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Our UK Trip P. Deux

26 Jun

After our stay in London, it was time to pack up and drive towards Cornwall for the wedding.  We headed south to Calne to visit an old friend of my dad’s whom I hadn’t seen since that first picture you saw in P.1.  When I was a kid I totally thought he sounded like a pirate!  It was DEFINITELY worth the stop.  We got to drive through the back roads off the main highway and see the country.  The colors were INSANE.  All that rain, makes for a gorgeous landscape.


Thatched roof buildings

We really wanted a typical British pub lunch. JR took us to this amazing place, the Bridge Inn in Horton….I mean….definitely not in Brooklyn anymore! We had really good food, the people were incredibly hospitable and we had a great time catching up.  Thanks John! If you want to check this place out, here’s the link to their website http://www.thebridgeinnathorton.co.uk


The Bridge Inn, Devizes, England


The sun decided to finally come out this day! Chilly, but sunny! I’ll take it.


Their beautiful back garden

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The ever fabulous JR! Thank you for the hospitality and yummy pub lunch!

Once again, sadly, we had to continue on.  We had VERY important business to take care of.  Onward we continued, without a map, without “sat nav” only JR’s instructions and me praying Mike would remember the way.



Hi cows!

Finally, we made it to Mecca.  Mike has had me watching every show, history channel EVERYTHING on (drumroll please) THE ROCKS! aka Stonehenge.

I cannot state how big of a deal this was.  Mike being from Liverpool, has never once in his life visited Stonehenge so  this was a must on our way to Cornwall.  BEHOLD!


This will be Mike’s new album cover


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It’s a bit “ruiny” it but will be nice when it’s finished.

We got some ice cream and headed south west to Cornwall.


The whole reason we were taking this trip was to celebrate Mike’s cousin Graeme getting married.  We finally made it to our hotel, the Wheal Tor.  Although the weather was very unpredictable, we did get to see the view on the day of the wedding.  I forgot to take a picture so I’m borrowing this one from their Facebook page.  This is the exact view we got, it was breath-taking. Freezing, but breathtaking.


The best part was all the animals they had! They had chickens, pigs, guinea fowl and a pet lamb! The breakfasts they cook are locally sourced and their eggs and meat come from their animals.


Petting pigs!


the lamb that thought he was doggie


The morning of the wedding we decided to check out the nearest town. Looe! Yes, it’s really called Looe.  Although the morning started off with a downpour, LUCKILY, it decided to clear up and we had a great time with Mike’s brother and his family discovering this gorgeous town! We ate pasties, clotted cream, clotted cream fudge and tea! (everything naughty)

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Mike and his nephew, Alex


This building is from the 17th Century!

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What was once a jail….


Some local Looe fashion

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I guess boys will always be boys 😉 Mike and his brother messing with a giant piece of seaweed…….


And of course, Cornish goodies!


It was then time to get ready for the wedding.  The Bride, Corrine couldn’t have picked a more beautiful venue.  It was held at The Green in Cornwall.  You should definitely check out their website if you’re planning a visit.  Their cottages were divine! A perfect Cornish getaway. Thank you to both families for allowing us to share your day!


Corrine and Graeme 6.15.13


Just Hitched! Mike’s cousin the groom



The back of the brides beautiful dress-loved that it was NOT strapless 😉

Signing the documents, the gorgeous couple!


Mike’s mum, Lynda and his Auntie Hillary

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Mike and his cousins, the Groom’s brothers


The Bride’s bouquet


Table settings of various tea sets sourced from around England

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Proud new parents! Mike’s nephew Tom and his girlfriend Helen


Love is in the air! Mike’s Uncle Allen and his Auntie Hillary

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Mike’s mum Lynda, made the GORGEOUS cake!



The happy couple



On the right, cousin   nephew Alex, brother Andy





After a fun eve of dancing, drinks, and celebrating love the party sadly, must come to an end.  Mike snapped this great shot the day after and I think it’s a great image to end it on.  We had a great time traveling around London and traveling to Cornwall then onto Devon. Thank you to the bride and groom and both families for having us and allowing us to help celebrate your special day.  Have fun in Bali!!!! xoxo

Our Trip To The UK P.1

22 Jun

Ours, like many others begins with a flight to Heathrow Airport in England.  We began our adventure in London off the Oval stop.  This was my first time returning to London since I was wee little nipper.  The picture on the left is obviously Christmas (we still have those apple decorations) and the image on the right was taken in Calne, England which will bring me to P.2 of the blog post.

My boyfriends’ auntie Carol owns flat in which we stayed the first two nights..thanks John and Carol!  The place is on this amazingly cute street, just as I’d imagined.


Attempting to look posh

Mike’s crazy talented niece, Lucy, who unfortunately couldn’t make it to the wedding surprised us with a visit!!! Sneaky, sneaky…

Albeit short, we had a lovely dinner at the Fentiman Arms. A really cute restaurant with outdoor space (shocker, it was raining so we sat indoors). Should you find yourself in the area, I suggest to give it a go! Here is their website just in case you want to check them out, food was delish. http://www.geronimo-inns.co.uk/thefentimanarms/

Here they are in typical Uncle/Niece business (sorry Luce! had to post this, was too cute!)


Muckin’ about


on second thought, should have moved that wine glass…..


Can’t go to England and not have a pint!


At the Fentiman Arms. Mike, Lucy, Mike’s mum, Lynda, n’ me

Since our dear Lucy had to bid us adieu, it was time to use what little energy we had to spend it around town.  You’ll notice I’m going to be wearing pretty much the same outfit each day on every part of the trip as it was FREEZING and raining EVERYDAY (thanks England) and I brought nothing that was for this climate.  I don’t know what I thought the temperature would be but it was definitely NOT summer.

So, I bought a brolly and I sashay’d my way down into the tube and headed for london!


We only had one day to sight-see in London so we hit the mega spots.  Of course, our first stop was Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and …..Buckingham Palace! or “Buck house” as the locals like to call it.

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I guess the ominous clouds are the perfect backdrop!

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You might be asking yourself what this image is about.  Mike thought it mighty important to document as this is “lucky heather” that is given to the tourists walking by the gypsies in exchange for money.  It’s supposed to shorten your stay in purgatory….however they were just lying all over the streets! So make sure you pick it up if you’d like to get yourself out of purgatory a bit quicker, oh, and it may bring you a bit of luck! Nothing wrong with that…..


“me lucky heather!”-Mike

But of course what is a trip without some memorabilia?


An egg holder and a x-mas tree decoration that was too cute to pass up

So onward we trekked, Mike saluted his country and his Queen……..

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We saw the fab outfits the guards sport, they looked SUPER happy I thought



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As we were going to be missing the “Trooping of Colour” to commemorate the Queen’s birthday (being held the following day), I thought we’d pop on by and wish her well.


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Weirdly enough, I saw Harry staring down from the window! Hey boo!


After much pomp and circumstance, it was time for some shopping.



If you love your department stores, this place is worth the stop.  Located on Regent street in the West End this building simply BEAUTIFUL! After conducting some research, Wikepedia.com enlightened me on the fact that this building was constructed from the timbers of two ships the HMS Impreganable and the HMS Hindustan (errrm ok).  Anyways, the woodwork in the building was just gorgeous.  The interior looked like Shakespeare’s theatre, words cannot describe, you’ll have to just scroll for the images. I highly recommend going in and taking a gander and walking the multiple levels of this jewel.


This beautiful building was founded in 1875!


photo courtesy from Amy Arch on Flikr


Looking up!

We headed around through little streets, don’t the buildings look fantastic???



That’s one way to save on parking!

Stopped to use the phone on my phone……


Hi Ma!

Finally, we ended up at a local pub so Mike could meet up with his mates and we had a blast!

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And no night is complete without a stop to, but of course, the CHIPPY!!!!!

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Thanks for reading!!! P.2 will follow us to Cornwall and Devon

These Flats Were Made For Walking…

19 Apr

Wearing heels in NYC is a toughie.  Now don’t get me wrong, at 5’3 heels are my saviors in this tall, tall world.  However, my feet will not allow me to meander around the city or work all day in them (I’m usually running around).  Unless I’m a. being driven or b. carry flats with me, my heels take a back seat (very annoying).  The problem is I HATE buying flats, heels are so much more fun to buy…they elongate you, make you feel good about yourself and totally sexify your legs.  My flat vs. heel ratio in my closet is like 20 to 1 so I’m trying to bump up the cute flats in my shoe collection, without breaking the bank.

Of course, JCrew has come to the rescue in that department (thank you Jenna). They have created a whole Ballet Boutique that makes shopping for flats fun! I mean this is a SERIOUS one stop shop.  They have every color, pattern, fabrication conceivable and the site is really fun to peruse. Feast your eyes.

I highly recommend you check it out if you are in the market for some comfy cute flats.  I opted for the poppy red in the classic style to liven up my mostly dark/neutral wardrobe. I can’t wait to wear them!

Pics to follow (when I feel cute).


Hilary Park-Divination Spring 2012 Collection

2 Feb

This has been a crazy week and it’s not even Fashion Week / Campaign season yet!

I really wanted to have the time to sit and write this post, as I’m really excited to share it. Last Saturday I had the chance to go see Hilary Park’s new Spring 2012 Collection “Divination” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  She showcased the collection in her store/workspace and it is gorgeous! Definitely worth checking out if you are in the hood.

94 S 1st St (between Wythe Ave & Berry St)

Hilary Park


I had a chance to speak with Hilary about her collection and learn a bit about her journey on becoming a jewelry designer/goldsmith.  Her story is like many, working a corporate job with financial security but your soul hungers for more.  After 13 years of working on Wall Street, losing her job in 2008, she decided to turn her passion into her career (I really admire this quality in people).

When I asked her what drew her to the goldsmith profession in particular, she stated,  “I’m a fire sign, I like working with fire and heat” (as most of us know, there are four classic elements which make up the nature of the universe: earth, water, fire and air).  In addition to her handcrafted jewelry, Hilary offers Indian astrology readings and direction on the power of certain stones to help alleviate afflictions in your life whether it’s career, love or money.  As a result, this other passion reveals itself in her designs.  I could literally sit and talk to her for hours and pick her brain on her thoughts about my sign but I will have to return for that session.   She realizes not everyone believes “in the power of stones” but invites her clients to try them because although she can’t say “…why they work, THEY WORK.”  Honey, I’ll wear any rock that invites positivity and money (nyc livin’ ain’t cheap!).

Her designs are based on nature, travel and of course, the zodiac system.  Although most of the jewelry you see is in silver, she will create any piece in gold and welcomes custom designs.  I was especially drawn to the intricate cuffs hand-fabricated from a single sheet of metal!

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I want to show more images but I don’t want to spoil all the fun! Check out her website to learn more about Hilary and her fabulous jewelry.  They are conversation starters and pieces you will have in your collection for life.  Plus, the benefit of possible amour, money, protection or whatever your heart desires is a definite INEEDITNOW moment.  Don’t forget to spread the word to your fellow jewelry lover friends! Who doesn’t love a bit of karma?

What’s with the STRAPLESS wedding dress?

21 Oct

I’m sorry ladies, but this has been weighing on my mind after seeing countless wedding dresses of Facebook.  I am at the age where I either see weddings or babies on my news feed.  My biggest question to you is: What is with EVERY bride choosing a strapless dress?! I’m BORED.

I am literally most excited to see what dress the bride has chosen to wear and I’m constantly saying “another strapless.”  Is it that no cute wedding dresses exist outside the strapless (this could be a money-maker for you designers) or is it that every bride gets into “safe zone” and loses her whole sense of style?

Even my boyfriend is now noticing that EVERY girl chooses a strapless dress AND let me tell you, he does NOT notice these things.  Now, I am very virgin when it comes to wedding dresses.  I admit, I have never tried one on nor stepped foot in one of “those” stores.  I’m anxious to hear the reasoning behind choosing the good ol’ faithful.

What intrigues me is that most fashion icons of our history have NOT chosen a strapless dress for their big day.  What influences today’s girl to choose the strapless silhouette over the countless variety of styles available to us today?

Below are pictures of major fashion icons and their wedding dresses:

Princess Diana

Elizabeth Taylor

Audrey Hepburn

Grace Kelly

Jackie O

Carolyn Bessett

Gwen Stefani

Nicole Richie

Kate Moss

Kate Middleton

So, I’d love to hear comments or whatever your reasoning you had behind choosing your dress.

xo Miss Smalls

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