A girl can never have too many shoes!

A girl can never have too many shoes!

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Apple of my eye

I do realise how lucky I am to have such a lovely husband.  As well as treating us to a trip to New York, new lovely stuff from the Levis Store, he only went and bought me a mini iPad! Although he was slight perturbed when we visited the FAO Schwarz store next door to the Apple store and I got ridiculously excited at finding the Zoltar machine from the film Big.  One of decade's biggest inventions versus a carnival machine providing you with your future for $1 - no contest!

Shoe of the week

Been a un-regular poster of late, but aiming to get back on track now with my regular shoe of the week posts.

Here's the perfect shoe for the upcoming bank holiday weekend, its got that sunny colour and is a bit of fun for your shoe collection.  Here's hoping the weather is just as cheerful as these shoes!

If the boot fits, buy it!

On our recent trip to NYC my lovely husband treated me to some Levis boots, they are fabulous! Cute and extremely comfortable. They are ticking all my boxes right now!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

New York never sleeps

We visited Times Square within the first hour of arriving in the city
What can I tell you about New York?  Where do I begin to explain how we fell in love with the Big Apple?  This definitely is the city that never sleeps and we made the most of our five-night visit literally from the start of the trip . . . within two hours of landing we were standing in the middle of Times Square at four o'clock in the afternoon.  But I can't really do the city justice with a blog post, it really is a place that everyone should visit and have on their bucket list.

We stayed at the lovely Belleclaire Hotel in the Upper West Side, the perfect base to discover the city; with a subway station just five minutes away and plenty of restaurants and bars nearby on Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue, which were the next two blocks from the Hotel.  Even Central Park was in easy reach with a brisk walk ten minute walk in the early Spring weather where we were able to find the John Lennon memorial in the park not far from the Dakota Building where he was killed.  A beautiful tribute, it seemed fitting that a guy was busking at the memorial as tourists paid their respects at the memorial.  From the very first day of the city break, we made the most of what New York has to offer, from viewing the city from the Empire State Building at eight o'clock in the morning, shopping till we dropped at Macy's to taking the trip across the river on the Staten Island Ferry. We even managed to watch The Anfield Wrap present a live podcast recording at the Legends Bar!

We started the city break with a mini itinerary of what we wanted to see in New York, thinking that we'd only be able to manage a couple of things per day but the city is so good to navigate whether you are walking or using the subway (we made use of both) so we managed to see so much more than we expected: the Empire State Building, Times Square, Little Italy, Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, Soho, Chinatown, Ground Zero and the 9/11 memorial, Central Park; to name a few of the places we were lucky to visit.  Seeing around 250,000 people marching through the main city streets to celebrate St Patrick's Day was amazing considering it was freezing.  There was that much to see, the hours passed us by without realising it but I could have stayed a few more days to explore the city more. And lets know forget the shopping - you can shop till you drop and believe me I nearly did in the Macy's store with its nine floors of wonderful retail therapy to enjoy - and the amazing restaurants and food that New York has to offer - from BBQ to slices of pizza.  We even spotted a star on our last night out, Richard Kind  who starred in Argo and was one of the characters in A Bug's Life was just strolling down Amsterdam Avenue.

There is so much I could say about the Big Apple but let my pictures give you a little taster of what the city has to offer . . .

Had to take a picture of this shoe-themed billboard in Times Square

Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty from the 86th Floor of the Empire State Building

Manhattan Island in the wake of the ferry 

Me in front of the iconic Flatiron Building

The very Grand Central Station

The Brooklyn Bridge

The New York subway was our transport of choice

Little Italy within easy walking distance of Chinatown and Soho
A girl can't visit New York without having a Cosmopolitan

Coffee and beautiful cakes in Little Italy
While it would have been tempting to skip around New York in heels in the style of Carrie Bradshaw, it just wasn't practical.  These boots and Converse were my wardrobe staple.

Shoe of the week

I spotted a magazine news article about new brand on the web Hush.  Naturally I felt the need to investigate their website; curious to discover what shoe delights they had to offer.

There are some lovely items to choose from; including the cute Lindsey sandals but it's these lovely, sparkly loafers that I have chosen for shoe of the week. As I am having a lovely chilled out Sunday with the husband, the Corinne Loafers would be the perfect accessory for the day.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Shoe of the week

You cannot go wrong with having a t-bar shoe in your collection,,  These from Next are available in Tan, Nude and Black.  I'm thinking of selling my high street shoes so I can completely refresh my shoe collection starting with these!

Moments in tights

I've been trying out some more products from Veneziana, they've been the perfect accessory for any occasion from a working day to a night out with my girlfriends.

The show-stopping Ramage tights made a basic and boring 'Black dress for work' outfit into something a bit more unique.  These gorgeous patterned tights had a number of admirers and gave me a little boost on a busy Tuesday in the office.

On a typical early English spring day that started off sunny, then came the wind and then came the rain! The Geraldine tights simply saved the day. These tights have the X-Factor when it comes to comfort and style.  It was like wearing your favourite cashmere cardigan, the comfort level was that good.

The Geraldine tights gave me a lovely feeling of warmth on a blustery day
I am rubbish at selfies!
And last but not least, the most sexy pair of hold ups i have ever worn, simply gorgeous . . . the delightful Ar Fabiola. I wore these on a girl's night out with a print dress and tuxedo jacket.  These garter stockings are the ultimate in luxe and do not require a suspender belt.  They survive a night of cocktails and dancing to old-school house until the early hours, like myself and my friend, they were the last ones standing!

The adorable Ar Fabiola

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Animal hospital

Earlier this year, I noticed that my Jack Russell Jasper had developed some lumps and bumps and we took him for a check up.  He actually had developed two hernias and needed to have an operation to have them removed and be castrated which will hopefully reduce any more hernias developing.

Luckily for us, we spotted the problem early so the condition didn't develop to the point of damaging his bladder.  We've had him for ten years and this was the first real health issue we'd ever had and it was a definite learning curve for us.  I mean how do you keep an groggy, disorientated dog still so he can recover? Did you know that dogs can be given tramadol! After a couple of days doped up, Jasper made a good recovery and has developed a couple of pampered habits. He has now got used to lots of extra cushioning and being tucked up in this blanket!