Friday, 30 May 2014

Road trip!


Tomorrow morning we're heading off on our second American road California. I'm way too excited and am singing California Dreaming by the Beach Boys on repeat.

We're visiting San Fran, Napa, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Big Sur, Santa Barabara and ending up in LA. Arghhhhhh! I'm not sure which part i'm most excited about although the yurt with ocean views and skylight in Big Sur sounds pretty magical.

See you in a few weeks :-)

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Maternity style ::: 16 weeks

...and super stretchy maxi dresses are my new best friend.

Thanks goodness for jersey knits. And lycra, seeing as i've most definitely "popped" and everything is a little, well, tight. My ass is now losing the battle for biggest bump and my ability to right myself solo is dwindling quickly. And I can't stop rubbing my bump...I feel like Aladdin and the lamp. It's seriously addictive.

My mum came to visit over the weekend which was the perfect excuse to be a tourist in the city we call home, and to discover some new local sights. We drove out to the Eastern Shore, crossing the vast Chesapeake Bay and over to St. Michaels, a little seaside town in Maryland. It was perfectly quaint and the perfect spot to enjoy the bank holiday sunshine.

The breakdown
Dress: Primark
Shoes: Kate Kanzier
Bag: Everlane

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Introducing BB

The Bot and I are on a bit of a 'life milestone' roll at the the past 1 1/2 years we've got married, bought our first flat and emigrated to America. So it made sense that we keep up the momentum...and in November we'll be welcoming the newest member of our clan, BB aka Baby Bot. And this is definitely the one we're least prepared for!

Being pregnant is a whole new ballgame. But so far my experience is this:

Big boobs
Lots of nap time
Guilt-free Nutella eating

Nausea - if you'd brought a pickle or some garlic near me in the past 3 months i'd have knocked you out
No alcohol - I guess this is also a plus as i'm totally hangover free but I am missing my G&T
Excessive peeing
My body resembles a map of all the world's rivers (50% extra blood = crazy veins)

I've also discovered that 90% of my wardrobe is going to be pretty much unusable for the next 6 months...damn you 50s and your accentuated waists! But hello maternity shopping! I'll be sharing weekly photos from here on in to document my ever expanding belly and how on earth you dress yourself without an unlimited budget, personal stylist and personal dressmaker. Watch this space.

Happy Thursday y'all xxx

The breakdown
Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Kate Kanzier
Watch: Olivia Burton
Necklace: my grandmother's
Sunnies: M&S

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Hot town, summer in the city

And so it begins. I'd been told springtime in DC is short and sweet. A welcomed gap between winter and summer that is gone almost as soon as it arrives. Last month it was snowing, then we had some glorious spring days intertwined with torrential downpours. And this week...boom, temps in the high 80s / 30C. Hello summer!

I knocked up this skirt back in November thinking it would be a good wintery skirt 'cos the polka dots sort of look like snow. But it never quite worked. Until Now. The material is stiff and billows out which is perfect on these humid days when you want as little material touching skin as possible (and can't wear those daisy dukes because, well, no-one wants to see that).

This summer i'm looking forward to the free outdoor concerts and movie screenings which take place every week here in DC. And air-conditioning. Tootles x

The breakdown
Top: H&M
Skirt: Handmade
Necklace: my grandmother's
Sunnies: M&S

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Winging it

This weekend as we stumbled around our neighborhood and checked out the inaugural U street funk parade (queue some awesome block street parties) we happened upon this rad art installation. How cool? So of course I dragged the Bot down the following day to take some snaps. But let me be clear, I do not under any circumstances wonder around in heels, i'm very much the flat shoe kinda gal...but we were en route to brunch with a friend and walking was strictly limited. Actually, we cycled. In heels. Me, not the Bot. Cycling in heels is so much easier than walking in them. Trust. Anyway, i've digressed. But did I even have a point? Ah art installation. DC rocks.

Happy Thursday. x 

The breakdown
Skirt: ASOS
Shoes: Next

Friday, 2 May 2014

Mama don't want no peas or rice

Summer = festivals. Ever since the Bot took me to my first festival, the Big Chill, back in 2008 there is nothing I love more than setting up camp with a load of mates, spending my days lounging on the grass in the sunshine, listening to music and partying until the sun comes up (yes, I have of course deleted all those rainy festivals from memory).

We missed out last year what with emigrating and all that. So when the Bot stumbled upon the Kingman Island Bluegrass & folk festival right here in DC we thought we'd give it a shot. That's right, a festival on an island. Boom. And local bike shop BicycleSPACE had conveniently organised a group bike ride to the island. Double boom. So we hopped on our bikes and headed east. A British festival it was not. We were not partying until the wee hours (you could only buy beer, and that was with a special token) BUT it was pretty darn nice to chill out on the grass, by the water, in the sunshine, and listen to some very American music. Roll on summer fun times. x

Source: BicycleSPACE