Thursday, 26 September 2013

Birthday fun times

New York birthdays are definitely the best birthdays 
(and they make turning 31 oh so much sweeter)

New York is just one of those places that puts a big fat smile right across my face.  As this wondrous city appeared on the skyline from the front seat of the Megabus I was like a kid at Christmas (yes, in case you hadn't heard, I took to the Megabus from DC to NYC - blew my mind).  After dragging my over-stuffed suitcase 24 blocks to Times Square my enthusiasm was still at 95% - i'd just met Minnie Mouse et al.

[Occasionally I decide to leave my DSLR at home.  It's heavy, hurts my neck and sometimes it's nice to just enjoy your surroundings.  But this was New York.  I've been here twice before (lucky me) so there wasn't that pressure to take photos of EVERYTHING, but still, I like to snap a few for the old memory bank.  All these pics were taken using an iPhone 4. TOP TIP: When taking a pic on the iPhone don't zoom in. Snap, and then crop later.  That way you keep the higher resolution = better pic.]

We hit some Irish bars, oggled the bright lights in Times Square, saw Jersey Boys on Broadway (so cool being so close to the actual Jersey and real American accents!), got very drunk somewhere in Tribeca, had brunch in our favourite cafe, Habana, walked the highline, had an amazing birthday dinner with friends at the Spotted Pig in Greenwich village, walked the Brooklyn Bridge, ate some amazing Dosas here.  And then I left my wallet in a cab on the way to Penn station to grab our train home.  Arghhhhhhhhhh.

C'est la vie.  It was still the RADEST of RAD weekend.

(oh yes, if you wondering how the skirt I made suddenly became a dress, I decided to whip up a matching top :-)
Who you gonna call?

Thursday, 19 September 2013

It's a luau! A rock-a-hula luau!

Sooo it's been a while but after a looooooong break i'm back in the sewing game. After frantically whipping up some last minute bunting for our wedding last year I put my sewing machine to rest (aside for a cute little dress I made for a very special baby). Pretty much as soon as we got to DC I ordered my new American machine. But what to sew? Hmm always a dilemma. I procrastinate and therefore don't sew. But when I stumbled upon this beaut of a tutorial by Tily from The Great British Sewing Bee I got my mojo back. And this Hawaiian print fabric was ideal, despite the Bot seriously questioning my choice at Jo-Ann's fabric store. Still, tops off to him for making it through a trip to the fabric store. Brave man.

I'm off to New York City today and i'm TOO excited.  The Bot is already there on business so i'm catching the Megabus up there for my birthday weekend.  That's, right, you heard me, THE MEGABUS!!! Ha, I couldn't believe it when I saw it here.  I can honestly say that I NEVER thought i'd be catching the Megabus to New York.  Up t'North, yes.  New York City?  Never.  

Have a good one. x

The breakdown
Vest: old H&M
Skirt: handmade
Shoes: Kate Kanzier
Bag: vintage
Necklace: Urban Outfitters

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Goodness gracious GREAT FALLS of fire!

We decided to take it easy this weekend after the whirlwind trip back home.  And on Sunday we headed 25 minutes out of DC along the Potomac river to Great Falls where the river speeds up and has a series of rapids (thanks Catty for the tip!).  I'd been meaning to visit the falls for a while but the 30C + heat seriously put me off.  Now the temps have cooled to a modest 25C it seemed like the perfect opportunity. My anticipated leisurely stroll turned into more of a rocky hike and I quickly regretted wearing my Primark ballet pumps.  Still, not one give in we continued on and boy was it worth it. The trail took us along the banks of the river and up to highest outlook points and then we headed back through the woods where the floor was covered in a blanket of green and we were treated to the some deers and almost trod on fuzzy little caterpillar.  

It's been almost two months since we moved out here and it's finally starting to feel like home. Despite it technically being "fall" since we're past Labor Day i'm desperate for the autumn to come; layers, boots, autumn colours...and my first American Halloween!!!

Peace out x

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


Soooooo the reason for my little absence? We took a week off AND...

...hit Busch Gardens theme park and rode the rollercoasters and log flumes like we were VIPs (it was Labor day, the last bank holiday of the summer, meaning it was super quiet and we could literally finish a ride, run round to the front of the queue and ride it again.  Wahooooooooooooooooooo!)

...we stopped over in Virginia beach. I felt incredibly virtuous doing pilates on our balcony as the sun came up and as we strolled along the beach before breakfast we were treated to the site of wild dolphins frolicking in the sea. You can't make this sh*t up. What a treat!

...and then we flew back to the UK for our friends' wedding. A perfect London wedding in a beautiful pub.  Nice one guys :-)

...and managed to squeeze in some fun times with friends and family

What a whirlwind week.  I need another holiday after all that excitement!  And as I sat on my balcony last night I felt so lucky to be able to explore this incredible country with my husband, safe in the comfort that just a few hours away my wonderful friends and family will be there whenever I return. 

Big love x