Tuesday, 17 December 2013

And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy, throw your arms around the world at Christmas time

I'm a sucker for a good Christmas jumper. So when I spotted this one in a vintage shop right here in DC (despite it being a children's jumper and requiring me to cut the sleeves in order for it to fit) it was clear it was coming home with me. It has real bells so it jingles as you move, joy! And just as well because shortly after I was contacted about a little Christmas collaboration between Westfield shopping centres and children's charity Save the Children...

Post a selfie in your Christmas jumper and Westfield will donate £10 to Save the Children. Love. There are an estimated 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK and worldwide more than 8 million children died last year, most from preventable diseases*. And through their work in 2012 Save the Children were able to help 10 million children. So if a few pics of me goofing around my Christmas jumper can help, i'm in. x

* facts via Save the Children

Monday, 9 December 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

... or should that be "the holidays". Meh, it's all "Happy Holidays" over here. It's Merry Christmas people! 

Back home in the UK I don't think I get into the Christmas spirit until maybe two weeks before the big day. But here in the US i've been in full Christmas swing since the end of November.  As soon as Halloween is over everything Halloween gets swapped straight out for Christmas so it's ready for Thanksgiving, which feels like a test run for the big day.  Decorations are up, Christmas music is blaring out from every available speaker and the Christmas films on tv kick off. But the one thing that really makes it feel like Christmas? Snow. And today it arrived, woop woop! It just ain't a proper Christmas without snow. And when you don't need to leave the house and can appreciate it from your balcony, even better. Happy Holidays Merry Christmas. x

I have been without decent gloves for ages, until I remembered that I had an old pair of my grandmother's. 
She actually wore this pair to my mum and dad's wedding back in 1978!

Our neighbours, who have a HUGE balcony, have covered it in mini Christmas trees. Love. 

The breakdown
Coat: vintage
Dress: vintage (the Bot HATES this dress - reckons I look like a nurse in it.  And not in the sexy hot way, ha ha!)
Boots: Dune
Glove: vintage

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The cheerleaders and the jocks

OMG, OMG, OMG!!! At the grand old age of 31 I finally got to go to a high school football game.  And it is EXACTLY like the movies; the jocks, the cheerleaders, the kids that just come along so they can smoke under the bleechers. Ah it was so cool! 

We were up in New Jersey for Thanksgiving with our friends and their cousin was playing so we all bundled up and freezed our asses off to watch the last game of the season.  It was totally worth it. I was so tempted to stand up on the bleechers and start belting out summer lovin'. Instead we stuck to reciting the cheerleaders chants, "Six more! Six more! Come on GL let's up that score!".

The marching band from the rival team 

#52 Jeff McMahone - top bloke

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Nevada & Arizona vacation part 3: THE MUSTANG

There really is no better way to drive across the Hoover Dam, through Arizona and around the Grand Canyon than in a red Mustang convertible. Especailly when you have Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, blasting out. It really was one of those trips that i'll always remember. And to ensure old age doesn't wipe the memory completely I decided to make a little video of our road trip. Which almost didn't make it thanks to the 'washing machine phone gate' incidence.  But luckily after 10 days in rice my iPhone came back to life. Phew.

Monday, 18 November 2013

What a difference a year makes

Yesterday the Bot and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. Wahoo! It's been one hell of year that I still can't quite believe that it's only been a year.  We bought our first home (what is with all that paperwork and don't even get me started on the solicitors, argh!), decorated said home, and then left everything behind and moved to the USA. I've had the absolute best year with my best friend and I can't wait to see what this next year brings.  
Hopefully less moving and more chilling.  Tootles. x

A few snaps of our wedding if you fancy a gander...

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Nevada & Arizona vacation part 2: THE HOOVER DAM & SEDONA

Six days in Vegas will warp your mind.  You'll forget what daylight looks like and the ringing of the fruit machines will start to haunt you. But the perfect escape is just on your doorstep...

We went all out and hired a red Ford Mustang convertible. It was totally rad. This also marked the start of baseball cap season. Unless you wrap your entire head in a scarf, the cap is essential. But so clich├ęd, argh! 

45 minutes outside of Vegas we hit the Hoover Dam. Not literally you understand. That would have awkward. It is huge. And an incredible piece of engineering. We took the power plant tour which takes you inside the Dam where the guide reels off a whole host of interesting facts regarding it's construction.  Most of which i've of course forgotten.  But they were  impressive at the time.

And then it was off to Sedona, Arizona, our home for two days.  I wish we could have stayed here for a week and really taken advantage of the striking scenery  We managed to grab glimpses of Sedona but as it's a four hour drive from the Dam, and 2 1/2 hours from the Canyon (our final destination) we often saw it in complete darkness. The upside?  The stars. Wow.

We saw three tarantulas during our stay. THREE! I was not amused. Both nights we ate at a fantastic restaurant, Elote.  Their signature dish - fire roasted corn with spicy mayo, lime and cojita cheese - is heavenly. You should also indulge in a prickly pear margarita, unique to Sedona and made from a local cactus.

Happy Thursday x


I think this might be one of my favourite photos ever.  I just love the vibrant colours of the garage, the car, the Bot's stance.  Must get in printed and up on a wall somewhere. This petrol station also freaked us out a lot. There were alien pictures everywhere and the vibe inside was just dang creepy!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

So why don't we go, somewhere only we know

The Christmas tv adverts have become a modern tradition, marking the start of the festive season. And no-one does 'em better than the UK, and specifically John Lewis who produced a cracker this year ('scuse the pun); heart-warming, emotive and beautiful. I've no doubt all the UK readers have seen this countless times already.  This post is to show my America friends how it's done. I'm yet to see a Christmas advert come anywhere near to matching this. x

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Nevada & Arizona vacation part 1: VIVA LAS VEGAS!

Vegas.  You crazy son of a bitch you.  What a place. Anything goes in Vegas.  Especially peoples' inhibitions.  We were here for six nights, about four nights too many. The Bot was working at a conference which kinda restricted us on the partying side.  But this isn't really a couples retreat. It's the place you come with a group of friends and blow every last cent.  And Vegas will happily take it! The highlights:
- the Bellagio fountains. Stunning.
- Cirque du Soleil performance.  In awe.
- breakfast buffet.  I still feel full a week later.
- people watching.  Anything and anyone goes in Vegas.
- Halloween Parade, Fremont street.

For the first five days we hung out on the main strip where our hotel, the Mirage, was located.  It was great to see all the famous hotels but it felt kinda soulless. And fake - Paris, Venice, New York. On our last evening I dragged the Bot to Fremont street in downtown Vegas.  And finally found what i'd been searching for.  Downtown is where Vegas originally started. And it has all the old school charm you expect. The casinos are slightly more dingy and it works so much better than the shiny new ones. And the parade, only in it's fourth year, was the perfect setting for our first American Halloween (despite my lame attempt at an outfit) and ended in a buzzing street party.

Vegas, next time i'll be seeing you just for the weekend.  Oh yeah, and when i've made my millions.

Rolling with the big dawgs on the 25 cent machines :-)
The Bellagio

Seigfried & Roy's secret garden at the Mirage
Faux Venice...including fake sky.  

Fremont street Halloween parade
The Volcano at the Mirage

View from our room - totes amaze