Exploring Vegas and the weirdest dining experience ever…

Dress: Asos Sunglasses: Michael Kors Tabitha 

I’ve been to Vegas three times now and each time I’ve fallen deeper in love with this colourful world hidden in the desert. I just love all that it has to offer. I’m not a gambler or even remotely seedy, which is the reputation that precedes Vegas. I love having fun, seeing different things, eating delicious food, shopping and seeing shows. Vegas has all of this in abundance.

I think that it’s that ease of convenience that helps me adore the place so much. Everywhere is open late, you can walk along the strip (I’m a big fan of walking!). Basically the place is your oyster. You can go out pretty much anytime and always find something to do. 

Anyway, on our first full day in Vegas, we took Phil’s Dad Steve (or P Diddy as I like to call him), for a tour of the strip, weaving in and out of various hotels that are devoured in detail. We also went to the Fashion Show Mall which is one of my favourite places to shop in Vegas (they have a Topshop!). 

It was great to feel the warmth on my skin, which is something I’m really missing now that autumn has set in. We took in the sights of the strip before heading Downtown.

I really like going Downtown because I find it a little bit raw. It’s not quite as glitzy and it just oozes retro charm. It’s more humble and less crowded and I just love the neon.

There’s a fair bit to do Downtown too, including zip lining, which I really wanted to do, however, I was inappropriately dressed for it! Next time though…

We ate dinner Downtown at the Heart Attack Grill, which I can only describe as the weirdest place I have ever eaten. I still can’t quite work out whether or not I enjoyed myself.

The hospital theme is really immersive, so we all sat there wearing hospital gowns awaiting our giant burgers and full calorie drinks (the waitress was unimpressed when I ordered a Diet Coke and announced that they don’t do diet there). 

They also have a policy where if you don’t finish your meal you get spanked. Hard. I couldn’t finish my burger and spent at least fifteen minutes freaking out about the spanking, coming up with irrational solutions such as hiding it in Phil’s rucksack or sneaking to the bin myself before realising that as it turns out, spanking isn’t compulsory. Who knew?

We then chilled out for a bit before heading back to New York, New York where we found a bar that had games (Beer Haus) so we spent the rest of the evening drinking and playing games such as Jenga.

Have you eaten at the Heart Attack Grill?

L x

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Disneyland Day Two…

Our second day at Disney was just as exciting as our first although for the most part we based ourselves in the main park. There are so many iconic attractions in the main park and we wasted no time in showing them off to Phil’s Dad.

We took him on all the classics from Pirates, Haunted Mansion and Small World. He loved it!

For lunch we had turkey legs and watermelon. I really love the turkey legs at Disney, they are just so flavourful!

Playsuit: Topshop two years ago (!). I always feel like I wear this playsuit on holiday. Its just so comfy with a really pretty rose print. Sunglasses: Vans  Sandals: Tesco

We also made sure that we squeezed in a parade and two evening shows, World of Colour and the Fireworks.

The parades are so magical, you can’t help but be enveloped in a warm hug of happiness watching them. When I visited Disneyworld as a child, I used to think that the characters I was seeing were the real McCoy. I’d go around collecting autographs and spending my days in awe of their celebrity status. As an adult, I’m quite aware that they are cast members and I certainly don’t go around collecting autographs, but I still appreciate the effort that goes in to portraying the character as well as the level of detail that creates the Disney parks and just makes them so, so special. We were sat next to a guy who works at Disney but was on his day off. He told us lots of interesting facts about the parks and some changes coming up. Disneyland is only going to get better!

We did a spot of shopping before leaving Disney and I picked up a hand drawn sketch of Hay Hay from Moana. It’s so cool that a Disney artist drew it. I’m not sure where in the house it will live exactly, but it’s definitely finding a wall somewhere.

Because our hotel was so close (and Phil had manflu) we went back to our rooms for an hour or so before heading back over for the night shows.

World of colour is such a gorgeous display on the lake over in California Adventure. It’s such a treat featuring so many iconic characters.

We then finished our time at Disney by watching the fireworks over the castle in the main park. The fireworks at Disney are the best I’ve ever seen. They just know what they are doing! We loved it.

Have you seen the Disney parades/shows?

L x

9 things to do in Munich…


We were lucky enough to escape for a cheeky weekend away in Munich this summer. I hadn’t been before and was pleasantly surprised – it’s a gorgeous city packed with things to do. Here are nine things that you can pack into your trip to Munich.

1. Shopping. Now I’m quite aware that this may seem like a bland thing to do whilst in such a beautiful city, but Germany have amazing treats hidden in their supermarkets from tasty chocolate to strong beers, it’s all there and worth a nose at.

2. Hire a bike. Literally everyone cycles in Munich and with their well planned cycle lanes and just general awareness for cyclists, it’s a great way to get around whilst exploring.

3. Check out the architecture. Munich is home to some of the most gorgeous buildings riddled with history. You only have to walk around to become enveloped in their beauty.

4. Hang out by the river. On a sunny day, an evening by the river is where it’s at. Bring your swimmers if you fancy and soak up the bohemian atmosphere.

5. Check out the local markets. There are a few markets on all over the city on weekends. We visited the market on Mariah Platz that runs every Saturday. You can find local produce from little gifts, fresh fruits and plants. We loved having a little nose around!

6. Eat, eat and eat some more. There are so, so many restaurants dotted around the city covering every type of cuisine. We found lots of independent restaurants that served delicious food from Italy to Mexico!

7. Visit the zoo. Munich is home to a lovely zoo that is actually quite large. It’s really family friendly and they are working on a lot of conservation projects too. 

8. Go to the English Garden. The English Garden is a wonderful park in the heart of Munich. Filled with dog walkers, joggers and surfers, it’s a great way to spend a few hours. We loved watching the surfers at the park (something I never expected to see!).

9. Take a day trip to Neustwanstein Castle. You can easily catch the train from Munich Central and head on over to the iconic castle that’s been used in many films. Sadly we didn’t squeeze it in this time, but I’m all over it the next time we visit!

Have you visited Munich?

L x 

12 Things you must do in Venice…


As we flew above the sea, descending into a new world, I couldn’t tear myself away from the plastic oval window that I was sat beside. I looked down at the tiny islands surrounded by water and tried to distinguish which one was which. Was I looking at the famous glass island or the one with the coloured houses?  I had heard many great tales of this little spot in Italy. Stories of magnificent beauty, magic and untold amounts of gondolas guided by men singing ‘just one Cornetto’. I couldn’t wait to explore.

You see, Venice had been on the ‘list’ for a while and as a huge fan of everything Italian, I knew I needed to go. That’s why I was super thrilled when our lovely friends Kim and Simon (or Kimon as I like to call them), suggested a trip, I had my passport in my hand before you could say ‘gelato’. 

We had chosen to travel in the summer, which was something that I had been warned against. Told that it was smelly and crowded. I had heard about such an odour from so many people that I genuinely wasn’t sure whether or not I needed to pack a peg for my nose. I was absolutely delighted when upon our arrival I discovered that it really isn’t that smelly and no more crowded than London, so I tossed my carefree nose in the air and began to enjoy the beauty that is Venice. 

The sun was shining and the water glistened as it danced underneath, surrounding us on our little island. There were no roads, no traffic lights, just bridge upon bridge over little canals weaving through the land. Boats were an accessory to the water, like a new pair of boots on a rainy day. Enjoyable, yet completely convenient. I have always had a charming love affair with both the sea and travelling by boat. I love how free I feel bobbing along, taking in my surroundings. Needless to say, I fell completely in love with Venice. The people, the food, the beautiful architecture, the boat rides, the beach and mostly, the fact that in all of the places that we have visited, the sights we have seen, Venice is remarkably unique. 
We had such a tremendous time exploring what Venice has to offer. I find that when I am visiting somewhere new, I need to experience it. Fully. I need to walk the streets the locals walk, I need to see all of the famous landmarks. I need to eat the local cuisine. I need to absorb so much that I can barely move. 

In case you haven’t guessed, I loved our time in Venice and I now present to you twelve things you must do in Venice.


1. Take in the architecture.

Have a meander around the cobbled streets that are swallowed by buildings, creating tiny walkways, but don’t forget to look up for there are so many gorgeous buildings oozing Italian history. Forget your Millenium Dome, these buildings have been here for centuries and they are pretty gorgeous! 

2. Visit Murano – the glass island.

Murano is a great little island to explore, especially if you want to get away from the rush on the main island. It’s a little quieter, but just as beautiful with gorgeous buildings and cute little glass shops.

3. Go on a Gondola ride.

Whilst they are a little on the pricey side (80 € per boat for around half an hour), I simply couldn’t imagine having visited Venice without going on a gondola. The idea just feels criminal. You can find slightly cheaper rides just off of the main canal, and to be honest the best part of our ride was meandering down the narrow paths, away from the big boats on the main canal, so if you are looking to save a bit of cash it’s a good way to go. We all loved our ride on the gondola. Just don’t expect them to be singing ‘just one Cornetto’. I was terribly disappointed.

4. Stuff your face with the most scrumptious authentic Italian cuisine.

Eat, eat and then eat some more. There are so many cute little restaurants lining the streets of Venice, each one offering wonderful traditional dishes. I am a big fan of Italian food and loved shovelling pasta in my face. They are all pretty reasonably priced too, and there are a few pizzerias where you can grab a slice of pizza for a Euro or two.

5. Visit a glass making factory on Murano.

There are a few factories on the island of Murano and many of them offer free tours where you can watch the glass being made. Definitely worth a nosey!

6. Visit the Lido island.

The Lido island feels a bit more familiar with its roads and larger shops. It’s still very beautiful and worth a stroll around.

7. Have a day at the beach.

The beach on the Lido island is so lovely with golden sand and warm waters. There are also little restaurants nearby and beach shops, so it’s so easy to spend the whole day there. They also have volleyball and boat hire facilities if you are feeling fun!

8. Hire a bicycle

Why not explore the islands by bicycle? There are a few places dotted around, especially on the Lido island. With virtually no cars, cycling is a great way to get around. 

9. Head over to Burano

Burano is a stunning island riddled with brightly coloured houses. It’s so unique and there are lots of restaurants and shops around to spend a few hours.

10. Eat copious amounts of gelato.

When in Italy it is of paramount importance that the consumption of gelato takes place on multiple occasions throughout the day. There are so, so many different flavours to try and each gelataria has their own speciality flavour. Try them all!

11. Grab a Venetian mask 

Venice is reknowned for its unique masks and there are so many shops on the main island selling traditional Venetian masks. We loved looking at all of the crazy designs and seeing how they are made. 

12. Watch the story of Venice

Something that I wish we had done was watch the story of Venice performed on stage. There is a show that runs most nights on the main island, but unfortunately I only heard about it on our last day, so we were unable to go. It’s performed in English and sounds really good, so give it a go if you can!


So there you have it, my guide of things to do in Venice.

Have you visited Venice before?

L x 

A cruise around London Town…


Aaah, London. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, and thankfully the one I call home. Underneath its often grubby exterior, London is such a gem. There’s always something new and exciting going on and I have so, so many fond memories that were created here. That’s why I was extra excited when PGtips invited me along to their Green Tea boat party on the Thames. I literally couldn’t wait to go. 

Now, I’ll be honest, I’m not your stereotypical British tea lover, but I am a big lover of the iconic PGtips Monkey. My Mum is besotted with PGtips and I loved collecting everything they were dishing out when I was a child from hologram fridge magnets down to cuddly chimps, we’ve always embraced the brand. Fortunately I was allowed to take a plus one on our boat trip, so took along Mumsy to try out the various flavours of green tea, mocktails and tasty nibbles.


We had a little walk around town before finding the pier and boarding the boat, ready for our little adventure.


The boat was really nice, and I loved spotting Monkey hanging around.


We found a little table with comfy chairs ready for our trip along the Thames before spotting the nibbles that had been laid out for guests. Ever a fan of food, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and had a delicious plate of chicken satay, sandwiches and fruit. 


Soon enough some of the lovely folk at PGtips brought over some strawberry green tea and iced tea mocktails. The strawberry tea was super lush, even I (who is quite fussy), enjoyed it. I love that PGtips have created some gorgeous flavours for their green tea. Life is about variety and it’s great that they have expanded the brand. 

I would say that the colour palette of the trip was green, and rightly so as PGtips have carried out a new research report which has found that green colours in the home and workspace help boost productivity and positivity. I think that green is quite a zen colour and reminds me of warm summer days out in the sunshine. I’m always most productive on sunny days, so I imagine that this report is quite accurate.


After having a nibble and refreshing our palettes with some green tea, we stepped out and enjoyed views along the river Thames. When you are familiar with London, it’s often easy to forget about the sumptuous architecture and gorgeous skyline. The trip reminded me of the amazing sights that we have in London and it was nice to take a few moments to take it all in.


The cruise soon got extra exciting as we were presented with a six metre high monkey that had been made out of 110,000 leaves! It was a wonderful surprise and everybody on the boat got snap happy (including my Mum who has recently upgraded to a smart phone!).


It was great to see Monkey bobbing around with the London Eye in the background, the sunshine just breaking through and glistening upon the Thames.

Sadly all good things come to an end eventually and our cruise was no exception. We had a lovely time and will reminisce about our trip every time we have a cuppa!

L x

A birthday celebration at the Bluebird in Chelsea… 

I absolutely adore Chelsea and it’s one of my favourite places in the world. With its shops and gorgeous restaurants, it really is a gem. There is so much character bursting from the streets and it just feels rather lovely. London can be gritty, grubby, harsh and fast paced, but Chelsea is never any of those. Always calmer, cleaner and brighter. It’s also home to one of my favourite restaurants in the world – The Ivy Chelsea Garden. I am so in love with that cute little restaurant nestled right into the heart of London with its voluptuous garden. It is simply beautiful. Oh and the food is good too!

On this occasion, we were in Chelsea to celebrate my wonderful friend Kimberley’s thirtieth birthday and recent engagement (but it was mostly all about the birthday girl). Kimberley had opted for the Bluebird to play host to her celebrations and it was such a nice place to celebrate in. With its clean, crisp and modern interior down to its tasty menu with unique choices and delicious cocktails, the Bluebird was rather great.

We started our evening having drinks in the bar which is situated in the middle of the restaurant and littered with stunning flowers. Apparently a guy from Made in Chelsea was in our presence, but as I don’t watch the show, it went completely over my head!


After we had relaxed in the bar, we went to the mezzanine room for our private dining experience which was totally lush. The room was spacious and well presented. There is a glass wall which overlooks the restaurant. I think that this was a nice touch as it brought the sumptuous Bluebird atmosphere into our room whilst still offering upmost privacy. 

We had a three course set menu and for starters I opted for pate. A bit of a staple choice for me as I love a bit of pate and toast! Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations and I soon traded my starter with my hubby’s watermelon and beansprout choice. Although it sounds a bit wild, it was deceptively tasty and I much preferred it to the pate.For my main course I chose lamb with Cous Cous. It was absolutely delicious and I am quite convinced that I could eat it every day of my life and remain quite contented. It made much more of a positive impact than the pate!


Dessert for me was ‘Burnt Cambridge’ aka Creme Brûlée and was rather tasty, although I found it a bit too sweet towards the end.


Soon enough the evening began to draw to a close and we sang Happy Birthday to my lovely friend. Kimberley had a pretty cake chosen by her fiancé Simon and the staff at Bluebird were really brilliant at packing it all up for us to take a slice home.


We then popped back down to the bar for more cocktails and catch ups before the night carried us away along King’s Road and to the tube station, where we were super lucky enough to just catch the last train home. Phew!


Have you visited the Bluebird? Where is your favourite place to eat in London?

L x

Argentinian Lunch at Lomito…

Sunday’s are made for over indulgence and taking a pause. Oh how I just love a good Sunday. Life is so fast paced that it’s nice to be able to chill out and enjoy the last day of the weekend before being thrusted off to work come Monday morning. We are pretty much always in on Sunday evenings and I just love putting my pyjamas on and lounging around.

We are currently in the process of moving house, which is both exciting and terrifying. I’ve got so much to organise and it’s all a bit mad. Because we are selling our current home and buying a new one we need to be out of this place and in the new place on the same day. This means that I have to be ultra organised and life has been a bit jumbled these past few days. We have three days left here as I write this and have packed up every room except the kitchen. Everywhere feels a bit bare and soulless. Poor Holly isn’t sure what to make of the situation! 

We spent last weekend packing and going through the majority of our belongings (of which I have way more than I originally anticipated. Cupboards can hold so much – who knew?!), and decided to take a little pause come Sunday for a trip to the charity shop (dropping off a couple bags!) and a nice lunch.

We have tried to go to Lomito in Northwood a few times, but it is always too busy or closed (don’t go on a Monday!), fortunately for us they had a spare table Sunday lunchtime and we took full advantage of the situation.

Phil and I are really into our food and had heard such good vibes about Lomito, so couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer. It’s primarily an Argentinian steak house with a menu that I think contains something for everyone (even if you are a veggie!) . We were greeted by the friendly staff at the front of house and the restaurant is uniquely decorated with a huge mural and cow skins creating a modern, with an industrial twist vibe. The restaurant was exceptionally clean and I was very pleased that we were given clean cutlery after every course as well as having the table cleaned each time too. The waiter was very efficient and the service was the best we have had anywhere.

My husband and I have been together for almost eleven years and sometimes it’s easy to take time with each other for granted, so we try to spend quality time together often. It was so lovely to have a chat whilst stuffing our faces with copious amounts of food!

  
We chose to order from the lunch menu and for starters I had the Portobello Bruschetta and Phil the Empanada.

   
 
I had serious food envy looking across the table at Phil’s Empanada. It was absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. My Bruschetta was delicious, but the Empanada was divine!

For mains we both opted for Bife de Cuadril, which was basically a rump steak with chips.  

 
Phil had his steak cooked rare and I opted for medium rare. It was cooked to perfection and I was in a little bit of steak heaven.

For dessert we opted for the Churros, which reminded me of our time in California as they had them everywhere! 

 
They were served with a scrumptious chocolate dip that was like winning the lottery for your tastebuds.

Overall we had a lovely Sunday lunch at Lomito and a welcome break from packing up our home. I haven’t visited Argentina, but from what I do know about the place, I think that the food was quite authentic. One thing I am certain of is that this won’t be the last time we visit!

Have you tried any new restaurants recently?

L x