Viva Las Vegas

31/08/2014

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Oh my, where do I even begin? I had a feeling I'd like Vegas, after all I love anywhere with the wow factor, and having seen countless images of the city I could see it was a pretty special place. But nothing in the photographs or films I'd seen ever summed up the sheer epic-ness of it. One minute you're walking down a life-sized mock up of a New York City street and the next you're stood next to a larger than life stiletto made of crystals, I said 'wow' a lot! It's a place of self-indulgence, a Disneyland for adults and there is literally something for everyone. Zombie burlesque anyone?!

To top off the excitement I spent my 40th birthday in Vegas. Yeeeeeah baby! Something I will never ever forget.

The Vegas heat was like nothing I'd ever experienced and I've no idea how I even managed to take any photos without my camera slipping out of my hands, or melting! I don't even recall the Sahara Desert being as hot and I sometimes found breathing a challenge. All I can say is thank goodness for air conditioning!

In terms of recommendations, everything I did was amazing and I'm pretty sure I only saw about 5% of the city. You really can't go wrong in Vegas, you just drift and adventure awaits you.

More Vegas to follow soon..

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If You're Going to San Francisco

29/08/2014

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'Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair'

San Francisco exceeded all my expectations and there were moments when I imagined what it would be like to live there. I decided I would have an apartment in Haight and work for Pinterest, I would spend my summer holidays in Palm Springs and my Christmases in Vegas. Yep, I had it all planned.

I found the city relaxed and informal, a bit like Brighton without the kiss me quick hats. It was very bohemian, and the 60s music and fashion addict in me enjoyed hearing about the 1967 Summer of Love. I had Scott McKenzie on repeat in my head.

I tried to be as present as possible, to capture every moment for my memory rather than through my lens. We often sat and observed, taking in the colours, atmosphere and people. Not to mention sampling the food, which was pretty damn good!

I can thoroughly recommend San Francisco as a holiday destination, the trams and vibrant street life made exploring the city an absolute joy. I'll most definitely be returning.. with some flowers in my hair.

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Moments of note..

Taking a boat to the chilling island of Alcatraz and following in the footsteps of Clint Eastwood!

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on an open top bus - it had to be done.

Burger, fries and a chocolate milkshake at Burger BarMacy's, with a view of Union Square.

Seeing the famous painted ladies at Alamo Square Park, t'was like being on TV!

Drifting around the extremely photogenic Haight-Ashbury and North Beach.

Visiting the exquisite Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Pancakes at an American diner overlooking San Francisco bay. Tres romantic!

The adorable seals on Pier 39, I could have watched them all day long.

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Further info: we stayed at the Stanford Court Hotel and I would definitely stay there again.

Collecting Joyful Moments

22/08/2014

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'We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us 
that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.'  Bill Watterson

As much as I love to look forward to weekends and holidays, I like to cherish the little moments in life too. There is no reason why everyday - even rainy Mondays - shouldn't be as special as the weekend, and by giving each day a little care and attention everyday can be joyful.

Simple treats and small pleasures make for a beautiful life, and nothing is sweeter than catching up with friends or going on an impromptu date with my man. Anyway, I thought I'd share a few happy moments from my week, I hope your week was full of cheer!

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A Sunday morning lie in with warm croissants, tea and Vogue magazine.

Receiving my Kate Bush tickets and making plans for when my Mum and I see her next month.

A Monday cinema date with my man, we saw the 1964 Beatles film 'A Hard Day's Night' and shared a box of Maltesers.

Crisp weekday mornings and Coco Mademoiselle.

Having the new Interpol album on pre-order.

Meeting an old school friend after a 22 year hiatus, we're already planning our next date.

A pretty card from my Mum waiting for me when I returned home from work. 

Treating myself to a warm chocolate orange Ben's cookie on Carnaby Street, and treating my man to a vintage Star Wars poster.

3 lunch dates, with 3 different friends on 3 consecutive days. Blissful!

Sitting at my Mac with a large mug of tea as I write this post.

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All my photographs were taken in June when I returned to Sussex for a friend's wedding. Can you imagine my excitement when I discovered a 'Candy Pop turquoise' beach hut? I pushed a note under the door to enquire about subletting. I haven't heard back.

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