Sunday, 22 January 2012

Paris, je t'aime

Paris is a love affair that will last a lifetime. I could never get bored of hopping on the Eurostar and then about 2 hours later, stepping off the train hearing that all familiar bah-bah-bah-bah sound announcing arrivals / departures at Gare du Nord.

It suddenly occurred to me that I never shared photos from my Paris trip *bad blogger* I have created a photo diary of my time there – better late than never, eh? 

At silly o’clock in the morning, I boarded the Eurostar equipped with a French inspired breakfast and a very apt book

Arrived at the hotel in Paris expecting a bog standard room (which in Paris is usually tiny and like living in a broom cupboard) but was pleasantly surprised by an unexpected upgrade to an Executive room.

All excitable, I skipped down the (very pretty) corridors in search of the room.

Nothing could have prepared me for this. I was speechless.

Every last detail was beautiful.

Ever since losing my single bed at home and gaining a double, I can only sleep in doubles now – they’re just so comfy!

Bathroom was a little weird though. There was a blind so anyone in the bedroom could look in at you showering ~kinky~ … and oddly enough, the blind couldn’t be controlled by the person showering – full control went to whoever was in the room.

Thierry Mugler shower goodies!

The Executive key card also gave you exclusive access to the roof. Coming out of the lift, I could already see the Eiffel Tower

There were amazing views of Paris

Notre Dame a stones throw away!

Then time for a well deserved 3 course lunch. Warm goats cheese salad to start.

Followed by red wine (cheaper than soft drinks - no joke!) and one of the best beef bourguignons I’ve ever had in my entire life

With mousse au chocolat to finish

Feeling very full, it was then time to start finding some Christmas markets

One was even pumping out real ice / snow!

And you could hire shoes to go walking on it!

One stall was selling the cutest jewellery

I loved the patterns on their bracelets

Then moved on to the Champs-Elysees

Which had massive woks of food

And very pretty lights that I may have to track down and buy next year!

Back in the room, Thierry Mugler pampered me and I made full use of the freebies

The next morning, ventured on to admire Notre Dame’s architecture

Then went in search of a third Christmas market

Here, the cognac and liquors stall caught my eye. After some cheeking tastings, I bought two bottles of liquor - one biscuit and the other chocolate flavoured 

Feeling quite tipsy and in need of sobering up, had a lovely Corsican inspired hot sandwich with chicken and lots of peppers

The speciality Christmas decorations stores in Paris were amazing

I could have spent hours there

Time was running out, so I visited the Louvre

Alas, then it was time to head back to the Eurostar and check in. So that was my trip to Paris in a nutshell! I can’t wait to go back later in 2012... A bientôt Paris!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Let down and hanging around, crushed like a bug in the ground, let down and hanging around

Oh H&M, how you have let me down.

I found this knitted wonder hanging in my wardrobe unworn and still with tags attached. Ashamed to have abandoned it for all of this time, I decided it was The Day to finally get some wear out of it.

But alas, I suddenly discover a hole in the armpit that I didn’t notice before in the shop when I bought it. A little hole mind, but an unwelcome apparition all the same. Annoyed doesn’t quite cut it. And seeing as I purchased this jumper months back, my rights to return it have expired.

Then I calmed down. It could’ve been worse, right? At least it’s only small. I’ll get my sewing skills to work and then it’ll be auf weidersehn hole!

I’d almost completely forgotten about the H&M jumper I had winging its way to me in the post. An utter impulse buy influenced by Sarah’s blog post and the amazing job she did at styling it. It eventually arrived (later than it said it would) and it was love at first sight. That was until I turned it around and found the mother of all horrors underneath one of the arms: 

This wasn’t merely a hole. This wasn’t something you could just sew up and forget about. This was a crime. I don’t think my pictures do the sheer enormity of the thing justice. I was shocked how no one from H&M noticed this – surely retailers check their goods before sending? I am annoyed for multiple reasons:

  • Although I will probably get some sort of refund, I guess I won’t get the p&p I paid for it back. Which sucks.
  • Despite it being kiddie sized, it fitted like a glove – even the sleeves didn’t come up short (and I expected them to). It’s a shame that something that fits so well could arrive damaged – it’s like rubbing salt into the wound.
  • Since ordering it online, said jumper has been reduced down even further

This has certainly affected my opinion of H&M and I can’t see myself ordering from their website again. I decided to console myself with chocolate. 

Because chocolate never lets you down.

Beyond excited that MaltEaster Bunnies come in a big pack now!

Full marks to everyone who know the song reference in the title! 

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Coachella 2012 line-up

    The Coachella 2012 line-up has been announced and Oh.My.God.

It does not disappoint.

Radiohead, Metronomy, David Guetta, Justice & Kaiser Chiefs 
(to name a few)

All for $269 (or roughly £174 for us Brits!)

I am dusting off my short shorts in anticipation

Need to get me to some sort of festival this year. FACT.

All images: WeHeartIt