Saturday, 20 February 2016

FIVE FOR FRIDAY #48


It feels like a long time since I've put fingertips to Mac for a post on here. February has so far been the craziest month of my life. All of the shoe shows are back to back so I've been living out of a suitcase and darting around from airport to airport since 8th February. I flew from Dusseldorf to Milan, had a half day turn around then flew out to New York, which is where I sit typing from now. I'm here for a week before heading back to the UK...for two weeks, then a holiday to Barcelona is on the cards with the boy. 

While I've been away, I got pretty sick. Somehow I managed to power through and still had a great time, I'm still not entirely sure where that energy and determination came from. 

So I've just been trapped on a plane for 8 hours, I'm pretty knackered BUT I'm about to throw on my coat and head over to walk the Highline and more than likely head out to Macy's for a bit of retail therapy. I've also just booked a nail appointment before I leave because I can't cope with how awful my nails look lately!

Anyway, I thought I'd say hello...it's been a while and, unless you follow me on Instagram, I wondered whether you might be thinking 'is she alive? Has she deserted her teeny tiny patch of the internet?' No, I'm just bloody busy and, despite lots of waiting around in airport time, I've not felt like I've got LOADS to say...unless it's whinging about illness/airports/taxi drivers.

I'm spending all of next week in Manhattan, working and having a bit of time of myself. Where better to do that than the Big Apple? It really is possibly my favourite city in the world.

This week's Five For Friday goes a little bit like this...

Opportunities - if you look back years and years ago, travelling all over the globe wasn't quite so easy as it is these days. Hop on a Virgin Atlantic Airbus from Heathrow and you're at JFK in less than 8 hours. Pretty special, hey? The opportunities that have come from those clever people out there that are forever advancing the technology of planes have led us onto a pretty good deal. I'm forever pinching myself that I get to travel the way I do.

Duty Free - this week I've been appreciating Duty Free. It doesn't save you masses of money but every little helps, doesn't it? I've picked up a few new items of makeup, some perfume and generally just browsed leisurely because I've got so much damn time to spare.

Helpful Hotel Staff - big up to the staff at Una Tocq Hotel in Milan and the lovely lady on reception at the Hotel Indigo in Chelsea that's just checked me in. Seriously, friendly and helpful staff after a couple of weeks of travelling are EVERYTHING. It really makes life easier and I feel instantly more homely. I stayed at a Hilton last night near Heathrow and they were so miserable, it made me feel really uneasy during my stay. Una Tocq in Milan and Hotel Indigo in Chelsea (W 28th Street) are ALWAYS fantastic, hence why I keep going back.

Buffalo Mozzarella in Italy - Ain't nothing quite like it! Authentic, tasty...I can't leave the damn stuff alone. Ladybu do the best mozzarella; we had a platter of eight different types and it blew my mind. I'm going to do a 'where to eat in Milan' soon as I've gone back to a few of my favourites this time and they're well worth a visit if you're in the area. 

Travel Perks - Getting engrossed in a book, watching a few new films, snoozing, a plane row to yourself - you've got to get the perks somewhere. I've been pretty lucky and not been stuck next to anybody on my Dusseldorf or NYC flights. Milan wasn't too bad as they were a friendly Father and Son but particularly on the 8 hour NYC flight I could sprawl out across two seats and actually have a bit of a snooze. I've finally started to get my teeth into Game of Thrones (late to the party, I know!) but I feel like despite all of this waiting around in airports, monotonous plane journeys and general complaints and being away from home (I realise how lucky I am but the glam side of the travel is NOT airports or planes), it's been nice to read, watch films and grab sleep where possible.

A little travel heavy but hey, that's my month. 

This weekend I plan to eat at the Spotted Dog, The Frying Pan and hopefully a few other DELICIOUS places. If you've got any recommendations, throw them my way!

Have a fab weekend and let's catch up very soon!

xo

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