Style Update: Springing Ahead in Chambray

posted on: Thursday, 18 January 2018

I'm used to insanely warm weather when home in South Carolina, so this latest trip most definitely threw me for a loop. 9 days out of 10 were filled with either freezing cold weather, snow, or a combination of the two. While the snow was beautiful and the freezing temperatures made for lovely moments with fires and hot chocolates, I was buying up spring clothing ahead of my trip with the idea that I'd be lounging in dresses and flip flops for a month. Hardly the case. We had two days when it was warm enough to go "legs out" and I took full advantage. This one just happens to be a personal favourite, because it involves chambray, wine and a bike ride. Could there be anything more heavenly? This is a dress to note for spring. It's light, airy and absolutely fabulous for frolicking! 

Journaling 101: The how, why, what, where and the difference it's made...

posted on: Wednesday, 17 January 2018

For two decades now, I have scribbled in books, endlessly. I have over 50 journals, in various shapes, sizes, colours and textures, that are records of my time on this earth. To me, they are beautiful. They are filled with words, pictures, mementos and more, and they are me, for better or for worse. I'm asked about them so often, from people who know me well to random people that see me zooming my pen across the page in my local coffee shop. I'm asked "what are you writing?" My standard response is "just little things in a silly book." Sometimes they are little things and other times they feel like I'm leaving my heart and soul on the page. So, I thought it was time to form a proper answer to the question of what I'm writing and what I have been writing, for twenty whole years. 

Let's start from the beginning...

Southern Comfort Food: The easiest pulled pork recipe you'll ever!

posted on: Saturday, 13 January 2018

On of my oldest memories of growing up in the south was our annual BBQ buy at the high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each year the school would hold a fundraiser where you could come and collect some pulled pork BBQ. People would wait in line for hours and eventually they had to put a cap on how much you could buy per person, as the truck would sell out almost immediately. While it's all good and fun to support the local high school and join in the BBQ craze, it wasn't long before my mom was teaching me how to make pulled pork of my own at home with only five ingredients. And, in all honesty, I think her recipe is the be all and end all. So, while I was home and had a proper kitchen to cook in (rather than the sad excuse for a space I call a kitchen in London), I thought I would whip up a batch while here and share it with you good people. It's so melt-in-your-mouth delicious that there's no way I could keep it under my hat. 

Top 10 Hotel Baths from 2017

posted on: Thursday, 11 January 2018

Over the past twelve months I have been on countless trips around the world, staying in some of the most superb hotels in existence. Yup, that's a bragging statement, through and through. I simply cannot believe this is my life. There's no sugar coating that or attempting to make myself sound cool and as if this isn't all thrilling to me. It is! Every single plane ride, hotel check in and room discovery is a pinch me moment. However, there is one element of my hotel experiences that has stuck out above all else in 2017 - the bathtubs. Alright, I'm sure you are probably thinking I'm mad. I was in places like the Serengeti, Prague, Switzerland and Paris and I'm banging on about a bunch of bathtubs? Don't adjust your screen....I am waxing lyrical here about the world's best bathtubs. After staying in over three dozen hotels around the globe in 2017, I'm bringing you ten hotel bathtubs that truly blew my mind. Whether we are talking about the tubs themselves (one had 24k gold tiling) or a tub's most unusual location (outside over looking a stream?), each of these hotel bathtubs are completely unique to their location and worthy of a bright spotlight. If you are looking to soak for your holiday abroad, look no further than these top ten hotels with some serious bathtub goals.... And yes, that's me in most of the pictures testing them out. Had to prove I was there, didn't I?