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The week that went

So week 1 of 2016 has been and gone. How are we all feeling?

I’ve got to admit I’m feeling pretty good, my boot has come off and I now just have a teeny gel insert for shoes and crutch when needed.  Bye bye booty

Amongst daily work life the biggest thing that’s happened this week is that I am preparing to go on my new year holiday. Every year I like to go away in January, not only is it my birthday this month but also you can get some pretty amazing deals on breaks. 

So this year I’m heading for…….America. I’ve never been to the states before, and may never have an opportunity to go so I’ve decided to cover 2 sides. Las Vegas and New York. I love visiting new places and seeing different cultures but this is my first trip to a county whose first language is the same as my own. 

I’m not sure what to expect, I have met very few Americans in real life and majority of my preconceptions come only from those on tv and film. Not always flattering so hoping real life interaction will dispel these. 

Packing has been a challenge for this holiday as I need to cover 2 different weather situations, mild in Las Vegas and hat scarf and gloves weather for New York 

  All the essential, boots, underwear, crutch!

   As you can see I love a bag or 3!!

  Brrrrr looking like a cold front 

Tomorrow is final day before my trip which for me means repacking  and last minute panic!

Wish me luck

See you on the other side

The year that was…..week 1

So one of my resolutions is to document this year with a weekly Friday post. 

With today being the first of the month I am making a start. 

Ta Da

Who knows what this year will bring but I really hope you join me on here, on Instagram or via snapchat (beckyvworld) and find out with me

Here’s to making the next 366 days count 

Weekend with the Scots 

Hey there, apologies for the radio silence but you know……. Life gets in the way

Anywho I’m back, and I’ve been travelling, well I’ve been to our neighbours in the north. 

That’s right I spent a weekend visiting friends in Edinburgh. A city I found to be more beautiful then I imagined. Not sure if it was because it was all Christmassy with the markets and window displays but beautiful it was. 

I did the usual touristy things, museum, dungeons, castle etc. however I also went to somewhere is never heard before  The real Mary Kings Close , for me this is a must do. You go under the city and see what lies beneath and hear the stories of how the city was for hundreds of years before 

And being a tourist of course I bought the photo 

  
I also visited The Edinburgh Dungeons, in my opinion miles better then it’s London counterpart. The interaction was top level and the story telling was brilliant. Gruesome stories and ghost tales

  
As any friend of mine know I love a little bit of history so a little visit to Edinburgh Castle was a must, situated high above the city it offers impressive views of the city and out to sea  

    
 
And as its December it would be rude not to visit the market, and by this I obviously mean eat all the meat and drink all the mulled cider 

   
    
    
 
Hopefully speak soon but for now I’m of to find some crepes 

I spy with my……. Little Box

So I recently signed up to My Little Box after seeing an Instagram post put up by a friend. And so far I haven’t been disappointed. 

So the premise is every month you receive a ‘little box’ filled with goodies. I’ve tried Birchbox in the past and although I enjoyed some of the samples there were usually a lot that I didn’t end up using. 

In my first Little Box delivery I received, amongst other things a small batik bag and travel document holder which I used a lot on my  recent holiday (Previous blog here)

And this latest delivery didn’t disappoint 

  
  
  
First up was a scarf, oh wait 2 scarves, one blue one black along with cute guide on different ways to wear, perfect since Autumn has well and truly arrived with a brrrrrr
   
 
The beauty samples this month included a red lip gloss stick, my favourite colour, BB creme which I can’t wait to try and a handy handbag sized hairspray, perfect for work bag and evening clutch. 

  
And to get in you the mood for that night disco dancing there’s some nail decals, I’ve never tried them before but definitely going to give these a go and a bottle of Cointreau with handy drink guide!

So now I’m of to try my scarf tying skills and maybe a cheeky Cointreau cocktail

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*this post was not sponsored by any company and all opinions are my own

There goes the neighbourhood…..

Another day another assignment. Be a good neighbour,  not to the people next door to your house,  you know the ones who you awkwardly send a Christmas card to ‘no 9, merry xmas from no 7’. But the ones who exist in blog world.

Now I am guilty of being super excited about getting likes and comments as I am pretty new to the game but reading today’s assignment made me realise how stingy I have been at spreading the neighbourly love.

So I have found myself some new blogs to follow and decided to engage with my fellow bloggers
So here a jyst a few I’ve given a follow/ left a comment for
Hopefully this will encourage me to spend as much time reading and I do writing

1 – Connecting Memories

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This blogger  also has a second blog at Do you see what I see which is also worth checking out

2 – Ruth Writes

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3 – People I met in my Twenties

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4 – Girl Overboard

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5 – Our Daly Life

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Any other recommendations are gratefully received

Does anyone really know you?

So I’ve decided to put a bit more effort into some thing in my life, and this little blog is one of them.

I started blogging in Oct 2014 but then didn’t write another post till January this year.
Mainly I realised I probably didn’t have much to say…..
I still don’t but I say it anyway because,  well why the heck not

So im revisiting my WHY and WHO questions.

My why, why, why? To be honest I don’t know. I have a friend so I consider quite ‘down with it’ ( god that make me sound ancient) who blogs. So I started reading some and following a few others on social media platforms and thought where are all the people like me?! Then I realised that there is only one me and maybe the world would like to know a little more……
That’s not entirely true I thought it would be a place to write about the things I like and things I’m thinking about that I don’t always want to have to justify to others ( come on Facebook own up you judge Judy you)

So the who, that’s slightly easier…..
I’m a northern (UK), 30…… something lady type person who is only just finding out who i am and what i like.

Things i like

1- working out/ trying to be healthy/ losing weight, now before you move on i don’t mean in a whooping, Lycra clad way, calorie obsessed way. I mean in a challenging myself changing my life kind of way, future posts will explain more stay with me on this one.

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2 – i like clothes/ accessories, again stay with me on this one, I’ve spent 15 years dressing in black, baggy unflattering clothes and now i have colour and shape (not just round), as some of my OOTD pics on Instagram. And I love accessories,  mainly as I didn’t have any nice clothes for so long I learnt to love all the extras that go with

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3 – I love beauty and make up products but never get round to starting any kind of regime, maybe I should start soon! 

4 – i will take photos of absolutely anything, recently completed a photography course to learn how to take better ones, again expect plenty of pics popping up every now and then, apologies!

5 – reading and watching films are ny favourite ways to relax.

6 – i love to travel, don’t do enough, need to do more. Past 12 months have seen trips to Brugge, Mexico, Italy,  Dublin and an upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic.

7 – I have a pug, a relatively new addition to my life and he is the best ( not at all biased I assure you)

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8 – I love stationery, more a slight obsession

9 – I have a lot of different hobbies and a master of none.  But I will give anything a go

Hopefully I haven’t lost you and maybe some of you will hang around for more

Weekends away

Last weekend me and some gal pals hopped on a little steel bird and flew all of 20 minutes over the irish sea for a weekend in Dublin. 
We arrived just in time for the start of the St Patricks festival,  which meant the city was even more full with tourists from all over the world and of course plenty of leprechauns

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Anywho I digress, we decided to do something that I love more then anything when in a foreign city…….
OPEN TOP BUS TOUR, in hindsight it was a little to cold for top deck but hey what the heck, I was on my holidays and Chris our driver was a total legend

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We took full opportunity to use the 2 day pass and hop on and off all the way round the city
We stopped at the Guiness Storehouse and went to pint school and enjoyed 2, yes 2 free pints of the black stuff

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Next stop on the tour was Kilmainham Gaol the sight of many imprisonments and executions, including those involved I the 1916 uprising. A very sombre place but one filled with history.

Back on the bus we stopped of for a little warm up drink at the Jameson Whiskey Tour, learning how the drink is made and how to taste the difference between different types, so 3 shots and a whiskey ginger and lime later I was a certified whiskey taster

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And no trip to Dublin would be complete without a trip down Temple Bar, tip of the day bring plenty of €€€€’s but don’t be put of the place is a blast.
And as it was St Patricks day festival. Weekend we of course dressed for the occasion

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So I leave you again and catch you next time I hope

Italia, the end…. and the beginning

Welcome back so where were we? oh yes so moving on from beautiful Florence it’s just another quick (ish) train ride to Venice. nothing could prepare me for just how stunning this city is. even more so i was surprised by the water, now don’t get me wrong i knew the city is built around the grand canal with plenty of little of shoots, but i was surprised by how far into the city these went, but i loved it.

The hotel was a lovely quiet canal, a 10 minute walk from the station with rooms overlooking one of the canals. the room had a gorgeous 4 poster bed, a first for me and shutters instead of curtains outside the large french windows which led to a balcony. The staff also left  helpful hints to enjoy Venice by!

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one of the main attractions in the city is the Doges Palace, which along with housing a lot of interesting historical artifacts and information about the city and its leading family’s it also houses the dungeons Cassanova escaped from in 1756, definitely worth a visit on any trip to the city

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there are many different modes of transportation on offer in the city, walking is the cheapest, fastest and best way to explore all the nooks and crannies, water taxi is by far the most expensive but will get you close to main streets.Alternatively there is the waterbus which is relatively chap and has stops at most of the major sites around he city, prices start from 7 euro for a one way trip or you can buy tourist passes which allow unlimited usage over 1-2 days for 20-30 euros.

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However you absolutely cannot visit the city without taking a gondola ride . Prices start from 80 euros per boat ( which can seat upto 6). there are gondola stations all over the city and near to many of the major bus routes. any are manned by gondoliers in uniform and there are sometimes a range of routes on offer at varying price increases. I’m guessing that demand differs through the year, as it was January dusk seemed the best time to view the city as the sun falls and the lights come on.

This was a once in a lifetime experience and a city i will never forget

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So it is arrivederci to Italy and……. well who knows where next

Italia travels part 2

As part of my recent tour de Italia, after leaving Rome i headed north to Florence. Utilising  the countries fantastic rail links  and treating myself to  first class ticket for around 63 euros (£46 approx) and well worth the money, complimentary drinks and sack, reclining chairs, and ooodles of legroom and space.

Arriving in to Florence and checking into my hotel for the stay, the Atlantic Palace, pleasant little hotel, near to the train station and Florence central, very reasonably priced for the bed and breakfast option. the room had cute little old fashioned touches to

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After finding out that Pisa was only a short train ride away and leaving the luggage it was back to the station then of to Pisa. once exiting the station the walk to the tower is about 20-30 minutes, and to be honest i didnt see much else along the way so unless you know of some other hidden gems this trip is half a day at most.

arriving at the Tower and adjacent building site you cannot help but be in awe of the structure and of course attempt to ‘hold it up’

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Back in Florence the following morning, i headed to the Galleria Dell’ Accademia to see David. It has always been a dream of mine to see this statue and you cannot pass a souvenir shop in Florence with out his image being projected.

the Gallery hold many other fine works of art but there is a certain buzz in the hall where the statue is housed. the detail on this piece is second to none and could have happily spent a few hours taking it all in

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and of course a trip to the Art district could not be complete without seeing some Botticelli, and whee better the in the Uffizi Gallery, 2 of my favourite and possibly famous pieces are the Birth of Venus and Spring

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Crammed all of the above into just 24 hours was hard work but worth it.

The it was back n the train and on the way too………..

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