Thursday, January 19, 2017

What I Wore in NYC

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Hello from NYC!! Kidding, I'm home now sadly. These shots were taken on Bleecker Street, which I've been curious about ever since I first heard Paolo Nutini singing 'took her down Bleeeecker Street', which resulted in me and Megan singing it almost the entire time we were there. Which I'm pretty sure everyone around us loved. Now I won't go into too much detail about where we went or what we did or why we were there because I want to cover that in separate (big) blog posts, so today I'll just talk about what I'm a-wearin. 

It was ridiculously cold in NYC, it actually snowed the day these were taken which, although magical, resulted in me believing that my hands could and would fall off at any minute. For this reason I had shoite tonnes of layers on. And I mean shoite tonnes. Under my polo neck (which is a wee cheapie from New Look and one of my favourite things at the moment) I had on two long sleeved tops and a second polo neck. If you want to look like you've gained a stone overnight, ladies and gentleman, this is how to do it. I popped my all saints coat over the top - I've already dedicated an entire post to how much I love it so I'll say no more - and, for added warmth, my new Toppers beanie. Good innit? You know I'm not a woman of colour so it's nice to have a little splash of it in the form of the neon furry bawwwble. Oh, and from these glasses too! I have three pairs of sunglasses I rotate between; my Celines, my Ray-Bans and these, but these have been getting a lot of face time recently I have to say. I've also got on my Office studded boots which a lot of you have been asking about lately. They're v comfy and go with pretty much everything. A real shoe hero.


And I'll be back soon with my full New York posts! I'm off to London this weekend for an exciting project too, all of which will be revealed next month. For now, I need to get rid of this jetlag. I think you do that by eating lots and lots of chocolate. Right...?  


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Photos by Megan Smellaby  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Vienna: A Mini-Guide

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We spent our last trip of the year in Vienna at the beautiful Hotel Altstadt which is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and, I have to say, is one of my favourite hotels I’ve ever stayed in. We arrived in the evening (in the freezing cold – Vienna is not a warm place in December), tired from a day of travelling; but from the minute we stepped in we were grinning like two Cheshire cats. On Valium. And that’s only partly because there were chocolate and homemade cookies waiting at reception. We received such a lovely welcome – the staff there are so, so lovely and helpful – and after we were given a wee talk through the local restaurants and goings on in the area we were taken up to our room. Wait till you see this..
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Holy Moly. That’s all I can say. It’s so very rare that you walk into a hotel room and find it designed exactly to your taste, but I immediately decided I’d like to re-ceate it completely for myself. I just need somewhere with very, very high ceilings. You walk in to be greeted by an amazing big bed which sits on top of a round rug, under a huge chandelier and, once you’ve spent a little while staring at that with your mouth open, you turn around and see, what’s that? IT’S ONLY A FREE STANDING BATH. Oh how I love a free standing bath. Then there’s a desk area with espresso maker, a big open wardrobe, bookshelves with mini bar and surround sound and a little sofa area with a coffee table that turns into a chess board. Really just everything you could ever want.

Sidenote: I haven’t played chess since I was a child and have since discovered that I’m not only horrible at chess, I’m a horrible loser too. 
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The food in the hotel is lovely too, with a different breakfast menu every morning. You have certain elements that stay the same, like the bread table, the continental buffet, the cereals and the champagne (oh yes) but each day the main menu will change. On the first day I had farmer’s omelette, the second I had poached eggs and spinach and the last I haaad porridge maybe? I can’t remember, but I can tell you it was good. They also do free tea, cake and Milka chocolates every day from 4-6pm so we’d do a little explore each afternoon and then come back to warm up with a nice hot tea and some (ok, lots of) chocolate in front of the fire and the big Christmas tree. It’s one of those hotels that you don’t want to use only for sleeping, so we did do a fair bit of popping back and forward, sometimes just to look at the beautiful bath for a while. Kidding. Kind of.
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Vienna itself is so beautiful, especially in Wintertime. We wandered round different Christmas markets (the best one being the big one at Rathaus, I made an unexpected squeal when I saw it, it really catches you off-guard it's so beautiful), fueled by delicious gluhwein, took in the view from the top of St Stephen’s cathedral (a definite must-do) and had some amazing, amazing food. Two places I’d really like to recommend that I've not included photos of are A) Pizza Scarabocchio, especially if you’re gluten free. It’s hands down the best gf pizza I’ve ever had and, judging from the tripadvisor reviews, there’s a whole lot of us GFers with the same opinion and b) Der Dachboden bar and lounge. This we stumbled across by accident and it turned out to be my dream bar; if I ever set up my own bar it’d be like this place exactly. But, you know, someone beat me to it. You can go out on the balcony and look right across the whole city with a drink in hand or come indoors where the room's made up of random armchairs and benches and sofas (with the best cocktails you could imagine) and old gramophone music playing. Plus lots and lots of cool characters to watch. It’s on the top floor of a hotel and down in reception you’ll find a cool little sop and an authentic old photoautomat that’ll do you four photos for two euros. Seriously check um both out! 

Amy

Thank you to Hotel Altstadt and Small Luxury Hotels for such a wonderful stay!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Best Coat in The Land

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ALL SAINTS camel coat, sheepskin bag & popcorn jumper (now in sale!) | DOROTHY PERKINS leather look jeans | OFFICE ankle boots | ZARA striped hat

I've been so excited to share this post with you because I think this is seriously the best coat ever. A good camel coat is so hard to find, especially one that fits as well as this, so you can imagine my joy when I came across it. I should have known All Saints would come up trumps, they always do. They also have it in black which, being the sicko as I am, I'm kind of eyeing up too? I don't have a smart black coat ok.. leave me alone. I popped it on with this wee jumper of theirs along with my new Office boots. That's right, it's been quite the month for my wardrobe. My Mum has a pair like this but they'd sold out so, again, joy when I came across these (I know, someone get me to shopaholics anonymous). They're ridiculously comfy too, this was first wear and I managed to get away with an all-day wear without an ache or pain in sight. 

As you may know from my excitable instagrams, I'm off to New York today! It's my first time out there and I'm so excited I could do a little wee. We'll mainly be venturing round the wonderful Simon shopping centres (more shopping - I'll be in my element) but we have a wee day off so I'll be getting my explorers hat firmly on. I'll be updating all my socials while we're out there so if you fancy keeping up with what we're up to then that's the place to head!

Amy

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Postcards From Amsterdam

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The Little Magpie Amsterdam The Little Magpie Amsterdam The Little Magpie AmsterdamWhy, hello there. How are you? If you follow me over on the ole social media you might remember that a couple of weeks ago I had myself a little jaunt over to Amsterdam. It was a wee whirlwind trip, a stop-over before our flight to Vienna, but long enough to remind me how much I love it there. For this reason, sadly, my post isn't my usual big, fat recommendations post but more just some snapshots to show you how ridiculously beautiful it is at this time of year. It's a really great place to head for a mini break as, if you don't have much time, you can easily just wander round and take in all the beautiful canals, stopping off for a drink or a cwaffee in all the cafes along the way and feel like you've done enough. The weather when we went in mid-December was cold but not too cold, and - thankfully - dry the whole time, which made for the perfect wandering around conditions. It's a magical time of year to go as all the Christmas lights are up, there's a little ice rink set up down beside the Rijksmuseum complete with market and there's just a lovely festive feel in the air.


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We stayed in the amazing CitizenM hotel, which I would recommend time and time again. If you've stayed in one before you'll know roughly what it's like, as they're all quite uniform ,which is nice; like a little home from home. It sits right beside a tram stop that'll take you directly into the centre of town in ten minutes or so, but is far enough out that it's nice and quiet at night (have I ever sounded older? Probably not). Oh, and it's a five/ten minute train from the airport too! The rooms are lovely; they're not massive but they're got everything you'd need from a big comfy king-size bed, to mood lighting to a big, beautiful wall to wall window. The tv in your room also offers free movies, so if you're tired after a long day of exploring then you can kick back in your big bed and watch one of those. The only thing I would say is that the bathroom is a little cubicle in the middle of the room rather than being separate so, although there's frosted glass, it's not that private. We were fine with it, but if you're planning on travelling with someone you're maybe not that close with then it's something to consider!

And there we have it, a whistle-stop tour of Amsterdam! I'm sorry I couldn't fill it with more detail, but I hope it gave you a nice little feel for the place. Next time I go back I'll go for a little longer so I can do you a full recommendations post, promise (yes, I've just made an excuse to go back).

Amy

Thank you to CitizenM for a wonderful stay!