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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

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?

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