Thursday, 16 November 2017

Los Angeles, I’m yours

I didn’t know what to expect from LA.
Venice Beach at night

My husband, who lived in California for around a year at university, has never been it’s biggest fan. Other friends have absolutely raved about it.


Santa Barbara Sunshine

We got to Santa Barbara on our second wedding anniversary (I can’t believe it’s been two years since this moment!) Our plan had been to find somewhere nice for dinner. It didn’t quite work out like that, because we spent too long in Monterey Bay and ended up arriving at our little hotel pretty late. We’d also been listening to the CaseFiles podcast, which I can’t recommend more – unless you’re driving down a one-track road in the dark in a country you don’t know. By the time we got there I was tired, hungry and thoroughly freaked out! The only answer?

Denny’s. Obviously. 

This was my first experience at Denny’s and I am 100% converted. I love Denny’s. I can’t wait for them to come to the UK!


Friday, 10 November 2017

London antidote

I’m running away from London this weekend.

The whole family, husband and baby nephew included, are piling into cars this evening and heading to Kent. We’ve booked the most beautiful cottage in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a country pub and a little shop for company. I’ve got no plans, but a pile of books, a tin of gorgeously decadent hot chocolate and a couple of Lush bath bombs. We’re going to stamp through chilly countryside all day and then retire for cosy dinners and cold glasses of wine in the evening.

I cannot wait.

See you next week!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Health kick

I’m on a health kick this week. 

The last three weekends have all involved nights out that end in Uber journeys home well past 4am, aching feet, and Sundays spent on the sofa curled up under my throw eating takeaways. I’m not going to deny it’s been fun, but with the festive season approaching, I want to take a little bit of time out to regroup before I start my yearly Oliver Reid impression so that I can actually continue to fit into my skinny jeans. 

So if you're anything like me, perhaps the below tips might help you out... 


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Monterey Bay Magic

I left you in San Francisco, where we picked up our car to start our winding drive down the 1. We’d ordered some bog standard car, but somehow ended up driving out in a convertible Camaro. 

Don’t you just hate it when that happens?


Monday, 6 November 2017

Little luxuries this week

Wanderlust Dream candle from Crabtree & Evelyn – deliberately designed for the bedroom, this smells to me like an upmarket hotel. It’s smoky but somehow floral at the same time – perfect for the winter months, and a balm to soothe my missing-California soul.

candles cosy hygge home decor


Monday, 23 October 2017

If you’re going to San Francisco…

….you might never want to leave.

Honestly? I didn’t know how much I’d like San Francisco. I’d read so many blog posts recently about how many people didn’t love the city (The Londoner, Hannah Gale, to name a few ). But oh my god, I completely fell in love with it.

SF was our first stop on our road trip of California. We flew there directly, which took 11 hours from Heathrow. It was a Virgin Atlantic flight, which I find really hit and miss – this was delayed 4 hours because the flight after ours had broken down, so they decided to combine the two…okay?!

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