If you missed my NYC blog post, catch up here. After gallivanting around New York, my family and I headed off to Montana. Bit of a random place to go, but my brother and dad visited this ranch a few years ago and said it was a must. I spent over a week, eating a ridiculous amount of food, being a cowgirl and going practically technology free (never done so many puzzles in my life before). They were right, it was a must.
After trying to stay on my horse, lots of funny memories and also a few scary ones being made. We said goodbye to the new friends we made in search of a grizzly bear and Old Faithful. No luck on the grizzlies, but if you get the chance to go to Yellowstone National Park, you should. It's glorious.
I have so may pictures and so many new memories from this whole trip. I wont bore you with them all, but yeah going away with your family in your 20's ain't so bad. Holiday of a lifetime.
I recently came back from what can only be described as one of the best holidays of my life to date. My family and I went to America for a trip to Newwwww Yoooorrrkkk (obvs, Alicia Keys reference) and Montana, with a few places in between. If you are thinking 'What the firetruck do you do in Montana' let me paint the scene, think horses, gorgeous mountains, bears, cowboys (real ones), minimal people and taverns, not pubs people.
We saved all our pennies for this trip, which we've been planning for some time and I thought I'd start with sharing the NYC section first...
I ate a lot of food, pizza, burgers and more. So much meat in fact, I am currently an honorary vegetarian because a bacon detox minimum was required post-holiday. The sandwiches were from Katz's Deli, which has featured on Man vs Food (need I say more?) and was a truly New York experience.
New York is also famous for brunch and breakfast is kinda a big deal. The french toast was from a really cute and un-assuming breakfast spot in Greenwich Village, Cafe Condesa. Big points if you can comment which film Pershing Square is featured in, another incredible breakfast spot.
We did the usual sightseeing, Empire state, Wall St, 9/11 memorial, Central Park, Macy's etc. Before we arrived we actually booked a private tour with Real New York Tours and did The Half Apple Downtown Tour which I couldn't recommend more. If you are going to NYC, you will not be disappointed by this company. Our tour guide was a charming New Yorker called David, who knew everything and was a lot of fun to hang out with.
Evening-wise, one of the best nights we had was at the Stand Up NY Comedy Club. Ok, not kidding, full on tears-rolling hilarious-ness. We got tickets cheaper from one of the ticket sellers in Times Square and it was brilliant. It's quite intimate, so they really use the audience and we're aged 20-mid 40's (can't remember how old my rents are...) and all 5 of us were in hysterics.
Foam finger, an essential. This is me at the Yankees match, which was so much fun and another experience I would totally recommend. You actually do order hawt dawgs and beers from a guy who passes them down the stand. Amazing.
We also did some shopping, duhhh. Here's proof of my damage done in Sephora and the pouty pic is a Mac Cremestick liner I bought in Beurre so I can pretend to be Kylie Jenner.
All the excitement meant many tea breaks were needed, especially if alcohol wasn't on hand. How cute is this tea in the cafe attached to Urban Outfitters? Hope you liked my travels, if you have travel posts, please link as I am already dreaming of another escape!
Hello A/W, hello new coats (let's not lie to ourselves, we know we will buy more than one). The duster jacket is big for A/W and I think it will stick around with some amazing brights showing up at New Look, incredible patterns at River Island and classic cuts over at Missguided. Not a fan? Let's just admire the bomber jacket for some time. So in love with this Missguided one right now, proceeds to checkout...
After a long sun filled frolicking Summer, I always have loads of new photos, little tickets and travel souvenirs. I have one of these frames and they are beautiful. They open up, so you can slide more than one photo, ticket, pressed flower etc inside and are tres retro chic.
Getting one new item of makeup not only pleases me (yay, new makeup), but is an easy way to change or update your entire routine. I freaking love the Mac Cremestick Liner in Beurre if you have been falling in love with Kylie Jenner's recent make up looks, you need this. It's always sold out, but give the department stores a whirl (you can check the colour, no filter on my instagram here)
Just like the item of make up, a small accessory can really cheer up your wardrobe. Add a floppy hat, fedora or slogan beanie for an on-trend update. Especially good if you are suppose to be curbing your spending habits because what's one hat between friends? No judging here.
As we wave goodbye to Summer, lets brighten up. Places like Dunelm Mill, TK Maxx & this gorgeous little site, Peony have really affordable artificial flowers, these ones are a cute and bright alternative to the picture and super cheap. If you have a bit more cash, take a look at the Pink selection at Peony here.
Hope you like my suggestions and are feeling inspired for the seasonal change. I'm kinda looking forward to boots and scarves, are you?
H&M Silver necklace, Accessorize necklace, Black Onyx necklace from Brick Lane in London
All Accessorize, accept the spiky one which is Miss Selfridge
I've been getting into accessories a bit lately and thought I'd share some of my go-to pieces right now. I've found Accessorize, Topshop & H&M to be really good for jewelry. Also, if any of you can help, I'm in major need of a necklace wrap/travel storage thing for jewelry so comment below if you know of any.
I'm back! Life just got a bit busy ya know? Here's what I have been up to and some things I have planned for my little spot on the big ole internet.
- My laptop got stolen. Someone broke into my flat and robbed my beautiful Macbook Air i'd saved for and some birthday money. Not cool.
Food Festival - Egg shaped toilet pods at Sketch London - Menu & cuppa - View in US on the way from San Francisco to LA - Hard Rock in Tenerife - With the Pixar lamp & Ball - Duck & Waffle
- I went to San Francisco & LA with work. Cool levels balanced back out. I got to visit Pixar, Lucas Film/ILM (made Star Wars, E.T, Men in Black, the list goes on) and Atomic Fiction who made Looper and work on Transformers. I also ate a lot of bacon. Winning.
- I moved flats. I now have a much nicer and much bigger flat with the 'rents (cheap rent, thanks rents) in London.
Hair done - Pimms - Pixar - View of London at Duck & Waffle - Villa in Tenerife
- Been busy doing fun London stuff. I went to some food festivals, drank Pimms and cocktails with my friends, ate at Duck & Waffle, ate at Sketch Afternoon Tea (highly recommend) and all the usual shopping, eating, got my hair done (although going blonder again soon) and other relaxing type things.
Obsessed with lace bras (Urban Outfitters) - Trying some Bobbi Brown bits - Ah-mazing candle from TKmaxx, pure heaven - Skincare moved into my new flat - Topshop Bikini - Holiday pose ASOS top - Holiday pose 2, Topshop shorts, Zara Top.
- Finally, I just got back from a week in Tenerife with all my friends which was too much fun.
Due to all my gallivanting I have loads of clothes, skin care, make up, home ware (so many candles and cushions) and such, so lots of blog posts will follow if anyone is still out there?
Quote along Clueless at Prince Charles Cinema - London Marathon - Cocktails at Wahaca - Shopping in topshop (wearing Zara)
Since moving to London, I've been trying to make the most of all the cool places available on my doorstep and so far I have been having a wonderful time falling in love with this city. Some highlights you ask?
Liberty. I love this store. I walk past it every day and it's just as beautiful outside as it is in.
Definitely treat yourself to brunch at Balthazar, it is expensive but so worth it.
The food at Bob Bob Ricard wasn't that amazing and v.expensive, but it's a good experience and I loved the champagne button.
I went to see Clueless (As if!) at the Prince Charles Cinema. Hold up! A quote along screening people. It was brilliant. They also have a sing along screening of the Spice Girls movie coming up that has my name all over it. When two become one....
The London Marathon was so inspiring and also so emotional. I saw a very old man running it (amazing) who had suffered from a stroke in the past and was raising money for stroke victims (even more amazing) and I just wanted to be his best friend. Everyone who ran - bravo.
Cocktails with my mum and dad and lots of Mexican food. It was my birthday last week, so some of this was bday related including a mid week visit to Wahaca courtesy of my rents.
Shopping! Enough said.
Finally, I went to see Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly theatre and it was so amazing. By far the best musical I have seen and I just wanted to stay and watch it over and over again. A real must see.
Hope you are all having good weeks, any plans for Easter?
If you haven't popped into & Other Stories then you really should make a trip. It's a shop for the cool cats, full of high-end inspired fashion cuts and a great vibe. For the beauty buffs, there are testers galore and cute sinks where you can wash off all the lipstick swatches (why isn't this everywhere?).
On my latest trip I picked up two eye shadows and a lipstick to test out the beauty range available. First off, I love the packaging. The lipstick especially feels pretty lux, but it's the font and style are right up my street. I plumped for 'Birrus Rust' a gorgeous coppery red shadow, 'Shetland Brown' a dark bronzy brown shadow and 'Sempiternum Brick' a peachy coral lipstick. All totally beautiful, with 'Birrus Rust' being my fav.
Onto the details. The shadows are £7.00 each and lipsticks £12.00 each, so not exactly cheap. I probably wouldn't recommend the lipsticks over other alternatives at that price and the shadows, whilst being gorgeous don't have the best lasting power. I can't deny my love for 'Birrus Rust' tho, so if you want to cast your own verdict I would recommend this particular shade.
Have you been to & Other Stories? What were your thoughts?