Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A Catch Up

May has been a full on whirlwind full of work events, holidays, 3 concerts and even a wedding, so I thought I'd show you a few snapshots to bring you up to speed.
Firstly I embraced my 16year old self and headed over to the O2 to see SClub7 in concert - they were great and we had such a fun night dancing along to all the old hits. 

I've become a bigger fan of Bills in recent weeks - I've discovered a local one in an outdoor courtyard where sitting with a Pimms watching the world go bye is quite the treat.  They also serve my new favourite thing; crispy crumbed halloumi... yes please!

Really enjoying the new David Nicholls book 'Us', a journey through Europe with a rather unhappy couple, it's an easy read - perfect for your holiday.
Ive just finished reading 'The truth about the Harry Quebert Affair' which I thought was great - twists and turns all over the place, and a love story as well, definitely worth adding to your Kindle wish list.  Speaking of which, I'm debating heading over to the dark side and buying one - anyone got any thoughts or tips? I think they're just so useful for travelling when you only have a hand luggage bag to fit in all your shoes.....

I managed to squeeze in a catch up with my god daughter, who looks like butter wouldn't melt here, but don't be fooled.... we managed to stave off a few tantrums with a playground visit, I love seeing her but there's nothing like the relief of waving goodbye!


Saturday, 13 June 2015

A weekend on a boat, in Sardinia

A few weeks ago I managed to sneak off to Sardinia for a long weekend.  My friends with the boat have taken their boat all over the place and the beginning of May found them in Cagliari.
Aside from the fact it took me as long to get to Stanstead from my house as it does to get from London to Italy, my journey was a smooth one and I arrived to 30 degree sunshine and beautiful views.

My friend who's living on the boat was without her hubby for 2 weeks so I swooped in to fill the gap and spent some girl time in the sun.
The views from the boat were gorgeous and we spent one evening just playing Uno, drinking prosecco, eating cheese and watching the sun set.  But when we did venture into the town I managed to practice some more of my rusty Italian skills and did lots of pizza ordering.
We found an amazing cemetery which had family crypts and single plots - it was kind of spooky but really pretty at the same time.  

We visited the botanical gardens, which were gorgeous and provided some much needed shade for my super pale skin!  We found some catacombs to explore, which were kind of spooky and then i banged my head on the ceiling so I escaped back to the sunshine.

Have you been to Cagliari? What did you think?

Monday, 8 June 2015

The dream that is Venice

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” 
― Truman Capote

Some months ago I had the good idea to book a trip to Venice to practice my newly learnt  Italian skills. Fast forward to May and I thanked my lucky stars. Venice is beautiful.  Exactly as you've seen in the pictures, even through buckets of rain.. Beautiful.
I am not going to spoil this post with my harping on, but will leave you with some gorgeous pictures of this gorgeous city.  

If I haven't convinced you to stop ASOS shopping for 2 months and get a trip booked then this post has failed! Have you been? Let me know if you have

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A weekend in the West (of London)

“There's very little in my world that a foot massage and a thin-crust, everything-on-it pizza won't set right.” 
― G.A. McKevett

I took a little Bank Holiday jaunt over to Notting Hill with a friend and decided to stop by Mulberry Street Pizza which had been on my list of places to visit for a while now.

It took a little while to find (seeing as my map reading skills do not improve with age) but it was worth it.

We had a wander round Portobello, did some serious window shopping, bought some cupcakes from Hummingbird and had a jolly old time in the sunshine.  If it wasn't for the crowds of tourists it would have been glorious - walking at a snail's pace drives me crackers.

Monday I took a trip to Richmond to meet a friend for lunch, at the Urban Diner which was delicious.  The decor is really cute and the waitresses were so friendly!  We had hotdogs, mac and cheese, milkshakes and sweet potato fries - Bank Holiday heaven.  The sun was doing it's best to peep out and we had a lovely stroll down by the river too.

 The houses are so beautiful, I'd love to live in Richmond - so instagram worthy!

Hope you had a good weekend :)


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Sky Garden - London

“The proper way to understand any social system was to view it from above.” 
― Eleanor CattonThe Luminaries

I took a trip, up 35 flight to the newest destination bar set high above the City.
Situated across from the Shard at the other end of London Bridge sits the SkyGarden - a cross between an urban jungle and a snazzy cocktail bar.  It's a 3 storey atrium encompassing two restaurants as well as the garden bar.  The wave of vertigo took my by surprise as I gazed across the City, but I got used to it quite quickly!
We visited on a Saturday eve, in time for sundown and made the most of the gorgeous looking cocktail list (we went for Mademoiselle Collins and Jar of Passion) to go with our gossiping session.

Oddly the outdoor terrace wasn't open post 6pm (so probably not a great place for smokers to visit) but apparently they're hoping to extend the hours that you are able to take in the alfresco view.

As during the daylight hours you have to book a slot for entry, it felt very exclusive as it wasn't too busy.  There was a nice vibe, but it wasn't rammed which meant I didn't have to queue too long to get my hands on those pretty drinks!
As the sun set the fairy lights came on, and to my surprise a live band started playing in the midst of the greenery. It was such a lovely atmosphere;  we took some more pics, had a good laugh and catch up before moseying on home.


Friday, 17 April 2015

Afternoon Tea at the Conrad St James Hotel.

Thanks to Emerald Street's 241 afternoon tea voucher on Saturday I got to experience the Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea at the Conrad St James hotel next door to St James' Park.  We were seated in the Emmeline Lounge just off the lobby with a harpist playing songs (including 'She's Like the Wind' which I loved!).

I went for a traditional Breakfast tea in a heavy sliver pot, which I emptied (twice).

 The highlight was the tray of pastries and treats carefully explained by our waiter Ian.  I particularly enjoyed the chess board chocolate cake and the Eat Me cracker was delish too!

As we had our valuable voucher, the whole thing came to £39 including service, which I thought was great. The service was excellent (right until the very end when our waiter seemed a little... stressed), the dining area was beautiful - even the toilets were lovely!

Definitely worth checking out Emeral Street for their discount treats!