Tuesday, 17 December 2013

And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy, throw your arms around the world at Christmas time

I'm a sucker for a good Christmas jumper. So when I spotted this one in a vintage shop right here in DC (despite it being a children's jumper and requiring me to cut the sleeves in order for it to fit) it was clear it was coming home with me. It has real bells so it jingles as you move, joy! And just as well because shortly after I was contacted about a little Christmas collaboration between Westfield shopping centres and children's charity Save the Children...

Post a selfie in your Christmas jumper and Westfield will donate £10 to Save the Children. Love. There are an estimated 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK and worldwide more than 8 million children died last year, most from preventable diseases*. And through their work in 2012 Save the Children were able to help 10 million children. So if a few pics of me goofing around my Christmas jumper can help, i'm in. x

* facts via Save the Children

Monday, 9 December 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

... or should that be "the holidays". Meh, it's all "Happy Holidays" over here. It's Merry Christmas people! 

Back home in the UK I don't think I get into the Christmas spirit until maybe two weeks before the big day. But here in the US i've been in full Christmas swing since the end of November.  As soon as Halloween is over everything Halloween gets swapped straight out for Christmas so it's ready for Thanksgiving, which feels like a test run for the big day.  Decorations are up, Christmas music is blaring out from every available speaker and the Christmas films on tv kick off. But the one thing that really makes it feel like Christmas? Snow. And today it arrived, woop woop! It just ain't a proper Christmas without snow. And when you don't need to leave the house and can appreciate it from your balcony, even better. Happy Holidays Merry Christmas. x

I have been without decent gloves for ages, until I remembered that I had an old pair of my grandmother's. 
She actually wore this pair to my mum and dad's wedding back in 1978!

Our neighbours, who have a HUGE balcony, have covered it in mini Christmas trees. Love. 

The breakdown
Coat: vintage
Dress: vintage (the Bot HATES this dress - reckons I look like a nurse in it.  And not in the sexy hot way, ha ha!)
Boots: Dune
Glove: vintage

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The cheerleaders and the jocks

OMG, OMG, OMG!!! At the grand old age of 31 I finally got to go to a high school football game.  And it is EXACTLY like the movies; the jocks, the cheerleaders, the kids that just come along so they can smoke under the bleechers. Ah it was so cool! 

We were up in New Jersey for Thanksgiving with our friends and their cousin was playing so we all bundled up and freezed our asses off to watch the last game of the season.  It was totally worth it. I was so tempted to stand up on the bleechers and start belting out summer lovin'. Instead we stuck to reciting the cheerleaders chants, "Six more! Six more! Come on GL let's up that score!".

The marching band from the rival team 

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