Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Sorry it's been a while

My life doesn't seemed to have stopped since I got back from holiday and I am REALLY behind with my blogging... I can't begin to tell you how many posts there are in my google reader to get through!

I've got lot's to catch up with you on including my sister in law's baby shower and my sweet and sinister swap package arrived and all I can say is WOW!!!!

This is just a quick post to say I'm still around just needing to tend to "real life" at the moment

Be back soon............

Saturday, 18 October 2008

I Heart Santa Monica

I'm back from my fabulous trip to LA and will share my visit to Santa Monica with you

I think Santa Monica would have to be my favourite part of LA I visited

Maybe it has something to do with it being the home of Shabby Chic?!

Here are some photos from inside the store

The wonderful sales assistant in the store offered to take photos of us and it turned into a mini photo shoot!!

The ladies in Shabby Chic recommended we visit Bountiful in nearby Venice which I of course had heard of and into our car we jumped and punched the address into our GPS

I was only able to take some photos outside the store

I maybe went a little overboard on matchboxes!

I'm off to visit some blogs now and see what's been happening in your worlds whilst I've been gone!

Monday, 13 October 2008

Rose Bowl Flea Market Fun

Today was the Rose Bowl Flea Market and ladies all I can say is that it was fantastic and I could've spent some SERIOUS money there if I didn't have to worry about getting it home

I didn't take many photos as I have to be honest I was completely overwhelmed and searching out stalls to look closer up but here are some

I really wanted this oven

And this is what I came home with

We didn't search the whole of the market due to time and the desire to buy everything insight!

I've brought myself a pair of Ugg boots (ok, ok I've brought myself 2 pairs!!)... they're the same price in $ as they are in £'s at home... what a bargain!

My friend & I have also been making our hotel room feel like home, she collects Barbie so we've been displaying them on the tv cabinet (the Hello Kitty basket is mine!)

I love buying magazines when I visit the US and have a huge pile by my bed to wade through. I was very pleased to have been able to get a copy of Matthew Mead's Halloween and Romantic Country featuring Rachel Ashwells home

Before I say goodnight I just wanted to thank everyone for their kind messages whilst I'm on my hols, I'm scrolling through google reader when I have a chance but don't have the time to comment as much or reply to your emails but I will have a proper catch up on my return!

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Greetings from LA

I've arrived in LA safely and thought I would just do a quick post to let you all know how I'm getting on

Our hotel is fantastic as is our room and it's view of the Hollywood sign. Yesterday we familarised ourselves with the shopping complex next to our hotel. I brought myself a pair of these (in white with Victoria Secrets written across them - so appropriate being my name!)

Today we had a successful visit to Wal-mart & Target

We stocked up on lot's of fun Halloween bits and pieces we just wouldn't be able to find at home and of course marvelled at the pumpkins

And it wouldn't be right to not come home without some of Rachel Ashwells Shabby Chic range from Target

I already have one of her shower curtains and decided to buy another with some gorgeous towels

I only brought one set of hand & bath due to fitting everything in my case but I can add to the collection on my next US visit!

It's time for me to settle down in bed now and get ready for our trip to The Farmers Market & The Grove tomorrow

Night Night!

Thursday, 9 October 2008

California Calling

Sorry I haven't been around the past couple of days but everything just went a little crazy there with my holiday approaching (I leave for the airport in 3 hours - eeek!)

Finally everything is packed (I hope!)... all my jobs are checked off the list (I think!)

I've got some time to hopefully do some catching up on your blogs and the good news is I will be taking my laptop which I expect to be my friend whilst suffering from jetlag if my last trip to the States is anything to go by!

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Oh baby

Today i went to visit my friend and meet her new addition, Megan

I just love this cute photo of my other friends daughter Rianna keeping a watchful eye over Megan

I hope you're all having fun this weekend

PS Witches of Eastwick last night was FANTASTIC if the show is on in your area I highly recommend you pop along... if only to see Marti Pellow behaving devilishly!

Friday, 3 October 2008


Mum is a fan of Marti Pellow and when I saw an ad that he was to be in the theatre production of Witches of Eastwick (a show she's seen before & loved) I knew I had to get us tickets

It's only on in London this week and after a quick chat with my boss to check I can leave work an hour earlier tickets were booked

This has come at the right time as it will make another nice treat for mum's birthday and make up for the fact that I won't be with her on the day

Thank you for everyone who has given me some tips for LA, feel free to keep them coming!

Things are a bit manic this week so I'm behind on visiting your blogs and replying to emails but I will catch up this weekend

Tomorrow I'm off to meet my friends new baby, Megan. I can't wait for lot's of cuddles!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

LA Calling

In 2 weeks time I will be sitting on a plane heading for the bright lights of Hollywood and cannot wait!

It will be a special holiday for my friend Kelly and I as it is likely to be the last of our girlie holidays as she is due to marry next year and will be setting up home and holidaying with her new husband in future

We booked our trip to ensure we could visit the Rose Bowl Flea Market

Our trip would not be complete without visiting Shabby Chic

And the little gem I cannot wait to step inside, Sweetpeas and Snapshots

I’m calling to all you local ladies for any other ideas on places I should not miss

We have a car and 7 days to fill not to mention a good exchange rate on our $$$$$ and would love to hear your suggestion for things to do in the area