It’s been a while…

So, it’s been a while since I blogged last. Naughty blogger.

It has been a mixture of work and life getting in the way, but now I’m back!

Hopefully you have been keeping up with me some how, some way – maybe Twitter, Facebook or even my Express and Echo column?

Here’s a quick roundup of what I’ve been up to over the last couple of weeks…

I was so proud to join the wonderful team from The Exeter Dental Centre at the Express and Echo Exeter Business Awards on Friday to see them win the Best City Centre Business Award 2014…

BkZf-JCIIAEkEsQ A great opportunity for us to get that all-important ‘group’ selfie!

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Any excuse to dress up 🙂

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A trip to Bath to meet the Greeks…1009850_10151961844297623_463712450_n 1743639_10151961667822623_1219639349_n

 

Talking about the important things (cake!) in my Express and Echo column…

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A birthday in our household… as my youngest turns 5!1184822_10151957723372623_416479255_n

My #nomakeupselfie (remember it’s for charity!)…

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Another milestone, the first visit by the tooth fairy…

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Phew, it’s been a busy time.

L xx

 

 

 

The Christmas countdown has begun…with adverts

It is official, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, Lidl and an array of other festive tv adverts have found their way onto my radar – kicking off Christmas 2013!

This is the one we’ve all been waiting for…

 

However, not to be outdone, this magical advert from M&S is something rather spectacular…

 

I defy, even the grumpiest Grinch, not to raise a smile at these heartwarming offerings!

L xx

Right now I’m just loving…

…the Ready To Wear Spring/Summer 2014 collection by Georgia Hardinge.

I’m not normally one to do ‘fashion posts’ but I really wanted to share this with you. Earlier this year you may have seen Georgia’s collaboration with the River Island Design Forum.

Now, I know it feels like we are only just dipping our toe into the Autumn/Winter 2013 collections with the unusually mild weather recently, but the fashion world has already moved on!

Here are a few pieces I’m just dying to get my hands on…

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You can see the full collection online at Vogue.

I hope you like!

L xx

 

 

New York, New York (so good they named it twice!)

We were very lucky to be invited to the wedding of a wonderful friend at the beginning of June…in Connecticut, near New York.

Not wanting to miss out on catching up with dear friends, we jumped at the opportunity and decided to add in a couple of days in the city too!

Having been to NYC before, we decided that we would take in the city sights at a slightly slower pace this time.

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After a fabulous flight with Virgin Atlantic (I can’t recommend them enough, great in-flight entertainment and service!), we arrived in NYC on Thursday evening and made our way to our accommodation – staying with another friend who deserted us for the bright light of the USA five years ago.

The joys of jet lag meant we were up bright and early on Friday morning, giving us plenty of time to wander 5th Avenue and Times Square, before meeting friends for the train ride up to Connecticut.

We picked the train for ease, but also because we thought it would be great fun to take a train out of the infamous Grand Central Station…wow, it doesn’t disappoint!

We arrived at a very wet Wassaic, Connceticut, just after 4pm and were met by the father of a good friend from back home in Devon (it’s a small world!) who drove us to nearby Lakeville where we were staying at the Wake Robin Inn.

I can see now why they call it New England, it was green and had the same rolling countryside of the UK. It was great to take in some of the local sights and see the archetypal, American homes with sprawling lawns and swinging chairs on the large porches.

Now, Lakeville is named because it sits next to a (very) large lake, Lake Wononscopomuc, but known, much more simply by locals, as ‘Lakeville Lake’. Before the wedding on Saturday, we were able to wander into the centre of Lakeville and see the lake and few other sights, including a large public baseball field, which my DH couldn’t help but have a go on!

We were also treated to one of the best burgers I’ve ever had at a restaurant called the Black Rabbit, complete with brioche bun and sweet potato fries…delicious.

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We walked off lunch, and headed to get changed for the ‘big event’ itself, the wedding. Thrillingly (for us Brits!), we were picked up at the hotel by two American school buses to be taken to the ceremony.

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Following an emotional service, we all headed back on the buses to a boathouse on the edge of a beautiful lake for the reception…simply breathtaking scenery and champagne, what more can a girl ask for?!

After some fantastic speeches, not least from the groom himself, who left not a dry eye in the house, we danced the night away – New York style, they know how to party!

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One bleary-eyed brunch later and we were saying our goodbyes as we headed back into the city and back to Grand Central Station. Luckily the weather was kind to us, and the sun came out for an amazing walk along the High Line, an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

We spent the last couple of days exploring the city and visiting the poignant 9/11 Memorial.

An incredible few days in a glorious city, so good they named it twice!

L xx

Better late than never

I’m back. Sorry for the blog silence, June has run away with me and before I’ve even had chance to blink we are heading, quickly, into July!

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The last few weeks have been very busy, but, also VERY fun! I won’t spoil the fun, as I will blog about my travels and adventures shortly. However, I will share with you a little purchase I made on one of my trips, which I’m hoping will make blogging even easier…

Ta da…

Panasonic Lumix TZ40

It’s the Panasonic Lumix Super Zoom Camera TZ40 – Featuring 20x super zoom, Wi-Fi® and GPS in an ultra compact body – as recommended by my best friend, after seeing it in action while on holiday with her and her beautiful family.

In one word = AMAZING!

I haven’t fully worked out all the extras yet, but I’m getting to grips with it and love having a ‘pocket’ (well, actually handbag!) camera to pull out and capture that all-important shot.

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According to the ‘blurb’ the camera is “the best choice for every traveller, its compact design and trendsetting technical equipment make this camera a reliable companion on your journeys to discover the world’s most beautiful places.”

“The combination of the powerful 20x optical zoom and the 24mm ultra-wide-angle LEICA lens take you from the big picture to the heart of the action. Preserve the impressions of your exotic travels and enjoy sharing them with family and friends,” so, this is what I intend to do!

L xx

25 Questions Tag: Facts about me!

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What is your middle name?: Clair
What was favourite subject at school?: English or Drama
What is your favourite drink?: A cup of Earl Grey tea
What is your favourite song at the moment?: I’m loving Passenger’s Let Her Go at the moment
What is your favourite food?: Mmmm, I’d probably pick anything Italian…
What is the last thing you bought?: French vocabulary books
Favourite book of all time?: I’d probably have to say Pride and Prejudice, I just love Jane Austen
Favourite Colour?: Blue
Do you have any pets?: Yes, a dog called Molly and two cats, Poppy and Buzz
Favourite Perfume?: Miss Dior
Favourite Holiday?: Anywhere warm, I like beach holidays and summer city breaks
Are you married?: Yes, this year we celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary this month!
Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: Yes, too many to count
Do you speak any other language?: Spanish and hopefully French soon!
How many siblings do you have?: One sister, Hollie
What is your favourite shop?: There is a lovely antiques shop in Honiton, called Fountain Antiques, which I love browsing in
Favourite restaurant?: Locally it’s The Holt in Honiton…delicious!
When was the last time you cried?: I cry watching TV a lot, but the last time I properly wept was watching Comic Relief…I have to turn it off after 5 minutes 😦
Favourite Blog?: I’d have to say The Londoner
Favourite Movie?: Shawshank Redemption, The Colour Purple, As Good As It Gets, Dirty Dancing…the list is endless!
Favourite TV show?: I love Mad Men, and we’ve just started House of Cards which is brilliant. But, you can’t beat a good ol’ episode of Friends
PC or Mac?: Mac
What phone do you have?: iPhone 4S
How tall are you?: 5ft 6
Can you cook?: Yes. When I first met my husband I wasn’t great, but now I do all the cooking. I’d still love to learn a bit more from someone professional