Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ten places you just have to get to

I often sit at my desk daydreaming of where I'd next like to go on holiday.  After much consideration, these are my Top 10 have-to-visit destinations. (Please note this changes daily so don't hold me to it!!)

1) Mexico
Either the celeb filled Cabo, haven for stars such as Jennifer Anniston or the party town of Cancun. These blue seas, white sands locations look like heaven and I'm so looking forward to the day my feet finally touch that sand.
2) Miami
A party location if ever there was one. I want to look at the palm trees and wear neon sipping a cocktail.
Miami skyline
3) Chicago
Home of the deep dish pizza, this beautiful city was the backdrop to a great book I just read City of Dark Hearts.  I'd love to explore more of the US than just Vegas!
4) Venice
Surely one of the prettiest, most photogenic towns in Italy, the canals and gondolas are so iconic to me and it's my must see place in Europe.
Chicago deep dish pizza
5) Mykonos
This Greek island has been on my wish list for a while now, it looks so beautiful.
6) Hawaii
Ever since I read The Girl in Times Square I've wanted to visit Hawaii (plus I could swing by Vegas on the way home).  I can never quite decide which island - any thoughts?
Mykonos waters

Hawaii nature
7) The Taj Mahal 
This building is so beautiful, I know it's a popular pilgrimage destination and that the crowds might put me off, but it remains a dream to visit.
8) Iceland
All the Instragram pics of people in hot springs in freezing weather look so amazing and I want to experience this for myself.  Plus the Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon, is something I'd really love to see for myself. Although if I drove out of the city in -20 degree weather and then didn't see them I'd be furious!
Taj Mahal

Iceland hot springs
9) Cuba
This communist country is falling apart by all accounts, and I keep being told 'if you're going, then go soon'.  But the 50s charm of the place really appeals, plus Havana is a location in one of my favourite musicals 'Guys and Dolls' and I want to see it for myself.
10) Dubai
I know that Dubai is a bit hit and miss for people, as it's very strict customs together with it's new build nature can be off putting. But for a luxury treat I think I'd love it.

Dubai aerial view

Where is top of your list?


Thursday, 17 July 2014

A Year at Home

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
Maya Angelou

Buying a flat is stressful. No doubt about it.  After 4 months of stress I finally had the keys and moved in to an empty flat.
I have now lived in my lovely little home for a year.  It's gone really quickly and I love having my own place.  I'm amassing a collection of gorgeous, quirky, beautiful and wonderful items for my first little home and thought I'd share some more of them with you.  My first post 'at home' is here if you fancy a nosey.
My new lounge clock 
My fave new photo -found on a market stall

Chocolate themed coasters
My self assembled Ikea bookcase with decorative items

Birdcage from Kare in Vienna - a gem of a find
Bedroom wall stencil - one of my first buys
I'm still going as I've lots still to do.  I don't have a coffee or end table in the lounge or any storage in my bathroom yet and I need a full length mirror for my room.   But i'm much further than when I moved in that's for sure.  Here is my 'Moving in' video from 2013.. what an empty flat it was.


What's your favourite home buy?


Monday, 14 July 2014

I can't believe Cheryl Cole got married

 “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I am almost in a state of shock today as Lorraine told me this morning (obviously via the TV) that Cheryl had tied the knot after only 3 or 4 months of dating her playboy French beau.
I think of Cheryl as being a savvy, independent woman, after the horrific time she had with Ashley Cole you'd think perhaps she would have exercised more caution jumping in a second time.

People tell me 'when you know, you know' so perhaps she just felt that it was the perfect thing to do (and I really hope it is) but I can't help wondering whether you really can possibly know someone well enough to marry them after such a short time of getting to know each other.

I often think that perhaps celebrities jump into relationships quicker than us normal folk because they are craving a stability that is perhaps harder to find when your career can be so up and down. There are hundreds of young pop stars and film stars who get married very young and I'm often shocked by the speed of their courtship.

Avril Lavigne married (and divorced) early
Rochelle and Marvin seem to be very happy together

Peaches married very young
Look at the size of that rock
Cheryl's first wedding ended in disaster
 I wish her lots of luck (and to think she released a single with GA entitled 'I can't speak French')

What do you think?


Sunday, 13 July 2014

4 ways the Kardashians make me feel Inadequate

“When anybody honks at me in traffic, I blush, wave, and shout, “Thanks for being a fan.” Being a celebrity is a 24/7 thing.”
― Jarod Kintz, $3.33

Nobody can deny the impact the Kardashian family have had on pop culture since Kim burst onto the scene as Paris Hilton's BFF back in the day.
Now the whole family are in the limelight, including sock designing bro Rob whether he likes it or not, and it seems their whole purpose in life is to make me feel bad about myself.
1) Their beauty -Let's start with the obvious - the Kardashain girls are beautiful.  I think we can probably all agree that Kim and Kendall are perhaps the most genetically blessed, but I mean, i know they work out while I like to lay on my sofa eating pizza, but really? Hourglass is not the word and dont get me started on Kendall's model physique. We'll leave Rob out of this particular bullet point... Although I did have a little chuckle at this pic from Paris fashion week where Kim looks positively minature   
2) The lifestyle these girls lead is amazing. Houses all over the country and World actually, weekly facials, massages, hot celeb boyfriends, lunch at Mr Chow, you name it - they do it from behind their designer sunglasses and they don't mind showing off about it on Instagram either.  (#yesimjealous)  Anyone else taken a #HeliSelfie recently?
3) Their Have it All Attitude - Kim now has a one year old (if anyone's actually missed that news I'd be gobsmacked) and a successful career, and Kourtney has made her kids part of her brand.  Is there nothing they can't do? Fashion, Perfume, Make up collections, Modelling.  Never mind the lifeblood of the 'Kardashian Klan' - their reality show.  Which I don't mind admitting I watched a re run of the other night which let us in to the fact that Kim didn't want Baby North to actually have a surname -a la Madonna - I ask you! 
The fairytale wedding of Kim and Kanye (or Kimye if you'd rather) sent the tabloids and blogs into overdrive. I actually thought she looked pretty good - perhaps Kanye is a classy influence (he strikes me as an ego maniac but there you go)  So she has a business, a family and loads of money - sounds pretty good to me - although I'll take bets on how long this husband lasts... 

4) If the parties and the outfits weren't enough then perhaps it's the international travel that get's your goat. Not content with a luke warm week in Tenerife this family hire villas, yachts, hotel suites all over the place - ALL THE TIME. Watching the episodes of KUWTK set in Mykonos (amusingly pronounced Mike-a-nose by the fam) made my wanderlust bug postively boil over.  It looked so beautiful and yet all they did was argue and sleep - I do know that it's not exactly reality, but still.. they should be making the most of every second.

Of course there are aspects of their life I'm uber jel of, but I like to think that perhaps they're jealous of my ability to go to tesco in my PJs on a Sunday and not get papped... Well a girl can dream.

Do you love or hate them?


Thursday, 10 July 2014


 “The worst memories stick with us, while the nice ones always seem to slip through our fingers.”
― Rachel Vincent, My Soul to Save

I saw a picture on Rosie Londoner's instagram the other day that got me thinking...

If I only had 1 memory to keep? Out of the thousands and thousands I've got stored in my ginormous head? I honestly don't know where I'd start - what would you want to keep?


Monday, 7 July 2014

Eating and Walking

The first wealth is health.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I've had a bit of a busy weekend (for a change), today I walked 14 miles in training for my marathon walk. It was really hard going and by mile 4 I was already flagging.  However, we persevered and managed to make it to the finish line (with the help of some jelly babies).
We walked from Grove Park, through Eltham, Woolwich, under the Thames, which was cool but I was too exhausted to take a picture, and then finally through to Docklands and home.  Luckily the weather was better than last week when we got soaked, but I was exhausted and did lots and lots of stretching before I went to bed so I didn't waddle around like last Monday with sore bum muscles.

With all this walking, I've decided to start trying some new foods.  I'm a really picky eater so this week I took the challenge of granola!  I got some yogurt and a fruity granola and have been forcing myself to eat it all week.  It's no longer absolutely disgusting, more un-enjoyable so I feel like I've made progress already.  Next challenge is going to be muesli - but that might be another week away....
Healthy breakfast

Darcey chilling
I spent the weekend with my sister and family. It was lovely to hang out together and I especially like playing with Darcey the cat (she's very elegant don't you know!) as I no longer have my own pet... . 
We had lunch at Cote, birthday cake, a BBQ, salted caramel cupcakes, pimms and Bucks Fizz - what's not to like?


Friday, 4 July 2014

I Love Lindsay

I want to be remembered for the work that I've done, rather than the car accidents that I've gotten into, the men that I've not dated - or the man that I have.
Lindsay Lohan

I have to admit it. I've loved Lindsay Lohan since.. well possibly forever. Definitely since Mean Girls and that album she brought out.  She's my hair inspiration for sure;  as a fellow red head I think; if Lindsay can go there, so can I!

I know she can be a bit of a hot mess, but I've always been Team Lindsay. To the point that I've just paid £40 of your actual British pounds for a ticket to see her in the West End, in Speed the Plow in September.  I have a feeling that somehow, it might not happen quite as planned, but I have my fingers crossed for a full run.

Here are some of my favourite Lindsay looks

She's had such a turbulent time, of course all splashed across the tabloids.  I really hope she can pull it together as I think she's a great actress.  Either way I'm really looking forward to seeing her and am hoping for the best.  Only time will tell I suppose!
Do you think she's fetch? Or has her tabloid lifestyle put you off?