Thursday, 22 December 2016

Internet Scrapbook: the Christmas Edition!

With Christmas being so close you can almost taste the egg nog, so to up my Yuletide game here at Ellie & Co, I've put together a special Christmas edition internet scrapbook – let's call it my little holiday gift for you. Enjoy!


1. Carrie Fisher, in Finse, Norway during the filming of Star Wars, 1979.



Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas in an East London Time Capsule


We stood nervously outside the imposing black front door at 18 Folgate Street in East London, tip toeing inside when it opened slowly... The smell of Christmas past,

Sunday, 18 December 2016

25 Sweet Reasons to be Naughty this Christmas



It goes without saying that Christmas really is not the time to be on a diet. That can start in January, so until then, see if you can

Friday, 16 December 2016

The Brighton Hotel I Could Live In


I often get asked by readers planning a trip to Brighton to recommend a charming and inexpensive hotel, so in absence of an Ellie & Co Hotel Guide (which my lovely readers I can

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Abandoned Building Art Installation


I'm intrigued by abandoned buildings so when I came across this, I did an animated double take. It looks like one of those cool Palm Springs Modernist homes in photos like these, left

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Tuesday Giveaway!


As 2017 creeps a little closer, the beautiful vintage stationary brand based in San Francisco, Cavallini & Co, is giving Ellie & Co readers the chance to win one of its 2017 desk

Timeless Christmas Cards


Do you send out Christmas cards? Just when I was about to tell everyone I wasn't going to send them this year, I bumped into these. Aren't they beautiful? They're from my new

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Ellie & Co., Inc 2016 Christmas Stocking Fillers List



I've been making my list and checking it twice, and here are a few curious gems I think we deserve to ask Santa for this Christmas... OK let's do this!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A Compendium of London's Most Curious Places

eltham palace peter dazeley

If you own one photography book on London's most curious places and spaces, it should be this one (maybe this one, too). I've been following Londoner Peter Dazeley's work over

Friday, 2 December 2016

Meet the Ice Skating Cocktail Waiters


This has been making me laugh! While I do love an excuse to nip to a festive pub for a mulled wine or four over the holiday season, how good would it be if we didn't have to tussle for space at the crowded bar... but could click our fingers and out pirouettes our very own waiter on skates, coat tails flapping, with your next round of drinks - all without spilling a drop! Now that, my eggnog-loving friends, would be a Christmas drinks party to look forward to!


If you went on holiday to the Grand Hotel les Bains in St Moritz, Switzerland, in the 1920s and 30s, this is the service you’d expect. This winter playground of the rich and famous, was famous for the serving of drinks on its ice terrace by skating waiters, made famous by head waiter Renee Breguet, pictured above.


Obviously these kind of skills took some time to perfect, and watching the dramatic stacks were half the fun. Luckily, the press, including LIFE magazine’s Alfred Eisenstaedt was on hand to capture the scene of the resort’s golden age… 




I wonder how many bones were broken and delicious cocktails lost in the quest to perfect the art of the skating waiter? The mind boggles...



Obviously, while the waiters perfected their turns and toe loops, the rich and famous hung out at the ice bar...





Make mine a triple Baileys with a twizzle!

Via the Life Archives and Mashable
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A Backstage Tour of Hidden London


Photographers have the best job. They get to discover all those amazing hidden places some of us can only dream of seeing inside, let alone know about – just because it's