Cocktails In The Sky

I first read about the Sky Garden probably a year ago, for those of you that have read my last blog you will know that I visited the gorgeous garden in the sky with my lovely friends Hayley & Helen!

Us Gorgeous Ladies!

We headed to the Sky Garden after a gorgeous brunch at The Folly and breezed straight through, there was no queue and we went straight up, our tickets (which were FREE!) were booked for 1pm but we were able to get in a little earlier.

As we headed up in the lift, I was getting butterflies hoping that it was as amazing as I have heard about and that the girls would like it too. However as soon as we walked out the lift I was blown away with how open and light and green it was, we ventured straight out to the balcony to admire the views! I was overwhelmed with how lovely London looks from so high up and was reminded of how I felt the first time I went to Top Of The Roc in New York.

Whilst looking around it made us giggle to see that people looked like they were sat amongst the plants BUT we decided we wanted in and took a seat in one of the sections at the side.

Hayley & I headed down to the bar and got a round of drinks in, I wont lie the cocktails are upwards of £10 so a bit on the pricey side, but when you watch how much effort goes into them you can understand why! 

It was just perfect, so relaxed and such a wonderful atmosphere definitely somewhere that I could have just sat and read all day with a cocktail or 2 or 3 or 4! It was just soooo green and luscious, I definately felt like I was sat outside on a beautiful sunny day. It has definately made my decision to ensure when Matt & I purchase our house that we have some sort of garden and greenery as a place to relax.

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A Different Side Of London

What springs to mind when you think of London? For me, its the street entertainers at Covent Garden, the hoards of shoppers on Oxford Street, the fountains at Trafalgar Square or maybe Big Ben, Westminster Abbey or the famous London Eye! I don’t think I have ever visited London without hitting one of the typical tourist hot spots, well that was until a lovely Sunday in July. Hayley & I travelled up on the train to Waterloo to meet up with Helen (we were both 2 of Hayley’s bridesmaids in March), for a girls day out.

Lovin’ Hayley’s Beauty Filter!

Waterloo Station had been taken over by the Ghostbusters following the release of the new movie and Hayley was adamant we weren’t going till we had got our shots!

Who You Gonna Call?!

Helen is the queen of planning so I knew we were in safe hands with her guiding us round London and she is bloody good at it too – although she will tell you its all thanks to Google Maps! She got us booked into a beautiful spot for brunch and walked us miles but I can hand on heart say I saw London in a way I never had done before! When we were all discussing what we wanted to do on our day together I straight away put The Sky Garden into the mix and both the girls agreed so that was a definite yes! I couldn’t contain my excitement – but more on that in a different post!

As we left Waterloo we were heading towards London Bridge, past Borough Market which I have heard lots about and got some lovely snaps of Tower Bridge! We did lots of catching up and shared some stories to keep all of us up to date with our goings on!

We were brunching at The Folly which is located about 2 minutes from the Sky Garden near Monument tube station. I had no idea why Monument is called that, so I was suprised when we walked past The Monument – another part of London’s history I had never seen!

Helen has an eye for a good food spot, when we met up in London a couple of years ago we ate in a resturant on The Strand and the foot was insane & The Folly didn’t disappoint either. Throughout our day, I must have said several times it didn’t feel like we were in London and I think its because we were pretty much constantly surrounded by greenery. The Folly had such a relaxed atmosphere and felt like we were on a terrace outside, when in fact we were inside with the typical hustle and bustle of London just outside. We all had the special to eat, which was french toast with bacon and maple glaze (but I didn’t taste much maple), to accompany I had a Iced Green Tea, which was lovely! 
After a re-fuel and more gossiping, we paid the bill and made the short walk to the sky garden and yes ladies & gents, it really is as lovely as you hear – keep an eye out in weeks to come where I will spill the beans in a separate blog post…..however you can feast your eyes on this warm up shoot in preparation for my 2nd Dimples & Daisies shoot in September! 
Yes, I Did This & Yes People Were Watching & No I Didn’t Care!

Our next stop was a church that Hayley had spied on Pinterest, that had been destroyed in the Great Fire of London and has since been restored into a wonder garden and little quiet paradise in busy central London. We spotted it from the top of the Sky Garden and still managed to walk past it (good old google maps haha)! However, when we did spot it, full 10/10 for Hayley as it was just beautiful and for me the noise of busy central London disappeared, it was like we were in a secret part of London that blocked out all the craziness.

It turns out I took over 50 photo’s at St Dunstan In The East, so above is just a small snap shot, if you would like to see more please get in touch as I would be happy to share them with you! 
We had all agreed that Spitalfields Market was the place we wanted to see as well, so we did a bit of a trek (we ended up doing around 6 miles in the end that day) across London to Spitalfields Market of course, I purchased something & for those of you who follow me on Instagram will have already seen my buy!

How lovely are these finds?! I could have probably got something from at least 10 stalls that we looked at, but with limited hands to carry my goods I just got my t-shirt which for £4 was a complete steal and made a vow to come back to get more goodies another day! We started our walk back to Waterloo, heading over Tower Bridge and stopping for a beverage and chat about our favourite reads! 

So that ends our girls trip to London! It was such a beautiful day and I can honestly say I don’t think I felt in London at any point in our trip, there was hardly and hustle and bustle and everything was so relaxed! It was lovely to spend the day with 2 lovely ladies who never fail to put a smile on my face and warm my heart! 
Orange, Yellow & The Bride!
I can’t wait for next time! 
Love
Emma xxx

74 Miles!

Can you imagine being sat on a bike for 74 miles? I can’t and dont think I would ever want to, but one of our good friends Lee decided to do it for charity (check out my previous blog post here!) and what a great thing to do!

Matt took Lee to the starting point in London for 6am Saturday morning. Helped him do the finishing touches and waited with him until he set off, before heading back home to pick us girls up and head down to Brighton!

Matt was driving the van down to Brighton and to say we were sceptical about if we could fit into a car park would be an understatement. I think we all held our breath on several occasions as we drove around the car park. After a quick wee and cash point stop, we decided to hit the lanes and see what goodies we could stumble across and that we definitely did!

After spending the weekend in Brighton for Lee’s stag not that long ago, the boys kept raving about a cocktail bar called Twisted Lemon that we just had to try, both myself and Hayley were up for it but after Matt walking us in the wrong direction for about 10 minutes we finally found it and took another 10 minutes deciding on what we were having. Unfortunately as Matt was driving he could only have a mocktail, but myself and Hayley were going for it & they were delicious!

As neither of us had eaten much earlier in the day, both myself and Hayley were feeling a bit boozy once had finished and made a sensible decision to head to the pier for some more fun, but when we stumbled across a bar called Dirty Blonde, we just had to stop for photos!

Finally we hit the pier and enjoyed the arcades and Hayley even won a Sven Reindeer on the Racing Dolphins ride…..for those of you that are wondering we were tracking Lee every 20 minutes to make sure we didn’t miss him finish – we hadn’t forgotten the real reason why we were in Brighton…..Promise!!!

After spending a couple of hours on the pier, we decided to head down the finish line ready to meet Lee as he finished. By the time we were at the end point Lee had just done the last climb and was 8 miles from the finish starting the decline down to the seafront. We took advantage of the wait and had some chips, before taking our place a the finish and watching the cyclists before Lee arrive.

After a few “is that Lee?” “what was Lee wearing this morning?” we spotted him and cheered him over the finish line!

Poor Lee looked so tired after we managed to reach him, but once he managed to get his breath back and after his massage he soon looked ok and was happy to pose for photo’s, whilst we giggled at the unfortunate placement of the mud on some peoples shorts!

 It was such a lovely day & walking back to the van as the sun was setting over Brighton Seafront was lovely, even though there was a chill in the air. I definitely captured the best photo of the day though!

Love Emma xxx

8 Hours On A Bike?!

I could not imagine anything worse than being sat on a bike for 6-8 hours, my bum got sore when we rode over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and we were on and off our bikes for about 2hrs!

However, one of our good friends Lee has decided to ride from London to Brighton on 26th September to help raise money for The British Heart Foundation. Lee and his fiance Hayley are big charity supporters, they already do a lot of work for a South Coast based Charity called Football For Cancer so it was no suprise when I had heard that Lee had signed up to help out for another charity. They are both such selfless people, always ready and willing to help out others expecting nothing back in return.

Lovely Couple!

Lee’s target is to raise £150 and at the point of writing this his just giving page (Check It Out Here) is already at £115! It would be fantastic if we could get Lee over and above his target. I asked Lee to fill me in on why this bike ride as I know he enjoys getting out on his mountain bike but this is a long challenging route. Lee has told me that although the 6-8 hour bike ride probably wont be enjoyable, but is looking forwards to the distance and the heights that he will be experiencing especially as the route is graded it as a 4, which is considered one of the most difficult routes and are suitable for experienced riders with above average cycling skills and fitness. Having said that Lee is looking forward to the sites that he is going to see on the way. The route itself starts off in Roehampton taking the riders through Richmond Park into Kingston on Thames and Surbiton. They will travel through parts of Surrey and the South Downs National Park before ending up on Hove Beach!

I am hoping the weather takes a turn for the better towards the end of September so that Lee doesn’t turn up at the finish line soaked to the bones! Lee has said it will be a really good challenge for him and will give him something to really push himself, Matt is going to be taking Lee to the starting point on that Saturday and myself and Hayley are going to make sure we are at the end (after some shopping in Brighton) to see him finish!

An After Shot From A Different Race This Year!

So keep your eyes peeled in a few weeks as I will keep you all updated with Lee’s progress, in the mean time why not donate the price of your morning coffee on Lee’s Just Giving Page and make sure you gift aid your donation too!

Love

Emma xxx

Review Of 2014

Wow, I can’t believe we are already in 2015! 2014 went super quick and soo much happened. I went a week without technology, had & threw up afternoon tea at The Ritz, saw a fashion show at London Fashion Week, Milked A Cow, went on a road trip to Ohio, went to a Rodeo in Ohio (in a maxi dress!), had a photo shoot with my mum, went on a spa weekend with Hayley and finally made my own Christmas cards!

As well as all of that I had 2 holidays, brought a new car, broke my foot, went to the grand national, reunited with old friends, lost new friends and caught lightening bugs in America. To say it has been a quiet year would be a bit of an understatement. However, for some reason whenever anyone says to me “oh what have you been up to?” I never seem have much to report back, which in actual fact is a LIE!

I cant really say what my favourite thing of 2014 was as I have a lot of happy memories and ones that I will treasure forever. There have been some sad times as well, Matt & I know people that have ended relationships, lost family members and experienced a lot of sadness this year.

I am really excited to see what 2015 has in store for me, I know that one thing is for sure I am fly to VEGAS in April! I cannot wait, I am sooo excited! I have also started number 24 – its a bit hard to find something to take a picture of everyday, but I am excited to look back on them in a years time! There are 2 more things that I would like to cross of this year, but I am going to keep them for myself and surprise you all when I announce them! People often ask each other, what New Year’s resolutions they are making; I cant help but feel that you are setting yourself up for failure, especially if they are diet or fitness related. I have made 3 resolutions for this year, but these are things I started doing at the beginning of December:

Be Kinder To Myself – dont put too much pressure on myself to hit certain goals, just enjoy life

Make More Effort With Those That Make The Effort With Me – I am not great at texting people back or calling people, but I am concious that I dont want to lose friendships that I have, so I am going to make the effort more, especially with those that always make an effort to reach out to me.

Save At Least 12k By The End Of The Year – I already have about a 3rd of this saved, so its a reasonable goal, but one that I want to achieve to get my own home!

Have you made any resolutions for the new year? what were your favourite things of 2014?

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Relaxed Cows – Number 23!

OK, a few months ago my friend Hayley said she would love to do a girly spa break with me to cross something off my list. Things happened and we never got round to organising anything! As it was coming up to her birthday, I thought, why not organise something around that! We were heading to London anyway, so I spoke to her other half and booked a hotel and a treatment at a spa near Choccywoccydoodah!

The spa is called Cowshed; they have 6 spa’s in the UK, 3 in USA and 1 in Germany. You can also purchase their products from lots of stores across the country. We visited their Spa in Carnaby Street and from the minute we stepped in there I felt so relaxed even after battling though the crazy Christmas shoppers to get there!

We were booked in for a Ultimate Cowshed Manicure and it was just lovely! First off we were asked to pick a nail polish, which is easier said then done, once that was picked we were given a relaxing hand massage then whilst our hands were in a warming mask we were treated to head and shoulder massage. It was lovely! I honestly think I fell asleep at one point!

Not only is it a spa, they also sell their own products, ranging from candles to body lotions to baby products. My favourite thing about their products is that they are called things like knackered cow, horny cow, moody cow. I love the play on words aspect of it, it just makes products so much more fun!

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I have to say, overall the spa experience we had was 10/10 we both love our nails and had a lovely relaxing experience! I would definitely go back!

Blogging To Christmas Part II

Part 2…….Christmas Movies

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas movie? Sitting by the tree and watching a classic on the TV! I was at the Christmas Ideal Home Show the other week and as we were walking round there was a group of people gathered on some sofa’a and bean bags, I wasn’t sure why at first, but as we walked past they were all sat watching Miracle On 34th Street! All of them, from young kids to grown men were completely engrossed in the movie & as we walked past, I felt comforted by the music and the section of the film as it’s one that I have watched as a young girl. That’s the thing with Christmas movies, they all start to eventually have a memory to them! Now trying to work out what are my favourites is a bit difficult, but I have listed a few that I would defiantly recommend watching with a hot chocolate!

Elf

Well why not! It’s one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, always puts a smile on my face. This has to be one of my favorite parts

The Santa Clause (and you have to watch ALL 3)

For me Tim Allen IS Father Christmas, I love all 3 films and I have to watch all 3 before Christmas as well.

The Polar Express

I have asked a few people about this movie and always get mixed reviews! I love the believing aspect behind this film, it is always something that my dad has drummed into myself and my brother, especially as there is 9 years between us, I had to keep believing because of my little brother when I stopped believing. So if your little ones are at the age where they are questioning is “he” real? Sit them down in front of this and I think it will help install 1 more year of magic!

Love Actually

Because LOVE is important at this time of year and everyone loves a rom-com that’s based around Christmas!

It’s A Wonderful Life

For as long as I can remember my dad has watched this every year when he is writing his Christmas cards. Mum & I always tease him because its an old black and white film, but without walking in the house and hearing this film on it wouldn’t be Christmas!

White Christmas

I only watched this film for the first time about 4 years ago, on Christmas Eve before going to church (more on that in another post!)So now I have to watch it every Christmas Eve before going to Church!

I hope this has given you some idea’s on movies to watch, perhaps there might even be some that you haven’t seen and are thinking you might give them a watch! I promise, you wont be disappointed!