Thursday, 24 December 2015

The 24 days of Christmas Films

Hello!

Can't quite believe it's Christmas Eve already.  Like every year the build up seems to last forever and then all of sudden it's Christmas Eve and close to being all over!

This was the first time I didn't have an advent calendar so I decided to watch a Christmas film everyday until Christmas.  I actually thought 24 films would be quite difficult but turns out I've managed to watch more than 24 and I still have some left to watch!!

Here is a round up of how I have spent numerous hours of my life this month:-

Day 1 - Jingle all the Way 
Day 2 - The Santa Clause
Day 3 - Home Alone 2 - Lost in New York
Day 4 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Day 5 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Day 6 - Frozen
Day 7 - Bad Santa
Day 8 - Fred Claus
Day 9 - Christmas with the Kranks 
Day 10 - Deck the Halls
Day 11 - Scrooged
Day 12 - The Bishop's Wife
Day 13 - Santa Who?
Day 14 - Serendipity 
Day 15 - The Nightmare Before Christmas
Day 16 - Charming Christmas
Day 17 - Sleepless in Seattle
Day 18 - Home Alone
Day 19 - Arthur Christmas
Day 20 - Love Actually
Day 21 - Die Hard 2 -Die Harder
Day 22 - (i) Polar Express  (ii) Elf
Day 23 - (i) Miracle on 34th Street  (ii) The Grinch  (iii) The Muppet Christmas Carol
Day 24 - It's a Wonderful Life

Most of them I have seen before and will no doubt watch again next year but there a few that I would put on the "bah humbug" list and wouldn't care if I never seen them again, namely Fred Claus, Deck the Halls, Santa Who? and Christmas with the Kranks.  They were all a bit "meh".  Polar Express was a good story but the weird real life animation killed it for me, so I probably wouldn't watch that again.

Some of them may not be full on traditional Christmas films but Christmas is featured in all of them (apart from Frozen, but come on there is snow and a snowman so it's practically Christmas without even knowing it!)

Hard to believe that I have managed to miss a few, like Die Hard and Gremlins but don't worry because that's my Boxing Day sorted!  

Hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Wedding // New York - Part 2

Hello, it's finally here, New York Part 2 - THE WEDDING!!

I think most people know by now that Barry and I decided to turn our holiday in New York into a honeymoon on August 26th.  We have been together for 13 years (or thereabouts!) and the traditional wedding route was never one that appealed to us.  Of course, when I was a kid I wanted to get married and wear a big dress, but then you grow up and realise there's a lot more to getting married than a dress.  Walking down the aisle, the first dance, speeches, seating plans, not to mention the years of planning involved, all of it just filled me with dread rather than excitement.

I'm also quite stubborn and the fact that so many people assume when you've been with someone for X amount of years that your sitting waiting for a ring.......because of course every girl is just waiting to get married. *insert new eye rolling emoji*.  I mean no offence to anyone who has marriage high on their list of priorities, it just wasn't high on mine.  

It was only recently that I realised I wasn't actually opposed to marriage, I just didn't want a wedding, and all the jazz that goes with it.   

Sadly there is no romantic back story to our elopement. We were all booked for New York, it was our first big holiday since we went on our very first holiday together 10 years ago.  I just casually said one night "why don't we get married in New York?" (I think I was dreaming about being Carrie Bradshaw!).  I guess technically I proposed, but then I kinda sat back and let Barry do the planning.  I suppose you could say I took on the man's role when it came to wedding planning.  Ask the question and then do nothing until the big day!  I would have made a rubbish bridezilla!



I had initially wanted to get married in City Hall (still dreaming of being Carrie!) but Barry wasn't as keen. That's when we (or should I say Barry) found Stylish & Hip Weddings, who not only do photography but also carry out ceremony's. As long as you have less than 25 people attending you can actually get married anywhere in New York! We decided on Dumbo in Brooklyn because it was a little bit quieter than Manhattan (part of me wanted to get married in the exact spot Chuck and Blair did but I had to remind myself I wasn't a character from Gossip Girl).

After the ceremony we had the photographer for an hour and Dumbo is a great area for colourful street art and cobbled streets. 



Once the photos were taken care of we went to Grimaldi's for pizza, then on to Big Gay Ice Cream for what Barry will tell was the best ice cream ever - I'll tell you it was ok - I'd be just as happy with a cone from ikea. Barry is a connoisseur of ice cream though so he's probably more knowledgeable than me.

After a quick stop at the hotel we headed out to Central Park to watch The Blues Brothers. As far as wedding nights go it was a pretty good one. The Blues Brothers soundtrack has now become our wedding playlist. If your ever in New York and the Film Festival is running then definitely go along, it's free and such good fun watching a film outside. Just make sure you are prepared. We turned up with some juice and not much else whilst everyone around us had full on picnics, blankets and pillows!! Rookie mistake!

Oh and our wedding cake was red velvet cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery!



I suppose I should also discuss the small matter of what I wore. I didn't really know what sort of dress I wanted as long as it was something I could wear again. As soon as I seen Alexa Chung wearing this dress from the Topshop Unique Pre-Fall collection I knew it was the one. The only problem would be getting my hands on it! Both Barry and myself signed up to be alerted when the pre-sale went live. I'm so used to getting Topshop emails I never even noticed the vital email one night, telling me that the line went on sale at 6pm! D'oh! In swoops Barry to the rescue......After the first few being "nicked" from his shopping bag whenever he tried to go to the checkout he finally bagged one. It was a size too big but some minor alterations sorted that.

One thing I loved about the dress was that I didn't need any accessories. The sleeves and neckline were more than enough and the pretty floral print and floaty fabric made it perfect for a hot summers day in New York.


I'm not a strappy shoe/sandal kinda girl mainly due to hating my feet, so I opted for a lovely pair of grey chelsea boots with a little heel, which were perfect and easy to walk around in. One thing you do a lot of in New York is walk.  And of course I had my little Alexa bag with me....because I clearly love Alexa Chung.





Eloping might not be for everyone but I'm glad I got married in New York. I rarely do anything exciting or cool in life but I don't think you can get much cooler than getting married on a pebbled beach in Brooklyn, with Manhattan as your backdrop! 

If you missed Part 1 you can find it here.  I have added a list of all the things we got up to just to remind myself of how much we actually did, on top of getting married!!  

I am also conscious that it's almost November and I am still writing about Summer....maybe my next post will be more season appropriate.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week and has a spooky Halloween when it arrives!



Getting married in NYC
  • You can apply for your licence up to 21 days before your wedding date. 
  • We applied online before we went and then you take the application to City Hall along with your ID.
  • You can then get married 24 hours after you have your licence processed, at a location of your choice, or in the City Hall chapel.
  • The licence is then signed and witnessed and sent back to the City Clerk office if you choose to get married at your own venue/location (Matt who carried out our ceremony dealt with that part.)
  • Your wedding certificate is then posted to you!  Easy peasy! 





All photos taken by Jenny MacFarlane of Stylish & Hip Weddings

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Summer Holiday // New York - Part 1

Hello!

It's been 6 weeks since my holiday to New York and I'm finally getting round to sharing some pictures.  Only a select few from the hundreds we took so hopefully won't bore anyone too much!  I decided to split my New York posts into two and some of you may already know what Part 2 is going to cover, but for now here's some holiday snaps which include a few outfits as well!  


I chose my Love Too True dress for a visit to the Statue of Liberty and the One World Observatory.  Probably the only time I will ever get to wear this dress with bare legs!  I pretty much lived in these trainers for the duration of the holiday, luckily they went well with most things and to be honest even if they hadn't I probably would still have worn them because comfy feet are a must when in New York.  My jewellery was either simple or non-existent whilst I was away but my favourite Noxious necklace came with me of course.


We had a day where we visited all the museums and of course I sat on the Met Steps. Who cares about the art inside! I took quite a few pictures on the steps actually....I have been very good and selected only two. One before I went in and one when I came out! I took every opportunity possible to get my photo taken there. It was one of the highlights of my trip. Sad but true!

My shorts were as a result of some DIY and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.  They were Topshop Mom jeans that I never really wore so decided to cut them into shorts.  I think denim shorts are the hardest thing to find, or at least ones that aren't just denim hotpants, so this way I got to cut them to a length I liked.  


My two favourite things from my museum visits!  A beautiful dress from the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit in the Met and my favourite dinosaur.  Ever since watching The Land Before Time as a kid, Three horns have always been my favourite.


Walking the Brooklyn Bridge was hard going in the heat and anyone who tells you it takes 20 minutes is lying!


And there you have the best of the best of my hundreds of holiday snaps!  

The last picture is where Part 2 will start and will also feature Barry, who was for the most part of our holiday, behind the camera.  You can see Part 2 by clicking here.

We crammed so much into our week that I couldn't possibly share all the pictures but I've provided below a quick run down of how we spent our time in New York.  It was a busy 7 days but the best 7 days!

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.


What Lynnie-Bop did in NYC:-
  • Stayed At: The William, Murrayhill - Amazing hotel and great location.
  • Big Red Bus Company - Night Time Tour (two hours) Great way to see the city lit up at night without having to walk. 
  • Broadway - Hand to God, Booth Theatre - a dark comedy about a possessed puppet! 
  • Central Park Film Festival - Blues Brothers - probably the only thing we did during the week that was free!  
  • Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum (inlcuded in City Pass and includes access to space shuttle)
  • MOMA
  • The Metrapoltion Museum of Art (inlcuded in City Pass) - Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso....the list goes on...and of course the steps!!
  • China Through the Looking Glass (Exhibit at The Met) - the best display of designer dresses I have ever seen! 
  • The Guggenheim - The building itself is a work of art.
  • American Museum of Natural history (included in City Pass) - the dinosaurs! 
  • Top of the Rock (included in City Pass) 
  • Liberty Island (Included in City Pass)
  • The High Line / Chelsea Market 
  • Walked the Brooklyn Bridge
  • One World Observatory - 360 degree views of New York!
  • Ground Zero Memorial.
  • Shopping - Saks, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Henri Bendel just to name a few.  
*City Pass - Gives you access to 6 attractions at a discounted price.


Saturday, 11 July 2015

OOTD // A Little Lady in a Big Skirt



Sunglasses - Primark // T-shirt - Abandon Ship Apparel // Leather Jacket - Miss Selfridge (old) // Skirt - Topshop (sale) // Boots - Deichmann (ancient!) // Necklaces - Shop Noxious

Hello!

Hope everyone has been enjoying summer so far, although you would think it had been cancelled with the amount of summer sales just now!  I do love summer and the long days and nights it brings, but for me, summer clothing isn't something I go crazy for.  I'm not a fan of flashing the flesh as soon as the sun makes an appearance.

Midi skirts are perfect for hot summer days if your not a fan of showing off your legs, and this beauty from Topshop makes a statement too, with its structured shape and volume.   I also managed to get it on sale at £20 from £55!  Bargain!  I swooned over it when it was full price but was good and didn't buy it.  Clearly getting it on sale was my reward for being so restrained.

I have to confess I wasn't sure I was going to keep it when it first arrived.  When I put it on I felt like it swamped me and I was just this little person in a huge skirt!  Weirdly though, that's also what I loved about it!  

Keeping it was definitely the right choice but I did find it quite hard to style.  The volume of the skirt makes it difficult to wear a jacket with (jackets are my nemesis).  I knew it had to be cropped, and luckily the one cropped jacket I own, worked perfectly.  I've had this leather jacket for years and cutting the sleeves off was the best bit of  DIY alterations I've ever done.

Without a wee heel the skirt did make me look a little dumpy (damn my short legs!) so I went with some old faithful heeled boots.

A simple white tee showed off my lovely Shop Noxious accessories.  The mermaid-esque blue of the druzy necklace tied in nicely with the blue of the skirt, and my bag added another splash of colour.

Once again I've been lazy (no surprise there) and my hair is most definitely blonde now.  I quite like it though so might just keep it like this until my next visit to the hairdressers.  I've been toying with the idea of ditching the bleach after summer, as I seem to be living in a constant state of paranoia about the condition of my hair, and the amount that falls out!  Maybe it's time for a break - no (hair) pun intended!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and thanks to anyone for stopping by!
All images taken by Jennifer McKee

Monday, 9 March 2015

OOTD // Love Too True!





Dress // Love Too True
Tshirt // Topshop
Necklaces // Traditional Heart, Noxious and Evil Twin via Depop
Ring // Traditional Heart
Earrings // Vivienne Westwood
Boots // Dr Martens
Bag // Cambridge Satchel



Hello, and happy Monday!  Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

I'm so excited about this outfit post because once again I left the safety of my garden and headed into the city centre with Jennifer, from Glasgowfashiongirl, where we were each others photographers for the day.

Considering the pictures were taken at 9.30am, on a cold and windy Sunday morning at Glasgow's Clyde side, I'm really happy with how they turned out! Jennifer, I'd happily let you be my photographer again! Sorry, Barry, you have some competition!

Today's outfit (and Jennifer's too!) is all about this lovely little slip dress from Love Too True.  Love Too True is run by two sisters, Gemma and Laura, and all their items are hand made by them.  I fell in love with them when I stumbled across their pink tartan two piece,  which I featured in an outfit post you can find here, and from then on I knew I had to own one of their slip dresses too.  I missed out on a yellow tartan dress they made last year and regretted not buying it, but then I seen this lovely yellow checked number and all was well in the world again!  

The slip dress is surprisingly easy to style and looks great layered over anything from a tshirt to a polo neck. A polo neck would certainly have been cosier than the grey tshirt I went with.  They also come in a variety of colours so there really is something for everyone!

Anyone who knows me, will know I have a slight obsession with necklaces (like handbags, you can never have too many) so I layered up three of my favourites for this outfit. I went with grey tights to tie in with my tshirt and wore my navy docs to try and toughen up my image.........thankfully my newly shaved head has now grown a five o'clock shadow and I don't look quite as menacing as I did last week.......Finally, I added my pink satchel for some girly cuteness!

Now, remember I mentioned the yellow tartan dress I missed out on last year? Well, you can see how the lovely Jennifer styled hers by clicking here! Admittedly, I hate her a little bit for owning the dress but she certainly does it justice!

Thank you to anyone for reading and hope you have a lovely week ahead!





Images taken by Jennifer McKee