

 

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I even like to have cupcakes on my Christmas tree!

 

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Yes, I have a serious ornament addiction. I can admit it!

 

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I even have fur-babies on my trees!

 

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Someone liked that green octopus from London, after all!

 

I want to wish you all a super fabulous 2016! May your new year be filled with a lot of love, good health, and general fabulousness in all you do! Oh, yeah, and lots of great books, too. And fur-babies. Everyone needs a fur-baby!

Lots of love!

Carina x

 

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Working on this!!! I can’t wait until you can read it!

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